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How to Eat for Diabetes

By October 3, 2013December 3rd, 2020Nutrition Education

Testimony on Diabetes

“Another Maria Moment…this one was with DIABETES. I myself have had my own success story with Maria’s eating style…so I decided to introduce her recipes to my very picky, very diabetic father in-law. I spend the summers at the lake with my in-law and decided that this year I was going to cook out of Maria’s cookbook exclusively. I made some of my favorite banana walnut muffins and almond waffles and asked my father in-law if he would please try some. He is not fond of trying new foods maybe due to being picky but also because he has had terrible diabetes for over 30 years. My father in-law has large blood sugar swings even with his insulin pump.

He tried the waffles and muffins and loved them. Keep in mind he had butter on both and sugar free syrup on the waffle. As we stood in the kitchen discussing how many units of insulin he should calculate for the food he ate, we come to the conclusion that he should take 5 units. normally for the food he had just consumed he would have needed to take 8 but since Maria’s food is different we shot it on the lower side… my father in-law left for about 1 hr and came back out of sorts. My mother in-law said “Tom are you ok…go check your blood.” He went and checked his blood and it had taken a huge nose dive…he had a blood sugar level of 45! Now at this time only 2 units had gone into his body…not 5 and he had to stop the rest of the insulin from entering his system. We couldn’t believe it! Here he had taken almost 4 times less than he normally would have and his levels were too low.

Ok, fast forward…about a week later his blood sugar was too low so my mother in-law said “tom why don’t you have 2 almond waffles with butter and syrup to bring your blood sugars up a bit.” He decided he would do this but they had to decide how much insulin he should take…what they decided was that he would take NOTHING!!!! Now how crazy does that sound. In all the years I have known him, which is 28 years I have NEVER seen him not adjust his levels when he eats something. So, Tom ate the waffles and hung out to see what happened and after about 1 and a half hours his levels were back in the normal range. Not only did he not have to take any insulin, his levels were taking care of what needed to be done without huge swings and without adjusting for the food. It was SO COOL! Now it’s on to trying more of Maria’s recipes and working with his levels but after these results my father in-law is a believer in these recipes. Maria’s way of eating does change lives…even lives that have only known diabetes for years. Thank you again Maria for your help…here is just another moment where you have made a positive effect on someone’s life. YOU ROCK GIRL!” -Cindy

My grandpa is VERY diabetic and I get so frustrated with the way they feed him. Who came up with these plans and guidelines? I am just a little voice compared to the large diabetic association, but it is stories like these that remind me of “THE STARFISH” fable…”

“But, young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then bent clown, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said – “It made a difference for that one.”


Find these recipes in my cookbooks!

Testimony of the Day from a Type I diabetic

“Maria, Kathy and I have to let you know what the time with you has done for us. As you know I am a type 1 diabetic and am always looking to improve my eating habits. And like most Americans we are also trying to fight the onslaught of cheap easy food and what it does to us.My goal as a type 1 diabetic was to reduce my insulin intake and to stop taking drugs that doctors feel are necessary for diabetics take just because we are diabetics.

In my search for better meals and healthier eating a friend of mine recommended you. From our very first session I learned I was close. But, the little changes I made were a world of difference. And as continue making changes that are in line with your teaching I continue heal my body.For example, before we changed our food combinations I was taking up to 40 units of insulin a day.

The changes started lowering the amount of my daily use of insulin the very first day. I am now down to using between 15 and 20 units a day. That means my body is storing less fat and I am beginning to fuel my body with fats and moderate protein instead of carbs. What is more impressive is that I have never been under 20 units of insulin a day in five years as a diabetic. I thought the first day was a fluke. But, it is now a norm. And most important I am eating as much if not a little more food each day. I am not starving at all.My wife is not a strict as I am. However, she is making the changes I am making everyday. She is also losing weight and getting closer to her natural body weight. There is little to no effort to make the changes.

The only things that are hard for her to give up totally is wheat bread an a little Diet Dr. Pepper a week. However, she is taking steps every day to change her life over and plans to be completely changed in the next few weeks.

Thank you Maria for helping us get on the right path to better health. Marc”

To get started on your path to health click HERE. I’d be honored to help you too!


