Networking events and the food buffet: how to eat responsibly while networking

Networking events are great for connecting with business colleagues, building new relationships and learning new insight to help you grow your business.


The downside? The breakfast or lunch buffet. All those bad carbs and fattening foods on the buffet, just for one plate, may be all the calories you should consume in one day!

So how do you survive the dreaded buffet and eat responsibly? Here is what I do:

(1) Drink 32 ounces of water, and if possible, a protein shake before you leave for the event. This will fill up your stomach and make you feel fuller so when you arrive at the event, you won’t feel as drawn to the cubed potatoes, bagels and muffins.

(2) Avoid breads, potatoes, bagels, muffins, sugar cereals and pasta. These are big bad culprits. Not only does the carbs in these types of food give you a quick sugar high, you’ll also feel a crash before the next meal. These foods will tempt you to snack later in the day. That being said, oatmeal is okay. This is a slower digesting carb that is good for you. Steel cut is best but rolled oats are okay. Avoid the pre-flavored packets and add your own maple syrup, applesauce or cinnamon for the same flavor more naturally.

(3) What is a serving size? One serving (in general) of food is the size of the palm of your hand. So one piece of chicken is fine, one scoop of green beans — one scoop in general is all you need. Salad dressing, croutons, and sunflower seeds on a salad should be no more than two tablespoons. Your plate doesn’t need to be spilling over with food.

(4) Load up on salad, fruits, veggies, and one protein (like chicken, eggs, etc). You can’t go wrong with these! Go easy on the sauces and gravy though, it is full of unnatural fillers, sugars and thickeners.

(5) Drink water or unsweetened iced tea with your meal. Avoid soda pop that is loaded with sugars and artificial flavors.

(6) Take one bite of the dessert. After taking that one bite, decide if it is really tasty enough to have a second or third bite. Dessert should be no more that three portions on your fork or spoon.

Happy networking! Next blog we will discuss tips to maximize your time at a business networking event. 🙂 kpl

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