And I’ve got to do one of my most favorite things: make new friends, even clowns!
I just got back from the Evo Conference in Park City, Utah. Evo was the first conference I went to last year, and it makes for me the beginning of when I started to feel like a “real blogger”.
In January, my family started our “Weekday Vegan” project. Weekday Vegan is shorthand for “eating a whole-food diet at home Monday through Friday consisting of few processed foods and almost no animal products”. I’m not going to get all weird about honey.
On the weekends I buy local meat, eggs and milk, and really good cheese. Also, if we are going to eat in a restaurant or have food delivered, this is when I prefer to do it.
I’ll write more about this some other time, but I will say it’s gone pretty well. I eat a very healthful diet five days a week, so I don’t worry if I have a hamburger every so often, or if we are away from home. I just had my blood work redone, and the change is remarkable. My blood sugar and blood pressure were much improved since January.
At Evo, the food was so good! The catered meals were delicious (thanks for the vegetarian option!) and the suite sponsored by McDonald’s had different menu items every day the showcased summer berries. It was a great place to hang out for a snack, or for a manicure from a local Aveda salon.
The sparkly blue made me feel like less of a middle-aged haus frau. I’m young and fun, darn it!
My special favorite treats in the McDonald’s suite were the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie (pictured on the right) and the Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal. I’m a texture person, so I was glad the oatmeal had a subtle banana flavor without having chunks of bananas in it.
Also, the Chocolate Chip Frappé (“a chip in every sip!”) and the Rolo McFlurry weren’t too shabby. I’m a bit of a *cough cough* McFlurry connoisseur, and I like how they’ve changed the Rolo McFlurry from having the chopped candy in it, to having chocolate chunks and caramel syrup on top. So much better.
The McDonald’s suite featured fun crafts for kids, information on how to treat yourself off the McDonald’s menu and still eat right, and lots of info about the Ronald McDonald House Charities,
Seriously, RMHC has helped the families of so many sick kids, check out what they do and how you can help. My daughters are planning their Silver Projects for Girl Scouts, and they are trying to think of a way to create a project to benefit our local Ronald McDonald House.
Something new I learned about is the Family Arches program. It’s an on-line community where parents can meet to discuss family, food, and wellness, and learn about McDonald’s charitable projects and upcoming products. (New flavor of fruit smoothie sound good?)
One of the reasons I joined Family Arches was to hear about McDonald’s more healthy menu items. It’s been interesting to learn how I can still eat at McDonald’s and make good choices, for me and for my children.
In summation, I hugged a clown, went down an insanely steep zip line, was pampered, and stuffed with good food, all while learning about how to be a better blogger in the dry mountains of Utah. So, not my regular day of avoiding laundry and reminding kids what a toothbrush is for.
I’d like to do another summary of the Evo Conference and talk about who I met and what I learned. Despite being so far away from Virginia, and so very high about sea level, I love it and hope to return for years to come.
I’d like to thank McDonald’s for sponsoring me at Evo. I loved working with them and learning more about their corporate charity work and commitment to providing better food choices. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and only slightly influenced by my love of taking my kids for a McFlurry after a hot summer day at the pool.