The Paleo Parents Team

But You’re a Family – What Do You Mean TEAM?!

Over the years that we’ve been running this blog, we’ve found that we simply just cannot keep up with everything we want to do with it. Try as we might, this is not a full-time job for us – in fact, Stacy’s full-time career is very demanding. As are the 3 blonde boys that Matt runs after all day long. There’s a house to clean, food to cook and children to care for all on top of writing cookbooks, interviewing with the media, running a podcast and keeping up with this blog. Admittedly, it’s gotten out of control for us and we’re attempting to find ways that we can still provide you with awesome content, but find more time for sleep…

The last thing we want is to burn out and run away from the internet hoarding cinnamon buns in a cave somewhere. And frankly, that’s where the stress probably would take us! So, we started the journey to simplify our website efforts when we kicked off our Guest Series and lined up fantastic bloggers to contribute at least one post a week for us to share with you all. We’ve been thrilled with the quality of posts they’ve been graciously providing, and with the wonderful support you all have shown for them as a result – thank you!

What Will this Team be Doing?!

So, our next obstacle was reviews. You probably don’t know this, but we get requested to review things for people several times a week. People want you to know about their product! Here’s the problems:

  1. We do not have time to test every product out there, including books, food and whosey-whats-its, then take photos of us using them and then write a post on it.
  2. Also, we figure you don’t want to have this blog turn into a product placement ad.
  3. And not lastly, not all of these products are things we’d actually endorse!

So for a while that meant we just flat turned down a lot of offers. Sadly, however, it meant that we missed out on learning about the few-and-far-between awesome products we do enjoy sharing with you all (like our Favorite Things posts). You would likely want to know when we discover something like dairy-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free fudge! As the e-mails piled up of things we wanted to try but were feeling too overwhelmed to even know where to start, an idea occurred to us! What if we asked our friends to help us? Fortunately for us, they said yes ♥

Now, over time these members of our “team” have grown and don’t just focus on reviews. They’re also make the blog more useful and up-to-date in general, with tags and sort functions that will greatly benefit our readers. Additionally, they also are helping to manage the administrative burden associated with an inbox that receives hundreds of e-mails a week.  They help coordinate our guest posters, manage the blog “schedule” and ensure that we maintain consistency of the blog you’ve become accustomed to.

Each of them has been following the blog for quite a while, knows our story, approach to paleo and has similar thoughts and beliefs – although each obviously bring their own thoughts as well. So, be on the look out for these awesome ladies and the content they’re contributing. Since we personally know each and every one, we have faith that they will deliver the honesty and openness paired with kind helpfulness you’re (hopefully) used to finding on our blog!

KatyKaty Galvin - Content Coordinator

We met Katy and her husband Ian at a book signing in Virginia Beach, where Stacy grew up, after following Katy on Instagram for months. It started with a hug, people. That’s how you know a friendship is only going to get better! Having recently moved to the area, we had great conversation about where to find good food sources and all the best places to visit. The conversation carried over into a picnic in the park, followed by meeting up again at Save Your Bacon. Katy’s lovely blog mirrors her charming personality and we feel very lucky to have a trained chef dedicated to being our full-time assistant. If you see almost anything on the blog, Katy’s helped make it better in some way. So do yourself a favor and go check out her blog and follow along as we hope this newly married couple will share their journey and growth for years to come! ♥

Hi there! I’m Katy, the Content Coordinator for the Paleo Parents team. I learned to cook when I was very young, and I have loved food and entertaining ever since. My passion became my profession after I graduated with a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu, and I have since worked in restaurants for ten years. Along the way, I packed on the pounds, and in 2011 I went on an extreme elimination diet, lost 65 pounds, and discovered that I was intolerant to gluten, and also sensitive to dairy, corn, and sugar. I started eating Paleo shortly after, and I found that not only was it a way for me to maintain my weight-loss, but also a way to heal from a variety of health problems I had, including chronic migraines, acid reflux, depression, anxiety, and adult acne. I have also found that following a Paleo lifestyle is a great way to manage PCOS, and hopefully (down the road) avoid costly fertility treatments when my handsome husband, Ian, and I are ready to have some Paleo babies!

I recently launched my new blog called Free Range Katy, and I have been so blessed that it attracted enough attention to bring me opportunities such as working for the Paleo Parents! You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter where I am known as freerangekaty .

