I'm so grateful to have been part of Paleo f(x) 2018 in Austin, Texas, my first and definitely not my last, I am hooked! Paleo f(x) took place, April 27-29 at the Palmer Events Center. It’s the biggest Paleo Ancestral gathering in the world, filled with like-minded people sharing the best and brightest ideas and the most cutting-edge science.
I was able to get deep inside the minds of world-class speakers including New York Times bestselling authors, physicians, scientists, athletes, health entrepreneurs, fitness professionals, biohackers, and more. Such as Paul Chek, Mark Sisson, JJ Virgin, Dr. Joe Mercola, Robb Wolf , Chris Kresser, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, Ben Greenfield, Sarah Fragoso, John Durant, and dozens upon dozens more.
If you're a fellow ancestral health connoisseur or entrepreneur who's been living under a rock until this point and managed to not make it to Austin for this event, I highly recommend making the trip next year. Plus, central Texas brisket at Terry Blacks, right across the street from the event – is ahhhh-mazing!
Here’s an awesome promo clip for the expo:
Perfect Supplements. Thank you!
A big thank you to Dan, Paul and Kristen at Perfect Supplements, my Paleo f(x) sponsors. They offer incredible, all natural, nutrient dense superfoods, just as Keto-Paleo lifestyle advocates and the Dr. Weston A. Price foundation recommends. Check out my bundles for detoxification, pregnancy, stress, travel, skin care, kids, the basic essentials and more. AND with the exclusive discounts I have negotiated for you, they are extremely affordable!
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Keith and Michelle Norris. Co-founders, Uniting Fellow Ancestral Health Connoisseurs and Entrepreneurs at Paleo f(x)
If you don’t know about Paleo f(x), it was started in 2011 by Austinites Keith and Michelle Norris.
A special thanks to Keith and Michelle Norris for putting on an epic Paleo f(x) conference this year! The venue, speakers, production value, and vendor exhibits were all top-notch. Michelle and I at the event.
Ben Greenfield. Neurotransmitters and how to Optimize Brain Function
Okay friends, if you don't know Ben or don't know much about him, please please. Check him out, especially his podcast, it's my absolute favorite! He is wicked smart and gives you SOLUTIONS to help optimize your own biology!
Click here to download his entire Paleo f(x) talk via pdf: 24 Ways to Look Good Naked and Live a Long Time
In 2013 and 2014, Ben was named as one of the world’s top 100 most influential people in health and fitness, and by 2015, Ben was coaching the world’s top CEO’s, chefs, biohackers, poker players, tennis, motocross and endurance competitors, and professional athletes from the UFC, the NHL, the NBA, the NFL and beyond – all while advising and investing in top companies in the health, fitness and nutrition industry.
As founder and CEO of Kion, Ben now creates step-by-step solutions – from supplements and fitness gear, to coaching and consulting, to education and media – for the world’s hard-charging, high-achievers to live a truly limitless life with fully optimized minds, bodies and spirits – all from his quiet home on 10 acres in the forested wilderness of Washington state. Whether you want to become the complete mental athlete with a flawless brain and nervous system, attain an ideal human body that fires on all cylinders from performance to beauty to hormones and beyond, or achieve true and lasting health, happiness, and longevity, Ben combines intense time-in-the-trenches with ancestral wisdom and modern science to make your dreams a reality.
Ben Greenfield. My Workout with Ben at Butler Park, Austin, Texas
Saturday, I started my morning out with an intense workout including breath work, yoga and strength training with my buddy Ben at Ben Greenfield Fitness and a hundred of my new paleo friends. A-mazing!
If you haven't already checked out his podcast, please do, life changer.
The Point Retreats. CGM (continuous glucose monitor)
At the event, I had a cgm inserted. Thank you so so much nurse Jen at The Point Retreats!
CGM is a way to measure glucose levels in real-time throughout the day and night. A tiny electrode called a glucose sensor was inserted under my skin to measure glucose levels in tissue fluid. It's connected to a transmitter that sends the information via wireless radio frequency to a monitoring and display device.
I’ll wear this for two weeks and then send the monitor in and compare my glucose readings to what I ate, how I slept, my stress levels, my activities and how & when I exercised. I plan to keep you guys posted.
Another amazing hack/tool to better quantify and understand your lifestyle and how it affects your biology.
For more information, check out their beautiful site.
Video: P.S. click here for a short video of me getting the cgm inserted and, the look on my face after she inserts it, priceless.
