Interview with Maria Emmerich, Wellness Expert in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Interviewed by: Danielle Shorr
Maria Emmerich 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. She is an International Best Selling author of, “The Ketogenic Cookbook.” She also authored eight other books including several cookbooks and three nutritional guidebooks including, “Secrets 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 contains a unique combination of innovative recipes using alternative ingredients to less healthy options and easy to understand explanations of why these options are better for our health. She includes with each recipe a snippet 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.
Q: Who is a good candidate for the ketogenic lifestyle and what are some of its greatest benefits?
Maria Emmerich: A ketogenic lifestyle is good for so many things. I have helped clients with autoimmune issues, IBS, acid reflux, chronic pain, memory and cognition issues, cancer, heart disease risk, Diabetes and so much more. Inflammation is the stem of so many diseases, and this lifestyle removes that inflammation. As a bonus to getting healthy, it is also great for losing weight and improving moods and energy.
Q: What are some of the biggest misconceptions about the ketogenic lifestyle?
ME: That it is only for weight loss. Most of my clients feel so much better that the weight loss is just a bonus. Also that you can only do it for a short time or that there is some long-term health issue with this lifestyle. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and much of the latest science is proving that.
Q: How did you get introduced to the ketogenic lifestyle and what prompted you to share it with others?
ME: I studied health in college, but much of that was the food pyramid. I had followed that for years (low fat, grains, etc.) and I was 40 pounds overweight (even though I ran marathons) and had IBS, acid reflux and other issues. I knew there had to be a better way. So I started researching all the latest science I could find. So in this research and writing my books I found this lifestyle, and it enabled me to get rid of my health issues and lose weight.
Q: What are some creative ways to replace carbohydrates in classic dishes?
ME: There are so many great options for substitutions. In place of rice use riced cauliflower. Or cauliflower for mashed potatoes. Spiralized zucchini for noodles. I have an awesome protein bread made with eggs and protein powder that mimics white bread. I even made a waffle recipe using eggs and hard boiled eggs (pureed) with almond flour that mimic real waffles in flavor and texture.
Q: Where do you get the inspiration for your dishes? Do you have a favorite recipe?
ME: I am always listening to food podcasts or watching top chef or other food programs to get inspiration for dishes to make healthy. I would say that lately that waffle recipe, which is in my book “The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse,” is pretty great and I’ve gotten great feedback.
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Q: Can you share good dessert alternatives for the person with a sweet tooth?
ME: There are some wonderful natural sweeteners out there that are just as natural as honey or maple syrup. I like Erythritol (made from fermenting veggies) and Stevia best. Monk fruit extract is another good one. I just replace sugar in my recipe with these to make a dessert, and maybe almond flour for traditional flour. I am a cheesecake girl, so I love my turtle cheesecake.
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Q: What are a few staple items that a Keto follower should have in their fridge?
ME: Fresh proteins (pork, beef, poultry), low starch produce (lettuce, tomato, onion), fresh herbs, oils for sauces (butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, avocado oil)and lots of eggs.
Q: What are the best fats to have in your diet and what foods have them?
ME: The fats that are in animal proteins are great (lard, tallow, chicken fat and skin). I also like coconut oil, MCT oil and avocado oil (EVOO is good too).
Q: Can you tell us what your favorite on-the-go snacks are?
ME: Nuts, pork rinds, beef stick and jerky are great options. There are also some keto snack bars coming out now like the ADAPT bars.
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Q: Any tips that you can offer for the Keto beginner?
ME: In the first couple weeks make sure to get lots of water, salt, potassium and magnesium. Your body releases a lot of the salt (and associated water) that it holds onto with higher carb diets, so you need to add more. The “Keto flu” that is talked about is typically just dehydration due to not adding enough water and electrolytes.
For more information regarding the ketogenic lifestyle, visit Maria Emmerich’s website and blog at www.mariamindbodyhealth.com.