Day 1 of the Virginia Dietetics Conference is a wrap. I don’t like to be negative about things, but today’s presentations weren’t very impressive. I feel like a lot of these nutrition conferences are too basic for us RDs – I come hoping to stay up-to-date in my field and hear research, trends, science, real life experience. Yet it seems presentations are usually just about very basic topics. We spend years learning chemistry, and then it’s never mentioned again! The best presentation I’ve been to was on epigenetics at the Charlotte meeting last year. That was some interesting science. Maybe I’m just too fresh out of school to appreciate the more basic topics that I feel like l just learned about?
I suppose one would say that I should be doing the presentation – or planning the meeting – if I’m going to make constructive criticism. Maybe someday I will.
Overall the conference is good – and thanks to those who have put hard work into it. I’m still enjoying it and meeting other dietitians.
I managed to sneak in a 15 minute walk around the parking lot while on the phone with Matt discussing bakery business during one of the breaks. It was SO nice out!
When our day was over, there was a reception
With veggies + sushi
[Had to snap the photos before it was officially time to dig in!]
And lots of cheese, crackers and hummus
Plus a bar
But I can drink fine spirits any time, so I said no thanks and instead just chatted around for a bit before heading outside.
The EARTH was calling me!!
All day in a room with no windows and 80* outside. I suited up for a run!
Here’s my running route strategy. Look for a big green blob on a map. Zoom in and look for trails.
Find the parking lot.
And then drive there! Google Maps is my favorite way to find running near my hotel.
The trail was beautiful and exactly 2 miles long.
My run was great and just on the way home I passed……
Totally accidental. NOT.
Actually all day I had been dreaming about a trip to WF, my king sized bed and my book. I just wanted to chill out after the long day. And take a shower in my botanicals!
I recently got this facial cleanser after smelling a bunch of them at Whole Foods last week. It smells INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I pretty much got the same exact dinner as last night!!
This salad was MASSIVE!! You know in nutrtional education materials when they show a salad covered in ranch dressing and cheese and bacon and ham and say “Remember: some salads can really add up!”
This is the yuppie version of that salad.
All good real food, but way too much of it! I was absolutely stuffed when I got to the bottom! I blame those amazing cinnamon butternut squash cubes in the right corner! And the fluffy bed of kale on the bottom. Too many vegetables!
Somehow. Somehow. I had room for a bite of my Amish Friendship bread an hour after dinner. 1/4 of my loaf is gone, and I’m pretty sure the housekeeping didn’t touch it…
Now, if you’ll excuse me, the King [bed] and I are off to snuggle!