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*Disclaimer, I am not a nutritionist or registered dietitian so my advice should not be considered nutritional/medical advice and is purely my opinion or personal experience!

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Comments: 66

  1. Bruce Kalver September 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Great website, recipes and story. Thank you for working on it. In the last three months, I’ve lost 51 pounds and looked great for my son’s wedding. I had to get a different tux because I lost so much weight.

    I am a professional magician and had to get all new suits and promo photos thanks to paleo

    So thanks again for sharing. It is truly appreciated.

    Bruce Kalver

    • thefreckledfoodie September 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm Reply

      Congratulations on YOUR success, Bruce! I’m glad you found my website! 🙂

  2. Grandpa Dave November 25, 2013 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Do you have a healthy recipe for twice baked sweet potatoes?

  3. Chris January 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm Reply

    what do people like myself do with nut allergy I try to follow but a lot of the recipes call for some kind of nuts or nut flours. Thank you

    • thefreckledfoodie January 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm Reply

      Chris, you can typically replace nut flours with ground sunflower seeds. You can also find a LOT of recipes that use coconut flour only, try and 🙂

  4. Marc January 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm Reply

    Good Afternoon Rachel,

    So I just stumbled across your website and I was checking it out. I like elk and deer meat and today I found some Bison. New Frontier Bison All Natural, Do you think that would be okay to apply to a Paleo Meal?

    Currently 230ish, but am hoping this will help me get down to 200.
    Also a freckled foodie, but I eat everything right now!!! Time for a switcheroo

    • thefreckledfoodie January 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm Reply

      Marc, so glad to have you 🙂 Elk, deer, and bison are great options for paleo! Grass fed meat all the way. I am definitely confident that you can get to your goal by cutting out the grains, dairy, legumes, and processed food! Good luck!

  5. Rebekah January 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Hi Rachael, I started my Paleo journey about a month ago and am still learning things I can and cannot eat. I still eat potatoes Nd rice from time to time, but I am eating more whole foods, I have cut sugar out completely and am eating no processed foods. I am so glad to have found your website…I really like your definition of the Paleo diet. It is my goal to be a healthier person and have lost 15 pounds. I still have a long ways to go health wise, but am on the way to a better me! Thanks!

    • thefreckledfoodie January 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm Reply

      Rebekah, I am SO glad you found my page and it has been helpful 🙂 Congrats on losing 15lbs and doing your best, that is so very awesome.

  6. morgan January 21, 2014 at 9:20 pm Reply


    Truly inspiring website! Just wanted to know if you had a suggestion for a protein powder to use? I like to do shakes in a pinch, and a lot of sites and things I’m reading aren’t clear as to what is best. Thanks so much!

    • thefreckledfoodie January 21, 2014 at 10:41 pm Reply

      Morgan, I don’t use protein powder anymore, but used to get Arbonne protein powder and I know there are some egg white protein powders out there that are supposedly good options. I now use Great Lakes Gelatin for protein which I mix into water 🙂

  7. Keoki Long January 23, 2014 at 10:07 am Reply

    I’m currently….. Stuck in Afghanistan, and let me tell you that puts a whole new meaning to eating Paleo……

    It’s SO hard to find food worth eating, let alone that fits into what my body wants to digest.

    I have been looking for a good recepie for homemade Paleo protien bars, something that will keep through shipping and out on patrol.

    Thanks for posting this, I hope to have some sent out my way very soon…. 🙂


    • thefreckledfoodie January 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm Reply

      Keoki, So glad I could help in a hard situation like that! Stay strong 🙂

  8. Siobhan January 27, 2014 at 10:15 am Reply

    I am a new paleorrific eater. Despite some challenges, and discerning looks from friends, i absolutely love it. I can honestly say this is the best thing i have ever done for my body, i feel better than ever. Your recipes have inspired me so much, i’ve made your brownies 4 times already. How did you transition from whole 30 to regular life. I am on my 12 th day of strict paleo.