Paul Chek. Balancing Yin-Yang Energies
Never underestimate the power of master healer to teach through song and dance. When Paul Check, a holistic health coach, educator, and a sought-after movement expert, got on the keynote stage and performed a song/dance routine for each of the “Last 4 Doctors You’ll Ever Need”, the audience felt a sense of wonder. Sometimes laughter and connection really are the best medicine.
One key take-away from his presentation was: “If you don't like what's happening in your life, look carefully at what you're choosing unconsciously. If you're not aware of what you're choosing in regards to how you move how you eat and how you rest, you will attract doctor pain in your life to teach you the lesson of awareness.” Words to live by This was well-illustrated with his slide showing the balance between the feminine Yin energy and masculine Yang counterpart.
Paul Chek, one of the most profound healers on the planet. I have listened, studied and followed him for years. What a true honor!
In this wonderfully concise paradigm, we see the importance of keeping balance with our priorities and where we place our attention, focus, and “mental real estate”. As Paul said in his talk “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there!”
Typically in modern life, I would assert that the pressures most of us experience around trying to “do it all” have the tendency to tip the scales towards the Yang side. Yang energy is all about dividing power and spreading out into the world -a critical process to find new solutions, shed bad habits, and build networks to share information. It's the engine that drives society, and each of us as individuals, forward along with journeys. However, the inherent trade-off of ever-increasing division of your power (catabolic process), is inevitable over-stimulation and over-commitment. View all of Paul's books here.
Wendy Myers. “Live To 110/Myers Detox” Podcast
I'm a total podcast junkie and one of my absolute favs is Wendy Myers and her Myers Detox podcast. I listen to her every single week! I was soooo excited to run into her at the event.
Wendy and her practitioner guests discuss everything from detoxification to parasites, heavy metals, allergies, keto-paleo lifestyle, essential oils to homeopathy, Bioenergetic testing (which I offer), emf's and much more.
Primal Hackers. Powered AF DHA & Optimized AF (syringe) Liposomal Glutathione
After an intense weekend of networking, learning, having lots of FUN, travel, emf/radiation exposure, mitochondrial damage, autonomic nervous system imbalance, shifts in sleep, nutrition and daily routine, these two, Powered AF and Optimized AF (syringe) were my saving grace!
I’m a big fan of glutathione for a variety of reasons, including the human ancestral propensity to be low in glycine (glycine is necessary for good glutathione status).
The CoQ10 enhances your mitochondria, the power plants of your cells. The Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) has been shown to support the growth of brand new mitochondria through a process called Mitochondrial Biogenesis. Together, CoQ10 and PQQ offer a powerful upgrade to your energy production – and the clever delivery system of the glutathione wraps the ingredients in liposomes – little fat molecules that protect them from your stomach acid and deliver them all the way to your bloodstream. And it’s tasty too!
Powered AF DHA & Optimized AF (syringe) Liposomal Glutathione with CoQ10 and PQQ is a cocktail of three potent anti-inflammatory and energy-supporting compounds that help your cells thrive. Its star ingredient, glutathione, is the most powerful antioxidant in the human body.
Research shows glutathione:
-Slows down aging
-Protects your brain from stress
-Turns off inflammation
-Increases muscle strength
-Recharges other antioxidants like vitamin C after they’ve been used up (in fact, you can take this supplement with vitamin C for extra effect)
-Supports your body’s natural detoxification pathways
Check out PrimalHacker's excellent website and check out their products.
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I've been friends with one of the co-founders Thaddeus for 20 years (he's the one wearing blue light blocking glasses)!
ARX Machines. You'll Never Use Weights Again
Anyone else ever use ARX machines?! The most intense HIIT I've ever experienced, lactic acid burn from head to toe! ARX FIT – adaptive resistance exercise
ARX is resistance training technology that uses computer-controlled, motorized resistance in place of weights or other more traditional forms of resistance. The “adaptive resistance” provides controlled and quantifiable resistance that is clearly higher quality than currently possible with weights.
Using the machine for about 7 reps for just a couple minutes is a full HIIT and much more intense than a full hour with weights. I did the row, leg press and the pull downs … I was toast for four days, but that just shows the impact it had on my body!
Video: Check out this short video of me using the machine. You'll understand the POWER behind this technology!
Dr. Kenneth Brow, MD. Antrantil for SIBO
So excited, I got to meet Dr. Ken Brown, creator of Atrantil, a specialized, non-prescription nutraceutical that helps specifically with SIBO, gas, constipation and bloating. I've been using it very successfully in my practice for years.
