A Mountain Of A Summit

August 16, 2009

It’s over!!!!!

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I cannot believe that the event is over. It was in many ways like a wedding – tons of planning, the big day – SO exciting, lots of people to meet, being a host, hoping things go smoothly, and probably, being sad tomorrow when it sinks it in that its really over. I really had so much fun planning and executing the weekend from start to finish, and I think we will make an effort for a Healthy Living Summit 2010!

If you missed the live streaming today, all of the segments are available for viewing on demand the LiveStream site: Healthy Living Summit. Click on On Demand at the bottom of the video window. Thanks again to Hangry Mark and Ambush.TV.

The afternoon events included a wonderful presentation by Regina Beidler, an organic dairy farmer for Organic Valley who supplies milk for Stonyfield products. I loved her talk. The more I hear about the organic industry, the more I really believe in it. It is how food SHOULD be. The “conventional” industry is cheap because it is all industrialized.

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Me + Zest, chillin

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Then we heard from Body + Soul Magazine’s editors on green beauty products :)

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And then Caitlin spoke on Operation Beautiful!!! We had everyone write the inner and outer beauties on index cards and we drew one from a bag to win a $300 Athleta gift card!

Concentration on their beauty :)

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The Team In Training Bake Sale was a huge success too!! Matt’s buns!

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Next stop: POM Juice Bar!

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Swag bag nibbles!

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We ended the presentations with Fitness With The Bloggers and then even more giveaways!!

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After a two hour hiatus to rest and chat with our mothers and husbands (and generally just flop on the bed), we reconvened for a walk to the North End for the Fisherman’s Feast –

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It was a gorgeous summer evening!


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We had a group of about 30-40 people, so it was a bit tricky getting there with stoplights and intersections – but we did, eventually!

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We finally arrived!

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It was dreadfully packed, and I was claustrophobic. We were all famished and really wanted a nice sit-down dinner, but that’s not what you get when you go to a festival!! There was no way 40 of us (or 4 of us!) could fit in a restaurant. We eventually decided to split up and rendezvous at a Beer Garden….

There was lots of fried calamari and meat-on-a-stick, but all that I really wanted was pizza. This one had just come out of the oven and looked good…

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But it tasted awful. Boring, bland and plasticky –

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I ate about 60% whist saying “this is awful” and then realized the situation and put it back down.

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My beer was tasty! I got an Amber Ale and drank it quickly because I was thirsty. How ironic is it that we end the Healthy Living Summit with beer and pizza!?

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But THEN the night turned a corner when this spinach calzone was raved about and passed to me to try. It was AMAZING!! There was some herb in it that hit the spot. I ended up finishing it off simply for the taste –

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Kanz, these Italian Boston bears say hi!

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We got the word that the other part of our group had found a wine tasting, so we moved yet again

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I decided to pass on the wine (I’ve had Barefoot before…) but had fun taking photos with the friend!

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Tina and I dressed for comfort! (And optimal sweat absorption 😉 )

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Haya gave me her ticket, so I did have one small wine taste

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Gulp. Gulp. Like last night, I am SO GLAD I am not tipsy going to bed!! I like tiny wine sips just fine :)

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Next stop: MIKE’S PASTRY!!! We were about to head home, but you really can’t go to the North End without going to Mike’s, so we made a pit stop for the experience.

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Last time and last time I was here were so amazing. I didn’t know what to get! It’s so overwhelming

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I remembered from a year ago liking the German Chocolate Cake, so I decided to get that (along with some communal forks!)

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But honestly, it wasn’t good!!!! What’s with me and picking the wrong foods this weekend!? I am NOT a cannoli fan, but the cannolis looked so good.

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They were nice enough to share a bite with me (see Meghann’s blog for the embarrassing photo later tonight!) and I had a piece of Caitlin’s too. I probably ate 25% of my cake and shared the rest. Next time I’m going back to the Ganache Cheesecake!

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Choices were so limited this evening – Caitlin’s corn on the cob was the only veggie I saw (other than onions for sausages). Not exactly a “Kath Eats Real Food” kinda night but certainly a “Kath Is A Real Person” kinda one.

As they used to say on Looney Toons, “That’s All Folks!”

[Gah! I posted this last night but closed my computer before verifying!!!]

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1 Meg August 16, 2009 at 6:08 am

Congrats on such a successful event! It looks like it was an amazing time.

I am so appreciative for the livestream and videos! Makes me feel like I didn’t totally miss out. The information shared by all the speakers is awesome!

You girls rock! You HAVE to do it again next year!


2 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? August 16, 2009 at 6:18 am

Wow what a night! Hate it when you choose the wrong things, doh! Oh well, the Summit seemed awesome from what I’ve seen on the live stream, here from Australia!


3 Rita August 16, 2009 at 7:03 am

I love Mike’s!!! I’ve also had the spinach calzone you featured.