    • thefreckledfoodie January 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm Reply

      Siobhan, I’m glad you found paleo are are loving it! I was very slow in reintroducing foods because I knew I would have some reactions to them. I took probiotics and kept eating good foods to make sure I kept my tummy happy. I reintroed one food group at a time and then after that I just decided that I felt too great not eating grains, legumes, and most dairy that I just quit wanting them! It took some time, and I definitely still have “off-road” foods 10-20% of the time but the biggest thing for me was to make sure I wasn’t being too hard on myself! Just always look at “off-road” foods before you eat them and ask if they are worth it? Could you get that food anytime you wanted? If it is something special (like my grandma’s apple pie that I eat once a year) I just go for it and deal with any digestive upset with no regrets 🙂 Hope this helps!

  9. Jessica January 28, 2014 at 8:10 am Reply

    My name is Jessica. & I’m a 36 yr old stay at home mom of 3. I. began my (our) real food journey last July & quickly became addicted to the way it tasted & to how much better I felt when we removed processed foods from our diet!. I have numerous health issues that also benefited from this change. Can you explain to me if Paleo is different than what we’re doing, & if so, how do I get started? Thank you for offering help for moms like me who want to put only the best into the little tummies I love.

    • thefreckledfoodie January 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm Reply

      Jessica, check out my ‘what is paleo’ page to get some initial ideas. Basically paleo is getting rid of ALL processed foods and those that cause digestive upset. This is why grains (must be processed to consume), legumes (beans, beans, the musical fruit came from the digestive upset most people get), and dairy (full of hormones that are meant for baby cows) are all nixed. Google is your best friend and there is SOOO much information out there. I would recommend getting Practical Paleo to get started on your journey! Good luck 🙂

  10. Benjamin D Pinkham February 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Hey, just wanted to say that I love this website 🙂 Im an avid fan of sweet potatoes due to the low fat content and how it tastes like a total comfort food. Thanks for all the great recipes!!!

    • thefreckledfoodie February 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm Reply

      Thanks for the love Benjamin! Glad I can help you out 🙂

  11. John Mack March 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Hi Rachael,
    I was nominated by a fellow blogger for the Liebster award is intended for up-and-coming blogs and helps get some visibility and also connect bloggers to each other. As part of the award process, I get to answer some fun questions and pay it forward to other awesome and deserving bloggers whose work I enjoy. You can find my post here

    I figured I would spread the word of my favorite bloggers!

    John Mack

  12. Jerry March 31, 2014 at 10:12 pm Reply

    Hi Freckled Foodie,

    I want to thank you for taking the time to share with others. Stumbling upon your site has opened up wonderful new doors for my wife and I ,in regards to eating and nutrition. Your passion and down to earth writing are inspiring and accessible. And your recipe for Creamy Nutty Mayo is divine. Thanks for all you do! sincerely, jerry

    • thefreckledfoodie March 31, 2014 at 10:19 pm Reply

      Jerry, messages like yours are the very reason I write this blog!! Thank you so much for coming back 🙂 so glad you love my recipe!

  13. Michelle April 12, 2014 at 9:05 pm Reply

    Hello Freckled Foodie,

    I came across your blog and I LOVE it. Since May (and seeing my college graduation pictures) I completely changed my life style. I changed how I eat and working out has become a normal part of my lfie. I have lost about 30 pounds thus far. I would to lose about 10 more. I am a law student and am all about preparing food ahead of time and to be honest, I eat the same easy things. I am seeming to have trouble losing the last 10 pounds. I am not so much focused on the number of the scale, but the amount of fat I’m not liking that I see.

