This past weekend I attended Paleo f(x) for the first time. I have absolutely no idea why I haven’t attended before and I’ve already purchased my ticket for next year’s conference over Memorial Day weekend. So excited. It was so fun to finally meet so many of the bloggers and authors I follow and say hi to some companies I already knew & meet new people as well!
I was mostly busy at my booth (Suja was a vendor and we showcased our lower sugar flavors) so I didn’t have time to go to a ton of lectures but the ones I did go to, were great.
– Mark Sisson spoke about making adjustments within the paleo/primal lifestyle that fit your needs specifically & add to your overall sense of happiness and ease of life. He emphasized that we should “live awesome” – finding the joy whenever possible, using paleo/primal as a template – not a religion, making mindful intuitive choices & having no regrets. I was so happy that he chose to speak on this topic – it also reminded me quite a bit of the theory of Primary Food.
– I went to a great talk by Andrew Bernstein who spoke about the myth of stress. He explained how “stressors” are not what cause us stress but rather the way that we internally deal with those stressors. So, for example, it is not traffic itself that’s stressful, but the way we think about that traffic in our head & how we feel about it. He had some amazingly simple, practical tools for re-evaluating all sorts of stress in our lives. I have already been following his advice and I swear I feel less stressed overall. I highly recommend ordering his book, it’s pretty eye-opening.
– I knew I wanted to buy one cookbook while I was at the show and settled on The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook by Diana Rodgers. It is an absolutely gorgeous book with simple, seasonal recipes and recommendations for growing and raising your own food. Even if you don’t ever plan on farming at all yourself, she makes such great points about buying from local farms and tips for what you can ask your local farmers to ensure you are getting quality food.
Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to some of my favorite products at the show. I am all about promoting products that help people eat well without taking on all the hassle of prepping and cooking meals and garnishes. I support these companies 100% and hope you do too!
Primal Kitchen Foods Mayo with Avocado Oil: Mayo is a hassle to make and never tastes right. For this reason, I pretty much cut mayo out of my diet entirely. Until now. Everyone needs some of this mayo because it is absolutely delicious and has no nasty ingredients like canola oil. (There is literally no other mayo out there with ingredients this clean).
Jilz Gluten Free Crackerz: This company wasn’t actually exhibiting at the show but the Primal Kitchen booth was using their crackers as a garnish. They are hands down the best gluten-free/paleo cracker I’ve ever tried. AND, to my pleasant surprise, I just saw that these are now sold in my local Whole Foods. I will be buying them often. 🙂
RxBar: I have tried countless paleo-friendly bars and their texture is never quite right. I can’t stand eating something and barely being able to chew it. RxBar on the other hand has whole, simple ingredients and a perfect texture. Bravo to these guys.
Must B Nutty Almond Flour Tortillas: These guys make the best grain-free tortillas, hands down. I use them all the time for tacos and all sorts of sandwiches. Just toast them dry in a pan for a minute or two and they will keep their shape & work really well for everything.
FatFace Skincare: I’ve heard about these guys for a while but hadn’t tried anything of theirs yet. I have super sensitive acne-prone skin so I am always weary to buy new products. They gave me a sample of their face cream and I am really loving it so far. I’ve been using it on my face before I go to bed on some pesky dry areas and it’s really worked wonders. I wouldn’t try it on my whole face because it’s definitely thick but if you suffer from any dry patches, I highly recommend it.
The New Primal jerky: Jerky is hit or miss for me. It’s either way too chewy and inedible or way too soft. The New Primal gets it just right. Their flavors are super simple and all delicious. Plus, they pack their jerky in small single-serve packages which make it less likely to overeat.
Taza Dark Chocolate: There are few things I love more than dark chocolate. I’d never had anything from Taza before Paleof(x) but I am definitely going to look for them in my local store. The Cacao Nib Crunch is especially spectacular & has nothing but clean, whole-food ingredients. Plus it’s dairy-free which is always a plus for me.
Wild Planet Foods: I have been a huge fan of these guys for a while. I never buy farmed seafood and pretty much buy Wild Planet exclusively when it comes to tuna and sardines. Their sardines with extra virgin olive oil and lemon will turn any sardine skeptic into a fan. I ate a can of their sardines with some Jilz Crackerz for lunch at the show & again a couple days later!
Eating Evolved: My favorite chocolate of all time. Seriously. The owners, Christy and Rick are some of the sweetest, nicest people I’ve ever met and their products are out of this world. There isn’t one type of chocolate I haven’t loved and their coconut butter cups are life changing. If you don’t order some of their products right away, you are missing out.
Fox Hill Kitchens Awesome Bunz: These delicious buns aren’t available for sale yet but if you visit their website you can sign up for their newsletter and be notified of when they are for sale! Paleo-friendly bread items are super hard to find but these guys nailed it.