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Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She shares a passion for helping others reach their goals of optimal health. Do you need help with your diet, exercise, hormones, mood, or just need some emotional support along you journey to health? Maria is the nutritionist for you. She struggled with her weight throughout childhood and decided enough was enough. She went to college to learn about health and wellness so she could help others stop wasting their time being discouraged with their outward appearance. Maria understands the connection between food and how it makes us all feel on the inside and out. Here the one-on-one attention to clients is unbeatable.
People who have struggled with their weight for most of the lives oftentimes claim to have a slow or damaged metabolism. They believe that if they could just heal this aspect of their health, then weight loss was be a cinch and robust health would surely follow. Oh, if it were only that simple to figure out. The fact is the functions of our body, including our metabolism, have much less to do with the genetics we were born with and more to do with what we do to it. Years of poor dieting advice in the form of high-carb, low-fat, calorie-restricted diets have only made the problem worse, not better. And nutrition and exercise science expert Maria Emmerich understands this dynamic better than most professionals in her field of work. She realizes there are consequences to consuming sugar and other culprit carbohydrates while neglecting the all-important fats our bodies need to be healthy and she shares the right way to eat and why in her book Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
This topic hits close to home for Maria starting off in Chapter 1 where she discusses what it was like being an overweight teenager who had to overcome the poor nutritional advice she was given to shed the pounds and get herself healthy. That drive to learn the truth has propelled her to use that experience to now help others who are dealing with weight and health issues. In Chapter 2, she explains the function of your metabolism and quickly moves into what you can do to feed it properly in Chapter 3. Ideas like eating more protein and fiber, consuming healthy fats while ditching the sugar and HFCS which she says is "destroying your metabolism" (Maria got an e-mail from the Corn Refiner's Association lady, too!), forgoing the alcohol and fast food, and questioning the health claims about milk.Read more ›
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WOW! This is by far the most informative, helpful and wonderful book I have ever read on health, nutrition, diet, weight loss, etc....and trust me....I've read MOST OF 'EM!
Maria actually explains everything very informatively, but also effectively so the average person can understand it. Furthermore, she has easy to read charts at the end of the chapters so visually it's easier to read and understand as well!
Not only is this book informative, but it's also interesting! I found myself saying aloud, "Wow?? Really??" quite often.
For my own part, thanks to Maria's help, I've altered my diet slightly and added in some much needed supplements. The result is more energy, weight loss, and not feeling deprived, and curbing my EMOTIONAL EATING (by adding just one important supplement that I can no longer live without!).
Knowledge is power...and this book will provide that.
Warning: I am reviewing this book from a scholarly perspective. If you don't care about proper referencing, sentence structure and formatting, you may have a different opinion than I do.
I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Emmerich's blog which is why I bought the book in the first place. In terms of content, this book has the potential to be a major addition to the low-carb, grain-free movement. The information on hormonal health, exercise and supplementation are most definitely needed in low-carb literature, as few have yet produced a book for the masses explaining these things in a way that is accessible to all.
Now, I do happen to know that Ms. Emmerich self-publishes all her books and that her husband is the editor. I am not trying to squash her efforts to make this much-needed information available to all. Nor am I denying that this book has had a positive effect on anyone's health. One need only visit her Facebook page or her blog to read the many comments and encouragements from people who have made enormous progress on the road to health.
With this in mind, I do have many issues with this book. I bought it in 2011, but there is no printed publication date in the book so I do not actually know which edition I have. Perhaps some of my qualms have been rectified, so if you are reading this review and it is now 2018, there is a good chance you may be ordering an updated version as I know Ms. Emmerich revises her publications regularly (for instance, the edition I have still includes certain wheat products in recommended foods. I know for a fact Ms. Emmerich no longer recommends grains of any kind whatsoever).
My main objection is the lack of references. Having read many, many books and articles on these subjects, I do know that most of what Ms.Read more ›
As "the skinny girl" my entire life it was a medical condition and the medications necessary for me to take for the rest of my life that packed on more than 50 lbs. in a very short amount of time at the age of 37 that led me places I had never been before. Although the medication was making me feel better, it was a different story when I looked in the mirror. I had never tried to be thin, i just naturally was, and it's not like I wanted to weight 102 lbs on my 5'4" frame, I always had a dream weight of 120. Something my doctor laughed at when I asked him how to keep some of my baby weight after I delivered my first baby, after all, being pregnant was the first time I actually got over 100#, something that had been a goal of mine since I was about 16. I know, poor thin girl ... however, I was about to learn how body image affects so many aspects of a persons being, something I had never even considered. 20 days after starting my medication and I had already gained 27 lbs. I was so shocked every time I looked in the mirror, I still expected to find my former self and seeing my friends visible reactions although they tried to be encouraging. I kept having to purchase larger and larger clothes and eventually peaked at plus 54 pounds. I had tried to "eat better", you know, yogurt, fruit, vegetables, but in all honesty I am a bona fide, all out sweet tooth, always have been. Nothing seemed to help. My doctor and I decided to switch my medication to see if the side effects would alter. Hard to say if it worked, I didn't change anything else, although eating my way across Australia on vacation did non add any weight. I took that as a good sign. Then I ventured back into the work force and was more mobile and managed to lose a bit of weight, about 10 lbs.Read more ›
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Maria 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 5 books and co-authored one book with Dr. Briffa, Dr. Steve Parker, Dr. Eenfeldt and Dr. Robert Su. She has authored several cookbooks and 2 nutritional guides including "Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism" which includes a forward by New York Time #1 Best selling author of "Wheat Belly" Dr. William Davis.
Her blog includes an 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.