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L-Glutamine and Cravings

By October 7, 2014December 10th, 2019Uncategorized

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30 Day Accelerated Testimony: “Maria, I am so excited to get started on my new journey.  I am going through your videos and learning so much.  I have cleaned out my pantry and ordered the items I don’t have so I can really jump in and start my new healthy eating.

I am going through all the videos, making copies of recipes while waiting for my product to come in.  I will jump in and start my journey by Monday.

Thank you Maria, I am 73 and didn’t realize how food affects our body and mind.  But, I am learning even at my age. Blessings to you and your family” – Char

30 Day Plan Photo Testimony: “Oh my goodness…at 56 years young…I have tried every diet there is and list lists of weight….and then gained it back plus more!!! Since starting Maria’s Way…by the third day, I was graving free, and eating things I was told I should never eat..bacon, avocado, bulletproof coffee, nuts!!! Ten months in….just sat with a friend last night to try to break down all the info in “Keto-Adapted”, which by the by, if anyone has not read, get your hands on a copy!!! No cravings have returned, sleep like a baby, still can’t believe all the food options!!!! Thanks Marie for all you do!!!! Keep sharing the truth!” – Pat

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 L-Glutamine and Cravings


L-Glutamine and Cravings

Are you plagued by sugar? emotional eating? diet soda? alcohol? Do you often blame yourself on having low will-power after a binge? What if I told you it wasn’t your fault. Rather that you were low in neurotransmitters. There was a time when I blamed myself for being weak too. 10 years ago, (before our ketogenic lifestyle) if Craig ordered a dessert at a restaurant, I would have to excuse myself from the table while he enjoyed it. I was just too tempted if I saw it… even if I read it on the menu, I was too tempted. I was low in dopamine.

L-Glutamine and Cravings

One risk factor for sugar cravings is having overindulged in the past. Once you have over-indulged with sugar, that habit triggers more of the same behavior.  When someone binges, there are fewer receptors for the neurotransmitter dopamine, which signals pleasure, in the striatum, a brain area activated by rewarding stimuli.

Fewer receptors suggest a lowered sensitivity to a substance such as food, an effect that may motivate an animal to consume more to get the same “high.” Similar decreases in dopamine receptors are seen in overweight people, as well as rodents and humans addicted to cocaine and heroin. Amino acid supplementation helps increase dopamine a lot. When blood sugar goes too high, it falls too low, causing low blood sugar. This is when sugar and carbohydrate cravings consume your mind.

Hunger happens when blood sugar is falling and it doesn’t have to be low to cause hunger. This is why people can eat at a Chinese buffet and eat a lot of food, but be hungry an hour or 2 afterwards. The rice and sugary sauces cause high blood sugar, as it starts to fall, we need another fix. Overtime this extreme shift in blood sugar causes low neurotransmitters. GABA is a neurotransmitter responsible for lowering emotional eating and anxiety. When eating a ketogenic diet, the blood sugar stays in a nice and narrow range; it doesn’t get too high so it doesn’t fall and cause hunger. This is why Intermittent Fasting is much easier while on a ketogenic diet.

L-glutamine acts like a second level of blood sugar to stop cravings.

 I hear from clients all the time that within minutes of consuming a proper dose of l-glutamine, cravings are gone and the mind is clear. The sugar addiction is gone within a month of proper supplementation which helps them stay on the ketogenic diet.

Willpower is a muscle in the brain that can get over worked! You NEED to limit temptations! You only have a finite amount of willpower as you go through the day, so you should be careful to conserve it and try to save it for the emergencies. Work and family obligations may be using all of your willpower and you end up giving in to food temptations.

Here are some ideas:

1. Clean out your pantry. Other people in your house don’t need that stuff either.

2. Don’t put it those temptations near you. Just putting food where you can see it next to you depletes your willpower.

3. Cravings, frustrations, desires — all become overwhelming. MAKE “HEALTHIFIED” Brownies and “Healthified” Ice cream. I keep that in my freezer AT ALL TIMES! Especially in the summer, I feel no desire to eat the sugar and wheat-filled treats that are going to set me off course… it is a down-hill spiral!

4. In the short term, self-control is a limited resource. But over the long term, it can act more like a muscle. Practice Practice Practice = better willpower. It will get easier everyday.

5. Supplements like Bifido bacteria, 5-HTP, l-glutamine, Magnesium, zinc and some others I recommended all help with those nasty cravings and temptations!

To read more on neurotransmitters and the brain, check out my book Secrets to Controlling Your Weight Cravings and Mood.

Click HERE to find.

Thank you for your love and support!

L-Glutamine and Cravings

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.".


  • Liz S. says:

    The recipe of yours that I enjoy the most is the Peanut Butter Cup Cereal recipe.

  • Cheryl says:

    Love them all – but right now my fav is Pumpkin Pie Pots De Creme!

  • Kasie says:

    I love the cereal!

  • Janet t says:

    maria, thanks for the great reminders. thank you so much. I love all your recipes that I have made.

  • Vanessa says:

    We love the chili

  • veronica says:

    Is it normal to have cravings? because I really don’t have any sweets cravings.. well maybe sometimes at night after dinner so I always keep some whipped heavy cream in the fridge and I have a couple of spoonfuls by itself of over two or three fresh sliced strawberries… that does it for me.

  • Rene Hughes says:

    I love this chocolate because my favorite recipe is by far that chocolate chip cookies! Lots of awesome recipes but I make that one often!

  • Sandra says:

    Love all that you make with zucchini!

  • Rande says:

    I’m new to your blog and am excited to start trying your recipes! These chocolate bars also have me curious!

  • Jaymie Derden says:

    OH my… so many fabulous recipes! I love your lemon bars, your sub rolls and your zucchini chocolate muffins to name just a few that we’ve had recently!

  • Antonia says:

    The amazing bread is the BEST!

  • Liz says:

    Lots of favorites. With fall in the air pumpkin is a must. Love your healthified Pumpkin Bread!

  • Candice says:

    So hard to choose…I love the protein bars, and the shakes, and the protein waffles are a staple as well. I am thinking those would be my main ones! THANK YOU!

