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About Me

Hi there! My name is Suzanne Ryan, and I have been on the Ketogenic Diet since January 13th 2015. I have been overweight most of my life, after failing at so many different methods to lose weight, I found keto and it has completely changed my life. I’m here to share my journey, encourage others and share tips and recipes! I also have a YouTube channel and I post weight loss updates, recipes, reviews, grocery hauls, and other keto related content. Also, check out my first book, Simply Keto, which will guide you through the ins and out of keto with helpful tips on getting started and finding your own personal success. Simply Keto also has over 100 easy, real life low carb recipes!

When I first started keto I weighed 289 pounds, my energy level and self-esteem were both at an all-time low. I felt tired and sick a lot of the time, thankfully the ketogenic diet has turned my life around. After being ketogenic for one year I was able to naturally lose 100 lbs! I’m currently down 121 lbs, and I couldn’t be happier with this lifestyle!

 

 

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    Dee Mortley
    July 20, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Your progress is amazing and inspiring. Thankyou for making a video record of it all! You are inspiring so many people.

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      Suzanne
      July 27, 2015 at 5:24 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Angela
    July 29, 2015 at 1:47 am

    You look amazing!!! I plan to start the Ketogenic lifestyle and am greatful to you for sharing your journey. I haven’t read all of your page yet, but I definitely intend to do so. Good luck with reaching your goal and I personally think you’ve already reached it ???????????????? DIVA

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      Suzanne
      August 1, 2015 at 4:03 am

      Thank you so much! Keep in touch and let me know how you’re doing!

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    Gwendolyn
    August 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I came across your you tube channel when researching the Keto diet. So inspired by your weight loss. I have a 4 year old daughter and have really struggled with losing weight since she was born. I have started the Keto diet and look forward to seeing what is to come. I lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks. I think that was all just water weight. But I am sticking to it, I started to see a little more loss this week. I just watched the Cauliflower pizza video, can’t wait to give it a try.

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      Suzanne
      August 22, 2015 at 1:03 am

      I relate to what you said so much! Best of luck to you, keep in touch!

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      Merry Hansen
      August 28, 2017 at 2:19 am

      Can you give us an update? It’s been 2 years! How are you doing?

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        Suzanne
        August 30, 2017 at 10:21 pm

        Hey! I actually post almost daily online, and will be filming more after I finish my new book, Simply Keto. You can follow me on Instagram or Facebook @ketokarma.

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    Jean
    August 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Suzanne, you are terrific! You look amazing and your videos are honest, encouraging, and so motivational.

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      Suzanne
      September 15, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you so much, that means so much to me! : )

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    Martha
    September 22, 2015 at 6:23 am

    I found your site when trying to learn about Keto. You have the best one out there. You are so inspiring and are melting before my eyes. You really keep me motivated.
    I am 66 and needed to lose 70. I lost 20 the first 5 weeks and hit a plateau. I hope the losses start back up. I am not sure i do it correctly; am still reading and watching videos and learning.
    Please know that you willingness to weigh in front of the world and share your ups and downs is awesome.

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      Suzanne
      September 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

      Thank you so much! Plateaus do happen….Just stick with it and play around with your macros! Most people say that things like artificial sugar, nuts or nut butters, or too much protein cause them to stall. Try to cut back on one or all of those things and see if that helps! Sometimes our bodies just take breaks, so keep calm and keto on!

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    Donna
    October 7, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Suzanne you have done an awesome job losing weight. and thanks for sharing your journey. I am in my 6th week and at first I LOST weight but the last 2 weeks I have gained. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong I’m still in ketosis and I’m keeping my carbs 20-17. Do you have any suggestions?? Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing it right. THANKS

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      Suzanne
      October 12, 2015 at 5:09 am

      Hey there! Check out my 39 Week update on YouTube…I talked about stalls and what to do! : )

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    Amber
    October 18, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    How did you decide on your goal weight of 175?

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      Suzanne
      October 20, 2015 at 5:48 am

      I picked that based of the BMI chart for my height, but I think I won’t truly know until I get there and see how I feel.

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    Kelly
    November 20, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Well done on your success and determination. I’m starting my weight loss journey which I’m dreading in one sense but excited in another.
    Reading about your journey has been very inspiring. Let’s hope I too can be as successful as you.

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      Suzanne
      November 25, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thank you very much!

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    Deidre
    December 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Amazing! I recently started a life style change to eat “keto” style and I really love how it makes me feel. I have energy, no cravings, get creative with food and I am enjoying the “process.” I found you from Instagram and have followed you to get recipe ideas, help stay motivated, etc. Thank you for sharing your experience with us – your life style change and the foods that are helping you achieve your goal 🙂

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      Suzanne
      January 4, 2016 at 6:02 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Pocalita
    December 3, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I am so happy for the decision you made and the big progress you are making. It is impressive what we can do when we take that first step, it can change our life completely 🙂
    Big hug.

