I first want to say I love the fall! I love sweaters and tall boots! I can finally wear tall boots. When I was a teenager, I could never get the zipper zipped over my calves. I still have large calves and people ask me all the time on the street, “Are you a cyclist?” Nope… I like to ride my bike with the boys, but not fast. I just have big calves.
Every body is shaped differently, but I am proud to say, now that I have changed my eating style, I no longer have to run marathons to lose weight and I can now fit into those awesome boots! I hope that through sharing in my journey with you, it will inspire you to become the person you want to be. Since people have shown so much interest and asked so many questions concerning my lifestyle and eating habits, I have decided to do just that; host another class and share my journey with you. I want to help inspire you to become what I feel.
TREATS will be served!
The class is only $25. Pre-registration is required. For those of you who are out of the area there will be a Skype option. The Skype option will be limited to the first 25 people (so sign up fast) and you get a PDF of the slides to follow along with the Skype audio and video to recap the conversation.
WHEN: Sunday November 4th from 5-7pm central
WHERE: My home in River Falls, WI (email for more details)
Want to boost your metabolism, lose weight and feel better? In this two hour class you’ll get a better understanding of what your metabolism is, how you can accelerate it and just what foods will rev it up or put the brakes on it. Find out the biochemical problems with Low Fat Diets and why a breakfast of cereal and skim milk does not “do a body good.” Maria’s recipes and diet secrets have been featured on television programs, radio shows and magazine articles. She has also been interviewed many times on the importance of balancing your brain neurotransmitters and how that equates to weight loss success. The more sugar we eat, the more we crave it. If you start your day off with cereal and skim milk, you aren’t going to be able to walk by the candy jar in your office at 2pm!
Check out these to breakfast comparisons:
Option 1: 1 cup SMART START Cereal (1 cup skim milk and banana)
472 calories, 105 carbs, 4g fiber = 25.25 tsp of sugar in blood (IF you didn’t add any sugar!)
Option 2: 2 eggs, with 2 cups of mushrooms, peppers, onions
190 calories, 9 carbs, 3 fiber = 1.5 tsp of sugar in blood
Option 3: My homemade donut made with coconut flour
217 calories, 7.4 carbs, 4.6g fiber = 0.7 tsp of sugar in blood! To eat is a necessity; to eat ‘healthy’ is an art.
We all know that sugar is bad, but we mistakenly believe complex carbohydrates are healthy and we need to eat them in abundance. BUT what if I told you that “Complex carbohydrates” and “Whole Grains” are just glucose molecules hooked together in a long chain; the digestive track breaks it down into glucose…also known as sugar. So a “complex carb” diet and a “sugary” diet are pretty much the same thing.
Whole wheat bread is high in sugar, higher than some candy bars and sugary sodas, and some scientists have proven that two slices of whole wheat bread will raise your blood sugar levels as high as if you were eating a candy bar.
Sugars are the simplest form of carbohydrate; which can be natural such as lactose (milk sugar) and fructose (fruit sugar), or can be refined such as sucrose (table sugar). All starchy foods, like potatoes, and sweet foods, like fruits, raise blood sugar quickly. When digested they are immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, causing an increase in the hormone insulin. Insulin clears sugar and fat from the blood and to be stored in the tissues for future use. This causes weight gain. No matter where the carbohydrates come from; 4 grams of carbohydrates equal one teaspoon of sugar in our body. Let me say that again…4 grams of carbohydrates equal 1 teaspoon of sugar in our body. So with that thought, a small Blizzard has 530 calories and 83 grams of carbohydrates; which equals 21 teaspoons of sugar. A nine-ounce bag of potato chips equals 32 teaspoons of sugar!
To read more, check out my book: Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
I love your blog, and I hope I am entered into the contest to win this yummy box of chocolates! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and health information!
Hi Maria!! I Love your blog, and the chance to do a class with you comes at a time my body is a mess after surgery to remove my ovaries, appendix and gall bladder a few yrs back is an answer to prayers!! I am beyond excited and so looking fwd to this!!!
Hi Maria! Thanks for all you do! I would love to win these chocolates :). I will share with jennifer. Made your danish today. Delish. Susan A
Hi Maria! Do sugar alcohols like xylitol and erythritol affect blood sugar the same as regular sugar, since the carb counts are similar? Thank you for all you do, and sharing your adorable little boys with us! :o)
Thank you! No, sugar alcohols are non-digestible so they don’t enter the blood stream. 🙂
I’ve been counting xylitol as 1/4 the carbs of sugar. I think it says that in the ads for it. Maltitol may be even higher.
