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I only wished the water trick worked for me. although that is all I drink on the cruise is water.


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5/25/17 7:54 P

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I will always add in a lot of water to my meal on a cruise ship because i get fuller quicker so i dont eat as much

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I hear you and the buffet's are awesome. BUT, I eat salads at home, and when I am on vacation I treat myself to things I don't normally eat at home. Just me, I love the room service too. I usually get a balcony room and eat out on the balcony.


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LOVE cruising! The buffets always have a great selection of protein and salad fixings.

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My 1st cruise I lost 7 lbs, but I was much more active and ate and ate and ate. Knocked myself out on all the sightseeing and excursions. I learned from that and did much better on my next cruise, let everyone leave the ship and it is all mine LOL Was able to enjoy the pool with everyone gone and also used the gym. I only lost 2-3 lbs on the next cruise, but I still enjoyed myself, didn't have to wash, cook or clean. It was a true vacation for me.


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The last emoticon I went on I lost 5 pounds. I ate the healthier foods available. I still exercised and did excursions that was active. However, I did enjoy a few of there desserts and other foods a couple of times, but didn't over do it. I didn't focus on it where I wasn't going to ruin my vacation. Just make the best choices for all the many options they have available. They have food available 24/7. Not many healthy options in the much later hours of the night. Enjoy your vacation. emoticon

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My last cruise was a 15-day cruise to Hawaii. Had an awesome time, gained 2 lbs in all. Being handicapped made this my last and final cruise. By the time I got wheel chairs and used my walker and cane it was way too much trouble. So I met my daughter and family for breakfast, let them have the afternoon for themselves, I stayed in my room and got room service (that was heavenly) and when they came back from their excursions we met for dinner and then afterwards for one of the shows. I got off once in Honolulu and by the time they got a wheel chair and we disembarked and whatever I opted to let them have their afternoons for themselves. Too much work for me. don't get me wrong, the ship lines Carnival took excellent care of me and saw that I got all my connections.


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We've been on three cruises in the past 2 years, and I've lost weight each time. There are lots of healthy options. Try to limit the "empty calories"; e.g., alcohol, drink lots of water, and just have dessert if it's something really special.

I know some people,have suggested that you avoid the buffets, but I disagree. I prefer them because I can get the right amount of the foods I want. The pools are tiny, but walking around the decks give you lots of exercise. Try to choose excursions that include a lot of exercise (although this may be hard with your grandmother).

Just relax and have a great time. I'd go on almost any cruise, any time. We're thinking of Iceland and Greenland next.

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We never ever take an elevator when we druise. We try to get 10000 steps a day. Wev eat whatever we want.

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I went on a few cruises and lost weight. I ate everything I wanted, didn't worry about calories and lost 7 lbs when I got home. I did lots of walking on the ship and did many excursions. So I stayed very active. I had drinks in the afternoon and had the ice cream and pizza. At night had the buffet and ate what I wanted and didn't worry about anything. I did fine, didn't stress. It was a vacation, not a break from eating.


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I lost a couple pounds on a 10-day cruise. I walked every day on the walking deck... did Pilates one day, did circuits with weights a few times and swam as much as possible (on the islands as well as in the ship's pools).

As far as food, there were such an incredible amount of choices! I enjoyed some tasty foods but the most important thing is that good, healthy choices were in abundance. I ate what I wanted but everything was in balance, and I made sure to get at least 5 fruit & veggies a day (usually more).

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I always think the "catch" is that you have PAID for "all you can eat" and therefore a frugal person feels they are required to "get their money's worth." Actually, you PAID for what YOU want to eat, so if you decide to stay with the healthy choices and avoid the dessert table, then do so.



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There is so much good food on a cruise, but I was able to come back without gaining any weight on there. Just use moderation and make healthy choices. They offer so much honestly it's easier than you think to stay on track



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I've been on three different cruises...all with different ships. Healthy choices onboard that I've seen and recommend are:
- salads (use a vinegar based dressing as vinegar helps your metabolism);
- fresh fruit for dessert (the sugars in fruit are healthier);
- rice or any sushi (substitute rice instead of potatoes. Potatoes have starch which takes longer to break down in the body. Rice fills you up without the starch and burns through the body faster);
- yogurt (helps with metabolism; go to the bathroom easier too);
- water/juice or green tea (not soda - green tea prevents cancer + aging);
- eat a big breakfast. You'll feel less hungry during the daytime.
- If you love pancakes like I do, use honey instead of syrup. Honey has natural sugars which are healthier for the body. Use honey in your coffee or tea too. Eating too much sugar ages your body faster.

I hope these ideas help.



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I lost 2 pounds when I went on an Alaskan cruise. Lots of fresh veggies/salads/fruits, not to mention grilled and other low calorie prepared seafood and meats. I did limit myself to one dessert per day, but that really was my only restriction. I think the reason it was so easy to lose weight is because, on a large cruise ship, you have to WALK to everything and up and down stairs as the elevators are usually crowded, not to mention all the shore excursions. I was just ecstatic that I lost weight, ate what I wanted to and had a great time. BTW--I also think you are so exhausted with all that exercise you sleep like a baby at night, and you don't have any stress about cooking and kitchen clean up because it is all done for you. So, your stress levels are low as well, which also helps with weight loss.

