10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me


1. I find it really annoying when people approach me for nutritional information or advice and then shun my advice because they didn’t want to hear that they had to give up “x” item. (Did you expect it to be as easy as popping a pill or something?)

2. I die a little bit inside when someone tells me they love to cook and then proceed to tell me their  favorite thing to cook is pasta.

3. I really, really don’t like kale. I’ve tried it 3 times and still haven’t found it very appealing. I’m going to keep trying because I believe that I may just be cooking it wrong due to the fact that I pretty much like every vegetable in some way.

4. My math skills are absolutely down the drain, seriously, sometimes I have to think about some of the easy ones.

5. I eat white potatoes and white rice every once in a while. (Kaboom….Did you hear that? It was the sound of the Paleo police breaking down my door.) Oh yeah and I really like grassfed cheese, butter, heavy cream and yogurt. Whoops.

6. I get sick to my stomach whenever I see company advertisements for “healthy low fat products” when you know that they are clearly unhealthy. It’s like if you know someone is lying to your face but you can’t do anything .  Go be unmotivating and tasteless somewhere else like a cave or something. (Caveman pun not intended)

7. I am literally best friends with my local farmers from Yonder Way Farm. They’re family to me, Jason (the man behind the animals) and I text all the time about certain cuts of meat, why people need to get into certain cuts, things that are wrong with the food industry and etc. It’s glorious.

8. Sometimes my mouth isn’t as clean as it should be and I’m not talking about dental hygiene.

9. I haven’t cut myself with a knife while cooking in an extremely long time but I burn myself on a daily basis. (Is that hot, I guess I should check with my bare hand because that’s completely logical?)

10. I haven’t played a single video game in almost a year and don’t really have time for them anymore but sometimes reminisce of the good ol video game times I had with my friends. (Although everyone seems to gravitating away from them now, or most of them at least.)

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  1. Kelly says

    Hey, Josh! I’ve also tried Kale several ways and don’t seem to be able to make it a part of my diet that I like. I’m determined to since it’s such a wonder food! I did try baking kale chips and those were pretty good, but did not store well. The next day all my hard work was a soggy mass that was pretty disgusting! Oh well. :)

    I love your recipes, and your blog! You’re a very talented young man and an inspiration to many.


  2. sam.ayyy says

    Ha, great post :) I was the same way with kale, I tried sauteeing it with lots of garlic, and baking it into ‘chips’..both were complete failures, taste-wise not technical. Finally I just ordered a kale salad at my favorite restaurant, thinking if they couldn’t make me like it then it was hopeless. Turns out, I LOVE raw kale! The salad wasn’t exactly low-carb, but could definitely be tweaked to make it so. If you’d like the ingredients I’m happy to post them. Also, you may already know this because I get the feeling you do lots of research, but if using in salads it really helps if the kale is massaged first, with salt and lemon or oil.

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  3. says

    I recently started making SCD Legal Yogurt…yum! I never knew how easy it was to make yogurt but it is time consuming boiling the milk and then waiting for it to cool. I use organic milk since I don’t have access to raw milk. I’ve been taking the finished yogurt and making dips and cream cheese out of it. It’s been a lot of fun.

  4. Kristine says

    ha! I was the same way with kale. There is ONE kale chip recipe I LOVE (it’s SO addicting). Otherwise I am not a fan.

  5. Tara says

    It’s so funny that everyone keeps commenting on the kale…me too, me too! There’s a cashew kale soup (like African peanut soup, but Paleo-er) out there that I make all of the time and I put a TON of kale in it because it has absolutely no taste at all and a good texture in that soup. My daughter hates kale and can’t get enough of that soup.

  6. Bridget from Cali says

    The reality is that most of us wish we could wave a wand to melt away our extra weight and/or fix all of our problems. Nobody really wants to work at it. That requires character and discipline on our part. It sucks to feel deprived, but each person has to decide it sucks even more to get sick as a result of poor eating habits or other unhealthy practices.

    Pills and surgery can work great, but they rarely last long term. I am not a skilled or natural cook by any stretch of the imagination. Nor am I dedicated a foodie or fanatic. Highly processed food can taste soooooo yummy, but be nutrient deficient. I don’t understand why low fat fare tends to be gross tasting and sodium rich.

    I am squeamish about preparing meat, but I will do it for my animal protein loving friends and family. I stopped eating fowl/fish/beef for a combo of moral and health reasons a while back, but I am not militant about others indulging themselves. (Although I am strongly against those global farming factories that raise animals with excessive hormones in horribly inhumane conditions.) My hope is to find a repertoire of flavorful, healthy and nutrient rich dishes that will give my elderly father and myself a good balance of carbs and protein and put us on a better path of living.

