From Clean To Meeting

April 4, 2011

Are you feelin’ so fresh and so clean, clean!?

I am.

I wish I were home and outside instead of in this dark, freezing cold hotel. But it is what it is!


My morning started with some of Jessie’s Amish Friendship bread!


It was like Irish soda bread and coffee cake rolled into one – amazing!


Luckily I brought a knife from home (in case of food emergency!) so I had the means to cut into the loaf in my hotel room


I took the slice down to the conference breakfast. I guessed they would just have pastries, muffins and white bagels and if I’m going to eat those kinds of carbs I’d rather them be made with real food. The Amish Friendship was deeeelicious!


We did have a beautiful selection of fruit, and I tried a SILK Very Vanilla for some protein and fat. Also, I passed on the Sbux coffee and had two mugs of Tazo tea instead. Normally this would give me a shoulderache – so we’ll see!


This morning was all politics. Not my favorite subject. We heard more on the importance of licensure in Virginia for RDs and from the First Lady of VA. I’m more into the FOOD side of nutrition!


Hoping this afternoon is more fun. It starts with a session on “Eating Clean” that I’m excited to hear.

We broke for lunch at 12:15 and had prepared boxes waiting


Its contents:


I was happy to get a veggie wrap that was actually quite good. Filled with hummus and olives and veggies. I ate most of him – and left the butt of tortilla


Also a very tasty pasta salad (I was THRILLED that there were no red onions in this lunchbox!!)


I passed on the potato chips, and saved my banana for later.


I finished lunch with an APPLE and a bite of each of the cookies which I deemed not worthy of my chew.


I dined next to the lovely Carmel of Norfolk State University. When I told her I was a blogger she got excited and wanted to take a photo together on her iPhone. She said “You’re famous. Can I get my picture with you” even before checking out KERF!! I was very flattered : ) So I took a photo of her for the blog. Now she’s famous!


I was hoping to get in a 15 minute walk to get some sunshine, but I’m outta time! I got one in on the morning break and it was so very energizing after sitting for so long.

See you tonight!!

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1 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey April 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Amish Friendship bread is so delicious…. I haven’t had it in YEARS. Mmm.
Enjoy your afternoon session!



2 Morgan @ moments of mmm April 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

That bread looks yummy!

Did you say tea gives you a shoulder ache? That’s interesting!


3 KathEats April 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I meant that skipping coffee normally gives me shoulderaches – even though tea has caffeine


4 Dee April 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Mmmm, that Amish Friendship bread looks delicious!


5 [email protected] April 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

That bread looks delicious as does the wrap im totally craving some hummus + olives right now haha!


6 Michelle B. April 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I’m flabbergasted that you were given potato chips at an RD Convention! Good thing you had that delicious looking bread.


7 Jo April 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I concur; it seems wholly inconsistent with the theme and attendees to serve pastries and potato chips. I know hotel catering can be limited, but still…


8 Dana April 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

AGREED! These are the moments that change can happen though.
Hopefully some RDs send a note to the hotel and organizer about it!


9 JessicaEn April 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Life’s too short to not eat potato chips sometimes… at least a few 😀 Part of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle in my opinion is treats too.


10 M April 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Exactly Jessica :)

Kath, would you ever eat the chips? Just curious !


11 KathEats April 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Yeah, sure. They’re real foodish enough for me. But my lunch was all carbs so I passed. And I prefer chips that crunch rather than crisp away


12 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I’m guessing you could choose a veggie lunch today — or did everyone get the same thing?

That friendship bread looks delicious — I’m checking out Jessie’s blog now to hopefully find the recipe.


13 B & B April 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I was wondering that too – request for Jessie’s recipe please!

Hope your afternoon goes better.


14 KathEats April 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Yup I chose it over ham and turkey


15 bitt April 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I had the same question. nice that there was an option.


16 Jessie -- The Messie Kitchen April 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm
17 Stacey April 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I wonder where those lunches come from because I have been to a few events (work and other) that serve those same meals with that same pasta salad.


