It was a Great Day! Conference Recap

Dear Friends,

It was exhilarating to see so many of you at our 3rd Annual Achieving Optimal Health Conference just over two weeks ago at Georgetown University! Thank you for taking the next step to your optimal health. Not only will it benefit you, it will benefit your family and friends as well. Now is the time to take what you learned about healthy living and make it part of your routine. Nourishing our bodies and minds with what is truly good for us will help us feel better about ourselves and give us the energy we need to do our everyday tasks.

For those of you who could not make it to the conference, we are including some fun pictures. We are also highlighting some of our amazing speakers and what they are doing next.

We will continue our support of your healthy life as we move into 2015 with a New Year, New You Workshop on January 14, 2015. It will be a half-day workshop covering some of the latest nutrition and conscious living information to help you kick start the new year and we hope you will join us. More details to come!

With love and healthy wishes,

Patricia Reilly
Doro Bush Koch
Therese Burch
Patrice Brickman
Founding Partners of BB&R Wellness Consulting

AOHC 2014 Photos!







Speaker Highlights – Where are they now?

174AJ Jacobs is the New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically, The Know-It-All, My Life as an Experiment and Drop Dead Healthy. At the conference, he talked with us about his “mind-body-spirit self-improvement trinity” that he chronicles in his books. In AJ’s next book, he whimsically touches on the idea of community, how we are all related and the health benefits of loving one another. AND he is even organizing the most inclusive and most fascinating family reunion in history! The Global Family Reunion will be held on June 6, 2015 at The New York Hall of Science. And ALL ARE INVITED!! Learn more here
156Rebecca Katz is an award-winning author of The Longevity Kitchen, The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and One Bite at a Time. In her books she teaches us how delicious foods and good nourishment can go hand in hand at the dinner table. As we learned at the conference, keeping our brain healthy is critical to our overall health. Make sure to buy Rebecca’s next book – The Healthy Mind Cookbook – out February 10, 2015! Available for pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound.
157Julien Williams is an A.C.E. certified personal trainer on a mission to optimize our health through fitness. Julien had us moving and grooving to some current hot beats at the conference and his energy and spirit permeated the auditorium. If you didn’t get enough of Julien at the conference, don’t fret!  He is ready to help you achieve your fitness goals. For more information on his programs contact Julien at or (301) 367-3552.

Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Glaze

Recipe by Matthew Wendell

1 1/2 pounds parsnips, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 pounds medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 pounds turnips, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable cooking spray
3 cups apple cider
1 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, cilantro, or chives

Preheat oven to 425°. Toss together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add thyme and next 3 ingredients; toss. Arrange vegetable mixture in a single layer on 2 lightly greased (with cooking spray) jelly-roll pans.
Bake at 425° for 35 to 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender and browned, stirring after 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring apple cider and next 2 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until reduced to 1/3 cup.
Transfer roasted vegetables to a large bowl, and toss with apple cider mixture. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.




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