FNCE 2016 in Boston, MA + more!

Mother - Daughter take FNCE!

Mother - Daughter take FNCE!

This year the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) was in Boston, MA! I have never been to Boston so you know I was excited to travel to a new place and of course, see all the familiar and NEW faces in the dietetics profession. But before I go into detail about my trip to FNCE, I am going to elaborate on all the traveling I did before it all started. My mom and I came a day early to Boston and planned a trip to drive over to Yale University to see my cousin in his junior year of college. We drove through Rhode Island (hoping to see my other cousin-- but unfortunately she was out of town that weekend) and stopped at a local restaurants in Newport, RI to get a Lobster Roll and took a bunch of pictures!

Rhode Island views..

Rhode Island views..

On the road we made a few random stops. We were admiring the fall foliage as well as the local flower shops and farms. We saw some signs that said "sunflowers" and followed them off the highway and to a local farm that was selling what was left of their sunflowers for the year. Yes, I was excited and yes, I bought some! We also saw some cute little pumpkins and fall gourds.

As we got to Yale, I couldn't help but think "this campus is gorgeous!". My cousin, Ryan, met up with us and gave us a fabulous tour of the campus (which is like a small town) and didn't judge me for taking a bunch of pictures. haha. But I am so glad I got to see Yale University and feel like I was in Gilmore Girls for a few hours.

After the tour, we went and got dinner at a local pizza place and apparently the first pizza place ever! We talked a bunch, ate some pizza, then headed back to Boston.

IT WAS NICE SEEING YOU, RYAN!

NOW BACK IN BOSTON

I walked around Boston quite a bit on Saturday of my FNCE trip. I loved the architecture of the buildings, the Dunkin Donuts on every corner (like Starbucks in California) and the people walking around everywhere.

There's a lot to see! I ended up walking to the Boston Public Market and bought some goodies. And I also walked the Freedom Trail like the tourist I am. I ran into a few bakeries along the way and stopped at SWEET to enjoy a Belgian Waffle Cupcake since I earned it for walking almost 8 miles that day. Then I enjoyed some live music at the Boston Book Festival and a delicious meal (grilled cheese and tomato soup!). The weather was lovely and the sights were amazing. 

NOW AT FNCE

I wandered the exhibit hall on Sunday and attended some sessions. I also ran into a few RDs and rd2bes that I knew and caught up for a few minutes before I continued collecting more free samples. It is so fun to see professionals in person that I have worked with virtually... which has made me realize that me knowing or my experience working with them has definitely inspired me and has led me to where I am today in the profession. I am so happy I ran into Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN, Lauren Pincus, MS, RDN and Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD, FAND, during the expo!

Neva Cochran!

Neva Cochran!

Lauren and Shelly!

Lauren and Shelly!

As I mentioned above, I had the chance to sit in on a few educational sessions that were quite inspiring. One session I attended included one of my favorite speakers and RDs-- Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT! I currently virtually intern for her and I am so happy I got to see her in person for the second year at FNCE! The session she spoke at was on "Turning Your Private Practice Dreams into Reality" giving out helpful tools and advice to starting your own private practice in the field of nutrition-- and BOY, was it inspiring. Definitely a path I may consider once I turn RD! haha. But I was happy I got a chance to see and chat with Erin for a split second after the session... and then later on at the expo.

Erin!

Erin!

This year I was quite fortunate to have the opportunity to work in the Red Raspberries booth at FNCE. Since I am a super fan of Red Raspberries, I was so grateful that McKenzie Hall Jones, RDN, asked me to help out at the booth, giving me fabulous experience and an opportunity to interact and share info on one of my favorite products. AND it's such a small world, one of my colleagues from my undergrad program was working at the booth too! So we snapped some pictures and supported the #razzcrush giveaway! Fun times...

McKenzie!

McKenzie!

UH Manoa Class 2015! - now DI/MS students!

UH Manoa Class 2015! - now DI/MS students!

CSULB DI/MS students unite!

CSULB DI/MS students unite!

Since I am currently in my first semester of grad school, I did not want to miss too many days of class...so after working the booth from 9am-3pm on Monday, I then headed straight for the airport and caught my flight at 6pm.