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      Suzanne
      January 4, 2016 at 6:01 am

      Thank you!

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    Jen
    December 30, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Very inspiring site ! I am wondering how you did through holidays staying committed to keto. Did you feel like you missed out on the holiday treats.

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      Suzanne
      January 4, 2016 at 5:57 am

      I honestly have so many alternatives recipes that I don’t feel like I’m missing out. I actually prefer low carb options now because I don’t feel sick or tired after eating!

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        Sarah A.
        January 22, 2019 at 11:57 pm

        SO TRUE! I used to wonder why I was so exhausted after work every day, and I even ate comfort food at night in an effort to try to feel better. After limiting carb intake (shooting for 20 grams, ending up between 20-50), I immediately noticed I had much more energy. The theory was confirmed on an off day I ate noodles and pizza — tired and feeling heavy again that same day. With low-carb, I don’t feel deprived because I can still do things like no-bun burgers with a slice of cheese and a spoon of mayo. In the past, the only way I ever lost weight was not eating foods considered “carbs” while severely limiting calorie intake. If I didn’t starve, I still gained weight while not eating “carbs.” Now, reading nutrition labels and counting *grams* of carbs changed my life — it turns out I was eating and drinking tons of carbs without knowing it, and now that I’m not doing that, I lose weight WITHOUT starving. When I tell you that nothing else has worked to lose weight, know that I tried things like long-term weight-training and high intensity cardio, numerous nutritionists, personal trainers, and even CoolSculpt!

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    Carol
    January 2, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Hello Suzanne, you are truly an amazing inspiration. I have just listened to all of your updates and the weight loss is just incredible. You should feel very proud of yourself.

    My Partner and I are just starting out on a LCHF lifestyle, its early days but so far so good!

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      Suzanne
      January 4, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Thank you so much! I wish you both great success!

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    Leish
    January 18, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Congrats on your weight loss, can you give me an idea of your typical food per day, do you prepare your food? Also are your stricked on portion sizes?

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      Suzanne
      January 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you! You can see my food logs on MyFitnessPal, ketokarma2015. I do some meal prep and a lot of cooking at home. I do track macros and caloric intake.

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        Donna Wright
        May 6, 2018 at 8:17 pm

        How do you see other peoples food logs in myfitnesspal? Would love to borrow a few days of meal ideas.

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          Suzanne
          May 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm

          You just add them as a friend.

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    Nicole
    January 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I have been following you on IG for months now and this year I decided that I needed to really commit for a change.
    I am so thankful for women like you who give me motivation to do what I need to get my body into better condition.
    My marriage, future children, further grand-children and myself really deserve this.

    Been casually doing Keto this past week and I can already feel the difference mainly in my energy levels and for the fact that I have not had acid reflux once at night.

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      Suzanne
      January 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you so much! You do deserve a healthy and happy life! I’m here if you need support or have and questions! You CAN do this!!

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    Christine
    January 22, 2016 at 3:42 am

    I just started a ketogenic diet on January 16 th 2016. You are so inspiring ! Thank you for sharing your experience with us, you really are motivating me to do this too ! Congratulations !!!

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      Suzanne
      January 22, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Thank you so much! You’re going to do great!

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    ceci
    January 27, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Don’t have any Keto friends….. Do you get paid for consultation or helping people, do you offer any services like that?
    What do you use Psyllium for? Was looking at all of this and the best way to get a lot of fat with just 1400-1600 cal.

    Thank You,

    Ceci

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      Suzanne
      January 30, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Hey there! I don’t do paid consultations, but I’m happy to help you. Did you read my getting started post? Psyllium is mostly used in baking or thickening something. You can look at my food logs on MFP, KetoKarma2015. I don’t log daily anymore but there is a whole year of logs you can see.

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    Michael
    February 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Suzanne,

    Your dad gave me this website and gave me the “readers digest” version of your story. I know your story all to well. Very inspirational! For me, 30 down 55 to go! Good luck! I’ll check in often. 🙂

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      Suzanne
      February 19, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Awesome! Thank you so much!

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    Tracy Egeland
    March 9, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Hi there! I’m just getting started with this woe and I’m excited and nervous. It’s like entering a foreign country and learning the language. 🙂 You are inspiring and I’m thankful I came across your site! You look wonderful and I’m excited for you and your whole family. Thanks again!

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      Suzanne
      March 15, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much! There is a learning curve, but it’s very natural after you get the hang of it!

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    Kiara Bomben
    March 11, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    You’re such an inspiration Suzanne! Keep kicking ass!!! Starting my own keto journey. A little nervous, but find comfort in your blog and videos!