  • Kaely says:

    I love your “Bread Pudding” recipe. It has been a hit every time I’ve made it. Was thinking of trying it as a savory egg casserole for Christmas this year! 🙂

  • Jean says:

    We just tried the Keto Fudge for the first time, and it is amazing! It melts in your mouth like a cloud. Love it!

  • Colleen Blair says:

    My family loves them all!!! We feel like we are eating gourmet meals. We enjoy a different flavored doughnut every Sunday, so I would have to say that has become the most fun! The coconut cake is my favorite!

  • We LOVE the lemon bars in my house…even my daughter gobbled up her piece!

  • Lara S says:

    I love your lemon bars! They are so delicious. I really love all of your recipes, but lemon bars are my favorite!

  • Deanna S says:

    Zucchini Bundt cake is a favorite…

  • Karen says:

    I love, love, love your eggs Benedict…so yummy!

  • Nancy Loy says:

    Protein Noodle Lasagna is THE BOMB!!!

  • Jen says:

    This article couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m IN a binge and am finding absolutely no motivation to get out of it and falling into that pit of despair (menopause not helping). I’ll get some l-glutamine today, fingers crossed it helps.

  • Wendy says:

    too many to decide….lasagna, short ribs, bundt cake, turtles, ice cream……..

  • Joy Winston says:

    I use the Choco Perfection for everything. I make ice cream…chocolate cakes, cookies and candies. We simply eat the perfection…and would be so happy to win. We love you Maria…thanks for all you do.

  • Amanda Reed says:

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite. I have used your amazing bread recipe many times, though, so for now I’ll pick that one. 🙂

  • Nicole Thomas says:

    I think you are an artist… love your recipes. Have made the ricotta torte with browned butter and almonds many times…. wonderful! I’ve wanted to try chocolate with erythritol and haven’t had the opportunity yet. Thank you for all you do. Your beautiful family must be very proud of you!

  • Susan D. says:

    Just received your Keto Adapted so the only one I have tried so far is the Taco Bar Lettuce Cups. Love them!

  • Russ S says:

    Your lemon curd recipe is our favorite. I have had to share that recipe several times with non-ketoers.

  • Barbara Barker says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to receive a quality product. A gal needs a bit of quality chocolate once in a while

  • Glenda Westra Zielski says:

    love, love, love the bread pudding recipe

  • Lisa M says:

    It is hard to pick a favorite. I love your basic brownie recipe made with cream cheese and cocoa powder and also your Ranch dressing.

  • gina says:

    I love your creative desserts like Egg Nog Custard or Creme Brulee

  • Mary Jacobs says:

    I love all your recipes and that you share everything so freely. You are awesome.

  • Crystal says:

    I have only made one recipe so far, Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread. It was delicious and I am currently contemplating which recipe to try next.

  • Jenn says:

    Anything with chocolate!

  • Amanda says:

    Your slow cooker beef and broccoli is great! And the chocolate ganache cake. Would love to try thes ChocoPerfection bars.

  • Nicole says:

    L-glutamine is also amazing for gut healing 🙂

  • Christina says:

    Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread!

  • Nicole says:

    L-glutamine is also amazing for gut healing 🙂 And my fav recipe is the animal crackers..or maybe the cabbage hashbrowns 🙂

  • Koshie says:

    Well now, that is a tough request! I’m all about variety; and so many of your recipes are SO very good! To be a great recipe, my criteria are that it must be delicious, easy to make and easy to clean up after. And it helps if I have all the ingredients already in my pantry!
    So I cast my vote for Mocha Fudge Cake!

  • Ashley says:

    love the lemon bars

  • Lisa says:

    The amazing, healthified bread recipes!

  • Kathy says:

    I love your Amazing bread as well as all your recipes!

  • Emily says:

    I love your amazing coconut flour bread! It makes keto so easy!

  • Vanessa says:

    I just tried your tortillas…. they worked really well.

  • Vanessa says:

    I love your tiramisu

  • For sweets my favorite recipe is your peanut butter cookies and Christmas cookies! Savory Italian meatloaf!

  • Mary Ann Pariseau says:

    would love to win this . I have never tried these… Could use these in my chocolate chip cookies !

  • deb says:

    My family loves your healthified chocolate chip cookies!

  • Cindy says:

    I just bought a zucchini noodler, and am loving all the recipes that use zucchini noodles. Also I love the zucchini cake.

  • Allie says:

    My favorite recipe is your zucchini brownies. However, I’m about to make your chocolate cake and I have a feeling I’ll have a new favorite by the end of the day. (:

  • Pami says:

    Sub buns!

  • LaDena says:

    I love the Keto chili. I have figured out the recipe so that it fits in pint size jars and pressure can it so I can have it when ever I want. I will make up about 9 at a time so I only have to clean up the mess once. I want you to know that I bought my first ChocoPerfection bar and ate just one section at a time and then put it in the freezer to hide it from my husband. The next morning when I got up and went to the kitchen he had found the bar and ate it all and let the wrapper (evidence to the crime) on the cabinet. When confronted with evidence I said that was my sugar-free candy bar you don’t eat sugar-free anything. He said that was really good for sugar-free I liked it. Guess when I buy more I need to find a better hiding place or buy extra so he can eat them also.

  • Michelle says:

    Although I don’t need much sweet anymore, I find that I do consistently have a craving for just a bite of something sweet after meals. The problem is, if I have too many fat bombs in the freezer, my “little bite” sometimes gets out of hand. I’m thinking I should try zinc to see if it helps that craving. Other than that, the cravings are mostly gone — that is a blessing! The amazing bread has been great for the occasional BLT and such! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  • Jana says:

    We love the Seafood Risotto. It is so decadent. I had tried other “rice” recipes before but they were mush. Maria’s recipes will have you cooking and baking like a pro and your body feeling amazing.

  • Rebecca says:

    It’s so hard to choose a favorite. I’ve tried many healthified recipes and loved them all. Right now I”m thinking about chocolate, so I guess my favorite would be your healthified chocolate chip cookie!

  • Karen says:

    Cinnamon Rolls! Sunday morning fav!!

