Katie Kelleher & Vicky Brown

September 6, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary women, Katie & Vicky, talk about what it’s like to be new to keto, what they have learned so far and the benefits they are already reaping.

Katie Kelleher is a 34 year old from California who works in a job that every nerd girl dreams of. She’s suffered from body positivity issues most of her life, but she’s trying to turn that around and has even started her Curvy Girl Complications blog to bring to light both the humorous and serious issues of being a Curvy Girl. 

A self-proclaimed, prior sugar fiend, she realized something had to be done when sugar and carbs were making her sick. She heard of keto from a fellow volunteer for GreySave Greyhound adoptions and hasn’t looked back since. She and her boyfriend have both been keto since the end of April 2018. She has been blogging about their experiences since day 1.  

Vicky Brown is a 39 year old Canadian married mother of one living in Japan. As an elementary school teacher she needs as much energy as possible to keep up with her very energetic kids, not to mention her own 2 year old. 

After years of dieting, weight loss groups (such as Weight Watchers), vegetarian, finding out about slow carb, paleo, then primal which led her to hearing about low carb, she finally started “lazy” keto in April of 2018 together with intermittent fasting. 

She has lost about 5 kg, but regained 3 when she went back to America to visit family. Usually she gains much than 3 kilos so this is a bit of a NSV!

Her goals for starting keto are health related. She is currently fighting off a future type 2 diabetes diagnosis but losing weight is a nice bonus. 


Gary Taubes Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

Lily Nichols Real Food for Gestational Diabetes: An Alternative to the Conventional Nutritional Approach

Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth



You can find Katie and Vicky on Facebook @twoketonewbies

This week’s end quote is from C Joybell C…

We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.


Karen Mangiacotti

August 24, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Karen, talks about life in Costa Rica and her and Mark Miller’s new podcast Keto Families.

Karen Mangiacotti is the co-host of the Keto Families and Keto kids podcast with her husband, Mark Miller. Karen and Mark met through Carl Franklin on a podcast they all did together a decade or so ago. Mark, Karen, and Carl all began Keto together after a scary cancer diagnosis for Mark (who is now cancer free!!!) – and the rest is Keto history.

Karen is a writer/speaker/troublemaker whose blogging and vlogging can found at:


Keto Families Podcast

Mondays podcast

DangerSnax on YouTube

This week’s end quote is from Nadia Bolz-Weber…

Many of us are tormented by our idea self versus our actual self. Between our ideal income and our actual income. Our ideal personality and our actual personality. Our ideal weight and our actual weight.

But here’s the thing.

No one’s ever become their idea self. It’s a moving target. It’s this mirage of water in a desert. You spend all your energy trying to get to it – and that just creates more thirst.


Miriam Hatoum

August 17, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Miriam, talks about her keto experience as an older woman and her new venture Granny Keto which she hopes to use to help many others like her.

Miriam Hatoum, also known as “Granny Keto, is a wife, mother, and grandmother of two – and also a lifelong dieter. For years she was scolded by doctors and was never believed when she said she was following dietary advice – a horrible cycle that started when she was just 13 years old!  Listening to Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It was her lightbulb moment when, for the first time, she realized that the food itself was keeping her fat all these years and that it was not her fault. She began Keto that day and never looked back. As a certified nutritional coach, she addresses the needs and concerns of older women who are either doing Keto or are working on steps towards Keto. Both through her website and personal coaching, she offers these women help to navigate the waters of this new season in their lives.


She believes in KISS – Keep it Simple Sweetheart, and whether this new season brings you to cooking just for yourself or cooking for an entire extended family, Miriam and her husband have created easy, Keto, family-friendly recipes which you can find at Granny’s Table on her website, GrannyKeto.com.







This week’s end quote is from Angela Bassett…

I love my age. Old enough to know better. Young enough not to care. Experienced enough to do it right.

Amy Berger Live!

August 12, 2018

Join Daisy and Amy who recorded live in front of an audience at Ketofest 2018 and answered some of their questions.

Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP, is a USAF veteran, Certified Nutrition Specialist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who specializes in using low-carbohydrate nutrition to help people reclaim their vitality through eating delicious foods. She loves showing people that getting and staying well doesn’t require starvation, deprivation, or living at the gym. Her motto is, “Real people need real food!” She blogs at www.tuitnutrition.com, where she writes about a wide range of health and nutrition-related topics, such as insulin, metabolism, weight loss, thyroid function, and more. She is the author of The Alzheimer’s Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline.


