Hola from Miami!
Iâ€™m in town for BlogHer Food, a massive food blogging conference â€“ and Iâ€™m having so much fun! Iâ€™m also feeling extremely inspired and energized by all the amazing stories and tips from the bloggers that Iâ€™m meeting.
Weâ€™re staying in a big hotel in Biscayne Bay.
BlogHer Food revolves around core break-out sessions and keynote speeches, as well as (you guessed it) a LOT of eating. I feel like Iâ€™m going to be full for the next week.
One of the sponsors had a table where you could whip up your own salad dressing â€“ that was fun! Mine included olive oil, honey, balsamic vinaigrette, and spices.
Iâ€™m excited to do a full recap of the ALDI sensory tasting workshop because it was SO interesting. Also, I got to eat a lot of cheese and chocolate. Is this the best conference ever or what?
I attended a panel this morning on Food Ethics, which was really well done. The panel members put together this awesome resource guide that is helpful for anyone wanting to enact social change using social media.
The panel moderator, Andrew from Eating Rules, hosts a challenge called October Unprocessed where he encourages followers to eat only real food for an entire month. Pretty interesting, right? This would be a really fun way to kick start a healthy eating lifestyle shift, save money, and motivate yourself to do more cooking. Andrew says heâ€™s going to post a page about 2014â€™s challenge soon, but there are lots of good links on the 2013 challenge page if you want to get started right away.
Soâ€¦ the conference hasnâ€™t been all work (AKA eating) and learning! Thereâ€™s been time for play, too, which Iâ€™ve really enjoyed. Some of my other blog friends are in town for another event. It was awesome to see Kath, Monica, and Anne! I think someone kidnapped and replaced me with a woman much cooler and energetic because I stayed out with them until midnight.
And last, but not least, Iâ€™ve been fitting in some fitness, which Iâ€™m proud of myself for. Really trying to stay committed! Our days are jam-packed so Iâ€™m pleased that Iâ€™m making time to sweat. I did a 2.0 mile walk on Thursday and ran/walked another 2.5 miles yesterday. I actually did a portion of the Half Ironman route, which gave me traumatic race flashbacksâ€¦ Hah. Just kidding. Kind of. It was pretty humbling to return to the â€˜scene of the crimeâ€™ and pump out a 30 minute jog â€“ Octoberâ€™s race seems like a lifetime and a different body ago! At least I have the race shirt to prove I did it! 🙂
Okay â€“ on that note â€“ Iâ€™m going to squeeze in a LONG RUN before the rest of the conferenceâ€™s events! Wish me luck â€“ it looks extremely sunny out there.
Hope your weekend is fabulous, too!