    Communication is an art and science. Language is powerful. We can build up or tear down ourselves and others with our words. I struggle off and on with volume control and potty mouth. I try to be respectful and gracious, especially when in the company of others, but it is all too easy to fall back into bad habits in the heat of the moment. I guess it is that rebellious side of our nature that finds such appeal in speaking and eating poorly.

    I hate diet and food fanatics, but I’m willing to give kale a try. Someone told me they blend up it with mangoes into a juice. That doesn’t sound too awful.

    Never been a huge fan, but I am getting to the stage where they say video games are a way of helping to ward off memory loss in old age. I might just have to learn to love ’em before it is too late.

  7. Natalie says

    Hi Josh!
    I love your site- my fiancee and I are Paleo converts and like you I love good quality butter, yogurt and heavy cream. What are your favorite brands for pastured yogurt? I’m still searching.
    Thanks and keep up the wonderful posts!

  8. Mike says

    There’s no harm in not being an absolute purist in your diet,I always worry about those who can’t allow themselves an occasional treat. I love dairy too and a good bit cheese is heaven. So we are en accord.
    I love kale,especially raw in a salad. My local vegan café does a mean one with fresh fruit with a maple dressing,it’s outstanding. Kale chips are great and there are lots of ways to use it in soup,stir fry,etc. It could depend on the variety of kale – I prefer the Tuscan/Dino type to some of the others -it seems to be a bit sweeter & crunchier. Keep experimenting!

  9. says

    Your communication skills more than make up for your math skills! (Not to mention your extremely precocious cooking skills.) About kale, I love it every which way, but my family’s favorite is gently sauteed in bacon grease with red pepper flakes & a dash of bone broth towards the end when it gets dry, finished with a splash of balsamic vinegar & topped with crispy bacon. Make sure it is cooked to your liking before adding the bacon!

  10. April says

    I personally really love kale… my favorite way to eat it is “massaging” it with a choice of sauce (I love avocados…but hemp seeds ground with olive oil and lemon juice with some ginger and an orange does wonders as well) It changes the texture from rough and chewy to soft and flavorful.

    I am completely with you on the math one. I’m in Calc AB right now and every time the teacher says the Q or T words (Quiz and Test) I die a little bit. I very much doubt I will ever walk up to someone and ask them, “Hey, what’s the limit as x approaches 3 of f(x)?” Oh well….

  11. says

    I really like kale, but I’ve only eaten what I’ve grown. My favorite is the red russian which is a purple oak leaf kale. In cooler weather its fairly sweet.

  12. Ana Maria says

    I love how down to earth you are (: and I can relate to the burning yourself on a daily basis believe me. Have you ever done hiking or camping. I love it! Its awesome especially when you do a long hike and then swim in a river it cleanses you in so many ways

    • Slim Palate says

      I do like chard actually. I’ve only tried collard greens raw which was incredibly unpleasant. Maybe I’ll try them cooked next time.

  13. Lettuce Grow says

    Have you ever tried Kale soup?

    Try to make a simple onion soup with sage and garlic (use different kinds of onions in your soup such as: whit, Spanish, brown, leek…), I also like to add whit canelini or butter beans (soaked over night).

    When the soup is ready, turn off the heat and drop in chopped kale. I like to do it per portion by placing the kale in the bowl and pouring the soup on top. Wait 1 minute and serve with lemon wedges and some chopped chillies (if you like some heat…)

    try kale in shakes (I like a savory one with tomato, cucumber, kale, lots of lemon and salt & pepper) or fritters with feta cheese and pine nuts.

    Good luck :)

  14. Rachael says

    So happy to have heard about your blog from The Paleo View podcast… Your story reminds me so much of my inner teenager- the one who wishes she had found Paleo 20 years ago. ; )

    It’s funny, everyone really is focusing on the kale. But hey, it’s over the top good for you, right? My favorite way to eat kale is in a pesto. I made mine in the food processor in exactly the same way you’d make one with basil. The garlic and the nuts (I used pine nuts) kind of round out the bitterness of the kale. Awesome.

  15. Loves Kale says

    Kale cooked in duck fat is awesome. Make sure you try the different kinds of kale, I’m less of a fan of the curly kind. Best with the ribs removed.

  16. Martine says

    Just discovered your blog. Amazing photos and recipes !

    One thing I noticed about kale is that freshness really really matters. Make sure to try kale that was picked that very same day. It makes a big difference.

    Also I find that the flat leaf one taste better than the variety with the curly leaves. Keep experimenting and trying different varieties. You might end up liking one.


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