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Phone Client Testimony (UPDATE FROM ROBERT): Click HERE to find his original testimony on how he does it with traveling 80% of the time) “Hi Maria, Just a quick note.  When we started over a year and a half ago a good part of my goal was life insurance.   As I crossed other milestones including not losing 20 lbs in 12 months, I just had my paramedical this am.

I don’t have the blood results back but blood pressure, pulse and weight were great. In fact I was 14 lbs UNDER the next weight class. 

Once final confirmation and results of blood I’ll try to send you another. But after 20 months just wanted you to know we did it.  Lost the weight, kept it off and have been a new normal for at least 16 months.

More to follow.  All the best to you.” Bob

To get started on your path to health and healing, click HERE. 


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Too many women are being mistreated during menopause with prescription antidepressants and HRT.

Antidepressants are not a solution to hormonal problems. If you are truly depressed, medication may be the answer, but less than 10% of people truly have a chemical imbalance… so why are 80% of the clients I see on an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication?! Well, low progesterone also is the leading cause of anxiety, insomnia and hot flashes. And estrogen determines fat distribution. To top all the uncomfortable things that can follow menopause, prescription antidepressants cause weight gain, low libido and night sweats… the same things you are fighting because of low progesterone! Low hormone output will also raise blood cholesterol and triglycerides because cholesterol produces hormones. All our major hormones are made from cholesterol: estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, thyroid, DHEA, and tgrilled romaineestosterone.

If we don’t eat enough, our bodies divert cholesterol from our endocrine system to use for brain function and repair. When that happens, it’s almost impossible for our bodies to maintain hormonal balance. Hot flashes, here we come! This is why I suggest everyone to use coconut oil! Lots of healthy fats = healthy hormones!Dr. Frank Tallis found his patients with depression with sub-clinically low thyroid function (not low enough for most doctors). Once the hypothyroid was treated, the depression lifted.During menopause, the adrenal glands over already over worked. They help women cope with the stressors of life, but during this time, they also provide sex hormones once produced by the ovaries (which are no longer producing them).

Certain nutrients support the adrenal glands, such as B-vitamins are our “anti-stress” vitamins. Menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, and anxiety are also symptoms of Cushing’s Disease. This disease is when there is over-activity of the adrenal cortex.The adrenal hormones and the thyroid hormones are directly connected. You must take care of your body in order for it to take care of you. Get quality sleep, eat quality food, reduce caffeine and grains, relax… get a massage! 🙂 Cortisol is the stress hormone that alters fat cells and make them resistant to weight loss.

Also, women entering menopause should think again when contemplating estrogen therapy. Too much estrogen inhibits thyroid hormone, which promotes weight gain. This also happens when women who are still menstrating are put on birth control… this further shuts down the thyroid hormone; particularily the utilization of T3, the most actitive thyroid hormone. Estrogen from outside sources or produced naturally, causes women to be estrogen-dominant. BUT the good news is when you eliminate grains and wheat, too many carbohydrates, and alcohol, you lower insulin. Insulin also makes fat cells and estrogen. By controlling insulin, you help balance all your hormones, which will make fat loss easier and helps eliminate those undesired menopausal symptoms! There are also natural ways to detox estrogens from the fat cells and liver; I love the product Estrofactors. 

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Also, Evening Primrose Oil also helps with vaginal dryness and decreased libido. Evening Primrose Oil has been called the most sensational preventive discovery since vitamin C. It contains the pain relieving compound phenylalanine (which converts to l-tyrosine with iron) and is increasingly being used to treat chronic headaches. It is currently being studied all over the world as a treatment for aging problems, alcoholism, acne, heart disease, hyperactivity in children, symptoms of menopause, multiple sclerosis, weight control, obesity, PMS and schizophrenia.

In fact, EveningPrimrose contains one of the highest concentrations known of GLA (healthy fatty acid) and only a few other plants contain it at all.  The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. These fatty acids also help to regulate hormones and improve nerve function aiding problems ranging from PMS to migraine headaches. The hormone balancing effect contributes to healthy breast tissue.

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 grilled romaine

2 heads romaine lettuce
Warm Bacon-Mushroom Vinaigrette, (Recipe in Savory Cookbook – CLICK HERE)
OPTIONAL ADDITIONS: Walnuts, tomatoes, grilled grass fed steak, blue cheese, marinated red peppers

Preheat a grill to medium-high. Rinse and pat dry the lettuce. Cut the 2 heads in half lengthwise. Brush surface with oil and grill about 4 to 5 minutes total, turning occasionally. Place each wedge on a salad plate and drizzle with dressing. Top with your favorite additions and serve.

Photo of my many healthy salad dressings. Click HERE for my cookbooks.

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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.".


  • Just reading “bacon vinaigrette” makes my mouth water! I can imagine the combo of grilled romaine and bacon is delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Ginny says:

    Great post Maria! Thanks!

  • Gary says:

    This turned out really really well. Yet the Mushrooms and vinegar caused allergy problems in my wife. Mold counts are up and the added mushrooms and vinegar was to much. We had it with friends who love Mushrooms so they kept the recipe and plain on adding that to there weekly salad.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have a question that does not have to do with the salad 🙂 I just purchased Nature’s Hollow BBQ sauce, strawberry preserves, honey, and Maple syrup, the maple syrup says there is 19 grams of carbs…how do I count this? Or does that not matter because of the ingredients it is made of? Only one of the products had a “net gram” of 2, the rest were just like the syrup where it gave an overall carb count that seemed really high versus other sugar free brands. Just a little confused.

  • Cheryl says:

    HI, I also make a similar recipe. Medium heat one tablespoon of Macadamia nut oil add 1 cup shredded green cabbage sauteed in a pinch of celtic sea salt and until wilted. Add one hot dog sliced fine ( Organic uncured Beef or turkey Hot Dog) stir a few seconds and remove from heat let stand a minute or two. My Grandson and I love this for breakfast! He calls it “Hot Dog Salad”. Does the cabbage have the same nutritional values as the Romaine? I have not tried it with romaine or your fantastic bacon vinaigrette yet …..but I plan too and I bet it would be even more tasty!

  • Dr. Mark says:

    I’ve heard too many horror stories about hormone therapy. It should be the last resort.

  • Unknown says:

    okay, i don’t get it … how can i sign up for your RSS feed? doesn’t appear to be anywhere on the site. or am i just being daft?

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Maria, Love your blog. Just one question about Evening Primrose. Are you saying that taking EP in a pill form can ease vaginal dryness? Or the actual oil applied to the affected area?

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria I am a desperate Mom in need of advice. After having a child and one on the way I realized how important health is. I want so bad to instill healthy habits in my little family, but get frustrated coming up with things as I am noooo cook. Could you recommend what books of yours I should start off with.

  • The Riddells says:

    This grilled romaine salad was delicious! I added Gorgonzola cheese and a filet mignon and it was better than eating out (and healthier because I knew what went into it)!

  • Dawn says:

    Hi Maria,

    Would men also benefit from taking EP? Or to help keep them in balance and their tissues hydrated is there a better option?

    Thank you for all you do!

  • Naomi says:

    Hi Maria, I just started taking Evening Primrose Oil last night, this morning, and again this afternoon, and by tonight was in full-blown depression, like when I have PMS. Could it be the EPO? I seem to have a similar reaction to Cod liver oil.

  • What’s the macronutrient breakdown, maria?

  • Also, the link to the mushroom vinaigrette doesn’t work!

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