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Diet, cookbook author says it’s all about fat

Town of Troy resident Maria Emmerich, author of five cookbooks, spends a lot of time in her kitchen trying out recipes for her cookbooks and blog. She says she goes through 11 dozen eggs a week.

When you see petite, lean, energy-exuding Maria Emmerich you may not believe she cooks pork belly for dinner.

Pork belly? It’s a slab of meat and fat from the same portion of the pig bacon is made from.

That’s enough to send the traditional cardiologist into cardiac arrest.

But fat, healthy fat and very low carbohydrates, is what Emmerich, a town of Troy resident, is passionate about.

It’s the cornerstone of the Ketogenic diet she lives and breathes and writes books about.

She’s the author of eight books -- two are best sellers on Amazon -- “Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism” and “Keto Adapted”.

She’s also written six cookbooks as companions to her low carb, high fat diet. Another cookbook is due out in July, this time with a major publisher.

“I love food,” she laughs. “And the great thing about this diet is it tastes good.”

Her crusade to eat more healthy fat comes from years of struggling with her own weight.

Emmerich, who grew up in the farming community of Medford, says she was an active, health conscious kid. But she was 50 pounds overweight.

“When I was in high school, I was eating cereal with skim milk or chicken breast and broccoli,” she said. “I was running marathons. I thought I was doing everything right. But I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t leaner -- and I had no energy.”

She finally said “enough is enough” and enrolled at UW-River Falls in the Health and Human Performance program with high hopes she could find the key to get healthy and then help others get healthy too.

But it was after graduating from college when she came across the Ketogenic diet -- the diet that would change her life. It’s very low in carbohydrates, with moderate amounts of protein.

Emmerich says, “You may be wondering, what’s left to eat? Fat, and lots of it.”

The diet works, she claims, because instead of burning glucose for energy, a person eating a Ketogenic diet will get energy from burning fat.

Emmerich’s books are available on Amazon. In addition, she is holding a Keto-adapted class from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Sign up on her blog.

For the complete story, see the Jan. 22 print issue of the River Falls Journal.