    Thank you!!
    Kiara

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      Suzanne
      March 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you so much! You’ll do great, just stay consistent!

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    Jamie Susan
    March 17, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Found you on Instagram! Just starting my Keto life here across the pond – day 4 (fingers crossed!) I’m super hopeful and feel really inspired and motivated after watching your journey. Really impressive stuff. You should be so insanely proud!! Thanks for sharing and please keep posting!! Lots of love from London! 😉 xx

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      Suzanne
      March 18, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Aw, thanks so much! Keep in touch and let me know how you’re doing!

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    Sarah
    March 18, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Dear Suzanne,
    I’ve just come across your blog – you are an amazing inspiration! I started Keto one month ago and have only lost 1kg. I’m under 25g net carbs daily and eating between 1500-1700/day (depending on exercise). I’m following my macros diligently, but no incredible weight loss just yet -but I am feeling MUCH less swollen and have loads more energy. I started at 78.5kg/174cm/36 yrs female. If you or anyone has any suggestions or ideas on why I’m not losing, I’d love hear them! Or comments on my MFP logs (sibernstein). Have a great weekend! Sarah

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      Suzanne
      March 18, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Add me, ketokarma2015 and make sure your logs are friends only or public! Ill take a peak!

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    Sarah
    March 19, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you! 🙂

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    Dave
    April 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Just surfing online and caught your blog. First off, GREAT work on your success! Decided on this woe after looking at all of the options. Keep up the great job on yourself and your blog.

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      Suzanne
      April 12, 2016 at 6:02 am

      Thank you so much! Best wishes to you!

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    Madonna
    May 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I’m finishing my first week on Keto – starting out at the same weight as you – you have given me hope that I can do this! It’s going to be my way of eating going forward and I look forward to watching myself transform and be healthy! thanks for this site – I enjoy it!

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      Suzanne
      May 19, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you so much! I know you can do this! Feel free to message me anytime!

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    Joyce
    May 23, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Hi Suzanne,
    I just found out about the Ketogenic Diet last week. I have been trying to read as much info as possible to understand how it works. I am desperate to take this weight off. I’m 220lbs. I stumbled upon your YouTube video. It was so inspiring. I decided to start today.
    Thank you,
    Joyce Ender

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      Suzanne
      May 24, 2016 at 6:35 am

      Thank you so much, and my very best to you! Keep in touch and let me know how you’re doing!

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    Mariam
    May 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Suzanne,

    I just started keto 4 days ago…your transformation is inspirational. Thank you for all your tips.

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      Suzanne
      May 31, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you so much! You’ll do great!

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    Alma Iniguez
    July 15, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Suzanne,
    I started keto 4 days ago and I’m loving the results. Glad I found your youtube channel and thanks for your website, it’s the most helpful I have found online. Keep up the great work, hopefully in 1 year I’ll have awesome results like you!

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      Suzanne
      July 23, 2016 at 1:46 am

      Thank you! Best wishes to you!

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    Gosha
    August 6, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Your youtube videos are amazing! Big congrats!
    Like others, came across them researching all Keto info is out there… It is my first week even thou i have a long history of dieting and more/ less succesfull weight loss.

    I really liked trader joes videos but was surprised to see NO avocados on ur list? Probably the matter of personal preference? I think for those who cant chow down fatty steak or try to stay away from dairy due to intolerance, adding 1-2 or substituting fatty meat for avocados and olives as well as nuts, Trader joes has fair price on some excellent avocados ( which can be hit or miss at other markets).
    You are wonderful inspiration !! Keep up this excellent work!! All the best to you!

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      Suzanne
      August 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      I usually buy avocados one by one from my grocery store…Trader joes often sells the bags and I prefer to stage them with the level that they are ripe so that they aren’t all ripe at the same time.

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    Sarah
    August 23, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    What made you get in the mind frame to start the keto journey? I’m struggling with starting.

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      Suzanne
      October 30, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! I had a family friend who sadly lost her son and it made me realize how much I was taking my life for granted. I decided it was my time to change and invested everything into the process! I recommend making some accountability for yourself…get a support system! Instagram is really a great tool to post your meals, share with others, and connect!

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    halima
    August 31, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    hi suzanne,

    i dont know if you already answered this question, but did you start exercising when beginning with the keto diet. I’m new to this lifestyle, and researching. keep up the good work.

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      Suzanne
      September 7, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Hey there. No I didn’t workout much at all. I try to be more active, but I’ve never been consistent with the gym.

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      Suzanne
      September 7, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Hey there. No, I didn’t workout much at all. I try to be more active, but I’ve never been consistent with the gym.

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    Stephanie
    September 13, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Hello Suzanne, I am so glad I came across you page. I too, have tried every diet and eating plan under the sun only losing a few pounds here and there. I have realized that carbs and grains are the things that my body can’t take much of. I started the Keto plan about seven days ago and have lost pounds. And my energy level has improved as well.

