#13: Karen Parrott

January 19, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Karen, talks about how keto and IF have helped her resolve her binge eating issues and obesity, and maintain a healthy weight for nearly 6 years.

Karen lives in Carlsbad California with her teenage daughter and two tortoiseshell cats. She is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and, when she’s not commuting and cooking her own food she likes to practice her photography and also enjoys coastal walking and beach combing.


She was obese or yo-yo dieting from the age of 6 to 46. In 2012 Karen combined an abstaining plan with a Paleo food template, progressing to low-carb and finally to Keto with time restricted eating. It was that combination where she was able to find a stable weight, normal blood glucose readings, and put binge eating into remission.   She was also able to apply her DNA results to real life to take advantage of health insurance discounts and reducing joint pain. She has maintained a normal weight for almost 6 years. 

The books Karen mentioned were…

  • Refuse to Regain Barbara Berkeley
  • The Paleo Solution Robb Wolf

Karen has a non-commercial blog, Twitter, IG, FB page, Google plus and Pinterest

This week’s end quote was from Gretchen Rubin –

Never start a sentence with the words “No offence”.

Siobhan Huggins

January 12, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Siobhan, talks about the woman behind the lipid geek online persona.


After meeting Dave Feldman at Ketofest 2017, Siobhan’s passion for lipidology was ignited and she was driven to research all she could in a mad attempt to figure out how lipids were involved in the immune system and chronic diseases. She has since written two articles that have been published on cholesterolcode.com – on plaque development and LDL
modification, with many more posts planned.

Siobhan has been keto for 15 months ,in which time she has lost over 65 pounds, reversed her hypertension and stopped her blood sugars from going out of control.

Siobhan has dedicated herself to decoding the mysteries​ of cholesterol and is just getting started on that epic adventure.

Siobhan’s top tip was inspired by a quote from Tripping over the Truth by Travis Christofferson –

Any scientist will tell you that theories are anything but permanent…. They are only our closest approximation of the truth at a fleeting moment in an otherwise infinite continuum of discovery.

The series about cholesterol that Siobhan mentioned was by Peter Attia on his website

You can read Siobhan’s articles here…

You can contact Siobhan here…



The end quote to the show this week comes from Marie Curie –

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.

Danielle Coonerty and Erika Burt

January 5, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary women, Danielle and Erika, talk about their shared passion for keto and travel.

Dan grew up in a family of 6 with a tight budget and bread as part of every meal. She played soccer up to the age of 30 but started to find playing much more difficult after puberty and gaining weight. She has now found a new venture in crossfit and loves the community aspect of it. 

Erika had a focus on her weight and diet from a very early age. This had an ongoing effect on her health, confidence and self worth. Erika loves to cook and travel. She started her travel adventures from the age 19 and is always planning the next big trip. 

Dan and Erika live in Melbourne Australia with their 2 rescue cats. They have been together for 11 years and recently married. They have both struggled with losing weight in the past and tried many different options. Keto is what has worked for them and they have lost over 90kg between them. They are currently working together on their blog Have Butter will Travel, sharing their favourite keto meals and travel adventures. 

Dan and Erika’s blog is Have Butter Will Travel

The end quote was from Susan Sontag –

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.


Jackie Graham

December 29, 2017

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Jackie, talks about her eventful and often stressful life and how keto has helped her considerably with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and PTSD.

Jacquelyn Graham is a convert to the Keto lifestyle with no intention of ever turning back.  She has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – hypermobility-type – and the benefits she’s received from minimising inflammation in her body alone would be enough to make her eat this way for the rest of her life, but the additional beneficial effects to her mental clarity, assisting in lessening her PTSD symptoms, as well as losing weight and keeping it off are all equally welcome.

Her life has taken her all over the world and into Supreme Courts, and she’s gratefully received all the gifts that came to her from those difficult experiences, including being found by her biological family as a direct result.  She has spoken at events for DV LEAP (Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Program), the Washington DC Women’s Bar Association, and Senate hearings – to share her experiences with the Hague Convention in hopes of helping those who are currently experiencing the same struggle she went through for more than a decade.


  • DV LEAP (Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment & Appeals Program) website
  • Psycopath Free on Facebook is a good support group for women and men who are trying to escape an abuser or have already escaped and are healing.
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome website

The quote Jackie mentioned – “You deserve better than the worse you can stand” – was from Robin Norwood’s book Women Who Love Too Much.

Jackie’s top tip was a quote from Richard Rohr

If you don’t transform your pain you will almost certainly transmit it.

The end quote from the show was from Jeanne C Stein –

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

Chef Taffiny Elrod

December 22, 2017

Daisy and regular guest Taffiny chat about Christmas culinary traditions and Taffiny shares some recipes.

Taffiny Elrod is a professional chef and culinary instructor located in New York City and New York’s Hudson Valley. With over 15 years of professional culinary experience, she has cooked and taught many culinary styles with a special interest in food for health and culinary traditions. Most recently, she taught professional cooking for veterans returning to the work force in New York City before opening a small restaurant with her husband in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Inspired by her success with her own ketogenic/Low Carb High Fat diet, she launched a cooking website called Keto Cooking School where she shares recipes and techniques, and plans to explore the connection between traditional, classical and the ketogenic way of eating.

Taffiny’s Yorkshire Pudding

Preheat oven to 425F (220C)

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons melted fat or butter
  • 1/2 cup unflavoured whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Additional 1/2 cup hot fat – preferable beef drippings
  • Mix wet ingredients then stir in dry ingredients or mix briefly in blender.