FNCE 2016 in Boston, MA was definitely one of my favorites and I felt like I had more experience and confidence than ever as I wandered around. I cannot wait to finish my DI/MS program and finally become an RD and maybe one day work my own booth! hehe a girl can dream... and I sure do dream of the fall Boston weather.

Fall Foliage!

Fall Foliage!

Until next year FNCE, peace out Boston.

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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be

FNCE 2015 in Nashville, TN

The Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) was located in Nashville, TN this year and boy, was it fun! I was able to meet wonderful professionals and see some of the wonderfuldietitians I met at the FNCE in 2013 in Houston, TX. It is always a pleasure to network and connect with new people at such a big and diverse event like FNCE and I was excited to attend this year and to pass out my very own business cards! (Yes, I am dorky like that)

Carol Berg Sloan, RD and Kelly Sloan, RD2BE

Carol Berg Sloan, RD and Kelly Sloan, RD2BE

As an aspiring dietitian, I believe that in the dietetics profession it is important to meet and network with other professionals in the field. I think that it is very beneficial and almost necessary for students to attend FNCE at some point during their academic career. There are a variety of scholarships and stipends available that students can apply for that can contribute to the expenses for the conference. It really makes a difference! Fortunately, I was a recipient of the Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP) DPG student scholarship in 2013 and attended my very first FNCE in Houston, TX. This scholarship helped tremendously in paying for registration and other necessities for the conference. It doesn't hurt to apply! 

FNCE 2013 in Houston, TX. Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP) DPG Student Scholarship recipients

FNCE 2013 in Houston, TX. Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP) DPG Student Scholarship recipients

Anyways, on my first day at FNCE in Nashville, TN, I attended one of the best sessions ever! The speakers for this fabulous session were Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE and Julie Beyer, MA, RDN, CWPC, who both presented on important topics in the growing nutrition field. Melissa Joy Dobbin's presentation focused on social media and the different ways to spotlight yourself on all of your social media channels. I learned so much and got really inspired to create my own YouTube channel (it's in the making!). She provided fabulous input, tips and examples on how to sell yourself on social media and be consistent and relevant with the content you share. I admire her as an RD and social media expert and I hope to keep in contact with her as I pursue a career in nutrition communications. :)

Julie Beyer's presentation was inspirational as well and focused on self publishing. She provided the pros and cons of self publishing and even shared a personal story on the process of publishing her own books. I'm nowhere near publishing a book but after her presentation, I may consider it ;)

I am glad I did not miss this session!

Julie Beyer, MA, RDN, CWPC and Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE

Julie Beyer, MA, RDN, CWPC and Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE

I am very fortunate to have met and worked with some RDs that attended FNCE this year and I was happy they could squeeze in some time to meet with me during the busy event! These awesome individuals have given me great advice and shared their opinions and personal stories to help guide me through my academics and future career as an RD. Thank you to all!

More photos coming soon!!

Katie Proctor, RD

Katie Proctor, RD

Angela Lemond, RDN, CSP, LD

Angela Lemond, RDN, CSP, LD

Regan Miller Jones, RD

Regan Miller Jones, RD

Feon Cheng, MPH, RD

Feon Cheng, MPH, RD

Milton Stokes, RD

Milton Stokes, RD

Louise Pollock and Jenna Bell, PhD, RD

Louise Pollock and Jenna Bell, PhD, RD

As I wandered the exhibit halls and sat in on what felt like a million sessions, I eventually made it to the DPG showcase where I was able to stop by some of the DPG booths. I was able to volunteer my time at the Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP) DPG and Public Health/Community Nutrition (PHCNPG) booths to provide information on each group and to hopefully gain some members! I also met the other student members of the PHCNPG and was able to talk to them about their experiences in their dietetic programs, what their goals and aspirations are and if they had any advice for someone applying to dietetic internships. It was fun getting to know these ladies (in such a short period of time) and sharing our areas of interest in the food and nutrition field.

Some ladies from the Public Health/Community Nutrition (PHCNPG) at FNCE in Nashville, TN!

