Confessions of a Paleo Blogger

This is something I have been meaning to write for a while now, and I am happy to finally share :) I have been blogging for over a year now at The Freckled Foodie.com and have been following food bloggers for years. Reading and relating to people from all over the world who love food as much as I do was always something I really enjoyed and figured that writing my own would be just as enjoyable.

Turns out it’s even better than I anticipated and EVERY time I come on here to find new comments from people I have inspired my day is made and I get a huge smile on my face! This blog has truly changed me and made me realize so many passions I never knew were in me! Although that was sappy (its been an emotional day for some reason, probably all the sugar (wine) I had last night) the rest of this should *hopefully* be funny, so enjoy and feel free to add any of your own ‘paleo confessions’ in the comments section!!!

  • I eat approximately 1-3 bars of dark chocolate per week, always 85% or darker so I consider it a “fat” and not a “carb”.  Gotta get those antioxidants, am I right?
  • I photograph everything I eat, don’t care if my companions are annoyed by it, and get annoyed myself when the lighting in a restaurant isn’t good enough for Instagram
  • I joined my first MeetUp group – Twin Cities Paleo Potluck – as a way to meet like-minded people but ultimately because I needed an outlet since 99% of my family and friends are sick of me talking about healthy fats, nutrient density, and the problems associated with juicing (and being a vegetarian)
  • One of the first pieces of furniture I got for my apartment was a standing desk since I work from home and spend a LOT of time dancing at it
  • I’ve come to REALLY dislike Dr. Oz or any other TV personality passing along the WRONG information on health/diet/wellness to millions of innocent people
  • The thought of regular spaghetti grosses me out and I can honestly say I never want to eat it again, even the gluten-free variety. Give me zoodles ANY DAY
  • I feel like I personally know many other bloggers in the paleo world purely by listening to their podcast/reading their books/following them on Instagram and would give all of them a hug and act as though we are best friends if I ever met them in real life :)
  • I know I can be super lean/cut and I even know how to accomplish it, but that involves more time in the gym, and less time consuming dessert and/or chocolate and that just ain’t gonna happen
  • The only days I choose to intermittent fast are directly correlated with how many days its been since I’ve gone grocery shopping
  • I ALWAYS have cans of sardines on hand, and hot sauce
  • I get my eggs from a local farm and get 6 dozen at a time (just for me :) )
  • I like my bulletproof coffee with Kerrygold and EXTRA Nikki’s Coconut Butter!
  • More than 3 WholeFoods employees know me by now and I selected the location of my apartment due to it’s proximity to WholeFoods, Chipotle, and a lake with a running/biking trail around it
  • The only books I read these days are paleo cookbooks and books authored by other paleo bloggers and my mom, who is a librarian, would like me to switch back so she can provide me with books like she used to!
  • I have to hold my tongue whenever ANYONE talks about their low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free ‘diet’ and how they just can’t lose the weight…

That’s all I’ve got for now, so now let me hear yours :) Hope you are having a lovely Saturday and St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

The Freckled Foodie

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Comments: 13

  1. Sasha March 16, 2014 at 5:56 am Reply

    Rachael~
    First, I love, love, love (yep, that’s three “loves”) your blog. Ok, I need your thoughts/advice on something. How much “good” fat is acceptable daily? I follow a Paleo diet for the most part and take in around 75 to 80 grams of “good” fat per day (from nuts, avocado, coconut flour, coconut oil, etc). Compared to my protein which is only around 50 grams/day (I know, I need to get that number higher) and my carbs which are usually around 100-120. So is ok that my daily fat intake is so high? Moreover, that my daily fat intake is often HIGHER than my protein? FYI, I’m 5’7″ and weight 108 lbs (in other words, I don’t struggle with weight…never have). I lift heavy weights 4x’s/week and have a really tough time building/keeping muscle on. Seems like the “typical” fitness sources tout a daily fat intake of around 30 to 40 grams/day. I have that many by lunchtime! Perhaps my high fat intake is inhibiting my muscle growth??? Would love your two cents!
    Cheers, Sasha~

