Making good food choices @ a convention

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by Rainbow, Feb 21, 2004.

  1. Rainbow

    Rainbow Guest

    Any time I find myself going for a week to any event, I try to make the best food choices. It isn't
    always possible, and you have to trade off alot. In this one circumstance, though, I am the winner.
    The convention, one for family comedy entertainers, the Great Clown Adventure has been held at
    Circus CIrcus Las Vegas, literally a 3 minute walk from my apartment. The food there, like most
    hotel casinos is plentiful, but Circus Circus is an insider joke with alot of locals. The coffee
    shop is horrible and the buffet like a cattle call. And you can't trust anything that says sugar
    free. We asked one of the chefs what that meant and we got the old "sweetened with fruit juice
    ploy", and concentrated juice at that ! And you simply would not want to bet your life on the fat
    and sugar content of most things. And meat from the carving station is sometimes processed. Lord
    alone knows what is actually in it. You can make choices and MAYBE not get oatmeal with sugar it,
    but why fight it. And the gift shop has only $2 12oz. sodas available. Courtesy drink service last
    year was great because the sweetner of choice was Splenda and there were diet drinks available.
    Again this year, we are doing what we've done before, and taking our own food, drinks and snacks. I
    often wonder how many people never leave home without a back up supply of something, in case there
    is nothing acceptable. I just don't want to take any chances, or have an uncomfortable moment where
    I have to try to figure out just what is in that mystery meat patty, or if the prime rib is loaded
    with added salt. Not to mention that food is pretty expensive. I certainly do not want to have a
    high sugar incident becausei missed something ! I have a really cool compartmentalized portable
    cooler / lunchbox and we prepared and pre-plastic-bagged all of our snack food. Last year, the
    awards banquet was a nightmare. And we have attended other conventions at a different casino, where
    the well meaning staff, thought that diabetic dohuts were cake style donuts without sugar glaze. And
    one lunch desert, carrot cake, a piece big enough for a family of three, was swimming in a puddle of
    caramel sauce. They didn;t put mine in the puddle of sauce, I am after all a diabetic ! I am pretty
    controlled in the way I eat out, but at the buffets here it can be tricky. For that reason, we have
    passed up the barbeque lunch as well. Also, a nightmare last year. Barbeque beans ( full of sugar )
    and corn on the cob FLOATING in a pool of butter, well, maybe it was margarine, fried potatoes,
    apple pie, macaroni salad with enough mayo to choke a mule. So today I will be preparing and
    freezing foods for lunch and dinner for the week, and organizing my personal meal times. No, I am
    not obsessed, just very concerned about not passing out from lack of food or falling asleep in class
    from too much sugar. They have been very tolerant of me. Nobody's made a big deal of it. It just
    came up last night as we were getting stuff together, that we didn't think that anyone really went
    this far. That is, until I got my class info in the mail and saw that someone had made mention that
    people with dietary problems, should come prepared. I'll be the one toting my own fresh fruit,
    unsweetened applesauce, yogurt, chicken breast dish (spicy !) , sugarfree jello and candies. My
    little "obsession" with my little diabetes problem goes on ... I am looking forward to the
    competitions, and such and the conversation pit where we set up our picnics last year outside the
    dealer's room. We met alot of nice folks we might not have, if we hadn't been dinig there .. Rainbow
     
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  2. Alan

    Alan Guest

    On Sat, 21 Feb 2004 05:21:45 -0800 (PST), [email protected]
    (rainbow) wrote:

    > My little "obsession" with my little diabetes problem goes on ...

    Yeah, I'm off to visit my overweight brother today. The SIL has made it clear that "my obsession"
    with diabetes and diet is not to be discussed.

    You shouldn't let it take over your life, true. But my attitude is that if I hadn't got a "little"
    obsessed about this thing, I might not have had a life worth taking over. I'm on your side.

    Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
    --
    Everything in Moderation - Except Laughter.
     
