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February 14, 2013 7:49 AM Subscribe
Help me eat well during a conference! I'd like tips for food that travels well on airplanes, as well as anything specific to the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Many picky eater details within.
posted by silly me to health & fitness (25 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I’m headed to a multi-day conference next month at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (full address: 2233 S Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, IL 60616). I hate conferences, I hate traveling, I hate staying in hotels, I hate not eating the food I’m used to. What usually ends up happening is that I get sad and homesick and start trying to “comfort” myself by eating readily available junk food, thus triggering a feedback loop of feeling crappy and eating crappy food. This time, I’d like it to be different.
What I normally eat: vast salads, lots of beans, nuts, fresh eggs, corn tortillas and occasional fish. I almost never eat out. I’m ardently against factory farming on ethical grounds, and it would have to be pretty exceptional circumstances for me to eat an egg from a battery hen (for instance). I mention this because it makes ordering in restaurants difficult. If I go with a salad with no animal products, I get a sad little affair that leaves me hungry fifteen minutes after dinner.
I’m wondering what else I can do. Are there any decent grocery stores in walking distance? I’m going on my employer’s dime, and our time there will be pretty tightly controlled, so will probably not have much time to go on food-gathering trips. Being from a small town, I’m also stupid when it comes to “how to take a bus or taxi,” making longer trips to get food somewhat challenging.
And if that’s not an option, are there any types of foods that travel well on planes? Cans of beans are probably out, but I was thinking bags of nuts, free-range meat jerky of some kind…other options? I need something that will fill me up and keep me running but not give me a carb crash. Energy and protein bars of all stripes give me carb crashes. Breakfast is especially challenging. I need something protein-y, and the fruit and bagel options just don't cut it.