In the last episode, Maria Emmerich explained the link between magnesium deficiency and chocolate cravings, the transition time from sugar burner to fat burner, and gave her expert tips and analogies regarding eating schedules and the use of exogenous ketones.

Today, we discuss gluten, dairy, and soy. Maria shares her opinions on fruits and sweet potatoes, the makeup products she recommends, and the link between hypertension and magnesium.

“There is a problem if you’re not sleeping good at night.” – Maria Emmerich

On Today’s Episode of the Low Carb Leader:

  • Why she avoids gluten, dairy, and soy in her recipes.
  • Why grains are non-negotiables?
  • The beauty products that won’t harm your body.
  • Why dryer sheets are just not good for you or the environment as well as her alternative.
  • The benefits of magnesium supplementation for your blood pressure and sleep.

 

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037 – Hot Topics, Volume 6 (with Maria Emmerich)

 

DAN:

Hello, and welcome to The Low Carb Leader podcast. I am your host, Dan Perryman, and you have joined me for Episode 37. In today’s Hot Topics episode we have our last session with Maria Emmerich. And this is from a Facebook Live interview that I did with her a while back. We will discuss the following topics. Is gluten and dairy and soy good for you? What about fruit and sweet potatoes, and can sweet potatoes be considered a gateway carb? Maria discusses her makeups and lotions, and she tells you why you should not be using dryer sheets and gives you a more economical option. She discusses a high blood pressure case and the uses of magnesium. And finally, if you want to work with Maria or find out more about her, Maria shares her contact information. I hope you enjoy the show.

 

Gluten, Dairy, Soy and Corn

 

DAN:

I react to milk and wheat so I need to fix my diet. So do you want to talk about reactions of –?

 

MARIA:

Yeah, and I’m a big proponent of – so gluten is in none of my recipes, not a one. So it’s a total gluten-free diet. But I also have books out there that are totally dairy-free. For some people – I’m from the dairy state, Wisconsin, hello. But my last cookbook, the cleanse, is totally dairy-free just because I find – that’s why I call it a cleanse because it’s dairy- and nut-free because it is such a common allergen. And it’s very inflammatory. So I try to cut that out of people’s diet.

 

DAN:

And so should you give up soy?

 

MARIA:

Oh yeah, soy, nobody should do soy. Soy is very estrogenic. I almost skip over that because I forget that it’s not just common knowledge. Soy, yeah, it’s super estrogenic. It’s something that – that should be number one out of – and it’s all GMO-made. I mean living in Wisconsin, you drive by these fields of soy and corn, and if you look up the rows you don’t notice any weeds, and that’s because it has that capability to kill any animal that’s trying to eat the plant, blow their intestines up, and so corn and soy, all of that type stuff, it’s not what we think of as, you know, well, the Native Americans ate a lot of corn, or, you know, Asians ate a lot of soy. Well, think again, because first of all, it was really only about 0.2% of their diet, and it was fermented soy, which is not what is in Kashi GoLean. Gotta think again.

 

DAN:

What are the non-negotiables you just have to get out of your diet, sugar, soy, gluten, corn?

 

MARIA:

Yeah.

 

DAN:

I don’t eat any [corn 0:03:03.8].

 

MARIA:

Well, any grain. I mean people think of it as a vegetable; it’s a grain.

 

DAN:

A grain?

 

MARIA:

Grain. But there’s like hidden words like maltodextrin. That’s corn. That’s going to be in a lot of things like Stevia in the Raw and Splenda, not that I recommend Splenda, but the big diet fad is to use Splenda instead of sugar. That’s maltodextrin, which is higher on the glycemic index than sugar. But that’s a whole other topic.

 

Maria’s Take on Fruit and Sweet Potatoes

 

DAN:

So the question I always get is what about fruit?

 

MARIA:

Yeah, we eat a lot of fruit. We love cucumber, avocados, olives, tomatoes.

 

DAN:

Yeah, I don’t think that’s the fruit they’re talking about.

 

MARIA:

I don’t think so either.

 

DAN:

I think we’re talking about pineapple, mango.

 

MARIA:

No, my kids don’t even eat that.

 

DAN:

What’s your take on strawberries, blueberries?

 

 

MARIA:

My kids can have those.

 

DAN:

Just in small portions?

 

MARIA:

Yeah, I work with a lot of clients that – especially diabetics, so we’re trying to get off insulin and things like that. One I just talked to on the phone. If she has a half of – we’re testing her. She loves her berries, and she didn’t want to give them up. I said okay, so we’re making a compromise. If she had a half of a cup –half a cup is not a lot.