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    Sumantics
    September 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Suzanne,

    Reading your story and your gracious responses to each of your comments, I feel like I’ve found a beacon of light 🙂 much love from across the seas! Been LCHF in a whole grains, lots of produce and nuts kind of way for three years now. Have reversed most health conditions and dropped 4 pant sizes in 3 years. But having spent two hours on your site/YouTube channel, I now feel that size 6 is maybe just a few months away. Never thought that possible. Not in this lifetime.

    Day 4 on keto, and more committed than ever, thanks to you. Stay blessed. Wishing you only good things. Thank you for being 🙂 <3

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    Shawne Thorsen
    March 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Suzanne!

    You’ve been a great inspiration and I appreciate all of the work you do to share your journey with the rest of us. I am about 4 weeks in to this WOL and feeling amazing. My starting weight and my height are almost exactly what yours are and it’s nice to see another tall chick’s story! I have been reading so much interesting information and I often come across the notion of fasting to various degrees. I naturally started 18/6 fasting by not eating after 7pm or until lunch at 1pm on at least the 5 work days of the week. I have heard of incredible benefits to fasting, assuming it’s done properly and only when your body is truly ready. Did you or do you fast at all? Thanks again

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      Suzanne
      May 31, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Hey there. I haven’t tried fasting yet, but I think there are good benefits if you’re doing it for the right reasons.

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    iAnna
    July 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    WOW!

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    Justine Plummer
    July 26, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Hi Suzanne
    You’re an inspiration. I have been on Keto since February 2017. Whilst I initially lost 10kgs (20 lbs or there abouts), I haven’t been able to shift any more.
    I was wondering if you had a coach? I need someone to advise me and help me lose the extra 20 kgs (40 lbs) I’m carrying.
    Thanks in advance.

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      Suzanne
      September 22, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Hey there. I didn’t have a coach, this community was very helpful to me, so I reccomend checking out keto on Reddit or feel free to email me and I’ll try to help! : )

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    tel
    August 31, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I remember following you on youtube when I started keto back in April of 2015 and you seriously look so different now. I remember watching your weekly weigh in and it motivated me. I stop keto for a year when I move to US but I restarted again and been on it for a week now. I’m so happy for you! <3

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      Suzanne
      September 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you SO much!

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    Paulette
    October 6, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I guess I’m late to the party, but happy I found your site! I started keto on 8/24/17. I also want to lose about 120 pounds. I think I’m doing pretty well, but will only weigh myself at most once a month. What were the macros you used for your loss? And are the keto strips helpful? If so, what should I be shooting for? Sorry, this is the first place I found that I feel like I can ask questions! And your weight loss is amazing!!!

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      Suzanne
      October 7, 2017 at 4:43 am

      Hey there. Each persons macros will be different, but to learn how to set that up click on the menu at the top of my blog that says FAQ’s and select How to: Getting starting on the ketogenic diet. This post will walk you through each step. Keto strips generally aren’t recommended due to the fact that they aren’t very accurate, and get even less accurate as you become keto adapted. Checking your blood ketones is a great and easy way if you do have the desire to check. The meter I use in linked under my keto essentials page. Don’t feel like you have to check right away though, I didn’t start monitoring my ketones until several months in. If you find it helpful then go for it, otherwise just focus on keeping your macros on point and go from there!

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    j
    October 8, 2017 at 3:33 am

    So happy I found your site.

    Congrats! Well done.

    Now I have a question which you may have addressed some place on your blog but I just arrived. Did you have any surgery after weight loss?

    I want to start keto next week to see if it will help my new health issue and I would like to drop the excess weight the meds have caused me to gain when I was misdiagnosed.

    Look forward to reading more of your blog.

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    J
    October 8, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Never mind just found my answer! Thanks.

    Great post about your surgery.

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    Tammy Tom
    October 11, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I have to tell you that when I was researching the Keto lifestyle you are one of the very first pages I came acrossed and look at you now!!!! You have been a huge inspiration to me getting started downthis new road, fothis I thank you! This blog is first class! So soothing and simple to follow… I’m truly lifted by you and your passion to succeed and to lift others on your way, thank you again! I’m stoked to read your book and to continue following your beautiful journey… Namaste ????????

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      Suzanne
      October 11, 2017 at 4:24 am

      Thank you so much! You made my day!

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    Jennifer
    October 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Your blog is inspiring…I started keto almost 6 weeks ago and am feeling discouraged. I lost 5 pounds in week one and nothing since. I definitely feel sooo much better but have a lot of weight to loose and finding it hard to stick to when I’m not seeing results… my ketones are mod-large on any given day and I’m tracking macros….not sure what else to do…. any advice would be appreciated and so helpful to keep me on this much needed journey!

