This past week, I was lucky enough to spend four days in Boston with thousands of dietitians and soon-to-be dietitians at FNCE – the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo! The week is packed with four days of non-stop networking, but also lots of learning in the various educational sessions, and career/life-planning in the Internship Fair.
While the rest of the dream team flew out on Friday, I booked by flight way back in April when I was still running and decided to go one day later so I didn’t have to miss a race. Majorly regretted that decision now that I’m not running, but it all turned out okay.
Pre-flight lunch included a coconut milk iced latte and a veggie wrap that turned out to be full of mushrooms and kind of blah for the $8 I paid for it. Told myself I should try to eat it given the price and the vitamin D content of the mushrooms now that I’m never outside in the sun.. but halfway through I turned my (future) RD brain off and threw it away. (that was vitamin D comment was probably the nerdiest thought ever omg)
Once I got to Boston I hopped in a taxi to head to the conference center to pick up my badge and attend the opening session.
After that, we took an Uber back to our modern little Airbnb town house and ate pizza while prepping for the dietetic internship fair the following evening.
The next morning was when all the fun started – starting with a breakfast with siggi’s and the Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG! We heard from Alexis, Kylie, Jenny, and the man himself – siggi! I also got to finally meet Kelly in person and it was great to attend my first NE event.
After that it was a full day of sessions, with lots of coffee and snacks to keep me functioning. I naturally have trouble falling asleep, but add in a new place + nerves and I only got 2 hours of sleep the night before. But I still really enjoyed the day!
Cute buttons from the Expo:
Met the Hello Fresh team and had fun at the photo booth!
Also met the QUEEN of motivational interviewing – Molly Kellogg! I’ve probably watched her videos a million times, so it was cool to finally meet her in person.
Around 5pm, it was finally time for the internship fair! If you’re unfamiliar how dietetic internships work, it’s very similar to residency matching where you apply to schools, there is a ranking process, and you get “matched” somewhere. I had a list of four schools that I wanted to talk to and all went really well! I’m starting to have a much better feel as to where I think I fit, which is really exciting.
After that, we took a late dinner out to Bostonia for dinner. I ordered the risotto and it was incredibly rich and creamy. Would definitely get again.
The next morning started off with a session on marketing and selling as a dietitian, followed by a couple hours at the expo, then two more sessions on endurance training adaption by nutritional manipulation and one on orthorexia. Lots of learning!
After that, my friend Sarah and I went on a quick 6 mile run around Boston. We ran through downtown to a dog park and it was a nice to see a bit more of Boston. One of the things I love most about running is that you really get to experience a new place in it’s full when you can explore it by foot.
After that I opted for an easy night in. My introvert self was feeling DRAINED so I took an easy evening to lay in bed, eat leftovers, and read a book. It was just what I needed.
The last day started with two sessions in the morning, ate this delicious veggie burger around noon, the headed to the airport with my friend Rachel. Boston is a beautiful city that I would love to see more of, but it’s great to be home!