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Free food isn't really free

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How often do we eat free food, thinking we are getting a bargain? Free samples in the store, free offers at a conference, all you can eat buffets? I know I have been guilty of all of these!

DH and I are staying at a hotel where there is a "free" breakfast bar from 6-10 each morning. I notice that at 10, the employees begin to visit the breakfast bar to clean up the high carb leftovers. Grazing continues throughout the day. Unfortunately, the majority of the staff is obese. It appears that the temptation of "free" food all day long is too great a temptation. It is sad what we do to ourselves, thinking something is "free."

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  • no profile photo CD2348080
    Everything has its price/
    1281 days ago
    You are so right about free food not being free! I have to remind myself of this when visiting Sam's Club or Costco!!
    1281 days ago
    Good to see your post! I have never heard of staff eating off the buffet. I wonder if that hotel doesn't pay well and figures they make up for it by letting them eat for free. Then the employees have even more incentive to eat a lot - not a good cycle.
    A lot of times when we travel, we chose wisely from the buffet, if it is offered, avoiding a carb fest and then don't eat lunch until quite late in the afternoon. I do eat eggs and yogurt, fresh fruit (no juice) and sometimes bacon or Canadian bacon. As long as there are good choices available, I don't have trouble passing up the sweets, etc.
    1282 days ago
    It's odd the staff keep helping themselves throughout the day. And I agree with you and the 'free' food. I think it drives people to the basic instincts of survival.
    1282 days ago
    I must admit, this is the first time I have ever ever seen hotel staff helping themself to the buffet. It s now 6pm, and the door is still open. Bizarre.
    1282 days ago
    Isn't it just a point to ponder!!! I purposely AVOID the breakfast buffets if it's just all carbs (boxed cereal, toast, that kinda thing) and opt for a meal elsewhere when I can make better choices. NOT EASY

    1282 days ago
    I've missed you Evelyn. Nice to see you back, and sorry that you've had a difficult summer.

    You're right, "free food" isn't free.

    When we travel, we often have breakfast bars included in the room rate. It's almost funny to compare my plate with Pete's. He goes for the pastries, bacon & eggs and his coffee is half cream. I have a hard-boiled egg, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and 1 slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter. I drink clear tea or water. I seldom drink juice; I'd rather eat the fruit whole.

    Metabolism and genes mean a lot. Peter can wear clothes he bought 20 years ago, and his weight and blood tests are all normal. I, on the other hand, struggle not to gain weight. Of course when we're home, he eats the healthy foods I prepare, so maybe he's just allowing himself a treat when we're away.

    1282 days ago
    This is so true!
    1282 days ago
    So true! As I spend such a big part of my life in hotels, where I don't have to pay the food, I can only agree... What shocked me though from what you were saying was to hear about the hotel staff eating from the buffet! I have never encountered this. Is that normal in the US?
    On another note, I was so happy to see you had posted a blog! I have missed you!
    1282 days ago
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  • DBAILEY518
    I really realized that this weekend.
    1282 days ago
  • TRENDA155
    Typo, we reap, not real.
    1282 days ago
  • TRENDA155
    Good thoughts. We real a harvest from the seeds we sow. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    1282 days ago
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