Testimony of the Day
“Hi Maria! I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that I’ve continued being dedicated to the “Maria way” of eating, and I have even further exciting evidence to back up that it’s the “right” way to eat.
1. I am down over 35 lbs, I am almost to the very exciting 200 number. I NEVER thought i’d see the day. Remember how I was lamenting that i couldn’t drop below 230 no matter what I did? Success, thanks to you.
2. During my last visit to the doctor, they took me off one of my blood pressure medications. I’m down to one and he said it’s the “whimpy one”. very excited to ditch that one too.
3. Cholesterol. In March, the day I started working with you, my doctor wanted to watch my cholesterol very closely. Although it wasn’t to the levels that would require medication, with my blood pressure and family history, I needed to come back in a few months and have it re-tested from my first blood work done last year. Although I don’t know what my tests results mean, the fact that all of my numbers (triglycerides and cholesterol) are so great, I can see that eating good FAT and BACON and EGGS DAILY and RED MEAT is not directly correlated to high cholesterol. EXCITING!!! I have stuck with my walking regiment. It is a great commitment to myself and my health, and i’m so grateful for the push to do it. I still have another 35 lbs or so to lose, but I’m so happy that i no longer feel “lost” or frustrated. I attempted to go back on dairy again, by adding in some cheese and sour cream one week, and I’ve determined that it’s just not in the cards for the time being. I experienced rapid weight gain and had some bad digestive issues.
Lastly, I love your lemon bar recipe. best treat ever. THANK YOU so much for giving me a new life and a happy life. The proof is clearly in the dairy free almond milk pudding.” -KARI
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What’s In My Fridge
I love listening to podcasts on my long bike rides. One of my favorite is the Splendid Table on National Public Radio. In one segment, the host, Lynn, does “Stump the Cook” where a listener calls in and lists 5 ingredients that they actually have in their fridge. Then Lynn has to create something the listener would actually eat. If I called in, I would list these 5 things that are ALWAYS in my fridge:
1. Raw Beef heart (that is what my dog Ohana eats)… no photo needed… kind of gross looking!
2. 11 dozen eggs (a dozen hard boiled)
3. Organic Butter, Leaf Lard, Beef Tallow and Duck Fat
4. Protein Bread
5. Supplements: Probiotics
6. Herbs and vanilla beans
I’m not sure if I would enjoy anything made with these all mixed together!
I’m not sure if I would enjoy anything made with these all mixed together!
On a side note, did you know that a healthy body has 2 POUNDS of good gut bacteria in the large intestine where the typical American has none! Could this be why there is so much depression, obesity, sleep issues going on? Serotonin comes from our gut! Low gut bacteria causes low moods, intense cravings, poor sleep and even weight gain. Did you ever wonder why the Asians can eat so much rice without gaining weight? They eat fermented veggies and foods before meals which are filled with good gut bacteria (click HERE for source). Do you take a bifido bacteria? I think this is a supplement everyone should take. It also increases our immune system by 70%!
I get mine here and my kids take this one.
School is about to start and to help with time-management, I have my fridge and freezer stocked with lots of helpful items and treats. Many people ask me, how do I stock my pantry, fridge and freezer to make this healthy lifestyle easier? So, I have created a detailed video on how to shop at the grocery store where I teach you what words to look for on a label. I also step you through the things in my pantry (crackers, noodles, sauces, treats, chocolate) as well as things in my bathroom “pantry” because many products contain wheat (not to mention that everything you put on your skin also gets absorbed by the liver and affects our moods and how we lose weight).
To sign up for a fun tutorial click HERE to get started on the right path! It also includes a detailed shopping pantry list and website links where I find my favorite foods, treats and products for a great price as well as other cooking tutorial videos. You DESERVE this! Don’t wait another day!
In the Splendid Table, Lynn also interviews famous chef’s and asks them what their top 3 recipes are that everyone should know. These are usually easy, no-fail recipes that any home cook should be able to do. If she would interview me, my Lemony Braised Chicken would certainly be on the list. This is an awesome no-fail recipe that everyone needs in their cooking repertoire. A great thing about this recipe (besides the taste) is that you can half, double or triple all of the ingredients based on your number of dinner guests. This dish is very forgiving, feel free to adjust the ingredients to your liking. I made it with fresh basil instead of parsley the second time around and it was amazing too.