18 KathEats April 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

They were by US foodservice


19 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East April 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

The veggie wrap and pasta salad in your lunch box look delicious!


20 Angel7 April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I hope lunch satisfied your appetite, and that you are able to take on the rest of the day!

Those chips do not seem like they fit in with the other part of the lunch. Some type of veggie chips may have been better.


21 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) April 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Yummm to your lunch! I love it when they have a vegetarian option (besides a “veggie sub” that usually lacks flavor!). Whenever Jason and I travel, we bring our own breakfasts and lunch items into the hotel room to save money AND eat better! I love it when you know exactly what you are eating-no guessing involved!

Hope the rest of the meeting is more interesting than politics! Boo!


22 Carrie @ Nutrition By Carrie April 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Pastries AND potato chips at an RD conference? Oh, good heavens. That made me laugh…then almost made me cry. I’ll start working on my MPH in nutrition this fall…before applying to schools, I rejected one simply because they served us (by us I mean prospective nutrition students, specifically) a lunch of pasta, limp salad, and gignormous cookies. I was so appalled, I can’t even say…

Oh…and once I become an RD, I am pretty sure that I, too, will be of the sort that finishes my CE credits waaaaaay ahead of time!


23 Hannah @ Healthy Life April 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

The bread looks gorgeous! I love that you travelled with a knife- I always take a plastic plate and a set of cutlery whenever we go away and my husband always laughs!


24 Ann @ Day by Day April 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I love how she wanted to be on your blog before she’d even seen it! So cute. I’ve never heard of/had Amish Friendship bread. It looks good!


25 Megan @ Loving the little things April 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm

LOVE amish friendship bread. I’d like to make my own someday….Someone send me a starter :)

I have the perfect giveaway on my blog today!!! I think your nutritionist self would LOVE it!!
Come check it out :)


26 Lisa April 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I LOVE Amish friendship bread. I used to make it a lot. The regular version and the chocolate. So delish!


27 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I’m with you on enjoying the FOOD side of dietetics vs. the political side of things. I realize the politics part is very important, but it’s just not as interesting. 😉

LOVE that you took one bite of each cookie and decided they weren’t worth it. Intuitive eating at its best. 😀


28 Christine @ Burning It Off April 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

The wrap and the pasta salad look good (I also hate red onions, especially when they’re raw!)… the rest, not so much. Gotta love “healthy” junk food!


29 val April 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Is amish friendship bread the bread that you make the starter mix and have to pass around to your friends? I think I’ve tried that before, it was awesome.

I also like to take a bite of a cookie and toss it if it’s bad.


30 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm

The veggie wrap sounds great. Definitely a good lunch considering how a lot conference/workshop meals taste!


31 Lea @ Healthy Coconut April 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

The first thing I recognized on the lunch box was the business card. When I worked in hotels, that’s our biggest food vendor. Actually, they provide food to most hotels. We spend more than half of our food cost to the vendor.


32 Marci April 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Love how you said the cookie wasn’t worthy of your chew. Kinda funny. I’ve been looking at the Shaklee and Method home websites this morning. So fascinating about their processes and products.


33 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm

The Eating Clean talk sounds really interesting – give us an update later! I’m the same way with cookies -if they’re not absolutely mind blowing, they don’t really get more than a bite! :)


34 Abby April 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I agree with your entire comment Angela! lol :)


35 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

my goodness, these yummy breads are killing me – it’s my food porn! :)


36 Allison @ Happy Tales April 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Aw, that is too cute about Carmel!

Love your theory that the cookies weren’t “worthy of your chew.” I think like that, too, and my boyfriend doesn’t understand (he doesn’t discriminate against sweets, he loves them all!) I, on the other hand, want the best out there! And if it ain’t up to my standards, I’ll pass and wait til something is (most likely some type of rich and gooey chocolatey goodness!…)


37 Johanna B April 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Can’t wait to hear what the “Clean Eating” session was all about. Sounds like something you could be presenting yourself. Here’s to being outdoors in the fresh air and sunlight.


