5 Lessons I Learned At Paleo f(x) 2014

I spent last weekend at Paleo f(x) – the largest gathering of paleo(sos) anywhere in the world – in one of my favorite cities in the world – Austin, Texas.

Paleo f(x) was a 3-day blur of some of the brightest minds in paleo, sharing brand new paleo research, training, recipes, and products throughout the conference space.

Here Are 5 Things I Learned at Paleo f(x) in 2014

1) Paleo Is Growing

I was at Paleo f(x) in 2012 (the very first one!) and it was just starting to grow.

The panels were small and the “expo” consisted of about seven or eight booths. There weren’t that many people either. Either Robb or Mark quipped that all of the people who attended the first conference could have fit onto just one of the stages that were there this year (there were five this year).

This year over one thousand people attended. There were dozens of exhibitors and the floor was packed with great paleo goodies and companies.

Paleo is growing.

2) Paleo Is A Framework

Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, and Chris Kresser all have different takes on the paleo diet. Chris goes so far as to test the limits of what “paleo” is and isn’t in his new book.

While different people disagreed about different aspects of the paleo diet, everyone agreed on the importance of testing how food affects you as an individual basis and that it’s the individual’s job to take responsibility for his/her health. Which leads to my next point.

3) Paleo Involves Experimentation

Whether you do the 30 Day Challenge, Whole30, or something else, an important part of paleo and taking control of your own health is trying out an elimination diet in order to see how good you can feel without certain foods and to realize how certain foods make you feel.

Once you’ve done that, you might find that you operate better with more carbs, dairy, or legumes from time to time than a strict paleo adherent.

While basic paleo is a great starting point, if the end goal is complete health, you need to experiment.

4) Paleo Is Delicious

There are some ridiculously good treats out there. I’m going to be doing a round-up of our favorite paleo treats soon, but the expo floor was packed with delicious paleo-friendly bars to go, including The Granilla Bar and Eating Evolved’s dark chocolate (my two favorites).

5) The Best Part of Paleo is the People

Whether it’s listening to the panels, the friendly debates from people on different sides of the paleo spectrum, or meeting online friends in person, the best part of paleo (besides the obvious health benefits) is the people.

The only question left: Will we see you at Paleo f(x) in 2015?

Some of our favorite photos from the event:

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Ultimate Paleo Guide Will Be at PaleoFX 2014

PaleoFX is the biggest gathering of paleo supporters in the world, taking place in Austin from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th April this year. Naturally, the Ultimate Paleo Guide will be making an appearance.

PaleoFX is a conference for anyone who follows the paleo diet, from complete newbies to seasoned experts. It features presentations, mastermind panels, cooking demonstrations, workshops, and networking opportunities hosted by expert scientists, coaches, authors, and bloggers, including Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, and Mark Sisson.

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We’re looking forward to meeting those of you who will be attending, so if you’ll be there, keep an eye out for the Ultimate Paleo Guide founder, Joel Runyon.

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If you can’t make it, make sure you check out the On-Demand tickets to sit in on the events from the comfort of your own home.

Are you going to PaleoFX this year?

Photo credit: CavemanThink.com

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Sugar Is Toxic

7164573186_638fc97c37_c The NYT Opinion recently ran a piece on a PLoS One study that links increased sugar availability to increased rates of obesity and diabetes. One  of our favorite things about paleo is the natural decrease in sugar consumption that it brings to most diets, simply because it means eating real foods. The study corroborates this approach.

The key point in the article is this: “Each 150 kilocalories/person/day increase in total calorie availability related to a 0.1 percent rise in diabetes prevalence (not significant), whereas a 150 kilocalories/person/day rise in sugar availability (one 12-ounce can of soft drink) was associated with a 1.1 percent rise in diabetes prevalence.” Thus: for every 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverage introduced per person per day into a country’s food system, the rate of diabetes goes up 1 percent. (The study found no significant difference in results between those countries that rely more heavily on high-fructose corn syrup and those that rely primarily on cane sugar.)

