Maria Emmerich | How Keto/Carnivore Can Transform Your Health, Should You Use Exogenous Ketones, & More! KKP: 201


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Today, I am blessed to have here with me a nutritionist specializing in the ketogenic diet and exercise physiology, Maria Emmerich. She is the author of several cookbooks and three nutritional guidebooks, including the bestseller “Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on The Ketogenic Diet.”

Maria’s blog,, offers innovative recipes and easy-to-understand explanations of how our bodies work and the science of ketogenic lifestyles. She also runs a support site for getting all your questions answered:

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. 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.

Maria and her husband Craig adopted two boys (Micah and Kai) from Ethiopia. They have raised a keto family for over 7 years showing how this lifestyle can be great for the whole family.

In this episode, Maria Emmerich dives into her story and why she started living a ketogenic lifestyle. Plus, Maria reveals the inspiration behind her viral keto cookbooks, which, by the way, Halle Berry follows her work! Maria speaks about how the carnivore diet has helped her husband with his Lyme disease. Tune in as we talk about oxidative priority, and Maria reveals her favorite protein sources.

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[08:10] About Maria Emmerich

  • At 16, Maria was not feeling well. She went to the doctor and found out she had PCOS. Maria left the appointment with a few bottles of prescription drugs.
  • When Maria cut out carbs, people got triggered by her changes.
  • As soon as Maria cut the grains and sugar, her depression went away in days.

[12:30] How Maria Got Into Cookbooks

  • Maria was told she couldn’t have children with PCOS. So, they adopted instead.
  • During the adoption process, Maria’s husband lost his job. Unfortunately, they lost their house, cars, and the adoption process needed to start over.
  • Maria’s friend suggested that she put her recipes in a book and help raise money for the adoption. The book sales went wild!
  • Now, Maria writes so people can see low-carb as a lifestyle.

[16:50] Cookbooks Going Viral and Talking To Halle Berry

  • Halle and Maria connected together on social media because Halle is a fan of her work.
  • Now, Maria writes for Halle’s website.
  • Also, watch out for more from Maria and Halle – it’s coming soon!
  • Another one of Maria’s cookbooks was on a baking show.
  • Plus, Al Roker was making her recipe on The Today Show.

[19:00] Getting Into The Carnivore Diet

  • We evolve as we get older, and our diets get different. Now, Maria does not eat 100% carnivore.
  • Maria’s husband was diagnosed with Lyme disease. He tried carnivore and felt so much better.
  • Animal protein is where the nutrients are. Maria will add garlic and onions for flavor, not nutrients.

[26:35] About Oxidative Priority

  • Your body prioritizes different fuels. In order, Maria lists how our body will prioritize what we consume.
  • The Top Six:
    • Alcohol
    • Exogenous ketones
    • Carbohydrates
    • Protein
    • Fat
    • Body fat
  • Cut the alcohol, stop wasting money on exogenous ketones, and ditch the carbohydrates. Then, you can focus on eating protein so you can build muscle.
  • If your goal is to burn body fat, then eat less fat.
  • If you’re an athlete, eat more fat to get more energy.
  • If you are working on mental wellbeing, eat more fat.

[35:10] Maria’s Favorite Sources of Protein

  • Filet mignon
  • Halibut
  • Venison
  • Eggs


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