    I’ve also found out that I’m pretty sensitive to carbs. I’m not sure if I have a food allergy or anything. Lately what I have been eating is fruit, greek yogurt, veggies, eggs, chicken, brown rice, Trader Joes Steel Cut Oats. I usually eat really well, but when I allow myself to “cheat” I turn to cheese or I make homemade popcorn. I worry I eat too much processed things- I do use Splenda in my coffee every morning and I usually make frozen brown rice that can easily be steamed. I’m just wondering how I can take it to the next level & what tips you have. Do you also know a “healthy” way to make popcorn- currently I just make my own in vegetable oil. Is there a better one I should be using?

    • thefreckledfoodie April 15, 2014 at 10:33 pm Reply

      Michelle, I’m happy you’re loving some of my stuff, that makes me smile 🙂 I would really recommend cutting out the processed and artificial sugar (splenda) first and foremost as that is just chemicals your body doesn’t recognize! I would also stop using any refined “vegetable” oils and switch to coconut oil, clarified butter/ghee and olive oil. Make it as easy as possible for yourself and go get the book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfillipo, you will learn a LOT about the best foods to eat and there are a ton of amazing recipes in there too 🙂

  14. Michelle April 16, 2014 at 8:28 am Reply

    Thank you! I also bought the “It Starts With Food” and plan on doing the Whole30 this summer after I educate myself more. Do you by chance know where I could find a shopping list specific to Trader Joes? I have come across generic shopping lists, but because I’m new to this and want to try different foods, I’m wondering if someone has posted a list specific to Trader Joes to make my shopping a little easier.

    • thefreckledfoodie April 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm Reply

      Michelle, you are welcome! I don’t know of one, but generally if you stick to foods that don’t have an ingredient list or ones that have all things you can pronounce you should be good 🙂 for example, any fruits and veggies, eggs, any minimally processed meat, and any nuts and seeds (peanuts are legumes, not nuts!)

  15. Cathy May 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm Reply

    Hi Rachael, do you happen to have any fun “popsicle” type recipes that you’ve come across? thx

  16. Ed May 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Rachel, I am 51, and stumbled on your site looking for instructions to bake sweet potatoes, my wife and I were so impressed with all the info we found here that we are going to give paleo a try. It will be a struggle on the pasta, potatoes and dairy side(I love ice cream) but we are both active, not too overweight, but want to feel better. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • thefreckledfoodie May 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm Reply

      Ed, thank you so much for posting this. This is exactly the reason why I write my blog and I am so very glad you found me 🙂 My biggest recommendation is to replace your potatoes with sweet potatoes and try making your own homemade coconut milk ice cream if you are really craving it! I hope you find improved health and feel amazing after you give it a shot!

  17. Alex Ruzanic June 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm Reply

    How does one get started with this. I am a father of four with a wonderful wife…I want to feel better like you described on your site. Thanks for your encouragement and support. This sounds like what I am looking for.

    • thefreckledfoodie June 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm Reply

      Alex, check out my What Is Paleo page and begin by cutting out as many processed foods as you can and replace them with whole foods like meat, eggs, fish, vegetables and fruit! All my recipes would also help to transition your family 🙂

  18. Shawna June 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Hi!!! I just stumbled across your website when I was looking for a sweet potato recipe. I love to cook, but have never made sweet potatoes before. I have heard a little bit about the paleo diet but have felt very intimidated by it as far as expense and not knowing where to start! I would love some feedback. Im also pregnant and have a little boy and would love to get awayfrom processed foods in my house! Thank you :))

    • thefreckledfoodie June 12, 2014 at 9:18 pm Reply

      Hi Shawna, so glad you found me 🙂 There are definitely ways to make the paleo diet affordable! I would recommend checking out and start by transitioning starting with removing processed foods that contain gluten and any foods/drinks that contain high fructose corn syrup or other processed sweeteners. Focus on eating foods that ARE ingredients rather than foods WITH ingredients!

