Seven Posts

You may remember a while back when we were featured on the gluten-free blog And Love it Too! No? Go check it out…

We were honored she tagged us in a meme about Seven Posts from our blog, which asks us to identify the best of the below categories from 2011. We thought it seemed like a good idea, since we’ve seen a lot of new faces on the site lately. We hope to connect you with some of our old favorite posts. Also, if paleo is about looking at diet from an evolutionary perspective, it’s fitting that we take part in memes, which is an evolving idea that grows and changes over time. Afterall, they did originate from an evolutionary biologist.

To the point, here are our 7 favorite posts of last year – as identified by the requested categories.

Most Beautiful

Probably the most beautiful place we’ve ever visited was Polyface (although our trip to Massachusetts and the Natural Bridge were also stunning this year).  You’ve heard of Polyface Farms, haven’t you? It’s (as far as we know) the most prominent permaculture grass-fed farm in the United States. It is BEAUTIFUL. A farm as close to nature as you’ll find. We made the trek down on Labor Day weekend and loved it. Check out this post which not only features pictures of Polyface, Joel Salatin, and the paleo couple from Boston that we met on his family farm, but also features a visit from Bill and Hayley from Primal Palate and our favorite picture of our family taken by Bill!

Most Popular

Our most popular recipe post has been our recipe for grain-free, paleo-friendly Granola. I threw this together on a whim one day and it became one of the first recipes we really tested and perfected, knowing that it’d go in the book. We were thrilled when we finally shared it as part of the big reveal on the new site layout. It was totally surprising how much of a need there seemed to be for it and how well received the was! We are so glad that so many of you have found it to be delicious and hope it continues to be a staple in your homes!

Most Controversial

Perhaps we should have been more careful with our (well, my) wording when we wrote Not Sugar Cookies. We inadvertently stepped on the toes of some parents of children with food allergies; our apologies. In trying to help paleo families that felt hemmed in by anti-nut rules in schools, we apparently came across as callously and cavalierly disregarding the lives and health of children with severe allergies. Even though this was not our intention, we still get comments on this post to this day as people debate the merits of nut precautions.

Most Helpful

I’ve always thought that our most helpful post was the Be a Team Vlog which discussed how to sell paleo to your children and how to get them on board with a healthier way of eating. Unfortunately, it’s not very well viewed, probably because it is a video and a time commitment. I definite encourage anyone who missed it to take a look back and see if it inspires you!

Post Whose Success Surprised Us

I don’t have a particular good assessment of what people need help with. We wrote the post How to Keep Your Family Out of the Poorhouse thinking it would get no response since it was a list of tips we had always practiced. Little did we know that it would make the front page of Reddit Paleo and be shared pretty widely on Facebook. Apparently a lot of you found it helpful!

Post that didn’t get the attention it deserved

I wrote an extremely self-deprecating post calledTime Management For Complete Idiots (Namely, Me) Part 1. So convinced was I that it would be a hit, I ambitiously called it part 1! Well, suffice it to say that the post I thought would be as big a hit as the Poorhouse one wasn’t at all. Oh well. Feel free to give it a read now and, if it so strikes your fancy, let me know that I ought to do another part!

Post We Are Most Proud of

The post we are most proud of, possibly our signature post, is our 200 pounds lost post. Few things in life felt like a triumph the way the day described in that post did.

About Matthew

Matthew McCarry has written 222 post in this blog.

Matt is the husband of Stacy and somehow manages to contribute to this blog in between taking care of three children, producing the Paleo View Podcast and cooking most of the food featured here.

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    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Thanks Sunny!

  • Rachel

    Love it. The time management one was my favorite! I have said a number of times, I dont know how you do it and that post gave me some ideas on how you make it work. For me, also home with 3 boys (the same ages as yours), I think the biggest challenge is not  what you can and cant eat. Its how to find the time and energy to plan, shop, prep, and cook (not to mention clean) while caring for 3 little guys. I would love you to write more on the subject. I am sure lots of people loved that post, but were too busy to comment ;)

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Cole really helps when he’s in the right mood. I often get to say “Cole, please play with your brothers so I can make dinner,” and he does.

  • Tanya

    Haha – I  read the time management one  – I LOVED it. I checked it out because I’m at home with 4 kids and always wonder mmmmmm am I not very organized or what. However – after reading your post and find that I do ALL those points, that yes I must be.  Oh well… except #7 I do my own housekeeping – with enlisted help of the kids of course. You made me feel much better that I’m not the only one whos kids play outside, have chores, naps, help cook etc.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      At three-and-a-half-years-old, to a certain degree I’m lucky Finn still naps in some ways, but sometimes when he’s awake in his bed at 10 PM and waking at 6:30 AM, I think maybe I’ve made a mistake! I’m honestly the least organized person alive, I just have good support.

      • Tanya

        LOL – All my kids get up at 6:30! Everyday – but.. the 2,4 and 7 year old all go to bed at 7pm, 9year old goes at 8.  Hahah – yep maybe Finns naptime is done for. My 4 year old only naps on wednesdays – his playschool day and hockey practice at 5pm day.   I miss naps ;)

        • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

          I definitely think he’ll have outgrown naps by the summer. Your four year old plays hockey? I can’t imagine letting Finn carry a hockey stick. He’d be the biggest goon in all of pee wee hockey!

          • Tanya

            Yeah – It’s his first year (obviously) and it’s HILARIOUS. LOL he goons it up when the bigger kids stumble into him, 6 & under hockey is great for a laugh! We were pond skating the other day and he was trying to catch Owen (he’s 7 and as he says “much more experienced in hockey than Andy), it looked so funny – he was on a mission for sure.

          • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

            Here in the Mid-Atlantic, I don’t know that 4 year olds play hockey, but Finn has been trying out indoor soccer and loving it. The amusing thing is how frustrated he gets with dribbling drills and so he announces that he’s going to kick it at his loudest volume and just wails on it. Then we have a conversation about how the coach is trying to teach him something and that he needs to follow directions.

  • Anonymous

    I love these seven link posts! I love being reminded of posts I’ve read before, but perhaps didn’t “act” upon. I appreciated all of these posts, even if I didn’t comment on all. Thanks for being you and sharing so much of yourselves! Know that all of us bloggers experience surprise at which posts strike a chord with folks and which ones don’t. ;-)

    Shirley

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Thanks, Shirley! We really appreciate your support; you have always been our biggest fan, after all!