You travel for work. It’s a cheap business hotel. There’s a mini bar. There’s not a mini bar. There’s coffee and more coffee. Food is carbohydrate fueled and the lighting is dull. Everyone seems zapped of energy. And that’s because they are.
On Sunday, I took a flight to Minneapolis for a five day conference on functional medicine. I knew what was ahead of me. Coffee, carbs and doctors eating cookies. I needed an alkalizing, antioxidant, immune-boosting and polyphenol-rich meal before I departed.
The Moroccan red cabbage and carrot salad provided the answer. Rich in anthocyanins, carotenoids, anti-inflammatory spices, omega 3’s and zinc, this pretty salad is intensely nutrient dense, luscious to eat, and gave me the boost I needed before I headed into the food war-zone.
The conference is exactly as I expected. Coffee and carbs. Some are gluten-free carbs but most aren’t. The first day of lectures was about gut health and the deleterious effects of gluten. The doctors at the conference still ate gluten. I’m bewildered.
I know my priorities. I cut class. I take a 10 minute cab ride to an organic cold pressed juice bar, Truce, take a deep breathe, and enjoy my green juice. I feel a little bit of wellness infuse back into me. I grab a Vacay to-go. Not as good as the Moroccan salad, but better than anything I’ll get from the Marriott.
Photo Credit: Dana James