You can now order Rebel ice cream directly from their website at RebelCreamery.com

If you fancy trying one of Carrie Brown’s 52 delicious ice creams you can order her book here.

Check out what Moons Grove Farms are up to and when their candied ginger will be ready for sale on their Facebook page.

Keep up to date with upcoming Ketofest plans at ketofest.com.


This week’s end quote is from Richard Morris

Ketofest – where you meet old friends for the first time.

Georgia Ede

August 12, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Georgia, discusses the importance of nutrition for optimizing brain function and mental health.

Georgia Ede M.D. is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist specializing in nutrition and college mental health and was the first psychiatrist at Harvard University Health Services to offer nutrition consultation as an alternative to medication management.  Dr. Ede speaks internationally on a wide range of nutrition topics, including Alzheimer’s prevention, the nutritional differences between plant and animal foods, and dietary strategies to optimize brain health. She writes about food and the brain for PsychologyToday.com and about all aspects of food and health on her own website DiagnosisDiet.com.



Georgia’s blog on Psychology Today


Low Carb Breckenridge video “Our Descent Into Madness: Modern Diets and the Global Mental Health Crisis.”




Saturated fat and PTSD (Loma Linda/Seventh Day Adventist study)

Risks to brain of plant-based diets

World Health Organization report on meat and cancer

Ketogenic Diets and Psychiatric Disorders


This week’s end quote is from Trudi Canavan…

If your appearance is all people see, they have no respect for your mind.

Suzie Edge

August 1, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Suzie, talks about her busy life in Scotland as a junior doctor, mum, mountain hiker, and keto enthusiast.

Suzie Edge is a junior doctor based in Scotland where she works in Orthopaedic Surgery. After an earlier degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, Suzie joined a graduate programme at the Medical School in Aberdeen, but within a year of graduating and starting life as a doctor, she was pregnant with her first daughter. Despite lots of karate training, playing rugby and being in the Territorial Army and despite eating the prescribed “healthy” diet, Suzie gradually put on more and more weight.

She lives with her husband Derek, who is an accountant and mountain rescue team member, and their two daughters (aged 9 and 10). They escape to the mountains of Scotland whenever possible.

Suzie discovered low carb after her brother gave her a copy of The Diet Delusion by Gary Taubes (Good Calories Bad Calories in the US) and though she believed in the possibilities of low carb, she didn’t fully commit until early this year. Since doing so she’s lost 28 pounds and 4 inches from her waist.


Suzie is back into martial arts and is currently also studying for a Masters in Modern History of Medicine learning to research and to write in a non-clinical setting, which may lead to a book about lifestyle medicine and the future of the NHS.

She will talk endlessly about low carb to anyone who will listen: patients, colleagues, and mums at the playground. She is trying to work out how she can have more of an impact on the lifestyles of the patients and colleagues she meets at work.

This week’s quote is from JK Rowling…

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

Carrie Brown

August 1, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Carrie, shares her incredible story about how she conquered her bipolar disorder and has been symptom free for 2 years, thriving on the ketogenic diet.

Carrie is an ex-professional pastry chef, turned cookbook author, recipe developer, freelance photographer with a crazy, four country, three continent-spanning resume which includes such things as a chocolate TV show, a chocolate cookbook, and making pastries for the Queen of England.  She trained at the National Bakery School in London and has now turned her pastry chef talents to creating scrumptious keto/low carb food to help the world eat smarter, live better, and put the healthy back into healthy.

She has published 5 cookbooks and shares her tales of food, travel, and adventure from her splendid single life in the sane lane, as well as her trials and triumphs with Bi-polar Disorder, Adrenal Fatigue, a massive E-coli infection, a myriad of food sensitivities, and her journey back to slim and vibrant on her blog CarrieBrown.com.

Carrie’s buddies say of her…

“Carrie can often be found in the kitchen, surrounded by her four-legged friends, concocting, devising, developing, and figuring out how to make the impossible very possible (and affordable).

And we love her for it.”


This week’s end quote is from the late, great Carrie Fisher…

Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”


Amanda Åkesson

August 1, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Amanda, talks about how she has long battled with IBS and mood disorders but how keto has really helped her get a handle on them.

Amanda is a writer for the low-carb site Diet Doctor, and has been following some form of low-carb or keto diet since 2014, but it took A LONG TIME for her to get it just right. Before that she simply avoided starch and sugar as much as she could, but didn’t calorie count.

