Today I spoke at the 20th annual North Country Women’s Health Conference at the beautiful Mt. Washington Hotel. I had an opportunity to meet some really interesting people and hear some other speakers, too. Here are a couple of my favorite things from the day:
#1 – Loretta LaRoche was the keynote speaker for the day. She said two things that I thought were amazing. One was that “Life is not a stress rehearsal.” Isn’t that fabulous?!
The other is really profound – she said that in our culture food is “demonized, spiritualized, or medicalized.” Wow!!! You can bet that I’ll have more to say about that after I’ve digested it (pun intended…)
#2 – The response to my “Transforming Your Body Image” presentation was quite positive. This was a relief because I was presenting the material in a new way. I knew how I wanted it to go in my head, but the first time with a new format is always a bit nerve-wracking. It wasn’t perfect, but it was good. Which leads me to…
#3 – The first session I attended this morning was with a young woman named Haley who was presenting information about eating disorders. It was a really helpful segue for me to get into the right mindset for talking about body image later in the day. One thing she said that really struck me was that a big factor in the development of eating disorders is perfectionism. And there is something that I can be hugely grateful for – of all the ways that perfectionism has haunted me, I never developed anorexia or bulimia. Thank goodness! (Side note – I knew Haley when we were kids and it was one of those funny “Oh, wow, we’ve really grown up, haven’t we?!?” moments for me.)
What an interesting day. If you were at the conference today and are reading for the first time, welcome! I’m glad you’re here. Please head down to the comments and post your favorite experience or moment from today!
And if you’re a regular reader and/or weren’t at the conference today – please head down to the comments an post your favorite experience or moment from today, too!