With society’s health concerns around obesity, diabetes and losing weight, you will see more and more options available, but you’ll pay a price as it typically costs more to eat healthy.
Meeting planners do their best to provide options for a variety of dietary needs and will oftentimes track special needs up-front by asking attendees to indicate dietary concerns in the attendee registration process. Today’s meetings include international attendees and people with a variety of dietary needs and/or religious restrictions, (kosher, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, low sugar etc.) so we must ensure that there are plenty of alternatives for all participants.
If you find you’re onsite and there’s nothing to meet your needs, ask to speak with the onsite meeting planner or the hotel conference services manager to see if the chef can quickly make something suitable for you. In my experience the hotel is willing to work with you to ensure you have something to fit your needs.
Personally, a new concern of mine is sodium. At age 35, my husband had a minor heart attack and found out his cholesterol and blood pressure counts were both too high, which prompted us to adapt a low sodium diet at home. I was amazed to find that low fat, low calorie foods which seem healthy, are often full of salt. Subway seems healthy, but after looking at how much sodium is in deli meats and cheeses, I know I’d be better off eating a veggie sandwich or salad. Now when I go out to eat or am on the road traveling, I look for low sodium options.
How do you manage your dietary needs when traveling or attending an event?