This past weekend was spent at the American Dietetics Associations's Food and Nutrition Conference/Expo (ADA's FNCE). (for more information on the ADA and why I want to become an RD, see this post )I'm still decompressing a bit from a the thrilling, inspiring, but exhausting weekend. Janel Ovrut, RD wrote a fantastic recap you should read here. (just know that I won...):
My favorite part, obviously, was being surrounded by some very inspiring, role models of mine. Corinne was back in town, and I saw all my Boston ladies, Janel, Jessica, Kara, Jamie, & Lindsey. I finally met Jenny Westerkamp, the genius behind All Access Internship.
Not only is she a sweetheart, but she also arranged a lunch get-together at Flour for young RDs,
AND I finally met the rockstar I've been interning for since May, Rebecca Scritchfield! She had some fantastic advice for how to shape my career, and it was so great to finally put a face to the voice behind our conference calls!
she really took me under her wing, and introduced me to more great RDs. I'm helping her launch this amazing new initiative, which I'll talk about in 2 seconds!
Expo-tastic: which caused much debate among members about ADA's corporate sponsors-Coke, Hershey, and Nestle to name a few. I snagged a few nuts, lara bars, and svelte, but didn't feel like pushing and shoving to get a taste of avocado cupcakes. Gluten free + stevia products were super hot.
One of the highlights was definitely getting a picture with a raisin. I. love. raisins.
Sessions: I sat in on some fantastic session, on Marketing, Coaching, vegetarian Nutrition, spices and green eating. If you follow me on twitter you got little snippets of the presentations, and I will try to do a full summary soon. (Also, check out #FNCE on twitter-fantastic updates!)
Entrepreneurs. My favorite session by far was the networking session with Nutrition Entrepreneurs. It was "speed networking" and I met a range of people doing really neat things in the field. I got to talk with Maye Musk, a very successful private practice RD in NYC. She is on fire with her adorable S. African accent. Oh and did I mention she's a model? I also met Kate Donelan, Leslie, Wendy Jo, Nour and Alex!!
Janel and Alex!
It was a great conference, and gave me all the inspiration and motivation I need to pull me through the next five weeks. Which brings me to other things I am loving right now:
Inspiration is everywhere: On Friday we had an extra class assignment to attend Grand Rounds at Sargent College. We are lucky that the nutrition department shares space with other Health Sciences, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech therapy. once a semester they gather together and discuss a case for us all to learn from. I approached the afternoon thinking I would probably fall asleep during it, but it was one of the most inspirational parts of a very inspiring week. "Our patients are our best teachers" one of the professor's started and we were honored to have Matt there to teach us what it was like living after a Stroke. His resilience, and dedication to trying to restore the activities of daily life, while being Mr. Mom to two small children was so touching. The entire time he kept saying "step by step" "little by little" "One step at a time" If Matt can recover from a very serious stroke and impairment, and work hard to regain his Independence, we all can. It was so wonderful to see the amazing work therapist can do to really make a difference in people's quality of life. Thank you Matt.
Me First- This holiday season I'm putting myself first. Join Rebecca Scritchfield with the Me Movement! Sign the pledge! I'll be posting my pledge next Monday!
Poet: my little sister has a way with words that I never will. Her writing moves. Check out the blog she just started here! I'm signing the pledge and will reveal it here on Monday!
(not) Turkey Time: Love this list of cheap, healthy Thanksgiving dishes!
Openings: I have two new favorite restaurants in Cambridge, that I hope to become a regular at: Clover Harvard Sq (Yes, like the food truck, but the permanent location) (see the article in the globe here) and Life Alive. i love the food, atmosphere, owners, employees, locations, of both. oh and their both open to 10pm everyday. wins.
New Goal in Life: Create a vegan version of "a gypsy kitchen that is part underground supper club and part food truck." Read more: Food Truck Owners Pave the Way for Renegade Dining -- Grub Street Boston
Whip your hair: Jake Gyllenhaal does. This redeems him possibly being with T. Swift.
Have a great weekend!