  • beth says:

    I love the tomato gorgonzola bisque although I had to use feta. Is a delicious gourmet soup.

  • Joanne says:

    We really like your crockpot chicken recipe.

  • Mary says:

    I have not tried ChocPerfection Bars. Would love to win! Thank You!

  • Christy says:

    vanilla bean cheesecake!

  • Michele Fore says:

    I haven’t tried any of your recipes yet. I’m new to low carb eating. I do plan to try the peanut butter cereal though. Thanks!

  • Jen says:

    Lemon bars 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    I just entered your contest, and great timing! As recently as this past weekend, I was looking at purchasing those same brand of chocolate bars. But, since I just purchased a 6-pack of Swerve, I felt my pocket was a little lighter this week.

    Honestly, I haven’t been able to make a recipe of yours yet! I just purchased Swerve to try because of your blog. There are a few recipes I’m gearing up to try though – chocolate cake donuts, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies… can you tell I like chocolate?

  • Jenny says:

    I love so many of your recipes! your cereals, muffins, subs, brownies and cheese danishes! 🙂 I have never tried these bars! I would love to though!

  • Julie says:

    we love your strawberry cheesecake ice cream

  • Rachel says:

    My favorite recipe of yours is what I last made. They are all great.

    One enduring fave is the sub bread. So easy, so good, awesome sauce.

  • Marisa says:

    I love so many of your recipes! My daughter loves your “healthified” hamburger helper!

  • Sharon Spencer says:

    I love, make, and eat your protien rolls & pizza. Have grilled cheese sandwiches with them and almost cried the 1st time it tasted so good. I’m about to make your chocolate cake for my birthday.

  • Kristen says:

    I finally got the Amazing Bread down and we love it!

  • Diane says:

    Healthified hoagies are my favorite.

  • Jamie says:

    My family loves your healthified chicken nuggets, meatloaf and amazing pizza! We love it all but those are some of our faves!

  • Becky says:

    I am new to Maria’s recipes but so far have really enjoyed the Keto Protein Bread and Healthified French Silk. The French Silk reminds me of the snack we used to make after school sometimes but without the sugar. Hard to imagine I let low-fat thinking deprive me of this amazing and healthy dessert for so long. Thanks Maria!

  • Your hollandaise sauce is the bomb diggity!

  • Joie says:

    I use your recipe for the amazing sandwich bread most. It tastes good and works for me! It is my favorite of all your recipes, and I like most of them!

  • Goji Xtreme says:

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

  • stacey says:

    I make the Almond Joy donuts/muffins all the time. They are a great snack to have on hand and make a great breakfast when traveling.

  • Kali says:

    I adore the keto fudge recipe. Its the perfect way to get in more fat. I also love the shamrock shake!

  • Anna says:

    I can’t wait to win the Chocoperfection! I want to try sooooooo many recipes that have it in the recipe, but it’s so darn expensive to simply “try” it!! Thanks Maria, for the opportunity to win it!! I think I’ve entered all of your contests that offer Chocoperfection as the prize, but haven’t won yet! One day, it will be MY day to win!! 🙂

  • Darla says:

    There are soo many, it’s hard to pick… I guess i’d have to say the Bread because it serves soo many purposes.

  • Ivana says:

    Peanut Butter Cookies!!! Simply awesome!

  • Jean says:

    I love so many of your recipes but if I had to choose one it would be chocolate cake with browned butter filling and frosted with chocolate ganache.

  • Andrea M says:

    Most things with zucchini! like the bundt 😀

  • Darla H says:

    I love your chicken “noodle” soup

  • Agnes says:

    Turtle cheesecake!

  • Sandra says:

    The zucchini cake and mint chocolate donuts are our favorites.

  • Pam says:

    I love your healthified sub rolls and chocolate chip cookies!

  • Stephanie says:

    Too many to name – but always have your sub bread in the fridge!

  • Karen says:

    Everything I have made has been fabulous. I do eat the choco perfection bars when I am looking for chocolate!

  • Deb says:

    Chocolate zucchini brownies!

  • Lindy says:

    There are many that we like. The amazing bread is a staple, lemon bars, zucchini chocolate cake, keto fudge and cheese cake, the top five.

  • Kim says:

    Love ChocoPerfection! I usually use them in your Best Chocolate Chip cookie recipe – so good.

  • Jamie says:

    Looks like I have some recipes to try! Yay! Thanks so much!!

  • Anonymous says:

    My vegetarian family loves the Twice-Baked Cauliflower recipe from your ‘Nutritious and Delicious’ recipe book.

  • Debbie Jennings says:

    Your bread!! : )

  • Laura Smith says:

    My new favorite is sushi! That was one thing that was our special treat for special occasions for my husband and me and changing our lifestyle made it no longer an option but not any more!

  • Jessicagraham says:

    Chocolate chip cookies! !

  • love all of your recipes that I have tried. and I love reading your posts. I have learned a lot from you. Thanks for the help.

  • Tracy says:

    I am a Maria fan! I don’t think I’ve tried a recipe I don’t like. Today I am making your sub rolls for the first time.

  • Noelle says:

    I like your almond bread for sandwiches! The psyllium is pretty crazy amazing!

  • Cassandra says:

    My whole family LOVES the Korean short ribs!! I plan on making them tomorrow night!

  • leala says:

    thank you for all the info you give.

  • Bonnie says:

    I really want to try these chocoperfection bars so I can make chocolate chip cookies for my grandsons. I love Maria’s protein lasagna, chili, lava cakes and zucchini bread.

  • Barb says:

    Love your ice cream recipe! It has kept me going all summer long! I just change the flavors… 😀

  • Laurie says:

    Name my favorite recipe….oh that is impossible as I love so many of your recipes. I especially love your pizza and the spinach artichoke tart as well as your chocolate zucchini bread and pumpkin bread (which I turn into muffins and freeze so I have individual servings) oh and your keto fudge (but I had to stop making that because I couldn’t stop eating it because it was so good, lol). Thanks for all you do Maria!!!

  • angela says:

    Love the shamrock shake and the strawberry pudding!!!!! I’m all about the sweets!

