Low Carb Rolo
Testimonies of the Day
PHONE CLIENT: “I was telling my husband that you are the first person I’ve worked with over the last 2 years that has me pooping daily. He suggested we send you a Poop Award 🙂 Thought you’d like that.” Lisa
PHOTO TESTIMONY: “Hi Maria- I wanted to share with you what I’m sure you’ve heard 1000000 times in similar versions. I’ve been on you (very) well-adapted ketogenic diet for about a month now. I stumbled across your site in a very roundabout fashion, but it plays into my “testimony“. I was suffering from severe constipation which required 2 daily doses of Miralax, and I had developed a chronic fissure from all the “not going”. I’m only 29 (28 at the time), and I’d had colonoscopies and scopes and work ups like you wouldn’t imagine. The answer always was “increase your fiber and whole grains”. You can imagine how that absolutely did not work. I was researching natural means of healing fissures when I began reading about coconut oil- which by the way, 100% healed me. After that, I started looking in to coconut oil and found you! Yay!
So, not only did I have constipation, but I would swing unpredictably between constipation and severe and painful diarrhea- all the time! In addition to the constipation/diarrhea debacle, it seemed like every time I went to the doctor, I was diagnosed with another autoimmune disease. I was 15 when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, 21 when I was diagnosed with Lupus, 26 when I was diagnosed with Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis (an extremely rare autoimmune condition where your body reacts to your natural progesterone spikes. Basically, in the days right before my cycle, I essentially became almost anaphylactic, with severe and massive hives, and angioedema which mainly affected my eyes and lips… (Eddie Murphy Nutty Professor style- seriously) I have to carry an Epipen just for my own period! Doctors had no answers for why this condition suddenly appeared, and why it went into remission about a year later), 28 when I was diagnosed with Hydradenitis Suppurativa (chronic, tunneling, painful boils), and 28 again when I was diagnosed with Psoriasis, including scalp and inverse (28 = not my year). And I would have bet my life on a Celiac’s diagnosis. The only conclusive answer anyone could give me as to why I was plagued with autoimmune diseases was “Pregnancy is a game changer”, and basically blamed all my “conditions” on the birth of daughter when I was 20.
Over the past decade, I have literally ballooned- there is no other word for it. I was plagued with skin issues, abdominal pain and bloating, depression, anxiety, fatigue, chronic pain- you name it. I had near debilitating plantar fasciitis, and had recently just developed excruciating sciatica that was pretty much interfering with nearly every aspect of my life. I had pitting- I’m talking half an inch deep, pit for an hour- edema in my lower legs, that would occasionally move to my feet. Excema – everywhere, even inner ears! psoriasis, boils, joint pain, back pain- just complete pain and sadness and misery. I was nearing the end of my rope, and so tired of feeling like an old woman on her death bed. I was taking 3400mg plus of Motrin every day, Bentyl for stomach aches, prescriptions for my Lupus, thyroid, and depression, Ketoprofen, Tylenol, Excedrine- anything to combat the pain and swelling. And PMS, it would knock me on my butt and off my rocker! I would feel entirely exhausted on top of everything else PMS brings. And did I mention- I was constantly starving? All the time. ALL the time. Last year, I followed “Chose to Lose”, which is a version on carb cycling, and while I did rapidly lose around 40 pounds, I was literally ravenous, counting down my three hour intervals to eat, and I still suffered from all my ailments- and the constipation and diarrhea was sooooo much worse than it ever was!
So, after I found you, it took me a while to commit, But I finally decided, 29 was my year (January birthday!), and went for it.
On day one of keto, I had NO foot pain from my fasciitis and my sciatica vanished – both of which I suspected were inflammatory. My edema has nearly subsided, and I can see all the bones in my feet again! Almost instantly, it was like someone stuck a pin in my face and let the air out! The difference is stunning. My knees don’t ache, my back barely aches anymore, and I’ve yet to see a single boil. My psoriasis is nearly completely healed (it is winter…) and I haven’t dosed on Miralax a single time, and all is well in that realm! The only time I’ve had diarrhea was from magnesium … Too much too soon. I am never, ever, ever hungry or hangry- and it feels amazing to not be a slave to food any longer. After my first deliciously fattening meal, I literally felt warmth in my chest, like my heart was expressing it’s thankfulness for finally nourishing my body. I am quite positive I have lost weight, although I have no interest in the scale at this point, I just want to focus on how amazing I feel right now. I haven’t made an appointment to check my Lupus labs yet, but I expect great things. I plan on working with a naturopath for lowering my Armour Thyroid dose, which I also expect to see improvement in.
And the final part- I had my cholesterol checked prior to starting this journey. In not even one month’s time- I shaved 45 points off my total cholesterol, which wasn’t even high to begin with, and 22 points off my LDL, which again wasn’t high either. My HDL took a 20 point dive which was perplexing, but I assume it will all even out as my body stabilizes and adjusts.
I am so looking forward to what the future holds, and for the first time since high school graduation- I can honestly say that I feel like my life is beginning and I cannot thank you enough. You have truly and completely saved my life, in ways you could never possible know.
Thank you just can’t express my gratitude and appreciation and joy enough- but thank you all the more! -Kyria
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A KETO EASTER
Yesterday as I walked with my friend Rebecca, who decorated these beautiful Rolo candies and M&M’s for me, asked if I was going to do Easter baskets and an egg hunt with the boys. I told her yes and that we did one last year which was a ton of fun!
Craig filled plastic eggs with mini dinosaurs, my “healthified” candies and suckers, quarters and other things like stickers and removable tattoos. The boys loved it!
