Maria’s Favorite Things Giveaway!
Today’s giveaway is one of my favorite ways of eating! Slow Cooker Style! Fagor has generously donated their 3 in 1 Electric Multi Cooker which retails for $100!
All you have to do is 3 things:
1. “Like” Maria Mind Body Health on Facebook.
2. “Like” Fagor on Facebook.
3. Leave a comment below on what your favorite slow cooker recipe is!
A winner will be picked January 29th and posted on Maria Mind Body Health Facebook page. Good Luck!
Testimony of the Day from a Type I diabetic
“Maria, Kathy and I have to let you know what the time with you has done for us. As you know I am a type 1 diabetic and am always looking to improve my eating habits. And like most Americans we are also trying to fight the onslaught of cheap easy food and what it does to us.My goal as a type 1 diabetic was to reduce my insulin intake and to stop taking drugs that doctors feel are necessary for diabetics take just because we are diabetics.
In my search for better meals and healthier eating a friend of mine recommended you. From our very first session I learned I was close. But, the little changes I made were a world of difference. And as continue making changes that are in line with your teaching I continue heal my body.For example, before we changed our food combinations I was taking up to 40 units of insulin a day.
The changes started lowering the amount of my daily use of insulin the very first day. I am now down to using between 15 and 20 units a day. That means my body is storing less fat and I am beginning to fuel my body with fats and moderate protein instead of carbs. What is more impressive is that I have never been under 20 units of insulin a day in five years as a diabetic. I thought the first day was a fluke. But, it is now a norm. And most important I am eating as much if not a little more food each day. I am not starving at all.My wife is not a strict as I am. However, she is making the changes I am making everyday. She is also losing weight and getting closer to her natural body weight. There is little to no effort to make the changes.
The only things that are hard for her to give up totally is wheat bread an a little Diet Dr. Pepper a week. However, she is taking steps every day to change her life over and plans to be completely changed in the next few weeks.
Thank you Maria for helping us get on the right path to better health. Marc”
To get started on your path to health click HERE. I’d be honored to help you too!
From the Chapter: Keto-Adapted Diets Help Heal Auto-Immune Disorders
I get a lot of type 1 diabetics that comment or write to me saying that I need to remember to say type 2 diabetes when I write about carbohydrates and my success stories. I understand the differences between type 1 and type 2, but a well-formulated keto-adapted diet does help type 1 also! Type 1 diabetes develops when antibodies destroy the cells in the pancreas that produce and secrete insulin. The body normally produces these antibodies to defend itself from foreign invaders, but sometimes these helpful antibodies turn on the body’s own cells. In the case of type 1 diabetes, the antibodies target the pancreatic cells. Most of the time, these antibodies can be identified through the examination of a blood sample. When antibodies are present in the blood, it means the blood is attacking a foreign substance. When food leaks from the intestines into the bloodstream (because of leaky gut), the blood reacts by attacking the protein found in foods, such as the gluten found in wheat or the casein found in dairy. In this case, we need to lower the autoimmune response as well as count carbohydrates and excess protein. This is why a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb and allergen-free diet works for autoimmune disorders. There have been several studies proving an association between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, so when eliminating gluten, carbs, and excess protein, I have some awesome results.
If you are a type 1 diabetic and you start to eat a well-formulated keto-adapted diet, it is extremely important to work closely with your doctor. When clients tell me that their doctor told them, “Don’t worry, eat whatever you want, just make sure you cover your glucose with insulin,” it’s like saying to a firefighter, “Don’t worry, pour as much gasoline as you like on that fire, as long as you cover it with enough water.” It is absolutely dangerous and irrational. In this case, I suggest finding a new doctor who will encourage you to eat a keto-adapted diet while watching your need for insulin.
To read more, check out Keto-Adapted.
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One staple that every cook should have in their fridge is Fish Sauce. It is a special ingredient that takes good food to amazing food. Fish Sauce, mushrooms and aged cheeses have something called “UMAMI.” Umami is a pleasant savory taste produced by glutamate and ribonucleotides, chemicals which occur naturally in many foods.
Umami is subtle and not generally identified by people when they encounter it, but blends well with other flavors and makes food taste amazing.
Tip: You can make this in a 6 quart slow cooker on medium heat for 6 hours if desired.
- 1 (3 inch) piece of fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
- 5 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 2 tsp lime juice
- ¼ tsp Celtic sea salt
- ½ tsp fish sauce
- 2 TBS water
- 4 skinless chicken leg quarters, separated into thighs and drumsticks
- 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
- 3 cups lightly packed cilantro leaves and stems
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- ¾ tsp Celtic sea salt
- 3 TBS coconut oil
- 1 cups full fat coconut milk
- Green onions and cilantro
- Place ginger, garlic, lemon juice, fish sauce and ¼ teaspoon salt into a blender; add 2 tablespoons water and blend until smooth.
- Place chicken pieces into a non-metallic bowl and pour ginger mixture over chicken.
- Rub ginger mixture into the meat, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (up to 24 hours).
- In same blender pitcher (without rinsing), place tomato, cilantro leaves and stems, tomato paste, ¾ tsp salt, and 2 tablespoons water. Blend until smooth.
- Heat oil in a large, heavy nonstick pot with a lid over high heat. When oil is very hot, place chicken pieces with ginger marinade into pot; fry, turning chicken occasionally, until light brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Pour cilantro mixture from blender over chicken. Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens and oil separates, about 10 minutes.
- Place coconut milk into pot, cooking and stirring until it is blended into sauce, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low, and cook until chicken is tender and no longer pink inside, 10 to 15 minutes.
Traditional Chicken = 339 calories, 14g fat, 33g protein, 10g carbs, 1g fiber
"Healthified" Chicken = 323 calories, 25.9g fat, 15.4g protein, 6.3g carbs, 1g fiber
(73% fat, 19.1% protein, 7.9% carbs)
Another Awesome Testimony!
I was diagnosed 8 years ago with what they figure to be life long depression and PTSD. From the first day, I was on meds, I looked forward to the day that I would find a way to stop them. Just never wanted the chemicals in my body but had to respect that I needed help and knew no other way to get better. I had healed a bunch before finding Maria on FB. Had been able to discontinue antidepressants but not the anxiety meds.
Then I found Maria. In just a few months have found an inner peace I never knew was possible. Thank you for lighting the way. I am overjoyed to be healing. Thank you for all you do for all of us. – Pam”
To get started on your path to health and healing, click HERE. I’d be honored to help you too!