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Want Cardio? Try Handstands

Today has been a really great day so far! I cranked out four pages of the book this morning and Caitlin read the first chapter on the bike at the gym…she’s the very first person to read it besides my editor!

The good news is that she says it’s not crap! πŸ™‚ And now I only need 28,000 more words! Woohooo!
We also started planning Healthy Living Summit 2010! It’s that time of year again….Caitlin and I have conference calls with some companies next week about it and I’m getting excited. We haven’t picked a city yet for sure but have a few ideas…
I sipped on tea all morning and then snacked on TJ’s trail mix (this stuff is literally crack in a bag):
And then went to my Power Bootcamp class! It’s really funny actually. Most of the time, it’s just me and Anna (the studio owner) so I feel like I’m getting a 45 minute personal training/yoga-butt kicking workout. Anna was actually a personal trainer for something like 13 years and we were laughing today because she was saying how practicing handstands is the ULTIMATE cardio workout (as in, blows the elliptical a-w-a-y. Duh). You use all of your muscles and your heart pumps like whaaaat. Our workout today started out with a series of fast paced Sun B salutations, leap-switch crescent lunges, jump squats, handstands, forearm balance, headstands to full wheel, leaping crow poses, side planks and some twists. By the end I was literally shaking.
Came home a ravenous beast and almost tore this open with my teeth from the freezer:
Alongside the wrap, I had a salad topped with hummus and lemon juice and 2 big stalks of celery. My lunch was very green today!
I liked this wrap a lot. I had only tried Amy’s burritos before and this Indian wrap was a pleasant surprise. It was stuffed with spinach and tofu and was very filling!
For dessert, I had a kiwi which I ate like an apple. Obvi.
Back to the drawing board!

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    January 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    It’s not crap? My sources tell me Caitlin’s actual words, re: your book, were, “I did 37 minutes on the stationary bicycle while reading a draft of Jenna’s memoir/cookbook. It’s good! I can’t wait to buy it.” (http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/)

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    Mama Pea
    January 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    A Blogger Summit sequel? Hope there are more than 100 slots this time…and that you reserve Gigi and Lulu as guest speakers πŸ˜‰

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    Evan Thomas
    January 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I bet your book is great! Can’t wait to know what recipes are in it.
    I suppose Boston 2 years in a row wouldn’t be too exciting but it’d sure be convenient for me πŸ™‚

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    Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    headstands are totally killer!

    you guys should come to Denver for the Healthy Living Summit! or Boulder….I’m just sayin’ is all I’m sayin’ πŸ™‚

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    January 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I am in awe of people who can do headstands. Seriously.

    Healthy Living Summit 2010?!? Alright! Any chance you might want to hold it in Altoona, Pennsylvania? πŸ™‚

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    January 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    im not sure if i missed this post, but what is the focus about your book? memoir? how will you make it stand out against the other food books/memoirs out there?

    please dont misread or take my questions out of context or tone, im just wondering. how has 20 something years given you enough interesting material to write about? isnt your life so public that people could just read past posts?

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    Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    January 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    So excited to read your book Jenna, seriously! I have great feelings about. Congrats on your first good review and good luck on busting out the other 28,000 words!

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    Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat)
    January 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I love the Amy’s wraps! I’m excited for your book! I have no doubt its gonna be awesome!

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    January 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I love Amy’s burritos, too, but have never tried the Indian – it looks good!

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    Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    January 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I love that you are always so busy but you seem to embrace it and cherrish every minute of it!

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    January 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I am excited to read it even more now!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Ahhhh hope I can attend HLS this year!

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    Molly @thevegandorm
    January 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Just like everyone else, I’m going to comment that HOUSTON TEXAS would be a great place to have the Summit. However, I also think it might be fun if it happened in San Fran, maybe even in conjunction with the half-mary/marathon? Wherever it is, its destined by a huge success!

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    January 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    OHHHH may I suggest Austin, TX for the next summit? The flagship store for Whole Foods is here and it’s a pretty fun, fit city:)


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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    January 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    28,000 words, 2 1/2 months, a snap for you! The food looks good, too!!

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    Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    January 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Yayyyyyy Blog Summit 2010. Hopefully I can go this year!

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    January 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Yay on the book coming along!
    Trail mix looks great as well as the Indian wrap!

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    January 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I have that wrap in my freezer and haven’t tried it, glad you gave it a good review!!!

    ummmm Richmond, VA!?

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    Janna (Just Flourishing)
    January 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I LOVE doing handstands πŸ™‚ I should do them more often!
    I reallly realllllly want to go to the HLS this year!!!

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    January 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I didn’t know you could eat a kiwi like an apple with the skin and all! Are there health benefits to the skin? I LOVE your blog! It’s my new favorite one!

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    January 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    That wrap looks good — I usually stay away from frozen meals but sometimes, with recommendations, they hit the spot. πŸ˜€

    Can’t wait for more info on HLS 2010!