  • Sarah says:

    I get a craving for sweets mostly at night, so this info is very helpful!–

  • Karen says:

    love your lemon bars. love all your recipes.

  • Sarah says:

    I don’t know why it didn’t post my whole comment? Oh well….My family and I really love your Amazing Bread! We are bread lovers here and to be able to have some and know it’s healthy for you has been a real life saver! 🙂

  • Corinn says:

    Healthfied cheesecake is my favorite!!!! Yuuummmm.

  • Maureen says:

    Although I love a great many of your recipes, my favorite and the one I make all the time is the Protein Waffles. I make a double batch and freeze the extras. Very easy on the go breakfast every morning.
    Thanks Maria!!

  • Lisa says:

    Crockpot Philly Cheese Peppers from your Nutritious and Delicious cookbook!!

  • Tamrah says:

    For a quick go to I make a bunch of your chili or extra meatloaf! But I love the keto fudge for a quick treat!

  • Cathy S. says:

    Keto Fudge. Seriously though, all of the recipes rock!

  • Lisa S says:

    My Favorite flavor is chocolate orange.

  • kelly mac says:

    So hard to pick one — but… the chocolate chip cookies!!! 🙂

  • Baconnaise is a pretty great one!

  • Kelly says:

    i love chocolate chip cookies!

  • Kristin says:

    Maria, I have been trying a new recipe every week or so for the past year and a 1/2. I am amazed at your wealth of knowledge and library of recipes you share. I love you!!! Chocolate torte for the sweet, and the protein noodle lasagna for the entree.

  • Laura says:

    So many to choose from….”Reece’s mini muffins seem to be consumed the fastest!

  • Anne says:

    Chocolate zucchini muffins, a family favorite! Tastes amazing!

  • Terri says:

    That’s hard because we enjoy SO many of your recipes! But I do brag on your Chili an awful lot. And I plan on entering it in our work place Chili Cook off. P.S. Chocoperfection is DA BOMB! Thank you for enlightening me on so many yummy things.

  • Sandra says:

    I love the lemon bars!

  • Amanda says:


  • Sherrie says:

    Too many great recipes to pick just one! Thanks for all you do!

  • Stephanie says:

    Flax waffles are awesome!

  • ashley says:

    I love a lot of your recipes – the one I make the most is your LC bread- I also love your ice cream

  • patricia says:

    The Lemon bars,,,,we have a lemon tree!

  • Kristel says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Debbie says:

    Protein Noodle Lasagna is great.

  • Caren says:

    First of all, I have to say thank you for all you do. My husband and I went low carb/wheat free/sugar free about 5 weeks ago and have both lost about 15lbs and feel much better we’re taking it nice and slow, but finding you’re website and recipes have made this sooooo much easier and better than I thought it would be. I am forever grateful! All the recipes I have made have been wonderful, but favs would be chocolate chip cookies, and Bavarian Cream Cheesecake I made both of these for family get togethers and both were a big hit even with wheat/sugar eating family. Again, I can’t thank you enough. Also, I love reading all the posts about your boys they are so precious and lucky to have you and your husband.

  • Michale says:

    And who could fault the little boy for his sobering, direct answer.
    So many young men become the kind of moody, depressed, and angry boy that media often creates and then society wants to
    fix. If Kevin Kolb is the opening day starter next season, he
    may have more pressure on him than any other quarterback in the league.

  • Evelyn says:

    I love your Chocolate Mousse Pie!

  • Caren says:

    First of all I have to say thank you for all you do, and all the great recipes! My husband and I went lc/sf/wf/ about 5 weeks ago and have both lost 15 lbs and feel much better, we’re taking it nice and slow, but finding your website and recipes have made it soooooo much easier and better than I thought it would be. I will forever be grateful. I have loved all the recipes I have made so far, but favs would be chocolate chip cookies and Bavarian Cream Cheesecake I made both of these for family get togethers and even the wheat/sugar eating family looved them. Again, thank you! I will be purchasing 2 of your e-books very soon. (Keto-adapted and Secrets to controlling) Also, I love reading post about your boys they are soooo precious, and very lucky to have you and your husband.

  • Amy says:

    PB fudge, French silk, turtle pie, the list goes on…

  • Krickt says:

    I just started taking L-Glutamine this week, and you are so right, the craving just kinda melted away. I still prefer sweets, but your recipes do a fantastic job of giving me something sweet to munch on without any guilt about what I’m doing to my blood sugar. One of my favorite things to eat several times a week is the Dutch Baby. That with tons of butter and your caramel sauce just knocks any weird cravings out of the arena!

  • Holly Williams says:

    We are really loving the berry crunch and Nutella cereals this week:) The bread is just delish smothered in butter and this easter we made the cheesecake…too die for! Thanks for the great recipes 🙂

  • Dana says:

    The Keto Fudge looks delish!

  • Christine says:

    I have been enjoying many of your slow cooker recipes! I’m looking forward to making the Chocolate mousse, again. That cook book is wonderful:)

  • Karin says:

    Cheesecake ice cream

  • Jenny says:

    I love your faux Wonder Bread recipe the most–thats what I call the egg-white meringue + whey protein bread. Its so soft and lovely. I like to make it into french toast, or just regular toast, and drizzle it with a syrup made from peanut butter, Kerrygold butter, coconut oil, and a little Swerve to sweeten it up. Its one of my favorite ways to get extra fat in my diet.

  • Ashlie says:

    I have not tried a recipe yet that my family hasn’t really liked. I’ve made a couple of the healthified candy recipes that get me through my chocolate fix – but I have to say that sometimes just a chocoperfection bar does the trick too.

    Our go to breakfast is hollandaise sauce on healthified bread – sometimes with an egg. / And the healthified granola when we’re running late

    For lunch – we love, love, love the quesadilla made with coconut flour. Even my teen daughter likes them enough to make them for all of us, and they’re so filling.

    My favorite dinner so far has been the lemon braised chicken. I could eat that every day, but my family would have an uprising, so we really enjoy the deep dish pizza, the stroganoff with cabbage noodles, Healthified fried chicken with waffles, more hollandaise sauce on anything really, Grilled cheese (with healthified bread), cheesy risotto, the Spinach Artichoke Tart… the list goes on.