MonicaMonica Kenney – “The Paleo View” Podcast Producer and Lead Assistant

Monica joined the Paleo Parents Team through a desperate call for help from us. Up to the task of helping to manage and organize the chaos of communication during the launch of Beyond Bacon, she now has stepped into the roll of assisting with The Paleo View , and she is our Lead Assistant. Monica’s charisma, humor and down-right adorable smile (not to mention flattery) enamored Stacy to her – and if you enjoy this blog we probably have a bit in common… so I bet you’ll get a girl-crush on Monica soon, too! Make sure you follow her on Instagram so you don’t miss a thing!

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Raised in a full-on hippy house, I was taught to love the land and the animals that feed from it. From old school hog butcherings to berry farm harvesting treks, my parents showed us that health began with food choices. However, my teen years brought me down a rebellious path with food and I began to struggle with the world of weight-gain, yo-yo diets, and eating in secret. It wasn’t until my husband nudged me in the direction of the Primal Blueprint that I learned how to break my unhealthy cycle.

While pregnant with my son I ended up reintroducing the very things my body hated. However, when we began solids with our baby my lifelong education on eating for health clicked into place. My husband, who also struggled with weight issues since childhood, and I, made the choice to adopt the very lifestyle we wanted to give our son. We permanently kicked the grains, legumes, and excess sugar to the curb and never looked back.

Now I am carving out my own hippy life and learning how to raise a real food loving family! I can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

Aimee-BuxtonAimee Buxton – Photographer Extraordinaire

Aimee was part of our Vacation Team in 2012 and is the fantastic food photographer for Beyond Bacon. She and her family are good friends of ours and we’re happy to have her contribute her talents to the blog for you all to see! She is often our motivating cheerleader to try new things and incorporate many of the WAPF principals to our paleo approach – especially ferments and organ meats… she LOVES that stuff!

After a slow 6 year progression from vegan abolitionist to the vegetarian that looks the other way when there is chicken broth in rice, I finally got back to my roots as a steak lover two years ago. I added back meat and went low carb to lose weight after having two kids, but now I mostly worry about getting in obscure micronutrients and trying new foods. The health that comes with real food awakened my competitive nature. I was hardcore into ballet until I graduated high school; and I finally started working out again last year after being sedentary my whole adult life. I take dance, practice yoga, do Crossfit, bike with the kids in a trailer hitch behind me and run when it’s not freezing outside. My biggest wish is that I had discovered this lifestyle when I was 18, but I’m enjoying being in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life. My goal this year is to make and like kidneys since Stacy insists it cannot be done.

Aimee breaks up fights between two kids all day, but in between she ferments, exercises, and finds new weird meats to eat and instagram. Maybe you can find her at www.aimeebuxtonphotography.com one day blogging what she eats and what recipes she fails to make look like the photos in her cookbooks.

 

Courtney

Courtney McGregor – Creative Coordinator and Special Projects

Courtney is one of the very rare and few friends I have ever found by a matter of my own will. Although I (Stacy) appear outgoing and extroverted, I am actually an introverted person who isn’t very comfortable with situations of vulnerability. It was only after weeks of friendly chat with Courtney at a local farmer’s market that I got the courage to ask her on a “date”. Turns out Courtney was just as nervous about our meeting as well – but it’s been a great friendship ever since! Courtney can be found all over the blog, as a good friend of the family (Auntie Coco) but should be most known for inspiring Stacy to get strong. With a passion for CrossFit, eating food and being extremely creatively talented – we try to rope Courtney into any and all activities we can. We’re lucky to have her on the team!

Courtney began her Paleo journey a few years ago after meeting Stacy at the farmers market. Before Paleo, she struggled with weight, fertility, and insulin resistance.  Since adopting the Paleo lifestyle and joining a local Crossfit box, Courtney has lost weight and maintained healthy insulin and sugar levels.

Courtney lives with her husband and two boys in the suburbs of Washington DC. She stays busy homeschooling her boys, ages 8 and 6, coaching CrossFit, and competing in Olympic Weightlifting. Courtney loves being a part of the Paleo Parents team, especially when she’s asked to taste test recipes!

