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Testimony of the Day

This is the type of thing that makes me want to spread the word of health more!  Amazing results after one of our consults.

” Hi Maria,
It’s been about 6 months since I found your blog through Dr. Davis. What a great 6 months it’s been! I’m down 52.5 pounds. I was taking over 500 prescription and non-prescription pills a month for severe IBS, acid reflex, asthma, headaches etc. I had just turned 30 and was at my heaviest! I had been a long time “points” member, and was gaining weight while eating my whole grains and fruit by the pounds! Fruit doesn’t count as points you know!!! What a wake up call when I found your blog and became your client! I wanted to share some before and after pictures with you, although I am still a work in progress. Thanks again Maria, you have truly changed my life for the better. 


Way to go Tanya!  Keep up the great work! Click HERE to get started like Tanya!

before and after



I want to help find and adapt recipes so we can enjoy our favorite foods, but I also want to help people feel better in other ways too. One of my specialties is balancing my clients’ brain chemistry through food. Have you ever gone on a diet and no one wanted to be around you? This is what happens when we consume “diet food,” our neurotransmitters drop and we become another person.

For 90% of dieters, a deficiency in one of four key brain chemicals can trigger weight gain, fatigue, and stress. The key to losing weight doesn’t lie in deprivation diets; it lies in balancing our neurochemicals. Many nutritionists and advanced practitioners are focusing on how the brain affects our health.

1. Dopamine controls metabolism

2. Acetylcholine regulates fat storage

3. GABA curbs emotional eating

4. Serotonin influences appetite.

When these primary brain chemicals are balanced, our bodies are more able to lose those unwanted pounds.


How DOPAMINE impacts personality:

Dopamine regulates activity in the frontal lobe, the area of the brain that governs communication, motivation and the ability to experience pleasure. Deficits of this chemical have been linked to psychological symptoms like social anxiety, self-criticism, procrastination or difficulty maintaining relationships. But once deficiencies of this chemical are corrected, women often feel more energetic, sociable and confident.

How ACETYLCHOLINE impacts personality:

Acetylcholine influences activity in the parietal lobe, the area of the brain responsible for processing sensory information, learning, memory and awareness. Insufficient levels of this chemical can cause attributes like forgetfulness, difficulty prioritizing tasks and an inability to relate to others. But as acetylcholine deficits are corrected, most women experience increased mental clarity, greater creativity, quicker thinking and improved empathy.

How GABA impacts personality:
GABA is the primary neurotransmitter in the temporal lobe, the area of the brain that governs perception, attention, speech and motions. Low levels of this chemical have been linked to psychological symptoms such as insecurity, anxiety, excessive worrying, fear of new experiences, poor concentration and lock of impulse control. But as GABA shortfalls are corrected, women regain calmness, dependability and objectivity.

How SEROTONIN impacts personality:

Primarily produced within the occipital lobe, the area of the brain that regulates sight, serotonin is associated with mood, ambition, decision making and the ability to experience pleasure. Research in the journal Science suggests that low levels of this brain chemical can cause psychological symptoms like depression, impulsivity, suspiciousness, shortsightedness or aggressiveness. Fortunately, increasing levels of serotonin quickly improves confidence, restores rationality and boosts feelings of happiness.



Here is my book that reveals the science behind balancing your brain.  You can find it HERE on www.amazon.com




1 TBS butter or coconut oil (melted)
1 oz cream cheese or coconut cream (softened)
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup vanilla whey protein OR egg white protein if dairy sensitive
1 tsp poppy-seeds
1 TBS lemon oil

Heat a pizzelle skillet on high. In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients until smooth. Place 1 TBS dough onto greased skillet, close tightly. Let sit for 1-3 minutes depending on skillet directions. Makes 14 crisps.

Nutritional COMPARISON (per 4 cookies):
Traditional Lemon poppyseed cookies = 170 calories, 21 carbs, 1 fiber
“Healthified” Cookies = 140 calories, 2 carbs, 0.5 fiber
For the WHOLE batch = 490 calories, 8 carbs, 3 fiber

Click HERE to find the Pizzelle maker I used.



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.".


  • Anonymous says:

    Looks great-now where would I find lemon oil-thats not the same as lemon extract right?

