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I spent part of last week at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium in NYC. It was great to nerd out on all kinds of lectures and discussions—more on that in a later post. I have to admit I love feeding my brain, but as an introvert, it’s hard to spend so many days in a row in that setting. Does anyone else ever wrestle with that? I used to be hesitant to admit it to myself and wasted tons of time feeling guilty for not feeling anything short of ecstatic at all moments, but then I realized what an energy-suck those kinds of thoughts can be. I get much more out of these kinds of things when I meet myself where I am and open my mind to all that new information. This time around, the food certainly didn’t suck either. Here are some of my favorite meals and snacks from the 3 days at the conference.

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  • Breakfast: A few of the days I enjoyed savory oatmeal for breakfast with roasted veg, caramelized onion, goat cheese, and tahini on top.
  • Lunch: My favorite lunch of the 3 days was this smoked salmon and beet salad at Le Pain Quotidien.
  • Snacks: I packed an apple and dry-roasted edamame each day, but I actually ended up sample some of the offerings at the conference more often—sliced veggies and hummus, fresh fruit, tea and coffee. On the way home after the last day, I stopped and picked up a small sample of hemp hearts and a few Siggi’s yogurts, since they were one sale at Whole Foods.
  • Dinner: Thursday night, I had dinner with a friend at Hummus Place. Of course, I had the Shakshuka.

Do you consider yourself an introvert? What was the most interesting conference or event you’ve been to? 

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