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      Suzanne
      October 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Jennifer, I’m sorry to hear that. Send me an email: [email protected] and I’ll be glad to help!

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    Lauren
    January 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Hello Suzanne,

    I saw you on Megan Kelly today and felt like you were speaking for me. I have experienced what you have shared about the thought of food and have tried every diet out there. My friend who is a trainer is a keto believer but thought it may only work well for men until I saw your story. I am starting this today and going to buy your book. I appreciate you sharing your story! I cant wait to journal my own story. I am also going to get my sister on this as we both struggle with losing weight. Being over 40 has additional challenges but I am very excited about the outcomes you have had and hope to have the same!

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    Melena
    January 8, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Hello –
    Towards the end of 2017, I was trying to rev myself up yet again to try another weight loss plan, so I was reviewing my past journals and food journals to see if anything had ever really worked. I am 55 years old, 290 pounds and not living the way I want, so the answer was clear – all the diets I ever tried managed to reduce my joy in life more than my weight. Looking back, the only one that ever approached helpfulness was Atkins, so I began to research how other people have made that low carb lifestyle work…and came across your ketokarma website among others, and decided to give Keto a try. The thing that always pushed me off diets before was that carb obsession never went away…the idea that additional healthy fats would quiet that obsession was like a lightning strike – and I started Keto on 12/30/17.

    So, with a cleaned out kitchen, your book, Simply Keto, and the videos, advice and info from the internet, I am doing this. I know from experience what not to do, and I am managing to avoid the pitfalls and maintain inspiration. Just know, you’re helping so much with that last part.

    I know this is long, so last thing- I watched your Today appearance and was happy you could maintain your balance against the negativity. It is utterly amazing how the default fear-mongering starts when people say they are having success with LC or LCHF! I can withstand those voices because even doing one week of this, I feel good, less physical pain, calm and certain I finally have the means to do what I need to do.

    Keep doing what you do!

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      Suzanne
      January 9, 2018 at 1:41 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Yanaliz Lugo Whelan
    January 10, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Good morning, I am very impressed of you determination and proud of you! Keep the great job! I am an Atkins Diet practitioner but I ma sure I will study and learn more about Keto Diet! Thank you for your story! I am sharing My personal and brand Motto is “Make You Own STORY” – Yana

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    Jodee Jenkerson
    January 22, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    OK-this is it. I hit the humdinger of 300 lbs this week. That was a milestone I never wanted to see. Years ago I did low carb, mostly Atkins and lost a ton of weight. Then I found out I was pregnant with baby #4 and had to stop having all of the artificial sugars. It was my skinniest pregnancy, that part I enjoyed. But slowly the weight crept back up. Then after surprise baby #5, I lost hope. I have slowly let my weight climb since then. Now, baby #4 is 14 and I want to be around to see my grandchildren and great grandchildren someday, so this has to end. I turn 40 next month and I don’t want to be 300lbs for one more day.
    After a cousin mentioned on FB how they were SO EXCITED to have FINALLY gotten ahold of a copy of your book(congrats on that by the way) I started looking up the book, ordered it, and then looked up your story. I am very happy for your new lifestyle and all of the joy and relief it has brought to your everyday life. I want that. I want to walk up my stairs to my bedroom without huffing, to be able to tie my shoes without sitting down and contorting my body, and to live a long healthy life. Today is the beginning of the rest of my life. Today is the fattest I will ever be and I don’t want to look back.
    I thought I might find some recipes or other info in the book as I thumbed through, but eventually realized I couldn’t put it down. You are relatable and real, and I love it. Your before picture is so much like my now(soon to be before picture0 that I am truly motivated and inspired. Thank you for sharing your wealth and knowledge and for letting us in on your journey.
    Enjoy that little one, even when you’re so exhausted and the house is a mess. I heard that so much when my 5 were little, but now that I have 5 teenagers, I wish I would have listened to it a little more.I look forward to holding myself accountable by messaging you one day to tell you I reached my goal, or just that I feel good.
    I will be praying for you and your family as you continue this fabulous lifestyle.

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    Tina
    February 26, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Dear Suzanne,
    I was wondering when a person looses so much weight how is with the skin? Does it go back normally or there are issues with “hanging” excess skin? BTW you did an amazing job for your health, body and soul.

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      Suzanne
      April 10, 2018 at 4:03 am

      Thank you! It really depends on each person…Genetics play a big role. I personally had a lot of loose skin and decided to have some of it removed.