Her success story has been featured on the Diet Doctor website and the link can be found in the show notes.

Amanda is currently really interested in mental health and keto, gut issues, body image and body acceptance, and whether we should restrict protein on a low-carb diet.


The supplement Amanda mentioned that she finds helpful for depression is L-Theanine and the one she uses can be found here.

This week’s end quote is from Mary Anne Radmacher

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Carrie Diulus

July 6, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Carrie, talks about her busy life as an orthopaedic spine surgeon and thriving type 1 diabetic and how she maintains the mental focus she needs for her work with a ketogenic vegan diet.

Dr. Carrie Diulus is one of just a handful of board certified female orthopaedic spine surgeons in the United States. She practices “patient-centered” medicine rather than the traditional “disease-centered” model. She starts by identifying all of the factors that influence a patient’s health. This understanding is then combined with state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical and medical care including complementary and nutritional approaches to develop an individualized program for each patient’s unique needs.

This is the philosophy Dr. Diulus brought to the Crystal Clinic Spine Wellness Center in Akron, Ohio. Prior to joining the Crystal Clinic in 2014, Dr. Diulus was a spine surgeon in the Center for Spine Health at the Cleveland Clinic and she maintains privileges at Cleveland Clinic regional hospitals.

Dr. Carrie, received her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Prior to her orthopaedic surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic she trained as a pathologist. She completed her spine fellowship with the SpineCare Medical Group in San Francisco.

Additionally Dr. Diulus is a thriving Type 1 diabetic who utilizes a low carbohydrate diet with specialized insulin strategies both for herself and her diabetic patients to have powerful impact on the management of these conditions.

Dr. Diulus has co-authored, textbook chapters, presented at national and international professional meetings, teaches and leads instructional courses for the North American Spine Society, and is on the Ethics Board for the North American Spine Society. She is published in the areas of orthopaedics, lifestyle modification, nutrition, diabetes, healthcare IT, pathology and biomaterials. Her research focuses on reducing the burden of chronic disease and total cost of care along with reducing and improving comorbidities while improving outcomes in orthopaedic and spine patients


  • Website
  • Instagram where Carrie posts food and recipes, etc. is @carriediulusmd
  • Facebook @carriediulusmd
  • Twitter @cadiulus

The recipe book Carrie mentioned was The Plantpower Way by Julie Piatt & Rich Roll and the Facebook group was Vegan Keto Made Simple

This week’s end quote is from Flora Whittemore

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Kim Gajraj & Amanda Åkesson

July 2, 2018

This week Kim and Amanda from Diet Doctor come on the show to offer some advice and support for low carb/keto beginners.


Kim discovered low carb around 5 years ago after experimenting with various ways of eating, including juice “fasts” and vegan diets! The fantastic energy levels and disappearance of cravings convinced her that low carb was a lifestyle that could really benefit her health long term. She studied an MSc in International Development with a specialization in food security and nutrition in 2014-2015 and moved to Bolivia to work with food provision systems and poverty reduction. However, she continued to research low carb diets passionately and, noticing the lack of good information on low carb in Spanish, she set up a blog to translate information for Spanish-speaking people.


In August 2017 she attended Low Carb USA in San Diego, where Andreas Eenfeldt mentioned during his presentation that he was looking for someone to launch Diet Doctor in Spanish. She applied for the position, got the job, and in October 2017 made a move to Stockholm, Sweden to take up a position as head of the Spanish Diet Doctor site. She now continues to run the site and also works as an editor and writer on the English site, DietDoctor.com. Kim is really happy to now be working full time on what has been a real passion for several years, helping other people change their lives with low carb, too.

Amanda is a writer for the low-carb site Diet Doctor, and has been following some form of low-carb or keto diet since 2014, but it took A LONG TIME for her to get it just right. Before that she simply avoided starch and sugar as much as she could, but didn’t calorie count.

Her success story has been featured on the Diet Doctor website and the link can be found in the show notes.

Amanda is currently really interested in mental health and keto, gut issues, body image and body acceptance, and whether we should restrict protein on a low-carb diet.

Links for the Diet Doctor website and the resources we discussed on the show

Low carb diet for beginners

Keto diet for beginners

Get started (free 2-week keto challenge)

Our visual guides


Keto flu and how to cure it

This week’s end quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…. Do the thing you think you cannot do.