Hello from Banff, Canada!
This week I am posting on location while I attend a scientific research conference in Banff, which is located about 1.5 hours away from Calgary in Alberta, Canada. As you can see, this place is just magical. Known for it’s majestic mountains and top ski slopes, Banff is a popular vacation resort.
Since, I am no snow bunny and prefer the warm, tropical vacation spot, I have been using my free time to explore the hotel, grounds and take advantage of the stellar fitness facilities at my hotel. This week I will be continuing my training and hope to get up to a 5 mile run on the treadmill before I leave (longest distance so far). The highlight though, truly has to be the outdoor, heated, salt water pool. There was a snow storm the morning after I arrived, and I was able to swim in warm waters while the snow flakes kissed my face. I feel like that moment was pretty close to paradise on earth.
The hardest part of this whole trip has been finding things to eat. (I recognize this is truly a first world problem…but, I’m guessing all of you have experienced this at one point or another, so it’s worth mentioning). There are multiple restaurants on site, but since I would prefer not to eat every meal out, I has hoped to be resourceful and buy some items that I could store in the room. Unfortunately, almost everything I am surrounded by is processed and/or loaded with sugar and carbs, carbs, carbs. My one saving grace is the little cafe located in the hotel, which has fresh fruit, yogurt and hard boiled eggs ($1.50/egg…holy F$#&!)
As part of a research conference, you typically pay a registration fee, which includes some meals. I was surprised yesterday when I arrived at breakfast and saw a choice of toast, oatmeal, cereal, pastries or flavored yogurt. I mean, literally no eggs, sausage or other form of protein! AND, the only thing that may have been fresh was grapefruit and orange slices…but, they looked too uniform in size, so likely were canned. I went with a little thing of blueberry yogurt and tried a bit of the oatmeal, since I was preparing to run later on that day…but I have to say, it felt like a rock in my stomach.
I know I sound whiney here, especially since I am able to visit this wonderful place, but it does serve as a kind of wakeup call for what a priority my diet has become to me. AND, if you think about it, I am definitely more akin to an early hunter/gather now since I have to put more effort into searching for fresh food sources.
As a tip for all you travelers, think ahead and pack some portable items with you. If I hadn’t been traveling internationally (and therefore subjected to customs…i’m sorry ms. spardy, but why do you need 20 lara bars?), I think I would have stocked my suitcase with lara bars, trail mix, almond butter, etc. Taking this one step avoids the moment when you are starving and looking at rows and rows of “low-fat chocolate muffins” wrapped in cellophane.
More to come later this week…especially after my Spa Day!!! (YAY!)
Do you find this food problem has happened to you?
How did you solve it?
Do you have any tricks or tips when it comes to travel prep and food?