Diabetes and Travel

By YogaGal Latest Reply 2011-08-17 14:25:52 -0500
Started 2011-07-27 18:38:09 -0500

I am so frustrated. I am at a work conference all week. There goes my diet. There's a cafe near the lobby that sells coffee and pastries and bananas and juices. Period. The food offered during the conference is all majorly high carb — white breads, pastries, chips for snacks.

I go through this every time I travel. Half the time I end up feeling sick by the end of my trip(s) due to all the carbs I've ingested. It's not that I am going, "Yippee! It's all there is to eat." It's that I have to eat.

Why is it so difficult to find healthy food? Why is our culture not catching up with the reality that we need to eat much better and that not everyone can gobble down cheese-and berry-filled pastries in the morning, sandwiches on white rolls with potato chips for lunch and dinners that start with tortilla chips and end with something wrapped in white bread and then brownies?

5 replies

YogaGal 2011-08-17 12:50:33 -0500 Report

I am going to write not only to the conference planners but to the hotel — in a nice way, of course. We with diabetes aren't the only ones who have to watch our diets.

Type1Lou 2011-08-17 14:25:52 -0500 Report

Bravo! The restaurants are now starting to pay attention and include nutritional info on many menu items or offer low-carb alternatives…like lettuce wraps vs sandwiches. Many of the fast-food places have good salad alternatives to the burgers and subs. Good luck and let us know how it works out for you.

Type1Lou 2011-07-28 14:56:24 -0500 Report

With many companies now focusing on healthy lifestyles, it might help to write to the conference coordinators/human resources people to raise their awareness that they need to include more healthy choices in their snacks/meals. It would be a win/win for them. I would cite what you experienced and offer suggestions for some healthy options…e. g. fruit/cheese/yogurt instead of some of the pastries.
Lord, I still remember those boxes of donuts at the business meetings I attended…my favorite was the raised with chocolate frosting…my mouth, even now, is still watering at the memory. Glad I don't have to resist anymore!…Can't remember the last time I ate a donut!

GabbyPA 2011-07-28 14:51:56 -0500 Report

Can you take with you some of your home foods such as snacks and stuff or is the TSA being a pain about things like that now as well? I have not traveled for business since being diagnosed, but I know what you mean. It is hard. Sometimes we have to think outside the box.

Instead of eating the pastry, bring along some high fiber breakfast bars or something like atkins. For lunch you can skip the bread and eat the middle of your sandwich only. Then a few chips might not hurt so bad. For dinner, is there a way to have some say in where you go? Many restaurants will have options like steamed veggies for sides.

Our culture is one of excess and unfortunately, I don't see that changing much for now. It is hard to find those little treasures, but sometimes we can. At least that will help in the end. We may have to get up earlier and go hunt for something healthier.

JoleneAL 2011-07-28 09:13:33 -0500 Report

I feel your pain. Fortunately I don't have to travel for my job, but hubby and I just went across a few states to visit relatives and if I hadn't brought enough "good" stuff with me, I'd've been stuck with fast food. Do your best. Is there a grocery store near by you can get some stuff that is good for you at and put in your room?