The first day of the Healthy Living Summit is over, and it was jam-packed of activities! I woke up around 6 AM (because of the time change) and forced myself to go back to sleep for an hour. Then, Megan and I joined a group of girls on a run by along the beautiful Chicago Harbor. We covered 4.0 miles in about 43:00 minutes. Came back and had a bagel with egg:
My first activity of the day was a tour of the Frito Lay factory in Wisconsin. Now â€“ here me out. :) Iâ€™m sure â€œFrito Layâ€ and â€œHealthy Livingâ€ donâ€™t automatically go together in your mind, but 1) there is no real difference between Tostitos and â€œall naturalâ€ blue corn chips (itâ€™s just marketing!) and 2) Frito Lay is actually a highly environmentally-friendly company. In fact, the factory I toured today is LEED GOLD certified, which is pretty hard to achieve.
And 3) I talk all the time about BALANCE â€“ and OBVIOUSLY, no one is suggesting you should eat Layâ€™s all day longâ€¦ but if youâ€™re going to snack on a potato chip, one with three ingredients (Layâ€™s is just potatoes, oil, and salt) is better than one with artificial flavors and colors. 🙂
And Cheetahs with sunglasses are pretty cool.
I love to see how stuff is made, and it was awesome to see the plant in action! Iâ€™ve been on tours of POM Wonderful, Audi, Boeing, and several breweries. Itâ€™s so amazing.
The bus ride was a little long, so we played Catch Phrase. We had a pretty intense bracket going on!
On the bus ride, I ate a clementine and banana. And I tested a few new flavors of chips, of course. 🙂
When we got to the factory, we listened to a few presentations and ate lunch.
I had fruit salad, a veggie wrap, and a salad with a boiled egg. I picked around the wrap because I filled up on some chips and salsa.
The tour itself was very interestingâ€¦ as I said, Iâ€™m pretty fascinated by how stuff is made and the production lines were intense (and smelled delicious). Unfortunately, cameras werenâ€™t allowed on the floors.
On the way out, I grabbed a fruit plate.
And then we headed back to Chi-Town.
One MAD DASH later, we arrived at the location for the Official Open Sky Cocktail Party, which was held at a pretty great lounge called LaSalle Power Company.
It was a great meet and greet! There were old blog friends, new blog friends, new reader friendsâ€¦ just a great group of (200+) people.
I had a Bud Light and switched to water. Loaded up on veggies,hummus, pita chips, and caprese sticks from the buffet:
The people were great, the music was bumping, and everyone had a blast. However, I think what really pushed the party over the edge was the photobooth! Itâ€™s so much fun to jam a ton of people into a photobooth and take silly pictures.
With that, my friends â€“ I am off to bed! See you in the morning for the main event of the Summit.
We have some interesting presentations these year. To see what weâ€™ll be discussing and doing, check out the agenda.
Itâ€™s really great to meet so many of my blog friends IRL (in real life). Having a blast! 🙂 🙂 🙂