• POM Harvest Tour: The Final Day

    October 21, 2009

    I can’t believe today was our last day on the POM Harvest Tour. It’s been such an amazing experience! I’m really not ready to go back to the “real world.” :-?

    Workout

    Again, I woke up before the sun this morning (darn East coast time), so I hit the gym for a quickie workout. I did 25 minutes on the elliptical, followed by 15 minutes on the treadmill. My hip has been sore from all of the running that I’ve been doing lately, so I alternated 3 minutes of running with 2 minutes of walking. I’m glad that I managed to fit in some sort of workout today!

    Breakfast

    After showering and some blogging, I met the group downstairs in the hotel restaurant for breakfast. I was happy to see that there was a healthy selection of foods once again. :-D

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    The fresh fruit bar was awesome! It was just what I wanted after such an indulgence meal last night.

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    California strawberries! :mrgreen:

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    I considered oatmeal for breakfast again, but decided on whole wheat toast with peanut butter instead.

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    It was a good decision, especially since I had a serious craving for peanut butter.

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    And, of course, I drank a couple of cups of coffee with breakfast. The caffeine was much-needed!

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    After breakfast, the group hopped into the rental vans and drove to the POM facility to learn about juicing and bottling the wonderful pomegranates. (Post coming soon about the tour!)

    Our tour at the POM facilities ended just before lunchtime, so we dug into our packed lunches a little early.

    Lunch

    For my lunch, I ate half of a turkey wrap, drank some POM juice (the first of the whole trip!), and finished with dessert: a wonderful white chocolate cookie.

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    The POM team was actually in a bit of a rush to get us to the airport to catch our flights, so we said some quick goodbyes and drove straight there.

    There was a little confusion with my fight, so it got re-routed through Dallas instead of Las Vegas, but I’ll get home to Boston at the same time. Thank goodness!

    Dinner

    At the airport, I gathered a bunch of essentials for my travels home.

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    On my layover in Dallas, I grabbed Starbuck’s Perfect Oatmeal as another snack/dinner, but I didn’t snap a photo. I actually boarded the plane while eating it!

    I still have a couple more POM posts to write, so be sure to stay tuned!

    And, I have lots to catch-up on! It’s crazy what 3 days away can do!

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    Healthworks Open House

    Boston ladies: Healthworks is having an Open House this week until Friday, October 23rd. All women are welcome to attend. The Open House will be at all 5 Healthworks locations (Copley Square, Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Porter Square, and Salem).

    Click here to view the invitation.

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    In the News

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    Food index looks at nutrition and cost-value

    Soy foods may cut risk of hip fractures in women

    A little cloudy on the exercise cool-down?

    Study: People who drink mostly water tend to have better diets

    Connecticut investigates Smart Choices program

    Restaurants celebrate heirloom veggies

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    { 47 comments… read them below or add one }

    Leianna October 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Looks like you got some great POM goodies to take home!
    Have a safe flight and can’t wait to see more of the trip and your new adventures!

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    Emily Eats and Exercises October 21, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I love learning about all your travel tips – I used to use the airport as an excuse to eat a lot of junk, but you make eating healthily on your travels look easy!
    Looks like you’ve been writing a lot – I’m off to read.

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    Emily Eats and Exercises October 21, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I just had to add: I read your article and I’m totally making that sweet potato smoothie tomorrow!

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) October 22, 2009 at 12:13 am

    ha that’s funny you drank the juice on the last day…glad you’re home safe!

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    Karina (Like Some Cat from Japan) October 22, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I’m going to read up on your articles!
    :D

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    Sagan October 22, 2009 at 1:06 am

    a) I didn’t realize they had nut butter at breakfast, and b) I can’t believe I didn’t have a pomtini last night. *tear*. I might have to make one for myself this weekend to make up for it ;)

    It was so good to meet you in person!!!

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    Madelin @ What is for breakfast? October 22, 2009 at 2:50 am

    That fruit on the buffet looks really yummy and fresh. Usually I hate breakfast buffets but that one looks really nice :). Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful trip! Thanks for the articles too, they sound interesting.

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    Diana October 22, 2009 at 3:15 am

    That breakfast looks great. :) Especially that fresh fruit. Yum.

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    Lynna October 22, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Tina, is POM selling the arils in little packages now???? GREAT news! I love pomegranate but deseeding is so messy and violent. I’ll have to investigate its availability. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 22, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Those strawberries look delish…so much better than the ones in PA!

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    Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 22, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Such a lovely trip – I can’t wait to learn how the pomegranate is juiced :-) that has always been something that I have wondered about – at least since I tried my first POM.

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    Mara @ What's for Dinner? October 22, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I’m celebrating my blogiversary too! I’m giving a way a “Favorite things” prize pack :) Looks like a great trip!

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    Carolyn October 22, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Glad you had such a fantastic time!

    Your pics always make me hungry, everything looks so great!

    Oh and thanks for your post on Operation Beautiful. I read how you left a few notes here and there and got inspired to do the same!

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    eatmovelove October 22, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I love your blog! Great that you were able to get a workout in the morning before travelling. I always hate how time-crunched I am on busy days and ‘regret’ not getting in a long workout – but then I realize that even 20 minutes is better than getting nothing in – trying to focus on the positives :)

    How is the Starbucks Oatmeal BTW?? I’ve wondered, hmmmm…

    I didn’t realize you wrote for Health!! That is so great.

