As the 2015 Slow Living Summit in Brattleboro, VT, approaches, I can’t help but reflect on the past year. When I attended the summit in 2014, the idea of creating a paleo bar was just beginning to take shape in my mind. I wanted to try my hand at making a grain-free bar, but I was waiting for some inspiration.
That inspiration came on the first night of the Summit. I was sitting in the main auditorium of the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, listening to Dr. Samantha Eagle from Biologic talk about wellness and healthy eating. She spoke about the importance of looking at the whole person and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Everything sounded great. Then, I heard her say that any food with a bar code and list of ingredients wasn’t good for you. Wait, what?
There I was, thinking to myself, what about my bars? They have a list of ingredients and a bar code, but all of my ingredients are organic and gluten free (where possible). I have worked so hard to make sure my products are healthy and of excellent quality, and I was taken aback by Dr. Eagle’s statement. So, after the talk, I went up to speak with Dr. Eagle and tell her about my bars. I am so glad I did, because it set me on a path to creating my new line of paleo bars.
The second day of the summit I showed Dr. Eagle some of my granola bars, and she was very impressed. She encouraged me to consider making bars that were higher in protein, which she would be able to sell at her office. It occurred to me that this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at paleo bars, so I decided to rise to the challenge. Fast forward a couple of months, and I had created my first paleo bar, the Almond Chia Mia. Now I have a full line of paleo bars, which Dr. Eagle sells in her office.
The 2015 Slow Living Summit is focused on Food. With Good Reasons will be there to share our products and take part in the workshops. If you are interested in sustainable, healthy, and local food, I would highly recommend that you go!
We will also be selling bars at the Strolling of the Heifers on Saturday, June 6th. I hope to see you there. It should be great fun!