Yep, you heard it right! Caribbean cruise!
That's why you haven't heard from me the last couple weeks.
family and I escaped freezing cold upstate New York for...
Florida (Port Canaveral) and 15-degrees-below-
But I'm not
whining. Not at all. We found a "kids go free" deal
in September for a 4-night Disney cruise and booked it. What a
was! We drove 24 hours down to Florida (and back)
and would do it
again in a heartbeat.
most people talk about after they go on a cruise?
The food, of
course! It's all-inclusive, it's gourmet, it's unlimited,
and it's usually
offered 24 hours a day, including room service.
So we were
understandably a bit nervous about how we'd handle
all that fabulous food. When I wrote the bonus to "Real
Don't Diet" on how to eat to stay slim on vacation, I didn't include
cruise advice, since we hadn't done one.
Well, I needn't
have worried. Just like I say in "Real People Don't
Diet", if you
to diet and just change how you eat or
drink every day,
in little ways, you build habits that totally overcome
Both of us walked
off the ship the exact same weight we were when
on. Our clothes fit the same. We felt great the
enjoyed our meals
and treats thoroughly, and--best of all--watched
our kids make fun
but healthy food and drink choices without any
prompting from us
at all! Our habits have definitely worn off on them.
Let me get more
easy--an abundance of fresh eggs, meats, fruits,
more. We just skipped over the pastries (as we always
do) and feasted
on omelettes made-to-order, bacon, eggs, ham,
more. The kids enjoyed Mickey-shaped waffles, too.
tip: always have a box of bran flakes with
breakfast. It keeps
things humming, if you know what I mean.)
For lunch and
snacks, DCL has fast-food options near the pools
that include burgers/dogs, pizza, wraps/fruit/salads. While
enjoyed a burger with fries one day, more often than not we
headed for the galley that served fresh cantaloupe, watermelon
and pineapple. We grabbed apples and snacked as we walked
on deck. I had a salad one evening, since we had a late
seating and needed to eat something during regular dinner
Even when we had pizza, we opted for the veggie pizza, which
was covered with fresh, crunchy peppers and onions and olives.
The kids enjoyed
the fast food, for sure, but more often than not they
headed to the fruit counter, going back over and over again for the
watermelon. And this was right next to the free ice
literally ignored the ice cream to get fruit!
When it came to
dinnertime, oh...if I could only describe the total
We avoided the bread/rolls or just tried half. Most
of DCL's appetizer, salad and entree selections were healthy, with
little fried or battered items in sight. Everything was
What did I notice
most about our meals?
size. Each appetizer, salad, entree and dessert was about
one-third the portion you'd get in the average U.S.
found that we were pleasantly full after dessert, and hungry a couple
hours later (a
good sign). If you want more, you can certainly ask
for it, but no
one at our table did--not even the kids. I enjoyed chocolate
cheesecake, beef filet, mashed potatoes and other "non-diet"
items, but didn't
gain a pound.
dining. Each meal took around one-and-a-half to two hours
complete. We talked with our tablemates, relaxed and enjoyed
course. When you take the time to eat slowly, savoring your
you find you can
be much more satisfied eating less!
One dilemma we
faced was the fact we'd requested the late dinner
seating at 8:15
p.m., in order to have more time to enjoy the day's
We normally eat dinner early (4 or 5ish), so we were
ravenous when we
got back to our stateroom to shower and dress.
We thought an
extra meal would make it easier for us to gain weight,
but then I
remembered that eating several small meals a day has been
shown to be much
more preferable to eating just three big meals. So,
as we continued
to make light, healthy and lower-carb choices at
all our meals, we
could easily eat at 5 (salad, chicken noodle soup,
crackers and fruit, veggie pizza), eat again at 8:15, and
then enjoy a
late-night snack or surprise pirate buffet. :-)
If you think
vacations are time for binge eating, think again! Pick up
a copy of "Real
People Don't Diet" and check out the bonus on how
to go away, have
fun, relax, and stay trim.
If you want to
ask more detailed questions on cruise dining--yum--
just email me at
cate AT realpeopledontdiet.com.
Don't forget to
check out the photos
Now it's back to the "real" world...and a real schedule.
Keep it real, and see you next time!
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