We are staying at the Best Western hotel in Seward, Alaska, and it’s been pretty decent the past few days. My only complaint is that because of the current state of affairs in the world, they don’t serve any meals in their kitchen area.

Instead, they bag up a bunch of high carb snack foods for breakfast and put them in a brown paper bag for you to pick up in the lobby each morning. 

Most hotels that serve continental breakfast typically have very few options for protein sources. High carb foods are cheap, easy to prepare and they taste good. 

I’ve stayed in countless hotels all over the world, and the free breakfast is usually made up of waffles, cereal, fruit, juice and muffins. You’re lucky if you can find eggs, bacon or cheese.

I know how to navigate the complex world of nutrition, but the average person staying in a hotel doesn’t. When offered something to eat, they don’t think much about the nutrient content, they just eat when hungry.

So, when I see the brown paper bag filled with sugar, it bums me out. As a society, we can do better.

We can do our homework to know which nutrition options are best, and we can pack our own food when traveling so we don’t have to rely on anyone else to feed us. It’s inconvenient, but so is feeling lethargic after a sugar spike.

It’s inconvenient to have to take medication to manage cholesterol, blood sugar, and high blood pressure every day. 

Choose your inconvenience. Life is full of them. Just stay away from the continental breakfast.