|Gym owners Sarah and Grayson Strange came from Denver for the conference|
But the biggest thing we took away? There’s a lot happening in our little city. From the usual suspects like Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Jo’s Coffee and Buddha’s Brew Kombucha to new food ventures like Daily Greens juice and Epic energy/jerky bars, part of Paleo and eating healthy in this context was going local. “Sustainability is a big part of the movement,” said co-founder Keith Norris.
To that end, we sampled other Austin products as well like Thunderheart Bison jerky and LoveBean fudge cream (check out the photos below to learn more about these and other Austin-based companies).
Thought leaders like Paul Jaminet claim that “the brain evolved to like things that make us healthy, so you can follow your taste.” His led him to the Salt Lick the night before, and ours led us to the PaleoF(x) dinner catered by chef Sonya Cote’s Homegrown Revival. On the menu? Texas hothouse tomato salad with coconut “aioli,” basil oil and cashews as well as parsnip puree, fried sage and roasted carrots. But the highlight of the night was Tink Pinkard’s roasted pig.
So, Austin, have you tried paleo? What do you think of Jaminet’s statement that our bodies evolved to like things that make us healthy?
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