This weekend, we had the honor of presenting a poster at the first ever Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS), held on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, CA. Billed as “The Woodstock of Evolutionary Medicine,” the AHS fosters collaboration among scientists, healthcare professionals and laypersons who study and communicate about health from an evolutionary perspective to develop solutions to our modern health challenges. (To read more about the AHS, check out our interview earlier this year with organizers Aaron Blaisdell and Brent Pottenger.)
Whole9′s Poster Presentation
We presented our “poster” (a brief exhibit open to all symposium attendees) during the lunch hour on Friday. Our topic, “Five Reasons Your Perfect Paleo Diet Just Isn’t Working,” was accompanied by the “solutions” to those five common errors – a glossy handout detailing the Whole9 Shopping Guide and MealSimple™ meal planning template. This was the first time we distributed this information to the general public (although we’ve been testing the material out on our Foundations of Nutrition workshop attendees for several months now).
For all of you who couldn’t make it to this year’s AHS, below is the poster we presented. Check out the most common errors we see when people try to “go Paleo” for the first time, and see if any of them resonate with you, either presently or in the past. As for the solutions… those can be found in our Whole30 Success Guide, or at any of our upcoming Foundations of Nutrition workshops (refer to our sidebar).
Whole9′s Five Reasons…
We’d like to thank Aaron Blaisdell and Brent Pottenger for including us in this year’s event. We also need to thank FitBomb for the awesome Paleo paparazzi treatment we got all weekend (credits to him for the header photo). And if you’d like to see photos from our amazing Friday night dinner at Animal, check out NomNomPaleo, who stayed up ridiculously late on Friday night editing photos of gorgeous food.
A special shout-out to FitBomb and NomNom, Melissa Joulwan, Julie and Charles Mayfield, Clifton Harski, Erwan Le Corre, Jamie Scott, Emily Deans, Julianne Taylor, Amy Kubal, Stephanie Greunke and Omid Ashtari for hanging out with us this weekend and making our “down time” both fun and inspiring.
We’d also like to thank Kathleen Shannon (http://andkathleen.com/) for her graphic design skills, and her patience. This was the first time EVER that we’ve farmed out a graphic design project, having designed everything from our logo to web site graphics to t-shirts ourselves up until this point. Kathleen did a great job translating our style, culture and business philosophy into a gorgeous 4′ x 4′ poster, and we are so grateful.
And finally, we’d like to say THANK YOU to all of you readers who introduced themselves and chatted with us during the symposium. We loved meeting each and every one of you, and hope to see you all again next year at the AHS 2012!