Some ladies from the Public Health/Community Nutrition (PHCNPG) at FNCE in Nashville, TN!

Attending FNCE is an opportunity to connect with those professionals in the nutrition-related field and possibly gain a resource for future insight and guidance. It is essential for students to be exposed to the latest nutrition and health trends and related information circulating this profession. Attending FNCE is a great experience for all!

To top off my wonderful traveling experience at FNCE in Nashville - I saw my favorite country star at the Grand Ole Opry. Carrie Underwood was unbelievable and I still cannot believe I got to see her live!

Carrie Underwood LIVE at the Grand Old Opry!!

Carrie Underwood LIVE at the Grand Old Opry!!

This trip to FNCE was fun and I am glad I had the opportunity to reconnect with some friends, meet new ones and of course, see my mom! 

 

My mom and I at the Red Raspberries booth! Wish I got a picture with McKenzie Hall, RD!

My mom and I at the Red Raspberries booth! Wish I got a picture with McKenzie Hall, RD!

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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be

Kauai, HI

I've lived on Oahu for the past 5 years now and I have been fortunate enough to visit a few islands since then. I've been to the Big Island, Maui and this past month I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Kauai. This trip was planned spontaneously and couldn't have come at a better time. My boyfriend, Ryan and I both had not been to Kauai yet and were excited to plan a trip around our 1 year anniversary. Since he was born and raised on Oahu, I thought how crazy he was for not going to Kauai after all these years!! So we booked our flights, packed our bags and flew 20 minutes to one of the most gorgeous islands of Hawaii.

Now, I like to plan things-- so before we left for our trip, I did some research on what we should do on the island of Kauai and boy, the list was long! 

So, I was able to plan a non-stop excursion for our three day adventure. We got to Kauai at 10am on our first day. We rented a car and drove up to the North Shore to kill time until we could check in at our hostel in Kapa'a. Yes, I said hostel. Anyways, we drove up the coast and arrived at Kilauea Lighthouse were we enjoyed the nice, clear blue sky and a local Kauai Juice Co. beverage. My passion for (food) photography took over and I thought I was being cute while laying on the ground taking a photo of the lighthouse and my Kauai Juice. I had a few people take pictures... of me. 

We continued to drive north as the hot, sunny weather slowly turned into rain. Apparently, Kauai is one of the most rainy islands of Hawaii. We found ourselves in a town called Princeville, where we stopped and ate lunch. We thought we would wait out the rain... but no luck. We decided to drive on! We passed a couple beaches and scenic points that were hard to see due to the rain but we still enjoyed the coastal scenery. But finally, after 2 SHORT HOURS of driving, we got to the end of the road and to the beginning of the Kalaulau Trail located at Ke'e Beach. Since it was still raining we didn't feel like jumping in the ocean. We felt like hiking. We started on the Kalaulau Trail (a 11-mile long trail) and only at a mile in were we surprised with a scenic view of the coast and ocean. We knew we weren't going to hike any further but we were happy the view was just as fabulous only a mile in.

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We turned around, hiked down and headed back towards Kapa'a. On our way back we encountered many more scenic view points and stopped at a few along the way such as Hanalei Bay Lookout, which was a green and organized view of the taro fields. 

Hanalei Bay Lookout

Hanalei Bay Lookout

By the time we got to the hostel, it was only 4pm. We were exhausted but excited and decided to wander the town of Kapa'a to familiarize ourselves with the restaurants and stores surrounding our hostel. We had dinner at Olympic Cafe where we enjoyed dinner, a lovely fruit platter and many cocktails. Afterwards, we headed to the hostel which was conveniently located on the beach, and watched the sunset. 

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The next day was the start of another great adventure and definitely the highlight of our whole trip. We got on the road and headed to Waimea Canyon which was on the South Shore of the island. On our way there we stopped by the Kauai Coffee Company and took a quick educational tour and had samples of freshly brewed flavored coffee.

Banana Nut Flavored Coffee

Banana Nut Flavored Coffee

Ice Coffee Heaven!

Ice Coffee Heaven!

