Cruise/Vacation Eating

Hello hello!  I am BACK from a 10-day adventure in Europe!  I had an absolutely incredible time exploring, resting, and of course, EATING!

July was a weird month – don’t get me wrong it was a GREAT month, but there was so much going on between getting engaged, celebrations, social events, and vacation that I basically took the entire month off from macro counting.  It just wasn’t worth the stress and I needed a break!

Because of that, I did indulge a lot and I did gain weight.  Did I lose all of my progress?  Absolutely not!  But I do need to buckle down, return to normalcy and routine, and get my body back on track.

Before I get into that, I wanted to share some of my tips for healthy living on a cruise or vacation.  Read on for more!

1. Go easy on breakfast. It can be so tempting to order everything on the menu when you’re on a cruise since you CAN, but I try to keep it pretty light at breakfast since I know I will be eating more than usual throughout the day.

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Starting the day off with an egg white omelette insures you will get lots of protein.
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A parfait is a great way to get a good balance of carbs and protein without feeling weighed down.
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I think I had bagels and lox 4/7 days because I just love it so much!

2. Stay active during the day.  One way to beat that vacation puffiness is to choose activities that keep you moving!  I went on an intense hike one day (burned the same amount of calories as if I did three normal workouts) and white water rafting.

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I was able to get in a few workouts on sea days and before touring which helps me feel better about eating desserts at every meal.
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Ready to go white water rafting!
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This hike was INTENSE but the view was SO worth it!

 

3. Avoid mindless snacking.  When you’re on a cruise you have access to food 24/7 – cookies, ice cream, pizza, etc.!  I tried to avoid snacking during the day and focus on enjoying the bigger and more indulgent foods at meal times.

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Poolside eats!
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When surf and turf is an option, you order it!
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I tried to have at least one salad each day because my body is used to those greens!
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The great thing about cruise dining is that even though you are eating a lot, the portions are actually pretty reasonable.
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Give me ALL the fresh seafood!
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You bet I had dessert after every meal!

4. Don’t clean your plate. Remember to stop eating when you are full!  I have trouble with this because the food tastes so good 🙂 , but remember you don’t HAVE to clean your plate every time.

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Lots of international flavors at the Heathrow airport lounge.
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Nutella donut ball…need I say more?!
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Lunchtime on the ship.

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