Interview with Maria Emmerich, Author of The Carnivore Cookbook

Carnivore is a cookbook by award-winning food journalist and author Maria Emmerich. The book chronicles Maria’s journey from an unsettled vegetarian to an avid carnivore, and includes recipes for everything from soups and stews to sandwiches and salads. (The reason I am writing this article is because I recently watched Maria on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and I consider myself to be a very big fan of Maria’s work. I saw her working on her book and I was in awe of her work and dedication that she puts in. In fact, she is so dedicated that she even has a “book a day” challenge. She even wrote a book on a single weekend in California. I try to

On a recent trip to the gym, I came across a sign that said, “Lose Weight, Not Muscle.” I had just spent the last hour in the squat rack and was a bit pouty that my muscles weren’t as big as I thought they were. After all, I’ve spent the last 17 years lifting to build them up. “You can’t lose muscle if you eat like a pig,” my trainer told me. I glanced at the chicken breast on my plate and thought, “True, I can’t, but maybe I can still lose some weight.”

Not just a diet, but a way of life!

For our June Keto Book Club, we chose the cookbook Carnivore by Maria and Craig Emmerich. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

We had the opportunity to speak with Maria Emmerich and learn more about how the ketogenic lifestyle has helped her and her family.

But first a little history about Maria Emmerich

Maria is a nutritionist specializing in the ketogenic diet and exercise physiology. With her experience, she speaks all over the world about the ketogenic diet and has written more than 14 books on the subject.

It helps people with autoimmune diseases, diabetes (type 1 and type 2), heart disease, cholesterol problems, alopecia, Hashimoto’s disease, cancer, epilepsy, seizures, depression and anxiety.

In the past 20 years she has helped tens of thousands of people, many of whom were able to stop taking medicines thanks to her advice. For me, it’s just incredible!

Maria struggled with her health and weight as a child, making her a passionate nutrition expert. When Maria was 16 years old, she struggled with depression and lack of energy and went to the doctor. She was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and prescribed an antidepressant and an antacid to help her. She wasn’t keen on the idea of having to take medication and thought there must be a better way.

Shortly after visiting the doctor, she took her dog to the vet because his hair had fallen out. The vet asked her what she fed her dog and it became a kind of moment of reflection. She went home and started changing their diet.

Maria began limiting carbohydrates and focused on a nutrient-rich diet, the keto diet. Her success in changing her lifestyle led to a degree in nutrition and exercise physiology.

What has the carnivorous diet done for you personally?

I just constantly have more energy, I feel better and stronger. For my husband Craig, it has been very helpful for his chronic Lyme pain. He noticed a significant improvement in his pain, especially migrating joint pain, with a carnivorous diet.

Carnivore is about your why. Why are you doing this?  This can determine what success means to you.

What are your personal results with this diet?

When I eat a meat diet, I have more energy, I feel stronger. An important discovery for us was Craig’s Lyme Disease. He had debilitating back and neck pain and then wandering joint pain.

One morning he thought he had a sprained knee, the next day it was a hip or an ankle. The pain made it very difficult to walk. When he eats food containing meat, the migrating pain disappears and the back and neck pain are greatly reduced.

Which type of meat do you eat most often?

I like steak and fish. When I’m in Hawaii, I like to eat mahi mahi. I like the filet mignon too. The tender, moist meat is my favorite, but I also love juicy burgers.

What is your best advice for people starting a carnivorous diet?

Find out what’s in it for you. If you are following a carnivorous diet for your general health and to lose fat, your method may be different than if you are trying to cure chronic conditions such as Lyme, bipolar disorder, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune problems, etc. If you have chronic problems, the CAIP protocol can really help.

It takes time to get used to eating more meat. You may suddenly have loose stools (or constipation). In this case, I recommend adding HCL to the first few bites of food and taking digestive enzymes after the meal until the body has reorganized itself.

So what is the ACPI protocol?

CAIP stands for Carnivore Autoimmune Protocol. Just following a carnivorous diet can trigger and help manage recovery from the above diseases and many other chronic conditions, including epilepsy, eczema, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis (MS). A ketogenic and carnivorous lifestyle eliminates common pro-inflammatory foods such as sugar, refined carbohydrates, gluten and others that are often triggers for certain diseases.

Carnivorous dietary stages/levels:

Level 1: Beef, beef fat and salt

This level is quite strict and excludes almost anything unrelated to beef.

Level 2: All meat, animal fats and salt.

Level 3: All meat, animal fats, salt, dairy products and eggs.

Level 4: All meat, all animal fats, salt, dairy products, eggs, spices and some low sugar vegetable sauces.

You can read more about Maria’s incredible journey on her website Maria Mind Body Health and find all of her books on Amazon.

*Photos courtesy of Maria Mind Body Health.

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