This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Virginia Dietetic Association's Annual Meeting in Richmond, VA. I have to say, I was so impressed by the speaker lineup and how applicable the lectures were! So, I'm here to share with you the highlights of what I learned.
Highlights from Day 1:
On Sunday I attended the Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes seminar. The lecture turned out to be an endurance event in itself: 5 full hours! Normally it's near impossible for me to sit still that long, but this time I was just a tad bit enamored with every word coming out the speakers mouth. We talked about nutrition periodization, supplements, protein and carbohydrate needs, weight loss and more. I plan on dedicating an entire post to this topic, so here are the main takeaway points:
Highlights from Day 2:
WE ARE WHAT WE GROW
The opening speaker for the conference was dietitian Diana Dyer, who is a two-time cancer survivor and in 2009 decided to focus her efforts on establishing her own organic farm (Dyer Family Organic Farm). She had this to say about sustainable agriculture:
OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION
This speaker was a representative from the Produce for Better Health Foundation and discussed strategies for promoting greater fruit and veggie consumption (to consumers, kids, stubborn spouses, etc)
WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO LOSE WEIGHT?!
This was a must see lecture for me. Since I counsel many individuals for weight loss, it's important to know what obstacles to overcome and strategies to do so:
I'm really happy that I had the opportunity to attend this conference and I hope now you learned a little bit too!!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
Another year has flown by, which means it's time to sit back and reflect on the past season. It has been a season of challenge in many regards, and most definitely not the season I had hoped or planned for. Thinking back to my coaching meeting in January, coach Jim and I had discussed taking things to the next level and I set some pretty high goals for myself. That remained the plan through June, until I through a complete 180 by dropping Chattanooga and deciding to focus on my health. I can vividly remember that day, sitting next to the pool after a short workout when coach asked if Chattanooga was still in the cards. I don't remember whether or not I actually responded, but I do remember the emptiness and defeat I felt in that moment knowing in my heart that the answer was no. I consider myself a "fighter"... being Italian makes me stubborn to the core and I am very loyal to the commitments that I make. However, in that moment God was calling me to let go of my own personal plans and trust in Him instead. As humbling and difficult as it was to walk away from Ironman training this past season, I'm incredibly glad that I did.Hearty Miso Soup
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