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July 2004 Newsletter

Hotel Restaurant Diet Options


Dear Fellow Business Traveler,


If you're like millions of Americans, you've started a diet lately. Whether it's self-designed or a "designer diet" such as Atkins, South Beach, or countless others, limited hotel dining options can making sticking to it quite a challenge for road warriors.

Fortunately, many of the major hotel chains have responded to American's need for more options and more control. In this month's newsletter, I highlight a few specific programs and invite you to check them out on your next trip.

Most of the major hotel chains have designed specialized menus in the past year, most of them focusing on the low-carb craze. And, good news for convention goers, most are in the process of adding similar items to their event catering menus.

Restaurant chains are responding as well, and next month's newsletter will include an inventory of their new menus.

To Your Health,
Customer Service, Healthy Travel Network


PS - Don't forget to eat your veggies!






Marriott seems to have the most flexible new menu, called Fit for You. Its menu items encompass a variety of dietary regimes including low-carb, low-fat, and low-cholesterol. Dishes vary from hotel to hotel, but are marked on restaurant and room service menus and include tasty items such as chicken benedict, steak and eggs with wild mushroom bacon hash, or egg white vegetable frittata.





Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn has expanded its Best-4- Breakfast menu to include two new low-carb items: a three-egg omlet with cheese, vegetables, bacon or sausage (7g carbohydrates, 40 g protein) and two made-to-order eggs accompanied by slices of grilled chicken and fresh avocado (8g carbohydrates, 38g protein).
Holiday Inn also offers a number of healthier alternatives on the rest of its breakfast menu, including no-charge substitution of Egg Beaters for regular eggs.






Hyatt has long been a proponent of low-fat and low-cal meals, having introduced its Cuisine Naturelle Menu 10 years ago. Responding to industry trends, it announced its low-carb menu in March of this year, with complete meals containing less than 20 grams of net carbs.

Although a complete menu was not available online, sample items include bacon wrapped turkey medallions, short ribs with cauliflower puree, spicy Asian chicken salad, hot smoked salmon quesadilla, and buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad.






Sheraton has jumped on the low-carb bandwagon with its Low-Carb Lifestyle(SM) menu. Its web site proclaims that many menu items have less than six grams of net carbs, but it pays to read the label since I found many that exceeded that number.

The Sheraton menu includes some interesting dishes, such as a salmon lettuce wrap, no-chip dip appetizer of veggies and dip, and caesar salad with toasted parmesan instead of croutons. Portion sizes still seem to be an issue however, as the bunless burger comes with two burgers, and the deli platter sounds like it would make a good party platter.

Travel Fitness Links
Marriott Fit for You
Holiday Inn Best for Breakfast



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