Looks like you had a blast. Boston is one of my favorite city’s. Thanks for sharing.


4 Jocelyn August 16, 2009 at 7:04 am

Hey there! I really enjoyed watching the livestream of events..i was glued to it for all the speakers! I think it will definitely help people make some good choices :)

Ahhhh I’m sorry some of the stuff you had tonight was no good but at least you had some great friends around to share with you the good stuff! 😉 I hope I can come to next years summit…I will travel from canada! hehe


5 Leanne August 16, 2009 at 7:09 am

Hey kath you have the most amazing complexion (this is so irrelevant but I just had to ask), what’s your skin care regime like? The real food eating must be paying off too :) anyway congrats on the successful summit!


6 Errign August 16, 2009 at 7:38 am

those summit t-shirts are SO cute

glad you had a good night, even if your pizza wasn’t awesome!


7 Help Meghan Run August 16, 2009 at 7:57 am

I may or may not have had just gelato for dinner. 😉 The calzone looked good, though!


8 Lizzy August 16, 2009 at 7:59 am

wow i really enjoyed reading and listening to everything. you girls are truely an inspiration! thank you so much


9 Emily August 16, 2009 at 8:08 am

Thanks so much for the hard work you guys put in for the summit – it was awesome! :)

I’m sorry I missed the festival – and for your less than stellar food!


10 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 16, 2009 at 8:16 am

Ugh…don’t you just *hate* it when every choice seems to be the wrong one? That happens to me sometimes, and it seems to usually fall on the same day. 😀 At least the calzone and cannolli were able to make up for it! 😀

You girls did such an *awesome* job with the Healthy Living Summit!! 😀


11 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) August 16, 2009 at 8:17 am

It’s crazy that just 100 years ago or so, almost ALL farming was organic. Then somewhere in the 20th century “man” decided to turn REAL FOOD into a science experiment. All farming should be organic and as local as possible. The corn industry is what took over the farming industry in the US with the subsidies and overuse of corn based products. Other countries aren’t as pesticide, chemical and corn-feed happy as the US! :( I love getting grass-fed beef from Australia and organic milk products from Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm!! Those are 2 of my favorite organic names.

Also, grass-fed animals produce much leaner meat. Grain-fed animals tend to have an unbalanced omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, which is an underlying cause of heart disease and inflammation in the body, such as arthritis, diabetes, and other autoimmune triggering chronic illnesses.

I could go on and on about this. :)

I can’t stand when things are going so fast that you end up with limited food choices that aren’t even tasty. :( Nothing wrong with some unhealthy things here and there, I’m ALL about the 80/20 rule, but it at least has to be super tasty! hehe

Congrats on the success of the summit! Looking forward to next year’s and hope to be there!



12 Shannon The Healthy Beach Bum August 16, 2009 at 8:31 am

You all need an internet round of applause for this event!!! All of us watching livestream over the computer loved being able to watch your presentations! I loved your exercise tips about mowing the lawn and taking a 30 minute walk on your work break. Little movements throughout the day certainly add up! Amazing presentation and amazing event! PS that spinach calzone looks so good :)


13 Brittany August 16, 2009 at 8:38 am

I am loving the HLS summit recaps. Everyone seemed to have a great time. Although I’m so bummed I couldn’t attend this year, I hope there will be a HLS 2010 to look forward to!

PS I think a few “Kath is a real person” kind of nights/days make your blog relatable and interesting. Even food bloggers want pizza and beer sometimes. :)


14 KatieF August 16, 2009 at 8:54 am

I know that I, for one, appreciate the “Kath is a real person” posts. It’s nice to know that even the healthiest of us end up having beer and pizza with no veggies kind of nights. :)


15 katey August 16, 2009 at 8:58 am

Looks like you are having/ had a wonderful time!


16 Niki August 16, 2009 at 9:04 am

Yay for a successful event!! It looked like so much fun, wish I could have been there!! The festival looked fun too, even though your pizza wasn’t that good!


17 AnnQ August 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

It looks like you had a great time!!! (and no, eating can’t be perfect ALL the time….it’s the 90 / 10 Rule :-) ).


18 Andee (Runtolive) August 16, 2009 at 9:26 am

Sounded like a wonderful event! Can’t wait to hear about Summit 2010! I love your blazer, so chic!


19 Damjana August 16, 2009 at 9:27 am

Hi Kath, thanks for the link, I spent this morning watching the summit!
While reading this post I got an idea. Many of us would certainly love to have a t-shirt like you have from the summit. Could it be possible to get a free t-shirt and make it as a giveaway on your site? Just an idea…personally I’d love to have it;).


20 Evan Thomas August 16, 2009 at 9:53 am

Those desserts look awesome.
And it sounds like the summit was a success, congrats!


21 Mara @ What's for Dinner? August 16, 2009 at 9:56 am

Some days call for good tasty street food :) glad it was a god time!


