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A Healthy U Conference

  • May 11, 2014
  • By Brittany
A Healthy U Conference

Hi friends!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I had a stellar weekend!  My Saturday started off bright and early meeting up with some of my favorite bloggers for the first ever A Healthy U Conference.

A Healthy U was created by Kimberly from Manifest Yourself, Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama and Cassandre from Losing in the City.  I already knew that these ladies were amazing bloggers but I was absolutely floored by the conference they put together.  The event was completely sold out and the energy in the room was amazing!

The day started out with an intro from Nellie.  She got the crowd excited with her announcement of the panels, sponsors and giiiiiivveawaaaaays!  She had this amazing giveaway voice that made me want whatever she was giving away! 

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The first panel of the day was called It’s All Connected and was about the mind, body and soul connection when it comes to getting fit.  The panel was moderated by Kimberly and consisted of:

  • Nadia Murdock, Author & Fitness Coach
  • Matthew Matheson, Personal Trainer/Body Builder
  • Don Sinkfield, Licensed Mental Health Coach

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This panel had some great insight on how the mind/body connection affects your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.  Some great tips:

  • You need to have the mental drive to achieve your goals.
  • Set small goals and work up to them.
  • Exercise discipline.
  • Eat palm sized meals (my palm is so darn small!).
  • Some great fitness crazes: HIIT, dance classes (!) like 305 Fitness, team training like at Swerve Fitness
  • Fitness crazes to stay away from: CrossFit- handle with care because if you are starting out you might not get the form corrections you need to be lifting the heavy weights plus it is a competitive environment, naked yoga.

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The second panel was called Eat Healthy Today, which had tools, tips and tricks to help you on your healthy eating journey.   This panel was moderated by Cassandre and made up of:

  • Dr. Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH
  • Dara Cooper, Director of NYC Food & Fitness partnership
  • Melissa Burton, RD, CDE
  • Valentina Rice, Founder of Many Kitchens

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I was super exited for this panel because I am always interested in learning more about nutrition since I think there is often a lot of misinformation out there. There were some great takeaways from this panel including:

  • Don’t eat something just because you think it is healthy and you have to.  There is healthy food for everyone.
  • You don’t have to do all or nothing.  Small steps are  a great start.  
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables are good for you and are sometimes fresher than fresh produce because they are frozen at their peak of ripeness.  Stay away from canned veggies (except for beans), which have a lot of sodium.  Dried fruit and juice is ok, just realize you are getting less nutrients than eating a regular piece of fruit.
  • If the food didn’t exist 100 years ago, don’t eat it.
  • You don’t eat bad food and you are not bad because you ate something less than healthy.  At the next meal you have an opportunity to make a healthy decision.
  • 5 healthy eating stapes: lean protein, fruits, veggies, whole grains, calcium-rich foods.
  • Stop eating when you are no longer hungry, not when you are full.

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After the panels the groups split up for yoga or Zumba and then lunch.  I had to leave a little early to make it to another event I had signed up for (more on that later!), but I hear that the classes and lunch were crazy awesome! I wish I could have stayed!

Oh an my favorite part of the day?  Seeing these lovely ladies!

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Bloggers are the best people ever.  I honestly have never met a group of more supportive, nice and generally awesome group of women.  Plus, all these mommas let me prattle on forever about my big news and were more than happy to offer me useful advice and encouragement.  It meant a lot to me since the first baby is an exciting and scary journey all at the same time.

Thank you so much to Nellie, Kimberly and Cassandre for hosting such an awesome event!  It was so much fun and I learned so much!

Readers, what fitness trends do you think everyone should get on board with or avoid?  What’s your best nutrition tip?  Zumba or yoga?

By Brittany, May 11, 2014
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  • Lisa @ Lulu's Big Adventure
    May 11, 2014

    I love listening to the advice of my dietician – they have such wise words. There are no “good” and “bad” foods, what is a proper serving size, etc. Sounds like a great conference!