    I used to suffer from fibromyalgia and CFS, and with this diet I am pain free and have more energy than I’ve had in years.

    Thank you Maria!!! If you haven’t bought the books yet, buy them – I have hard copy’s, kindle copy’s and all of the pdf books Maria sells on her site – I love the pdf’s the most because I can print a favorite and put it in a plastic cover and stick it on the fridge while I’m cooking – then put it right back in the binder. Turns out – they’re pretty much all my favorites. I’m saving up for her services because I believe there is real value there, and health is the most important asset any of us has.

    Sorry for the novel, I just can’t sing enough praises. We’ve also lost weight in the couple months since we started to the tune of 33 pounds among the 3 of us.

  • Ash says:

    I have not tried a recipe yet that my family hasn’t really liked. I’ve made a couple of the healthified candy recipes that get me through my chocolate fix – but I have to say that sometimes just a chocoperfection bar does the trick too.
    Our go to breakfast is hollandaise sauce on healthified bread – sometimes with an egg. / And the healthified granola when we’re running late
    For lunch – we love, love, love the quesadilla made with coconut flour. Even my teen daughter likes them enough to make them for all of us, and they’re so filling.
    My favorite dinner so far has been the lemon braised chicken. I could eat that every day, but my family would have an uprising, so we really enjoy the deep dish pizza, the stroganoff with cabbage noodles, Healthified fried chicken with waffles, more hollandaise sauce on anything really, Grilled cheese (with healthified bread), cheesy risotto, the Spinach Artichoke Tart… the list goes on.
    I used to suffer from fibromyalgia and CFS, and with this diet I am pain free and have more energy than I’ve had in years.
    Thank you Maria!!! If you haven’t bought the books yet, buy them – I have hard copy’s, kindle copy’s and all of the pdf books Maria sells on her site – I love the pdf’s the most because I can print a favorite and put it in a plastic cover and stick it on the fridge while I’m cooking – then put it right back in the binder. Turns out – they’re pretty much all my favorites. I’m saving up for her services because I believe there is real value there, and health is the most important asset any of us has.
    Sorry for the novel, I just can’t sing enough praises. We’ve also lost weight in the couple months since we started to the tune of 33 pounds among the 3 of us.

  • Andrea Smith says:

    I love your chocolate bar imitations and your cereal recipes. Too fun!

  • Kris in Alaska says:

    Lemon bars!

  • Mei Ling says:

    The spinach quiche and your amazing bread are made at least every month in my kitchen! Scrumptious!

  • Marilyn says:

    It’s hard to pick just one, but we really do love your bagels.

  • sarah says:

    protein lasagna

  • Jana says:

    Where do I start? Biscuits and gravy! Pumpkin spice latte (new)! Have all your books and make all your recipes! Keep creating!!!!

  • Jeanie says:

    Love your turtle cheesecake! So yummy!

  • Alessandra says:

    Our favorite keto recipe of yours is the lava cake recipe. My father keeps asking when I will make them again. He’s from Rome and was eating bread at almost each meal. We did a 30 day program and he’s not eating bread! I didn’t think he could do it but he did! Thank you Maria for all you do!!

  • Paige Rideout says:

    Favorite is keto fudge!

  • Sherry says:

    The chili recipe from your Slow Cooker cook book.

  • Kate P says:

    I am part Italian so of course the Cannoli!!!

  • Christina says:

    Greetings from Madrid!! My favorite is the Chocolate raspberry cheesecake!!!!!

  • I have so many, which I pin all your recipes to pinterest. If I had to choose it would be the healthfied cheesecake, yummm.

  • Lana says:

    Your low carb molten lava cakes are what convinced my husband to start doing keto with me! The best ever!

  • Terri Klugh says:

    My favorite are the lemon bars!

  • Jenny says:

    Our family (even our 2 picky toddler boys) love your protein waffles. We have them weekly! I double the batch and freeze some for the next week. They’re delic! I’m going to give the pumpkin waffle recipe a try next week.

  • Audra says:

    I love the pancakes!

  • Lisa Custer says:

    I am also new to the keto plan but I am finding the energy bars and fat bombs are life savers! I would highly recommend purchasing Maria’s eating plans! They are easy to follow as you are doing research and reading about this healthy way of eating. I’m feeling so energized and Not deprived of anything. In two weeks, my cravings are gone and the increased fats are helping me feel satisfied completely. Thanks Maria for all of your research! I am loving all of your books! Hoping to try some of these desserts and recipes at my next dinner party! The chocolate dessert will be the winner I’m sure!

  • rimmel says:

    The keto fudge is most frequented 🙂

  • Barbara U says:

    Love the mint choco perfection. Made my first cookies with it today.

  • Kristie says:

    I love every healthified recipe that I’ve tried, especially the seaweed egrolls.

  • norma says:

    I”ve enjoyed quite a few of your recipes. I love your strawberry cream cheese ice cream. the best.

  • Sandy Munn says:

    Zucchini brownies and bread!

  • Cristin says:

    My children and I love your sunflower seed “energy Bars”, among many other things..those were just our latest creations!

  • Della says:

    Amazing bread has to be it because I make it the most, then choc. chip cookies!!!

  • cemmerich says:

    Maybe try easing in to it. Try just a little and then adding more the next day. Thanks! 🙂

  • Jenny says:

    Maria, I love your cook books and recommend them to all my family and friends!

  • Cathy says:

    I really don’t have a favorite…so far, I LOVE them all. I’m in love with your slow cooker cookbook right now!

    Thank you for all that you do!


  • Kaitlin says:


    Your blog and recipes have literally changed my life and the way I eat. I decided to become keto-adapted back in January, but was so bored with my same meals day in and day out, not being “able” to enjoy the “finer” things. Your blog has opened up WORLDS of healthified options for me.

    My *current* favorite (and I say current, because it changes all the time as I try new recipes of yours) is the Hearts of Palm Mac n’ Cheese. I make up 2 or 3 batches and freeze them for quick microwave meals during my busy work week. My *current* favorite runner-up is the Avocado Brownie Recipe. Can’t get enough!