From the Chapter: Keto-Adapted Diets Help Heal Auto-Immune Disorders 

I get a lot of type 1 diabetics that comment or write to me saying that I need to remember to say type 2 diabetes when I write about carbohydrates and my success stories. I understand the differences between type 1 and type 2, but a well-formulated keto-adapted diet does help type 1 also! Type 1 diabetes develops when antibodies destroy the cells in the pancreas that produce and secrete insulin. The body normally produces these antibodies to defend itself from foreign invaders, but sometimes these helpful antibodies turn on the body’s own cells. In the case of type 1 diabetes, the antibodies target the pancreatic cells. Most of the time, these antibodies can be identified through the examination of a blood sample. When antibodies are present in the blood, it means the blood is attacking a foreign substance. When food leaks from the intestines into the bloodstream (because of leaky gut), the blood reacts by attacking the protein found in foods, such as the gluten found in wheat or the casein found in dairy. In this case, we need to lower the autoimmune response as well as count carbohydrates and excess protein. This is why a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb and allergen-free diet works for autoimmune disorders. There have been several studies proving an association between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease[51], so when eliminating gluten, carbs, and excess protein, I have some awesome results. diabetes

If you are a type 1 diabetic and you start to eat a well-formulated keto-adapted diet, it is extremely important to work closely with your doctor. When clients tell me that their doctor told them, “Don’t worry, eat whatever you want, just make sure you cover your glucose with insulin,” it’s like saying to a firefighter, “Don’t worry, pour as much gasoline as you like on that fire, as long as you cover it with enough water.” It is absolutely dangerous and irrational. In this case, I suggest finding a new doctor who will encourage you to eat a keto-adapted diet while watching your need for insulin.

To read more, check out Keto-Adapted.

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Thank you all for your love and support!

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.".


  • Anonymous says:

    What a great testimony to healthy low-carb eating. 🙂 I am so happy this gentleman can feel there is hope, after having diabetes so long, it sometimes feels impossible to control…so I am thrilled for him!!

  • carissaad says:

    I would love to try this for my mom. Which book did she use?

  • Thanks for your interest! She used this book: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/1456593595

    Happy Eating!

  • Katie says:

    Hi Maria, I have type 1 diabetes, am (currently) keto-adapted, and try to eat as low carb as possible. What seems to happen for me is that once I’m in ketosis, my blood sugar levels are amazing (in the 70-110 range) for a couple days, but then a few days into it they seem to hang out in the 170 range and don’t budge. Is this because ketosis induces insulin resistance? Do I need to increase my basal insulin levels?

  • claire says:

    Hi, I am type 1 as well and have found similar issues with my blood sugars. My numbers have been incredible! Down to about 15 units a day total and then the last 2 days I am up in the 180’s. As much as I don’t want to take more insulin I find I am needing more to correct this little “bump” and hoping it is only perhaps from hormones and not from the diet as I have been keto adapted for over a month now. I’ll keep going as well, but it’s nice to read another type 1 is having similar issues!

  • Karin says:

    Hi Maria,
    I’m about to start eating the “Maria way” and was telling my best friend about it. She’s also super excited about trying out the ketogenic diet, but has some extra health issues, so I thought we should check first to see if it would be safe for her! She’s a type I diabetic, has high blood pressure, and crohn’s disease…but the bit that I’m worried about potentially causing trouble, is that she also has/had psc (liver disease), which required a liver transplant a couple of years ago, and has chronic kidney disease which will require another transplant within the next 5 years! Would the keto diet still be helpful and safe for her? She’s a 35 year old woman, so we would of course really love for her to be able to improve her situation some through diet!

    Thanks so much for your input!

    • cemmerich says:

      Yes, I think it would be beneficial. This diet is moderate protein so it doesn’t add an extra load to the liver or kidneys.

  • Karin says:

    Oh great! Thanks so much for your quick reply, Maria 🙂 We’ll let you know how things go!

  • Jane says:

    I too am a 58 type 1 diabetic since the age of 21. I live in UK- would this be a problem ?
    Would l be able to buy the necessary food products etc?
    Which program would you recommend for weightliss and health benefits. I am 5’7 and weigh just under 12 stone. Apart from high blood pressure and horrid verrucas on fingers and ball of foot l am happy healthy.
    Any tips for long standing verruccas would be marvellous too x

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