I crammed a lot of experiences during that weekend, but my favorite part about the whole experience was being able to meet some of my favorite bloggers! There are so many great bloggers who give tons of insight, encouragement, knowledge bombs, and much more as they share their stories and experiences living a healthy real food lifestyle. These bloggers also post tons of recipes, which I am then able to recreate and share with friends and family!
I loved meeting some of the biggest names in the Paleo/Primal movement and finding out how nice and down to earth they were. Mark Sisson is one of the top people in the Paleo/Primal sphere, and the writer behind the hugely popular Primal blog Mark’s Daily Apple. His blog was the first one I started reading when learning about how to transition to the Paleo diet. I spent hours reading through his articles and learning the ins and outs of eating for health and performance.
I found out how kind Mark Sisson was after trying to capture pictures of him without him noticing, since I didn’t want to bother him. He caught me lurking near him (still trying to work on being more stealthy), and when I went over to introduce myself and let him now I wasn’t trying to be the creepiest person on the planet, he graciously posed for a picture.
Another big name in the Paleo community is Robb Wolf. His book the Paleo Solution has helped lots of people to get healthy, and he shares many knowledge bombs on his blog and through his podcast.
I was able to meet the lovely Danielle Walker, the popular blogger from the website Against All Grain.
She had a book signing for her cookbook of the same name during that weekend, a New York Times Best Seller, and when I went up to have my book signed, she recognized me from Paleo F(x) 2013 (which meant the world to me)!
She has a new book coming out this fall, “Against All Grains – meals made simple.” I am very excited to check out her new recipes once the book is released on September 2, 2014.
I meet the lovely, talented, intelligent, fierce and all around awesome woman Stephanie Rouper, the blogger behind the blog Paleo for Women. Her blog tackles some of the issues women within the Paleo movement face, including struggles and issues that may not be fixed with just diet and lifestyle changes. I met her at Paleo F(x) 2013 last year, and was so glad to catch up with her again. She has a new book out, Sexy By Nature, which I look forward to reading.
Juli Bauer, the blogger behind Paleoomg, also attended Paleo F(x) 2014. I watched her food presentation, and listened to her in a panel discussion about incorporating treats into a Paleo lifestyle (both of which you can read about in Part 1 here). Juli’s blog is legit awesome, with tons of amazing Paleo recipes, lots of pictures of her adorable new puppy Jackson, stories about her life as a CrossFit coach, and also discussions about the ups and downs she faces being in the lime light as a popular Paleo food blogger.
Juli and George Bryant (the blogger behind the popular blog Civilized Caveman Cooking) have co-authored a new cookbook, the Paleo Kitchen, which releases on June 10, 2014. I have already pre-ordered the book, and can’t wait to make the blueberry pancakes pictured on the front cover. Whose ready for a pancake party at my house?
Finally, I met my ultimate Paleo blogger girl crush Stacy Toth. Stacy Toth has lost over 100 lbs + while on a Paleo diet. That type of success is amazing and very inspiring. Stacy and her husband Matthew McCarry are the couple behind the popular blog Paleo Parents. They use their blog to share not only amazing recipes, but also tips and advice as they raise their three boys using a Paleo template. They have co-authorized several cookbooks together, including the cookbook Eat Like a Dinosaur and the cookbook Beyond Bacon. They have a new cookbook coming out soon, called Real Life Paleo, which is scheduled for release on November 4, 2014.
On her blog, Stacy shares about her journey starting Crossfit, and then discovering strongman training – competing in her first competition this year (and winning it!). I find it empowering and encouraging as she shares her stories about lifting heavy and see her body transform, and using that strength not only in the gym, but also in her daily life.
When Stacy isn’t co-writing books with her husband, working on her blog, or training for strongman competitions, she finds time to co-host a popular Paleo podcast called the Paleo View with co-host Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. Sarah is the blogger behind the popular blog The Paleo Mom, and author of the recently released book The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Health Your Body. The podcast provides a wealth of information, and the friendly banter between Stacy and Sarah provide lots on entertainment on my way to and from work.
I got to hear real life evidence of that friendly banter when meeting both of them at Paleo F(x) 2014.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Paleo F(x) 2014, and can’t wait to go back next year! I hope you enjoyed learning about Paleo F(x). If you’ve read this far, you are truly amazing 😉 Next up, yummy Paleo recipes! Do you have any suggestions on recipes you would like me to test out? Leave a post in the comments section and I’ll see what I can whip up!