Coffee Beans

Coffee Beans

We finally made it to Waimea Canyon after a few rest stops and a long drive up the mountain. We arrived at this great view!

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Glass Beach

Glass Beach

After seeing the Waimea Canyon, we checked out Glass Beach where the sand was made from glass that has been dumped in the ocean and molded into sea glass smooth stones. I suppose tourists collect a lot of sea glass because there wasn't much to see.

But luckily this beach was right next to our next tour!

 

 

 

THE NA PALI COAST. My parents highly recommended this scenic tour since they went on it a few months earlier and LOVED IT. So why not?! You don't go to Kauai all the time! So I booked two tickets for Captain Andy's Na Pali Sunset Sail Tour and we arrived for departure at 2pm (after seeing the Waimea Canyon) and set off on sail for the Na Pali Coast. It was an adventurous excursion that went through strong winds and rapid waves that ended up with me getting hit by a wave and sliding all over the sail boat but it was worth the pain once I saw this view!

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

On our last day in Kauai, we were only trying to kill time until our flight home. We were exhausted! We decided to relax and go to the beach. We ended up at Poi'pu Beach Park where we ate lunch, got rained on and swam in the ocean. On our way back to Kapa'a we drove past the Koloa Rum Company and immediately signed up for the rum tasting tour. WOW. and YUM. 

After the rum tour we googled more of what to see on Kauai which lead us to see the only river on the Hawaiian islands-- the Wailua River. This then brought us to Wailua Falls which was right up the road. Everything was so green!

Wailua River

Wailua River

Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls

Eventually we became even more exhausted and realized we were spending more money than we expected. So we gathered our belongings from our hostel, grabbed some souvenirs at the local ABC store and had our last bite to eat before returning our rental car and heading to the airport. 

It was a fun, exhausting, adventurous, touristy and spontaneous experience I have been on in a while and I'm glad I got to island hop before I move back to the mainland. 

Visit Kauai. CHECK.

Catalina Island, CA

I’ve been spoiled with gorgeous weather, the ocean breeze and warm sunshine from being born and raised in southern California. In addition, my family has always owned a boat but recently my dad traded in the speed boat for a 40-foot yacht. My parents have the yacht slipped near the Port of Los Angeles, one of the busiest ports in the world. Boats of all sizes, cargo ships, tankers, and cruise ships come through the port daily on business and to pick up passengers. When my family can find the time, we like to plan a trip to a place located about 22 miles west of Los Angeles, across the Pacific Ocean... a place known as Catalina Island!

I have only been to Catalina twice in my life and it has always been one of the most relaxing family trips for the Sloan family. Many boat owners like the weekend getaway and reserve a spot at one of the mooring balls for boats located in any one of the coves of Two Harbors or Avalon, the two popular cities on Catalina Island. We usually stay at Two Harbors’ Isthmus Cove, where we lounge on our boat and take the dinghy (our mini transport boat) to land. As a family, we like to hike the hills along the coves, lay out in the sun and swim in the bright blue ocean water (something we need to do more often!). Catalina Island is a great place to take a vacation with family or friends.

There are many different coves around the island but my top three favorite coves in Two Harbors are:

  1. Isthmus Cove: Isthmus Cove has 249 moorings and more than 100 anchorages. It is the mooring area for the romantic village of Two Harbors.
  2. Cherry Cove: Cherry Cove has 99 moorings and no anchorages. On shore there is a Boy Scout camp and up the nearby canyon are large groves of Catalina cherry trees and Ironwoods. A point of land, called Lion’s Head, protects this cove from the afternoon winds.
  3. Emerald Bay: West of Howland’s Landing is beautiful EmeraldBay. It has 100 moorings and anchorage for five to 10 boats. There is a long strip of natural sandy beach. The Corsair Yacht Club and a Boy Scout Camp have facilities here.

How to get to Catalina Island:

  1. Catalina Express: Daily port departures from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point to Avalon and Two Harbors.
  2. Catalina Flyer: Daily boat departures to Catalina Island from Newport Beach on the largest passenger catamaran on the West Coast. 
  3. Island Express: Fastest transportation. Landing pads in both Long Beach and San Pedro.