 

SamSam Scott – Local Assistant

We were so lucky Courtney was willing to share Sam, who she met at CrossFit earlier last year. Courtney raved about Sam being a great babysitter, and she was right! From the moment Sam texted Stacy and asked if she should bring her own (paleo) food or if there was enough in the house for her to cook for the children, we knew it was going to work out! When Stacy & Matt got home to find a clean kitchen as well as a house full of well-fed and happy boys we wondered how we could convince Sam to hang around more often. When she started PaleoSitter.com the opportunity for Sam to learn more about cooking, blogging, book writing and more came up and we’re thrilled to have her as our Local Assistant interning to learn more about how to turn your passion into a business!

Hello! I am Sam. I am the newest and youngest member of the Paleo Parents team. Before eating paleo, I had skin allergies, acid reflux, acne, frequent bronchitis, and I was overweight. My Stepmom and I are avid CrossFitters, and both hit a plateau with weight loss. When our family decided to switch to paleo, it changed our lives. We have collectively lost 99 pounds. Not only did I lose weight, all of my medical issues disappeared.

I am a full time college student, a government contractor, and trying to become an avid blogger. I love to cook and bake. Oh, yeah, and eat. I have been cooking ever since I can remember. What really encouraged me to cook more, was when my Dad sent me to a cooking boot camp. I have transformed my cooking to paleo, with an abundance of trial and error. I am very excited to be working with Paleo Parents and their team!

 

 

 

Review Team Members

 

AmeliaAmelia Dodson

Amelia has guest posted for us before, and has since become a friend to our family after we met at a meat-up in our home. There’s a hilariously funny story about the way we met, but I’ll let Amelia tell that one when she’s ready. She’s also helping us with some new ideas for the site we think you’ll LOVE but haven’t had time to tackle ourselves… hope to share more information soon!

My passion for real food started early. Growing up, I spent almost all my afternoons with my grandparents. Gram was the everyday cook and was famous for her pies. Gramps was famous for his homemade soups and low-sugar baking. I remember making the rounds around town every day with Gram – the farmer’s market for fruit, veggies, and special treats, the fish store for the freshest salmon and shellfish, and the butcher counter at the local small grocery for only the best cuts of meat. I loved sitting down at our well-loved kitchen table, cleaning string beans or shrimp and talking about our day. Dinner was normally a simple piece of fish or meat broiled in the oven or grilled outside, a large helping of a seasonal vegetable, and a starch like rice, pasta, or potatoes. Baking with Gramps was not an everyday thing, but was a joy – learning how to precisely measure to get the best results was an invaluable skill my pharmacist grandfather instilled in me and I learned that not everything had to be sickeningly sweet to taste good.

My relationship with food took a turn as a pre-teen when I started to gain weight. I went to Weight Watchers Camp for the first time (of three) at age 10. I learned a lot of great skills that would serve me well later in life – to drink water as my primary beverage, to enjoy lots of salad, and that fitness can be tons of fun. But I also got my ticket on the dieting rollercoaster. I spent the next 20 years on and off of diets, gaining and losing weight in an endless and hopeless cycle.

The last five years were a transition as I investigated ways to stop the yo-yo dieting that was not permanently solving my weight issue and was the source of significant stress. Finding the Paleo lifestyle in early 2011 was a relief. It put all my struggles with food, my weight, and my self-image into a context that made sense. Eating and living this way has not magically solved all my problems but has given me a framework for how to take better care of myself and work at improving my health above all else instead of focusing on the size of my pants.

I enjoy cooking real food for myself and my wonderful husband, getting back to the joy and passion I shared with my grandparents as a kid. I am excited to be joining the Paleo Parents’ team as a product and book reviewer now that we plan to grow our happy family of two to include some kiddos in the near future. You can find out more about me in my Guest Post or visit me at Amelia’s Healthy Life.

 

 

KariKari Scott

I met Kari many years ago at a previous employer for us both. We had a lot in common, what with our repetitive weight struggles and leaning toward Weight Watchers. Before talking to Kari on Facebook, the last time she’d seen me I was pregnant with Wesley and in the worst health of my life. It was quite a leap of faith for her to switch her ways of thinking about food, but I’m so glad she did (and just goes to show that if you can find kind and subtle ways to talk to people about this it might actually make a difference)!  Now she’s got the coolest named blog and I’m happy to been part of her journey!