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    Marianne
    March 20, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    You look amazing. You are beautiful! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your story and experience. Both my mother and I are on keto now (we started 2 months ago), She has lost 12 lb and I have lost about 10. I was becoming precariously close to being pre-diabetic and had to make a change. I had been on tons of fasts and 5:2 and Mayo clinic diets, blah blah blah. Honestly Keto is pretty close to Somersizing which I lost 10 lb in 2 1/2 weeks on (but 20 years ago!). This way of eating (keto) seems to suit me and I find it easier to follow than anything. My only downfall is wine and alcohol but I usually stay within my macros regardless. Last night I had a low carb (cream cheese/cheese/egg) pizza crust with Rao’s sauce and cheese and pepperoni (uncured) and my sugar was back up to 104 mg/d/L this morning. Not good. I have been staying consistent in the 80’s every morning until last night. Plus it tasted like a burnt meringue. So back to cauliflower crusts. Thank you for your inspiration and your recipes! One gets sick of rotisserie chicken and asparagus. Hope all is well!

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    Kristy Hendrickson
    March 22, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I just bought your book and I think it will help me get back into the low carb lifestyle! Thank you so much for your story! I have been fighting this all my life! My A1c levels were running in the 6-6.5 range and on just one month of low carb I came down to 5.3! I just got off track a month ago because I was tired of the meat, cheese and egg routine—your book has inspired me! The recipes look great!

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    Dena
    March 29, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Suzanne,
    I was wondering if you offered Coaching. I have read so much about Keto and every expert says something different. I have to say I am overwhelmed on what to do and I am starting to get frustrated to the point that I am almost ready to give up. I know that if I had someone guiding me along I would probably have much better success. Just wanted to see if this is something that you offered. Thank you!

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      Suzanne
      April 10, 2018 at 3:48 am

      Hey there! I don’t do coaching but my book, Simply Keto, is truly everything that I would tell someone getting started.

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    cate B
    April 10, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Hi Suzanne I Just tripped onto your site by accident. I would like to lose 25 pounds… I know that doesn’t sound like much to many. I am 59 and feeling tired and frumpy most of the time. Im fed up!
    I look forward to reading your book. Im hoping it will work for me. Cate

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    Felicia
    April 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Hello there… I just have a simple question… Is the weight loss suppose to be slow? I’m on week 8 of Keto and have lost 8lbs. I’m not complaining, just wondering since I have about 80’bs to lose. I typed up more detailed information before on this site and haven’t heard anything back, so I decided to come on here to see if it posted and of course it hasn’t, so I must have done something wrong. Please advise, as I’m not losing faith in Keto, just want to make sure, I’m on the right track even with a “LOW” weight loss. Thank you for any advise you have.

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      Suzanne
      April 17, 2018 at 4:37 am

      Hey there. Weight loss will differ for each person. Sometimes slow and steady isn’t a bad thing. Try not to let the scale be your only way of tracking your progress. How are you feeling, how is your energy level, how are your clothes fitting, etc.

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        Felicia
        April 18, 2018 at 3:29 pm

        Thank you for your response…I have just tried so many things for so many years, that I second guess myself…My clothes haven’t really been a great indicator as it seems everything is made from spandex these days. I will keep moving forward, just worried that all the “heavy whipping cream” in my coffee is keeping me from being more successful.

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    Terre
    April 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Suzanne, had not previously heard of you, but saw your amazing cookbook at Costco and bought it – not only great recipes but a beautiful, well-thought out book and inspiring story! Thank you for sharing in such an authentic and helpful way – I’ve followed ‘wheat belly’ for ~ 5+ years now (more moderate carb but no grains), though find lower carb helpful for weight control and energy, especially as I age (I’m 56). Your cookbook and imagery is truly inspiring. One question – you mention Quest bars as a good road-trip convenience snack, would Costco’s Protein Bars also fit that bill? Ingredient and nutrient label-wise they seem Costco’s lower-priced answer to Quest bars, and to me are just as tasty, if not more. Curious your take on that.

    Great job and thank you!

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      Suzanne
      April 12, 2018 at 5:23 am

      Hey there! Thank you so much. I haven’t tried to Costco protein bars, but I have heard the macros are pretty good! Just make sure they don’t have Maltitol!

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        Sharn
        November 1, 2018 at 10:30 pm

        Costco bars show malitol syrup as their fourth ingredient.

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          Suzanne
          September 16, 2019 at 1:02 am

          I’d skip them then : )

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    Megan
    April 16, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Hi Suzanne, I feel super lucky that I stumbled onto your website while in the middle of a search for low carb bread options. I have actually been spending the weekend reading many things online, on IG accounts, Pinterest regarding Keto. Since my husband and I decided this sounds like a good fit for us to get our health finally to have energy for our 5 year old boy. I am really looking forward to your website, videos and maybe even the occasional reach out for help! Who knows. It made me feel happy to see you are a local SF gal yourself. While I don’t live directly in SF I’m born and raised Sf Bay Area girl and it inspires me to know someone go from the size I’m at to such great health just right in the same city as me. My next up is to follow your IG and see what this book has to offer us. Tomorrow is our first day- fridge is packed full of Keto stuff- pre packed meals for breakfast and lunch. Here goes nothing huh. New chapter …

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    Laura
    April 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Good morning! I read that you have Hashimotos. Did you find that with Keto after initially losing a few pounds.. you stalled for several weeks? I keep reading that it can be common for a stall for several weeks until the body truly starts adjusts. I am several weeks in, and am testing moderate.. way below 20 net carbs a day on average and my weight will not budge. I’m going to keep on- keep on-ing, but just wondered if you had any insight. I am off to buy your book today! Thank you!