  19. Connie Dealgado June 18, 2014 at 10:10 am Reply

    I am a friend of you Gramma Lucia and I met you last fall at her Birthaday.I love your website/blog and your passion for health and wellness. My son was diagnosed with Parkinsons recently and after reading Dr.Perlmutter”s book THE GRAIN BRAIN I am supporting his family to goPaleo. Thanks for your info ,recipes and support.

    I have recently become part of a company that is launching North America called ALPHAY.
    They are founded on the principles of the 5Elements and the 5,000 year old healing properties of medicinal mushrooms. I would love to talk to you about this. Go to my website
    (above) to get an overview . There is an informational webinar at 8PM tonight . Email me
    for the link, or call.
    Connie Delgado [email protected] 612 298 0205

  20. Michelle June 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    I am on day 22 of my first whole30. I am definitely seeing the effects with my sleeping and energy. I was just wondering when you actually started to see changes in your body? I haven’t measured or weighed myself (I did it before and I’m going to do it after). I’m just worried that I’m “not doing it right”?

    • thefreckledfoodie June 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm Reply

      Michelle, congrats on making it to day 22! It is different for everyone on when body changes take place. My best advice is to not worry about it because stress can prevent fat loss! I started noticing big changes around day 26 but friends didn’t have big changes until 45 days! Be patient and you’ll see all the positives! Read the forum too, that always made me feel better about “doing if right” 🙂

  21. Gloria Slomka September 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm Reply

    I was wondering if you can use rice vinegar and how about chicken broth?

    • thefreckledfoodie September 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm Reply

      Gloria, just make sure your chicken broth doesn’t have a lot of unrecognizable ingredients, or better yet make your own! As for rice vinegar, I sometimes use it but usually use apple cider vinegar, white or red wine vinegar, or coconut vinegar instead!

  22. John December 2, 2014 at 6:11 am Reply

    As a diabetic, why can’t I use Stevia? I thought this was natural and I can’t use raw sugar or honey (as much as I wish I could).


    • thefreckledfoodie December 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm Reply

      Stevia is a grey area for a lot of people, John. Personally I try to stay away from it as much as possible because it is still a highly processed “food” as the leaf is green so any white powdered version has been stripped down from it’s original whole form. I did have a Stevia plant last summer that I dried and turned into a powder but I personally don’t like the bitter taste it departs. My recommendation would be to try and use dates or fruit juices to sweeten your food if you can’t do honey or raw sugar! Just my two cents 🙂

  23. Evan T. December 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Hi! I recently came across your blog and have loved everything I have read. In the new year, I am going to do Whole30. Occasionally, my family likes to eat out. Do you have any tips for eating out when doing Whole30?

    • thefreckledfoodie December 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm Reply

      Evan, I’m so glad you found me! I’m not going to lie, it is very difficult to eat Whole30 when you go out to eat. The best way is to get chicken breast or fish that is gluten-free with plain steamed veggies on the side with olive oil or lemon juice (or both) to drizzle on them! Check out the Whole30 forum and search for that topic as there is a lot of good info there!

  24. Whitney January 6, 2015 at 10:53 am Reply

    Hi! I am a mom of a 4 year old and Im 22 years old. I am the heaviest I’ve ever been because after my son i’ve had a really hard time losing the weight. I’m really nervous to try this lifestyle because my boyfriend eats chocolate and pizza and my son eats chicken nuggets and mac and cheese and I dont know if ill have the will power to stick to it watching them eat foods I love! But I really want to lose weight so I can get some self confidence. Any advice? Thanks 🙂

    • thefreckledfoodie January 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm Reply

      Whitney, would it be possible to get your boyfriend and son on board with you for just 2 or 3 weeks? Once they start feeling better they might stick to it with you! It is always easier if you have LOTS of paleo food/snacks handy so if you get a craving for something like that you can satisfy your craving with something healthy. When I first transitioned I relied on raspberries and blueberries, herbal teas, and shredded and toasted coconut! I know you can do it! 🙂

  25. Valerie January 22, 2015 at 8:56 am Reply

    Hi there,

    I recently stumbled upon your website and I love everything on it! I frequent the Minneapolis area often and I’m wondering if you could suggest any paleo friendly restaurants and also are there any gluten free bakeries?