EASY Lemon Chicken
- 4 TBS coconut oil divided
- 1 cup onion minced
- 3 garlic cloves peeled
- 4 chicken legs drumsticks and thighs separated (about 2 pounds)
- 1-2 tsp Redmond Real salt
- 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley plus more for garnish
- 1/3 cup capers drained
- 2 cups organic chicken broth
- 1/3 cups coconut or white wine vinegar *see below
- 1 lemon cut into thin strips
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Heat 2 TBS oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer onion to a bowl; wipe skillet clean.
- Add 2 TBS oil to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Season chicken with salt. Add chicken to skillet and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 10–12 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.
- Add reserved onion, 1/2 cup parsley, and capers to skillet; cook for 1 minute. Stir in broth and vinegar. Add chicken with any juices and the lemon slices. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until meat is tender and falling off the bone, about 1 1/4 hours.
- Transfer chicken to a large platter. Season sauce in skillet with salt and pepper. Spoon over chicken; garnish with parsley. Makes 8 servings.
Traditional Braised Chicken = 426 calories, 16g fat, 35g protein, 14g carbs, 1g fiber (13 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Braised Chicken = 304 calories, 16g fat, 35g protein, 2.7g carbs, 0.7g fiber (2 effective carbs)
*Coconut Vinegar nutritionally exceeds other vinegars in its amino acid, vitamin and mineral contents, and is an excellent source of FOS (a prebiotic that promotes digestive health). In addition to using in your favorite dressings and marinades, our Coconut Vinegar may also be used instead of apple cider vinegar for skincare or with any internal cleansing program. (This delicious vinegar does not have a coconutty flavor.) I purchase mine HERE.
To find more easy and tasty recipe like this, you would really enjoy my book: The Art of Healthy Eating: Savory. This was truly a labor of love! I’ve put together my best recipes to date in the next installment of my “The Art of Healthy Eating” color cookbook series. Choosing a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean a lifetime of deprivation. This book is filled with mouth-watering foods and nutrition facts that demonstrate how eating healthy can be an expression of art. Included are recipes for your favorite comfort foods like pasta, lasagna, risotto, calzones, sushi, clam chowder in a bread bowl, baked brie, chicken pot pie, chili cheese “fries”, tomato basil sandwich wraps, pizza, tortillas, and many more. There are also lots of valuable tips and tricks to help one along the journey of learning how to eat as an art. CLICK HERE to get your copy!
Does the coupon code work for the next level up or just the 30-day without the health assessment? I’m ready to pull the trigger, but I wanted to check on the sale first. 🙂
Hi, Just for the 30 day meal plans. But the assessment add on package is a really good deal too (I used to charge $150 for just the health assessment and you get so much more in this package).
Thanks so much for the quick reply. I’m in! 🙂 Can’t wait til I’m sending in my success story. 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
I hope some of that hard-boiled egg and cod liver oil is being combined with the raw b4eef heart so your DOG can have a healthy mind and body! If not, here’s how to start: 1 beef heart (raw), 2 HB eggs, and 1t. cod liver oil–mix all this in a food processor until a red mush, then feed about 1-2 cups (depending on dog size) daily. This can be nuked to heat up.
A trick I learned from a TV cooking show: put the lemon slices or wedges UNDER THE SKIN as opposed to on top of the chicken–you get more lemon flavor that way.
I’m curious, wenchypoo; does your dog eat this on a daily basis?
August 23, 2013 @ 7:20 p.m./ Reply
Maria, I just ordered your book ” Secrets To A Healthy Metabolism” I am going through it and agree with
your information. Being a Nurse for a Gastroenterologist I see first hand the signs and symptoms you describe. My question is which one of your books would you recommend for me next? I do need to lose
some weight, I just don”t want to end up like my patients feeling lousy and popping tons of pills. Any advise would be greatly appreciated Thank you
Well, if you are looking for recipes, any of my “The Art of Heatlhy Eating” books have great recipes and lots of health tips. Otherwise this book has more great info about linking what we eat to our conditions and moods. Thanks! 🙂
Hi Maria – have you ever tried this recipe with breasts and wings?
I haven’t, but it should work. It will probably take less time simmering to cook the chicken. 🙂
regarding the probiotic in your frig…I accidentally left my probiotic our of my frig for a 24 hour period. Did I kill it? Judy
They can survive up to 7 days. It should be ok. 😉
Thank you for your quick response, Maria. I read your book this summer and it completely turned my thinking around on many things. I’ve read it three times now and try to get everyone I know to read it!
