Catching Up On HLS

The Healthy Living Summit is in full swing! (And this post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I was just SO busy that I did not even get a chance to get to it. Sheesh! We’re a little behind, but don’t worry…I’ll get us all caught up.)


Before things really got started yesterday, I actually felt slightly motivated to get my sweat on. It may or may not have had something to do with the fact that a number of bloggers were up at 5am running 14+ miles that morning. Yes, I am very much influenced by others…but 30 minutes of HIIT on the hotel gym’s treadmill was plennnnty for me.

After showering up, Julie, Tina and I headed down to the hotel Starbucks to grab some iced coffee because, well, it was very necessary after another late night of chatting and slumber partying it up in our hotel room. Winking smile


Breakfast, which was sponsored by Attune, included a variety of cereal, fresh fruit, and hard boiled eggs. I made sure to include a box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares from my swag bag to put together a little cereal combo for myself.


I also had some melon and the whites of a hardboiled egg.


After breakfast, we had a fun little icebreaker game which allowed everyone to walk around and get to know each other before the different panels started.


The first panel I sat in on was about how to write a better recipe. The presenter, Stepfanie Romine from SparkPeople, did an amazing job of bringing a bunch of things to light that many of us might not always think about when writing recipes. It was great, and I’ll definitely be sharing some of those tips with you all later this week!


The next panel I sat on? Oh yeah…that would be MINE!


I survived!

The panel was actually really fun and Brittany, Heather, Julie and I were so happy with the amount of audience participation we had. In our panel, I was able to share some of my personal experiences with dealing with negativity and how I’ve dealt with it.

Honestly, they way I’ve learned to handle negative feedback has completely changed from the way I viewed it when I first began blogging. This is something that I definitely plan to discuss more at another time, so if there’s anything else that you’d like to have discussed here on the ‘ol bloggy, just let me know. I have a lot I can talk about!

Luckily, from anyone I talked to, they claimed that they could not tell I was nervous, so that’s good (as long as they’re not fooling me!)…because little do they know that my nerves were rockin’ that whole time. Winking smile


I’m not quite sure what I’m saying there, but it made me laugh, so I figured it’d probably make you guys laugh, too.


I LOVED my group! Open-mouthed smile


Right after our session was over, lunch was served which was a great thing because since my nerves were gone, I was really ready to get my chow on.

The lunch spread this year was completely vegetarian, including a mix of chickpea and quinoa salad, veggie salad, and an assortment of sandwiches and wraps with bread provided by Great Harvest.


I had never had the opportunity to try Great Harvest bread up until now, since we don’t have any remotely close to where I live; but I will say that this bread is out of control amazing. We learned from one of the representatives at the conference that this particular batch of bread was actually made fresh from the grains the night before. I mean, talk about fresh, right? I’m not even kidding when I say that I’d probably eat a whole loaf just plain. It was incredible.

I chose a half Caprese sandwich and half of a grilled vegetable sandwich, and both were equally delicious.


Throughout the day, there was no shortage of sweet goodies to go around, including my sugar cookies which successfully ran out. Paige’s cake pops were probably one of the best I’ve ever had. No joke…melt in your mouth deliciousness.


I was also lucky enough to snag some of Diana’s famous Dough Balls and a homemade granola bar. I decided I’d like her to come and bake for me once a week.



The afternoon consisted of a few more panels, chatting with friends, and eagerly checking the #HLS Twitter stream from our phones.



We were given an afternoon snack break provided by the lovely folks at Quaker, which consisted on some fresh veggies and hommus, Quaker rice cakes, and Naturally Nutty nut butters.



I never had the chance to try Naturally Nutty nut butters before now, so I had to be sure to get my hands on all of them


Seriously, all of them were awesome, but I think my favorites were probably the Cinnamon Vanilla and the Chocolate Cherry. I’m seriously checking into this stuff when I get back home.


I still feel like I have so much more to talk about with this conference, and trust me, I will. Not only did I learn some great information in the panel discussions, but I also had an absolutely incredible weekend. I’ll be working on catching you all up to speed in the next couple of days, but for now…it’s time to head back to New York!

Questions for the Morning:

How do you deal with public speaking?

What’s your favorite nut butter brand?


  1. says

    Just the thought of public speaking fills me with dread- I get SO jittery with nerves and feel so flustered! Congrats on your successful presentation and cant wait to hear more about it!

