Blogfeast

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 14, 2010

I deemed this conference should be called Blogfeast because of all the amazing food I have been eating! :)

The Healthy Living Summit conference today was a great time. Major props to all of the organizers, speakers, and attendees. Everything was so well organized and well done. I left inspired by so many amazing women! Also a big thank you to Amazing Grass who sponsored a portion of my trip to the conference. Keep your eyes peeled for a special promo code on Amazing Grass and Glo Bars coming up soon!

Morning group shot:

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Sabrina, is basically a domestic goddess.

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I love Anne P’s t-shirt!

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The line-up for lunch was HUGE, so we passed the time by finding out if our forearm was really equal to the size of our foot.

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I looked at my long forearm and said no way. I was wrong! ;)

Getting closer…mmmmmm. So close yet so far away.

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I piled my plate as high as humanly possible. Just when I thought I couldn’t fit anymore food on it, I added another scoop of the chickpea salad. lol.

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Dear me.

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I had roasted veggies, quinoa salad, chickpea salad, fruit salad, salad-salad (lol)…all mixed together and truly an epic lunch.

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I ate every bite and then went back and got more chickpeas.

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After lunch I met up with Eric and we went out for lunch (for him!) and then we explored the city. He got a wrap at Freshii and he loved it.

I had an apple for dessert!

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Fun fact when I travel: You will rarely ever see me without food in my purse! I always have a Glo Bar and apple as emergency stash.

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The sessions at the conference were so well done. I hear that they will be posting the videos of all the sessions online and PowerPoint, so I will link to it when I see it on their website. I took a ton of notes to share with you and I just read some over and they make NO SENSE at all. Note fail. ;)

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My favourite line of the entire conference said by Rebecca in the sports nutrition session (LOVED her!!!!!)

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I love that quote. I should add it to my quotes page because it really means a lot to me. She works with a lot of athletes suffering from eating disorders and her talk was just so moving.

Canadian Bloggers!! All from Toronto. :)

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Miranda, Callie, Sarah, Susan. So fun.

I also promised to show you the lovely foodie goodies I bought yesterday!

First up, Trader Joe’s! My first time setting foot in the store and it did not disappoint. :)

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I was told I must buy this sunflower seed butter! I was hesitant because I tried making it before and it was so bitter, but this one has a bit of sugar in it. ;) I knew I forgot something!

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This chocolate rocks my world.

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Oh dear me. Seriously. I can’t.

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I was told these mangos were the best because not only are they dried mangos, but they are chewy and not too tough. They were quite possibly the best dried fruit I have ever had in my life. I hid the bags.

Carrot ginger bran muffins.

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Eric didn’t care for this muffin, but I thought it was good. He thought it was too dense.

I loved the muffin ‘lip’ here!

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I also was given vegan macaroons from Gina and Val! I am saving them for a special moment. ;)

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And finally, the chocolate I purchased at Vosges!

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Tonight I organized a meet-up at Karyn’s on Green. We have the upstairs lounge booked off. I can’t wait for more delicious food (I think this is all I have been saying since in Chicago!!!) and new friends. My goal tonight is to get to bed at a reasonable hour and stop acting like I am 19 again. ;) Have a great night!

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Kristy August 15, 2010 at 7:40 am

Looks like you had a great time, that plate of food looked delicious!!! I love Trader Joe’s, the mango slices are delicious, I definitely don’t get there enough! ;)

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amy August 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

I love that quote by Rebecca. gosh, I would have loved to have listened to her speak. Thats the mantra I’ve been focusing on through my struggles. I’m going to post that somewhere I can see it everyday.

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

So much fun! I love all the tasty looking food. I’d say a dense muffin is better than than a cakey one! The lip makes it all the better.

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eat move love August 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

I had no idea you were behind the GLO bars! Duh! ;)

I know you said you moved from the city to a smaller place – how do you find that? Are what is your job/profession??

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Maria runningcupcake August 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

Wow the sunflower seed butter sounds amazing- I love sunflower seeds- love it when they are in nice seedy bread. You seem to have a massive range of things in the US that we dont get here in the UK.
Ah well, will have to load up my suitcase next time I travel!

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Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 15, 2010 at 9:39 am

I always find it amazing just how ravenous I get when I attend conferences. I’m not sure if it’s all the sitting and listening and networking and walking, or if it’s that they always have amazing spreads and I want to eat it all! The food at HLS, not surprisingly, looks delicious!

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Amber K August 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

My appetite is cranked up for all of the sitting around that occurs in things like that. I have no idea why, but at least the food at the HLS looks AMAZING! And healthy!

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Laurie August 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

Trader Joe’s = HEAVEN! And I don’t have one either. It’s like playtime when I get to go in. My boyfriend gives me a time limit, haha! He knows I could live in there. Anyhoo, I just wanted to say that you are such an adorable person and I really appreciate your honesty and postitive personality in the blogsphere! :) Have fun at HLS!

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Gail August 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

I miss Chicago! My sister used to live there and I’d visit her. When she said she was moving back, I told her “Where am I going to go on vacation now?” I love that city! Have fun!

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brianne http://beautythroughbalance.wordpress.com August 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

1) your outfit in the picture with the apple is adorable! 2) That quote made my day. That is exactly what I have been trying to do in my life right now so seeing it in quote form was perfect. and 3) I am going to have to get those mango slices immediately! I love mangos and your description of them was enough to make me crave them for the rest of the day haha. How did the sunflower butter taste?

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Carrie S. August 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Angela, it was lovely to meet you this morning! On the train ride home I did think of a few downtown restaurants that I really like if you’re looking for a few places to round out your Chicago dining experiences: Ben Pao (good Chinese food, great drinks, schwanky atmosphere); Rock Bottom (good beer and soft pretzel appetizers); Sweetwater (really close to the hotel, good salads and pretzel apps (I really like pretzels:)), and if Eric’s jonesing for steak at any point, the Kinzie Chop House is great (though I’m not sure how they would be w/ vegan or veg options). Enjoy the rest of your stay (and your upcoming deep-dish experience)!

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holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

LOL at “notes fail” — it made me think of the notes I took in college. Even when the material was still fresh in my mind I had no idea what I was writing! haha.

Great lunch — I love when everything can be mixed together into one big feast.

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Hillary August 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

That chocolate is some of my favorite — let me know if you ever want more, I’d be happy to send some to you :)

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Amy Botta August 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Have you tried the dried mango slices at the bulk barn? They have ones that have no sugar in them and are just mango and they totally rock my world!

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suki August 16, 2010 at 1:50 am

The forearm/foot ratio random fact is hilarious, isn’t it? :)

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RhodeyGirl August 16, 2010 at 7:24 am

You’re SO gorgeous!

It was so nice to meet you in person! I hope to see you again soon!!

Thanks for the super sweet shout out!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 16, 2010 at 7:52 am

Way to represent Canada ladies!

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