Life may seem easy and smooth sailing for me but believe me, we still have very difficult times. One of the reasons I really wanted to write Keto Instant Pot Recipes cookbook is because I know that we all have trials and tribulations throughout our life that can be extremely difficult to deal with and those are the times we are often thrown off course!
I was dealing with one of those difficult times as I wrote Keto Instant Pot Recipes. 4 years ago, my husband Craig started living In chronic pain. When I say chronic, it was severe pain that kept him from living life with us. We blamed it on a slipped disc from an old football injury. The pain started migrating and progressively got so bad there were days he didn’t want to get out of bed. His mood deteriorated and he seemed to give up on life. He walked with an extreme hunchback and he was down to only 133 pounds. The summer of 2017, I said, “Sweetie, you are only in your 40’s! You need to start figuring this out! You do not deserve to live like this.” I expressed this concern to someone very close in my life and he told me that Craig most likely has Lyme Disease. I told this friend that he was tested at the doctor 3 years ago and it came back negative. My friend explained that the traditional Lyme test has a 70-80% false negative and we both must get a very expensive IGENIX test. Sure enough, Craig came back positive and we began the intense journey of healing Lyme which causes you to get worse before you get better.
The very upsetting piece is that since the traditional medical test said he was negative for Lyme, insurance covers nothing. Everything is out of pocket. Including copious amounts of medications, doctor’s visits, cavitation surgery, … the list goes on. Not to mention the emotional hardships that are associated with Lyme. One of Craig’s friends from high school reached out to him to say he also suffers from Lyme and it has taken a toll on him so terribly and has caused depression so bad that he isn’t allow to be alone for fear that he may take his own life.
It was during this time of healing for Craig that this book, Keto Instant Pot Recipes, was written. I needed something to focus on, just as with my other books; there is a theme… I write during intense difficulties in my life. I often wonder if I am given these trials because it pushes me in the direction of helping others. I’m crying as I write this… I do not wish my worst enemy to go through Lyme. I once thought it was an overblown disease. I live in the woods, I run in the woods, I bow hunt in the woods, I often find 6 ticks on me a day and dismissed this detrimental disease. Lyme is REAL and can ruin your life!
This leads me back to why this book is so important. I started doing all the things that Craig did and could no longer do which meant my multitasking went into overdrive and I felt like I had one too many balls in the air while juggling and I was about to drop one at any time. Or one of my favorite movies, Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins “I feel like butter scraped over too much bread” (keto bread that is!). Eating keto was the only thing that helped his inflammation go down so making healthy meals for him was a priority. While keeping up on the growing number of phone consults, creating a keto course to help educate others and creating a Keto College course to teach others to become a Keto Coach, I still made time to make healthy and delicious keto meals and it was my Instant Pot and slow cooker that helped me accomplish this.
Eating keto isn’t a diet for me. It is a lifestyle. I love food and I will always love food, but more so, I love the way I feel eating like this! That is why I spend so much time and money creating new recipes for all of you. I want you to be able to commit 100 percent.
And yes, I enjoy a piece of “healthified” dessert every day!
If you decide to also make this way of eating part of your lifestyle, you’ll notice you no longer want to nap in the afternoon, your belly fat will disappear, your skin will look amazing, joint pain will no longer an issue, and you will no longer be hungry all day or thinking about food. Sure, it takes time planning and preparing meals, but we all prioritize our time… When you feel and look amazing, you will not regret the time you put into it!
By following the ketogenic lifestyle, you too will understand how to eat to balance your hormones, sleep better, feel better and lose the weight! These tasty and exotic keto foods will keep you satisfied and enhance your physique. You will even get to enjoy desserts again; after all, we also need to enjoy the sweetness of life.
“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until you put it in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt
I get asked all the time how I do it?
How do I run a thriving nutrition business, home school, workout, enjoy nature and still find time to get a delicious Keto meal on the table?
I plan ahead! This way I can enjoy life! I am even paddle boarding as I write these tips! No lie! I am on a paddle board off of Maui watching for humpback whales and multi-tasking!
I often fill my slow cooker the night before while my kids help clean up dinner; before my kids were old enough to help, my husband helped while we chatted about the day. I put the shell of the slow cooker in my fridge. I prep any fixings the night before too. This helps with my stress for the next day because I don’t need to worry about what we are having for dinner!
So my suggestion is, before you nail down this healthy habit, make an alarm on your phone. Every evening to remind yourself to do a few simple prep steps.
If you forgot to prep, no worries! The Instant Pot directions are at your fingertips!
This is not just any Instant Pot cookbook. This keto cookbook has almost 200 recipes with BOTH Instant Pot directions AND slow cooker directions! I also started an Instagram account on my favorite Keto Instant Pot Recipes and giveaways called @KetoInstantPotRecipes!
If you do not have an Instant Pot yet, I have to tell you, I am not a gadget girl and I adore my slow cooker. I like the idea of filling my slow cooker the night before, place the shell in the fridge overnight and turning it on in the morning and allow the meal to cook while I am working or exploring nature all day. However, the Instant Pot was easy to fall in love with. It is also a slow cooker! And on days when I forget to plan ahead, I can make a delicious meal in minutes.
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“October 21, 2017 I started this journey. I was 173 lbs and miserable. 3 weeks until my 1 year mark and thought I’d share. I’ve had 4 kids and diabetes, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure runs in my family. I was scared, done having kids, and knew I needed to make a change. I started simple. I was never a breakfast eater to begin with so I kept with that. I never worked out.
My goal was 145 lbs. and I hit that late December. Then I had a crazy idea I could get to high school weight of 135…and I did in February. By April I was 120 and upped my macros to gain. Today I am a happy 127. I weigh every single morning at the same time. I spent 2 months researching before starting and learned all I could. Thankfully I found Maria and Craig Emmerich’s Keto Adapted early. I’ll never ever go back to eating all the crap I was before. Energy is through the roof, self-esteem is like I’ve never had in all my almost 34 years, sex life is better than ever, and I FEEL sexy. So, if you’ve made it this far in my novel and you think this wont work for you, I’m here to tell you it will!!” – Jessica