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 years.
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.
This week Daisy welcomes extraordinary woman Erin MacFarland, a mother of two, who discusses her recovery from anorexia nervosa and exercise bulimia.
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:-
Taffiny Elrod, a professional chef and culinary instructor, shares her passion for fusing traditional, classical and ketogenic ways of eating.
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.
The quote that inspired Taffiny’s top tip was from Werner Erhard;
This week, Daisy talks to her latest extraordinary woman, Jessica Shotwell Walker, who discusses her recovery from PCOS and T2D plus how she rediscovered her inner warrior through dragon boating and now coaches others to do the same.
Jessica is a housewife and mother of two from Atlanta. She empowered herself by starting the ketogenic way of eating over 10 years ago and has since recovered from type 2 diabetes, PCOS and debilitating plantar fasciitis. Jessica has continued to maintain her 65lb weight loss and no longer takes diabetes medications. In her 50th year she is the energetic athlete she always wanted to be. Jessica loves tennis almost as much as dragon boat racing and plays in two leagues – USTA and ALTA. She and her USTA doubles team have earned her a spot at the USTA Georgia State Championships for the second year in a row.
She continues to be an inspirational role model in her community and was named Rotarian of the year 2016-2017 for the Rotary Club of Peachtree City Georgia for her outstanding work with her dragon boat teams. She coaches people from all walks of life (her favourite students being the absolute beginners) to work as a team in dragon boats and then go on to race. You can see photos and videos of Jessica in action training on the Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival Facebook page.
This week, Daisy talks to her first extraordinary woman, Louise Reynolds, who talks about the importance of her psychological development before and after weight loss surgery.
Louise Reynolds is a military wife to Andrew and mum to three teen boys. In her working life, she was the first Australian female paramedic to gain her PhD and then moved into university and college teaching roles. She is an admin on the Ketogenic Forums, having addressed a number of her own and her family health issues with lower carb and now Keto since late 2015. In her spare time, Louise is strength training at the gym, planning overseas travel and preparing delicious tasty (#boringketo) ‘recipppppesss’.
The “mental scan” that Louise talked about is really an assessment of where in your body you are feeling stress. This mind map by Paul Foreman is a nice illustration of this idea and where it can take you.