I was compensated for my participation in Coca-Cola's Balanced Living Workshop, but my thoughts and views are my own.
Last week I spent two days in downtown Chicago at the Coca-Cola Balanced Living Workshop. What a wonderful two days. Where do I start...?
The workshop was focused around healthy living and balance. A motto I try to live by in all facets of my life and with food especially. Balance is key. There is no need to diet or give up the foods you love as long as you eat in moderation and have a balance with a variety of foods. Being more conscious of what we put into our bodies and how we treat our bodies with exercise is important for us and for our families.
|Presenting my vision board. I want to focus on eating naturally, exercising, and relaxing more (less stress).|
choosemyplate.gov is a great site to learn more about portion control and a balanced diet throughout the day. They also give you great guidelines for calorie intake based on age-weight-activity level. I learned better grains to eat for being gluten-free. I also learned that my plate should be half fruits and veggies.
In my 1:1 with the personal trainer I learned some fun circuit exercises that I can easily do at home while B is playing or napping. He showed me how to do them along with some yoga stretches. I have been doing them this week and what a difference. My glutes are super sore but it's a good sore.
We had a fitness session with Harley Pasternak, a celebrity personal trainer. He introduced us to his new fitness game on X-box and Wii (coming soon), Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout. It was really fun to do his DVD with him. A priceless moment. In our Q&A with him I was surprised to learn that more expensive shoes don't prevent injury more than cheap ones. Definitely changes my view on spending twice as much for shoes.
What surprised me about Coca Cola is the amount of products they make. I love Smart Water and Vitamin Water and I had no idea that Coca-Cola made them, along with many other items. Their plan to help bring healthy options to schools was really cool to learn about. They care a lot about health and having options on products depending on your lifestyle and needs. Their focus on health and teaching our kids healthy habits is great. We can model things to help our kids be healthier throughout life. Also, they have a Responsible Marketing Policy for their beverages, and do not market any products directly to children under 12. They want to make sure they are giving the right message about health and not just trying to sell products.
My favorite part of the event, besides meeting some really awesome mom bloggers, was going to The Chopping Block cooking school. I have always wanted to go and I was super excited to learn we would be going. Our group of 24 bloggers got to learn how to prepare a meal and learned some cool techniques. I can't wait to go back and take more classes. Once we all helped cook the meal we got to sit down and eat it. I love to cook so this was right up my alley. I learned a few knife techniques, but I still want to take their knife class.
When I went to the grocery store last weekend I took more time to read my labels and really see what I am eating. I typically just grocery shop on auto pilot and get the same things. I made a point to get a variety and try something new. I have been focused on what my plate looks like, making sure I have more balance.
Overall my experience was amazing. I feel very lucky to have been picked to be a part of this workshop. I learned a lot and made some great connections.
All photos taken by The Coca-Cola Company and Bruce Powell Photography