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I've done several cruises, including Alaska. We tried to fit in as many shore excursions as we could. That means we missed a number of meals because we weren't on ship to eat.
It is possible to eat within your calorie range if you want to, even on ship. Be mindful of your choices and practice moderation. Don't let yourself get over hungry before eating.
Do the same things you would do when you go out to eat at a restaurant at home.

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It is absolutely possible to eat within your healthy calorie range.



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Do you know which Cruiseline and which ship? I know you can google Carnivals menus and they're usually pretty updated. If I can find the link I've used before, I'll post it. A lot of places will also denote healthier choices on the dining room menus.

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The cruise line will usually have a list of the what restaurants are available on board the ship.

On the cruise we went on, some of the "normal" stuff wasn't available because it was a smaller ship. So there was no 24 hour pizza or ice cream spot.

You'll want to make a plan for where to go for meals when you are in port as well.

I gained a couple of pounds on the cruise I went on, but I also tried some foods that I normally wouldn't eat as well.

If there's something you want to try - this is a great opportunity because you can decide you don't like it after taking a bit or two and not feel bad because you spent money on the meal.

It's really about making smart choices. I would have done a lot worse than a couple of pounds had I eaten like I did pre-Spark People.

Unless you pay for internet service aboard ship, you won't be able to track your food for those days. For our family, part of the thrill of going was not being connected and being off-line.



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actually lost weight when I went on my first cruise. They're always salads available. And there's lots of fruit as well. It didn't help that I didn't eat any wheat so a lot of the desserts were off-limits. but I didn't stint myself either. Enjoy!



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I just stick with lean meats, seafood, and salads. Avoid the late night junk food that is always available

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Alaska is gorgeous. As for the food on board, just make smart choices. You know how to do that. If there's something new just try a nibble. Remember, you don't have to fill your plate.

I also stayed away from the elevators and took the stairs. We took a three day cruise to the Bahamas and I hit my calorie burned goal every day. Have fun!

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Yeah, you can always continue your regular exercise even on cruise.

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There are sooo many options while on a cruise! My husband and I are going on our fourth cruise next month!

Every ship we have been aboard has had a gym and an outdoor recreation area. I usually hit the outdoor track.

The food options are just limitless. Just stay away from the all night pizza and ice cream. But, I do recommend that you try a dessert or two that is unique to your cruise line. The indulgence is worth it.

I have found that eating meals in the restaurants and staying away from those buffets are definitely the way to go.

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All very excellent suggestions. So it the opportunity comes along to take another cruise, now that I have idea of what to expect.
You are right, there is lots of walking on the cruise ship. I was tickled just to be able to climb all those steps to that last deck on the ship. Yes, there is wonderful healthy choices on the ship. LOL almost made it easier to stay on track.

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I love a good cruise. The last two I went on I lost weight. I certainly took advantage of the stairs and walking deck, but I also found great food choices. I am not a fan of the buffet, but there are always some great healthy options at each meal. The salad and fruit bars are extensive. I have found that the restaurants are most accommodating to any request you make and there are usually some good choices. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want, even if it is part of one entree and part of another. I have asked for grilled fish from one entree, the veggies from a second and even the starch from a third. There were no issues. I indulged on sparkling water instead of alcohol, except a few nights. While I drink sparkling water at home, I never order it out, so that is a treat for me. I did not skip every dessert, but I was choosy. Between good choices and tons of walking, I lost weight and had a wonderful time! Have fun. You are going to have wonderful memories from this trip!



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I went on my very first cruise this February. I wasn't sure what to expect. So I didn't want to get sick so I stuck to foods that are more natural. Fresh apples, oranges, pineapple, and veggies. Things I know that would not upset my system. I stay on my diet plan focused. I managed a fair amount of steps. The people were gracious enough to give me time with my walker to climb the steps. I found the beach lounge chairs more challenging. I got down fine, Lord the effort to get back up. I even walked out to the dolphin pond and petted them. I got it done, yes, I overdid it on the exercise and had some days with paralyze. I glad they had a massage person on board which truly helped so I had some mobility.

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I cruise a lot and make sure I am mindful of what I eat. Breakfast is balanced and reasonable--not more than what I would normally eat. I grab an apple for later and sometimes some cheese or plain yogurt. Lunch is a big salad. For me, this is a treat--I don't have to prep all the veggies and I can take my time eating it. (As a teacher, I get about 20 minutes to eat lunch, if I'm lucky.) Dinner is my treat time but I choose the early seating so I have time to work some calories off before bed. I have at the most 4 drinks during the entire cruise--too high in calories.

Activity is important and I get up early to exercise every day, walk after every meal, and take the stairs, not the elevator. In addition, I plan active shore excursions. On my last cruise I zip lined, snorkeled, SNUBA dived, kayaked, hiked, and crewed on a sailboat (12-meter racing yacht). It was so much fun!

