#72 Keto-Adapted Diets with Maria Emmerich

Maria Emmerich talks to Wendy this week about her new book Keto-Adapted and the benefits of ketogenic diets, also known as low carb/high fat. We met on Jimmy Moore’s Low Carb Cruise and I was really taken by her excellent presentation and all her amazing cookbooks!


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About Maria Emmerich

IMG_0949Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She shares a passion for helping others reach their goals of optimal health. She struggled with her weight throughout childhood and decided enough was enough. She decided to study health and wellness so she could help others stop wasting their time being discouraged with their outward appearance and not feeling their best mentally. Maria understands the connection between food and how it makes us all feel on the inside and out. Her specialty is brain chemical neurotransmitters and how they are affected by the foods we eat. She has authored 8 books and co-authored one book with Dr. Briffa, Dr. Steve Parker, Dr. Eenfeldt and Dr. Robert Su. She has authored several cookbooks and 3 nutritional guide books includingSecrets to a Healthy Metabolism” which includes a forward by New York Time #1 bestselling author of “Wheat Belly” Dr. William Davis. Her latest book “Keto-Adapted” includes a forward by Dr. William Davis and excerpts from Dr. David Perlmutter author of the New York Times best seller “Grain Brain”.

Her blog includes a unique combination of innovative recipes using alternative ingredients (and bacon) to less healthy options and easy to understand explanations of why these options are better for our health. She includes with each recipe a snip-it of information about different ailments and problems with our health that can be healed with proper nutrition. She has a passion for helping people start a healthier lifestyle. Weight loss is often a side effect of helping treat any number of problems including diabetes, cholesterol issues, alopecia, hashimoto’s, autoimmune diseases and much more.


Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 11.58.45 PM Keto-Adapted. A ketogenic diet isn’t something new that has been recently formulated; people have been on a ketogenic diet for virtually three million years in which our brains were nurtured and evolved. Now the human brain is not only shrinking, but brain atrophy is the norm as we age and get plagued with diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

People mistakenly think that they need to eat less and exercise more to create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. This is not how diet and exercise helps with weight loss. A well-formulated keto-adapted diet along with proper exercise builds muscle and muscle builds mitochondria. It is in the mitochondria where fat is oxidized so you can keep your cells and liver insulin sensitized. Weight loss and health is about healthy mitochondria and about controlling hormones and specifically insulin.

This is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. By eating this way, you will begin to heal your cells and will keep evolving your body into the happy and healthy person you want to be. This book is filled with the most impeccable nutrition information to fuel your cells. Maria’s passion goes beyond explaining the ‘why’, she is a master in the kitchen and loves food. Her keto-adapted recipes at the end of the book tie all the nutrition together so you can become keto-adapted faster than ever.


Secrets to Controlling your Weight, Cravings and Mood. Updated with latest science and information. Before Maria’s passion for nutrition, she had a passion for donuts. She was an athlete and thought she could get away with eating what she wanted, as long as she worked out. NOT TRUE. Even though she ate enough calories, she was starving herself, specifically, she was starving her brain. Her stomach was filled with “substance” but her brain kept telling her to eat; our bodies are smart, they make us crave certain nutrients we need. For 90% of dieters, a deficiency in one of four essential brain chemicals can cause weight gain, fatigue, and stress. The solution to losing weight doesn’t lie in deprivation diets; it lies in balancing our neurotransmitters. 1. Serotonin influences appetite. 2. GABA curbs emotional eating 3. Acetylcholine regulates fat storage 4. Dopamine controls metabolism. When these brain chemicals are balanced, our bodies are more able to lose those extra pounds. Not only does this book cover how to find out which brain chemical you may be lacking, but directs you towards which foods will increase them, what supplements would be best for your body AND recipes that taste great and will keep all the brain chemicals happy!