I generally leave out the sugar alcohols in my nutrition data because I give a choice of sweeteners and the numbers will vary depending on which one you use. Erythritol is the only sugar
alcohol that has no carbs or calories that count. The liquid sweeteners with no bulking agents are truly carb and calorie free.
Hi Maria… Vicki Leigh + chocolate = love. What a blessing YOU have been to me! Thank you so much for your passion, drive and knowledge in healthifying us. Nothing like a lil bit of chocolate while reading my most favorite blog MARIA MIND BODY HEALTH…
Hi Maria! I would love to win the chocoperfection bars 🙂
I’m in, I saw you live and in person a year or so ago at our local school, a community ed event. I bought the books and have had some success. I have lots of trouble getting the food to turn out. Some things we have eaten and unfortunately, some things have gone in the garbage. Looking forward to listening to you again! I even got my husband to agree to watch the skype with me! I shall conquer ! not sure on this select a profile thingy … so I did anonymous, but the name is Molly
You were finally able to make me quit eating my potato chips! I just figured that if I stayed off sugar, potato chips were a better option than a cupcake. Thanks for your great blog:)
Hi Maria — I have emailed you concerning and opportunity for the class by Skype. I am so excited — waiting the arrival of the metabolism book– and 2 others — already love the Kids book. Thank you so much for what you share so freely. I have yet to try the chocolate and would love the chance to be in the drawing. Looking forward to the class….Terry Duncan
Ooh!,, yes, please 🙂 love your books, blog, recipes .. all of it 🙂 Thank You!
I am hoping to be able to sign up for the Skype option. I have to make sure I will be home. Why not just send one bar to everyone that signs up and we all win?? I have been wanting to try them but not buy a whole case to do it!
Love all your books! Would love to win these chocolate bars. Michelle Crooker. Rymicrkr@bellsouth.net
Hi Maria – I left a comment early this morning before I left and sent you an email – I really would like to take the class by Skype. I hope you got my information – email is firstname.lastname@example.org — name terry duncan — thank you again for all you do — Terry Duncan—
I just got your book “Boost your metabolism” and I think a lot of what you say makes sense. Even my physician husband is interested!
What are your thoughts on yogurt? High protein, low sugar (6grams in one serving)? I believe my grocery store sells yogurt made from grass fed cows….if it is low in sugar is that ok?
Hi, I am not a big fan of yogurt as almost all varieties have more sugar than is needed. Always make sure it is the full fat version. At 6g that isn’t too bad, but you could also try this instead. 🙂
Thanks for the advice! your book is being passed around the hospital!! You have a lot of people thinking!
We are getting out of the mind set of calories and thinking more of metabolism
Thank you! That is so cool! Where are you located? I have done some presentations at hospitals in my area. 🙂
We are located in Dayton, Ohio. My husband is an interventional radiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital and I am a radiology technologist for an outpatient center for the University of Cincinnati. We have been discussing your book at our work…it is amazing how marketing fools the consumer into the “healthy” foods-which really are not so healthy. We are starting to realize how the food industry is misleading and that you have to do your homework. For example…we thought canola oil was healthy….wow!
We have done the low fat diet for years and now you have us changing things up! We are looking forward to trying some of your recipes!
Awesome! I love it when clinicians get involved with nutrition and trying to help their clients in every way to get healthier! Keep up the great work! 🙂
Hi – I have a couple of your books and would love to win the chocolate bars!! Keep up the good work – we need it! Thank you. Darla Sanders
I have your book, “Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism” and just love it. I’m not sure how skype works but would love to sign up for your class using it. Also, I would love to win these chocolate bars–they sound yummy and I could make chocolate chip cookies again!
Just signed up for the class (hopefully) and really looking forward to it. I have your book (Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism) but look forward to inspiration from you. I would also love to win the chocolate bars…….who wouldn’t!!!! Vicky Havelka email@example.com
I’m hoping to attend the Skype meeting, but I may be traveling for work that night. I’ll send you a note to register and keep my fingers crossed!
What are your thoughts on Sweet Perfection all natural sweetener vs. Swerve?