    Thanks again for helping to change my life in the best way possible. 🙂


  • Olya says:

    Protein popovers: so universal

  • abbyelyn says:

    Well, I’ve just started using some of your recipes, but right now loving the cookie dough dip and the great sugar free syrup recipe! I use it every morning! Delicious!

  • Heidi says:

    I think I am going to have to try and CC cookies. YUM

  • kathy says:

    Hi, I’m new to your blog so I have no favorite recipe yet. I thought I was keto adapted but my sugar cravings have been high lately. Do you still get them even when you’re keto adapted? I will definitely add l-glutamine to my regime. I’m also confused about the artificial sweeteners. I thought they weren’t good for you, although I do understand the importance of using them in “healthified” recipes since insulin levels aren’t affected. So eating these sweet treats won’t make you crave more then? Thanks…and sorry for so many questions. I will keep reading through your blog.

    • cemmerich says:

      If you are keto adpated, the cravings will go away over time. I think these treat can help with the transition. I find most clients, after being keto adapted for a while, will reduce the amount of sweets the eat as they develop the savory part of their pallet more. 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    I loooooove the Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Keto Fudge, they are DELICIOUS.

  • Connie N says:

    I have your “HEALTHIFIED” Brownies in the Ref. And we both try not to eat to much.
    It is so good
    Thanks for the recipe

  • gigi zee says:

    My favorite recipe is for protein rolls. I make them every few weeks, (I make about 15 at once and freeze them) .
    The recipe is easy, they always come out (I have a convection oven) and can be made sweet or savory. My favorite is to make them like an everything bagel. Topped with salt pepper garlic and poppy seeds. I can have them with eggs in the morning, use for a sandwich at lunch or to accompany dinner. No, it is not crusty Italian bread, but it is an excellent substitute.

  • Jean N says:

    We love all your recipes, Maria! But, we just made your chocolate zucchini bundt cake, so that’s my favorite right now. Thank you for all your recipes!!

  • AlaskanAnnie says:

    Are recent obsession is your Chili, with the cheese sauce. This one is a weekly winner in our family. Thanks!

  • wanda says:

    My favorite recipe is the crepes, then I add a cream cheese filling and then the crepe syrup is wonderful. If I eat this for breakfast I don’t get hungry til late afternoon. Love it! Thanks Maria!

  • Christie Wilson says:

    Truthfully, I’m very new to your website and haven’t been able to pick which recipe to make first because they all look fabulous! I made the almond bun recipe last night, but didn’t see that you couldn’t sub flax seed for the psyllium husk, so they didn’t come out quite the same. I had to add coconut flour to finish absorbing all the liquid and they were much denser than I imagine the original recipe to be, more like a biscuit than a bun, but still yummy! Looking very forward to trying most everything else, especially the desserts! Thanks so much.

  • Ellisa says:

    Hi Maria!
    I just found your blog, (a friend on MFP sent me here!) and I just want to THANK YOU so much for your amazing recipes and all the great information you provide–your story and beautiful pictures are also very inspirational!

  • Valerie says:

    We love your pumpkin bread!

  • Tiffany says:

    I just found your blog after doing keto for almost 2 months now. All of your recipes look amazing and I can’t wait to try many of the sweets recipes during the holidays. My favorite recipe so far has been the cilantro chicken drumsticks. I love recipes with fish sauce and this one is just marvelously delicious!

  • Linda Taylor says:

    I haven’t tried any of your recipes yet. I am so new to this and a afraid to try any thing that might trigger me! I did make some zoodles!

  • Kelle says:

    I love your chocolate chip cookies!

  • Michelle says:

    We have many favorites, but the power waffles are a great way to start the day!

  • Valerie says:

    Love your brownie recipes, Keto fudge, cereal and many more!

  • rachel says:

    i love the bacon wrapped onion rings…simple yet brilliant.

  • Jocelyn Schulz says:

    I love your Snickers bar recipe!! (among hundreds of others 😀 )

  • Jenny R says:

    Your chocolate chip cookies are my fave. And I need some choco perfections bars to make then. 🙂

  • Valerie P. says:

    My fave recipe now is your pumpkin bread made in my pumpkin bread mold! Will add pecans next time and maybe one time try with Chocoperfection “chips” in it ?!

  • Jeanie says:

    Maria, can you clarify what a “proper dose of l-glutamine” is? My favorite recipe is the pumpkin bread. Yum!

  • Tricia says:

    Just started this woe yesterday. Looking forward to trying your zucchini brownies!

  • Sharon Swift says:

    I’ll be having your Lemon Bars for my Birthday Day treat.
    Thanks for all your hard work.

  • sophie says:

    your brownies!!!!!!!!

  • Cynthia says:

    I def love most, the chocolate chip cookies 😀

  • Jeanie says:

    I can’t believe I forgot that I tried a new recipe of yours and LOVE it! Cinnamon hummus…………on your sunflower seed crackers. Very flavorful, I’m afraid to tell my husband about it or he’ll eat it up!

  • Kimberly says:

    calzones & cheetos recipes !

  • Karen says:

    My favorite is your Amazing Bread recipe.

  • Laurie says:

    The Chocolate Chip Cookies from Maria’s book “Nutritious and Delicious” are so excellent!!!!! Easy to make and even the dough is good! LOL! Who doesn’t like cookie dough!

  • SarahH says:


  • Veronica says:

    My favorite recipe of yours has to be the low carb cinnamon rolls with your caramel sauce!!!

  • Dana says:

    I love so many recipes – one of my favorites is the tortillas, made with the taco seasoning – makes it so we can still have taco (or Mexican) night at our house!

  • Kathy says:

    I love anything with chocolate in it. Especially brownies.

  • Liz says:

    My household loves the low carb wraps! It’s so great to have BLT’s or even chicken fajitas. There’s really so much you can put in them and they’re delicious!

  • jen says:

    Brownies. Who doesn’t love brownies?