We also had a wonderful brunch filled with Keto food. One tip I always give clients is to bring a dish to pass if you are going to a gathering where there will be food. So if you are trying to stay on the Keto Journey over the holiday, I suggest my deviled eggs at Easter brunch! They are a hit!
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Low Carb Rolo
- WHITE CHOCOLATE BAR:
- 2 oz cocoa butter
- 1/3 cup Natural Sweetener
- 1 tsp toffee extract or a few drops toffee oil
- 1/8 tsp Redmond Real salt
- MILK CHOCOLATE BAR:
- Add 1/4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
- DARK CHOCOLATE BAR:
- Add 1/2 to 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate depending on how dark you like it
- CARAMEL FILLING:
- 1 cup Natural Sweetener
- 6 TBS organic butter
- 1/2 cup organic heavy whipping cream
- Place cocoa butter in a double boiler and heat on medium high until fully melted (or microwave safe bowl and heat on high for one minute, check and heat for 30 seconds until melted). Melting cocoa butter takes longer than traditional fats.
- Stir in natural sweetener.
- Stir in extracts and salt.
- Place into truffle mold and cool in refrigerator until white chocolate is solid, about an hour. Or the speedy method; you can place the molds in a freezer till they are set up, which will only take a couple of minutes versus and hour.
- FILLING:To Make the Caramel: Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready to go - the cream and the butter next to the pan, ready to put in. If you don't work fast, the sweetener will burn. Heat butter on high heat in a heavy-bottomed 2-quart or 3-quart saucepan. As soon as it comes to a boil, watch for specks of brown (this is brown butter....SO GOOD on veggies!). Immediately add the Swerve and the cream to the pan. Whisk until caramel sauce is smooth.
- TO MAKE TRUFFLE: Remove the mold from the fridge or freezer and fill with filling. Then top off the filling with a layer of the cocoa butter mix so that the caramel is inside and surrounded by the "white chocolate". Place back into fridge/freezer to set.
Traditional Rolo = 200 calories, 9g fat, 2g protein, 28g carbs
"Healthified" Rolo = 118 calories, 13.2g fat, 0.5g protein, 0.8g carbs
The mice above are ADORABLE!
I’ve seen others post tips and advice about “candy-less” holidays like Halloween, etc. Do you have any such tips or advice for making Easter one of those “candy-less” holidays? The eggs above are a good start.
Which Cocoa butter do you use? The link (if it is a link) does not seem to be working. Thanks!
I fixed it above. 🙂
I can’t wait to make this! Thank you, Maria. 🙂
I’m slightly confused, unless there are 3 chocolate options.
Yes, there are 3 chocolate options. 🙂
Maria, another home run recipe. You are just so creative! Keep up the good work.
Btw, I finally bought your Savory cookbook. Wonderful recipes. Great job!
Nutritional info says “per serving”……how many truffles are considered a serving?
At the top of the recipe it say 12 servings. 🙂
Yep got that…so this recipe makes 12 truffles and one truffle is a serving. I guess I just get confused because how many a recipe serves does not always equal how many pieces in a serving. 7 pieces of Rolos is a serving on the nutritional lable. Do you see where I’m coming from?
Yes, if you end up with 12 then 1 is a serving. Depends how big you make them. 🙂
What do you think about resistant starch? No beans, potatoes, plantains, etc on a keto diet. What do our poor micro creatures eat?? Taking potato starch seems a little crazy–4T is 40g carbs. Ppl seem to think that the carbs are all undigestible as theyre food for the critters, and we’re not digetsing them but only passing them thru. Ive read to think of the resistant starch carbs as fat actually, as theyre metabolized similarly.
Prebiotics seem pretty important to me now that I’ve finally rly researched it. If I was lowcarbing I’d just eat some plantains & beans daily. But in ketosis, I’m pretty sure it’ll shoot my ketones down to nil. I LIKE not being hungry, like *ever*. Even if I can’t lose wgt, at least I’m a bit happier!
I don’t believe in it. Our gut bacteria only need 10-20g or so of carbs/fiber a day and I typically get that with this lifestyle. 🙂
How about using FOS, it seems to not have any carbs? It’s a alot pricier than potato starch but how much would you need? And the FOS powders have crap in them & carbs. You would need alot of pills to get to 2-4T a day too.
Do you take a probiotic with a prebiotic in it, like FOS probably? I used to use a stevia powder with inulin in it, that didnt have carbs either…
Wheat Belly II has a section on prebiotics including potato starch & plantains. Seems Dr Davis is using them.
Its the RS Im trying to get, not just total fiber. With the coconut oil as the majority of my fat, it seems I can eat a good amt of vegs and still be in moderate ketosis but Im not eating anything at all with RS.
Maybe a blog post about this topic in the future?
You only need about 10-20g grams or so of prebiotic (fiber) to feed the gut flora so I don’t worry about adding extra. I get it with this lifestyle. I don’t use FOS as it can add up total carbs pretty quickly. 😉
do you save some of the cacao butter mix to put on top in order to finish off the truffle or are you making a second batch of that mix? if you are setting some aside, how much are you saving?
Yes. I save about 1/4 for the top.
The directions state to top off the filling with some of the cacao butter mix. Am I setting some aside in the beginning (and if so, how much?) or am I making a second batch of the mix?
I started intermittent fasting 2 days ago and yesterday morning I woke up with hives. It was so bad I received a steroid shot. Unfortunately I am still itching this morning. The good news is I have lost 3 pounds since I started 🙂 Any helpful hints for itching? Thx
Yes. I would do a personalized HAQ plan that I offer in my services.
I want to know where you got those Rolo molds.
I found them on Amazon.
Can you use a different confectioners than Swerve?
I don’t recommend but sure.