A few weekends ago, I got the pleasure to attend the R3 Summit, put on by Prevention Magazine and I had such a great time. As much as I love going to food events, my true interest is in health and wellness, so this was such a fun day!
Throughout the day, there were fitness activities and panel discussions on eating clean, vitamins and supplements, loving your age and other great topics. The vitamins and supplements talk made me realize that I am probably not getting everything I need. They covered the common deficiencies of Vitamin D and B12s.
Luckily, Garden of Life was there to provide some of their B12 spray to keep us at our RDIs. They also had their Raw Fit Protein drinks, which I have been a huge fan of for awhile. They introduced me to their new Marley Coffee flavor and I fell even more in love.
Now that I work in the CPG industry, I realize how important 3rd party certifications are. I find myself looking for USDA Organic and Non-GMO certified labels. It is important to know what you are putting into your body, especially when it comes to powders, vitamins and supplements. I can’t rely on “natural” labels anymore, that can mean anything these days. The process to get these 3rd party labels is very rigorous, time consuming and costly. So when I see them, I know I can rely on them.
There were also some yogic-like stations such as meditation workshops, Chakra clearings and Reiki energy sessions. Crazy, right?! That was very interesting and something I don’t do on the reg. And! I even got a henna tattoo. I felt like I was back in middle school at the Alameda County Fair feeling so cool with my ‘tattoo’. Actually, I really liked it the following days– made me kind of want a real one (Mom & Dad, disregard that).
Among all these neat things, my favorite was the Beauty Pillar. Side note: I’m a very simple girl (at least, I like to think so). Spending hours getting ready sounds like a horrid nightmare. I’m all about convenience. I want to max my sleep time and minimize ‘getting ready’ time. A.k.a. Wake up, work out, and in 15 minutes, shower, do make up, air dry my hair, run out the door.
So why was I so intrigued by the Beauty Pillar? I have no clue. But it was awesome.
Maybe because I know jack (rabbit) about anything beauty related. Oily skin? Dry skin? I don’t know. Hair texture? Umm… Asian hair?
I sat down at the skin bar and the first thing I say is, “So I know nothing about my skin… tell me everything you know!!!” She probably thought I was crazy. I didn’t even know what toner was. And I’m supposed to exfoliate 2 x’s a week? Well, good thing I have done NEITHER of those for 25 years… just excellent.
Anyway, I learned some great information and got some cool products for my hair. I love this Make It Healthy stuff.. it smells great and gives my hair some volume!
After this summit, I turned into a girly girl. I learned how to make my own face exfoliant (which I will post later) and I even went and bought lipstick. Yes, lipstick y’all. Crazy.
What’s even better? This color is called “Sin”. Great, thanks Mac.
Anyway, R3 brought out the woman in me, and it also reignited my interest in nutrition. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on vitamins, supplements and other nutritional information. It’s amazing how late I can stay up and read this stuff.
Huge thank you to Prevention Magazine for allowing me to be apart of a great event! I love that Prevention Magazine makes a healthy lifestyle an achievable goal. Sometimes information can be overwhelming, but they have great suggestions on how to make small changes that can have a greater impact.
Note: Although I was invited to the summit as a guest of Prevention Magazine, all opinions are my own.