Our goal at Paleo Plan is to make eating and living Paleo as easy and affordable as possible for you. For that reason, we’ve created a weekly Paleo diet meal plan service and a couple of Paleo Books to help make eating Paleo easier for you. And to make exercising and getting fit simple and affordable, we created PaleoFit.
Paleo Plan Team
- Sally Barden Johnson, Registered and Licensed Dietitian
- Aimee McNew, Certified Nutritionist
- Max Shippee, Fitness Guru and CrossFit 1440 Owner
- Jason Glaspey, Founder of Paleo Plan
- Molly Pearl, Recipe & Meal Plan Creator
Sally Barden Johnson, Registered and Licensed Dietitian
I am a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a Masters of Arts Degree in Applied Physiology. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Rutgers University, I went back to school and turned my intense interest in food into a career. I completed my course requirements at Hunter College of the City of New York, an internship at Harlem Hospital, and I passed the RD exam. I topped off my education at Teacher’s College of Columbia University.
I spent many years working in clinical and community settings as a traditional dietitian before discovering and adopting a Paleo/Primal lifestyle. With growing awareness of the evidence mounting against the efficacy of mainstream nutrition principles and the obvious signs of decline in the health status of children and adults including myself, I walked into my local CrossFit, went Paleo and changed my life.
I started CrossFitting three times a week, gave up grains, dairy (with the exception of butter), legumes, highly processed oils and sugar and incredible things happened. My digestion improved, I gained muscle, lost fat, and resolved a host of inflammatory health issues, some so quickly that I was stunned. My friends could see a difference in me right away. They told me I looked “brighter” which was exactly how I felt. That uninvited heavy brain fog, long settled in, was lifting and letting in the light. In just a few months, my Paleo-CrossFit journey had taken me to a place I had been trying in vain to get to for 20 years with traditional methods. It turns out all I had to do was EAT REAL FOOD and workout at a level a bit beyond my comfort zone a few times a week. I now share this newly found knowledge gained through experience with anyone willing to listen.
I currently live in San Antonio Texas where I lead Paleo cooking classes and work with clients to find the best nutritional solutions to their health issues within a Paleo framework. When I’m not working and researching all things Paleo/Primal, I enjoy spending quality family time with my husband who is a military Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist, our two very active teenagers, and our dog, Spots. My role at Paleo Plan involves blogging, posting original recipes, answering comments and questions and working on various projects.
Aimee McNew, Certified Nutritionist
I am a Certified Nutritionist who practices functional and integrative nutrition therapy. I hold a Master’s in Nutrition Therapy (Nutrition Therapy Institute, 2014) and specialize in Paleo nutrition, women’s health, fertility, autoimmunity, and digestive issues. I currently live in Fort Wayne, Indiana where I am a consulting nutritionist and contributing blogger for PaleoPlan. I am also a freelance writer and own a private nutrition practice. I started eating Paleo in 2006 when my health started to deteriorate. I didn’t know it was Paleo at the time, but by ditching grains, dairy, and refined sugar, I ate my way back to health. My energy levels and mood are always amazing when I am living 100% Paleo!
I firmly believe in the unique individuality of every person, and therefore, don’t think that “one size fits all” diets work. The Paleo diet is so customizable, however, that I believe it can be right for just about everyone. In fact, I’ve never met someone who it wouldn’t work for! Some benefit from eating mostly vegetables or raw foods with smaller amounts of meat and fat, while others thrive on higher levels of grassfed meats, free range eggs, and healthy fats. Either way, Paleo can meet all of these needs and more. As a nutritionist who believes strongly in Paleo, it is thrilling to me to be able to take a single mindset (primal living) and tweak it to fit the specific needs for many individuals. I have yet to meet a person who regretted “going Paleo.” It may initially feel like a tough transition, but the payout is always incredible. With resources like PaleoPlan to help you make the change and continue on the journey, there’s no reason not to give Paleo a try.
