As you know from the post on Monday, I’m traveling for work right now. Five long days spent in Dallas shuttling between my hotel and the convention center for our National sales meeting. I’m no stranger to work travel – in 2009 I was in a different role for my company and flew somewhere every month for work. I’m a pro at packing a week’s worth of business casual into a carry-on, and I know exactly how many back up pump pods to bring along.
But even though I’m a veteran of living with diabetes and of work travel, diabetes management doesn’t seem to get any easier on the road. The problem is that stuff you’re usually able to control becomes totally out of your control. A two-hour time change and a 7am meeting start would mean I’d have to get up at 3am Cali time to squeeze in a workout. Our food is served buffet style on long banquet tables, and is always 80% carbs. My usual lunch at meetings like this is a pile of lettuce topped with whatever the least carby sides/main courses are in some bizarre attempt at a salad.
Then there’s the sitting: Yesterday, for example, I was on my derriere for a solid nine hours. And after the meeting closes, it’s off to a business dinner at a restaurant with high-calorie fare and no time for a workout. Snacks are always provided throughout the day, and they usually involve carbs, carbs, and more carbs. Managing my diabetes when I’m trapped at one of this crazy meetings is in a word, tough.
I absolutely try to modify what I can. I keep an eye out for low-carb options and ways to put together a diabetes-friendly meal. And I can walk to and from the convention center to get a little exercise in. But some things like the time change and the amount sitting we do all day are totally not up for modification. And god forbid the meeting content isn’t stimulating – because when that’s the case, I start eating the free snacks out of boredom. Look! Donuts! And we just ate an hour ago!
When you’re on vacation, you can control your food and excercise, and time changes can be managed gradually. But when you’re working for the man, d-management seems to always be a challenge.
Do any of you road warriors have some good diabetes travel tips? Do you pack your own snacks for work meetings? Do you change the time on you pump/basal rates for only a few days? And for crying out loud, how do you deal with the donuts!?