    • thefreckledfoodie January 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm Reply

      Valerie, I actually just wrote an entire post on restaurants in the Minneapolis area! It was my most recent post 🙂

  26. Lea Andersen April 6, 2015 at 4:17 am Reply

    Hi there Rachael =)

    Thanks for all your posts, they are indeed a good help, especially to me. All the recipes you are sharing is just wonderful, it helps me choose what to prepare for my kids, in everyday basis. I am really thankful that I found your blog, it is also inspired me to write all about foods. I am a foodie blogger from Hong kong and I am writing about foods and about restaurant reviews. Thanks again =)

    More power to you 😉

  27. Fred Wulff July 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm Reply

    Rachael, I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your website. I did a 10 day detox this summer and have been eating mostly paleo since mid June. Your site is a go to for me. Thanks again. I can’t wait to have some more “Freckled Food”.

  28. clint August 10, 2015 at 5:19 pm Reply

    Rachael, I like you.

    ~The Freckled Warrior.

  29. Adrienne January 8, 2016 at 8:53 pm Reply

    Hi Rachael!

    I am on day 5 of my first Whole 30. Things are going well! I have two questions:

    1. Were you still working out during your Whole 30? If yes – what were you eating before and after workouts? I used to have a snack before and a protein shake after, but my powder is not compliant! Do you have any whole food suggestions?

    2. Were you still counting calories/portion controlling? I am really trying to work off these last few stubborn pounds and I feel this new lifestyle will help. Your before and after pic is nothing short of jaw-droppingly inspirational. Any suggestions on how to NOT eat the entire bag of Kale at every meal?

    Okay…that was more than two questions…but looking forward to your replies!!

    Thanks so much!

    • thefreckledfoodie January 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm Reply

      Hi Adrienne! Congrats on getting through the first few days, they are tough 🙂 During my first Whole30 I only did yoga once and no cardio because I was pretty tired and really wanted to see what changes just diet would make. A hard boiled egg and a banana pre-workout is perfect and post workout you want starchy carbs and protein but no fat. A small portion of sweet potato and some lean protein like chicken or just the egg whites is good.

      I didn’t count any calories or portion things out during mine. I just ate fairly slowly until I felt mostly full. If your body is telling you to eat the whole bag of kale then do it! You might need some more starchy carbs (sweet potatoes, white potatoes, plantains, etc) than you are getting if you aren’t feeling full. You could also eat more fat (half an avocado with your meal) to feel fuller faster. I hope this helps and good luck!

  30. Sara June 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm Reply

    Hi Rachael,

    I had a question about your take on certain “non paleo” foods that might still be considered nutrient dense and “real.” For example, I know it’s not typical on paleo diet to eat beans or oats (gluten free), quinoa, corn, some dairy- non flavored greek/icelandic yogurt, cottage cheese etc. Obviously during a whole30, these ingredients would need to be avoided, however I’m wondering about what you think about them after.

    Also, do you ever “treat” yourself- allow yourself a chocolate chip cookie for instance?


    • thefreckledfoodie June 28, 2016 at 9:54 am Reply

      Hey Sara! Here are my thoughts on some of those real, non-paleo conforming foods – I eat corn sometimes in the form of tortillas and corn chips (especially out at Mexican restaurants) and occasionally full-fat, ideally raw cheese and yogurt (very low sugar or no sugar added). I also LOVE goat cheese and don’t have a problem with it in terms of digestion (most people can tolerate goat’s milk and sheep’s milk better than cow’s milk). I also eat high quality ice cream or gelato on occasion! What is important to me is that I stick as close to organic, non-GMO, and high quality ingredients when I do eat non-paleo foods. I also do indulge in gluten-free treats once in awhile and very rarely a full-on gluten filled treat when it is something special and home-made. Every person is different and some people tolerate certain foods better than others so you really need to find out what works for you in order to make it a lifestyle change for the long haul. If being “perfect paleo” is too restrictive than most people won’t stick it out. My biggest recommendation is not to let “perfect” be the enemy of “good” 🙂

  31. Katy August 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm Reply

    Hi Rachel!