I started out in my early twenties with a career in writing, but when my health started to plummet, I gave up on those dreams. It took me several years to regain any energy and stamina from a combination of Hashimoto’s disease, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, chronic anemia, chronic viral infections (that put me on bed rest for months at a time), IBS, and genetic issues, and when I had energy again I found I had a new passion: nutrition. Instead of pursuing further education in writing (my plan had always been to get a Master of Fine Arts degree), I turned to holistic nutrition. I chose Nutrition Therapy Institute because of the strength of the educational program that is soundly backed by science. I believe that both science and medicine will continue to prove how beneficial Paleo and primal living is, starting with the recent studies released showing that saturated fat isn’t killing us after all.
In my spare time, you will often find me reading or researching about more obscure nutritional or genetic topics, as well as reading the occasional novel (I love literary fiction). I have been known to write short stories, am addicted to Law & Order on Netflix, and spend way too much time on Twitter. I live with my husband (who is a skilled Jazz musician!) and our paranoid Boston Terrier, Gracie.
Max Shippee, Fitness Guru and CrossFit 1440 Owner
I grew up in a very small town in northern Maine, minutes from the Canadian border. Growing up in the woods, and being the son of a dance teacher, I’ve been physically active my entire life. I’ve experimented with everything from body building to endurance training, before finding CrossFit and its performance-based approach to lifelong fitness.
Before finding a fit with the Paleo approach to nutrition, I’d tried numerous nutritional practices, including raw food, veganism, and Atkins.
At my gym, CrossFit 1440, I’ve helped people add inches to their vertical leap, and take inches off their waistlines. We’ve even had a few people at the gym who’ve lost over 100 pounds, and a few more lose more than 30. We’ve got some really strong & fast men & women sweating together at our little space. It’s a wonderfully miserable time. I have Level 1, Kids, and Mobility Certifications from CrossFit.
I’m an eclectic kind of guy. I’ve hiked to the top of volcanos in Indonesia, and cycled from Las Vegas to Austin, Texas. I’ve skied the slopes on the East Coast, and been dragged behind a boat in the summer. I’ve driven a snowmobile to school, and a dirt bike to work. I’ve always been the guy who’s had to work hard for my fitness, but I always feel like I’ve been balanced about it. I might be the guy ordering something weird at the restaurant, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to turn down a tequila shot. I believe we should be fit, so we can live life more fully, awesomeness all around.
I like the geeky things in life, including Legos, lasers, and computer operating systems named after cats. And I’m currently in the middle of performing a multiple year sleep-deprivation experiment known as “parenthood”.
Jason Glaspey, Founder
I came to Paleo after starting CrossFit in 2008. Our coach was advocating a Paleo/Zone combination, and it opened my eyes to a whole new way of eating. After a while, my wife and I decided to try pure Paleo, and it just seemed right. The more we read and learned we believed in its principals. However, we also realized how much work it was to pull off. I’m the kind of person who is terribly impulsive, so I make terrible decisions if I haven’t planned ahead for success… especially with food. We also were buying a ton of food and throwing away a significant amount due to improper planning.
Because I’ve formed my professional career helping people make websites and build their businesses online, I immediately planned a resource to help people just like myself. To give them a way to succeed in Paleo by outlining everything they needed to do and eat in order to be prepared while minimizing waste and planning. Paleo Plan was born and I’ve been thrilled to run it ever since.
When I’m not in front of my computer, which is often, I’m hopefully mountain biking in Whistler’s amazing bike park. Or if it’s winter, watching a movie or snowboarding or reading. But there’s a pretty good chance I’m in front of a computer :/
Molly Pearl, Recipe & Meal Plan Creator
Molly Pearl began to appreciate whole, fresh, organic foods at a young age. Raised in rural Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, a few gravel roads off of the Mississippi river, she learned to plant, harvest, cook and preserve. Molly later took many culinary classes while she earned an undergraduate degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Molly worked in a downtown Minneapolis restaurant with a James Beard Award winning chef before venturing out to Portland, OR. There, she changed career direction and is now owner and licensed massage therapist at Molly Pearl Co. in northeast Portland. Molly enjoys cooking for herself and friends, running, Bikrim yoga, has an affinity for puns, is on a first name basis with the butcher at her local New Seasons store and has been known to burn many meals while recklessly kitchen dancing to early Madonna.
Paleo Plan is also proud to be Made in Portland.