The ingredients are good and it is a good option. It is just a lot more expensive than Swerve. 🙂
You know what’s strange? One of my local supermarkets has an in-store health and natural foods store (it takes up about 1/4 of the store) and they sell both chocoperfection bars and sweet perfection sweetener. The chocolate bars sell for about the same price as anywhere else–3+ dollars each. The sweet perfection sweetener, however, sells for $4.67 or something a pound. It’s sold in one-pound gold bags. I have no idea how they sell it for so cheap.
In fact, I used some to make your chocolate chip cookies just this week (half sweet perfection and half swerve). They are literally the best low-carb cookies I’ve ever, ever had. Way to go Maria!
Will you have your books for sale at the event? Will there be a discount available on them?
Yes, I will have all my books available. Thanks! 🙂
Love your blogs and healthified recipes. Would love to win these chocolate bars. Loyri Halliburton. Loyri@hotmail.com
maria, where is that donut recipe posted??
Please see the captions I added above. 🙂
Maria-I just signed up for Skype option (but wish I lived in/near Wisconsin so I could be there in person.) Just received The Art of Healthy Eating from Amazon.com and looking forward to new adventures in healthy cooking! Sharon G
what is the two recipes above?
Please see the captions I added above. 🙂
Hi Maria, I would love to win the bars. You have inspired me so much. I am munching on your protein bars right now, made your creamy chicken casserole for dinner, yep I pretty much eat your recipes everyday. And for years I just didnt eat bread and potatoes. Now I make your cauliflower potatoes and have wraps with your healthified tortillas. Thank you
Hi, Maria! I would love to come to your class and I’m close enough, but I’m afraid I’ll be on a plane then. If I sign up for Skype, is there a way to watch later? I know it would not be nearly as fun as meeting you and other like-minded people in person, but it’s the best I could do. Maybe you and Vanessa Romero should consider doing a joint class south of the river? A girl can ask….
I will be Videotaping the entire thing. So you can watch it online after the class. 🙂
I’m excited to sign up for this class. Wish I could be there to taste the food but I will just have to make my own “legal” treats to watch. Thanks for offering this.
Hi Maria. The two dessert images accompanying this post are mouth watering! Are the recipes available? (I found a coconut flour cake doughnut recipe under your ‘labels’, but it didn’t have a glaze.)
Thanks for all the delicious, healthy recipes. Your generosity is very much appreciated!
Thank you! Please see the captions I added above. 🙂
Hey Maria! I love your blog!! I have a couple questions for you about metabolism.. I’ve been on a low carb diet a while now, usually I don’t count calories, just carbs and have been successful losing weight. But recently I’ve been very hungry and stalling in my weight loss (about 3 weeks now). There is no fear of carb creep (I’ve been religious with my <20 carbs per day. I was wondering if you knew how many calories are too little that would start to affect your metabolism? The research I've looked into says about 1000 but I couldn't find anything concrete, and maybe it's different from person to person. The other question I was wondering is, if you are getting about 1800cals/per day and still "feel" hungry can that start to slow down your metabolism or do any damage? THANKS for any advice you can give 🙂
Hi, I write a whole chapter on rotating calories in metabolism book to help trick the thyroid. You can get it Here:
I have just recently found your blog and am hooked…Thanks for all the info and the chance to win great treats.
Thanks for great blog and treat offering!
It may be a 4.5 hour drive each way, but I’m heading up to see you in November with two girlfriends. I’m so excited to meet you!
Awesome! I can’t wait to meet you! 🙂
I would love to sign up to see your class. I just finished watching all of your videos you have online. I had no idea i had been away so long. I saw the one with your boys and cried. I am soo happy for you. I think I will have to put money aside for the next class you have as it isnt my payday 🙁 I would also love to be entered for the bars if possible. Now off to bake something of yours that is yummy!
I wanna sign up and wanna try this chocolate too. And I have a hard time with boots too but even when I was thin always had problems with them too but my sis gave me her old Uggs and they fit, so I’ll take it 🙂 And you are tiny so can’t imagine big calves on you!
You are so sweet! Thank you! 🙂
Good morning! Just got one of your cookbooks. So excited your are offering a class so close to me(1 1/2 hrs away), but I am going on a trip and can’t attend. Too bad for me!! I love your blog and read all of it! Anyway, can you talk about a new product called “nectresse” made from monk fruit. Know anything about it?? Thanks!