  • Sandra Bixby says:

    My favorite recipe is the Amazing Bread! It is so good with Almond Butter or made into French toast for breakfast. It’s very filling and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on not having bread. I don’t really miss bread at all!

  • Maryann Komes says:

    I love too many of them! I guess the one we eat the most in Casa de Komes is the Amazing Bread. We also love the pizza crusts. And for fall, Pumpkin Muffins!!! Have all of your books and haven’t found a bad recipe yet!

  • Tasha Eldridge says:

    We loved the homemade graham crackers! Planning on making some “twix” bars today!

  • Lita says:

    Protein bars are a family favorite. And strawberry cheesecake ice cream got me through the summer.

  • Chelsea M says:

    We love all the food recipies! However, my favorite “recipe/advice” that I have recieved from you is to stop taking honey for sore throats and instead do the coconut oil/gelatin/tea! We make that everytime one of us had a sore throat and it has kept us healthy and off of antibiotics and we owe you a ton for that! Thank you for all that you do!!

  • Deb says:


  • Charlotte Schueneman says:

    I ordered the GAPS diet and your Keto Adapted book at the same time.

    I am loving your bone broth soup recipies currently and can’t wait to try more.

    I’ve always had a sweet tooth and am feeling wonderful now w no grains, starches, or sugars.

    But I still love my chocolate. I use fat bombs when I need a little bite. I would love to try the Choco Perfection Bars. My local co-op sells a chocolate bar sweetened with stevia and eurethretol but it still has 21 grams of carbs…

  • Carol W says:

    We LOVE your peanut cabbage noodles. It’s a classic here at the house. Even our pickiest eater goes back for seconds.

  • Dana Hill says:

    We LOVE the donut recipe in Nutritious and Delicious that has the chocoperfection melted for the icing!

  • Jessica says:

    I haven’t tried any recipes yet, I have Swerve on its way from Amazon and can’t wait to get busy! I love that you post natural recipes. If I’m going to feed my children this way, I want to know that it’s better for them.

  • Theresa Hiles says:

    Chai Donuts!

  • Lanette says:

    chocolate chip cookies!

  • Dawn Dahlgren says:

    Like most of your recipes but use the protein bread the most because it can be used for pizza and sandwiches.

  • Jeanette Murnan says:

    Lemon Bars are yummy.

  • Christina weeman says:

    Love love the protein lasagna. Easy and fast to make in a pinch!

  • Stacey says:

    Ice Cream is my biggest weakness. Your healthified ice cream recipes take care of all my cravings!

  • Tammie M says:

    My favorite is the Keto Cannoli.

  • Amy says:

    The enchiladas!!! Mmmm!

  • Jamie H. says:

    Your chocolate chip cookies are the best keto chocolate chip cookies I have made…..and it feels like I have tried all the recipes out there.

  • April says:

    Too many favorites. Sugar cookies, tiramisu biscotti and custard… so much more.

  • Sheri says:

    I like lots of recipes: buns, flourless chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, Korean short ribs, bread, biscuits, sausage gravy… You are certainly helping me to be low carb for me & my husband! You have taught me SO much. I need to read your books! Thanks for all you do.

  • Marilyn R. says:

    For dessert, love choco zucchini bunds cake.

  • Abigale says:

    I love your recipes! I am enamored of the flourless chocolate cake and the ice cream recipes however all of them give me good ideas so I don’t get bored cooking. I know that one nutrient that seems to be a common deficiency is taurine. Being deficient in taurine sets off all sorts of cravings with me.

  • Cyndi Hagerty says:

    i would LOVE to make some chocolate chip cookies!

  • Katrina says:

    Just getting started with your recipes…can’t wait!

  • Michelle says:

    My kids love your cereal. I really enjoy making your protein bread and making French toast with it 🙂

  • Melinda says:

    Just found you ! No fave . . . Yet!!! So excited to try some, though!

  • Karline says:

    I love most of your recipes. Hard to pick a favourite. 🙂

  • Carrie Marchand says:

    There are too many that are my favorites! Chocolate chip cookies, turtle cheesecake, cheese its, chocolate zucchini muffins…

  • kathy shepp says:

    The Mexican Lasagne is my family’s favorite meal. Our favorite desert is gingerbread.

  • Heather says:

    Avocado sorbet…all time fave

  • DeeLayne says:

    Last week I bought all three of your cookbooks …but the recipes & pics look amazing…..haven’t decided on which is my fav yet.

  • Janelle says:

    My favorite recipe, and the one “treat” I can’t wait to make again for thanksgiving this year, is your pumpkin cheesecake. so good!

  • Blanca says:

    My favorite recipe is your Blondies, so yummy and easy!

  • Lisa says:

    I have perused your blog for awhile and will be trying your cereals as I miss some of those since I haven’t been eating any processed foods. Chocolate is a hard one and I will be anxious to try this chocolate you are giving away. I do make some with cocoa, coconut oil & stevia.

  • Kaylee says:

    Cookie dough ice cream!

  • Rachel says:

    I lOVE the cookie dough cupcakes, physilium hulsk bread and healithified ice creams 😉 yummy!!!

  • Have enjoyed the doughnuts,a real treat!

  • Teresa Willey says:

    Love the Corned Beef/Cabbage soup.

  • Emma says:

    your protein bread! so simple and versatile!

  • Michelle says:

    My favorite “go to” recipe is the crunch berry cereal recipe. I always have a batch in my fridge. It always takes care of any late night cravings for me and keeps me on track with my goal! Thank you for so many awesome recipes!

  • Kara says:

    I love so many of your recipes, but one of my very favorites is the chocolate pie. Top it with some homemade sweetened whipped cream and it’s the perfect substitute for one of my ultimate favorite deserts: french silk pie. You can’t even tell that this is a healthy version!!!

  • susan says:

    I was really excited to find the Chocolate Flaxseed Muffin recipe! I am a lo carb-Keto follower and sometimes I just NEED something fun to eat. They are so good, you feel like your cheating!

  • Crystal M says:

    Chocolate chip cookies and meatloaf cupcakes!

  • elise says:


  • Debby Robic says:

    Love your Slow Cooker smoked brisket recipe!