Heat beef fat in a pan or muffin tins in preheated oven.

Add batter and bake at 425F (220C) until puffed and brown.

You can replace the whey powder with egg white powder but use a little less – 1/4 to 1/3 cup.

Taffiny’s website is www.ketocookingschool.com

If you want to get in touch with Taffiny, her contact details are:-

Email classiccookery@gmail.com
Twitter @ketocookschool
Instagram @ketocookingschool

The quote that Taffiny mentioned during the show – “Hunger is the best sauce” – is actually a very old proverb with no known specific provenance. This article talks about the proverb in some detail.

This week’s end quote is from Virginia Woolf –

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Austin Archibald – Rebel Ice Cream

December 15, 2017

Daisy talks to the show’s first extraordinary man, Austin, who talks about his extremely exciting keto ice cream Kickstarter campaign.

Austin and his wife Courtney grew up on the East Coast and met in college.

Austin has an MBA with a background in venture capital and analytics and Courtney has a degree in broadcasting.

They live in Midway, Utah with their four children: two girls and two boys between the ages of 1 and 7. They started a ketogenic way of eating in early 2017 and grew frustrated with commercial ice creams that were low fat, contained added sugar and/or other non-keto ingredients.

They founded Rebel Creamery to develop the first high fat, low carb, no sugar added ice cream using only keto-friendly ingredients. They also hope to use their ice cream to entice others to learn about and try a ketogenic lifestyle.

For a chance to win 4 pints of yummy Rebel ice cream, comment #RebelIceCream on any of the daily posts for this week’s show on the Keto Woman podcast’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. Anybody can play along but the lucky recipient has to live in the US.

If you don’t want to leave it to chance then you can order your own at the Kickstarter campaign

This week’s quote is from Ginger Rogers and is a sentiment I share entirely.

My love for ice cream emerged at an early age – and has never left!

Kim Howerton

December 8, 2017

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Kim, talks about her passion for Keto and living a life fuelled by pleasure and ketones.

Kim Howerton struggled with her relationship with food from the time she was 8. As the years went by and her health problems mounted, she felt at the mercy of her body and out of control with her weight. A dedicated seeker of pleasure, she realised that life in a body that was always in pain was no way to live; that a pleasurable life starts by living in a body that feels good.

Enter Keto – a life that has brought together her love of satisfying, delicious foods in a way that makes her actually feel good. She now shares her love of all things Keto though group coaching as well as running a very large Facebook group about Keto called Completely Keto.

You can find Kim’s blog and coaching at theketonist.com

and her FB page at CompletelyKeto


This week’s quote is by J M Barrie and comes from his book Peter Pan

Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough.

Joie Vawter

December 1, 2017

Daisy talks to her latest extraordinary woman, Joie Vawter, who discusses her busy life juggling many roles – dance teacher, prayer minister, wedding officiator and nutrition coach.

Joie Vawter is a native of Michigan.  She Ioves her life, her husband, two kids and two puppies.  Joie is an innately curious person. She has honed many skills over the years that interest her. She’s a life-time learner an that is her main hobby. For her sanity, Joie teaches dance to kids, has a ministry for prayer, and officiates weddings. Joie recently added nutrition coach to her list as well.  Joie lets off steam lifting weights and dancing Ballroom & Latin socially.

You can find Joie on her Facebook pages…

Let’s Eat for REAL with Joie!

Joie Vawter Ministries


The end quote on the show is from a Quote Investigator article.

Sing like no one is listening.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like it’s heaven on earth.


Carolina Cartier

November 25, 2017

Daisy talks to her latest extraordinary woman, Carolina Cartier, who shares her incredible story from being told she would never conceive to becoming pregnant with twins.


Carolina was diagnosed with precocious puberty at only 3
years old and then PCOS at 13. Her weight climbed to 380
pounds (172 kg) at its highest point. Working as a financial
analyst, she was constantly tired, foggy headed, short-
tempered and just downright miserable. She discovered the
ketogenic diet in 2014 and lost 120 pounds (54 kg) over two

Even more surprising, after 19 years of no ovulation
or cycles due to PCOS, she started cycling after only four
months on keto. She is currently pregnant with
spontaneous twin boys.


Carolina’s top tip was a quote from Karen Lamb –

A year from now you will wish you
had started today

You can find out about the upcoming boot camp Carolina talked about at her Revo
Wellness website and touch base with Carolina on her Facebook page.


You can find further information about Polycystic Ovary syndrome on the PCOS foundation’s website

Erin MacFarland

November 17, 2017

This week Daisy welcomes extraordinary woman Erin MacFarland, a mother of two, who discusses her recovery from anorexia nervosa and exercise bulimia.

Erin MacFarland

Erin is a 36 year old mother of two who works part time for a local food co op, and studied sociology in college. She was diagnosed in March of this year with anorexia and exercise bulimia  and began recovery six months ago. Erin is especially keen to share what it has been like to have this disease later in life whilst raising a family. She started keto in 2015 after reading about its ability to improve athletic performance. She had taken up running after her second child was born, which she now realises was actually a symptom of her already-thriving eating disorder. She is keen to share how her eating disorder progressed and why keto affected her body in a negative way at the time but also how it addressed some health issues that had been bothering her for ages. Once she realised how easily she lost weight while eating keto, Erin had to change her approach to eating this way and manages now to eat a modified version of keto.


Websites and podcasts that Erin found useful in her research:-


Eating Disorders and Body Positivity

Geneen Roth

Change happens when you understand what you want to change so deeply there is no reason to do anything but act in your own best interest.