  3. Julie Bove

    Julie Bove Guest

    "rainbow" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Any time I find myself going for a week to any event, I try to make the best food choices. It
    > isn't always possible, and you have to trade off alot. In this one circumstance, though, I am the
    > winner. The convention, one for family comedy entertainers, the Great Clown Adventure has been
    > held at Circus CIrcus Las Vegas, literally a 3 minute walk from my apartment.

    <snip>

    I was at that particular Circus Circus once. I couldn't wait to get out of it!!! We didn't have the
    buffet there, but went to that silly show where they have a duel on horses. I had already been
    warned that I wouldn't like the food and indeed not only did I not eat a thing, but I had trouble
    calming my queasy stomach from watching the diners around me eating greasy Cornish hens with their
    hands. Yuck!

    I do think that in most of the casinos in either Vegas or Reno, good food is easy to get. The
    buffets usually have plentiful salad bars. And even in the restaurants where they serve you, I've
    not had any problems getting meals I can eat, although I do avoid some of them simply because they
    are not to my taste. I would never eat a donut of any kind, oatmeal or carrot cake. To me, those are
    not wise diabetic choices no matter how they're prepared. At a breakfast buffet, I would choose some
    eggs and a few fried potatoes if those were available. Other choices would be bacon or sausage and
    part of a biscuit. If pasty were the only carb choice, I would eat only a bite and eat more protein.
    I will not eat at buffets where they serve only sweets.

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    Type 2 http://users.bestweb.net/~jbove/
     
  4. Rainbow

    Rainbow Guest

    I never eay bacon or sausage ... and good food is really harder than you know to get. Egg Beaters
    soaking in an oily pan ! And real eggs prepared soaking in oil. You can't trust the preparation once
    you understand the truth. And it is not cheap. Steamed carrots, floating in sugary water and all
    kinds of stuff. Alot of stewed things and things with creamy sauces. Not all buffets have a salad
    bar that is worthy. We found out that some of the meat on he carving stations is processed !!!!
    Quite by accident, we viewed a cook taking the wrapper off. Some buffets, have good carving
    stations. The quality is really in question, and $10 for a few bits of meat and veggies is really
    obnoxious ... Circus Circus has a long history with locals for being BAD ! Not worth it. So is the
    coffee shop. I knew better, but once when I was there, nothng else was open, I was served a partly
    cooked pancake, floating in oil. I didn't eat it. of course ... and the wait person was really
    huffy. As soon as i get off line, I am packing up my goodies for tomorrow ! Rainbow
     
  5. Pete

    Pete Guest

    On Sun, 22 Feb 2004 09:56:14 +1100, Alan
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sat, 21 Feb 2004 05:21:45 -0800 (PST), [email protected] (rainbow) wrote:

    >> My little "obsession" with my little diabetes problem goes on ...

    >Yeah, I'm off to visit my overweight brother today. The SIL has made it clear that "my obsession"
    >with diabetes and diet is not to be discussed.

    >You shouldn't let it take over your life, true. But my attitude is that if I hadn't got a "little"
    >obsessed about this thing, I might not have had a life worth taking over. I'm on your side. Cheers,
    >Alan, T2, Australia.

    I can relate to this.........I was accused of being too obsessive by my family and my Doc. I told
    him at the last meeting we had that it was a good thing to be selectively obsessive when the need
    arrose. How else are you going to focus enough to learn all you need to as quickly and as
    efficiently as you need to. I think that sometimes the ability to apply yourself to a task and
    dedicate all your resources to that might be mistaken as being obsessive. If it is a conscious
    decision to be that way - then it is not obsessive. It is survival.

