“Change your plate. Change your fate.”
Not everyone is lucky enough to discover their calling early in life, but Susan Marrs felt drawn toward nutrition from the early age of 8. Though she went on to pursue a successful career in the commercial design and construction industry for 20+ years, Susan loved helping friends and family optimize their nutrition and overall health in her spare time.
Then one day, her passion became her savior.
How my life turned upside down
In her thirties, Susan started to get sick. She believes, however, she may have been in the early stages of gluten intolerance, even before she was noticeably ill. She moved to Miami for about three years to experience life outside of her home of Austin, TX.
While there, she became infected with Helicobacter Pylori from an establishment with unsafe food practices. The infection caused frequent abdominal pain, nausea, headaches, bloating, and eventually wore a hole into her gut causing leaky gut.
This turned to systemic Candida which riddled her with horrible joint pain, stomach pain, brain fog, and muscle weakness. She was at a loss. With the increasing severity of her symptoms, Susan went back to Austin. Things seemed to calm down due to less stress and diet change.
Then the spider bite came.
Along came a spider
For so many people, it’s the ultimate nightmare. One night while she was sleeping, Susan was bitten in three different places. At first, they looked like mosquito bites, but over the next few days, the bites turned into painful, swollen blisters. After enduring the worst pain she had ever felt, she ended up in the hospital. She remembers, it felt as if someone dug a lit torch into her leg. She was given antibiotics at the hospital before she was sent home.
At the time, they didn’t realize the spider bites gave her three complicated bacteria similar to Lyme Disease. As with Lyme, these bacteria proved difficult to kill. Her condition got progressively worse. At one point, she could no longer get out of bed due to her symptoms: muscle weakness, joint pain, stomach swelling, horrific migraines, blurred vision, burning extremities, nausea, and other flu-like symptoms. It was a struggle to find a doctor who would take her seriously. It seemed each one wanted to give her even more antibiotics and send her on her way. She felt like she was dying.
Finally, an answer
After endless doctors and what seemed like a lifetime of pain and weakness, Susan found an amazing doctor in Dallas who practiced Naturopathic Medicine. At once, she ran scans and blood tests on Susan and found that not only was the H Pylori still present in her system but it had caused the systemic Candida. She also found the bacteria from her earlier spider bites were causing her pain and fatigue. When combined, all these factors caused major food allergies to gluten, grains, and some vegetables. With that final clarity, the healing process began.
It took Susan the better part of 2 years to feel even halfway normal. This was her first foray into using nutrition exclusively to heal her body. She muses, looking back, how nice it would have been to discover the Keto diet then. At the time, the gluten-free diet was mainly subtly flavored cardboard. With its aversion to grains, nightshade vegetables, and sugar, Keto would have been the perfect, sustainable solution. Alas, she hadn’t discovered it quite yet.
Fast forward to now, Susan is back and better than ever. She continues to struggle and flourish through a diagnosed autoimmune disorder. After trying (nearly) a million diets, she found Keto. She now uses the grain-free, sugar-free diet to keep her symptoms in check and has never been happier. Not only has Keto transformed her health, it’s easy to maintain at restaurants and during travel, it keeps her blood sugar balanced, and it keeps her energy levels high and her mind clear. Through her healing journey, Susan has cultivated a passion for Keto and loves to share her experience and (self-taught) expertise with the world.
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