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Keto Cookbooks



Keto and Low Carb Thickeners
Chocolate Fudge Mug Cake
Recipe Index: Find the recipe you need here
Celery and Cucumber Salad with Herbs
Vanilla Hazelnut Granola
Liposomal Vitamin C (+ VIDEO!)
Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Avocado and Walnut Salad
Lemon Curd (+ VIDEO!)
The KETO Ice Cream Scoop Cookbook

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Show Me The Money!

I thought I’d share some interesting financial data with you today. Yes! It’s show me the money day – a pretty compelling look at the difference in my healthcare costs before and after I fired my traditional doctor and my psychiatrist.  Instead, I went to see a Naturopathic Doctor and a Doctor who treats his patients with nutrition.


2013, 2014 & 2015 Healthcare Costs

$8,000 – 10,000 a quarter or $35,000 – $40,000 per year which is an average of $3125 per month

  • Psychotherapy, psychiatry, and general practitioner visits for managing Bi-Polar II Disorder
  • Emergency Room visits for uncontrollable migraines
  • Prescription medications for Bi-Polar II Disorder, nausea, ear infections, and sleep disorder
  • General practitioner visits for recurrent ear infections, exhaustion, sleep disorder, migraines, constant headaches, psoriasis


2016 Healthcare Costs

So far this year $1001 which is an average of $125 per month

  • Check-ins with Naturopath on diet and supplement plan plus electric current treatments for my tennis elbow

Note: I no longer suffer from migraines, headaches, ear infections, a sleep disorder, nausea, psoriasis, or any symptoms of Bi-Polar II Disorder.  Further details of the seemingly endless positive health impacts of changing my health care providers.


Show me the money | Carrie Brown


So, yeah. If you want to know the reasons why I no longer give one Scottish Highland Games toss what mainstream doctors (or anyone else) thinks of Naturopaths or doctors who treat patients with LCHF and KETO diets, I can give you approximately 39,000 reasons every year for the last 3 years.  Science schmience.  Show me the money.  Give me my own anecdotal evidence EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Do I give one flying ring-tailed lemur whether there is any scientific evidence to back any of this up?  Do I give one fat, juicy Mediterranean fig how or why it works?  Do I need to get a second opinion from anyone anywhere about the efficacy or validity of any of the protocols I am currently using or used to figure out WTF was wrong with me?  Do I care one iota if any “expert”, scientist, doctor, or other “suitably qualified” person tells me I need to see a traditional Doctor or Specialist because I am endangering my health?

No. NO.  No, I don’t.  All I care about is this and the incredible improvement in my quality of life since I changed tack and stopped listening to (and paying) the vast majority of ‘healthcare’ providers.  Oh, and I care about the $3000 per month I am now NOT spending on healthcare.  Because guess what?  I am healthier *by far* now than I have been since I was 11, or maybe even younger than that.

And that is all I need to know.

Also, don’t talk to me about organic being more expensive, or the cost of grass-fed beef, or how it’s too costly to eat healthily, because I can assure you that while my grocery budget *might* have gone up a little, it certainly has not gone up up $39,000 a year.  Or even $1000 a year.  I’ll take spending $1000 a year on great real food v. $39,000 a year on ‘sickcare’ any day of the week.

Happy Labor day, Americans!  Happy first Monday in September, everyone!












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  • David WilliamsYeah! WHat she said!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia MurrayAWESOME news, Carrie! So happy for you. xxReplyCancel

  • SusanWow, what an amazing transformation for you! Thank you for sharing. Happy Labor Day to you as well.ReplyCancel

  • Richard BauerLCHF has not alleviated my clinical depression one iota. I do not have the strength or energy to get through the day without at least one nap, nor does it calm my thoughts. $125/mo for a naturopath is still expensive for those of us on disability. Also the LCHF diet has not alleviated me of the feet, ankle, knee and elbow joint pain I experience…gelatin has not helped. Neither has bone broth.ReplyCancel

    • carrieHi Richard,

      I am sorry you’re not finding any relief from LCHF. To be clear, I didn’t get relief from ONLY LCHF either – it was LCHF combined with figuring out other issues that my Naturopath uncovered from various tests and DNA data. You can read about all of that by following some of the links in the post.

      I don’t think LCHF is a global panacea for everything that ails humankind, but from my own experience and research, and studying the effects it has had on others it is obviously hugely beneficial to a large % of people.

      Yes, $125 is a lot if it’s money you don’t have, but the point of my post is that it’s $3000 less money than I was spending previously to get zero relief.

      My health has changed ENTIRELY due to LCHF and working with a Naturopath, as well as saving me $39k each year and this post was an encouragement to people to try something different than traditional medicine and approaches if they weren’t getting the results they need.

      One year ago today I was where you describe you are, so I understand your pain, and I very much hope that you find the solution that works for you.

      This has been life-changing for me.

      Love to you.ReplyCancel

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  • JaymeCarrie,
    I first heard of you on Keto Evangelist when you spoke of ice cream. I love ice cream, but I have been sorely disappointed in any Keto recipes thus far. I finally understood why after listening to you and purchasing your book. All of my Keto ice cream recipes used Erythritol and were as hard as a cement block.
    Now to my question, in your book you recommend Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey. I checked the ingredients and it contains soy and sucralose. I do not want to use anything with soy or sucralose. You mention in your book you are not being compensated which I totally believe. Therefore, would Jay Robb’s whey protein work for the recipes? Thank you for any direction as I am looking forward to making but the soy and sucralose are show stoppers for my family.ReplyCancel

    • carrieHi Jayme – let me know if my email helped!ReplyCancel

      • JaymeCarrie, I cannot thank you enough for replying to my question. I couldn’t get over that I received an email from you personally! I absolutely love the book, have gathered the ingredients and plan soon to make my first batch. My wish is that people who buy this wonderful book understand the amount of time and testing that is put into these recipes that are low carb. This is high quality ice cream. I have made ice cream before with erythritol and it was as hard as cement. You address all those issues and people need to understand that xylitol is NOT FAKE. Thank you Carrie, I am a fan forever.ReplyCancel