38 natalie (the sweets life) April 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

super cute story—i remember when i met you i was impressed that, despite being “famous” you were so genuine and nice! :)


39 KathEats April 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Aww you’re sweet


40 Jess (Sweet Potato) April 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Food at conferences is always so hit or miss. Looks like you got lucky with your lunch!


41 Kristi @ KristiAteIt April 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I had to laugh when you wrote not worth my chew. haha! That’s a great way to look at it!
Hope you enjoy the next portion of the meeting!


42 Laughter-Loving Stacy April 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Yummy lunch! I always leave this blog craving a lot of food, haha.


43 Faith @ lovelyascharged April 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Conferences are so much fun! I loved the session I went to on “teaching kids about fitness and health” at the teacher’s conference I went to last year!


44 Mom April 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Don’t forget you are an eighth Amish!


45 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

The Friendship bread looked awesome.

And I love the “not worthy of my chew”. I do that all the time. Especially for desserts. They better *WOW* me, or I’m not partaking.

Sorry you’re stuck in a hotel conference room :(


46 Paige @Running Around Normal April 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Not bad for a boxed lunch!! That pasta salad looks delicious. Hope the afternoon is more exciting for you 😀


47 lynn @ the actor's diet April 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

people DO get very excited about blogs. i have more people excited my blog than my movies!


48 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm

“a bite of each of the cookies which I deemed not worthy of my chew. “–

Oh how I totally relate to that sentiment! Baked goods can be so….meh. If I’m going to eat it, I want it to be worth every.last.bite, too :)


49 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Hopefully the rest of the sessions will be interesting :)


50 Emily @ Savory and Savage April 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Friendship bread? A great name and it looks delicious.

Have fun in your afternoon meetings – I find it so hard to sit still all day long at those kind of things.


51 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather April 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I always try to get a morning and afternoon walk in. Each time i’m super refreshed and can manage sitting in front of a computer the rest of the day.


52 Rachael April 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I am a dietitian in Michigan and we are also waiting on licensure through the state. It has been a many year process that just keeps going! I work for the health department and we are no longer considered part of the “team” for one of our programs due to not being licensed by the state. It’s very frustrating and hopefully someday will be resolved. I am sick of the politics as well and actually avoid conferences such as those due to all the politics. I am attending the Michigan WIC conference in a couple weeks though and am really looking forward to it since they actually had really good food last year! Have fun with the rest of your conference!


53 KathEats April 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Good luck to Michigan!


54 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

That friendship bread looks SO good!


55 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I would definitely hate being in that hotel if it looks anything there like it does here…that would be a major bummer. Although I’m sure you are loading up on good information!


56 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm

The butt of the tortilla is my favorite part of a wrap! lol


57 [email protected] April 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm

the amish bread sounds sooooooo good~I always hear about how Amish desserts and breads are like, the best you can find. At least in the states. Hope you have a blessed and fun day Kath! :)


58 Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

it shocks me that at a dietetics conference, they wouldn’t have completely wholesome food. weird!


59 Elizabeth April 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm

You have to remember, it’s not dietitians catering the event, it’s whoever is cheap enough to cater the conference.


60 Flourchild April 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Way to pass on the chips! Stay warm!


61 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life April 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I hope your afternoon goes quickly and you can get out into the sunshine! I’m not good at sitting through conferences, I always get SO antsy!


62 Namaste Gurl April 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Looks like the friendship bread saved the day, hehe :)
Interesting box- lunch for RDs…. hmm…


63 Hilary April 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

They served potato chips at a dietitian’s conference?!?!….seriously?!?


64 Parita @ myinnershakti April 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

LOL the “butt” of the burrito! That made me crack up! Can’t wait to hear more about clean eating!