    • thefreckledfoodie June 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm Reply

      Sasha, SUPER SORRY about how long it took me to get back to you on this, your comment got lost in the internet! I’m SO glad you love, love, love my blog :) I would say your intake of fat is totally fine, I definitely eat more fat than I do protein some days. One thing to be careful of is how much you are getting from nuts because they have a higher omega 6 to omega 3 ratio and can be harder on your digestion. I would add a little more healthful animal fat (ghee, lard, bacon, red meat) and fats from oily fish like salmon and sardines to help balance that out. I would also suggest if you are trying to put more muscle on to make sure you are eating more carbs like sweet potatoes post workout and not fat! It is good to eat fat before but afterwards you want to get carbs and protein in as soon as possible! Let me know if you have more questions!

  2. Jennifer March 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness and here I thought I was the only one! ;) I fit about 95% of those.

  3. Steffanie March 19, 2014 at 10:21 am Reply

    OMG I love this post!!! I totally identify with the part about holding my tongue when in conversations about whole wheat, low-calorie, low-fat diets! I just smile and shake my head because the minute I start talking about healthy fats, no grains, and eating beef I get blank stares.

  4. Adrienne T March 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm Reply

    OMG..I love you, gurl! Not in a creepy, stalker way! LOL Let me explain! I just started what I call “my new way of life”. So, I bought a Nutribullet, stopped eating meat, no fast food, no soda, no fried foods and try to eat no processed foods. I can relate to family/friends sick of hearing about it but every since I juice (EVERY morning) I’ve been feeling FABULOUS!! I googled “Baked Sweet Potatoes” , found your recipe (that I’m making in the oven as I type) and here I am! Honestly, I knew what I wanted to do to make my “life-food” change I didnt know it had a name. I can’t wait to read/learn more and share with others (whether they like it or not! HA!)

    One question, the 6 dozen eggs,how long can you keep them?

    Thanks and happy blogging!

    • thefreckledfoodie March 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm Reply

      Adrienne, I’m so happy you found a healthier lifestyle and my blog as well! I keep my eggs for at least 2 weeks… sometimes three and they have never gone bad before. I get them from a farm so they are very fresh when I get them too. Glad we are on the same page about the berry picking up in the midwest :)

  5. Molly @MollysMusingz March 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm Reply

    Ah! I really can relate on quite a few- the dark chocolate and Dr. OZ ones top my list! :)

  6. Cybs May 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Lovin this post! I’m over here in Blighty across the pond and I have to admit to being a bit of a Paleo slut! Am going to have to find out if they have Zoodles here in the UK as I totally agree with you, even the mere thought of fillers makes me bloat! But I’d rather recommend something healthier than the nasty gluten free options currently available here :(
    I call myself a Paleo slut because I’m incapable of giving up the delights of dairy, though I do try to go lactofree wherever possible! This is a great site and your personality shines through :D

    • thefreckledfoodie May 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm Reply

      Cybs, thanks for your kind words :) You can make your own zoodles with a spiralizer or a julienne vegetable peeler! I sometimes give in to some goat cheese now and then, so I guess I’m a bit “slutty” too haha

  7. Chelsea Fetch June 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm Reply

    I love this! And I know how you feel about having to hold your tongue around people talking about their “wonderfully healthy” diets. I am happy to say that I have more than a few friends who have taken note of the way I eat and are trying to learn more about paleo, which is why I started my own website. For whatever reason, it seems (for me anyway) that people are more likely to adopt healthier habit if it is someone they personally know that is providing tips and recipes. Great site, by the way! I feel like since you’re probably the closest paleo blogger in proximity to me (I’m in Fargo, ND), I have to add you to the roster of bloggers I follow! :)

    • thefreckledfoodie June 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm Reply

      Chelsea, I make it to Fargo every few weeks, maybe next time I am there we can grab lunch or coffee! I always love meeting new, like minded friends! Especially fellow bloggers!!

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