Hello and Happy Monday! This past weekend was the Paleo FX Conference in Austin. It was totally interesting, and I had a lot of fun. I had never attended an event like this so I did not know what to expect. There were three days of speakers, networking events, cooking demonstrations and my favorite part – the vendors!
No joke the quality of the vendors and the variety of products and services they were offering was amazing. I pretty much had a sample of everything. Most companies were smaller business owners trying to get some recognition for what they have to offer. I think a lot of these companies are seeing that the average person does not have the kind of time or resources to make bread, granola, or protein bars from stratch that fit their dietary needs. It was a really fantastic trade show and it was fun to walk around and talk with everyone. The booths were set up around an area that was dedicated to strength and conditioning workshops.
My favorites included The Love Bean, Kosmic Kombucha, Simple Squares, Primal Chocolate, Wildway Granola, and Choffey (which is drinkable chocolate). These were just so many!
I think the word Paleo conjures up a lot of really odd things for many people. To explain really briefly, a “Paleo” lifestyle or diet is to follow a diet based on our ancestral biology when food sources were limited to animal proteins, vegetables, fruit and nuts or seeds. This basically eliminates grains, dairy, legumes/beans and soy which are basically the cornerstones of the American Diet. As I have mentioned on the blog before I do not strictly follow this type of diet. However, I do like that this lifestyle promotes natural foods and eliminates junk food and sugar. So I am certainly intrigued and enjoy Paleo recipes and treats, but I am not a hard core devotee.
Speaker highlights for me included Dr. Terry Wahls who outlined her formula for conquering her own diagnosis of multiple sclerosis – The Wahls Protocol, which she published as a book with the same title. I also really enjoyed a panel discussion on Workout & Nutrition which focused mostly on using carbs in a Paleo diet and how to maximize them in order to improve athletic performance.
All in all it was a great conference and I hope to make it again next year!