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      Suzanne
      April 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Hey there, where did you read that? I don’t have hashimotos.

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        Laura
        April 16, 2018 at 8:44 pm

        Oh my goodness.. I am sooo sorry!! I have been doing so much reading on keto.. And various blogs, I must have confused you with someone else! I have heard such great things snout your book! Can’t wait to read! Sorry for my confusion!

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          Suzanne
          April 17, 2018 at 4:35 am

          No problem at all!!

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    KayT
    May 6, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your site!! I’ve watched ALL your progress YouTube videos.

    I did keto last fall (2017) and stuck with it for 4 months…even making it through Thanksgiving & Christmas. For some reason, I seemed to have fallen off the wagon in mid-January. I kept telling myself I’d get back on keto…never doing it. Luckily, I only saw about a 5 lb. gain since then. I started over…for the LAST time…this past Monday. Hubs is even ‘trying’ to go keto with me.

    Just wanted to let you know your honesty, real-life videos…and website…have truly inspired me to go full force with keto. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

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      Suzanne
      May 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Lauren
    May 20, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I just bought your book and was amazed – your story is nearly identical to mine. From school to the gallbladder I felt like I was reading my own history. I started a ND guided “lean, green and clean” keto plan as an attempt to end unexplained pain and inflammation a month ago. I am down 20 lbs. I feel as if I finally found something that will work and a lifestyle I can stick to. I’m not starving or tempted. My in-laws have joined in and my father-in-law who is a self-admitted “carboholic” is persevering; he’s lost 15 lbs in 2 weeks. My husband’s pants are falling down. The only thing I seem to be struggling with is getting the fat in, which is likely why I’ve stalled out this week. I’m exploring MCT oil and eating avocados again.
    Thank you for being an inspiration!

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    Vicki
    May 28, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Suzanne

    You are such an inspiration. Like you I am tall standing 5’10” and at my heaviest I was 293. I just started Keto about a month ago with a starting weight of 268. I am now down to 252. My sister also just began and as a gift she sent me Simply Keto. The recipes so far have been great. One question though, what happens if I don’t eat all that I should for fat, protein and calories but I stay u der 20 grams of carbs (22 per your calculator). Many days I am just not as hungry as before. I have also noticed that my sciatica pain from a herniated iated L3L4 disc so almost gone (I was close to considering another back surgery) I can hike about 2-3 miles a day with pain and have been getting an average of 9000 steps a day. Is okay to be under macros (not over on carbs) and will that slow down or speed up weight loss? I am also fasting from 8pm until noon and have a keto coffee with MCT oil and butter (with a little cinnamon) in the am. Thank you again for your inspiration and sharing.

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    Robin Grove
    September 6, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Suzanne, I am 51 years old and 5’2″. I am at 227 lbs. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I like you have done the roller coaster of diets and get tired of seeing all these thin women on the cover of everything telling you how easy it is to lose weight. Your story and your pictures depict how a lot of us feel. I stumbled across your book while researching Keto. Your recipes are sooooo much easier to follow. Some of the foods I don’t like but it’s nice to know that I can find a substitute. I am having difficulty finding unblanched almond flour. You would think living in Vegas I could find it. I can’t even find it online. Is there a substitute for it. Also, what kind of MCT Oil do you recommend? Looking forward to starting this new journey in my life and I’m preparing everything before I start. Thank you so much! You truly are an inspiration.

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    Diane Raude
    September 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Suzanne! I love your book, I read it daily and use it as a resource all the time. 7 days on the keto diet and I have lost 5 lbs. I feel great too! You remind me so much of myself. I started at 153lbs. Hopefully this will be my breakthrough just like you! I hope to take off 70 pounds. I will keep you posted! Thank you for being my inspiration!

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    Diane van Bers
    October 20, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Hello Suzanne,

    I just want to say that I have bought your book Simply Keto. My husband is really bad with the carbs and your book is great! I want to compliment you on your weight loss and the braces made a world of difference. I cant believe they would do that. You no longer look like the same person. You are extremely attractive. I am sure that the weight loss was not easy! This is such a great way of eating! Society is killing itself with all the processed foods and simple carbs! I salute you for bringing it to ppl’s attn. keep up the good work! You look fantastic darling as Billy Crystal would say!