    I am a Physical Therapist, but I actually love to write, but have always been too intimidated/worried about following this – because it’s obviously not my background and seemingly impossible to break into. I feel like I’m just being ‘silly’ or chasing ‘foolish dreams’….my dream would be to write for a fitness/health magazine or blog for them(!!) and also write novels…

    If you have any advice – or know of any magazines hiring :) or how to break into – Let Me Know hahha!!

    I just started my own blog – and there is so much to learn – but I LOVE it and what great support too, no?!

    Take care, get home and get some rest !

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    brandi October 22, 2009 at 8:18 am

    I can’t wait to see all about the juicing process! Have a safe flight!

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    Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 22, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Glad you’re taking care of that hip :)

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite October 22, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Looks like you had a great trip! Safe travels home!

    -Estela

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    Carolyn October 22, 2009 at 8:55 am

    That fruit looks fantastic! I wish I could find those pre-packaged pomegranate arils here.

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    Lauren October 22, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Love your latest Health article, Tina! The sweet potato pie smoothie sounds delicious; I can’t wait to try it.

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    MelissaNibbles October 22, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Welcome home Tina! Thanks for bringing us along on your trip :)

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    Tina October 22, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Mmm peanut butter toast and fresh fruit…what’s better?? I’m glad you had such a great time in California :D

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    Nicole (dishin') October 22, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Looks like a great hotel breakfast!!

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    Lindsay October 22, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Looks like you had a great time. I never eat pomegranates, but maybe I should try. (Off topic, but I got my coffee and mug from coffee amnesty last night and am enjoying my first cup of decaf hazelnut! It’s really good! I might do half regular coffee half decaf hazelnut next time to get some caffeine). Thanks for telling us about it.

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) October 22, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I really concur with the points you made in your article about the importance of recovery days. I tend to do too much, too often and it has sidelined me from doing anything at all in the past. I’ve learned the err of my ways. Rest is a part of maintaining fitness!

    That breakfast bar is the stuff fit foodie dreams are made of!

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    Shannon October 22, 2009 at 9:46 am

    thanks for the link love! hope you had a good flight back :)

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    skinnyrunner October 22, 2009 at 10:51 am

    thats a super nice hotel breakfast buffet! you guys scored big. looks like a fun trip!

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    Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) October 22, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Have a safe trip home!!! The breakfast buffet looks awesome…I love it when there are healthful options!

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    Anne October 22, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I just wanted to congratulate you on your article in Shape Magazine this month! I bought a copy because my sister, a breast cancer survivor had a photo taken for Under Armour’s Power in Pink ad (page 7!!!) and I flipped right to your article. Your story is truly inspirational to others and i’m excited to read more of your blogs!

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    Julie @savvyeats October 22, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I love how you occasionally post links to news articles that apply to your blog! Do you mind if I borrow your idea every once in awhile?

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    Ali (food, fitness, fashion) October 22, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Glad you had fun!!!! I think at the end of the month I am going to suck it up and finally join Healthworks for real!!!! YAY! I think I will join the Back Bay location! I am so excited!

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    Tina October 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm
    Cynthia (It All Changes) October 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I hear ya on waking up before the sun. I did that everyday of my trip to Colorado. It made for a good excuse to do yoga or go for a walk.

    Take care of your hip. You don’t want it to get bad again. I know how much you love to run.

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    Food Makes Fun Fuel October 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    That continental breakfast is better than any I’ve seen. Can’t wait to see the rest of the factory stuff

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    Meg C. October 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    thank god for starbucks oatmeal! it’s my new airport savior. great recap of the Pom events!

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    Jenna October 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    glad you had a great time at POM!
    i always need magazines to get me through airplane trips as well! glad you got back to boston alright!
    jenna

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing October 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the “In the News” articles! I love catching up on the latest health stories and it’s really nice to have a good selection all in one place.

    Hope you had a safe trip back! :O)

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    Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness October 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Hey – congrats on the Food Buzz Bertolli award! Very exciting!

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    Megan M. (Bites of the Apple) October 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Good articles!! Sounds like the POM trip was AWESOME!!

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    Elina October 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Amazing trip. Congrats on being one of the Bertolli challenge winners :)

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    shannon October 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    love the pics- looks like you had a grerat time
    i just wanted to say thanks for the coffee amensity site- i got my package today!!!
    thanks again

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    Ris October 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Wow the trip looks amazing – Can’t wait to look for the pre-packagaed pom seeds! Totally bookmarking the pumpkin chocolate loaf for thanksgiving!!

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    Shannon, Tropical Eats October 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Such a wonderful trip! I love the mini container of pomegranate. I wish all pomegranate came that way. :) PS I have a huge giveaway and fundraiser going on for The Humane Society and would love if you entered! I have about 250 larabars to give away :) Wahoo!

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    Stephanie October 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    congrats on the foodbuzz win!!!

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    Meghan@traveleatlove October 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    My Healthworks membership kicks back in on the 26th! I am looking for a running backpack so I can run there in the morning to lift weights.
    P.S. I am doing a Healthy Halloween giveaway (prize = from Glo Bakery) on my blog

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    Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) October 23, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Looks like you had so much fun! Was the Starbucks oatmeal any good?

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    Lizzy October 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Your trip to San Fran to the Pom Harvest looked like such a fun time! :) glad you made it home safe!

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    Kara October 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    All of that fruit looks awesome!

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