Eating at a Meeting

Conference room with snacks


Many people have a job that requires participating in meetings. Some folks spend their entire day in one meeting after another. Some of the dangers of the conference room, besides falling asleep and not getting any real work done, are the food and drinks that are often laid out for participants.

These seemingly harmless snacks add needless calories to your daily tally. Often they are low in nutritional value, whether soft drinks, cookies, potato chips, or other sweets. Some offices offer water and fruit as well, but it’s hard to compete with a moist chocolate chip cookie…

Survival tips:

  • Bring your own snack and water bottle to the meeting
  • Sit as far as possible from the food
  • Ask your company’s HR department to provide healthy snacks for meetings – nuts, fruits, and non-sweetened beverages
  • Go to less meetings …

How do you navigate the dangerous snack environment in your company’s conference rooms?

  • Utopia

    I easily pass up food when in a group of people so this isn’t a problem for me. I’d be in real trouble if I was in that meeting alone with the food.

  • bpie1

    Yea me too! The main reason I wouldn’t touch that food is because of all the germs from peoples hands!! And ofcourse its junk!

  • timlockk

    The last bullet point sums it up quite nicely.

    • Fooducate


  • bart77

    I never pass up food in meetings. we have them almost every day and I feel fine. I’m not overweight or fatigued. I drink 2 real cokes a day and 4 cups of expresso a day. I don’t understand why I have no problems. Is it metabolism?