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Eating one’s way to San Francisco

July 23rd, 2011

It is now totally and completely obvious to me why business men have so much trouble keeping their weight down and staying in shape; at least those who travel frequently.

Airbus 380

Airbus 380

You start off in the Business or Senator Lounge where there is free access to continental breakfast, beverages (juice, booze, coffees, etc) and snacks. People automatically take food and drink.

Then, they get on the plane. The new airbus with the first & business on the upper level comes with classy service. (I love it when you can get an upgrade at a bargain trade of miles).

First there is this nice attendant offering bubbly, orange juice or water. Then the beverage cart comes around almost immediately after take off, not to forget the snacks. This is followed by a served three course meal (third course being various drinkables and eatables). The beverages are brought by about once an hour. Snacks half way through the flight, then another full meal about 2 hours out.

This is a lot of food; and drinks. More than I normally eat in two days, and no – I didn’t eat any where near what I was offered or could have had. Watching those around me, they almost always accepted something every time it was offered.

Ten hours and 40 minutes without exercise and an available caloric intake well over 3000 cal. And there are those who do this all the time.

Even though it was only 1400 local time when we checked into the hotel, I was obviously starting to run down. The hotel at which we are staying has a athletic club which means I feel a little less guilty after time on the tread mill. Still I doubt I will have much interest in food for the foreseeable future. Or maybe tomorrow?

-Holly
Berkeley, California

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  1. Margo
    July 26th, 2011 at 15:30 | #1

    As someone concerned about systemic causes of overweight and obesity, I was interested in what you had to say. Problem for airlines is that passengers (a) believe that ‘more is better’ and (b) because of the boredom of long-haul flights, probably look forward to the food & drink.

  2. Bob
    August 1st, 2011 at 20:12 | #2

    Good for you — saving the appetite for San Francisco’s restaurants.

  3. Margo
    August 1st, 2011 at 20:20 | #3

    I keep reminding my boys that drinking alcohol is dehydrating, which is contrary to what you want in the dry in-flight atmosphere. They don’t see it that way, however…. (I actually tend not to complain about airline food because I figure I’m paying them to provide a transport service, not to provide a restaurant.)

    Have fun on your travels. Can’t believe how much you’ve been on the go!

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