Vacationing - Low Carb Style

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CJ0821
CJ0821 Posts: 51 Member
Alright y'all, I am about to go on a cruise for 7 nights with my family. Do y'all have any tips on vacationing/traveling and staying on point with the LC lifestyle?

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  • Dragonwolf
    Dragonwolf Posts: 5,600 Member
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    Do the best you can with what's available. That's the big thing, I think. Don't overstress yourself. You're there to have fun and relax.

    See if you can talk to the cooking staff and at least see what will be available. That way you could get enough to eat in a prior meal to skip one that's going to be particularly carb heavy. They may even be able/willing to make some small accommodations.

    Other than that? Try to eat what you'd normally eat -- go for the bacon and eggs instead of the bagels and french toast, the salads instead of the pizza, grab a burger and take the bun off (tomato slices make good buns if the lettuce sucks), and so on. Just pick the stuff that fits best into your diet and leave the rest.

    On a side note - if you do choose to go after a carb-heavy or sweet treat, try to pair it with a fair bit of fat. After you're used to this way of eating, most sweets from restaurants and similar venues tend to be sickening sweet. Some cream with the cake can help cut the sweet, for example.
  • CJ0821
    CJ0821 Posts: 51 Member
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    EXCELLENT advice!!! Thank you! I think i am just stressing for no good reason!
  • Fat4Fuel2
    Fat4Fuel2 Posts: 280 Member
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    Cruises are LOADED with food. There should be plenty of options. However, remember that there's much, much more to do on a vacation than eat. Lay out by the pool, play shuffle board, dance, see the port that the boat stops in, participate in some activity... the list goes on, and there's constant entertainment!
  • sbom1
    sbom1 Posts: 227 Member
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    Been on a couple of cruises...there is plenty of LCHF stuff (eggs, bacon, butter, cheese, meat, salad bar, ask for hollandaise sauce to top your fish/meat at dinner, bunless cheeseburger at pool bar, antipasti-salami, prosciutto, mozzarella, olives etc, beef/chicken fajitas-no wrap, meat, cheese, guac etc) to choose from. The issue is not choosing all the high carb stuff there is. And the staff are generally more than happy to work with you. Speak to the Maitre d' on the first day and tell him/her you have health issues and you have special dietary needs. Have a plan of what you definitely won't go for (bread, desserts-have them make you a cheese plate instead- pizza-there is a lot of pizza!!, etc) and then just eat as close to LCHF as you can and enjoy yourself.
  • CJ0821
    CJ0821 Posts: 51 Member
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    Thanks so much guys, y'all have been super helpful!!!
  • Sajyana
    Sajyana Posts: 518 Member
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    I'm keen on this because I'm going on a cruise this year too!

    What I found out is that there is a buffet restaurant. Bonus! You can pick and choose what you do and don't eat.

    Don't be tempted by sauces with hidden carbs. Sauces like alfredo and hollandaise are good but dodge tomato/bbq types.

    There should be some sour cream. This is also great for a salad dressing. Mix some mustard with it if they have some.

    There should be plenty of low carb options for us. :) Enjoy your cruise.
  • GaleHawkins
    GaleHawkins Posts: 8,160 Member
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    sbom1 wrote: »
    Been on a couple of cruises...there is plenty of LCHF stuff (eggs, bacon, butter, cheese, meat, salad bar, ask for hollandaise sauce to top your fish/meat at dinner, bunless cheeseburger at pool bar, antipasti-salami, prosciutto, mozzarella, olives etc, beef/chicken fajitas-no wrap, meat, cheese, guac etc) to choose from. The issue is not choosing all the high carb stuff there is. And the staff are generally more than happy to work with you. Speak to the Maitre d' on the first day and tell him/her you have health issues and you have special dietary needs. Have a plan of what you definitely won't go for (bread, desserts-have them make you a cheese plate instead- pizza-there is a lot of pizza!!, etc) and then just eat as close to LCHF as you can and enjoy yourself.

    You are making me hungry. :) Actually after being after LCHF in a serious way I find most of the time at even a pot luck I can do LCHF OK by sticking with whole foods.

  • totaloblivia
    totaloblivia Posts: 1,164 Member
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    I'm jealous - I'm going to Sicily in the summer time and am planning to take a break from LCHF to get hold of the gorgeous sun-ripened fruit and veg (and wine...). I know I'll put on, but just don't think I could restrain myself.