 

DAN:

Not a lot.

 

MARIA:

She, her glucose, she had to take insulin. If she stuck to a fourth of a cup she was fine. She’s like that’s so little it wasn’t worth it.

 

DAN:

Exactly.

 

MARIA:

And it curbed her sweet tooth to want other carbohydrates. And that’s the thing. Like in Hawaii a woman approached me. She’s like so if you don’t eat sweet potatoes how do you get all the nutrients that are in sweet potatoes? And I was like I’m on vacation. I really don’t want to go there right now just because she was judging me, and I –

 

DAN:

Get off my property.

 

MARIA:

Yeah, right. Get off my beach. Anyway, sweet potatoes, it’s a gateway drug to wanting more carbohydrates. And I see that all the time that people eating keto, they get to their goal weight, and they start adding in carbohydrates. And even just paleo carbohydrates like sweet potato, carrots, brought on their sweet tooth so bad that they went back to their old lifestyle.

 

DAN:

That’s interesting.

 

MARIA:

And that’s how I feel. Like I just can’t even go there because in my talk I talk about how I was an addict. I was a food addict. And that is just a place I don’t want to go.

 

Makeup, Skin Care and Dryer Sheets

 

DAN:

Oh, what makeup and lotions do you use, Maria?

 

MARIA:

I’m going to put my plug out there. I love Beautycounter. That’s the sunscreen – we actually had them mail us a big box of stuff. Beautycounter has – they test, and they actually – like the only makeup I wear is mascara, and they actually took years to, three years to make this mascara because it didn’t have any chemicals, but they wanted to make sure it worked good, too. So that’s what I use. I also use just plain coconut oil, too. So if you don’t want to spend the money on that type of thing, which is totally fine, they also just use coconut oil, which works great. But that’s another thing that bugged me, too, was like dryer sheets. When I would snorkel in the ocean, this one day I found like 20 dryer sheets all stuck to these sea anemones, and I couldn’t dive down deep enough to pick them off. But dryer sheets are so estrogenic and full of chemicals I can’t even sleep on them now. But I grew up with that smell. But you can buy just wool dryer balls from Amazon for like dollars, and then if you want a scent – so that would take care of the whole, you know, all the static electricity. But if you wanted a natural scent, just put some sort of oil, essential oil.

 

High Blood Pressure, Insomnia and Magnesium

 

DAN:

A friend has high blood pressure after having a hysterectomy. She’s 55 and eats a low-fat diet and is watching her sodium. Even on meds her BP is kind of high. What’s the best thing she should be doing? And she did say she was on a low-fat diet.

 

MARIA:

Okay, so first of all we would want to switch to keto because that’s going to help her so much more. The hysterectomy probably caused her to have low progesterone. That’s why she’s probably having those sleep issues. She’s waking up at 2:00 or 3:00 AM, like bing, I’m awake. There is a problem if you’re not sleeping good at night. You want to find out what it is. But the blood pressure, like I was mentioning magnesium before, especially if you’re eating a low-fat diet with a lot of carbohydrates. It takes about 54 mg of magnesium to process one – or to process 1 g of sugar. So if you’re eating a lot of grams of sugar, which if you’re eating low-fat you are, you’re going to be using and utilizing a lot of magnesium, causing you to be very low in magnesium. On blood pressure, magnesium helps relax those blood vessels. You want to get a good quality one. And blood pressure is naturally highest in the morning so you would want to do about 400 mg right away when she wakes up and then a 400 at bedtime. It usually helps extreme with sleep. It’s naturally relaxing.

DAN:

So I would say have your friend get a hold of Maria.

 

MARIA:

Yeah, I mean there’s more to it. There’s a lot more to it, and I don’t want to just give nutrition – you know, it’s really complicated. But that’s something that I believe is harmless to say.

 

DAN:

If you do have a medical condition you don’t want to just be doing stuff without keeping your doctor in the loop or getting his or her advice.

 

MARIA:

Because they could be giving you a medication that I don’t know about that could cause a reaction with some sort of herb.

 

Connect with Maria

 

DAN:

Tell them your resources one more time, so your website and the different things you offer.

 

MARIA:

Oh, yeah, thank you. Okay, I have a website with a lot of free recipes and information out there at mariamindbodyhealth.com. I also have a subscription site, keto-adapted.com. We do, every Sunday evening, or afternoon I should say, we get together and do – I lead group meetings. So we all talk about our goals for the week. And it’s a support group. But also I do your personal macros. So it’s that type of a thing. It’s like I’m holding your hand.

 

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