  • Maggie McCoy Pogue says:

    We are fairly new to your site but my family loves every recipe we have tried. I’d say their favorite is the biscuits and gravy!

  • Charleen says:

    All of them … Seriously!! But that deep dish pizza!!! Yummm

  • Linda Makiej says:

    I love your Zucchini brownies!! And I never thought I would be able to eat chocolate again……. hope to win these! 🙂

  • Stacey says:

    So many more I want to try. So far pancakes made with coconut flour are my fav. Got my ice cream maker so I’m
    really looking forward to trying a few of those!

  • Ilisa Ailts says:

    I love your chili recipe and your chocolate candies, and many many more!

  • Karen says:

    I would love to try to chocoperfection bars! I have been debating on whether to spend the money but this would be a perfect way to try them out! Love all of your recipes and information. I have lost 25 pounds after one month of changing my diet!

  • Kelli says:

    i love the Reese cup cake

  • Stephanie Najar says:

    We all love love love the chili! However, we have loved all that we try and we have tried quite a bit!

  • Megan says:

    So many yummy recipes! I love the Keto fudge and Lemon Bars!!!! Delicious!

  • Sarah says:

    My favorite recipe is the angel food cake!

  • Marilyn says:

    I love lots of them, but always keep the Danish made to use for breakfast and special treats for me!

  • oneida says:

    We love so many of your recipes but since we’re talking about Chocoperfection bars I’ll choose your chocolate chip cookies using these bars 🙂

  • Monique says:

    My very favorite recipe and one I use over and over again is your low carb bread made with almond flour and psyllium husks!

  • Lara says:

    Meatloaf cupcakes!

  • JAMIE G says:

    Philly Cheese Peppers

  • Kelly Emmerich says:

    Nutter butter cookies. I LOVE THE FILING.

  • Jan says:

    I made your protein waffles on Monday. Loved them! I can have waffles for breakfast again! Yaay!

  • Jacquie Z says:

    Everything! It’s so hard to choose. Healthified Brownies, just to name one.

  • Kymberlee says:

    these sound amazing!!!

  • Patricia says:

    We love all of them! So hard to choose one! But I do love the shakes the frozen hot chocolate is our favorite! Satisfies our sweet tooth

  • Marie C. says:

    Any of the candy bars

  • Val says:

    The No Bake energy bars! They are fantastic!!!

  • Sarah P says:

    We love most of your recipes, as my daughter is low carb, gluten and dairy free. The most recent recipe we made was the protein waffles.

  • Jennifer Joi er says:

    I love the protein noodle lasagna.

  • Anna says:

    Love the chili. My picky eaters ask for it all the time!

  • Susie says:

    Protein buns!

  • Tara Johnson says:

    I love reading the comments. Gives me ideas of what to try 🙂

  • Christina says:

    I made the zucchini bread last weekend! It was flipping amazing. My husband even ate it and he’s anti-low carb!

  • Linda says:

    So far have liked most everything, I am trying the pumpkin cheesecake tomorrow

  • Alisha says:

    I’m new to the keto lifestyle and haven’t tried an recipes, but an excited to!

  • Gina says:

    I love all of them but the sub rolls are one of my fav’s.

  • Linda Thompson says:

    Love your helthafied crackers!!

  • tamid says:

    Just made your deep dish pizza, definitely one of my favorites

  • Stephanie Gibbons says:

    Love all your creative healthy recipes but if I have to pick one at the moment its the pumpkin cookie balls. Tis the season. Their DELISH!!!!!

  • Jamie says:

    FAVE RECIPE: God…thats like trying to pick your favorite CHILD! LOL! Maria you are the BEST at everything and still a human which warms my soul! Right now I love your Doro Wat (it was my first) the most but I honestly love everything else! Your Bone Broth is a close second!

  • Karen says:

    Lemon bars and zucchini bread!

  • AlaskanAnnie says:

    Good Morning from Alaska. I realized I had done all 3 for the giveaway (a few weeks ago) but I did not post on my fb wall. Done. Just made your Zucchini Brownies with Almond Flour and Xyla! They were so moist and AMAZING! Thank you for giving me understanding on how my body can work best.

  • Nichole Kenton says:

    Brand new to keto-adapted eating! So much to learn but enjoying the new recipes you’ve providing me. Just bought The Art of Healthy Eating Savory, Sweets Kids and have made several recipes. My favorite recipe, mainly due to mobility, is the “Healthified Crackers.” This time of year there are SEVERAL potlucks/parties that I attend and it’s nice to have a “cracker” I can eat with all the yummy cheeses and dips :-). I also carry your bread with me when going out to breakfast ;-). But the crackers are great! Just had a wine & cheese party with girlfriends and none of them could til they were eating something healthy :-). Look forward to learning more and hopefully losing more weight, 12lbs in a month so far!

  • Janet Crook says:

    I love your Amazing Bread and sub roll recipe. It’s the only thing that keeps my husband on this way of eating.

  • JohanneC says:

    MMM I love turtles! Yes, your turtle cheesecake is the best desert I’ve tried so far!

  • Carrie says:

    gingerbread cookies

  • Kelly M says:

    Chocolate zucchini cake & peanut butter cups!

  • Sara says:

    Anything with chocolate!! And your protein bread.

  • Nancy says:


  • Alli says:

    Anything and everything chocolate! I also love your cinnamon rolls! They are a favorite in my house!

  • Kathy says:

    I love your lemon bar recipe! Wonderful blog.

  • Kathy says:

    Protein waffles.

  • Shirley says:

    Hi Maria,

    I am taking l-glutamine, Magnesium and zinc every day but they don’t seem to help on my sweet cravings. However, l-glutamine does help me a big time on muscle recovery after my intensive weight training. I can’t skip them before and after my workouts now!

  • Edith says:

    anything chocolate 🙂

  • renae says:

    I really like glutamine, but i’m not sure if it is making me itch and gives me a rash.
    I am taking several supplements that you recommended (for a while_ but am trying to eliminate some to stop scratching!
    Any suggestions?

  • Amy says:

    Can you take l glutamine when pregnant or nursing?

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