Episodes

#231: Debra Scott – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes 

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May 6, 2022

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Debra, is back for the second part of her chat with Daisy where she talks about how she reversed her type 2 diabetes and has gone on to share her experience and advice with others to help them do the same. 

From Debra:

I’m an ordinary mum and granny with a passion to change the nutritional guidelines for type 2 diabetics. Why? Because following my own diagnosis I realised they were totally wrong. So wrong that following them would make the diabetes progressive. When I was diagnosed in December 2017 and prescribed metformin and statins, I declined and asked for 2 months to see if I could put it into reverse with diet. I didn’t know what that would involve but had heard it was possible.  

A quick Google ‘reversing diabetes’ confirmed this wouldn’t be a problem. Every avenue took me to a low-carb/keto way of eating. Carbs turn to sugar so it made perfect sense.  Within weeks my diabetes was in reverse and my symptoms had disappeared. Within 2 months my blood sugars had normalised. I lost over 50 lbs in weight in just 7 months – the fat simply melted away – and I have maintained that loss for the first time ever. 

I’m now on a mission to help others avoid getting in the type 2 boat, or give them the help they need to get out. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease and needs a lifestyle change to combat it. Despite what it is labelled, it doesn’t need to be progressive. Whether diagnosed last week or last century it can be put into reverse. There IS hope.

Debra’s husband (non diabetic) went keto in the hope of bringing down his BP. It worked, as you can see. He also lost 21 lbs (and has been maintaining for over 2 years).

Links

Debra’s talk on the Low Carb Down Under channel:

Debra Scott – ‘How I lost weight and reversed my type 2 diabetes’

Debra’s Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Debs-Daily-Diabetes-Diary-1185892998232667

Diabetes.co.uk website:

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/

MySugr app:

https://www.mysugr.com/en/

Freshwell Surgery website:

https://lowcarbfreshwell.co.uk/

Dr Jen Unwin’s Fork in the Road:

https://forkintheroad.co.uk/

Dr Sarah Hallberg’s infamous TedX talk: 

Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines | Sarah Hallberg | TEDxPurdueU

Reversing T2: A Dr. Sarah Hallberg Legacy Project 

The PHC (Public Health Collaboration:

https://phcuk.org/

Books:

The Diabetes Code by Dr Jason Fung

The 21-Day Immunity Plan by Dr Aseem Malhotra

The Diabetes Weight Loss Cookbook by Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi

Debra’s Top Tip

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#230: Debra Scott – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes 

May 1, 2022

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Debra, talks about how she reversed her type 2 diabetes and has gone on to share her experience and advice with others to help them do the same. This is the first of two episodes so make sure to tune back in for part 2 next time.

From Debra:

I’m an ordinary mum and granny with a passion to change the nutritional guidelines for type 2 diabetics. Why? Because following my own diagnosis I realised they were totally wrong. So wrong that following them would make the diabetes progressive. When I was diagnosed in December 2017 and prescribed metformin and statins, I declined and asked for 2 months to see if I could put it into reverse with diet. I didn’t know what that would involve but had heard it was possible.  

A quick Google ‘reversing diabetes’ confirmed this wouldn’t be a problem. Every avenue took me to a low-carb/keto way of eating. Carbs turn to sugar so it made perfect sense.  Within weeks my diabetes was in reverse and my symptoms had disappeared. Within 2 months my blood sugars had normalised. I lost over 50 lbs in weight in just 7 months – the fat simply melted away – and I have maintained that loss for the first time ever. 

I’m now on a mission to help others avoid getting in the type 2 boat, or give them the help they need to get out. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease and needs a lifestyle change to combat it. Despite what it is labelled, it doesn’t need to be progressive. Whether diagnosed last week or last century it can be put into reverse. There IS hope.

Debra’s husband (non diabetic) went keto in the hope of bringing down his BP. It worked, as you can see. He also lost 21 lbs (and has been maintaining for over 2 years).

Links

Debra’s talk on the Low Carb Down Under channel:

Debra Scott – ‘How I lost weight and reversed my type 2 diabetes’

Debra’s Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Debs-Daily-Diabetes-Diary-1185892998232667

Diabetes.co.uk website:

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/

MySugr app:

https://www.mysugr.com/en/

Freshwell Surgery website:

https://lowcarbfreshwell.co.uk/

Dr Jen Unwin’s Fork in the Road:

https://forkintheroad.co.uk/

Dr Sarah Hallberg’s infamous TedX talk: 

Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines | Sarah Hallberg | TEDxPurdueU

The PHC (Public Health Collaboration:

https://phcuk.org/

Books:

The Diabetes Code by Dr Jason Fung

The 21-Day Immunity Plan by Dr Aseem Malhotra

The Diabetes Weight Loss Cookbook by Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi

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#228: Bitesize Nutrition with Megan Pfeffer – Optimising Bone Health

April 8, 2022

We are back for another Bitesize Nutrition episode. This time, Megan Pfeffer joins Daisy to talk about bone health. You might be surprised by a few of the things Megan has to share and I’m pretty sure you will be thinking more about your bones and getting them as healthy as possible from now on.

