To Eat or Not to Eat: How Not to Gain Weight at Trade Shows
Attending trade show after trade show all year round can disrupt our well-established daily routine, especially in terms of our eating habits. We need food to keep us healthy, fresh, and energized, thus enabling us to do our work to the best of our ability.
Our busy working schedules leave us very little time to plan our meals and eat healthy. Instead, we tend to grab a quick bite every now and then, and limit our eating options only to what is available at the venue.
High-calorie foods are abundant at any trade show you go to, but sitting in your booth all day long is hardly enough to burn them all. When we return home after having been to a few trade shows in a row, many of us will have to deal with the few extra pounds we’ve gained during our business trip.
1. Common Food Choices at Trade Shows
While some trade shows have on-site restaurants that serve fresh food to attendees, many of them don’t. In such cases, you are left with a choice of unhealthy snacks and fast foods you wouldn’t even consider eating otherwise.
These foods are usually full of processed sugar, sodium, and fats. Chocolate bars, hot dogs, glazed donuts, French fries, and sweet sodas aplenty – you will find one or more of them on any trade show attendee’s daily menu.
However, it’s important to remember that trade shows aren’t airports; you are not forbidden to bring your own food in. What’s more, you can also leave the venue for a quick run to the local store to get the foods you want to eat.
Here are a few other ways to stay healthy and energized at trade shows and not have to worry about your calorie intake and potential weight gain.
2. Get a Wholesome Breakfast
If you plan your day right and get up just an hour earlier than you normally do, you’ll have enough time to enjoy a large breakfast at the hotel restaurant. After all, breakfast is the single most important meal of the day, as it provides us with the nutrients we need to be energized throughout the day.
Many hotel restaurants organize breakfast buffets that allow you to pick the ingredients you want to combine in your meal. A mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and fresh fruit will satisfy your appetite, while also giving your body plenty of energy.
A wholesome, well-balanced breakfast will leave you feeling full for at least a few hours. With your appetite in check, you won’t be tempted to reach for those unhealthy snacks available at the venue.
3. Avoid Fast Foods
There are many reasons why you should avoid fast food at all costs. Yes, they taste well and make you feel great, but if not taken in moderation, they can be seriously detrimental to your health.
Candy bars and other sweets contain a lot of processed sugar, which also means they have high caloric value. They are not “good” calories, either, as they won’t satiate your hunger nearly as efficiently as a bowl of fresh salad would.
Known as a contributing factor to increased blood pressure, sodium may even cause bloating, which is the last thing you’d want to deal with while exhibiting at a trade show. Most of the so-called “conference foods” are also rich in saturated fats that could send your cholesterol levels through the roof.
Keeping your health in check should always be your top concern, which is why fast food is never a good eating choice.
4. Stay Hydrated
Another important thing to remember is to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. As soon as you get up, drink a large glass of water on an empty stomach.
Water allows your body to properly process the foods you eat and regulate your temperature. If you don’t take enough water, your body will be slowed down, you will feel tired, and therefore won’t be able to focus on your work.
To ensure your body is in excellent shape, have a glass of water every time you take a break. Instead of grabbing a sugar-heavy drink from the vending machine whenever you feel thirsty, make sure you have a bottle of water with you at all times.
5. Don’t Drink Too Much
We all know that alcohol is bad for us, but it’s easy to get carried away, especially at trade shows and conferences. There are many cocktail parties where drinks are offered, but if you choose not to attend them, you’ll risk angering your potential clients or partners who organized them.
As with anything in life, the key here is moderation. It is perfectly fine to have a drink or two every now and then, but anything above it could be hazardous to your health.
Too much alcohol before you go to bed will disrupt your sleep, so remember to go easy on the hotel mini bar, especially late in the evening. You need sleep to start the next day well-rested, ready to seize all the business opportunities that may come your way.
Stay healthy on tradeshows. Keep these notes in mind!