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Most conference presenters dread speaking after lunch.
After the morning’s presentations and a big midday meal, many conference goers are ready to nod-off. They have difficulty concentrating and anything the speaker says goes in one ear and out the other.
Feeling sleepy after a big meal is normal. Our body’s digestive system is working hard to extract energy from our food to fuel our day.
Eating also stimulates the release of insulin. This helps process the glucose in our bloodstream. The release of insulin triggers increased production of serotonin and melatonin. Both are natural chemicals and neurotransmitters that make us feel calm, contented – and sleepy.
Carbohydrates, like pasta, white bread, rice and potatoes are particularly good at boosting the production of these chemicals.
So, is it possible to organise healthy food for your conference to avoid the afternoon slump and keep your conference delegate bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?
Which food choices will help keep your conference attendees energised?
After all, according to medical experts, the brain uses around 20% of the body’s energy. It needs the right type of fuel to concentrate.
Though there’s no magic formula, certain foods are ‘lighter’ and generally better for you.
When you’re offering a smorgasbord-style meal, it’s even more important to make sure you’re offering healthy options. If you’ve organised for individual meals to be served, ensure that your portions are reasonable, but not too large.
At Figtree Conference Centre, we believe in serving healthy food – that’s also delicious!
Whether it’s a simple lunch of sliders or wraps accompanied by fresh salads, a generous spread of grazing platters or a formal meal, we’ll help make your conference or meeting a successful one.
Of course, we can also include a selection of freshly made ‘treats’ so your conference participants feel they have a choice.
We love to hear from our guests after an event. Here are just a few comments from conference organisers:
“Everyone always comments on how good the food is at Figtree. All we have to do is ask and our every request is promptly attended to.”
Paula Zanco |Teachers Mutual Bank
“The food was fresh and delicious.”
Michelle & Karen | Department of Health
“The selection is excellent.”
Tina Irving | Solitaire Consulting
Fiona MacColl – Office of Sport
Contact our conference organiser Sue to discuss your next event on 02 9393 9051 or by email.