Wil and I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Paleo f(x) conference in Austin, TX a couple of weeks ago. I had attended AHS last August and met Keith and Michelle Norris (creators/organizers for Paleo f(x)) who told me all about the conference- naturally, I made it a goal to attend. Wil has gotten asked to do a hands-on workshop on the snatch and the clean and jerk and I was looking forward to learning and taking in all I could. Then, the week of the conference, I received an email from Michelle asking if I had presentation content and could fill-in for someone who backed out last-minute. Needless to say, I was super pumped and said yes without thinking twice.
To start off, we met some really awesome people at the conference. I mean, the entire conference felt like one big networking event with TONS of information sprinkled throughout.
I had met some of the “big names” in Paleo at AHS (Mark Sisson, Rob Wolf), but this was over-the-top impressive with the amount of authors, scientists, bloggers, researchers, fitness gurus and everyday people who were all there to learn, teach and talk about Paleo/primal nutrition, fitness and more.
We were lucky enough to stay at a house with a bunch of other people who were presenting and it was a blast. We had access to all sorts of Paleo goodies like Sea Snax, Tessemae’s, Exo cricket bars, The Dirt, Primal Pit Paste and more.
I was slated to present on the first day and my topic was “Real World Paleo: Tips and Tricks for the busy individual”. It was meant as a Paleo 101 presentation for those who were interesting in getting some basics of cooking/meal prep, Paleo food/snack ideas, how to do Paleo when you travel for work, are an athlete or have kids. It was pretty quick, but I had a great time and received positive feedback from those in attendance. Wil snapped this pic of me while I was setting up.
After my presentation, I was able to relax and learn. I went to some really awesome presentations and panels that day and also on Saturday and Sunday.
Here are just a few highlights from SOME of presentations I attended. There was WAY too much info to include in here!
- Kiefer: Carbohydrate Cycling (Books: Carb Night and Carb Backloading)
– Fat burning machine in the morning- body is more efficient when mobilizing fat
– Eat your carbohydrates in the evening- pending your goal (maximum fat loss= limit the number of times you eat carbohydrates to once a week, goal is performance with some fat loss you would eat carbohydrates every night that you train)
– Want to avoid fructose or anything that has fructose when carb backloading in the evening- most should be glycogen in the muscles (not in the liver or glycogenesis- body fat)
– Potato (purple potato is waxy- best insulin response), white rice with ghee
- “Stress hacking” panel (Books: Anxiety 101, REM rehab)
– how to tell you’re stressed: Data, bodily systems, if you can’t sit still and meditate for a specific amount of time
– Non-supplement solutions for stress-relief: nasal breathing during the workout, good posture, essential oils, sleep, get out into nature, preparation, mindfulness meditation, Listen to binaural beats via headphones
– Write down 5 things you used to love doing as a kid- and DO THEM!
– Supplement solutions for stress-relief: herbal adaptagens like roseola, holy basil. Relora, TMChi, passion flower extract (helps with naps), magnesium (calming nervous system), Epsom salt baths, sensory deprivation tanks, cava in liquid form, vitamin D and fish oil
- Terry Wahls: Wahls Protocol (Books: The Wahls Protocol, Naked Calories)
– There’s a decline in micronutrients in our food now days: mainly in chicken and beef (why grass-fed/free-range is so important)
– Nutritional deficiencies are connected with diseases- Alzheimer’s, MS, etc.
– Protocol suggestions: 3 cups of these each day: 3 greens, 3 colored veggies and 3 sulfur veggies (cabbage, onion, cauliflower)
– 25-30% of a butchered animal is offal (organ meat)- we need to be eating more of these
- Kirk Parsley: Sleep and Performance Optimization
– Diet, exercise and sleep are the 3 pillars of health
– Testosterone is the main female sex hormone- women have 10 times more than estrogen (men have 10 times more than women) 723 is average numbers for male testosterone
– Before light bulbs, time in bed was 10 hours a night
– Naps need to be no longer than 1:20 minutes and not close to bedtime / 20 min is best / 45 min is good for executive function / 90 min is restorative
See below for his 10 Steps for Perfect Sleep:
- Ben Greenfield: The Ancestral Athlete (Books: Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life)
– Wellness fx and Direct Labs are resources for doing panel labs to test data
– Work on the gut: bone broth, l-glutamine, gelatin, colostrum (2 weeks prior to the event), oil of oregano/garlic/peppermint
– Work on the liver: chlorella, l-glutathione and antioxidant
- Fitness Training In The Digital Age Panel
– Recovery resources are available to national teams, but not for the recreational athlete/ what’s your plan for recovering after a marathon?
– “I can peak an athlete once a year. Maybe twice. These are the very best people in the gene pool”- Chris Summer, USA Gymnastics
– “If you can’t quantify it, it doesn’t exist- we have to be able to quantity how you’re doing. If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist” Chris Summer, USA Gymnastics
– Tools: HRV (cloud where all data is stored), email, Internet, my fitness pal/ Sleep tracker : 24/7 by motion
- Workout nutrition panel
– Ketogenic diet for athletes: maybe not the best for all athletes- maybe just for endurance
– Inflammation could be the main reason why athletes look to Paleo (soreness/joints)
– Most people are depleted from an adrenal standpoint- pushing yourself into a bad cycle/Help people with adrenal fatigue is take carbs out of the diet
– May be an increase in injuries/ athlete who can’t get enough calories because they can’t find enough good food/the more rarified we make our diet the more common reactions may come for no reason – make a diet more robust for athletes
Not to mention all the wonderful info I learned, we got to try a lot of new food, meet new people and check out Austin which now may be one of my favorite places of all time! They call it “food truck” city- can you imagine a better place?!
This place was where the speaker dinner was held- isn’t it adorable? It’s a farm that’s also a restaurant and I loved it. Would make for an awesome wedding reception location!
Wil’s birthday happened to be while were in Austin so of course, we went out to celebrate and then found some delicious late-night BBQ…which came from a food truck.
There was a longer break for lunch on Saturday so I took full advantage of doing a nice long run (7) along the Colorado River. Imagine it being like Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, but with more trees, a beautiful river, a dirt/pebble path and hundreds of people with their dogs. Lady Lake is one of the more well-known areas for runners, but I saw people paddle boarding and canoeing in the river too.
What’s a Paleo conference without the Mark and Rob show?
I’m so glad that Wil and I were able to attend this conference together! He did a wonderful job on his snatch and clean and jerk workshops- check him out here.
On the last day, I got to meet Mary, The Paleo Chef. I follow her on Instagram and love her posts. She’s funny and she cooks up a storm for her clients in Cali. She was down-to-earth and kind- two things that many of the authors/bloggers you meet are not (funny, huh? I don’t get it). Thanks Mary- now go check her out.
Lastly, there were a TON of Paleo goodies vendors at the conference. I can’t list them all, but here’s a link to the exhibitors. And here are a few goodies I got to bring home with me!
All in all, Paleo f(x) was an incredible experience. I wish we would have had more time to meet other people and try more products, but there’s always next year. Apparently they are having a Paleo f(x) conference in Denver, CO in October. Wil and I are still deciding if we’ll go, but if you’re considering it, definitely make the trip- it will be well worth your time and money.
Have you been to Paleo f(x) before? What did you think? Thanks for reading and Stay Fit & Eat Delicious!