Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry are the couple behind the popular blog PaleoParents.com. Well known for their award-winning recipes and their successes with the Paleo diet, they have been featured in national publications, live speaking events, on radio shows and videos, and television news programs. Their success story of drastically improving the health of the whole family and losing over 200 pounds as a couple is a testament to the power of this lifestyle. You can also find them on their top rated podcast, The Paleo View.
Focusing on an accessible, sustainable, and delicious recreations of "regular" food, Matt and Stacy have authored 3 family-friendly cookbooks: Eat Like a Dinosaur, Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids; Beyond Bacon, Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog; and, Real Life Paleo, 175 Gluten-free Recipes, Meal Ideas, and an Easy 3-Phased Approach to Lose Weight & Gain Health. The entire family loves to recreate old standard favorites in inventive and more healthful ways.
Back in the spring of 2010 Stacy felt miserable, exhausted and defeated. Having been obese for most of her life with no lasting success with any weight loss plan, she decided she needed to make a change. Following the 3 phased plan outlined in Real Life Paleo, the weight immediately started melting off! The intestinal problems she once faced since having her gall bladder out were gone. Heart-burn, sleep irregularities and utter exhaustion disappeared. After a year, her cholesterol, blood pressure, and thyroid were at a normal level. Even a seriously concerning white cell count, which made her blood work look like someone with a severe infectious disease, resolved itself. Best of all though, was an improved attitude with more energy and a desire to get up and do things!
Meanwhile, Matthew, too experienced immediate changes. He lost over 60lbs of fat in the same year. His severe anxiety and depression improved, as did his seasonal and pet allergies. Cole, the oldest son at 5 years, had behavioral, self-control issues that led to him nearly being expelled from preschool (ADHD). The dietary changes put him in control of his body almost overnight. By kindergarten he was praised as being the best behaved child in class. His asthma disappeared and his weight no longer “off the chart”. Finian, 3, had a myriad of skin and allergy sensitivities ranging from eczema to severe pet allergies. Finian also showed early signs of ADD, which doctor indicated may lead to a need for medication. With Paleo, his ability to focus and pay attention immediately resolved and he doesn't have so much as a dry patch of skin! He, too, stopped growing wide and has shot upwards like a weed. Wesley, the Paleo baby, lucky to never have to struggle with colic, gas, a diaper rash or even a rough night’s sleep. Wes, years later, has never had a fever or ear infection!
As of today the family has experienced health changes they never thought were even possible, as well as lost over 200lbs total since going Paleo. They feel their dietary changes have saved their family.
About the Blog
With 3 children now unable to eat "normal" foods, Matt & Stacy began Matt & Stacy began creating recipes for children with food allergies in mind. Both Eat Like a Dinosaur and Real Life Paleo highlight the top allergens and offer ideas on how to further eliminate tree nuts and eggs from their grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, legume-free recipes. Most recipes are appropriate for those with nearly any food allergies, including those following the Paleo, Primal, SCD, GAPS, and gluten-free lifestyles.
After years of successfully living this lifestyle, Matt and Stacy now love to share their knowledge through tips and tricks on the blog and books.
Matt, Stacy, Cole, Finian, and Wesley live in the suburbs of Washington, DC.