Episodes

#152: Jen Unwin – How to Beat Sugar Addiction

September 18, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Jen, talks about how she and David are helping people beat sugar addiction and Type 2 Diabetes with low carb and their GRIN approach.

Dr Jennifer Unwin is a Consultant and Clinical Health Psychologist with over 30 years of NHS experience. Dr Unwin specialises in helping people with chronic illnesses to improve their lives through solution-focused brief therapy (a psychological approach based on solution-building rather than problem-solving).  She is former Chair of the UK Association for Solution-Focused Practice.

Dr Unwin’s interest in long-term health conditions stems from her time working as a Lecturer at Manchester University in the 1990’s.  Around this time, Dr Unwin contributed to two published books which merged her interest in psychology with physical and mental health conditions. She also completed her Clinical Doctorate in psychological aspects of recurrent urinary tract infections. 

In 1996, Dr Unwin was appointed as Head of Clinical Health Psychology at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (a position which she remained in for over ten years). During this time, she worked at Royal Preston Hospital where she was tasked with developing the Clinical Health Psychology services in a large teaching hospital. She then moved to Liverpool University where she combined her role as Senior University Clinical Teacher with academia for four years (2007-2011). Dr Unwin completed her Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Hull University in goal-focused hope, spiritual hope and wellbeing. 

In 2013, Dr Unwin returned to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust working in their mental health team to offer psychological support to those living with long-term physical or mental health conditions such as fibromyalgia, COPD, and type 2 diabetes. Dr Unwin became interested in applying psychological techniques which promote resilience, hope, and motivation amongst her patients. She collaborated with her husband Dr David Unwin (an award-winning family doctor well-known for his pioneering low-carb approach to managing type 2 diabetes) to deliver innovative psychological approaches to patients with type 2 diabetes or sugar addiction in a group setting and individually. 

Over the past 30 years, Dr Unwin contributed to 19 clinical papers and two published books. She is also a renowned public speaker, having spoken at conferences and events worldwide. She recently retired from her NHS role in May 2019 and now dedicates her time to working alongside Dr David Unwin to provide innovative and results-driven patient care to those with type 2 diabetes and sugar addiction through Diabetes Digital Media (DDM). DDM is an award-winning digital health platform offering scalable and evidence-based health solutions to those with diabetes. 

Together, the Unwins have pioneered the use of low carbohydrate diets in the treatment of obesity and diabetes through a patient-centric model of ‘hope’. Dr Unwin believes that “every piece of bad news, for example a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, can be turned on its head to become a golden opportunity for change.” Since the success of the low carb initiative is largely reliant on hope, the most important part is to address the patient’s personal goals. Dr Unwin draws on her extensive psychological knowledge to promote a two-way discussion which is informative, motivating and fulfilling for both doctor and patient. 

Through hard work, perseverance and most of all, taking the time to understand each patient’s individual needs and goals, David and Jen Unwin have proven that low carb lifestyles work, that they last, and that they can be made accessible to all. 

Links

Jen and David Unwin’s GRIN model

Escape the Diet Trap by Dr John Briffa

Sign the petition to help the Unwins.

Martin Seligman’s (Positive Psychology) website.

Follow Jen on Twitter

Food addiction & type 2 diabetes by Dr Jen Unwin & Charlotte Summers | PHC 2018

Dr. David Unwin & Dr. Jen Unwin – ‘Behaviour Change ‘In a nutshell’ & Picking our low carb battles’

Jen’s Top Tip

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#151: Kevin, Amy & Brandy – Keto in Hawaii – Part 2

September 11, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary people, Kevin, Amy and Brandy, return to share more about what it’s like to Keto in Hawaii and how they pay their Keto success forward by helping others.

Kevin & Amy

Kevin and Amy live on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This self described foodie couple have been married since 2002 and they’ve enjoyed sharing in food celebration with their ‘Ohana (family) and friends in what is arguably one of the most ‘ono (delicious) places to eat in the world. 

But after years of incremental weight gain, an injury or two and finally a potential diabetes diagnosis for Kevin and a mysterious lung infection for Amy, they decided to adopt the Ketogenic dietary model. 