  • No, it isn’t quite the same, but you could use extract if needed:)

  • Tami Treu says:

    Thanks so much for this post, Maria!! I have been saying for several years now that “bad” carbs, fats and such have played such a huge part in my moods. Now, I have an article to back that up!! BTW, I have been cutting out all the bad stuff, have lost 30 pounds and feel amazing. Don’t ever want to go back to my old way of eating. Thanks for the time you take to teach about nutrition and health. I love your site!

  • Thank you SO much for taking the time to write your kind words! It is hearing things like this that keeps me wanting to work hard!;)

    Happy eating!

  • maninisblog says:

    Maria, just discovered your site from a friend of mine. I wanted to share with you that my company Maninis,is a manufacturer of wholesome and natural non-GMO gluten-free mixes that are casein, rice and soy-free. We just launched our website and our shopping cart is ready for you to try our ready-to-use mixes on http://www.maninis.com You can now home bake the most delicious hot and fresh, gluten-free homemade Maninis breads: Maninis Avena Pane Country Oat Bread Mix, Papas Pane Rustic Multigrain Bread Mix, and Miracolo Classic Peasant Bread Mix. Our Miracolo has 8 grams of fiber per serving and is gentle on the digestive track.

    We hope you will try our Multiuso Multi-Purpose Flour Blend which gives you the added simplicity of replacing all-purpose flour in all your favorite recipes… and our soon to be released Trovato Pasta & Dumpling Mix makes the best egg pasta on the planet. Our customers tell us we have reinvented bread and pasta!

    Hope you enjoy!

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria –
    These look fabulous and can’t wait to try them but do not have a Pizelle maker and it’s not in the budget at this time. Do you think a round waffle maker would work??? Otherwise, if I do get around to purchasing a Pizelle maker, should I do it through your Amazon store? Do you get extra bonuses if I do it through your store rather than the regular Amazon link? Just wanted to know so that I could give you any perks available!
    Thanks for all you do!

  • Maria Emmerich says:

    No, I had a client try to make them with a waffle maker and it didn’t work:(((

    And yes, I get a small cut if you purchase through my store.

    Thanks you SO much for the kind words and support!!!

  • Saundra says:

    I am looking for a protein powder without whey as I am not able to use dairy. Any suggestions? I have liked to use Shakeology in the past & really liked it, but now need to avoid dairy. Thanks for all your information and work.

  • As for dairy free protein, I prefer the Jay Robb egg white protein.: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=56

    Happy Eating!

  • Cyndy says:

    I try these and only ended up with five of them. The batter was like cookie dough. Did I do something wrong?

  • Lucy says:

    I am so excited for this recipe – I love pizzelles, and think I might modify this to use anise instead of the lemon and poppy seeds. My mom has celiac, and her favorite dessert is pizzelles. My pizzelle iron is coming in the mail today and I can’t wait to try this.

    Maria, you rock!

  • I don‘t eat meat, but i do eat fish. Could I replace poultry with salmon?

  • Jennifer says:

    I am about to cry after seeing this recipe! Growing up in an Italian home I’ve eaten pizzelle’s since I was a kid and going gluten free I haven’t had one in a long time. I am excited that these will be back on my Christmas cookie list!

  • jessie says:

    Hi Maria I agree with most of the comments regarding your support and information. I have also purchased your ebooks and am wadding through them slowly but have also converted to eating this way and it has helped, I’m from australia and some of the products are more difficult to get here and to order from the states is just too expensive, the postage is a killer. in regards to whey protein Jay Robb have asked and not available here yet!! The ones available here have all that extra stuff like sugar etc. and I won’t buy. what are the best substitutes for whey or do we need the whey? Thank you love your recipes so do all my friends that sample.

  • Really beautiful!!!

  • noreen says:

    I think I love you! Lol

  • Marci says:

    What did you mean to say here. I don’t understand the sentence. Explains … who?

    “Low levels of this chemical have been linked to psychological symptoms such as insecurity, anxiety, excessive worrying, fear of new experiences, poor concentration and lock of impulse control, explains.”

  • Diane says:

    Is this recipe missing eggs?

  • Mary Ann says:

    No sweetener?

  • Mary Ann says:

    Can I use Jay Robb Vanilla Egg White protein?

  • patricia says:

    Can i use almond extract..

  • patricia says:

    Can i use almond extract instead of lemon oil?

  • Emilie says:

    Do these cookies come out crispy?

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