Yay, I made it! So, for all the stress I went through to get there, Paleo F(x) in Austin, TX, was totally worth it! I had the most wonderful time while there. It was so exciting to see everyone, and meet some new friends. I couldn’t have wished for a better trip! Paleo F(x) 2015 was AWESOME!
I sauntered into Austin at about noon on Thursday, April 23. After checking into my hotel, I took my time to unpack and take a much needed nap. I woke up around 4 pm and headed out to Natural Grocers for a book signing with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne , Mickey Trescott and Bre’Anna Emmitt. That’s where I met up with Christina Feindel of A Clean Plate, and her fiance Noah, two of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Once we had mugged for a few pics and chatted for awhile, I did a bit of grocery shopping to cook some foods for the next few days. I bought some grass fed beef, lettuce, cucumber, avocado, bottled water, garlic, lemons, olive oil and kombucha. Christina and Noah were kind enough to give me a ride back to my hotel, which happened to be right near where they live. I thanked them by giving them one of my grocery boxes for their kitty to play with. They said she really enjoyed it. Plus, I saw the video they posted on Instagram. She loved it!
That night, Sophie from A Squirrel in the Kitchen, texted me to let me know she had made it into Austin safely. We arranged to meet at her hotel the next morning. We were going to travel together to Paleo F(x).
After meeting Sophie at her hotel on Friday morning, we jumped on the shuttle to Paleo F(x). While standing in line to get our badges, we ran into Gabriella from Beyond The Bite, and her mother. We chatted for a bit, and then went on our way.
Sophie and I attended a few sessions in the morning, The Metabolic Theory of Cancer by Travis Christofferson and the Hacking Stress panel with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, Dr. Kirk Parsley, Dan Pardi, Nora Gedgaudas, Reed Davis, and Andrew Bernstein. Then, we took a little break to eat the lunches we had packed. After lunch, we headed back inside to watch a couple of cooking demos, Bacon-Braised Kale by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne and Nomato Sauce by Mickey Trescott. By the time Mickey’s cooking demo ended, I felt as though I had hit a brick wall. I decided to get a ride back to my hotel with Christina and Noah.
Back at my hotel, I prepared food for dinner and batch cooked some hamburger patties for the next couple of days. It was then time for a good night’s sleep. That’s the great part about traveling with others on the AIP, they understand the importance of sleep.
On Saturday morning, I made my way to Sophie’s hotel again. We took the shuttle to Paleo F(x). Walking through the vendor booths was one of the most fun experiences of the conference. It was amazing to see how many vendors offered AIP options. Epic Bars now offers three AIP friendly flavors. And, I can say, they are delicious!
Stephanie Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo, and author of The Performance Paleo Cookbook was signing books at her publisher’s table; so, we chatted with her for a while and had our books signed. I find her hugely inspirational. Now that I’m feeling better, I want to start training again. She was kind enough to encourage and give me a little advice.
Then, we ran into Kendra of Paleo Paparazzi. She was such a joy to meet and talk with. I wanted to check in with Michele of Victory Belt Publishing, because she’s just an amazing gal to talk with. Once we were done yapping, Sophie and I headed upstairs to take in a few sessions, community building with Diane Sanfilippo, Habits for Successful Weight Loss with Dean Dwyer, and Willpower: Is It Really Mind Over Matter panel with Dr. Kirk Parsley, Dan Pardi, Dr. Frederick Navarro, Kate Galliett, and Dave Asprey. The quality level of all of the sessions we attended were extremely high. Paleo F(x) offers a great selection of informative talks for every level of paleo.
Before going outside for lunch, I forced Cain Credicott to pose with me, holding the Paleo Magazine Holiday Edition with my recipe, for a lovely pic. He was such a good sport, and even found the page, after betting me he could from memory.
After lunch, which I can’t remember for the life of me what it was, we headed back inside for a session, The Wahls Diet Plans with Dr. Terry Wahls. I really respect and appreciate her autoimmune healing protocol.
It was then time to restock my Epic bars and stop by the Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour booth to say hello to Sadie and John. They are both so awesome! I loved meeting them in person.
Next, it was time to walk to Mickey’s rental house for a special AIP blogger dinner. It was a bit more treacherous walk than Sophie and I was anticipating. Neither one of us considered the Texas heat when making the decision to walk there. Needless to say, we were parched when we got there. Nothing a little homemade kombucha couldn’t cure.
Our AIP blogger dinner was spectacular! Hanging out together is not something we get to do often because we all have such demanding schedules and live in different parts of the country. Although we missed those in our crew who couldn’t make the trip, we thoroughly enjoyed the company of those who did. It was a wonderful evening.
When we were done, Christina, Noah, Sarah, Sophie and I, all piled into the car. We wanted to grab some coconut milk ice cream; but, the lines were too long. Sarah needed to rehearse her speech for the next day, and the rest of us needed to sleep. That night, before falling asleep, I thanked God that I was surrounded by such intelligent and selfless people. I am truly lucky.
On Sunday, Sophie and I went about saying our goodbyes to all of the people who had helped to make our Paleo f(x) experience so special. Since we hadn’t had a chance to visit Picnik Austin, we grabbed lunch there with V of Paleo Boss Lady. After lunch, we attended our last session, Sarah’s The Danger of Ketogenic Diets: Why Most of Us Shouldn’t Do It. Since many people in the paleo community follow a ketogenic diet, we knew her speech would raise quite a few eyebrows, which it did. It was a very informative and well-researched speech. If you get a chance, I highly suggest watching it.
It was then time to say our goodbyes to our AIP crew. We hugged it out with Sarah, Mickey, Stephanie, and Christina. Sophie and I headed back to her hotel so we could say our goodbyes. It was so hard, telling my good friend goodbye. I jumped in a cab and rode back to my hotel. I had a lot of packing to do before my flight at 5:30 am the next morning.
Early Monday morning, I left Austin behind, to travel to New Orleans. I am so grateful for the new friends I made at Paleo F(x). And, I’m thankful for the time I was able to spend with friends I don’t see very often. I can’t wait to see you all again next year!
For all of you who didn’t make it to Paleo F(x), I highly suggest you try to make it there next year. It’s, by far, the best conference I’ve ever been to.
I’m working with a few vendors from Paleo F(x) to bring you a some giveaways! Keep checking back to see what giveaways are going down. I’m going to start hosting them on Monday, May 11, 2015. I’ve got a big announcement coming that day; and, I want to celebrate with all of you!
As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!