Since January of 2020, Amy and Kevin have improved their health exponentially. Kevin is no longer at risk of diabetes, has regulated his blood pressure and improved his sleep apnea. Keto has helped Amy heal from that illness and she has regained her ability to be as physically active as she wants to be.

And in just over 7 months, Kevin and Amy have lost a combined total of over 120 pounds! 

The couple has started a Facebook group to help support other folks in making this life saving switch to dietary lifestyle, with a focus on Hawaii centric local flavors and food tradition. Their Keto Kanak Attack group had over two hundred members within a week of it’s creation and is growing daily.

Brandy

Brandy lives on Bainbridge Island in the state of Washington. She is part of a blended family and she and her husband have raised five children, ranging in age from 15 to 26.

Brandy has been overweight since childhood and since she was a very young adult, has weighed more than 300 pounds at any given time. At the age of 43, Brandy was severely insulin resistant, weighed 325 pounds, was medicated for clinical depression, anxiety and high blood pressure, had PCOS and had started developing painful blood clots in her legs. 

Now, not quite two years later, Brandy’s life is completely different, thanks to the adoption of the Ketogenic dietary model. She has lost 96 pounds so far, has no blood clots and no symptoms of PCOS. Her blood pressure has normalized all on it’s own. And perhaps most importantly for her, the way of eating has resolved her depression and controlled her anxiety better than any medication she was ever prescribed. She’s Keto for life. 

Links

Kevin & Amy’s Facebook group Keto Kanak Attack

Brandy’s website metabolizethis.com

Brandy’s Facebook page

Kevin’s Top Tip

Amy’s Top Tip

Brandy’s Top Tip

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#150: Kevin, Amy & Brandy – Keto in Hawaii

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September 4, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary people, Kevin, Amy and Brandy, share what it’s like to Keto in Hawaii and how they pay their Keto success forward by helping others.

Kevin & Amy

Kevin and Amy live on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This self described foodie couple have been married since 2002 and they’ve enjoyed sharing in food celebration with their ‘Ohana (family) and friends in what is arguably one of the most ‘ono (delicious) places to eat in the world. 

But after years of incremental weight gain, an injury or two and finally a potential diabetes diagnosis for Kevin and a mysterious lung infection for Amy, they decided to adopt the Ketogenic dietary model. 

Since January of 2020, Amy and Kevin have improved their health exponentially. Kevin is no longer at risk of diabetes, has regulated his blood pressure and improved his sleep apnea. Keto has helped Amy heal from that illness and she has regained her ability to be as physically active as she wants to be.

And in just over 7 months, Kevin and Amy have lost a combined total of over 120 pounds! 

The couple has started a Facebook group to help support other folks in making this life saving switch to dietary lifestyle, with a focus on Hawaii centric local flavors and food tradition. Their Keto Kanak Attack group had over two hundred members within a week of it’s creation and is growing daily.

Brandy

Brandy lives on Bainbridge Island in the state of Washington. She is part of a blended family and she and her husband have raised five children, ranging in age from 15 to 26.

Brandy has been overweight since childhood and since she was a very young adult, has weighed more than 300 pounds at any given time. At the age of 43, Brandy was severely insulin resistant, weighed 325 pounds, was medicated for clinical depression, anxiety and high blood pressure, had PCOS and had started developing painful blood clots in her legs. 

Now, not quite two years later, Brandy’s life is completely different, thanks to the adoption of the Ketogenic dietary model. She has lost 96 pounds so far, has no blood clots and no symptoms of PCOS. Her blood pressure has normalized all on it’s own. And perhaps most importantly for her, the way of eating has resolved her depression and controlled her anxiety better than any medication she was ever prescribed. She’s Keto for life. 

Links

Kevin & Amy’s Facebook group Keto Kanak Attack

Brandy’s website metabolizethis.com

Brandy’s Facebook page

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#149: Gail Straker – Life Begins at 60!

August 28, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Gail, talks about how she nearly never made it out of the Grand Canyon, which gave her the push she needed to take back control of her health with keto.

Gail Straker knew from an early age that she was meant to be a teacher. Throughout her life she has been driven to share knowledge and help others learn and develop their skills and talents. She has taught math in all grade levels in public schools and has trained coworkers through workforce development. She believes that teaching is a lifetime endeavor and that it is a two way street. Teachers learn as much from their students as the students learn from the teacher.