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    January 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Great work on the book draft – it seems that it is all coming together yay!
    oooh and anotehr Healthy Living Summit – how exciting! Boy I wish we had something like that in Australia πŸ™‚

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    Kelly Michelle
    January 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I vote for MIAMI, come on you can’t get any better than that, plus than you can stop by and visit your parents too… how convenient…

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    January 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I vote for Portland! We love healthy food/living!

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    Rosey Rebecca
    January 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I am soo excited to hear where next year’s HLS is going to be. I couldn’t make it this year. I definitely want to try to go next year! NYC, possibly??? I hope you guys are able to sell more tickets this year too!

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    Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    January 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I love it when I get a really small work out group. My noon yoga class is often just me and my mom!

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    January 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I always try to do handstands for core strength, but I’m a total failure at them. I just never got the balancing on my hands thing.

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    Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    January 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    How about HLS comes to CALIFORNIA?!?!

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    January 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I agree with #4 up there, Denver woo woo. I’m sure your book is nothing short of amazing!

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    January 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    There’s no way your book could be crap, Caitlin’s lucky to get a first look! πŸ™‚

    Cannot wait to hear more about the Healthy Living Summit…one of my goals this year is to attend a blogger event!

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    January 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    That wrap looks yummy! LOVE yoga!

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    Lily @ Lily's Health Pad
    January 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    That Amy’s Burrito actually looks really good!
    I eat the kiwi skin too. It’s just a bit fuzzy, that’s all.

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    January 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I’m pretty sure running is a better form of cardio than practicing handstands, but to each her own!

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    That wrap looks delicious! Thank you for alerting me to its existence.

    Congrats on the book productivity! The headstands must also help with getting blood and ideas to flow to the brain.

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    January 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Im so excited for your book!
    That wrap looks delicious. I love Amy’s products, they never disappoint.

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    Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I’m glad the book doesn’t stuck but I never thought it would.

    A personal training session with a yoga influence…amazing!

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    January 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Are you eating the peel of the kiwi and all? πŸ™‚ Good luck getting those last 28, 000 words out!

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      January 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm


      Yep! Skin and all! mmmm fiberlicious

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    January 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I vote East Coast for healthy living summit 2010!!!! You know you want to come back and visit anywaysssssssssss πŸ™‚

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    diana(mymarble rye)
    January 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    i wanna go the summit! haha. BTW I haven’t seen those indian wraps before..must buy asap!

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    January 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Yeah for Yoga for cardio!!! And for strength!!! Some people say that it is not enough. To them I say that they have just not done enough yoga to make a difference!

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    January 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    You are slowly convincing me that bootcamp is something I’ve gotta try! Hope to see you in the studio soon πŸ™‚

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    January 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I love the floor backdrop. Anything for a prettier picture, right? =example why my hubby thinks I’m nuts πŸ˜‰

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    Olga @ Healthing It
    January 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I vote NYC for Healthy Living Summit. Please?

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    January 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    What a workout!! The wrap and salad look delish.

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    January 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    gigi – you are hilarious! You really don’t think someone in their 20s could have a life experience valuable enough for a book? If you think people can just learn about Jenna’s life by reading past posts, then why don’t you try it? Then maybe you’d know what her book is about.

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    Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Can’t wait to read the book! And goooo Boston!

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    LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils
    January 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    That is my absolute FAVORITE Amy’s wrap. It is so tasty and filling. Plus, it’s vegan!

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    LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils
    January 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Also, can I please echo Hillary’s comment about HLS in Cali? Specifically, San Fran?

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    January 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Seattle! Seattle! Come to Seattle!

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Yay for the HTS!!! I am going to try my hardest to attend this year, I hated missing out last year!

    And like someone else said, I’m also in awe of anyone who does handstands. That is incredible!!

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    Casey @ SpicyandSweet
    January 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Wow Gigi….if people in their 20s aren’t interesting enough to write a book, we’re ALL just a bunch of boring peeps, aren’t we?

    Jenna, your book is going to be OUTSTANDING and I can’t wait to buy it! Writing is a passion, and pursuing your passions/talents at any age, especially a young one, takes courage, confidence, and a great deal of determination. And you got a BOOK DEAL! Props to you!!!

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    Danielle @ ECGWCW
    January 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Have you thought about the title of your book yet??

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    January 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    you can eat the kiwi with the fuzzy part? srsly? if so, i’m going to try that, as i hate peeling kiwis.

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    January 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    LOL TO GIGI’s comment haha – if you had to be a certain age or have a certain life experience, there wouldn’t be many books or novels out there girl!! πŸ™‚
    Y’know I hardly peel anything now – don’t see the point…don’t think it’s good for gut or digestion – but it can’t get any worse than it is I suppose…WTG with the book – again jealous, but practicing Ahimsa πŸ˜‰

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    January 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Wow – I was quite surprised to see the responses to Gigi’s comment. In my opinion Gigi was very respectful and asked a perfectly reasonable question. I was very much looking forward to see if Jenna would answer. In particular, “how will you make it stand out against the other food books/memoirs out there?” is a very intelligent question and one that I, and I’m sure many others would be very eager to hear the answer too. There are COUNTLESS food books and memoirs flooding the market, and I would be interested to hear how Jenna intends to ensure her book stands out. In fact, I’m sure that’s something everyone who reads her blog would be interested in hearing about.

