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The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse: Reset Your Metabolism with 160 Tasty Whole-Food Recipes & Meal Plans Paperback – December 27, 2016
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Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is the author of several cookbooks and three nutritional guidebooks, including the global bestseller The Ketogenic Cookbook and Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking. Maria’s blog, mariamindbodyhealth.com, offers 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.
Maria’s success stems from her passion for helping others reach and sustain optimal health through programs and education that work on a personal level. She understands the connection between food and how it makes us all feel inside and out. Her specialty is brain chemical neurotransmitters and how they are affected by the foods we eat. After struggling with her weight throughout her childhood, she decided to study health and wellness so she could help others who are discouraged by their appearance and do not feel their best. The nutrient-rich, relatively high-fat dietary approach that she developed for herself and the exotic, little-known replacements for typical high-glycemic starchy foods and sugar are what finally gave her total peace with food, something she never imagined possible.
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So, I have not made anything in this book yet (full disclosure). The reason I'm already rating this book a THREE already is because I work from home and have a flexible schedule, yet even I cannot imagine cooking everything needed on this 30 day plan. I have spent the last hour and a half looking at the recipes and figuring out what I might do. It's just overwhelming! To illustrate my point...to eat on the very first day you will have be making a fried shredded cabbage & bacon "rosti" for your first meal, then make an umami burger for your 2nd meal which INCLUDES roasting bones for bone marrow, AND ALSO fry 1 lb chicken wings in 2 cup of coconut oil/healthy paleo fat...for ONE MEAL! I cook all the time, and complicated meals, at that...yet I cannot imagine for ONE meal, making deep fried chicken wings...just to eat 2 in that meal, roasted bones for marrow and pan fry a burger. Don't misunderstand me, it's not about all the fat, the FAT is good and helps you get into ketosis...but the TIME COST and the MONETARY Cost...2 cups of coconut oil is expensive to just fry 1 lb of chicken wings. And I forgot to mention, you also have to bake keto buns for that DAY 1 burger...yet I did not even SEE keto buns anywhere else in the first week's menu. NOT REALISTIC!
To be fair, many of these cooked items are then rotated into the subsequent days' menus...however, she often waits up 4 days to rotate a cooked protein back into the menu. (You eat the left over day one burger on day 5, and the left over chicken wings on day 6.) That is just too long. I do not like to eat cooked meats that have been sitting in the fridge more than 1-2 days after being cooked...they lose a lot of quality/taste after the 3rd day in my fridge, especially chicken. I don't mind eating the next day, but as it is written, it means that I really cannot follow her menu plans at all...because on day 6, you might be eating something prepared from day 1, day 3 and day 5....meaning you HAVE to have cooked all of those items and been willing to save them for that long.
For me, I am disappointed that I can't just follow a more simple plan. It's just TOO MUCH cooking to make it practical. I fully understand that being successful on keto is a lifestyle change, and I am living that lifestyle already. I can't imagine following this if you do not already have some paleo/keto ingredients under your belt...and a lot of time for cooking.
I am hoping that I will find at least 10 recipes in this book that are non-dairy and delicious to incorporate into a more simple routine. I don't need to add such great stress to my life. I do appreciate the work put into this, but I feel like she had a collection of recipes and "forced" them into strange combinations for a day. Another example of this is that for ONE DINNER you make a slow-cooked Cuban stew that makes 6 servings....but you eat a rather small serving so that WITH IT, you have to prepare and eat a lump crab salad with homemade mayonnaise on lettuce... that is almost identical in calorie/fat/protein/carb to one of the stew servings. So, why not just eat an add'l serving of stew for that dinner? Who eats cold crab salad with a meaty stew? Why not a nice side dish of cauliflower rice to soak up the delicious liquid from the stew? These are the things that I just think are wildly impractical. Not to mention expensive...beef brisket AND lump crab in one dinner? Come on!
Finally, if you want to have a million keto recipes for eggs, great book! The first week shopping requires 4 dozen eggs! (I think 1/2 doz go straight into that keto bread.)
If I do find a lot of wonderful recipes, I may feel better about this book. I will update in a few months.
I purchased this book because I wanted to do a cleanse while on keto. I have been off and on low carb diets for a couple of years and I find that this is the best way of eating for me. I started a keto diet staying below 30 grams of net carbs about 5 weeks before starting this cleanse. During this time I lost 8 lbs. I started the cleanse using this book 1 week ago and I have lost 7 lbs. I was worried about being able to fast and not eat breakfast but I haven't had a problem. My appetite has decreased and I feel much better.
*Beautiful pictures for recipes
*Great tasting recipes (haven't found any I haven't liked; however, there are several we tried this week that are going to go in our regular routine)
*Great information that is easy for the average person to understand
*Shopping lists that take all the guess work out
*Meal plans that can easily be changed for someone who needs less prep time, doesn't like certain ingredients, etc
*The author keeps a facebook page for support and answers questions asked by people doing the cleanse
*The author is obviously well versed on this topic
*Started cooking with fresh ingredients and spices. The only thing I haven't prepared yet is my own mayo (there is a recipe in the book)
*first meal recipes are heavy on the eggs (disclaimer: I haven't had a hard time substituting recipes in their place when I don't want to have to reheat eggs. The egg recipes that I have tried are delicious)
*recipes are time consuming
In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book and will be giving copies to a couple of people as gifts. Even my husband has started reading it. He hasn't started the Cleanse yet but he is following a LCHF diet with me (not fasting) and he's loving many of the meals. Plus I am home cooking everything from scratch.
If you purchase the book, plan to take a couple of days and gather the ingredients that you will need. The first week is the hardest because of all the time needed to prep. The second week is much easier. I started to make meals on the weekend and freeze them.
I've included some pictures of some of the meals that I have prepared using the recipes in the book. (The pictures in the book look so much better and I am an average cook not the greatest)
Eggs Fluorentine with Basil Hollandaise Sauce, Reuben Pork Chops, Marinated Mushrooms, Keto Greek Avgolemono, Tom Ka Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken), Hot and Sour Pork Ball Soup, Chicken Neapolitan, Bacon Eggs and Ramon, Mushroom soup, Scotch eggs, Warm Mushrooms and Eggs, Tom Ka Plaa (Coconut Fish Soup), Rosti, Crispy Skin Chicken croutons
The recipes that I have tried so far in the book are incredibly tasty!!! The Ramen and the Rosti are not only super simple - but delicious! They are so good I've already made them both twice! There are some really great basics in the book as well! Like making "wraps" from eggs and herbs! So genius, easy, and delicious! I would give this 10 Stars if I could! I highly recommend. Also love the wings and the lemon "sauce"!!!! You can literally drizzle this sauce on everything -- and I have! Overall the recipe book is very brilliantly done. I've included pictures of several of the recipes that I've made personally. You can also follow my journey on Instagram too.
*Disclaimer -- There is a 30-day meal plan; however after getting some notes from a friend that did all 30 days she let me know which recipes would be easiest for me because I'm single and cooking for 1. I make recipes that I can eat for several days straight. There are some recipes that are extremely involved and have a lot of ingredients. Some of which you can't freeze and won't keep for long in the fridge. I've been picking and choosing the recipes I make to fit my lifestyle.