Previous episodes:

#206: Bitesize Nutrition with Megan Pfeffer – The Importance of Choline

#198: Bitesize Nutrition with Megan Pfeffer – Vitamin D

#143: Megan Pfeffer – Keto for Lipedema

Megan Pfeffer is an Australian based Clinical Nutritionist with a health science degree in nutritional & dietetic medicine. Megan is the founder of I Choose Health, an international online nutrition consulting practice. Specialising in food intolerances and therapeutic carbohydrate reduction and keto nutrition for lipedema, lymphedema, type 2 diabetes and obesity, Megan helps women to take back control of their health.

I Choose Health offers nutrition education, public speaking, nutrition consultations, 2 hour workshops and 8 week keto courses with live, interactive weekly sessions and guest speakers. Megan shares her experience and expertise while providing support and motivation for achievable, long-term dietary and lifestyle changes.

Megan follows a ketogenic diet to manage her own health, including weight loss of nearly 20 kg’s (44 pounds). Megan discovered she has lipedema in early 2019 and breast cancer in 2020, and credits fasting and keto for helping her manage and overcome these conditions.

Megan has presented at numerous international conferences in New York, Boston and Italy, and is the lead author of the 2019 cookbook for lipedema ‘From Our Coaches’ Kitchens: Ketolicious for Lipedema Holiday Cookbook’. She co-authored 2019 research paper titled ‘Ketogenic diet as a potential intervention for lipedema’ published in the peer reviewed medical journal ‘Medical Hypotheses’.

Megan is passionate about helping people to understand the benefits of adopting a keto way of life. With a focus on improving health minus the blame & shame approach experienced by many overweight women, and using an evidence based and wholistic approach, Megan’s health motto is to “Eat Food That Loves You Back!”.

Links

Email: megan@ichoosehealth.com.au 

Website: www.ichoosehealth.com.au 

8 week online course Keto for Lipoedema & Lymphoedema  starting early May 2022

Keto for lipedema research paper link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346677939_Ketogenic_diet_as_a_potential_intervention_for_lipedema

Episode Links

Book by medical oncologist Dr Bluming – great for understanding bone health, oestrogen and so much more!

Oestrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Women’s Well-Being and Lengthen Their Lives – Without Raising the Risk of Breast Cancer by Dr Avrum Bluming and Carol Tavris, PhD

Dr Ken Berry’s video

He lists many research papers on link between low salt and low protein and compromised bone health in the show notes.

Articles:

11 ways to increase bone density naturally

The Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Calcium and Vitamin D Status—Nursing Accredited

Bariatric Surgery: Bad to the Bone, Part 2v

Parathyroid hormone

11 ways to increase bone density naturally

How to improve your bone health

Skeleton Is An Endocrine Organ, Crucial To Regulating Energy Metabolism

Research Papers:

Osteoporosis: Pathophysiology and therapeutic options

Specific Collagen Peptides Improve Bone Mineral Density and Bone Markers in Postmenopausal Women—A Randomized Controlled Study

The contribution of collagen crosslinks to bone strength

Advanced Glycation End Products, Diabetes, and Bone Strength

Influence of caffeine and hyaluronic acid on collagen biosynthesis in human skin fibroblasts

Calcium Absorption from Food Products: Food Matrix Effects

The Handling of Oxalate in the Body and the Origin of Oxalate in Calcium Oxalate Stones

Megan’s Top Tip

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#227: Mark Davidson – Paying It Forward With Group Support

April 1, 2022

Daisy and Mark are back to continue their chat. This week they are talking about how Mark is paying it forward with his support group Real Food Your Way.

You can find the GoFundMe campaign created in Sarah Hallberg’s memory here

Listen to Mark’s story from last week here:

#226: Mark Davidson – Overcoming Depression With Low Carb and Keto 

Having been through a personal battle with depression, weight and gluten intolerance that started over a decade ago, Mark has now been in ketosis for the last four years. On his journey to improve his health, he’s learnt a lot about himself, what works and why. Mark has been able to stop taking prescription medications for depression and blood pressure and has lost over 8 stone.

He now runs a group called Real Food Your Way, which provides support for people who want to improve their health by improving what they eat. Shared experiences provide hope and encouragement for those who feel trapped by the modern world of junk and convenience food that is designed to lure you in and keep you wanting more, regardless of the impact on your physical health and mental well-being. Members of the group have successfully put Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes into remission as well as resolving issues with compulsive eating. There’s been a fair amount of weight loss as well!

When he’s not extolling the virtues of a low-carb lifestyle, Mark is also a qualified football coach and referee. He lives in Essex with his (long-suffering) partner, stepson and two cats.

Mark is a PHC Ambassador.

