Testimony of the Day
Another wonderful testimonial posted on my new Forum. You can go HERE to share your story too!
“I found Maria Emmerich in 2012. I was hooked! I signed up for Maria’s Email Support and Nutrition Planning package mid-February 2013. Best investment I ever made! She helped me every step of the way to get things started and she really cares about you!
I started in March and the first 7 days I dropped 16 pounds! I was shocked! Within the first month, I dropped 23 pounds; my skin had cleared up and was looking great. I noticed my hair had stopped falling out, no more hair filled brushes! All my body pain/aches were gone and my mood swings had stabilized! I felt normal for the first time in my life!
By June 7th I reached my first goal of 50 pounds lost which was reached 5 weeks and 2 days before deadline I set for this goal! And I did it without exercise. I feel great and I am ready for my next goal: 66 pounds, start exercising and able to jog a 5k by Christmas!
It has been a real learning process and I have had my ups and downs but I know Maria will always be there for me. I have learned so much and still growing. I am one of those people that have to learn everything the hard way. I now know what slows and stops my weight loss. Maria told me it would happen if I ate this or that but I had to eat it and learn it for myself. I guess that’s just how I roll! Maria has been a real blessing in my life.
Started 315 pounds
as of July 7th 265 pounds”
How to Eat to Lower Blood Pressure
Are you on a high grain, low-fat diet…like most American’s? If you are reading my blog…probably not, BUT if you know someone who has high blood pressure, how are they eating?
Most people who are insulin resistant also have high blood pressure, and insulin resistance is directly caused by a high sugar, high grain (even “complex carbs”) diet. So high blood pressure and uncontrolled blood sugar go hand in hand. As your insulin level increases, so does your blood pressure. Insulin stores magnesium, but if your insulin receptors are blunted and your cells grow resistant to insulin, you can’t store magnesium so it passes out of your body through urination. Magnesium in your cells relaxes muscles. If your magnesium level is too low, your blood vessels will constrict rather than relax, which will raise your blood pressure and decrease your energy level. Most American’s are very deficient in Magnesium. To check for signs check out my book: Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
Insulin also affects your blood pressure by causing your body to retain sodium. Sodium retention causes fluid retention. Fluid retention, in turn, causes high blood pressure and can lead to congestive heart failure.
To enhance your heart health, the first thing ISN’T to count sodium (WELL, I would get rid of junky table salt and use a quality mineralized salt), it is to remove all grains and sugars, mainly fructose, from your diet until blood pressure and weight is under control. Eating sugar and grains (including ANY type of bread, pasta, corn, potatoes, or ANY type of rice) will cause your insulin levels and your blood pressure.
Fructose is a sugar that can only be metabolized by the liver, which breaks down into a variety of waste products that are unhealthy for your body, one of which is uric acid. Uric acid drives up your blood pressure by inhibiting the nitric oxide in your blood vessels. Nitric oxide helps your vessels maintain their elasticity, so nitric oxide suppression leads to increases in blood pressure. The average American now consumes 70 grams of fructose EVERY day!
STEPS FOR SUCCESS:
Avoid foods that boost insulin levels. Even whole, organic grains will rapidly break down to sugars, so they too should be avoided. “Complex Carbs” are just glucose molecules hooked together in long chains.
1. Skip the:
Breads, try my “Heathified” BREADS, WAFFLES, BAGELS
Pasta, try my “Healthified” PASTA IDEAS
Rice or Quinoa, try my “Healthified” CAULIFLOWER RICE
Cereal, try my “Healthified” COCOA CRISPIES
Potatoes, try my “Healthified” FAUX-TATOES!
Cookies, try my “Healthified” Oreos or Chocolate Chip Cookies
3. ADD GARLIC: One food that can be helpful for reducing your blood pressure is crushed, raw garlic.
4. Optimize vitamin D levels – Healthy vitamin D levels can have a powerful effect on normalizing your blood pressure. Low Vitamin D levels is associated with an increased risk for heart disease. Vitamin D has a positive impact on diabetes…it’s all linked together.
5. Balance your omega-6 to omega-3 fat ratio – Most Americans eating a standard American diet have a ratio of 25:1, which is super unbalanced. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1. To achieve this, lower the amount of vegetable oils in your diet, and consume high quality, animal-based source of omega-3s.
6. Take a Magnesium Supplement: Taking 400mg of Magnesium Glycinate right away in AM (blood pressure is highest in the morning) AND 400mg just before bed will help your blood vessels relax. Our food supply doesn’t have the magnesium that it once did so a supplement is necessary.