Does the gut vitamin need to be taken on an empty stomach? I take the hemogenics pill metagenics makes and my Dr couldn’t believe how much my iron levels have improved!
I would take it right away in the morning on an empty stomach. 🙂
Hey Maria, I made your Cinnabon cake and took it to work with me at Toyota Canada. I’m in finance and everyone in the dept went wild for it. They couldn’t believe it was made with coconut flour and xylitol. Your blog and books make it so easy to eat healthy without being deprived. I tell everyone I can. I have changed. They had a retirement lunch function and I turned down the cake very easily, did the same when offered whoopie pies yesterday. I tell everyone now I’m sugar and grain free and in most cases they want to know more about it. I then give them your website information!
Thank you! 🙂
In your cheesecake recipe, can I substitute coconut milk for almond milk?
Hi Maria, what do you think of yacon syrup?
I think it is OK in moderation. I have yet to get a breakdown of that the types of sweetener are in it (fructose, fructooligosaccharides, etc) so am a little reluctant to use it more as a sweetener. I would want to know how much of the carbs are Oligosaccharides (good) vs. fructose (bad). I do know the glycemic index is less than 1. The way I use it is in recipes where you need that brown sugar or molasses type flavor and texture (BBQ sauce, ginger snap cookies, etc). But I don’t use much (For example: 1 tsp for an entire quart of BBQ sauce plus some Swerve).
Wow Maria, you’ve gotten those packages looking REALLY good now, what a lot of work that must’ve been. I’m amazed at the variety in the meal plans! Awesome! Well done you two (I’m sure Craig helped!)!!
Thanks so much France. 🙂
Hey Maria, I just began eating wheat free again and cutting my carbs way back and I noticed when I sweat a lot, like after a workout or working outside, my sweat smells like ammonia. Is that normal? I read that if you have a protein loaded diet you will smell like ammonia. Help!
That could be your body detoxifying. After a month or so it should subside. 🙂
I am new to you blog, and just purchased two of your books. Very helpful. I have one question regarding a recipe in your book “Slow Cooker”. On page 122, Balsamic Chicken, should the skin be removed from the chicken?
Nope, the skin is the best part. 🙂
Thank you, Maria, I agree. 🙂
Hi Maria, We are well into your book and learning. I picked up some magnesium (I have never ever slept through the night…wake up several times). 3 nights and helping already, thanks! I did a round of HCG before I found your site looking for P3 recipes. I don’t know if you know anything about the diet but it has been the only thing to help me lose after taking prednisone. I took off 18 lbs and plan to follow your way of eating for life. I have a question though, I’m 44 and not menopausal. I have been getting hot flashes since incorporating more of the healthy fats. I’m just wondering if that could be a thermogenic affect of food. They come and go 2-3 hours apart. Thanks!!
Hmm, haven’t heard that with this diet. If you are early in the higher fat stage, you may still be adapting to become a fat burner. That takes 2-4 weeks. After that, things should improve. 🙂
Well it sounds scary but it’s not. You take injections of HCG (the hormone that breaks down fat to feed to a fetus during pregnancy when you are too sick to eat) and go on a 500 calorie a day diet. You are never hungry because your body burns 4000 or so cals in fat a day. I lost 18 pounds in less than 30 days. After that you go on ‘P3″ – no sugar or starch. When I was searching for P3 recipes I found your site. I have always done low carb for years but admit I would cheat on the weekends. After finding you my hubby and I have made the commitment to be grain and sugar free. The HCG resets the fat bank or hypothalamus…so maybe that is what’s giving the brief warming periods. But I’m into the 3rd week of P3 and my weight has held. It’s supposed to go no more than 2lbs up or down during this phase. I’m really excited to eat this way forever and we are working on getting all the supplements. Thanks so so much!!! We are paying off vacation in Oct but when we are back I will be purchasing a plan. 🙂
Awesome, I will be honored to help. 🙂
Do you have a link to your protein bread recipe?
Here you go.
Can you take bifido bacteria any time during the day? I usually forget to take it 15 min before I eat. 🙁 Thank you!
Could this be made without capers, also could I substitute apple cider vinegar for the coconut vinegar? Thank you.
Yes, both changes would be fine.