Links

You can reach Mark at: markdphc@outlook.com

The PHC (Public Health Collaboration): https://phcuk.org

The episode we refer to from Dan’s podcast:

How a Support Group Changed Their Lives! – Real Food Your Way | UK Low Carb Podcast

Books mentioned

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking by… Allen Carr!

Mark’s Top Tip

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#226: Mark Davidson – Overcoming Depression With Low Carb and Keto 

March 27, 2022

Daisy’s latest extraordinary man, Mark, talks about how he won a personal battle with depression, weight, and gluten intolerance that started over a decade ago.

Having been through a personal battle with depression, weight and gluten intolerance that started over a decade ago, Mark has now been in ketosis for the last four years. On his journey to improve his health, he’s learnt a lot about himself, what works and why. Mark has been able to stop taking prescription medications for depression and blood pressure and has lost over 8 stone.

He now runs a group called Real Food Your Way, which provides support for people who want to improve their health by improving what they eat. Shared experiences provide hope and encouragement for those who feel trapped by the modern world of junk and convenience food that is designed to lure you in and keep you wanting more, regardless of the impact on your physical health and mental well-being. Members of the group have successfully put Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes into remission as well as resolving issues with compulsive eating. There’s been a fair amount of weight loss as well!

When he’s not extolling the virtues of a low-carb lifestyle, Mark is also a qualified football coach and referee. He lives in Essex with his (long-suffering) partner, stepson and two cats.

Mark is a PHC Ambassador.

Links

You can reach Mark at: markdphc@outlook.com

The PHC (Public Health Collaboration): https://phcuk.org

The episode we refer to from Dan’s podcast:

How a Support Group Changed Their Lives! – Real Food Your Way | UK Low Carb Podcast

Books mentioned

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking by… Allen Carr!

Mark’s Top Tip

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#223: Mindset Matters with Terri Lance – Navigating the Hurdles We Encounter When Starting Keto

February 18, 2022

In this Mindset Matters episode, Daisy and Terri chat about some of the hurdles we encounter when starting keto (or anything new really) and some tips on how to navigate them.

Terri has been keto for over 3 years and Paleo for 2 before that. She struggled with being overweight or obese from age of 7 until about 5 years ago and tried all types of weight loss plans and diets throughout most of her adult life.

Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in her early 30s, Terri was prescribed many medications, typically taking three for diabetes, a statin and an ace inhibitor. She no longer takes any prescriptions and no longer has any biomarkers of Type 2 diabetes.

Terri was a middle school English teacher at the start of her career; then went back to grad school and earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology. She was then a psychologist in private practice for over thirteen years.

Terri is now a coach with IDM’s The Fasting Method. She is the Director of Retreat Development and has hosted two fasting retreats in Hawaii.

IDM’s new website TheFastingMethod.com

You can contact Terri by email

Other episodes Terri has been in:

#219: Mindset Matters with Terri Lance – New Year’s Resolutions

#215: Mindset Matters with Terri Lance – Surviving the Holidays!

#205: Mindset Matters with Terri Lance – Embracing Discomfort

#200: Mindset Matters with Terri Lance – Committing to Keto

#196: Mindset Matters with Terri Lance – Making Keto Part of Your Identity

#105: Terri Lance – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes With Diet and Fasting

#106: Terri Lance – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes With Diet and Fasting – Part 2 

Terri’s Top Tip

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#221: Keto Kurious – What to Eat

January 14, 2022

Week Two of the Keto Kurious series. 

This week is all about what to eat – figuring out which foods you love to eat and which foods will love you back! What is the point of a diet that is supposed to be a ‘lifestyle not a diet’ unless you love what you are eating and it makes you feel good? This episode is all about figuring out what those foods are before you get bogged down by macros and all that jazz!

Catch up on Week 1 here:

220: Keto Kurious – Who Are You?

Links

Diet Doctor

Food List Printable pdf

Visual low-carb guides

Best high-protein foods infographics

Free 30-Day Trial 

The many names for sugar from Virta Health:

Secret Sugars: The 56 Different Names for Sugar

Recipe Ideas

The list is almost endless, but here’s a couple of places to start:

Have Butter Will Travel

All Day I Dream About Food

Top Tip

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#220: Keto Kurious – Who Are You?

January 7, 2022

This week is the start of the Keto Kurious series of episodes which are Daisy’s take on how to start keto.

This week is a bit of a prequel week, a starting to think about who you are and the kind of approach that is going to work for you type of week. There are no quick fixes here but rather a good old rummage about in why things have not worked before and how to make them work this time, as well as figuring out how to make them stick for good.

Links

Gretchen Rubin: The 4 Ways to Successfully Adopt New Habits

4 Tendencies Quiz

The Monday Mindset episode Terri and I recorded about the Four Tendencies:

The book I mentioned was Atomic Habits by James Clear.

Mail-order blood test in the UK:

Monitor My Health

Daisy’s Top Tip

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