May the sixth represents the anniversary of our introduction to paleo and, like in previous years, we like to take this time to reflect on what we’ve done during these eventful years. Perhaps a little history lesson is in order on this occasion!
It all starts back in May of 2010. Stacy was pregnant with Wesley and was on the internet looking for ice cream. During previous pregnancies, her consumption of dairy led to colic and gas in our infants. So, she was looking up dairy-free ice cream recipes to prepare for giving up the cow once again. Stacy stumbled upon one recipe that called itself a “paleo” ice cream, thus beginning a several hours long Google search to find out exactly what paleo was.
Now keep in mind that this was the dark ages for paleo. The Paleo Solution was still four months away, Mark Sisson had just released the first Primal Blueprint about a year before and Loren Cordain’s The Paleo Diet was in obscurity and still recommended canola oil and diet coke. Information was hard to come by and many of the blogs that you know and love were yet to emerge. Robb Wolf and Sarah Fragoso were out there, but the most important blogs, particularly the most important recipe blogs, were yet to emerge (Nom Nom Paleo and Primal Palate would begin very soon after Paleo Parents).
After reading The Paleo Diet cover to cover in a couple days, Stacy was ready to switch over. We mark our anniversary on the same date that Wesley was born, because Stacy began her paleo journey the moment she left the hospital. The rest of us soon followed and we all started seeing remarkable effects. See our ‘Before and After’ story for more on that. But the cool thing was that we started a tiny tumblr blog. Everything that’s happened since then has been crazy! Here is our paleo timeline:
June 27, 2010: The first blog post ever on paleofamily.tumblr.com. Stacy talks about what paleo is, to her understanding at the time, and talks about what rules she intends to bend.
June 28, 2010: First blog post by Matt. It is, as typical, a not-as-smart-as-he-thinks-he-is rant about being honest about the connection between meat and death.
July 30, 2010: The first recipe on the blog for Bacon-Wrapped Scallop Kebabs. We started very humbly indeed!
Fall, 2010: “Hey, you want to become more serious about this blog thing and buy a domain?” PaleoParents.com is officially born!
September 22, 2010: We lost 100 pounds between Stacy and I.
February, 2011: We move off of Tumblr and start hosting our own WordPress.org site, thanks to the help of our good friend Rochelle who then hosted us for free for years, which was helpful since we didn’t make any money on the blog during that time! First WordPress blog entry was called “Gram of Protein per Pound”
March 3, 2011: Stacy posts about losing 100 pounds, the first popular article on our blog.
March 26, 2011: We bought a new fridge.
April 1, 2011: Stacy’s first post about Autoimmune Paleo.
April 21, 2011: Matt invents 50/50 Bacon Burgers, now a PP.com classic!
April 22, 2011: We release the Paleo Parents Pamphlet (now replaced by our Free Quick & Easy Start Guide) the first time we attempted to write something for mass consumption. Some of the concepts in the pamphlet made their way into Eat Like a Dinosaur.
May 8, 2011: Stacy first writes about body image in Rapid Weightloss: Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
May 23, 2011: Long time friend Kerry writes about her paleo journey in our first guest post.
August 1, 2011: We’ve lost 200 pounds between us, prompting a very successful article called “What it feels like to lose 200 pounds”
August 17, 2011: We post Paleo Parents classic recipe Grain-Free Granola.
September 10, 2011: Stacy reaches her goal of being under 200 pounds by age 30 using an ultimately dangerous, unhealthy diet technique that would soon backfire on her, causing health issues she still deals with today.
October 5, 2011: We announce Eat Like a Dinosaur!?
November 1, 2011: The Bacon Chicken
January 21, 2012: Stacy and Matt celebrate 10 years together with a crazy awesome vow renewal! We shared it in five parts.
March 20, 2012: Eat Like a Dinosaur is released!
March 27, 2012: “Your Non-Cooperative Spouse“, about how to deal with husbands who don’t support your paleo.
April 16, 2012: “Fattest People in Paleo” about still being fat in a fit world.
July 16, 2012: Stacy’s talks openly about her health crisis and she goes on Autoimmune protocol for the first time. She hasn’t eaten a tomato since.
August 18, 2012: The very first Paleo View Podcast with Sarah Ballantyne!
August 20, 2012: Stacy shows her loose skin in “What Losing 135 Pounds Looks Like“.
December 10, 2012: We announce Beyond Bacon!
January 19, 2013: We make Easy Peasy Pancakes, which I humbly submit are the very best pancakes in Paleo.
January 24, 2013: Stacy starts Crossfit, the first step on her fitness journey.
January 29, 2013: We share sunflower seed flour (ground-breaking at the time), the only nut-free one-to-one replacement for almond flour we’ve found.
February 22, 2013: Mark Sisson guests on The Paleo View, which is still our most downloaded episode.
February 28,2013: Unable to write books, upkeep the website, podcast, and make the rest of our lives happen, we finally ask our friends to help us write posts for the blog.
April 3, 2013: We return from the second Paleo F(X), where Stacy was a speaker.
April 11, 2013: The first time Stacy shares her skin care routine, a topic that continues to be the subject of much discussion.
May 6, 2013: On our third Paleo-Versary, a local news show does a story about us.
July 2, 2013: Beyond Bacon is released!
July 20, 2013: Stacy launches her short lived side project “Hey Girl, Paleo“. Anyone have time to pick this back up?
July 22, 2013: Stacy switches to Strongman.
July 26, 2013: The best way to eat organ meats, Chicken Liver Mousse.
September 21, 2013: Stacy’s Soup is published, our non-recipe recipe for award-winning hashtag-abundant breakfast soup.
January 8, 2014: The first in Monica’s series on her paleo pregnancy! She now has a 10 month old!
January 28, 2014: Stacy tells the tale of how The Paleo Approach saved her health.
January 31, 2014: We share our recipe for N’Oatmeal Cookies, our favorite treat recipe.
February 25, 2014: Stacy declares “I Am Strong“.
April 18, 2014: In honor of returning from the third Paleo F(x), we start posting the Weekend Wrap Up.
May 15, 2014: Stacy talks about how strength training also strengthened her emotionally.
July 18, 2014: The 100th episode of The Paleo View!
July 28, 2014: Stacy wins The Commonwealth Games.
August 14, 2014: Stacy speaks at The Ancestral Health Symposium.
August 25, 2014: The debut of Strong Woman Radio, our 2nd podcast.
September 4, 2014: We release our second Ebook, Paleo to Go!
September 30, 2014: We announce the Paleo View Book Tour!
October 2, 2014: The first Tutorial Thursday is about apples.
October 11, 2014: We open The House of Gainz.
November 4, 2014: Real Life Paleo is released! Stacy and I begin our book tour!
December 20, 2014: Self Respect Is the New Self Love, my favorite article Stacy has ever written.
December 25th, 2014: We announce our first bundle, The Family Resolution Revolution (yes, we are planning more!).
January 5, 2015: Stacy writes about the paleo challenge cycle of constantly going on and off plan and how damaging it can be.
January 15, 2015: After the final couple of stops, Stacy recaps the whole, long Real Life Paleo book tour.
February 23, 2015: Stacy is diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.
March 14, 2015: Stacy does a follow up on her skincare and make up routines and products
April 15, 2015: We do 30 hours in the car with minimal electronic devices to go to Disney as a family.
May 1, 2015: We return from the fourth Paleo F(x).
May 6, 2015: Five Years Doing Paleo and Wesley’s Fifth Birthday!
As you can see, we’ve had an extremely eventful five years full of lots of success, some setbacks, and a whole lot of Paleo. Here’s to five more years of sharing the journey with all of you!