KH Nutrition

A Registered Dietitian sharing her adventures in healthy eating and fitness

FNCE 2014: Part 1

Happy Friday!  I’m here to recap part 1 of my Atlanta travels.  This was my very first trip to FNCE (Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo), despite being an RD for two years now.  To be completely honest, I just haven’t been able to afford the conference fees plus travel expenses on my own.  So I’m super thankful that I now work for a company that gives me the opportunity to attend nutrition conferences and network with fellow nutrition professionals.  Seriously, my job is pretty awesome.

This year’s conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia and I arrived Saturday morning from NYC.  I checked into the hotel and picked up my registration as soon as I got into town, as I had plans to visit my friend Hailey and her newborn for the rest of the day.

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Before visiting with beautiful little Zoey, I grabbed lunch from a food truck parked near my hotel! I was intrigued by it’s name, “Happy Belly” and ordered a Tree Huggers Delight and a side of Brussels for Muscles.  Cute names, right?  And let me tell you…SO good!

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Sunday in Atlanta was all about fitness and sports nutrition, which I obviously loved.  I kicked off the day with a 12 mile run through the city.  I ran through Piedmont Park and on the Atlanta Beltline, which was so cool.  If you need somewhere to run in the Atlanta area, I totally recommend the Beltline.  It’s so health-focused (they host run clubs, yoga classes, etc) and has such fun art along the route.

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After my run, I grabbed some breakfast and a protein shake and headed over to the conference center.  The first session I attended was called “What about exercise? Ways for RDNs to Step Up Their Fitness Game” presented by Cathy Leman and Jim White.

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Cathy and Jim (and moderator Leslie Bonci! Eek!) spoke all about combining a career in fitness and nutrition to make the most impact for your clients.  It was really interesting and inspirational to hear their stories and it got me thinking I should start working toward some kind of fitness certification.  I plan on sitting for the CSSD (Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics) exam in a few years, so this would be on top of that.  Cool stuff!

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The next session of the day was “Integrative Sports Nutrition:Validity, Safety, Quality and Identity for Supplementation.” presented by Dr. Tod Cooperman (of ConsumerLab.com) and Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, LMHC, FAND.  I learned SO much from sitting in on this presentation, but the main takeaway was to really research supplements, both when taking them yourself and recommending them for others.  Many vitamins/minerals/supplements Dr. Cooperman tests do NOT meet the quality or quantity claims provided on their labels.  This means you may be taking too much or not getting enough of what you think you’re taking! Scary (and dangerous) stuff!  Educate yourself, and check out great resources like the Natural Standards Database, Consumer Labs, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database or the USADA.

After all that learning, it was time to EAT!  Janelle, the other RD from my company, and I headed to dinner at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, conveniently located right across from our hotel.  It’s a restaurant boasting contemporary Southern cuisine with a focus on seasonal and local foods.  I enjoyed the Wild Rocket Salad (Apples, Sheep’s Milk Feta Cheese, Cider Vinaigrette, Sourdough Crouton), Flounder with Butternut Squash and Blueberry Fried Pie.   It was incredible! Definitely check it out next time you’re in Atlanta.

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That’s all for the first part of my FNCE trip!  Stay tuned for Part 2, where I’ll share more about the education sessions I attended, but most importantly all of the FOOD and vendors at the expo! ;)

Did you go to FNCE this year?  What did you learn?  What did you EAT?  Tell me about it!

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Guest Post: Running The NYC Marathon with Team MR8

Happy Hump Day, friends! I’m back from Atlanta and will try to get my FNCE adventures posted soon, but today I want to share a different type of story.  I have a guest post from my friend Meredith , a fellow runner and crossfitter, who I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the past few months. Meredith has overcome some serious shit, yet is one of the most positive and motivating people I’ve ever met.  And she is a mom to two of the most adorable little girls ever!  In April of 2014, along with her sister, Meredith conquered the Boston Marathon and raised money for the Mass General Hospital pediatric cancer center.  In less than two weeks, she’s taking on the NYC Marathon, this time raising money for Team MR8, so I asked her if she wouldn’t mind sharing her story with me (and all of you)!  I’ve already donated to Meredith and Team MR8 myself, and I ask you to please read on and consider donating too.

Without further ado, meet Meredith:

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Hi everyone! My name is Meredith, and Kim and I met at CrossFit516 where we sweat it out at 6am together. There’s no better way to get to know someone, right?! Kim was kind enough to allow me a bit of space on her amazing blog to chat about WHY I am running the NYC Marathon (with Kim! Yay!) on November 2nd.

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I am running as part of Team MR8, which was created in remembrance of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon Bombings. The charity honors Martin’s message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community. When I didn’t gain entrance to the New York City Marathon by the lottery system, there were a few other charities I could have joined to get a number. Nothing felt personal to me though, and I didn’t want to raise money solely because I want to run 26.2 miles through NYC. When I heard the news that Team MR8 (who had a HUGE presence at the Boston Marathon this year) was still looking for a team of 10 runners to represent, I jumped at the opportunity to apply. It would be an honor to be part of a Boston-based team, and wear the MR8 jersey on November 2nd, and carry on Martin’s name.  When I got the phone call that I had been chosen, I was literally crying on the phone. I was meant to run for Martin, and I feel so proud to be part of Team MR8.

 

Martin was only 8 years old when he was killed by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. He was standing near the finish line with his family, when the bombs went off that day in April. Just the day before, Martin participated in the BAA Children’s Relay. At his school he was a “peacemaker,” and recognized at a young age that while we are all different, we are all the same.  I have two young daughters, and I want them to grow up in a world where there are a lot more kids like Martin Richards.

 

It would mean so much to so many of us, if you would consider making a donation to this amazing foundation, which honors Martin’s message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community.  You can click here to donate.

 

Thank you all so much!

26.2 for Martin, or bust!