By Annie Phenix
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Why Mushrooms Are So Healing

I’m a Certified Keto-Adapted Health Coach on Day 16 of Maria Emmerich’s 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse. No blog posts for days 14 and 15 because Spring came to Utah and I was out playing in the mountains. You can learn more about me from my website Happy Fat Mouth.

This week kicks off the halfway mark on my journey through Keto Guru Maria’s Emmerich’s incredible book! I’ve been on a ketogenic diet for several years but when big life stress happened last summer — my beloved Border Collie Echo had a brain tumor — I reached for carbs. Not many carbs but enough every week to quickly put back on the 20 pounds of unwanted body fat that I lost on keto and had kept off for a year. I needed to re-set and I am so thankful I found Maria’s book.

30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse

I reached my goal weight in 10 days on this cleanse!

Together my husband and I have lost 30 pounds in the first two weeks! More than that, we feel fantastic. We’re adding a second daily walk after work with our two Border Collies — Echo healed from the brain tumor thanks to these doctors. Our dogs are keto, too.

This week I will be blogging about the healing ingredients found in a well-formulated ketogenic diet. The publisher of Maria’s book holds the copyright so I am not permitted to share the recipes from this gem of a book. I do highly recommend this book as I feel it belongs in every food lovers’ kitchen! While I take my inspiration for the ingredients highlighted this week from my favorite cookbook, I routinely share recipes from the web that highlight the ingredients. I put my very favorite keto/low carb recipes on my Pinterest boards, which you can see here.

I’ve always liked all kinds of mushrooms (not the funny kind!) but I also often seemed to forget to get them at the grocery store. Maria Emmerich as a ton of tasty mushroom recipes in many of her books and I finally know why! Mushrooms are considered to be a super food.

Mushrooms are little nutrient-rich gifts to your health!

Here’s a great article from NPR about these wonderful little fungi.

  • They are a health-promoting food for so very many reasons, including these:
  • Mushrooms are packed with nutrients, low in calories and a great source of fiber;
  • Mushrooms are powerful little bites full of antioxidants;
  • Many varieties of mushrooms have anti-inflammatory powers;
  • Mushrooms are a pre-biotic and thus help with digestion;
  • Mushrooms contain dietary fibers that increase satiety and reduce hunger;
  • Mushrooms contain cancer-fighting nutrients;
  • Mushrooms can improve the immune system;
  • Some mushrooms can affect growth of breast and colon cancer cells;
  • Mushrooms are a rich source of fiber, vitamins C and D, and selenium;
  • Mushrooms can help prevent diabetes;
  • Mushrooms are a rich source of calcium and can protect bone health;
  • Some mushrooms are high in potassium and can help lower blood pressure:
  • Mushrooms have high levels of iron and they can help with anemia.

WOW do these little bundles of nutrition pack a punch! Starting today on, always include healthy, delicious mushrooms in your weekly meals — your body and brain will thank you.

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Here are my starting numbers I will update the carb count at the end of the day. I am highlighting the carb count as that is what I am most interested in reducing right now:

Starting Weight: 170 pounds
Weight Day 16: 160 pounds (10 pounds lost over the first 9 days!)
30 Day Keto Challenge Goal Weight: 160
Ultimate Goal Weight: 150 PoundsHeight: 5’8
Waist: (Started at 38 inches) 35 inches
Chest: (41 inches) 38 inches
Hips: (41 inches) 37 inches

Day Sixteen:

Carb count:       15 carbs

  • 3 carbs mushrooms and bacon
  • 6 carbs bacon and mushroom burgers
  • 4 carbs panzanella salad