Rise + Shine

March 26, 2012


Morning! I awoke before the sun this morning to get started on my day. As much as I like cozy hotels at night, I really love them in the mornings when I get up, workout, shower, get dressed, pack up. It just feels so organized! (And the towels are always fresh, unlike in our house)

This morning I got up and ate some grapes before hitting the hotel gym for a quickie workout. I only had 30 minutes, so I walked on the treadmill (today incline 4.0 at 3.5 mph) while listening to Pregtastic podcasts. I’ve almost listened to them all! Exercise felt so good, even if it was just a little.

Down at the conference breakfast, I looked high and low for protein, healthy fat and whole grains, but didn’t have too much luck. Good selection of fruit though!


But good planning on my part = I brought some Uncle Sam from home (knowing hotels are often missing whole grains).

I piled some on fruit [saving banana for a snack]


And over some yogurt


Although this was not a very efficient means of protein – 3 grams going with 17 grams of sugar. They also had some eggs, but they were mixed with salsa in a tortilla that didn’t sound too appealing to my palate this morning. Another protein option that’s almost always available is the skim milk from the coffee bar – hotels always have coffee! I could have put my cereal in that in a mug. But today the coffee line was long and the milk running out quickly, so I decided not to take a cup’s worth from the thirsty attendees.


Hot tea! Per usual.


Listened to a presentation on positive thinking first thing, and have a full day ahead!


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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

I hate when hotels don’t have healthier options. I always look around hopefully for Greek yogurt but I have yet to see it.


2 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

A dietary conference with few whole grain options??!? That sounds a little alarming. Any thoughts to share on that? What a beautiful day you have there — love the first picture. And kudos to you for your up and at ’em early workout! :) Have a great day!!


3 KathEats March 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

I can’t really complain because I didn’t plan the conference, but I’m going to see if we can donate bread for the Cville one coming up!


4 Jenn March 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Can you tell me when/where the conference is in Charlottesville?


5 KathEats March 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm
6 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

Good planning on your part and way to go getting in that workout time with the time you have. Have fun at the conference! :)


7 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

Smart of you to bring the cereal! Since I found out I’m gluten and soy intolerant a few months ago I’ve learned to bring GF granola and oats with me whenever I travel, along with nuts and bars!


8 Molly @ RDexposed March 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hopefully lunch has better options. “We” really need to pick it up with our conference food options!


9 Mary March 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

I typically try to stay away from Dasani water, although its the only water available in my college’s vending machines. Dasani has sodium which actually just makes you thirstier.

I’m pregnant too, and luckily have not thrown up once andddd no sickness (knock on wood we keep this up). Fruit is always a good way to start off the day though. If it’s not in a smoothie for me when I’m in a hurry, it’s in my cereal! :)


10 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 26, 2012 at 9:01 am

I hope you’re now thinking very positively! :) I remember how shocked I was to find out how many grams of sugar were in a regular snack-sized yogurt, and now I just mix fruit into my plain Greek. Don’t think I could go back to the old ones! Looks like you managed to get a pretty good brekkie, and that was clever to bring some whole grains along! I love when hotels have hard boiled eggs available, in addition to whatever they are serving hot. I usually go for the hard boiled ones… and a mountain of fruit! Have a fabulous day at the conference, Kath. Can’t wait to hear about what you learn! :)


11 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

Great start to the day with your wallking workout! Every bit counts! Travelling with your own food options is key…in our family with multiple food allergies…I always have a healthy stash to fill in the gaps! I would have enjoyed listening to a presentation on positive thinking…enjoy your day!


12 Angel7 March 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

It is always good to have an extra stash of food on-hand!



13 Megan's @ Megan's Munchies March 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

Hope you enjoy the day and that you have more luck with the protein at lunch.


14 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

Good thinking bringing extra snacks and foods with you to breakfast! Have a great conference! :)


15 Greta @ Staying Lost March 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

That sounds like a disappointing breakfast. I like that you brought food with you- I try to do that when I travel, but I’m not always successful.


16 Anna @ On Anna's Plate March 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

I love getting ready in hotel bathrooms :-) CLEAN towels daily!

Have fun at your conference!


