PaleoFX – The Vendors

One of the highlights of PaleoFX was the vendor set up. One, because there were things we could EAT without hesitation and two, because the vendors understood our mission. They were not there to push products that were mostly-paleo or only had a little bit of sugar, etc. These were vendors who had items to make our lives easier, food that was pure and natural, books that are loaded with recipes and encouragement suited for a lifestyle focused on fueling our bodies in the most efficient, nutritious and strengthening manner. I hope to see it triple in size next year! Now onto the products that I picked up in my travels.

Up first, the infamous LOVE BEAN Fudge. This is considered a cream, as noted over and over again by the TSA Agents at the Austin airport. They confiscated dozens of jars, one by one, as we left the great state of Texas with this precious cargo in our carry-ons. Damn the man. I ordered a new jar as soon as I arrived home and it was worth every penny. I will be ordering more soon, as my stash is minimal and it’s great to have on hand for those chocolate attacks every woman is familiar with.

Love Bean is a clean eater’s dream and the Raw Fudge contains 4 single ingredients. The Original Fudge option contains only a few more and remains all natural. You can store it in the cupboard or the fridge, heat it up or keep it cooled. You will have to stir it up a bit for that smooth fudge look because of the coconut oil concentrating in pockets through the differing temps.




USES: I topped off my daughter’s class snack, coconut flour cupcakes, with some Love Bean, for her birthday. She said it was a hit, but when are cupcakes not a hit? I also scooped a bit and stirred my coffee with it, after adding coconut oil. The combination was a very special treat. I drizzled a little on an apple, tried some with a banana, and honestly, ate it right off a spoon as any delicious icing should be tasted. NOM.
Next: Savory Spice Shop a newly franchised shop focused on herbs, spices, blends and sauces. Their packaging is what caught my eye, long tubes filled with lovely colored blends. However, the representative and local shop owner assured me this was not the typical packaging and wasn’t always available. I purchased the Flat Irons Prime Rib Rub and Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning based on scent and for the purpose of gifting that cool looking tube, but I couldn’t resist and have used both myself. Delicious and easy: open, rub, cook and enjoy! Can’t wait to use more once grilling season kicks off in Pennsylvania.

Now for my go-to munch while in Austin, Paleo People Snacks. Coined as all natural clusters of nuts, berries, seeds and fruit, it’s one of those things that you’d rather buy then make because of the time it could take. Same reason I buy guacamole. And let me tell you, the banana was DELICIOUS. I bought as many mini packs as I could the first day, probably because I was starving but then I tasted it and had to buy more. I bought a few regular sized pouches the following day to bring home for the kids. They gobbled through a bag of Apple on our next walk and I’ve kept a bag in my purse to nibble from throughout the day, as needed. The Cacao flavor was also appealing but, surprisingly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Cappuccino, although a new friend bought 3 bags of it. Perhaps I’ll try it again.

Sitting behind the table was a gentleman and his wife, the ‘people’ behind Paleo People. They were charming, direct and the original owners of the 1st CrossFit Affiliate in Palm Springs. Pretty cool. They said they started in their garage. Love that. They’ve since sold and moved on from gym ownership and Palm Springs has had a CrossFit boom in the meantime. You can find Paleo People online and in many CrossFit boxes across the nation.

Now for my final and favorite item of the event: Eat Like A Dinosaur. RAWR! When I asked for it at my local Barnes & Noble recently the woman behind the counter asked “Would that be meat or plant-eating dinosaurs?” to which my answer was “Yes!” Unfortunately, they do not yet carry it in this particular store however it is available online through B&N or Amazon. I pre-ordered the book as soon as it was announced by PaleoParents months ago. It was to be a present for my little girl, who LOVES to ‘make’. When I had the opportunity to view it in person at PaleoFX I became so caught up in the amazing order, colorful allergy key and enticing photos that I nearly missed one of my most anticipated panels.

I was lucky enough to be in the right place on the 3rd day and received a free copy of ELaD on my way out of the conference center. It is all I read on my flight home, cover to cover. I was delighted to learn more about a family I have been following on Facebook and Twitter for some time. They have lost a combined total of 200lbs, their children’s behavior and allergies have evolved and they continue on their quest for health by providing the rest of us a book loaded with menu staples, special treats and school lunch ideas. Oh! The best part: There is a storybook within the book which my girls loved. They asked why Cole got in trouble in school, why the family was sad… and they were elated when the family was happy again. My girls related to the family’s fresh market travels, food preferences and silly disposition. They even ask to read it again as their bedtime story.