In August of 2017, she hiked the Grand Canyon Rim-To-Rim and while on that 3 day hike, she had a health scare and wasn’t sure she was going to make it. She climbed out of that canyon and promised herself that she would focus and get healthy.

The following month she started on her keto journey. She has spent the last three years finding out which Bio hacks work for her, regaining her health, and sharing her knowledge with family and friends. She has inspired many of them to start and continue their health journeys and has supported them along the way with knowledge and resources.

In April 2019, she discovered she has lipedema. She has taken a mini-master class from Lipedema-Simplified.org, has attend almost all of the webinars offered this last year, is a charter member of the Lipedema TRIBE, and is in the process of becoming a certified advisor through Prof Timothy Noakes’ Foundation, Nutrition Network. She continues to be inspired by the leading experts in the Low carb community. 

Inspired by Daisy, and her own daughters, she has recently started journaling, striving for mindfulness, and stepping outside of her comfort zone. By doing so, she has found the confidence to start on a new career path at age sixty. She is excited that she has been given the opportunity to join the staff of Lipedema Simplified as a Mentor and soon to be Coach. 

Links

LipedemaProject.org

Lipedema-simplified.org

Catherine Seo’s Documentary The Disease They Call Fat

Do You have Lipedema? Quiz

A guide to self diagnosing Lipedema and Lipo-Lymphedema

Dr Leslyn Keith’s book The Ketogenic Solution for Lymphatic Disorders

Pre-purchase your copy of Megan Pfeffer’s book: Everyday keto for Lipedema: Eating Well for Lymphatic & Fat Disorders.

Dr Karen Herbst demonstrates Lipedema Diagnosis

Clinicians and others who would like to promote the LCHF way of nutrition by becoming advisors can find accredited online courses and information at Nutrition-Network, from The Noakes Foundation.

Books Gail recommends

Dr William Davis

– Wheat Belly 10 Day Grain Detox

– Undoctored

Dr Annette Bosworth

-Any Way You Can

Dr Jason Fung

– The Obesity Code

– The Diabetes Code

– Life in the Fasting Lane

Nina Teicholz

-The Big Fat Surprise 

Gail’s Top Tip

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#148: Sarah Hung – Breastfeeding and Keto Part 2

August 21, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Sarah, shares lots of tips and advice about breastfeeding and keto – Part 2.

If you haven’t listened to Sarah’s story yet and the first part of the breastfeeding two-parter, you can check them out here:

146: Sarah Hung – The Joys of Keto!

147: Sarah Hung – Breastfeeding and Keto Part 1

Sarah Hung has been on a low carb and ketogenic diet for nearly four years and has never been happier with her diet and health.

She was first accredited as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2001. She ran a private practice called Lotus Lactation in Hong Kong for several years, and previously worked on the Maternity Ward of the Matilda International Hospital in Hong Kong. Once upon a time she was a mathematician and a transport planner…

Sarah trained in the community with La Leche League and was accredited as a Leader in July 1995 at the 14th International Conference of LLLI in Chicago. She has been helping mothers with breastfeeding problems (in person, over the telephone and via email) and leading LLL meetings in Hong Kong ever since.

Sarah has four children all of whom were breastfed.

Breastfeeding Links

La Leche League International

Kelly Mom

Nancy Mohrbacher, Breastfeeding Reporter 

Blog including link to Breastfeeding Solutions app.

YouTube channel

LowMilkSupply.org

Stanford Medicine, Breastfeeding videos

Other Links

See what Sarah eats on Instagram.

Carolyn (All Day I Dream About Food) Ketchum’s Keto Death By Chocolate Cheesecake

The Aetiology of Obesity lecture series by Dr Jason Fung – Part 1 of 6

Thin Tastes Better: Control Your Food Triggers and Lose Weight Without Feeling Deprived – book by Stephen Gullo PhD

Sarah’s Top Tip

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#147: Sarah Hung – Breastfeeding and Keto Part 1

August 14, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Sarah, shares lots of tips and advice about breastfeeding and keto – Part 1.

