Healthy Living Summit recap

Well I wanted to start writing a review of the Healthy Living Blog Summit but I see that the very cool Heather from Rhode Island – my summit buddy – has already done part of that on her blog Sugar and Spice. Check it out…

In any case, a few words about my first “blog” event! Whilst I know that my blog is not typically about “healthy options” (you know there is a lot of chocolate, cheese, wine and butter in there…), I was interested to attend this conference to learn a bit about growing my blog readership. Some of these ladies haven’t been blogging for that long and some of them I have been following since they were quite small…

Anyway, the day started with a breakfast buffet sponsored by Stonyfield and Mix my Granola:

In the morning, we heard from Janel Ovrut, a registered dietitian.

I won’t say I learned anything new from this talk (common sense a lot of it, really) but she was an excellent speaker and if I lived in Boston and needed a consultation, I would not hesitate!

Next we heard from everyone’s favourite blog designer, Zesty Cook:

Again, nothing particularly new but boy, was I glad that I had taken my writers.com blogging class, otherwise much of this talk would have been pure gobbledegook!! Zesty reinforced what I had learned in my class which is always reassuring! I guess in terms of growing readership, it’s a waiting game as well as a bit of work, and I have to keep reminding myself that I have only been blogging since the end of May…

After lunch we heard from one of Stonyfield’s organic dairy farmers:

This was a fascinating glimpse into the life and challenges of an organic dairy farmer. She was a fantastic speaker and I could have listened to her for a lot longer than the hour she spoke.

(from the Healthy Living Summit website)

Regina Beidler along with her husband, Brent, and daughter, Erin, own and operate a 145 acre organic dairy farm in Randolph Center, Vermont. They purchased their farm in 1998 and immediately began the transition to organic production. They completed their organic certification in the spring of 2000 and became cooperative farmer owners at Organic Valley. The milk from their farm goes into Organic Valley’s New England Pastures fluid milk or to Stonyfield Farm for their yogurt products.

In addition to their 35 dairy cows, the Beidlers have diversified their farm with a small beef herd and in growing small grains for human consumption and as feed for their cows. It is their desire to continue to work towards independence from outside inputs as a way to increase the sustainability of their farm.

Regina has held the position of East Coast Coordinator for Organic Valley’s Farmer Ambassador program since 2004. This program trains and recruits “Farmer Ambassadors” to carry out outreach and education at consumer and trade events, farm tours, retail conferences and to be media spokespeople. She is also a NOFA Vermont Board member and co- chair of the Fiddlehead Festival, an agricultural festival held every spring in Randolph, Vermont.

Here are her babies:

Body and Soul Magazine hosted a panel discussion with their some of their beauty editors, looking at what’s really in our products. It’s pretty scary, actually. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website to see how toxic your products are…

After a break sponsored by POM,

we went back for the last session:

Where the bloggers talked about their personal experience with fitness, mostly running. Kath talked about fitting in exercise when you don’t have time to get to the gym, like walking, biking and mowing the lawn (!) and Jenna gave a great talk about how yoga can be considered exercise and it’s not just stretching and relaxing (though it can be!). Having done Moksha yoga for the past 5 months as my only exercise, I can assure you that it most definitely IS enough (with some walking, hiking etc… thrown in there for cardio)…

So all in all a fun day! Met some great people and learned a fair bit.

Have to say the most exciting part of the whole event was the SWAG!!!

And check out the cool products up close:

Barney Butter!!!!!! (so exciting – you can’t get this in Canada)

Amazing Grass and Amazing Meal samples!!! (not to mention a cool shaker!)

Pop chips, Annie’s cheddar bunnies, Pro bars and Body and Soul magazine!

and all sorts of other bars and goodies!


6 Responses to Healthy Living Summit recap

  1. Claire August 19, 2009 at 14:58 #

    Wow, horay for freebies!

  2. Special K August 19, 2009 at 15:57 #

    I love freebies…speaking of which, maybe you could SHARE them and receive something fun in my next giveaway??? Check it out!

  3. Kate August 19, 2009 at 17:20 #

    It sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for the recap! And the photos. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog–a fellow Belgian! (ok, former in your case) Where did you live in Brux? What took you to Toronto? How/where did you take that blender photo? Who said I was curious? 🙂

  4. eatlivetravelwrite August 19, 2009 at 18:35 #

    Kate – thanks! I lived near métro Stockel in Bruxelles – love that area!

    I came to Toronto to follow my heart (sigh – because who would leave Paris otherwise…?)

    The blender pic was taken in Luang Prabang, Laos – you can click on the pictures in Food with Style to get to the blog they came from or else, in your case, click here:



  5. eatlivetravelwrite August 19, 2009 at 18:38 #

    Thanks Special K – I will go and check it out!

  6. Neil C. Phillips August 24, 2009 at 14:33 #

    Publisher-at-Large's note:

    Have yet to see any of this supposed SWAG stash…


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