Top PaleoFX Products From The 2016 Conference

Top PaleoFX Products From The 2016 Conference

In this post I present a list of my favorite PaleoFX products from the 2016 conference. Going paleo is not always easy, especially when you are already sick and using the diet to try and get healthy. What impressed me most about this year’s event was the number of products on the market that make it easier to adopt and maintain a paleo lifestyle.

Equally inspiring was the fact that many of these companies are being built by first-time entrepreneurs, local businesses, husband/wife teams and others who are just following their passion and building their livelihood by providing products or services for the paleo community.

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Top PaleoFX Products

Admittedly, any attempt to curate a short list of products from this year’s event will be subjective at best. That said, here are some of my favorite PaleoFX products, in no particular order:

  1. Paleo Valley 100% Grass Fed Beef Stick: After first learning of this product on Jimmy Moore’s podcast, I was finally able to sample them at the show – and they were legit. I bought a 10-pack on the spot and the jalapeno flavor are now officially part of my paleo aresnal.

    PaleoFX products - Paleo Valley Beef Stick

    Paleo Valley Beef Stick

  2. Pilinuts: These nuts contain 22 grams fat/1g carbs/3 grams protein per 1 ounce (28 g) serving, delivering the highest fat and magnesium content of any nut on the market.

    PaleoFX products - pilinuts

    Pilinuts

  3. Jilz Gluten Free Crackers: I’ve scoured my local grocery store on more than one occasion looking for great tasting, paleo-friendly crackers with no success. Jilz fills this important need with a cracker that is gluten-free AND grain-free and made without corn, soy, dairy, wheat or sugar. Hallelujah!

    PaleoFX products - Jilz gluten-free crackers

    Jilz gluten-free crackers

  4. Paleo mayonnaise from Primal Kitchen: Made with avocado oil and organic cage-free eggs, this product provides a paleo-friendly substitute for tuna salad, egg salad or other dishes where the recipe calls for mayo. They also have a chipotle lime version. While not difficult to make on your own, it’s nice to have access to a high quality, pre-made product for convenience.

    PaleoFX products - Primal Kitchen's paleo-friendly mayonnaise

    Primal Kitchen’s paleo-friendly mayonnaise

  5. Dry Farm Wines: Unfortunately there were no samples available at the conference, but this appears to be a paleo-friendly line of red and white wines. The wine is clinically tested to contain less than 1 gram/L of total sugars (statistically sugar-free and carb-free). Their testing reports no impact on blood sugar and no adverse effect on ketone (BHB) production.

    PaleoFX products - Dry Farm Wines

    Dry Farm Wines

  6. Four Sigmatic Mushrooms: Four Sigmatic’s products, including their mushroom cacaos and coffees, are a nice easy hack to get more of the medicinal benefits of mushrooms into your diet. I tasted the mushroom coffee and it was excellent.

    PaleoFX products - Four Sigmatic Mushrooms

    Four Sigmatic Mushrooms

  7. Jambo Superfoods Ghee Butter: This product contains cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which provides the medicinal benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects. Made with grass-fed ghee and mct oil, this liquid product would work great with Bulletproof coffee or as a fat for cooking, assuming of course you have the proper prescription or license for accessing medicinal cannabis products.

    PaleoFX products - Jambo Superfoods Ghee Butter

    Jambo Superfoods Ghee Butter

  8. Vital Proteins Beef Liver Capsules: Organ meats are prized for their incredible nutrient density, most notably Vitamin A. These capsules are made from pasture-raised, grass-fed cows and make a great alternative for those (myself included) who are less than enchanted with the idea of purchasing, preparing and consuming organ meats.

    PaleoFX Products - Vital Proteins Beef Liver Capsules

    Vital Proteins Beef Liver Capsules

  9. Spice Cave Seasoning System: I like the simplicity of this all-in-one, paleo-friendly seasoning system. The spices are gluten-free, low sodium and contain no preservatives, refined sugars or artificial ingredients.
  10. Wild Planet and Vital Choice Seafood: These companies were both on hand at PaleoFX promoting their sustainably caught seafood products which they ship to your home. Vital Choice’s sardines with extra virgin olive oil and organic red chili were the best sardines I’ve tasted. Serve their tuna products with Primal Kitchen mayo on Jilz gluten-free crackers and you are officially a paleo SUPERSTAR!

