Testimony of the Day
30 Day Accelerated Testimony: Maria, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you what’s happened so far for me. I only “attempted” the 7-day Advanced Keto plan last week (starting the 30-day Accelerated plan today). I say “attempted” because I didn’t follow everything to the letter, partly because I didn’t have my supplements at the beginning of the week and partly because my weekends are so full and so busy that I didn’t get things made ahead of time (such as keto fudge, protein bread, etc). BUT, I told myself, “No excuses! Just do SOMETHING, and do it to the best of your ability.” So, I did. (Note: I can’t afford all the supplements you suggested, so I went through all the information you provided on each supplement and chose the top priority ones for me. I figured if I didn’t see improvement, I could always add some of the others next payday.)
Anyway, one of my top priorities in attempting to follow a healthier way of eating FOR LIFE, is to get rid of this pain/inflammation in my hips that I’ve suffered with for about 5 years. At first it was diagnosed as arthritis, based solely on my description of symptoms. When medication offered no relief, we did X-rays and the doctor said there really wasn’t any sign of “progressed” arthritis (what she saw on the X-ray was “natural” for my age), so she changed her diagnosis to bursitis. Suggested treatment: steroid injections. I will NOT allow steroid injections EVER again! I had a SUPER bad reaction with an injection once before for tennis elbow — I refuse to EVER allow that stuff in my body again and suffer that additional pain — it literally had me rolling on the floor in agony! Alternatively, I could go for physical therapy 3 times a week at $80 per session. Well, since insurance doesn’t even begin to cover at the 70/30 rate until my deductible is met, that was not an option. So, I suffered.
I did go to a chiropractor for quite awhile (and that was $30/session @ 2-3 times per week), but never really got noticeable relief. She even recommended a massage therapist, and even though it felt good and all that, there was no long-term relief (and I couldn’t afford to continue going to her on a regular basis, either).
I walk like an old lady. When I first get up from a chair or out of the car, I literally cannot move for a several seconds; I have to stand and let my body realign itself; then, I can take a few tentative steps forward, all hunched over because the pain is so intense. After I get going, though, I can walk pretty good. My stride is really, really short, but other than that, I can walk pretty good. (I feel like a Chevy motor on a cold morning!)
Okay, so here’s the good part: after only one week of “attempted” Maria way, I am walking better already!!!!
I can only imagine what it’s going to be like as I continue on this path.
I want you to know I am excited about this new way of living/eating. If this lifestyle gets rid of this pain and I can sleep at night again, that will be so awesome! That alone will be sufficient motivation to continue this FOR LIFE! (I’m a yo-yo dieter, but I keep telling myself this is no diet! This is LIFE!)
I’m not at the “good sleeping” stage just yet, but even that has improved. I usually wake up 3-4 times each night. Last night, I only recall waking once for a potty break. Awesome!
I was reluctant to spend the money for your plan simply because money is so tight for us right now. I was laid off in 2010 from a VERY well-paying job. It has taken us quite awhile to adjust to the loss of that income. I really never had to be super-mindful of how we spent our money (although I wasn’t exactly a spendthrift, either), so it’s difficult for me to think about how I spend every penny. Many, many times I would go online and look at your packages and decide to order one, only to back out without doing so. I finally said, “Just do it!” And before I could talk myself out of it again, I hit Add to Cart and Checkout! Quickly! LOL
I have to say it is money well spent! Regina
You may be wondering why we need to supplement if our ancestors never did. Well, most of the magnesium was found in water but now most people drink treated, softened or bottled water which is devoid of magnesium. Magnesium salts in water make deposits in your water pipes and makes it difficult to get a decent lather with soap. This problem was solved with the development of water softeners, but the process gets rid of the magnesium. Our ancestors drank untreated well water or water from a stream which had a lot of magnesium.
Since our water is now depleted and you don’t find adequate amounts of magnesium in foods, I suggest taking a quality chelated magnesium supplement and at least 400 to 1000mg per day.
For most of my clients and their children, magnesium is relaxing so taking it at bedtime helps them get quality sleep. In rare occasions, magnesium is energizing, so if you find yourself unable to sleep after starting magnesium, I suggest to take 400mg at breakfast and if needed, another dose at lunch. Everyone has a different tolerance with magnesium and the only problematic side effect is loose stools. This will happen if you take magnesium oxide that you purchase at a large retail store which is a non-absorbed form of magnesium. Always look for magnesium glycinate, which I have only been able to find online. If you still have issues with loose stools even with a small dose of magnesium glycinate, I suggest you use a topical magnesium or Epsom salts in a bath. Click HERE to find the magnesium I take.
One of the main symptoms of magnesium deficiency is hyper-ness and anxiety. A main source of magnesium is “fortified whole grains” (which is just magnesium supplement added to the grains). So, if you remove gluten from the diet like I suggest you do, you are also removing a major source of magnesium. Since calcium competes with magnesium for uptake, adding in calcium supplements without sufficient magnesium also increases a magnesium deficiency.
To read more on supplements and Keto-Adapted diets, check out my book Keto-Adapted. I have a whole chapter on supplements on a Keto-Adapted diet.
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Thank you all for your love and support!
- WHITE CHOCOLATE BAR:
- 2 oz cocoa butter
- ⅓ cup Swerve confectioners
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ⅛ tsp Celtic sea salt
- MILK CHOCOLATE BAR:
- Add ¼ oz unsweetened baking chocolate
- DARK CHOCOLATE BAR:
- Add ½ to 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate (depending on how dark you like it)
- ½ cup Swerve (or erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
- ¼ cup decaf espresso (or organic coffee)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 TBS butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract
- 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: Combine natural sweetener, espresso, 2 eggs and cocoa powder in heavy medium saucepan and whisk to blend; add coconut oil or butter. Whisk constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and coats back of spoon thickly (do not boil), about 12 minutes. Pour mixture through strainer into medium bowl. Stir in the extracts. Place bowl in larger bowl filled with ice water and whisk occasionally until filling is cooled completely, about 15 minutes. Can be made 1 day ahead.
- 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 filling is inside and surrounded by the "white chocolate". Place back into fridge/freezer to set.
Traditional Truffle = 109 calories, 4.7g fat, 1.2g protein, 17g carbs
"Healthified" Truffle = 47 calories, 4.7g fat, 1.2g protein, 0.3g carb
(90% fat, 8% protein, 2% carbs)
Another Great Testimony!
“Dear Maria and Craig, I wanted to send a big thank you to you for inspiring me back into the kitchen whilst helping my health at the same time! I’ve only been doing your diet program for a week now and was keto adapted since January. I’m only now seeing real results in my weight loss!
The suggestions for supplements have helped my overall well being and the menus are a great way of helping me learn about quantities too. I will definitely write to you again with before and after pictures once I get to where I am happy with my weight and health. Kind Regards, Claudine. (Guetersloh, Germany)”
What’s your favorite “healthified” candy? I have many tasty treats in my cookbook The Art of Healthy Eating SWEETS, which is on SALE over 50% off today!!!! Click HERE to get the sale.
Thank you SO much for your love and support!