I am travelling this week and only within my own country so I don’t have to juggle different food stuffs. It is always hard to maintain good eating habits when you travel, as everywhere you go you meet people, skip meals and dine out. Especially when travelling for business, meal times can be filled with high calorie drinks alcohol and sometimes too spicy.
I am a meat person, there is nothing more satisfying than perfectly cooked and beautiful tasting beef, lamb or chicken, I like seafood occasionally but am not a fan of ‘game’ so venison is never on the menu for me. I did try it many years ago at a wine and food fair but was so violently ill that never again. I can eat duck but find it fatty unless prepared perfectly, having eaten Peking Duck in china there has been no competition and no need to seek it else where.
There are taste sensations to avoid when travelling, purely for the comfort of the people you are seeing, things like high garlic dishes will give you very smelly breath and in some instances intestinal pain until it is dispelled from your system. If you see people leaning away from you when you talk then perhaps it’s garlic. There is no neutralizing product as in chewing gum, sometimes this makes it worse.
Excessive consumption of alcohol and lack of sleep is a really good combination to create a really foul body odour. Nothing worse than that of a sweaty alcoholic binge (on another person). This is another odour that doesn’t leave a person till a) they have ‘slept it off’ b) rehydrated and remember the old saying in business nothing smells like loose lips and career ending alcohol fueled gossip sessions. Clients don’t appreciate it, nor do bosses and besides if you are travelling on an expense account, I have never seen a ‘drink the bar dry approval sentence’, you can be asked to pay the bill and my motto is if you are not prepared to pay for it yourself then your boss certainly isn’t.
Trying the local fare is a good not only for the economy but for the diversity of your taste buds, but sometimes travelling within your own country the biggest thing we ad to our meals 9that we don’t do at home) is have an entrée, bread rolls and desserts. “our eyes are bigger than our stomachs” old sayings. I have been at a dinner where a Dr ordered a $130.00 bottle of wine, this is awkward, how do you say no if you are paying and what on earth was he thinking is the other thing. Keep the bill within reason and now I actually tell clients there is a limit to the company generosity, that is only within reason and after 4 drinks each I will call for the tab. This is enough alcohol and everybody is outside the legal limit.
Most importantly when travelling and eating Enjoy!