What makes Atrantil unique is that it focuses on the bad bacteria that can gather in the gut. By lowering/eliminating the bad bacteria in the gut, Atrantil is able to effectively return the digestive environment to its sterile non-combative state.
Kenneth Brown, MD is a board certified gastroenterologist in Plano, TX. Dr. Brown has a special focus on IBS-related symptoms and bridging the gap between traditional and functional medicine.
Dr. Joseph Mercola. Nrf2 and Oxidative Stress
Your mother told you to eat your broccoli! When you eat broccoli, you're getting dozens, maybe even hundreds, of super-nutrients that support optimal, body-wide health. One of those compounds is sulforaphane, a naturally occurring organic sulfur compound shown to have potent anti-cancer activity. Sulforaphane encourages production of enzymes that protect your blood vessels, and reduces the number of molecules that cause cell damage — known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) — by as much as 73 percent.
Consumption of broccoli activates nuclear factor-like 2 (Nrf2), a transcription factor that regulates cellular oxidation and reduction and aids in detoxification. Upgrading the Nrf2 pathway is the BEST way to increase antioxidant capacity. In addition to the aforementioned broccoli, colorful fruits which contain polyphenols offer an Nrf2 boost as well as less commonly known biohacks such as molecular hydrogen enriched water and cannabidiols (CBD).
JJ Virgin. Warrior Mom and Sugar Solutions
Catching up with this lovely lady. JJ is promoting her new book Warrior Mom. Celebrity health expert and four-time New York Times bestselling author, JJ Virgin reveals how one life-altering event taught her to tap into an indomitable mindset, trust her instincts, and defy the odds, ultimately saving her sons life…and her own. She’ll share the lessons she learned that can help you create your own resilient mindset.
Check out her new book: Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience
P.S. I interviewed Desert Farms on the raising of their Camels. Top notch.
More solutions from JJ to help with blood sugar balance and weight loss.
Get her amazing sugar impact – weight loss book: “JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks”
Tina and Billy Anderson. Just Thrive Endospore Probiotic
Tina and Billy Anderson, owners of the wonderful endospore probiotic Just Thrive. This strong probiotic is fabulous to help with acute infections, even the most stubborn pathogens. Just Thrive *strong sporeprobiotic* survives the gut pH and survives temps of 450 degrees! It also survives being used WITH antibiotics and works ALONG side with antibiotics to enhance the effects to help with any infections.
Get Just Thrive from Perfect Supplements, my Paleo (fx) sponsors. They offer incredible, all natural, nutrient dense superfoods, just as Keto-Paleo lifestyle advocates and the Dr. Weston A. Price foundation recommends. AND with the exclusive discounts I have negotiated for you, they are extremely affordable!
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Dry Farm Wines. Paleo Ketogenic No Sugar Wines!
So grateful for my new friend I just recently met at Paleo f(x), Tyler Yannes of Dry Farm Wines!
Dry Farm Wines curates only the highest quality natural wines from small, organic family farms that meet strict standards of health. Unlike today's commercialized and processed wines, this is real wine.
Because I'm fanatical about health, I have found that DFW has lab test every wine to ensure they meet strict standards of purity. That means these wines are quantifiably clean, free of negative side effects, and friendly to every diet, including Paleo, Low-Carb, and Ketogenic.
🍷Pure, Artisanal, and Deliciously Clean
🍷Sugar-Free (< 1g/L)
🍷Low Sulfites (< 75ppm)
🍷Low Alcohol (< 12.5%)
🍷Dry-Farmed Organic or Biodynamic Old Vines (35-100 yrs)
🍷Hand harvested Wild Native Yeast
🍷Paleo-Friendly – Keto-Friendly – Low Carb-Friendly
Congress Ave Bridge Austin Bats!
Friday evening, myself and several hundred others in Austin watched over a million bats emerge and fly from under the Congress Ave bridge …and we had live music to accompany us, of course! Every summer night, hundreds of people gather to see the world's largest urban bat colony emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin, Texas. These 1.5 million bats are fun to watch, but they're also making our world a better place to live. Read the history and full story here.
Video: Check out this short video I captured of the bats. You'll have to look closely though.
Everything can be summarized in one sentence.
“Ones health and likelihood of longevity will be determined by the portion of fat versus sugar they burn over a lifetime.” And that is the theme of Paleo f(x). Teaching YOU how to be the BIOLOGIST in your OWN body. Converging a collection of people who are interested in advancing the concept that WE actually have power to change who we are and our biochemistry. This has been my highlight of the year.
I can assure you that I will attend this life changing event next year! I hope to see you then.