I just returned from a week long cruise with my family and friends, all 42 of us. Gorgeous 85 degree temps, glistening transparent oceans, and of course, tons of food!
Those of you that know me, know
I have a serious obsession love desserts! My friend James and I had the pleasure of sharing every dessert created on the ship. One night in particular, I couldn’t decide between 7 different scrumptious ones so I asked James to help me eat them. He thought I was insane, but I ordered each and every one and yes, we devoured all 7 of them. This went on for the remainder of the trip.
Did I gain any weight?
What! How could that be? Did I workout at the fitness center for three hours every day? Did I run around the track on the top deck for two hours daily?
How is this possible? Normally I am an active person in the sense that I love trying new things like HERE and HERE and HERE, but my career as an RD has me sitting behind a desk most of the day, writing in patient’s charts. Yes, I eat a lot more on vacation. I love trying new foods, that in itself is exciting, but my vacations involve lots of activities too.
If you’re planning on eating more, then you have to work it off. If you want to spend your trip lying under a palm tree reading a novel, then you don’t need triple portions of bacon and sausage at the buffet.
I spent the week taking the stairs from my 6th floor cabin, up to all the different activities on the 11-13th floors. My cabin was also at the front of the ship, whereas most of the activities were in the back. The walking alone burned more calories than I would normally. And the off shore excursions provided even more chances to burn off the food.
Sadly, the cruise ship contained many obese passengers whom I witnessed taking the elevators, lounging in the hot tub, gambling in the casino and balancing 2 or 3 plates of food on top of each other. If this is your type of cruise, you WILL gain weight. Some people think if the food is free, they are entitled to eat triple the amount of food they normally do. Yes, the food is all you can eat, but that doesn’t mean get your money’s worth. In the end, you’re only harming your body.
Vacations should either be:
- To relax, read a book, sleep, dip your toes in the pool, get that tan, stroll along the beach and have a romantic conversation with your loved one, or
- One in which you get involved like we did by getting in a few games of:
and Rock Climbing:
(Are you exhausted after looking at all these pictures? Now you know why we didn’t gain any weight!)
These are the ways to enjoy your vacation. Not a gorging, gluttonous food carnival, where you gain ten pounds in 6 days. (How much extra food do you need to eat to gain ten pounds in 6 days!!!)
[The answer is 35,000 (thousand) extra calories, by the way.]
Try something new. How about:
- Orecchiette Pasta with Short Rib Ragu
- Thai Chicken with Red Curry and Edamame
- Garlic Tiger Shrimp
- Smoked Duck and Pear salad
- Greek Vegetarian Moussaka
- Grilled Salmon with Snow Peas and Artichokes
- Creme Brulee with Caramelized Bananas
- Baked Alaska Pie
This is your chance. You’re taking a vacation to escape your monotonous life and meals. Experience other cultural treats, different spices, and new taste combinations.
Here’s the deal:
- Be active, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Walk as much as possible.
- Participate in a new activity or sport you’ve never tried before
- When you eat at buffets, go for a tiny portion of each food or try something different
- At sit down meals, this is your chance to try a new delicacy. Try the Asian Coconut Seafood Soup and the Horseradish-Crusted Atlantic Salmon, and skip the steak.
- Share a few desserts with a buddy
Bottom Line: (like I always say) Is this a once in a lifetime vacation? Then forget everything I said and enjoy your time with family and friends, but when you get back home, do the right thing!
What have you found that works to help maintain your weight during vacation? Did you gain weight on a cruise? Please share your ideas with me!
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