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 1.26.23 PMThe Art of Healthy Eating – Slow Cooker. This is the latest in Maria’s series of grain free low carb cookbooks. As with the other books in this series (Sweets, Kids and Savory) this is a full color cookbook with beautiful photos of every recipes. This is her first hardcover book and also has 198 easy recipes! Many of you know that our family has doubled in size a little over a year ago. With the growth of her family, Craig and Maria have been busier than ever. Not only do they have 2 more mouths to feed, they’re also are trying to enjoy being new parents, as well as keeping Maria Mind Body Health running. “I now understand why eating the “healthified” way can be a struggle for a busy family”! But since grain free and low carb eating is such a priority for them, Craig and Mariadecided to put together this slow cooker book to make it easier to keep your family nourished even during busy times or on those hot summer days when you just don’t want to turn the oven on. This book is filled with amazingly tasty, yet easy recipes like, lasagna, chicken Parmesan, fajitas, cashew chicken, cookie dough cupcakes, pumpkin custard, and many more to keep your family satisfied! There are also lots of valuable tips and tricks to help one along their journey as they learning how to eat as an art.

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 1.24.45 PMNutritious and Delicious. Being on a diet can make anyone miserable. But this book changes everything. NUTRITIOUS and DELICIOUS has the best ideas for enjoying your favorite foods from “pasta” to “Oreo Cookies” without the extra guilt.
Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert that has lost a large amount of weight herself by adapting her favorite foods to healthier options. Find out how to lower calories and carbohydrates and still indulge in decadent foods like macaroni and cheese.

You will learn the newest cutting-edge information and a wealth of secrets that will shift your weight loss out of idle and into high gear. Discover why a breakfast of cereal and skim milk is stalling your weight loss goals. Deprivation diets are not the key to weight loss; we need to balance our biochemistry with specific food to optimize our metabolism. Maria’s diet and recipe secrets have been featured on multiple TV shows, radio programs, and magazine articles. 


Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 1.30.38 PMSecrets to a Healthy Metabolism. In this latest June 2012 edition Maria is honored to have the forward written by Dr. William Davis, Author of the New York Times Best seller “Wheat Belly”! Dr. Davis is a leader in his field and he discusses the relevance of the material covered in this book and its importance to modern nutrition theory. Most of the book is updated with the latest nutritional science. Maria is constantly researching the latest science and this edition updates all the latest information to help you get your metabolism back on track. In this book you will learn the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle that you can sustain for the rest of your life. It is based on the food science of how our bodies react to different ingredients. Using these guidelines you can lose weight or maintain a healthy weight while staying full and satisfied. This book covers the science behind nutrition and how our bodies use different elements of our food to function. The last chapter supplies recipes, pantry items, and healthy substitutes to help you use these scientific properties and make healthy meals that not only feed your body what it really needs, but keep you full longer. Some of the topics covered are: – Nutrient Timing – Typical Diet Downfalls – Tired, Toxic Liver – How to Optimize Your Hormones – Menstrual Cycle Timing – Supplements to enhance Weight Loss – Putting it all together: Alternative Flours, Alternative Sweeteners and Pantry List!


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Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 1.34.03 PMThe Art of Healthy Eating. Series, Choosing a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean a lifetime of deprivation. This series of cookbooks are filled with decadent desserts, baked goods, mouth-watering foods, and nutrition facts that show how eating healthy can be an expression of art. The color photos are truly art. Throughout the book there are tips on why each of the substituted ingredients are healthy and what they do to our metabolism. Included are recipes for your favorite comfort foods like chocolate cake, blondie brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and many, many more, along with some valuable tips and facts to help one along the journey of learning how to eat as an art.

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 1.42.57 PMArt of Healthy Eating – Savory, Sweets and Kids. 3 BOOKS IN ONE! Maria combined her three best cookbooks (Savory, Sweets and Kids) into one amazing cookbook. There are hundreds of amazing and innovative recipes. 336 pages in all in a beautiful hardcover that will last a lifetime. Included are recipes for your favorite comfort foods like pasta, lasagna, risotto, calzones, sushi, clam chowder in a bread bowl, baked brie, chicken pot pie, chili cheese “fries”, tomato basil sandwich wraps, pizza, tortillas, and many more. There are also lots of valuable tips and tricks to help one along the journey of learning how to eat as an art.

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Dr Wendy Myers, ND is a detox expert, functional diagnostic nutritionist, NES Bioenergetic Practitioner, and founder of Myersdetox.com. She is the #1 bestselling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue . Additionally, Wendy is the host of The Heavy Metals Summit, the Myers Detox Podcast, and the Supercharged Podcast. Passionate about the importance of detox to live a long and healthy life, she created the revolutionary Myers Detox Protocol , and Mitochondria Detox kit after working with thousands of clients, as well as a range of supplements to help you detox from everyday living and maintain a healthy lifestyle!

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