    Calling Gigi “hilarious” and laughing at her in my opinion is extremely condescending. She never said that just because Jenna is in her 20s that her life experience isn’t “valuable”. Every time I hear about a young celebrity, be it an actress, singer, food blogger, etc writing a “tell all” book or a “memoir” often the first thought that crosses my mind (and many other people I know) is “they are barely beginning their life – why write a memoir now – why not wait until they have lived more, experienced more”. (Please also note that I am only 19 years old myself – it’s not like I’m some old grandma sitting here thinking “these youngins don’t know what they are talking about” !) Sure, I KNOW that just about every 20 something is going to have wonderful experiences and life lessons to write about – but in all honesty, in 20 or 30 years time, that same person will have SO MUCH MORE that they have learned and experienced, so much more to share with the world. And I’m implying that that I think Jenna shouldn’t be writing this book – she has accomplished a LOT and been through a lot, and I personally would especially love to read about her time in Paris, but I can understand where Gigi is coming from and think it is a perfectly reasonable question to ask someone writing a “memoir” style book at such a young age. (Please note I am aware it is not only a memoir but also a cookbook.)

    I never usually comment on blogs but I felt the need to in this situation as I am constantly frustrated that on so many blogs when a commenter asks a question that may be challenging the post author or is not filled with gushing and praise, other commenters feel the need to belittle that person or post comments telling the blog author to “ignore” the comment instead of letting the blog author address the question or comment directly.

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    January 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    i love those burritos! definitely great when you’re ravenous πŸ™‚ good luck on getting the 28,000 words written! Can’t wait to read it!

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    January 14, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I dont even know if I could do a handstand if wanted to ha ha Also I enjoyed a nice wrap for dinner tonight but mine was made with eggs

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    The Paris Food Blague
    January 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    what is it about dried fruit and nuts….you are right, it’s crack! super excited for your book….

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    Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    January 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    WOO HOO! I had so much fun last year, I really hope I can come this year! I can’t wait to see where you guys hold it.

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    Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    January 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I am excited to read your book πŸ™‚

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    January 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Hey Jenna! Can’t wait to read the book! I vote Seattle for the Summit, I even work in a Hotel as a CSM so I might have an in ;). I don’t have a blog, but I follow all y’all every day and LOVE IT! I really wanted to start one, but I work crazy hours at work, and it doesn’t fit into my run/yoga/cooking/friend/boyfriend schedule! Hopefully someday soon. Anywho. My Boyfriend’s Mother & I bond over food and she has her own up and coming Healthy cooking blog Motherrimmy.com.
    I would love to see you guys in the Pacific NW……. πŸ™‚

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    Lauren @ louisianagrown
    January 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Pick New Orleans! Pick New Orleans!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    January 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    You eat the hairy skin!!!! Craziness πŸ™‚

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    January 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Sounds like a great workout! There’s nothing quite like standing on your head to get a little change in perspective!

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    January 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    may I suggest Los Angeles for the HLS!?

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    January 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Is this year’s HLS going to be pretty much the same as last year? I didn’t go last year, I’m just curious if you guys are revamping a lot πŸ™‚

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    January 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    If I wanted to attend the Healthy Living Summit 2010…how do you go about doing that when a location is decided?

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    January 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I agree with the other commenters that the HLS should be held in DENVER–a beautiful, clean, healthy city!!! I also agree with the other commenters who said that your book is going to be fab-u-lous; I cannot wait to buy it and read it.

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    January 15, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Totally bummed about missing the Boston HLS. Wish I had been reading blogs by then….but I did love recaping all the places you all had visited. Definitely visited some of my favorite stomping grounds! πŸ™‚ Was at Small Plates last weekend <3

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    January 15, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I could never do a handstand. I do headstands like a champ but my balance is waaay off for a headstand. Some day! In my head I always think I can do it and then FLOP! I’m down.

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    January 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    seattle or tacoma πŸ™‚

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    January 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Ooooohhhh! Talks about Healthy Living Summit 2010?! I’m so excited!

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    January 16, 2010 at 7:54 am

    HLS 2010 – woohoo! I’m pumped!!

    I used to do headstands all the time as a kid- I need start doing them more often.

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    January 18, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I agree wholeheartedly about the headstands! I am a 3-year yogi and still cannot do one! Jenna, do you have any practice tips? I guess I just need more strength in my arms πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Hey, I love the site! I was wondering about the Healthy Living Summit. I missed the whole thing last year and was wondering what it was- can you fill me in?

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