Thank you! Well, coming from the maker of splenda would concern me. The below article has a pretty good breakdown of it. They have made the zerving size small enough (1/4 tsp) to say it is zero calories (it is actually 0.426 calories per 1/4 tsp!). Also, they use GMO corn for erythtritol and processed sugar and molasses. I would avoid it. On another note, the monk fruit or lo-han is a good ingredient. Too bad everything else in it isn’t. 🙂
I am signing up for Skype option (and chocolates jeje). You are amazing! Your info simply changes it all. It’s not easy but totally worth it. I want to learn it all! Blessings
Thank you! Looking forward to the class! 🙂
Is there a limit on the number of people who can attend this event?
At my house I can only have so many but the online part we have a lot of spaces available. 🙂
Where can the glazed donut recipe in the pic be found?
Please see the captions I added above. 🙂
WOW – just got started on my book – Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism–your book — just got my copy. Thank you — I am looking forward to the class in November. I have 3 of the cookbooks so far — there is so much information — thank you for sharing in a manner that is understandable— Terry Duncan
Thanks for your support! 🙂
Signed up for your class. So excited. Thank YOU for your support.
Thank you Sue! 🙂
Hi, a follower of your blog. I would love to know if I can ask you a bit more about depression, anxiety issues…I can’t afford a consultation (I’m on disability, my life has gotten messy). I am reluctant to take the meds being pushed on me, I feel things are much deeper for me (i.e . adrenal exhaustion, low weight, digestive woes, irritated and extremely tired, can’t sleep at night, no energy for exercise, foggy head, can’t concentrate, depressed feeling, I know you can’t givve me legit advice since I can afford a consult..but I’m very much alone in this and need somehow to gather new info and perspectives, etc…I am lost 🙂 Just wondering if I can email you with a quick question to at least get your take on it? (very brief so as not to waste your time). Thanks, your site was recommeneded to me by other bloggers.
Hi! Please use the contact tab above to send me a message. Thanks! 🙂
Hi Maria… I signed up for the online class, been ordering all your recommended ingredients and I’m on my way to fixing my own healthified meals thanks to you! The box of chocolates will be a nice bonus and every morsel enjoyed and appreciated with a smile…
Vicki Leigh Hall
Thank you! Glad you liked them. Score for you! I wish I had a store by me that sells them. 🙂
I’m excited for your class via skype! Thank you for offering that option. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the yummy chocolate! 🙂
Your recipes are wonderful. I have started incorporating them into my family’s foods (not just mine) and they dont know the difference….but their bodies sure do!! 🙂 thanks for all you do!
That’s great! Thank you! 🙂
Maria – what you do is so inspirational….it makes me want to pursue my passion for food and health. Thanks for sharing your recipes, knowledge, and your life with us! Looking forward to the seminar next month.
Maria…..I am trying to sign up for the Skype class on Nov 4th. This will be my 3rd time to try and contact you. I sent 2 emails to ” firstname.lastname@example.org” telling you that I wanted to sign up. I still have not gotten any response from you. Maybe you will see this. I really want to take the class by Skype, I live in Tx. my email is email@example.com Thanks, Debi
There is something wrong with your email. All messages bounce. I tried replying several times and sent the paypal request several times. I also tried messaging you on facebook. Do you have a different email address I can send to?
I sent an email to come to the class in person, myself and a freind, but haven’t heard anything back in the way of confirmation. Just wanted to make sure we are registered.
Nikke Hafemeyer firstname.lastname@example.org
I emailed you. Hopefully you got it. 🙂
signing up for the class is required for a winning entry?
For this box, yes. But, I will be giving a box away every month for blog followers that doesn’t require anything. 🙂
Hi Maria, I just tried these bars and they are wonderful!! I love your recipes, and I would love to win some of these bars for free!!
Maria,someone gave this product to me, monk-fruit-to-go( http://www.monkfruittogo.com/about ) which they didn’t care for; different than the Nectresse product w/added sugars mentioned above. This contains Monk fruit, water and preservative. What are your thoughts, have you heard any more on this since the conversation above? Thanks
That looks like a good product. I would prefer that it didn’t have any preservatives, but in a pinch on the go it might be a good option. I haven’t tried it though. How does it taste?