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Corned Beef and Hash

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“Good morning Maria, I had to share some exciting news with you! This morning I weighed myself like I always so and for the first time in over three years, I weighed UNDER 200lbs. 199!!! It’s been three and a half weeks since I started eating your way and reading your metabolism book.

I just got your HAQ assessment over the weekend and finally just got all the supplements in the mail yesterday. I have lost 24lbs in 3.5 weeks but most of all I feel incredible and have a healthy happy relationship with food that I have never had before. I know this is just the beginning, but I had to share my milestone with you! I had many days before I found you that I thought I would NEVER weigh under 200 again. You have given me hope and empowered me to take back my health. Thank you!! With my warmest regards, Shauna”

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 corned beef


When eating a ketogenic diet, the most exposure to carbohydrates is overnight especially towards morning as the liver produces glucose to keep your brain fueled and to prepare you for getting up. Therefore, if you are eating a very ketogenic diet, the blood ketones go up during the day as you burn more fat for fuel (as apposed to a high carb diet where the opposite happens).

Something to consider, a ketogenic diet rapidly induces insulin resistance.  This is a normal physiological response to carb restriction.  Carb restriction drops insulin levels.  Low insulin levels activate hormone sensitive lipase.  This breaks down fatty tissue into ketone bodies (blood ketones).  Your muscles prefer to run on ketones and so they become insulin resistant leaving the glucose in your blood for other cells (like the brain).

However, while muscles are in “refusal mode” for glucose any glucose put into your bloodstream, from food or gluconeogenesis (blood glucose made from protein or other tissues), will rapidly spike blood glucose. This is fine if you stick to LC in your eating. It also means that if you take an oral glucose tolerance test you will fail and be labelled diabetic. In fact, even a single high fat meal can do this, extending insulin resistance in to the next day.

So if you are getting a blood glucose test, you can increase your carbs to 150 grams a day for 3 days prior and your blood glucose levels will show normal according to the standards.  Otherwise, you can look at a better marker for metabolic syndrome which is you HbA1c levels.  If these are low (5.5 or less is what a doctor will define as low diabetes risk, 5 or less is ideal), it doesn’t matter what your fasting blood glucose levels are.

Also an interesting note, when mice in a recent study by Ortman, Prinzler and Klause were allowed to selectcorned beef their own diet, lo and behold, the mice chose (by calories, not weight!) 82% fat and 5.6% carbohydrate. Sensible mice!


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 corned beef

Corned Beef and Hash

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced onions or shallots
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • teaspoons lemon juice
  • Fine sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ head green cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter if not dairy-sensitive
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 1½-pound corned beef brisket, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 avocado halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 4 poached eggs for serving (optional; omit for egg-free)


  • To make the vinaigrette: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  • To make the “hash”: Slice the cabbage into noodle-like strips or small pieces. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and sauté the cabbage and garlic until the cabbage is very tender and soft, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the corned beef and toss gently to combine and heat the beef, about 4 minutes. Gently mix in the avocado and sauté for another 2 minutes, just to warm the avocado.
  • Drizzle each serving with the vinaigrette and top with a poached egg, if desired.


NUTRITIONAL INFO (per serving)


“I had plateaued after two years of eating paleo and then eating what i THOUGHT was the “the Maria way”.. which was really my own version – high protein, moderate fat, low carb. Could NOT figure out why I had stopped losing – and actually had started gaining. And more interestingly, as the heaviest weight lifter in my BodyPump class, I had to go down on my weights slightly, and that bothered me. I was only half trusting the Maria way because I was still afraid of fat. I have since DOUBLED my fat intake, cut my protein down to a more moderate amount, and all of a sudden I am losing again. It’s amazing!

My energy is so much better, and I can see my muscle definition again. Maria, you do know what you are talking about, and many of my friends are being recruited to your way after asking what I’m doing. Thank you thank you.” -Alli

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corned beef

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.".


  • Zoe says:

    Maria, this looks delicious! Right now I’m staying under 10 grams of carbs per day to get into ketosis, and I’m wondering if the 4.6 grams of carbs that you listed are total or net? Thanks for the recipe!