22 Ashley August 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

Kath it’s great to see you can eat like the rest of us too! Nothing wrong with splurging every so often!


23 Jen August 16, 2009 at 10:31 am

The conference and most of the food choices looked yummy! Good job.

By only looking at the photos, I did notice however the lack of minorities. Seriously, do no Hispanic or black bloggers live healthy lifestyles? This is not to critcize the organizers- obviously y’all have nothing to decide on who attends. It’s just an observation.

I think it’s interesting how the food choices as well don’t reflect what’s affordable/available in many minority communties. POM juice for takes. Delish, yes but way to pricey to be included in my $42 weekly grocery budget. Stoneyfield too pricey as well. The granola is way out of my price range. And I want to try organic beauty products but when I compare price tags there’s no contest.

The food/drink sponsors were nice enough to underwrite your costs. But it is another example, unfortunately, of what urban studies have shown again and again: that white, middle-class women are the benefactors of *healthy* eating (which in bloggers’ terms is implied to mean only organic products) and newfangled food/beauty products.


24 Krissy (Single Serving) August 16, 2009 at 10:39 am

Congrats on the Summit success!! Looks like all your hard work and planning paid off! Hope you get to relax now.


25 Jess August 16, 2009 at 11:37 am

Congrats on the success of the summit! I loved all your recaps. Thanks for sharing your life with us!


26 Ellen August 16, 2009 at 11:39 am

most organic farming is still less than perfect because they come from huge monoculture farms, but its a step in the right direction. i loved her talk.

i really enjoyed the summit– from the comfort of my home! you girls did a great job. thanks so much for asking a couple of my questions too :)


27 Angela (Run, Study, Eat) August 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

wow! Boston looks truly amazing! Will there be a HLS next year? I hope so!


28 kay (eating machine) August 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

it’s good to be a real person too!
i went to a food festival last weekend, and i think as “healthy” as we got was strawberries. covered in chocolate.


29 Faith August 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm

It looks like you had so much fun! I love pastry shops! The same thing happens to though…everything in the shop looks amazing but I usually end up picking the item that is dry or bland or whatever! :)


30 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 16, 2009 at 1:07 pm

love the t-shirts! congrats on everything!


31 Leangreenliving August 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Kath – congratulations to all the bloggers on a successful Summit. I notice that you are all younguns’ . If you would like to have a speaker next year who has lived your lifestyle since she devised it to lose weight and be healthy 25 years ago when she was your age living on Beacon Hill in Boston (that would be me), let me know. I remember wondering if it was worth it long term to consistently expend so much focus and thought to eat healthfully and exercise. I had to travel across the Charles River to Cambridge to shop at Whole Foods, which was called Bread and Circus then and was the only place to purchase healthy groceries. How would this obscure (back then in 1986) lifestyle affect me as I aged? I’m a living example of how you will all be in 25 years . . . healthy, slim, no pain, no pills, no botox, yet continuously complimented on my look and happy spirit. I live in Southern California now.


32 Matt August 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Hey, I’m a bear over here. How’s about a meatball sandwich?


33 Erica August 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Had to crack up at your pizza and beer comment! How ironic?! You gals did such a great job of getting this weekend together. I’m sure it was a HUGE undertaking and even though I didn’t get to attend, I appreciated all your hard work. I hope you are planning on doing this again next year!

Oh, and about being a “real person,” I think that’s what most of us like the best about you! Thank you!!


34 thepinkpeppercorn August 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm

So glad to get all the updates on the Summit!! Now to check out the talks!!

It looks like the pastries made up for the pizza :)


35 Linda August 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I just checked out the videos and enjoyed just having a chance to particpate from afar. If you plan another summit, please consider Bay Area!!!


36 Kath August 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Leanne ,
Thank you!! I attribute it to healthy diet, but mostly to BareMinerals!!! It’s seriously the best make up ever. I just use Noxzema (Parabens and all!) to wash my face and Neutrogena moisturizer with SPF 15.

Damjana ,
Sorry, we’re all out of shirts!

Leangreenliving ,
Congrats on such a great lifestyle change. We’ll keep ya in mind 😉



37 StonyfieldSarah August 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm

It was great seeing you Kath! You guys put on a great event, and I’m happy I was able to be a part of it. Have a safe trip home!


38 Nicole Geurin August 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Thanks for putting on the Healthy Living Summit! I watched it live from home on my computer! I learned a ton, and it was perfect timing since I just started my blog last week!

I think it’s great that you are going back to school to become an RD! I just completed my dietetic internship and I’m presently studying for the RD exam. If you ever have any questions, I’d be happy to try to help!


39 Katie (Sweet Tater) December 31, 2009 at 1:57 pm

hey kath, this looks awesome. when is the next summit? how do you get involved?



40 Kath December 31, 2009 at 6:29 pm

We haven’t started planning yet but we’ll be sure to let everyone know when we do!


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