    Btw- all these recaps across the blog world make me feel like my best friend is filling me in about the night before! Love it :)

  2. says

    I can’t wait to read more about how you deal with negativity! I really wish I could have been at that panel! Recap for us for sure :) As a blogger, it’s tough putting yourself out there and having strangers say whatever rude or cruel things they want. I’d really like your and others opinions on it!

    To answer the questions: I took speech in HS on a lark, and was someone placed on both the comedy AND debate teams. I was shockingly more successful at debate than comedy, but that’s besides the point. Since I was ‘on stage’ arguing/cracking jokes at the ages of 14-18, I got over my stage fright pretty easily. I’m not bragging when I say I’m not afraid to speak publicly at all… even though you’d think differently from my sweaty hands lol.

    As for nut butters… I’m still a plain Jane– peanut butter all the way!

  3. says

    The conference looks amazing – can’t wait for a full re-cap!

    I actually LOVE public speaking and it’s one arena in which I feel totally comfortable – one-on-one small talking at a cocktail party, on the other hand, is awkward city for this girl. Congrats on conquering your nerves, I’m sure y’all were extremely poised and articulate! :)
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  4. heather says

    that conference looks like it was a lot of fun(um, yes, this is partially because i’d have enjoyed all the feedings they provided). philly is a cool area and negativity in blogging seems like an interesting topic to cover. i’m glad you had a good time. : )

    if youve not tried the brand, i’d absolutely suggest *ANY* flavor of nut butter from line called Justin’s. they have these(generously sized!)samples at most whole foods. all the flavors i’ve tried have been incredible, honey almond in particular.

  5. says

    I really enjoyed your panel on negativity and especially the fact that you turned to a friend to help you write an (extremely) tactful response to an obnoxious comment. I ran into a couple of times but never got to formally introduce myself. Maybe next time? Hope you have safe travels home and I can’t wait to read all your recaps!
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  6. says

    I really enjoyed your panel on negativity and especially the fact that you turned to a friend to help you write an (extremely) tactful response to an obnoxious comment. I ran into you a couple of times but never got to formally introduce myself. Maybe next time? Hope you have safe travels home and I can’t wait to read all your recaps!
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  7. says

    Did you talk about the comments on the bachelorette party post? I’d love to hear your perspective on how to handle something as intense as that!

    When I’m in public speaking scenarios I always crack jokes to ease tension, seems to work … and favorite nut butter? HOMEMADE! I love using Ashley’s instructions at Edible Perspective, she’s a recipe genius.
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  8. says

    Can’t wait to hear more about all of the excitement of the weekend!

    I don’t deal well at all with public speaking… in fact, it’s one of my biggest fears. Over the years, through different college courses I’ve been able to get better with it, but I still despise it. Way to go on your presentation by the way!

    My favorite nut butter would have to be Adam’s Natural Crunch Peanut Butter. I love it!
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  9. says

    Those cake pops have my name all over them! For our wedding reception, we had brownie pops and I could have eaten a dozen!

    For public speaking, feeling prepared always helps, of course. And just remembering that slow is better … if it feels WAY too slow to you, it’s probably just right for the audience! :)

    I’m sure you guys rocked!
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  10. says

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing and memorable experience! I’m so bummed I wasn’t able to meet you awesome and inspirational ladies! Congrats on making it through your presentation, and from the looks of it on twitter- it went really well! I totally get nervous when I’m public speaking. I get kind of sweaty, and sometimes my voice shakes. Totally attractive ;). I don’t really have a favorite brand of nut butter, but I usually go with peanut butter and co. because it’s a healthier kind that I can afford with my grad school budget!
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  11. says

    The sandwiches at HLS look SO good!! And the whole conference looks like a fun time, I’m jealous!

    I had to take a public speaking class last semester and I was so terrified! I got through it though and I’d say I’m a little bit more confident with it now.
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  12. says

    Congrats on getting through it!

    Public speaking is no big deal for me as long as I’m given enough time to research and prep. It was actually a big part of my college experience and that combined with many many years of teaching kids to swim, it’s never been a big deal. (Seriously, after you’ve taught the butterfly to 12-14 year old boys in your bathing suit, not much gets to you up on the podium.
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    • Courtney says

      Oh thank YOU! The bread was fantastic…I’m just super sad that I have no idea when I’ll get another chance to have some more. There’s no Great Harvest locations near me :(

  13. Misty says

    Where can I find the recipe for these cake balls?? They look delicious and I’d like to make them for this weekend!

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