By Deirdre McKenzie

About Deirdre and KiwiKeto

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MeAbout me

My name is Deirdre McKenzie and I am a 43-year-old New Zealand woman who has tried everything over the years to stay fit and healthy, both mentally and physically, and now that I am in my forties my desire to shape what my future looks and feels like, in every way, is my focus.

I am a loving wife, a mother to two for legged animals, an Executive Officer, a friend, a daughter and a proud Kiwi (New Zealander).

I have always maintained that health, well-being and fitness are the tools that will see me into my later years with mental strength, mobility and my health so my focus has been on that since I joined the NZ Air Force at age 17. The Air Force taught my how to create and achieve goals, highlighted the need for discipline and dedication, and to push yourself into the uncomfortable zone to achieve what you want in everyday life. I guess I was lucky to have that tool handed to me on a plate and I’m grateful!

Forced into running while trying to get fit for Air Force entry requirements has had me running and trying to stay fit and healthy ever since. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an “athlete” but I set my own goals and work hard to achieve them. My greatest running achievement was running the Auckland half-marathon in 1hr38mins when I had aimed for 1hr40. My greatest failure was running the Rotorua Marathon, hitting the wall at 31kms and pulling out of the run when I was on track for a 4hr finish. Those of you who are runners will know that a lot of the focus is on carbohydrates to fuel the body and that filling up on a bowl of pasta the night before a run used to be the go to, and chugging down an energy gel was a way of keeping you going on those long distance runs.

Then I heard about this thing called Keto, or Ketosis and the health benefits people were experiencing and, being a sucker for something new, I thought I would give it a go even though it challenged my entire way of running life over the last 20 something years.


Welcome to “Kiwi Keto” where you will find my journey of discovery into the Keto way of life.

I set up to share my journey through the Keto way of life and to share the wins and challenges I eperience along the way. I also want to share with you some of the products, recipes and guidance that may help you on your journey that I have tried and tested for you.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Deirdre McKenzie