Some important things to bring during the summer on Catalina Island:

  1. Sunscreen: the weather is usually sunny and hot.
  2. Swimsuit: you’ll be surrounded by the ocean… go swim! (usually only during the summer)
  3. Camera: cherish the memories.

Taking a trip to Catalina Island is something I always look forward to when I come home to California on my holidays from school. I enjoy the mini vacation at any time of the year (yes, even when its freezing during the winter!) because the "island life" is a fun life to live, even for a brief moment in time.

What's your next weekend getaway?

Mount Shasta, CA

I am a So-Cal girl but I do have to admit to loving the Nor-Cal scenery. I took a trip to Mount Shasta once and it is a trip I thoroughly enjoyed because I am a big fan of mountains and snow. (I grew up going up to our cabin in Big Bear and it has been a while!) I was excited to go on this trip with my boyfriend because it was our first of many trips we have gone on together. 

So we decided to plan this awesome trip around the time he was looking at going to San Francisco for school. So we flew from Hawaii to San Fran (check out my San Fran trip here!)

Ryan thinking about what to do on our trip! 

Ryan thinking about what to do on our trip! 

a treat before our flight ;)

a treat before our flight ;)

BYEE HAWAII-- HELLO SAN FRAN! My view from the plane (HNL-SFO)

BYEE HAWAII-- HELLO SAN FRAN! My view from the plane (HNL-SFO)

THEN we rented a car and drove up to Mount Shasta! It was sooo fun to go on an adventure that neither of us had been on.

So, it did take about 4 hours to drive up to Mount Shasta so we decided to detour and go through Chico to try some of our favorite beer at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. 

We had a few more hours to go before we got to our motel in Shasta. And boy, did the temperature drop!

So the next morning, (after checking into our motel at midnight!) we decided to drive up to the nearest town, WEED. And yes I did buy souvenirs and a shirt that said "University of WEED" on it. It was funny at the time! After our little shopping spree, we headed up to Mount Shasta itself!

On the way up the mountain it was sunny and green and happy... but once we got half way, there was SNOW EVERYWHERE.

We got a little nervous because we didn't have chains and the roads got icy out of nowhere!! Thankfully?... the road came to an end only half way up Shasta because there was too much snow to keep driving and you couldn't see more than 20 feet in front of you! So we got out of the car and played in the freezing snow for like 20 minutes! The wind did eventually pick up and those of us from Hawaii could not take it and decided to head back to town where we grabbed some food and hung out in our room. (where it was warm!)

The next day we started our morning at the local Black Bear Diner. It reminded me a lot of Big Bear and how the small town was somewhat like a little family. Everyone was friendly and nice and had smiles on their faces! We had some hearty food and delicious coffee <3

After breakfast we just googled places to see, to be honest. We then decided to drive to Shasta Lake which was actually quite gorgeous and huge! Across the lake was a mansion and my boyfriend and I thought how cool it would be to live there! But of course, private property and we couldn't go visit. DARN!

We then drove to the Shasta National Forest where we spontaneously decided to do the 3-mile Mount Shasta Loop trail! Where I thought it'd be cute to take outdoorsy/yogi type photos. How'd I do?! (pictured below)

After a long day, we got back to town, checked out some of the local shops where I found (and Ryan bought) the most beautiful Larimar stone ring for me! This little shop had a bunch of crystals and stones that were from Mount Shasta or other places and were made into jewelry or decor. It was amazing to see.

We then got some food after our shopping spree and called it a night and spent because we had a long drive back to San Fran the next morning.

Since we only spent two days in Shasta, we spent most of our time driving around trying to find scenery to gaze at and places to eat. It is a small town and since we went in September, it wasn't a winter wonderland YET so we had a mix of sunny and snow while we were visiting.

Overall, Mount Shasta was easy going and quiet. I definitely would like to go back to Mount Shasta during the winter and see how far up we can actually go up the mountain (I think there's another road up) and just enjoy it knowing what is there. I had fun with my boyfriend and am happy to put this in the books for a successful couples trip!

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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be