    Pete

    Diagnosed 20/03/03 Type II D&E + Metformin + Gliclazide
    + Asprin 210lbs at Dx to BMI 166lbs achieved. But now, 4Lbs Fatter!!! To mail: aspen at freeuk.com
     
  6. Julie Bove

    Julie Bove Guest

    "rainbow" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > I never eay bacon or sausage ... and good food is really harder than you know to get. Egg Beaters
    > soaking in an oily pan ! And real eggs prepared soaking in oil. You can't trust the preparation
    > once you understand the truth. And it is not cheap. Steamed carrots, floating in sugary water and
    > all kinds of stuff. Alot of stewed things and things with creamy sauces. Not all buffets have a
    > salad bar that is worthy. We found out that some of the meat on he carving stations is processed
    > !!!! Quite by accident, we viewed a cook taking the wrapper off. Some buffets, have good carving
    > stations. The quality is really in question, and $10 for a few bits of meat and veggies is really
    > obnoxious ... Circus Circus has a long history with locals for being BAD ! Not worth it. So is the
    > coffee shop. I knew better, but once when I was there, nothng else was open, I was served a partly
    > cooked pancake, floating in oil. I didn't eat it. of course ... and the wait person was really
    > huffy. As soon as i get off line, I am packing up my goodies for tomorrow !

    I'm not much of a meat eater, so I don't have to worry about what is being served at carving
    stations. It doesn't interest me.

    --
    Type 2 http://users.bestweb.net/~jbove/
     
  7. Pete

    Pete Guest

    On Mon, 23 Feb 2004 04:26:07 -0800 (PST),
    [email protected] (rainbow) wrote:

    >Can we have shirts printed ? It's Not Obsession ... It's survival ... Place your orders now
    >!! Rainbow

    LOL........you have just prompted me onto a very wierd train of thought. The use of one word as an
    answer or query to anothers comments and one which although only one word, would provoke a confused
    or laughable response.

    British humour is full of it and it used to be the technique of many well known
    comedien's/comedians. For example: John Cleese's Faulty Towers [Bear that in mind] when my niece -
    who manages the local pub - does something stupid such as dropping a glass etc.....then the one word
    if said - 'Manuel' would provoke a laugh.....only from those who make the connection.

    If a female were asked "what is that perfume? Is it Obsession"? The response should be No it's
    'Survival' and if the lady in question is not endowed with a good appearance.....then the better
    the effect.

    Just a ramble............lol

    [Now where's that wine..........?]

    Pete

    Diagnosed 20/03/03 Type II D&E + Metformin + Gliclazide
    + Asprin 210lbs at Dx to BMI 166lbs achieved. But now, 4Lbs Fatter!!! To mail: aspen at freeuk.com
     
  8. Jon Kaplan

    Jon Kaplan Guest

    My Vegas convention comes up in April - the NAB. Over the years I've
    observed:

    Circus/cirus is absolutely the worst! I usually hit the Mirage or MGM.

    Almost all the buffets save their money on the meat. Once I gave up meat I found they usually had
    some pretty good vegetable and fruits.

    I have a weakness for sweets! So I try to glut myself first on salad and veggies. I can eat an awful
    lot of broccoli with out raising my bg.

    Jon
     
  9. Jojasa

    Jojasa Guest

    When I was out there last month we took a ride out to Sam's Town to try out the buffet. They have a
    huge selection of sugar free deserts there, and they are actually very good. :) no, they are not
    low carb, and if I was just at home I wouldn't eat them... but when I'm working at the convention my
    bg's run very low most of the time anyway so I use it as a good excuse to eat a lot for a change.
    :) I'm sure it's all the exercise I get walking etc. but a large selection of sugar free deserts
    will get me everytime. lol

    My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance... T2 - since 1990 lantus and humalog
     
  10. Jon Kaplan

    Jon Kaplan Guest

    Where's Sam's Town? Jon

    jojasa wrote:

    > When I was out there last month we took a ride out to Sam's Town to try out the buffet. They have
    > a huge selection of sugar free deserts there, and they are actually very good. :) no, they are
    > not low carb, and if I was just at home I wouldn't eat them... but when I'm working at the
    > convention my bg's run very low most of the time anyway so I use it as a good excuse to eat a lot
    > for a change. :) I'm sure it's all the exercise I get walking etc. but a large selection of sugar
    > free deserts will get me everytime. lol
    >
    > My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance... T2 - since 1990 lantus and humalog
     
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