Catching up with Caroline Potter & Colorful Eats
We got the chance to finally catch up with our first blogger to takeover the Cappello's Instagram, Caroline Potter and discuss how she got started in blogging and dealing with Type 1 Diabetes. Read full Q&A below!
How did you get into cooking?
I have always had a love for cooking ever since I was a little girl. I used to sit on the counter and help my Mom make dinner and my Dad make his famous Christmas morning cinnamon rolls (which I recreated for my cookbook)! Once I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in college and jumped into a “Paleo-friendly” lifestyle, I quickly realized that I wanted to re-create all my favorite comfort foods!
What does Colorful Eats mean and whats your philosophy behind it?
Food is fun, colorful and beautiful to me and I honestly believe that healthy eating is in no way restrictive or boring! I realized how much joy comes with making a cake for a special event or just a simple weeknight dinner for my husband. I wanted to show the joyful side of eating, plus I love all things colorful so thats how the name Colorful Eats came about!
You make all the content for your blog including photos and recipes right?
Yes, everything you see is entirely me, and sometimes thats a lot to juggle! My favorite part of my business is connecting with others and hearing their stories as well as the food photography side. I absolutely love the photography props and the styling aspect of food blogging—we eat with our eyes after all right?!
What are some tips you would give to someone who wants to start their own food blog?
Take the time (& money) to invest in a camera and teach yourself how to use it! I started from not even knowing how to turn my camera on but it is really true that with enough passion you can teach yourself how to do anything! Put your heart into it, because blogging takes a lot of time and if your heart is not in it, you won’t enjoy the journey!
You're a huge advocate for dealing with Type 1 Diabetes, what are some challenges you faced when you were first diagnosed?
I was told by all my doctors that it didn't matter what I ate as long as I took enough insulin to contract that. I was miserable at first, gained a lot of un-necessary weight and was practically fainting all the time. As soon as I removed all grains, gluten and refined sugars from my diet, I immediately felt so much better that I jumped right in and have never looked back!
One of the hardest parts of living with Type 1 is that a lot of people don’t understand this disease and it is hard for me to say no to people who offer up a dessert or some dish that they made with so much love, because I know I need to stay true to the way I eat, but really don’t want to hurt people’s feelings!
Any words of encouragement for those out there who are also Type 1?
Be consistent! This is something that you will have to deal with your entire life and staying consistent when it comes to lifestyle and eating habits will be the best thing you can do for yourself!
Favorite Cappello's product and dish you can make with it?
Fettuccine! Quite honestly my favorite dish to make is just the fettuccine noodles topped with some of my dairy free pesto or parmesan shavings and truffle oil. When I have more time, I love making the classic meatballs from my cookbook and serving them with your noodles!
Where can people find out more about you and your social media accounts?
Blog: Colorful Eats
Cookbook: All American Paleo Table