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    Barb
    November 5, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Just purchased your book love it! On the 60-second mug biscuit have you ever tried to make a bulk dry mix? Hoping to save time and just and egg and oil to premade mix. Thanks Barb

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      Suzanne
      September 16, 2019 at 1:02 am

      Hey there. I haven’t tried that, though I’m sure it would work well!

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    Christina
    January 20, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Hi Suanne,

    Congratulations on the success of your journey! I came across your blog and I am deeply inspired by your weight loss and success. Like you, I have struggled with my weight at a young age and one of my goals as a teen was to lose weight. I managed to lose 70 lbs over the years and kept it off within a 5-7 lb range. However, last year I was diagnosed with SIBO and it completely reeked havoc on my digestive system resulting in a 15 pound weight gain. Today, I am still struggling is spite of all the changes I have had to make in my diet. I am now dairy free and have been gluten free for over 5 years. I am very interested and excited about living the Keto lifestyle. I subscribed to the carbmanager app which is so helpful and makes following Keto quite easy. I love to cook and prepare all my meals. I tried starting Keto over the last few weeks and not sure what I’m doing wrong but am struggling with losing weight. I am not giving up. I have adjusted macros to 75% fat, 25% protein and 5% carbs. I’m hoping this will help me go into ketosis. I would be so appreciative to hear any suggestions you have to offer. My current weight is 119 and I just want to get back to where I was 2 years ago. You have inspired me to move forward in my journey and to stay positive! I’m looking forward to this journey!!! You look AMAZING!!! Keep inspiring others! Getting healthy is so important!

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    David Gianfredi
    February 10, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Suzanne, I came across your book surfing the web, I am moved by your story. You seem genuine and I appreciate that very much. My wife and I recently started a keto diet and your story has been an inspiration to us, guiding us helping us along the way. Thank you for putting your experience out there to truly inspire others, thank you, thank you.

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    DeeAnn Dockins
    February 28, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Lost 10 lbs. Now stuck. I am keeping daily track of carbs and staying below 23 as much as possible. Suggestions are needed. I am exercising because that is my regular routine but not weights. I also just got a Precision monitor to check ketosis. Was at .2 yesterday

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    Cindy
    April 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Suzanne, you look great ! Congrats on losing so much weight. ???? so happy for you. I need to lose inches on my tummy and it’s very hard. Did you ever take any keto supplements or just eating & cooking keto food ? Did you also exercise ? It’s very hard staying away from carbs like mashed potatoes & sweets. You are so strong. I need to do better. Thank you for your inspiring story for all of us. I need to buy your cookbook..looks wonderful. I hope the cauliflower recipe is in your new book replacing mashed potatoes like you made on Dr. Oz You Tube. It already has me hungry. Thank you for helping us..you are the best ????

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      Suzanne
      September 16, 2019 at 1:05 am

      Hey there! I don’t recommend any keto supplements. I personally only take a multivitamin and electrolytes.
      For exercise, I mostly go for walks, and try to find sustainable ways to stay active.

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    Brian
    May 28, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    You’re an inspiration to so many and deservedly so. Thank you for sharing your recipes, your story and the keto information in a quick, ease-to-navigate website. God Bless You!

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      Suzanne
      September 16, 2019 at 12:59 am

      Thank you!

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    Keri Duggan
    July 29, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I just got your book, and I love it. Simple things that I can usually find at my grocery store here in rural central Washington. WinCo even carries Swerve sweeteners! You are an inspiration. I did ok on a whole 30 diet, but it didn’t work for my Husband (who is not a veggie lover) but keto does and I’m so happy to find a resource like you and your book! Three cheers for simplicity!!!

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    Tim
    September 24, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Suzanne,
    My wife and I just purchased your book “Simply Keto” and recently started our Journey. We are doing it as a team and so far it has been going very well. You are such an inspiration to us and as a 56 year old man I am loosing weight and feeling better than ever already! Please keep doing what you do! Sincerely, Tim

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    Ellen J LaVane
    October 22, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Suzanne,

    After visiting my daughter and son in law who are on a Keto diet, my husband and I decided to start our journey together. I purchased your book Simply Keto and I love love love the recipes. My husband is delighted that he can have food he loves too. Thank you for your inspiring story about your success. I hope that I can be an inspiration to others. Your story is amazing and congratulations to you because you look amazing too.

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      Suzanne
      October 22, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you! Sending you my best wishes and love!

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    AK
    October 23, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Suzanne. When I read your introduction, I teared. Because it reminded me of my unsuccessful journey and emotions. I came across your book when I was browsing amazon. I have bought it and going to give this keto diet a try. I want to start feeling good about myself.

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