Testimonies of the Day
PCOS TESTIMONY: Yes, this lifestyle is great for getting pregnant, helping with PCOS, and much more!
“Hello, I had recently purchased one of your meal-plans, my goal is to get pregnant (I have PCO-syndrome) because of my work schedule (anesthesiologist, on-call nights, etc) it was a little tough to completely adhere to the keto-diet. But I managed to cut my carbs to about 50-80 grams/day and I left out all gluten and about 60-70% of my calories were fat-based (good fats) even though I was eating at least 2500 kcal a day (weight loss not being my goal) I lost 5 pounds within a week (I am 5 feet 9 inches and now weigh 130 pounds). I lost my food cravings and feel nice satiety most of the day, and no more issues with gas or bloating and I am pregnant! Only 3 weeks into changing my diet.
Thank you so much for your advice. sincerely, Serife from Frankfurt, Germany”
Phone Client Testimony: “Hello Maria! I wanted to let you know that I am still eating the Maria Way! Yesterday I hit a big milestone, I had to buy new pants because the pants that I had in the attic were too small (and they were the pants that I haven’t been able to wear since 2011). In August 2013 I was a size 20 and today I am a size 12! Still, a way to go until I hit my goal of a healthy BMI but on my way. I have been telling everyone I know about you and your work because it has changed my life and my husband’s life! Combined we have lost almost 100 pounds!! Thank you for all you do and for giving us the tools we need to be healthy and happy.” – Shauna
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RICE CEREAL AND ACID REFLUX
Sadly, parents often think that rice cereal is the first food to introduce to a baby. Dr. David Ludwig of Children’s Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants. Babies don’t even produce the enzyme amylase, which is the essential enzyme for breaking down starch. The baby’s small intestine basically only produces one enzyme for starch, lactase; which is for the digestion of lactose. Feeding grains too early will cause food allergies later on in life because the protein in the grains sits in the stomach too long. This will cause the baby to have acid reflux.
“The number one ingredient in what we call rice ‘cereal’ is processed white rice flour. That’s all the rice there is. There are also some vitamins and minerals sprinkled in that babies could easily get in other ways. These don’t make this gateway junk food healthy … Metabolically, it’s not that different from giving babies a spoonful of sugar.” Stanford-based pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene.
SO, parents desperately go to the doctor for help; most likely putting the baby on acid blockers. This is the WORST thing to do because the stomach is a very acid environment with a pH at 2 or less. Stomach acid is essential to absorb vitamin B-12 and minerals that allow you to release hormones from the pancreas, without which can lead to the development of diabetes.
Stomach acid also helps breakdown protein. When you don’t have stomach acid to breakdown food, undigested proteins sit like a rock in the intestines. This slowly eats holes in your intestines and this inflammation begins a detrimental snowball effect. When you start to have holes in your intestines, food starts to leak into your bloodstream (leading to leaky gut syndrome). This is awful because the immune system goes into overdrive to kill the unknown substances in the blood…NOW we have food allergies! So if you are feeding the baby grains and cow’s milk, they will most likely develop a wheat and dairy allergy…oh boy!
If you have a child or YOU are suffering from acid reflux, click HERE for natural supplements to heal your gut. Please contact me for a consultation for additional help!
There has recently been a 16X increase in the use of acid reflux medicine in infants. Even though a study showed that there was no difference in infants from a placebo! When families eliminate common allergens such as dairy, soy, and wheat from the baby’s and breastfeeding mother’s diet, by day 3 or 4 the infants no longer suffer from acid reflux. This means a total elimination! Not just the 80/20 rule. It takes a lot of commitment from the family, but it is well worth the effort.
Milk-based formulas often cause allergies while soy-based formulas contain growth inhibitors, mineral blocking phytic acid, and plant forms of estrogens that have adverse effects on hormonal development. Soy formula is also devoid of cholesterol which is essential for the brain (our brains are 60% cholesterol!) and nervous system.
If you are interested, I have an online class called “HEALTHY FAMILY.” To watch this helpful class, click HERE.
Craig absolutely loved these and he isn’t one for pancakes. They are a thinner pancake, but the flavor is outstanding.
“HEALTHIFIED” PUMPKIN PANCAKES
1/4 cup cottage or ricotta cheese
1/4 cup pumpkin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup vanilla whey or egg white protein
Preheat skillet. Beat eggs with electric mixer on high for 1 minute to make them light and fluffy. In a food processor, blend the cottage cheese until very smooth, then add to the eggs. Add all the other ingredients. Pour batter onto skillet, fry until golden brown.
Serve with “Healthified” Pecan butter (recipe can be found in my cookbook: The Art of Eating Healthy: Kids). Makes 4 servings. Whole Recipe = 321 calories, 11.9 carbs, 6.6 fiber
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving):
Traditional Pancakes = 149 calories, 28 carbs, 1 fiber, 4g protein
“Healthified” Pancakes = 80 calories, 2.9 carbs, 1.6 fiber, 9g protein
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per 1/4 cup syrup)
Regular Pancake Syrup: 240 calories, 40 carbs, 40 sugar
Nature’s Hollow Syrup: 76 calories, 28 carbs, 26 sugar alcohol, 2 effective carbs
YUM! these look amazing!!! think i could use full fat fage rather than cottage cheese??
i made some apple-like ones with coconut flour/chayote/spices/eggs/stevia….to die for you should try!
Hi Maria – your recipes look so good, I can’t wait to try them! I have ordered your book through the Book Depository (Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism) and am looking forward to a good read. Can you tell me, is it possible to work out the protein content of your recipes?
Kind Regards, and thanks for sharing your knowledge,
Thanks SO much for your support! I hope you enjoy the books;)
Yes, I can start to add the protein count in future recipes.
