Bacon Friends: Megan from Second Heart Paleo

We sat down to chat with Megan from Second Heart Paleo. Megan is a heart transplant recipient and healthy cooking blogger from Texas. She shares more about her story in our interview with her below, PLUS a delicious recipe for Naked Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers over on our Recipes Page.

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Can you share a bit about your story?

At age 14, I received a heart transplant. I was born with a congenital heart defect and had multiple open heart surgeries as a kid. In 2015, I began eating paleo and realized how amazing my body can feel with real, whole foods. In 2017, I was also diagnosed with Crohn's. It's made things a bit more complicated, but sticking to paleo has really helped me!

Other random things about me: I have a mini Australian shepherd named Gundy. I love Texas with all my heart. I attended Oklahoma State University (go pokes!) and received a degree in strategic communications. I have my dream job. I’m obsessed with kombucha and cold brew.

What is your health philosophy?

My health philosophy is do what works for you, and no one else. I know a lot of people hear about Paleo, Keto, etc. and think if it works for one person, it has to work for you too and it's not true. Do what makes your body feel its best.

What inspires your cooking?

Feeling my best by fueling myself with the best food possible. I've learned that 90% of the time, I can make whatever I'm craving into a paleo option...even if it's paleo ice cream or jalapeno poppers, there's almost always a way to make it better for you!

What's one thing you do that you would recommend to other people?

Be open to trying new things! Yogurt made out of cashews and chips made out of Cassava might sound crazy - but they're so delicious and great alternative if you can't have dairy/grains.

What have been your biggest challenges and how do you overcome them?

My biggest challenge is probably giving into crappy food...when I feel like crap.

Who is your role model?

My brother! He's always done what he says he's going to do. Whether it's become a doctor, run too many marathons or move to Tahoe - he's always followed through!

What's your favorite flavor of Naked Bacon?

Chipotle! It has such an amazing flavor!

You can learn more about Megan's story on her blog,
Second Heart Paleo and connect with on her Instagram or Facebook pages.  

Award-winning Naked Bacon could be coming to a store near you!

Your food choices each day affect your health; how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. Bacon is usually one of those foods that doesn’t fall into the healthy eating category, until now.

Naked Bacon produces gourmet, all-natural bacon with no nitrates, chemicals, phosphates, gluten, or water. Just in case you didn’t know ‘Nitrates’, which are often used as preservatives in processed meat, change into N-nitroso (compounds that promote cancer) in the meat and also in the gut when it is being digested.  Naked Bacon is also one of only a few companies in the country with Whole 30 approval for bacon and sausage.  (Whole30 is a national whole eating diet program with very strict guidelines.)

Through proprietary traditional curing methods and secret ingredients, our company is one of the few pork bacon companies with the nutritional characteristics of 44% less fat and 25% less sodium than your normal bacon which has been approved by the USDA! 

On May 26th, Naked Bacon will launch an IndieGoGo campaign that will run until July 25th.  During this time period, we hope to raise $75,000 that will be used to hire national food distributors and for advertising and marketing services to support the products during national distribution.  It is crucial that we hire these food distributors to get our products distributed to national supermarket chains across the country so more people can have access to the healthiest, best-tasting bacon available!

There is no question that bacon is a tasty treat and we are on a mission, not just for the bacon lovers, but for everyone to have the chance to enjoy and include bacon as part of their healthy diet…not just a cheat-day indulgence.