Hi!  My name is Kari, I am 29 years old, and live in Chantilly, Virginia with my husband and precious beagle, Rallo.  I am obsessed with food (and wine) and have started blogging at Long Live Lard!  Growing up, I was always larger than the other kids.  I did not start trying to do anything on my own about my weight until after college.  My sister had success with Weight Watchers so I gave it a try.  I lost about 30 lbs but I was always hungry!  I slowly stopped following the plan and quickly gained back all the weight (and then some).

Before I knew it I was 212 lbs, all of my clothes were tight, and I felt defeated.  In December of 2011, I decided to try Weight Watchers again.  I had lost a small amount of weight but I was frustrated by the counting and constant number monitoring.  One day I was complaining about the “points” value in a tablespoon of peanut butter and Stacy told me that there was an easier way to lose weight while getting healthy.  She challenged me to cut out sugar and processed foods for 30 days to see how I felt.  I accepted this challenge in January 2012 and have not looked back!  I have cut out grains, sugar, and processed foods and my body has never been happier!  Today, I weigh 172 lbs but I have a ways I’d still like to go.

I love reading about nutrition and food, trying new recipes, and finding ways to make my body healthier while helping others on their journeys.  I am elated to gain more real food knowledge through helping Matt and Stacy with product and book reviews!

anneAnne Mockus – Review Team

We met Anne and her family at one of our first meet-up events. Her son immediately clicked with our boys, and we’ve been happily stuck with one another since. Always up for an adventure or helping to teach us all how to correctly ferment, our families love to hang out together and wave our freak flags high while doing it! Anne’s husband has an impressive success story with Paleo, going off of injected medication to manage arthritis just with food and lifestyle alone! He and Stacy love to lament having an autoimmune condition. Anne is also the GENIUS behind the Metro DC Co-Op Group where we purchase bulk orders with other locals for a discount to things like whole animals, Green Pastures and even Cappellos. Her spreadsheet skillz would impress Microsoft engineers; we’re lucky to have such organizational skills in a fellow food-hoarder!

Hello my name is Anne & I am addicted to food.

Kidding! I just believe in living to eat vs. eating to live.  My husband was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis over 10 years ago and we’ve made lifestyle changes because of that.  Roughly a year ago we became aware of the Paleo Diet and the health benefits that come from it.  I won’t lie & say that we jumped on board & didn’t look back.  It has been a rocky path with ups & downs for us, but we made the decision that our health & well-being were of utmost importance.

Fortunately I love to cook (as does my husband) and we have friends that are very creative in the kitchen. All of the “deprivation” I thought I would suffer from hasn’t happened!  I have a 5 year-old who is quite adventurous in his eating habits & naturally chooses fewer grains.  We’ve started a blog to try & keep ourselves accountable (http://adayinourpaleolife.com/) as well as having a place where we can keep track of the yummy meals we make.

I am passionate about sourcing as much of our food as I can from local farms with sustainable farming practices.  I run a number of local co-ops and am one of the administrators of the DC Metro Co-Ops & Meat Shares group on Facebook.

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Joanna Snead – Review Team

Stacy and I met at a previous job, and bonded over our love of Cosi’s Tomato Basil Soup -though neither of us eat it any more! Our love of food has been a bond that has outlasted jobs, wholesale lifestyle changes, and the birth of TWO of Stacy and Matt’s paleo kids!
 
I am a CrossFitter, backcountry skiier, cycle-tourist, white water kayaker, traveller, cook, baker, and digital product manager. I first started CrossFit three years ago as an accidental New Year’s resolution– probably the only one I’ve ever kept! I absolutely love snatches and squats, and hate toes-to-bar and double unders. I’ve been paleo (and paleo-ish) for two years and happily married to a vegetarian for even longer. ♥ As such, I am the master at turn one dish into two to please us both. As a recovering grain-aholic, when I went paleo, I lost weight, gained muscle, learned how to stop my constant tummy trouble, and learned how to stop feeling terrible after a workout. My current goal is knee injury recovery. (Don’t worry, it wasn’t from CrossFit!)

 

Please give the team a warm welcome and check back on the Paleo Parents Team page for soon-to-be-added members! If you are interested in becoming part of our Team, please email us at paleoparentsteam@gmail.com !