  • Holly
    May 11, 2014

    The tips are sensible and true!! The one about don’t eat something if it did not exist 100 years ago made me take pause! I need to post these tips upon the refrigerator and cabinet door!

  • Nicole
    May 12, 2014

    Looks like a fun event! Not that it’s a trend, but one fitness suggestion that I love is to sweat daily. Whether it’s spinning, running, walking, doing Zumba, yoga, hiking, or whatever your heart desires, the idea is to move daily and break a sweat.

    • FitBritt
      May 19, 2014

      Yes! Completely agree! i try to move every day, even if it is just a little yoga or stretching or foam rolling.

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    May 12, 2014

    Ahhh thank you so much for the amazing blog post about the conference! We were so happy to have you. Thank you for taking such copious notes too because I certainly didn’t get to 🙂 Excuse me while I share this every where 😉

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    May 12, 2014

    I love that 100 years ago food tip! I totally agree! Plus it’s way more feasible that paleo which excludes grains and I am SO not down with that!

  • Cassandre Charles
    May 12, 2014

    A million thanks for attending, supporting and for this beautiful recap of A Healthy U. I so appreciate you and this was a great recap to wake up to this morning. Made my day!

  • Cailee Joy @
    May 12, 2014

    Wow!! This looks amazing!! your schedule looks so fun! …and it looks like you had a blast!! 🙂

  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    May 12, 2014

    I’d have to disagree with the tip about avoiding CrossFit. Yes, there’s bad coaches out there but also good ones who are sticklers for technique and gradually increasing your weights as strength builds. You just have to look for that, ask questions, and listen to your body… just like with any style of workout you’re learning. I love CF-style workouts, because you’re rarely doing the same workouts over and over again, so people don’t get bored and give up.

    • FitBritt
      May 19, 2014

      I think what Matthew was saying was to approach CrossFit with caution if you are beginner and not get caught up in the hype because the model is to use heavier weights and is very much dependent on good form. I don’t think he was saying don’t do it or it is not effective, just be careful and seek guidance if you are interested.

  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    May 12, 2014

    Thanks, Brittany for sharing this recap! I absolutely love it and we were so happy to see you there. xoxoxox

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    May 12, 2014

    This looks like a great conference! I love all the nutrition tips. I’m always interested in hearing those. I think the gluten-free trend is one people should be careful with. Just because something says it’s gluten free doesn’t automatically make it healthy. One nutritional tip I have is to eat breakfast everyday.

    • FitBritt
      May 19, 2014

      Totally agree! We have an awesome gluten free bakery near me and everything looks (and tastes) so delicious but that is because it is still loaded with other things that are not exactly healthy!

  • Karen - Fit in France
    May 12, 2014

    Stop eating when you are no longer hungry is a great tip. I have heard about stopping when you are 80% full but the no longer hungry is a different perspective. I like it ! Looks like it was a good time and informative. I feel we can always learn something….

    • FitBritt
      May 19, 2014

      The woman who gave that tip to stop eating when you are no longer hungry actually said it came from France. So maybe you will hear it again!

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    May 12, 2014

    Another fun event — I want to come with you next time – haha!!

  • Carla
    May 12, 2014

    This sounds like such a wonderful event! They had some awesome speakers too. I love this tip “If the food didn’t exist 100 years ago, don’t eat it.”

    • FitBritt
      May 19, 2014

      I know, right!? I had never thought of that before but it would really eliminate a lot of processed foods.

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    May 12, 2014

    That sounds like such a fun conference full of so much information! I love, love, love all of those healthy tips!

  • Allie
    May 13, 2014

    It was truly so great meeting you and the event itself was awesome!!! I hope we get more opportunities to meet up and have fun 🙂

  • Kim
    May 13, 2014

    Oh – I loved reading about this!! I would have loved to attend this event because I love Nellie!! So cool that you got to meet Allie and Carly (I think maybe y’all have already met though).
    Sounds like an incredible day!!

    • FitBritt
      May 19, 2014

      It was pretty awesome! I love having the opportunity to hang with bloggers and meet other health enthusiasts.

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