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Phone Client Update: “Hi Maria, I just want to touch base with you again and say THANK YOU for all you do, you’re such a wonderful person. Here’s my update, this year my husband Jeff, went for his check up finely and had a mole remove to find out it was skin cancer, so we had a rough patch to deal with there for a while, but doc’s got it all, thank god and you because I cut the sugar out without telling of course, heehee but he was not ready to try things our way. Since this scare all lab work went nuts his fastening were 140 so, I put the Bible on the table and told him, he had a choice, he could let the devil win or he could do it are way so, I put your book on top of the Bible ( Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism ) He has read it cover to cover and now calls it my Bible.

Now his sugar reading are 94 and lost 17 lbs and lots of walking 4 miles everyday and also I’ve lost 140 lbs. Do you know what the best part is, we’re together on this now, I only make one meal instead of his and hers, that is soooo nice and today is our 24th Anniversary. I just want to say Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. LOVE The Dassow’s”

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Corn and Weight Gain

When you think of summer, what foods come to mind? One of my former favorite foods is corn on the cob. I loved it so much that my dad would have to shave it off the cob when I was 5 years old and had my 4 front teeth out and when I was a teenager with braces. For some reason I was always disappointed eating it out of a bowl, it never tasted the same as when you could chew it off the cob!

Most people mistakenly think of corn as a healthy vegetable. But in reality, when you eat 1/2 a cup of corn it becomes 1/4 of a cup of sugar in your blood stream. So that bed-night snack of popcorn is not only increasing our waistline, it also increases our sugar cravings. Starch is just glucose molecules hooked together in a long chain; the digestive system breaks it down into glucose (sugar). Click HERE to watch a helpful video on how starch = sugar.

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Photo Source: New York Times article HERE.

Over the years we have made our food supply sweeter and less and less nutrient dense.  Sweet corn can now approach 40 percent sugar!   Here is a great article on our “Breading the Nutrition Out of Our Food”.

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If you don’t like cauliflower, don’t skip over this recipe. Roasting cauliflower until it is a dark golden brown and crisp on the edges creates a totally different flavor.  The roasted cauliflower provides a sweet taste to the soup while the Hearts of Palm provide a nice “corn” crunch.

This is a great recipe to put into a thermos for a beautiful summer picnic.

Chilled "Corn" Soup and Seafood Salad

Maria Emmerich
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 4 cups cauliflower sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 7 TBS unsalted butter or coconut oil melted (divided)
  • 2 tsp Redmond Real salt divided
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 cup Hearts of Palm chopped
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 5 cups organic veggie or beef broth
  • 2 lbs pre-cooked Langostino I purchased from Trader Joe's
  • Shrimp or Crab would also work
  • 1/2 small shallot finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Primal Kitchen Dijon mustard
  • 2 TBS macadamia nut oil plus more for drizzling
  • 3 TBS celery leaves chopped and divided
  • 2 TBS tarragon leaves divided


  • "Corn" Soup: preheat broiler to 400 degrees F. Place cauliflower steaks onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 TBS melted butter or oil and sprinkle with a tsp of salt. Roast for 15-25 minutes, when the cauliflower is dark golden brown on the edges. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • Heat 5 TBS oil/butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the hearts of palm very well. Add Hearts of Palm; season with about 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until Hearts of Palm is softened and beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Remove the pieces of Hearts of Palm and set aside.
  • In the stock pan (that you just removed the Hearts of Palm from), add the reserved cauliflower, thyme sprigs and 5 cups broth to pot. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until cauliflower is very soft, about another 8 minutes; discard thyme sprigs. Purée the cauliflower soup mixture in a blender until smooth (I used my Blend Tec blender, which is on sale now! Click HERE to get the deal!) Transfer soup to a large bowl, add the reserved Hearts of Palm, cover, and chill until cold, at least 2 hours.
  • Langostino Salad: Whisk shallot, lemon juice, and mustard in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in 2 TBS oil; season dressing with salt and pepper. Add langostino meat, 2 TBS celery leaves, and 1 TBS tarragon; toss gently to coat. Cover and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Divide soup among bowls and top with langostino salad and tarragon and celery leaves. Drizzle with oil and season with coarse sea salt and pepper.


Traditional Corn Soup = 312 calories, 15.2g fat, 24g protein, 23.9g carbs, 2.2g fiber (21.8 effective carbs
"Healthified" Corn Soup = 248 calories, 14.7g fat, 23.6g protein, 5.5g carbs, 2.3g fiber (2.2 effective carbs)


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Michelle Gauer says:

    Once Again….great information! Thank you for sharing your knowledge to help improve the quality of life in others.

  • karen says:

    Ha Ha I had to chuckle thinking what Maria said in her very first line on recipe. Both hubby and me loathe cauliflower! Its that oh so strong stinky smell when cooking.

  • Aimee says:

    I’m new to your blog, but I love it already! I noticed in your ‘about me’ page that you mentioned your focus was on the brain/food connection…My husband was recently in a motorcycle accident and has a mild TBI because of it. We have him on a double dose of FCLO which seems to be helping a lot, but I was wondering if you know of anything else that would help him? When he was first injured, he craved meat all.the.time. Now however it’s seemed to change to just fats. He gets so desperate for fat that he sometimes tries to take a spoon to our jar of bacon grease! We eat a pretty decent diet…raw milk, grass fed beef and pork, pastured eggs and chicken from our backyard, local organic veggies and fruits, atleast one ferment a day, and we try and only eat sourdough products when we do eat breads. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!

  • Claudette Melanson says:

    Arggghhh Maria we are going crazy trying to find grass fed butter in Southern Ontario. Looks like the closest thing we have is Organic Meadow. They let the cows graze from April to Nov and then their diet is supplemented with organic feed with no byproducts or gmo stuff. Do you think this is ok? It’s about the best we can do. After buying your audiobook and two of the ebooks I really want to change the way we eat. We did manage to find grass fed beef at the St Jacobs farmer’s market but even he said that the cows are given potatoes at the end. Sheesh……

  • Claudette Melanson says:

    Thanks so much, that’s good to know. I’m really afraid of the hormones and such and I think soy has been keeping me from losing. I want all of your books and I’m telling everyone I know about them! Thanks for so much wonderful, life changing information!

  • Glenda says:

    Great post! Just wanted to clear up one thing though, the more active thyroid hormone is T3 as T4 converts to T3.

  • Michelle says:

    Great information – thank you!
    Do you have a supplement recommendation that has all the herbs you recommended above? I have a few symptoms in all the descriptions.

    Thanks, Michelle

  • Amy says:

    I keep trying to stop drinking coffee because I know it doesn’t help my adrenal fatigue, but I can’t seem to get going in the morning…working out, etc. without it. I have tried switching to green tea but it just isn’t the same. I will drink 4 cups of green tea and still feel tired. What should I do? I keep decreasing the amount of coffee I drink, down to just 1/2 cup of organic coffee. Is this hurting me?

  • at says:

    Hi Maria, thanks for such an informative article. I was wondering how does licorice root aid with adrenal fatigue given that it’s a form of cortisol? Isn’t the goal to decrease the amount of cortisol? Thanks!

    • cemmerich says:

      It is important that we have the right balance of hormones in our body to help our metabolism run correctly. In most people, yes, you don’t want to add extra cortisol. For people with a deficiency (adrenal fatigue) it needs to be balanced out. It isn’t good to be too low in any hormone.

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