65 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Definitely good to be prepared! Sorry to hear it wasn’t exactly the info you were hoping for, but hopefully this afternoon will bring something more food-like!


66 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm

oooh those lunch boxes are too cute!


67 Elizabeth April 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

RD here… I’m surprised how shocked everyone is that we too eat chips and cookies. We’re not the food police. We’re regular people who enjoy regular food (in moderation!). It drives me absolutely nuts when people make comments about what I order at a restaurant, or what groceries I buy at the store, as if I’m not allowed to make a choice that is less than 100% nutritious.
And even by indulging in these treats, we RDs can still practice what we preach. I personally never counsel someone with the attitude of “you can never treat yourself”. What fun would that life be?!


68 JessicaEn April 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm

THANK YOU. I agree.


69 emily April 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Thank you; I was waiting and waiting for someone to comment on this! I’m in a dietetics program now and everyone I know eats a normal healthy diet, which includes the occasional chip!


70 KathEats April 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I agree too!! Plus, having planned two hotel events for the Summit, I can vouch how difficult it is to get fancy foods at a meeting of this size. I worked really hard at the Summit last year to get hummus and roasted veggies and pasta salads – and we paid for that extra. Sometimes there’s just not the money or availability. Of course I HOPE for amazing food at all events, but I usually have very low expectations.


71 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

That wrap does look tasty- cheers to a better//fun afternoon :)


72 Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Wow, you really are a celeb!! Looks like a really great conference, too. That Friendship bread caught my eye..I had that for the first time last Christmas! Very yummy.


73 Chelsea April 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I must go look up the starter kit recipe for Amish Friendship bread! I love that stuff :)


74 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I love the color combo of your top and sweater- you look so pretty!


75 Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty April 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Oh! Looking forward to hearing about your afternoon. Your lunch looks pretty good,minus the chips, of course.


76 Karen April 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I dread sitting through day-long professional conferences, so I feel your pain.

On another note, that’s such an adorable photo of you, Kath! You are still really rockin’ that new ‘do…SO flattering for your face.


77 kaila @ healthy helper! April 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I am actually surprised that they didn’t have more of a gourmet spread for you all since it’s a conference for dietitians! Come on…chips and cookies? How about some Greek yogurt and granola!


78 Molly April 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Ugh! Licensure. I’m jealous that you don’t have to deal with that!


79 Allie April 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I recently have been switching to tea instead of coffee and I feel a lot less crazy haha. Glad you are learning lots and enjoying yourself :)


80 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen April 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

That friendship bread looks and sounds incredible!! Love the little lunch box, and that wrap sounds yummy.


81 deirdre April 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

sorry, you’re political, whether you like it or not. we’re all political. our actions have implications, and we should be aware of that.


82 KathEats April 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I never said I wasn’t…


83 Jilly April 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Read the blog carefully before posting comments like this.


84 Hannah April 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Funny, I would’ve expected more awesome food at a conference for RDs! At least you were saved from the devil onion 😉


85 Lauren April 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Sounds like the conference is off to a good start. And the food is good, always a plus in a conference.


86 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I love a girl who travels with knives.


87 Kat @ Cupcake Kat April 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I would also have passed on the chips but I probably would have eaten the cookies (unless they were REALLY bad)
Looks like a lot of fun


88 Katherine: Unemployed April 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

but no one wants a clean meeting right?


89 Katy April 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm

You’re name is Katherine too huh? That’s mine but I go by Katy (have since I was a baby). What about you? A lot of Kathleens are Kathy(ie)’s and Katherines Katie(y)’s but ocasionally, you’ll see the reverse.

Do you go by Kath or Kathy? With my name, Katy, being spelled with a Y, people always throw an H in there…drives me bonkers or they spell it Katie (even on a reply email..). Which is why I went by Kate in college….and should have continued


90 KathEats April 7, 2011 at 7:07 am

People call me Kathy (Kath + Younger and they see the Y) and it drives me nuts!


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