The study meets the “Bradford Hill’ criteria – the medical standard for inferring causation. The big takeaway at the end of the article sums things up pretty well:

It isn’t simply overeating that can make you sick; it’s overeating sugar. We finally have the proof we need for a verdict: sugar is toxic.

We agree. Want to reduce your sugar intake? Take our 30 Day Paleo Challenge.

Read the full post below. It’s worth your time.

via It’s The Sugar, Folks

photo credit: David Pacey

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Stalking The Paleo Diet In Dallas

The Dallas News recently ran a piece on the paleo diet and what it is. While nothing breathtaking, they trot out several of the familiar critiques of paleo:

“’If we look at our ancestors, they didn’t live very long.’ And a recent article in Scientific American largely debunks the premise for the diet and whether it’s truly paleo.”

Still, they give several great testimonials of strict and super strict paleo dieters who stress results, showing once again that it always comes back to personal experimentation and experience:

“It works very well for people with autoimmune disorders … It’s amazing to see the improvement in health.”

“If you begin to feel better, there’s no better testimony than that.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Read the full article at Dallas News.

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The Paleo Diet Craze on Dr. Oz Pt 1

Recently, the paleo diet was featured on the Dr. Oz show. Now we’re not necessarily huge fans of the show (we’ve never watched an episode), it’s nice to see the paleo diet getting a little more mainstream love.

The Paleo Diet Craze, Pt 1 – The Dr Oz Show

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OK GO Cheats On Their Paleo Diet

Joining Kobe & gang, OK GO are the recent celebrities to go paleo.

They recently talked with Grubstreet about their various “cheat” days while documenting exactly what they eat each day.

OK GO Cheats on their paleo diet.

While not exactly groundbreaking & hard-hitting news, it is good to see more & more high-profile paleo cavemen among us & showing people that you can still be paleo & enjoy life.

Check out the full article on Grubstreet.

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Kobe Bryant & The Lakers Go Paleo

The paleo diet is picking up steam – recently being adopted by the entire Lakers team. The initiative, spearheaded by Dr Gary Vitti was immediately embraced by NBA star Kobe Bryant.

 “Kobe was really on board right away because, as he’s getting older, he knows he needs an edge and that nutrition can be one of them. Since he’s adopted it, he says he feels remarkably better.”

Bryant has credited the diet of lean meat and vegetables, and avoiding carbohydrates, especially sugar, with his remarkable late-career resurgence last year.

Once Kobe jumped on board – the rest of the Lakers crew came over quickly. The change in diet has done wonders for Laker center Dwight Howard who was:

“eating the equivalent of something like 23 Hershey bars a day. A lot of that was fruit, which is supposed to be good.” The problem: Too much sugar. Dwight would “have a lot of energy, then get these insulin spikes and crash really quick.” Now that he’s shifted to the diet advocated by Dr. Cate, he and the other players are enjoying renewed energy.

via LA Times

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Get Ready For Los Paleo

We have some big news today. Like, really big. Ultimate Paleo Guide in partnership with the paleo cooking wizard herself to bring you some even more delicious paleo diet recipes

Together, we’re releasing a compilation of some of the biggest, baddest and most delicious mexican paleo recipes out there – all in one stunningly designed, mouth-watering recipe book collection. To get a taste of what’s to come, just check out the teaser below:

Los Paleo Teaser

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Now, keep in mind, you’re seeing just a taste of the taste. You can see the full teaser by downloading it at the link below.

>Download The Los Paleo Teaser + 3 Mexican Paleo Recipes Here

(right click & “save as” to download)

Stay tuned – Los Paleo is coming soon. Will you be ready for it? Stay hungry out there.

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Paleo Diet & Fat Loss Maximization

Are you eating a paleo diet while trying to maximize fat loss? Check out this visual guide from Robb Wolf on how to tweak the paleo diet to do just that and reach your fat loss & weight loss goals.

Robb Wolf’s Paleo Diet Guide to Troubleshooting Fat Loss

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via Robb Wolf

To see the rest of the guides, check out Robb Wolf’s troubleshooting guides on UPG here.

Read more about Robb Wolf here.

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