I, like many of you, have a job that involves conferences. Not the parent teacher kind, but the kind where adults gather and participate in a shared learning environment. They can be topical or industry specific, but no matter what, they revolve around food and drink.
Over the past two weeks I have been to two different conferences. One in Denver and one much closer to home. As many of you know I am an Entomologist who works for a pest management company. Last week’s conference was the Global Bed Bug Summit and this week was the Georgia Pest Control Association’s winter conference. Obviously, one was more specialized and one more broad in nature. Just know that I taught some and learned some and we are making your life better through pest management. Enough about that and not really what I wanted to tell you……. I wanted to tell you about food, the good and bad.
This wasn’t really a planned blog post. It came to mind as I went through these events and had to make some difficult choices. I didn’t get many pictures at the first conference, but the second one I came prepared!
In addition to the breakfast provided (grits, biscuits, gravy, eggs, bacon and sausage, oh my!) they provided drinks and snacks throughout the day between sessions. Now these snacks are kind of a necessity between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinners out from vendors (whole ‘nother blog post!). The problem might be more of what is provided or how it is presented.
See these pics and I’ll discuss after the jump.
As you can see, the choices were limited. Well, the good choices. Even when there were good choices there was a temptation with various dipping sauces that, while tasty, can tack on the calories fast.
Even when you look at the drink options, the positioning of the sodas is in the quick grab middle section, high calorie juices on top, and the water stuck way down at the bottom. It’s just hard to do things right!
What crossed my mind about all this and what I want to leave you with is a consideration. You know you are going to get hungry and need a snack. At work, at a conference, or just running those errands and wiping baby bottoms that make up a full time job without pay. What you must consider is planning. Planning to be in these situations. Planning on what you are going to snack on. For me, it involves packing my own snacks so I don’t fall into the temptation of eating what they provide. At least if I don’t eat high calorie snacks, I don’t feel soooooo bad when lunch is fried chicken. I can always pull the skin and just eat the lean meat!
Don’t let work or daily activities get the best of you. Plan your meals and snack the best you can and roll with the punches on the stuff you can’t control.
PS. just for those that don’t believe me…… ;O)