Just tried these this morning. My four-year old loved them!
Thanks for writing! I’m so happy your little one likes them!
What a good mom;)
Just made these subbing in Fage Greek yogurt for the cottage cheese, came out awesome!! Thank you Marie:)
Hmmm…. As I don’t do dairy- except for some pastured butter, I think I will try the new plain Greek style coconut milk yogurt in this recipe. Thanks for the idea Trixie!
Are you using this one? I am not to fond of the carbs (22g with 7g sugar) or the ingredients.
Ingredients: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT, ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, RICE STARCH, PECTIN, TAPIOCA DEXTROSE, ALGIN (KELP EXTRACT), MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, LOCUST BEAN GUM, LIVE CULTURES, GUAR GUM, MONK FRUIT EXTRACT, VITAMIN D-2, VITAMIN B12.
An alternate you might want to try is coconut milk kefir. 🙂
Thanks Trixie! I’m so happy you liked them!;)))
I just made these for my kids and me! They are tasty.. and even tastier with your tropical syrup!! 🙂 thanks Maria!
I made the faux oatmeal for my boys this am, but I’ll have to try these tomorrow! So far salmon is the only thing they don’t like.
Do you think you could substitue tofu for th cottage cheese?
Yes! Tofu would probably work but it might make them a little watery…
Hi these look great, can’t wait to try them. Is aluminum free baking powder absolutely necessary and if so is it easy to find? I live in a rural area and sometimes it is difficult to get some of the ingredients.
It is important to not have the aluminum and it is typically easy to find at the grocery store. 🙂
Can you make these without an electric mixer? I swear I need lots of ingredients and lots of tools to cook like you lol but so good at worth it though 🙂
Yes, you could do it by hand. 🙂
K awesome, me broke and already want lots of accessories as it is lol. Got a waffle maker now so I’m sure any of your pancake ones I can do in there since I’m a bad flipper lol.
Hi Maria – do you have any substitutions for the cheese? I am trying to limit my dairy intake. Thanks!
The best option would be to take a can of coconut milk and put in fridge. It will separate and you can use the cream off the top. 🙂
Thanks for the tip. This will be helpful in many other applications as well! 🙂
How many pancakes in a “serving”? Trying to figure out if I need to double the recipe or not… thanks!
I think I used 2 pancakes per serving. 🙂
I have made these twice, and they are great; however, I have needed to add atleast 1/2 c. of unsweetened almond milk to thin it out enough. I”m using the coconut flour instaed of the protein powder. Would that make it thicker? Maybe I’m beating the eggs too long?? Ideas?
Yes, coconut flour sucks up a lot of moisture so you would have to add more moisture to make it work out. Thanks. 🙂
These are yummy, yummy! Thank You so much Maria! I doubled recipe and used half coconut flour and half protein powder, and they turned out thicker. My husband even loved them.
Awesome! Thanks! 🙂
Maria, Mine fell apart. I followed the recipe and when I tried to flip they broke up , I tried recipe with cottage cheese and ricotta and whey protein powder and coconut flour.
Sounds like maybe the batter was too runny? Try less liquid or more flour next time. 🙂
I made these today, they didn’t have any flavour unfortunately but we are new to gluten free, I added an egg white to make them go further. 🙁
Hmm, not sure what happened there. The pumpkin and cinnamon should have added lots of flavor.
I have a 4 1/2 month old big baby boy, he is already 16 lbs and ready for some food. I am also nursing him. I didn’t want to start with rice cereal from what all I have learned from you, but what are your thoughts on Earth’s Best Organic Whole Grain Oatmeal Cereal? Do I need to skip the grains all together? He loves carrots and green beans so far and Im slowly adding other veggies as well. I just bought all the ingredients so I can get on board and so far I have made 2 of your recipes and I loved both of them, Im already feeling better since cutting out breads, potatoes, rice and pasta. Thank you so much for all your educating you do.
I don’t think there is any nutritional need for grains. I start solid food with egg yolks, avocado, etc. A baby needs fats to fuel their brain development. I talk about this in detail in my Kids cookbook. 😉
This looks amazing! Do you have any suggestions for someone who doesn’t digest dairy well (not lactose intolerance, but similar – triggers IBS symptoms) – suggestions to help reverse the intolerance or substitutions for this recipe?
I’m not sure how to sub the cottage cheese. Sorry. Maybe Avocado?
What kind of pumkin???
I use the canned pumpkin (not pie filling, just pumpkin). 🙂
Thank you for this recipe, I cannot wait to try it. Can you tell me how many pancakes make up a serving?
It depends on the size you make them. In my case it was 2 or 3. 🙂
If I use the Jay Robb unflavored egg protein, how much vanilla extract should I put in?
I would try 1/2 teaspoon and adjust to taste. 🙂
Could I substitute pumpkin for zucchini?
Yes, I think that should work. 🙂
Hi Maria! I have watched a lot of lectures and interviews on YouTube of Dr. Lustig and have loved them! His endocrinology background gives him awesome insight into nutrition. Do you know of any print sources (books, research articles, etc.) he has published? I love to root around in the actual research underlying these nutritional principles…it’s fascinating to me.
Also, I have been curious as to your background in nutrition. Did you go to school for it? You are obviously educated whether it was through an institution or not 🙂
Yes, he is great. I don’t know of any books that he has published though. 🙂
These were delightful! My 4 year old girl ate almost a whole batch by herself. Healthy and wonderful!
I made these today and they where so Good!!! even the hubby liked them and said he would eat them again. he is not a low carver
Can’t wait to try later today! My daughter doesn’t handle dairy very well. What can I sub for the cottage/ricotta cheese?
You could make your own. 🙂