    PaleoFX products - Vital Choice Sardines

    Vital Choice Sardines

Hopefully there’s at least one or two new products in the list that you’d like to try. If you’ve got a favorite paleo product you’d like to share with the Heads Up community, leave us a comment below! If you’re ready to start tracking your paleo progress with Heads Up Health, sign up below to create your free account. Or if you just want to stay in touch, subscribe to our blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Three Reasons Why We Love the Misfit Shine Activity + Sleep Tracker

Three Reasons Why We Love the Misfit Shine Activity + Sleep Tracker

At Heads Up Health, we’re always on the lookout for new technology that can help us better manage our health. When it comes to activity trackers, there’s a ton of them on the market these days. Choices run the gamut from wrist-worn devices like FitBit and Jawbone to mobile apps like Moves, Google Fit and Apple Health. One of my personal favorites is the Misfit Shine. I’ve been using it for over a year now and here are the three reasons why I love the Misfit Shine Activity + Sleep Tracker.

  1. No Charging!

The Shine runs on a watch battery. This battery has a life span of between four and six months, which means you never have to take it off for charging. With other devices, taking it off to charge means you run the risk of forgetting to put it back on and potentially missing out on a day (or more) of valuable data.

MisFit Shine Review - Battery

Runs on a watch battery

  1. Waterproof

The Shine is completely waterproof. You can leave it on while swimming and/or showering. If it accidentally ends up going through the washing machine, chances are it will survive that, too.

MisFit Shine Review - Waterproof

MisFit Shine Review – Waterproof

  1. Automatic sleep detection

Lastly, and most significantly, is Shine’s sleep tracking. Getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for overall health and longevity. However, with many activity trackers on the market, if you want accurate sleep data, you need to manually set the device into “sleep mode” before you go to bed and then take it out of “sleep mode” when you wake up. Inevitably you end up forgetting one or the other and the result is incomplete sleep data.

The Shine is able to automatically detect when you fall asleep and when you wake up. Just wear the Shine and you get good sleep data – every night! Figure 2 below shows my weekly data in the Heads Up Health Dashboard to make sure I am staying on track over the course of the week.

MisFit Shine Review - Integrating with the Heads Up Health dashboard

MisFit Shine Review – Integrating with the Heads Up Health dashboard

Misfit Shine + Heads Up Health: Better Together

Connecting your Misfit Shine to your Heads Up Health account lets you get even more value out of the device.

While the Shine comes with a fantastic mobile app, the Heads Up Health web app provides a complementary experience. For example, you can easily look at your Misfit data on a daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly basis to make sure you’re staying on track with sufficient exercise (steps) and rest (sleep). I may have occasional days with insufficient sleep or activity, but using Heads Up Health I can look back over the course of the month and ensure I am making up for lighter days.

 Figure 3: Looking back over the past month to ensure I am on track with sleep

Figure 3: Looking back over the past month to ensure I am on track with sleep

Heads Up Health also let you compare your Shine data with other health metrics, like weight, BMI, body fat percentage, blood pressure, blood sugar and even data coming from your electronic health records.

MisFit Shine Review - Tracking MisFit data alongside other health data

MisFit Shine Review – Tracking MisFit data alongside other health data

A Word of Caution

One caveat with the Shine is that several Heads Up Heath users — myself included — have lost the device because it fell out of the wrist strap. Losing the device is a risk with any tracker but the Shine seems especially prone to slipping out of the wrist band. That said, when I contacted Misfit support to report the issue, they gladly issued me a replacement at no charge. Kudos to Misfit for providing great customer support.

The Verdict Is. . .

Overall the Shine is an awesome device. It’s reasonably priced and comes with some great benefits. Using the Shine with your Heads Up Health account can be an even better combination. Misfit just released a new version of the Shine, which is supposed to have improved accuracy for sleep and activity tracking and we’re excited to test it out.

If you’re ready to link up your Shine with Heads Up Health, head over to our website and get started! Or to if you just want the latest from Heads Up Health, follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Lastly, if you’ve got questions about how to get started tracking your health, shoot us an email. We’re here to help!