I have something fun to tell you about today!
Last Thursday and Friday, I attended a SUPER awesome event at NOW Foods in Illinois: The Fit Influencer Immersion. If we’re Instragram friends, you already know this because I basically took over your whole feed for 2 days STRAIGHT.
I’m not sorry. When I actually get out of my house (and actually put on real pants) it needs to be documented.
Are you guys familiar with NOW Foods?
If not, you should be. So, I am here to do that for you.
I have been a long time user of NOW Foods “Better Stevia,” and I knew that they made a ton of other vitamins and supplements.
HOW-EV-ER, what I did not know is that their product line is SO MUCH vaster than that. Like, they have a whole line of Non-GMO food, personal care, and sports nutrition products.
You want avocado oil? CHECK! They got it.
You want some pea protein to make those muscles, well, muscley after a workout? DOUBLE THAT CHECK. It’s there folks.
I know. My brain went “WHOA” too.
Our event started Thursday evening with an amazing plated dinner, where we got to sip wine and meet all the other attending bloggers, and the managers of the different lines of the NOW products.
As much as I loved the other activities that I am going to tell you about, this dinner was my favorite. And not because I got to eat the most perfectly crispety-skinned, moist chicken that my taste buds ever did munch.
But, that didn’t hurt either 😉
I loved this dinner because the NOW managers all got up and shared a little bit about themselves, and then told us about each product line they represent. You guys, I have to say, these people LIVE NOW foods. Hearing them talk about their jobs/products was AH-MAY-ZING. They have passion, drive and just a total love of working for NOW and the products they represent. ALL of the people had been there a LONG TIME and just really love doing what they do.
I think that’s really rare to find, especially in such a large company, so it sort of made my health-lovin’ <3 melt a wee bit.
I’ll stop with the emotion.
Then we hit the hay pretty early because the next morning started off bright and early at 6 am. Except minus the bright. Because it as 6am. You get it.
We all boarded a bus and headed to Lifetime Fitness. Which should actually be re-named to “The Place That Taylor Basically Just Wants to Move Into.” I mean, it was HYOOGE. And had a restaurant, awesome equipment, and tanning.
Really, do you need anything else in life amIright?
We then did a spin class. If you’ve been around FFF for a while you know that cardio isn’t REALLY my thing. Like, at all. I lift DA WEIGHTS.
And that’s sort of it.
So, yes. It was challenging. Yes, I thought I was going to die. But YES, I did actually enjoy it.
But I enjoyed the stretchhhhhh-it-out yoga session that we had after much better 😉
Then they gave us our cinnamon chocolate protein shakes (I KNOW. Provided protein shakes? AMAZING!) and we headed back to get ourselves breakfast-d, showered and checked out.
We then got a VIP tour of the NOW Plant/Operations Facility, complete with very flattering glasses, hair nets and smocks.
I might be lying about the flattering part though.
I have never seen anything like this, and it was SO crazy! I am one of those people that just buys my supplements, but I never really think about how much work goes into getting them to me. It’s like I think they magically just, POOF, appear in the store. ßNOT SO.
From using their own in-house labs (not third parties, like many companies,) taking random samples throughout the packaging process, cleaning EVERY room between changing what product is being packaged, and so much more, the work that put into making sure that NOW products are the highest quality is insane.
No wonder they have a .02% error rate when shipping out their products.
We then got to go to the NOW corporate offices, where we started off by tasting their “Ellyndale Foods” premium-grade gourmet cooking oils.
Umm, MACADAMIA OIL you guys. It exists.
And I want to drink it. Like from the BOTTLE. <3 <3 <3
After that we ended the event by BAKING COOKIES.
We were divided into 2 teams and we each created a recipe that was designed by their chef. We also got to sample some of their gluten free brownies and vegan banana bread.
Cookies and chocolate is basically the perfect way to end anything. Not that I needed to tell you that.
I learned SO much at this immersion, and also had SO much fun, and made great relationships. It was so amazing to see the heart and soul behind NOW foods, and gave me an even greater <3 for the brand. I hope you learned a little bit too!
BUT WAIT, there’s more!
Upon arrival to our hotel, we were greeted with the MOST AMAZING bag of NOW products. LOOK:
And NOW Foods is being AH-MAY-ZING to one of you! Entry is easy, just use the widget below!
This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only. The giveaway runs from 05/07/2015 at 12:00am PST and ends on 05/14/2014 at 11:59pm PST. One winner will be chosen, emailed and displayed on the widget. The winner has 48 hour to claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen.
Also, don’t miss the Fitfluential Twitter chat on Tuesday, May 12 2015 at 9pm Eastern! We’ll all be there chatting and using the hashtag #NOWGetFit. I’d love to see you there!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of NOW Foods.