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DIETING ON A PER DIEM Don’t Say “Goodbye, Diet!” Travel Tips for Eating Well on the Road By Sara Woldai, CGMP and Kimberly Kowal, CGMP THE CONSTANT RUSH of activities often trumps our valiant efforts to maintain a healthy diet. Eating on the road can be very challenging, but if you keep unhealthy food choices at bay, you’ll find you can maintain a healthy regimen during your travels with no regrets. 1. Eat local foods. No matter where you are, there is usually some type of cuisine local to the area you are in. Eating local foods is fresher, tastes better and keeps us in touch with the season. Focus on meals that include fresh vegetables and lean proteins. 2. Do your research. Find out what your dining options are before you arrive so you can pre-plan where and what you will be eating. Look into what time restaurants/convenient stores close around your hotel so that you aren’t stuck eating what’s in the hotel vending machine or minibar. This will also help you stay on budget and avoid paying more than you need to. 3. Sauces on the side. Ordering a salad always seems like the better option but sometimes it’s the worst when you don’t use dressings in moderation. Always ask for dressings and sauces on the side so you can use in moderation. 4. Beware of table snacks. If you're hungry when you sit down at a restaurant, those table snacks like bread, chips and crackers etc. will be looking good. These little bites can add hundreds of calories, and can fill you up before your meal ever arrives. Be sure to tell your server you don't want any or order a salad or healthy appetizer instead. 5. Start the day off right. Eat a full, healthy breakfast. This will limit the temptation to snack throughout the day and will prepare your body for the day’s activities. It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids. Water is the most ideal, but tea, juice, and milk are also good options. Avoid sodas and sugary drinks as much as possible. Your body needs all the energy it can get to overcome jet lag. The easiest option is not always the healthiest! Sara Woldai is SGMP’s Executive & Conference Assistant and can be reached at sara.woldai@ Kimberly Kowal is SGMP’s Membership Communications Manager and can be reached at Plan on Pasadena. The best place to meet in Southern California. Just 11 miles from downtown L.A., with access to four major airports, Pasadena provides the ideal facilities, amenities and red carpet service to accommodate your meeting in style. Our 130,000-square-foot, LEED® Gold certified Convention Center offers 55,000 square feet of exhibit space, 29 meeting rooms, and the sparkling 25,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom. To book your meeting, contact Erin van Ark | Sales Manager 916.873.8096 | or visit us at ©2012 PasadenaCVB 598252_Pasadena.indd 1 7/25/12 2:16:41 PM 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2012

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Dieting on a Per Diem
Plan Green
Education Edge
Demonstrate the Value of Your Meeting
Good to Know
Supplier Strategy
That’s Technology
Conference Connection
Freeze of Per Diem Rates is not a Hotel Freeze out for Government Business
Membership News
Travel Tips & Trends
Continuing Education Now Includes New ADA Rules
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Fall 2012