Thanks for all of your supportive comments on my morning post! To me, cleaning up my diet means eating less of the unhealthy stuff and eating more of the nutritious stuff. I find that if I eat well-balanced snacks and meals, I actually don’t crave sweets (and other junk food) as much. With that said, I’m going to try to incorporate more healthy snacks into my diet. At the Dole Healthy Lifestyle Blogger Summit, we…

Another interesting presentation that I heard at the Dole Healthy Lifestyles Blogger Summit last week was given by Dr. David Nieman, Director of Human Performance Labs at Appalachian State University, about Immunonutrition Support for Athletes. Immunonutrition? Say what?!? Dr. Nieman’s presentation was very research-heavy and somewhat over my head, but his findings with regard to athletes, immunity, and recovery were quite fascinating. He explained that while 45 minutes of moderate daily exercise stimulates the immune…

At the Dole Healthy Lifestyles Blogger Summit last week, we heard a presentation from child-nutrition activist Kelly Meyer. She recently teamed up with the American Heart Association and a number of America’s schools to teach kids about healthy living through fun, hands-on Teaching Gardens. During her presentation, she shared this video, which really struck a chord with me: Toward the end of the video, a little girl, probably about 9 years old, told Kelly that…

I can’t believe the Dole Healthy Lifestyle Blogger Summit is over already! I feel like I was just checking into my hotel room at the Four Seasons. Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun! The final day of the Summit started with a 60-minute yoga class at the art gallery in California Health & Longevity Institute. It was a really beautiful space to practice. This morning’s class was actually more of a Yogalates…

Wow, what a day. Spa treatments followed by a fancy dinner at ONYX at the Four Seasons. I am one lucky gal. Backlit wall panels of semi-precious stones, such as carnelian and onyx, create a dramatic ambience in which to enjoy light, healthful Asian fare. Bamboo floors, Japanese antiques and dramatic chandeliers grace the main dining room, while silk lanterns hanging over the sushi bar give an exotic feel. The evening started with a cocktail…

The second day of the Dole Healthy Lifestyle Blogger Summit kicked-off with an early morning run around the Westlake area. A small group of us met in the lobby just before sunrise to head out for a chilly 4.5 mile run. I only say “chilly” because I wore a tank top this morning. I thought California was a lot warmer! I mostly stuck with Monica and Meghann during the run. We kept a good pace…

3 planes 14.5 hours 3,205 miles And I’m finally here! What an insane day of travel. I’ll spare you the details, but let you know that American Airlines has a lot of broken planes. I’m glad I’m not flying them home! All of that travel was well worth it though. I arrived safe and sound at the gorgeous Four Seasons in Westlake, California for Dole’s Healthly Lifestyle Blogger Summit. I’m spending the next two days…

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