If you haven’t listened to Sarah’s story yet, you can go check it out here:

146: Sarah Hung – The Joys of Keto!

Sarah Hung has been on a low carb and ketogenic diet for nearly four years and has never been happier with her diet and health.

She was first accredited as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2001. She ran a private practice called Lotus Lactation in Hong Kong for several years, and previously worked on the Maternity Ward of the Matilda International Hospital in Hong Kong. Once upon a time she was a mathematician and a transport planner…

Sarah trained in the community with La Leche League and was accredited as a Leader in July 1995 at the 14th International Conference of LLLI in Chicago. She has been helping mothers with breastfeeding problems (in person, over the telephone and via email) and leading LLL meetings in Hong Kong ever since.

Sarah has four children all of whom were breastfed.

Breastfeeding Links

La Leche League International

Kelly Mom

Nancy Mohrbacher, Breastfeeding Reporter 

Blog including link to Breastfeeding Solutions app.

YouTube channel

LowMilkSupply.org

Stanford Medicine, Breastfeeding videos

Other Links

See what Sarah eats on Instagram.

Carolyn (All Day I Dream About Food) Ketchum’s Keto Death By Chocolate Cheesecake

The Aetiology of Obesity lecture series by Dr Jason Fung – Part 1 of 6

Thin Tastes Better: Control Your Food Triggers and Lose Weight Without Feeling Deprived – book by Stephen Gullo PhD

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#146: Sarah Hung – The Joys of Keto!

August 7, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Sarah, talks about how she loves keto and keto food, and how it has given her back control over cravings.

Sarah Hung has been on a low carb and ketogenic diet for nearly four years and has never been happier with her diet and health.

She was first accredited as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2001. She ran a private practice called Lotus Lactation in Hong Kong for several years, and previously worked on the Maternity Ward of the Matilda International Hospital in Hong Kong. Once upon a time she was a mathematician and a transport planner…

Sarah trained in the community with La Leche League and was accredited as a Leader in July 1995 at the 14th International Conference of LLLI in Chicago. She has been helping mothers with breastfeeding problems (in person, over the telephone and via email) and leading LLL meetings in Hong Kong ever since.

Sarah has four children all of whom were breastfed.

Breastfeeding Links

La Leche League International

Kelly Mom

Nancy Mohrbacher, Breastfeeding Reporter 

Blog including link to Breastfeeding Solutions app.

YouTube channel

LowMilkSupply.org

Stanford Medicine, Breastfeeding videos

Other Links

See what Sarah eats on Instagram.

Carolyn (All Day I Dream About Food) Ketchum’s Keto Death By Chocolate Cheesecake

The Aetiology of Obesity lecture series by Dr Jason Fung – Part 1 of 6

Thin Tastes Better: Control Your Food Triggers and Lose Weight Without Feeling Deprived – book by Stephen Gullo PhD

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#145: Sharon “Nobuhle” Williams – Overcoming Cancer and Living With Lipedema

July 31, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Nobuhle, talks about how she overcame cancer and lives with lipedema, lymphedema and hyperthyroidism.

Sharon “Nobuhle” Williams has been a licensed evangelist since 2003 through the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, and founder of Global Growth Ministries (GGM), an organization dedicated to, spiritual growth and development. 

Her fourth journey to South Africa resulted in a six-year stay there as a missionary with pastoral oversight which gave GGM a global presence. She holds an MBA in Management Information Systems along with over 20 years of progressive business experience primarily in the telecommunications industry.

After her diagnosis in December, 2018 of stage 4 Lipedema “with a component of Lymphedema” Nobuhle sought traditional treatment which began in Mid-march of 2019. It initially consisted of MLD, wrapping, and low carb eating. Within just 2 weeks she noticed that her pain had all but diminished  After becoming a part of the Masterclass hosted by Lipedema Simplified, she switched to a KETO way of eating, began swimming, using a pneumatic pump..  +90lbs lighter, Nobuhle has, and still is, in the process of collecting a small arsenal of tips, tricks, and hacks  to help further her goal of living a physically “fit”, i.e., healthy lifestyle.