17 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City March 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

What a pretty view from your hotel, the grass is so green!


18 KhushbOo March 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

Fortunately most places have boiled eggs as an option so those tend to be my protein go-tos!


19 katie @KatieDid March 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

bummer, usually hotels have hard boiled eggs which I tend to gravitate towards. You would think a dietetics conference would have some more options.


20 Lauren J @ The Barn March 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

Is that a fire hydrant in a field??


21 KathEats March 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

Yeah! Haha


22 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

You’ve really mastered getting a healthy breakfast in even at a hotel – I’m impressed!


23 Margaret March 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

Beautiful day in the ‘Burg! Have a great conference!


24 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

i always travel with supplies when i’m relying on hotel breakfast — never know what you’re going to get! enjoy your day :)


25 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

That first picture is so beautiful!!


26 Sarah March 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

What conference are you attending, Kath?


27 KathEats March 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

Oh sorry, it’s the Virginia Dietetics Association annual conference


28 Sarah March 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Thanks (I’m back in school to become a R.D., and am taking notes!).


29 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

Getting your day started ahead of schedule and up and at it early in the morning when traveling makes the whole day seem so much more productive and smooth-sailing!


30 Stepheny @ GUSD March 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

Hi Kath, I really enjoy reading your blog. As a new blogger, I have a question for you. You always have great pictures, and I’m struggling with taking enough pictures. My question is, are you ever embarassed or do you ever feel awkward taking pictures of things in public (e.g., at a conference). Maybe I just need to not worry about what other people think, but I feel like everyone is wondering what in the world I’m doing as I snap a picture of my mug of tea or fruit plate at a conference. Just curious!

Enjoy the conference!


31 KathEats March 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

Thanks! I think you just have to be bold about what people will think. I just smile and say “I write a food blog.” Sometimes I resist photos if the setting is too serious, and I try to think ahead – such as taking a photo of a snack before a presentation begins so I wouldn’t have to do it during the talk, which would be rude.


32 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

Yoplait was the first yogurt I ever ate, but the HFCS in it now really turns me off!


33 Andrea M. March 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hello Kath, been following your blog lately. You get very nice shots of your photos. I like the first picture of this particular blog very nice place. It’s really good to see a place like this early in the morning.


34 KathEats March 26, 2012 at 11:22 am



35 Cait's Plate March 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

I’d say you did a pretty good job with breakfast all things considered! And good for you for getting up and getting some time on the treadmill. I find that’s always a good move when I know I’ll be sitting all day. Enjoy the conference!


36 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

It’s so important to be sure you have yourself covered for protein when you’re traveling. Being vegetarian, I always have an eye to that.


37 jojo March 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

I thought they would have lots of healthful food for breakfast since it’s Dietetics Association!
Good way to start a day, with exercise and “positive thinking” 😀


38 Liz @ IHeartVegetables March 26, 2012 at 11:45 am

What really bothers me is when hotels have things that are almost healthy… like the yogurt. If they’re going to get yogurt, why not get greek?? (Ok, I’m sure it’s because it’s more expensive, and some people don’t like it haha) but it does get annoying!


39 KathEats March 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Or just offer SOME PLAIN!!! :)


40 Laura March 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I thought your purposely didn’t eat your pb&j last night so you’d not have to worry about a protein filled breakfast! I love a good pb&j for breakfast…may seem a little unconventional but it gets the job done! Sorry you felt the breakfast was a bit inadequate. It stinks to not start your day off on a healthy foot!


41 KathEats March 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I edited the post when I ate the sandwich later in the evening – was sooo hungry! Wish I’d had two :)


42 Eva @thehealthyparty March 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Positive thinking presentations and a room full of people who are health and food conscious sounds like an awesome day! I’m studying to become a holistic nutritionist and your posts inspire me Kath! It would be so fun to go to conferences like this, and that’s something I look forward to.


43 Life's a Bowl March 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I love squeezing in a morning workout and hitting up the breakfast buffet when I’m on vacation! But I def agree with you about the lack of protein and healthy fat options- there most often seems to be tons of fruit, cereals, rubbery scrambled eggs, and sausage…


44 Amelia March 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

That landscape photo is beautiful!


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