    I’ve been doing some research about the difference between the Whole30 diet and the paleo diet and have found some mixed results. What is your take on the difference between the two?


    • thefreckledfoodie September 1, 2016 at 9:14 am Reply

      Katy, there are a lot of similarities although the Whole30 is a much stricter version that is meant to be done temporarily. The Whole30 does not include any sweeteners except for those coming from whole fruits such as dates and some fruit juices (when cooking, not for drinking) and is very strict about additives in different items. There are different versions of the paleo diet but it is basically everything included on a Whole30 plus natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, date sugar, coconut sugar, molasses, etc. A lot of people who follow a paleo diet also eat high quality, organic dairy (they call this way of eating “Primal”) and some people like myself incorporate some “non-paleo” foods such as organic white rice and some corn products such as corn tortillas and chips. Does that help?


  32. Pen September 2, 2016 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Hi there! Thanks you so much for sharing your story and results. Super inspiring snaps and story. I am exactly where you were at 2012 and I just started the whole 30. I am 13 days in and I am not seeing any weight loss difference. I am falling asleep way quicker than normal. and I no longer wake up throughout the night. Plus, I have not felt an ounce of bloating. That said, I am not dropping the weight like yourself or others. Did you only eat super lean meat? Did you use very little oil or fat and also count your calories?

    • thefreckledfoodie September 11, 2016 at 8:02 am Reply

      Hi Pen! Don’t worry about not seeing any difference after 13 days, I didn’t see any difference really until day 21 or something like that! It is different for everyone. Just focus on the things that are happening that are better like improved sleep and no bloating! I definitely didn’t eat lean meat and ate a LOT of fat. Good fats are great for you and I still eat a high percentage of my calories from fat. I haven’t counted calories since before my first Whole30 in 2012 and think it is definitely counter-productive. Stay the course and only eat when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied. 🙂

  33. Daniel February 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Decided to go paleo. I need help with my lymphocytic colitis. My last big attack happened last year after a deluxe cheeseburger from McDonald’s. I knew better but it was lunch time. I caved. Time to get serious.

    • thefreckledfoodie February 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm Reply

      Hey Daniel, glad you are here and ready to get serious! I think the most helpful first step in making changes is to try and make sure half of your plate at each meal is vegetables! That way you fill up on nutrient dense foods and nourish your body so you don’t overeat the bad stuff. I hope some of my recipes can help you along the way!

  34. Emma June 20, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply

    Hi! I am just starting whole30 and I’m finding the hard part to be snacks. I love almonds and veggies, but I wondered if there’s something a little more fun. I’m trying to be good and bring healthy foods from home to eat, but it’s hard in an office when everyone is eating chips and chocolate. I wondered if you had any favorite go to snacks.

    • thefreckledfoodie June 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm Reply

      Hi Emma! I don’t really snack and didn’t really snack much at all during my Whole30s (maybe my first one but that was almost 5 years ago now!) because I ate until I was full/satisfied at each meal and the amount of fat and protein would keep me full for 5-6 hours. If you are snacking you want the snack to have some protein and fat and maybe a little carbs, like a mini-meal. Veggies dipped in guacamole is one of my favories, hardboiled eggs or deviled eggs, trail mix with mixed nuts and craisins and coconut flakes are a good one. I also like to eat a handful of olives when I want a salty snack (kalamata are my favorite). If you are going to have fruit try to have some fat and protein with it, like a banana with almond butter or berries mixed with coconut cream! Hope that helps!

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