Links

LipedemaProject.org

Lipedema-simplified.org

Catherine Seo’s Documentary The Disease They Call Fat

Do You have Lipedema? Quiz

A guide to self diagnosing Lipedema and Lipo-Lymphedema

Dr Leslyn Keith’s book The Ketogenic Solution for Lymphatic Disorders

Pre-purchase your copy of Megan Pfeffer’s book: Everyday keto for Lipedema: Eating Well for Lymphatic & Fat Disorders.

Dr Karen Herbst demonstrates Lipedema Diagnosis

The Truth About Sugar – New Documentary 2015

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu – Global citizenship

Sawubona

Nobuhle’s Top Tip

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#144: Tina Wolridge – Motivating Women to a Healthier Lifestyle and to Move More

July 24, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Tina, (aka Fitness FitGirl) talks about her passion for motivating women to a healthier lifestyle and to #MoveMore. 

Tina Wolridge is “Fitness Fitgirl”.  There was a time in Tina’s life where 354 was OK with her. She learned to deal with the physical and mental aspects of being obese.

After losing over 130+, she is committed and persistent in living a healthier lifestyle.   

Her main goal is to motivate women into a healthier lifestyle. She believes this journey can’t be isolated and must be supported by women with a shared purpose. 

Tina is a certified Health and Life Coach. She shares her story because it wasn’t easy, and it’s real every day of her life – You can win this battle, but you can’t give up. 

She believes in SELF LOVE – Love yourself with all your heart no matter what your circumstances may be.  

Here’s what Tina has to offer:

  • #MoveMore attitude
  • Fitness sessions in person or on Zoom
  • Keto lifestyle and meal prep
  • Motivational speaker
  • Her famous ACV weight release drink

Links

Contact Tina by email

Follow Tina on Social Media

Facebook

Instagram

Tina’s Top Tip

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#143: Megan Pfeffer – Keto for Lipedema

July 17, 2020

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Megan, talks about her work as a clinical nutritionist and especially how she helps women with lipedema.

Megan Pfeffer, BHSc, is an Australian based Clinical Nutritionist with a health science degree in Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine. Megan is Coaching Director, Author, Public Speaker and CFO of Lipedema Simplified USA, and is on the Medical Advisory Board for The Lipedema Project USA. 

Lipedema Simplified and The Lipedema Project are transmedia platforms helping to raise awareness of the fat & lymphatic disorders lipedema, lipolymphedema & obesity. Megan conducts online health consultations and webinars worldwide and facilitates intensive masterclasses, in addition to being involved with Lipedema Simplified’s Tribe – a membership group designed for women seeking ongoing health education with a strong community focus.

Specialising in ketogenic diets for the dietary management of obesity, lipedema, lipolymphedema, type 2 diabetes and other chronic health conditions, Megan follows a ketogenic diet to manage her own health after discovering she had Stage 2 lipedema in early 2019.

Megan is the lead author of the ‘Ketolicious Cookbook Series’. The first book ‘From Our Coaches’ Kitchens: Ketolicious for Lipedema Holiday Cookbook’ was released in 2019, and Megan is in the process of finalising the second book in the series ‘Everyday Keto for Lipedema: Eating Well for Lymphatic & Fat Disorders’. Co-authors include Dr Catherine Seo, Dr Leslyn Keith, Mende Staggs and Raeann Sparks.

Megan is passionate about helping people adopt a ketogenic lifestyle, with a focus on improving health minus the blame & shame approach experienced by many overweight women, instead using an evidence based and wholistic approach.

Megan’s health motto: “Eat Food That Loves You Back!”.

Links

Contact Megan by email

Online keto coaching and health consulting

Pre-purchase your copy of Megan’s book: Everyday keto for Lipedema: Eating Well for Lymphatic & Fat Disorders.

Lipedema Links

LipedemaProject.org

Lipedema-simplified.org

Catherine Seo’s Documentary The Disease They Call Fat

Do You have Lipedema? Quiz

A guide to self diagnosing Lipedema and Lipo-Lymphedema

Dr Leslyn Keith’s book The Ketogenic Solution for Lymphatic Disorders

Dr Karen Herbst demonstrates Lipedema Diagnosis

Megan’s Top Tip

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