This book is a fantastic staple for any family, or individual. It is geared towards children with its illustrations and coloring but it’s full of delicious options for any household, whether college students, single women, bachelors or a family of 12. Cuisine is varied, tradition is kept in mind, and the ever important ‘treat’ is given ample time and variety. Every mom knows you must have a good cookie recipe and the chocolate chip cookies in this book are TO DIE FOR. So yum.

I’m so much a fan of this book and what it can do for a someone dealing with gluten intolerance, who is on a new path towards health, or someone looking for answers to behavior issues or modern disease, that I will be sending a FREE copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur to a random supporter who does the following two things:

1. Comment on this post and tell us what the catalyst has been to change the way you eat/live.

2. Become a fan of Pushups and Carrots on Facebook – it’s a new page, created just days ago, to supplement my blog with more information supplied by those on the forefront of healthy living. Don’t hesitate to share, be active, tell your story or post links that may have struck a chord with you. You could change someone else’s life, after all.


11 Comments on “PaleoFX – The Vendors”

  1. Danielle says:

    My catalyst for change has been hearing your journey along with a few other friends who have been changing their lifestyles as well. It got me interested enough to do my own research and the idea of primal eating and the benefits just made sense to me. I’ve read a few posts over at PaleoParents and am a fan!

  2. Diane says:

    Erin, so excited for your new facebook page. And these products already ordered the granola! The reason my family and I have chosen this lifestyle is because we were tired of being tired. We thought we ate healthy but never felt results. After having our second baby and joining our local gym we still weren’t feeling like anything was different or changing. So I started Paleo reading/researching and started after the new year! The family joined a month later after seeing my results. We haven’t looked back! And love reading your blog!

  3. mamorrell98 says:

    I found out about paleo from @dooce and @finslippy. I had read their blogs for years, and when they each posted about this way of eating within a month or so of each other, I was curious. So I tried it last August and liked it, but didn’t have the ability to convert my hubs and kids. Restarted again with the 21 Day Sugar Detox in January. It’s been a bumpy road, but I’m seeing some good results. The book would be a great addition to a family where grain had been a staple for so very long.

  4. kc says:

    I just loved the way I felt when I went paleo. No more bloating and stomach pains after eating what was considered a “healthy” meal. i’d love to win the book and have my whole family start eating this way.

  5. Tiana says:

    Nice! My catalyst was within my own mind, that I had excuses for everything, including my eating habits! I loathe excuses! So why did I think they were ok when it came to me and my family’s food choices? Not any longer! In a short few months, I have cut some of the bad habits without looking back. And it wasn’t that hard.

  6. michele vacilek says:

    I’ve been trying to adopt this lifestyle, trying to break age old horrible habits, hoping to break a familial cycle of bad eating. My husband had a recent weight loss and now follows a paleo lifestyle. I can’t quite get my 9 year old completely on board, but my primary concern is my 6 year old self-proclaimed “carbotarian” who despite her love of dinosaurs, doesn’t realize the benefit of eating like they did – hoping this book would inspire some big, very necessary changes. Thanks for sharing your experiences & advice!

  7. We will pick a recipient of ELaD when we reach 100 likes on Facebook! Share our page with others today and help up the numbers ❤ You could be a catalyst for another's change ❤

  8. Jovan B. says:

    My catalyst was when my BMI went from normal to overweight.

  9. Just a few more fans on our facebook page till we randomly select from those posting their catalyst for dietary change! Spread the word.

  10. Barbara says:

    I have had some recent medical problems crop up and in researching effective treatments learned about paleo living. I jumped right in, have had some setbacks and am starting again with baby steps to get my health and my families health headed in the direction it needs to go. Just found your site and have been pouring over it and learning a lot. I’m also following your Facebook page.

    • Barbara! Thank you for your post. What an honor to share information with you. I urge you to chime in whenever you feel swayed. Questioning, researching and maintaining a community of support helps in my goals of healthy living. It is tough. Our culture does not allow it to be easy but it is also possible. Your body will thank you ❤ WELCOME

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