    • cemmerich says:

      Thanks! I always list total carbs (I don’t count net, only total). 🙂

      • Heather says:

        Hi Maria,

        So we should measure total carbs and not net/effective carbs when keeping under 10grams a day? I’m slowly moving into this new way of eating. I bought 2 of your books and your health assessment so I’m on a bit of a learning curve.

        Thanks for all you do!

  • Linda says:

    Wonderful recipe. Thank you Maria!

  • catriona says:

    Could u do the meat in a slow cooker? If so, would it be roughly the same cooking time?

    • cemmerich says:

      That should work. I would think it might take a bit longer. I would use a meat thermometer to be sure. 🙂

  • Kathie says:

    Do you have a place on your blog, forum, or in your books where you give a detailed explanation of why you no longer use net carbs (and just go with the total carbs)? Using them has always worked well for me, so I am intrigued by the change.

    • cemmerich says:

      My book Keto-Adapted talks is all about why to eat a ketogenic lifestyle. 🙂

      • Kathie says:

        I have Keto-Adapted as eBook and searched “net carbs” and total carbs. “Net carbs” not found; “total carbs” found once. I understand the BENEFITS of ketosis!

  • Katy says:

    You’ve got some pipes on those arms!

  • Isadora says:

    I discovered your blog a few months ago, and a lot of my health issues have resolved thanks to you, the blog and all your books.
    I have two questions, and hope you have time to answer them!
    I used to drink a lot of Diet Sodas (especially 7UP), but have switched to Vitamin Water Zero. It’s naturally sweetened with erythritol and stevia leaf extract. Are you familiar with this product? Is this okay to drink?
    Also, I LOVE raw spinach, but it’s not listed on your “preferred veggies” list in Keto Adapted (at the end.) Is there a reason for this?

    I just finished making your amazing salad dressing (I eat it every day), and yesterday I had friends over for your chocolate molten cake and none of them believed me when I said it was both sugar+gluten free (they still don’t.)

    Maria, THANK you for being such a great inspiration! Food used to be a struggle, but now it’s fun, social, yummy AND healing.


    • cemmerich says:

      Thanks! Vitamin water zero is an ok option in moderation (it still has food dye). Spinach is an ok option for keto. That is so great! Love when the word of health is gretting spread to more people. 🙂

  • LMuse says:

    I have purchased your plan and am eager to begin living “the Maria way”. I have watched your videos and skimmed through some of the written materials. Which book do you suggest I read first?

  • Amber says:

    Hi Maria-
    I wondered if you have heard of incidences of night sweats occurring in those having adopted a keto-adapted lifestyle? Perhaps with relation to a hypoglycemic state that is more likely to occur at night.
    Thank you for your time and wisdom.

    • cemmerich says:

      I haven’t heard of that from this diet, no. Likely a hormone imbalance or other issue. I could tell me with a health assessment.

  • Dianne says:

    Made this last night and it was fantastic! Another great recipe!

  • Kmnsbtt says:

    I have a question after re-reading the chapter in Keto adapted regarding auto-immune issues. I initially skimmed over the thyroid section as I had a thyroidectomy several years ago and am on a current dosage of 100mc of synthroid, but then I read your “scraping gum” comment. So my question is: are the supplements at the end of that chapter recommended for only those people with thyroid issues or should I be investigating these too?
    Thanks for you help.
    Have been loosing @ .5lbs a day since starting your way and I am never hungry. Really great stuff!

  • Judy says:

    After reading GLUCOSE NUMBERS and KETOGENIC DIET in the above segment, I am a little confused. If I have been following a low carb, moderate protein and high fat diet for 2-3 months, will my blood sugar be up in routine blood panels? This won’t be fasting because my numbers (cholesterol, triglycerides, BS, etc.) have always been good.

    Both of my grandmothers were diabetic and my mom is a diabetic, so I am trying to be proactive.


  • Laura says:

    I was wondering if you could recommend a good multi vitamin?

  • Theresa says:

    I ordered this book on Monday with Amazon Prime. I really want to make this recipe tonight for St Pat’s Day. Its late and coming tomorrow. Any chance you could email me just the recipe? No problem if you cant, but I know it never hurts to ask!! Thanks 🙂

  • Theresa says:

    Actually I will make your Reuben soup. I am too addicted to your recipes!

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