You can choose healthy foods/activities so you don't gain on a cruise.
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There is medicine for that... My wife who always gets sick in a rowboat had no issues...Besides, these ships are so massive that unless you have a hurricane, your probably not going to feel a whole lot of movement...Try an "overnight" or weekend cruise first and see.. :)

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It was helpful reading this posting. Lots of good ideas. It seems I gain weight every time I go on a cruise. I see the food and it all is so good that I splurge. I'm going to try to be more mindful with these ideas for our next cruise in September to Alaska.



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When I went on my cruise, I actually lost weight! I was constantly was constantly walking around the ship & drank mostly water. (I had ice tea a couple of times. No foods were off limits, but I made sure I stopped eating when I was full.

There were a ton of healthy food options & the gym was very nice too!



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Hope to take a cruise someday. I get motion sickness easily, wonder how I'll do. emoticon Cruising sounds good and bad because of the wonderful foods there. If there are plenty of veggies, fruits, and seafood available, I'm OK -- unless I find that ice cream or dessert bar. emoticon Alcohol not a problem for me, as i don't imbibe. emoticon

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I LOVE to cruise, and I actually lost 7 lbs on my last 8 day cruise. There are healthy options galore! For breakfast and lunch most ships have a casual restaurant that has fruit, yogurt, made to order omelets, etc. in addition to the typical buffet fare. For lunch there is always a salad bar option and even on the various buffets there are lots of vegetables and grilled protein options in addition to fruits and vegetarian dishes (remember, they cater to an international crowd and lots of people in other countries are vegetarian). My "splurge" time was generally at dinner as we chose to eat at the formal dining room rather than from the buffet. There were always healthy options in the formal dining area and the portion sizes are not huge (but they are more than adequate). They even had healthy dessert choices! We just made sure to watch the alcohol intake and avoid the temptation to hit the after dinner snacks. You can do this! Enjoy your trip!



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My daughter and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas in August and it was so much fun! The food was ever present - as was the alcohol - so it is very easy to lose track of your calories.
I got up early every morning we were on the cruise (my daughter slept in because she stayed out late every night) and went up to the gym and spent about 45-min to an hour on the elliptical or treadmill. I didn't do any strength training, but the option was there. The gym was well stocked. I was impressed. Every morning on the cruise, I was done working out and on deck with my water and breakfast in time to watch the sun rise.
The food wasn't all that great on mine, which helped me to not eat a lot... but I did make the healthiest choices I could when I ate, and still allowed myself to have a few indulgences.
I chose chicken sandwiches over burgers, had eggs and whole wheat toast with fruit... that kind of thing. There are usually healthy options to replace the bad items at the buffets.
Ice cream and pizza are definitely available around the clock, and I allowed myself to have both, but in moderation.
Just remember to have FUN and enjoy the cruise! Get your exercise in when you can... take stairs on the ship instead of the elevator... and you'll be fine.

My best advice is to just do the best you can with the options that are available, have a good time, and get back to it when you return!

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Good advice from Goriana. Save some calorie or exercise allowance for the really special foods. I found it possible to look at the midnight buffet without eating. I just wasn't hungry at that hour, but it was an impressive sight. Take pictures not samples.

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I hear you can gain 10lbs. on a cruise, if you're not careful.

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First enjoy your time with your family and the experience of seeing Alaska. It is beautiful.

Recently I was at all you can eat resort and I found setting some guidelines helped me. The first one was to eat three meals with no snacking in between. The next was to mentally partition my plate into quarters and have one quarter of protein, one quarter of grains, and one half of vegetables/salad. I might have a clear soup first or a small plate of fruit for dessert. I avoided the desserts because I figured they wouldn't be that special but I gave my self the option if it was some rare hard to find treat....

good luck with eating, but do enjoy your trip and whatever happens with your food don't worry too much...soon enough you will be back home doing what you know to do...

this leads me to best tip for vacation eating...have a plan for when you return. Leave some frozen meals to have when you return...when will you go back to your workouts....think about 'reentry' The quicker I get back to my 'normal' healthy eating the quicker I feel better about my vacation....

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24 hour pizza and ice cream bars exist on cruise ships, so know that going in. The last time I went there was one buffet that was loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables and seafood, so I tried to eat there are often as possible. Have you tried googling your ship name and menus to get an idea of what is available on that ship from other cruisers?

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Woo hoo! I found the article I was thinking of. Here it is:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=177


While searching, I found a couple of additional articles that may be of assistances This article may be helpful in making choices while on board:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=115


And one about healthy vacationing, which includes a section on cruising:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=231


Also, don't be afraid to ask questions of the wait staff, especially if you are in the dining room. The chefs are highly trained professionals and want to help you.



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Ohhh...Alaska. It's a beautiful place. My family actually cruised there about 4 years ago now. So much fun.

I have been on several other cruises and you can be smart about food. Just make smart choices and focus on the available fruits, vegetables, and lean meat. They might have calorie lists or they might not but I know there is an article about eyeballing portions if needed. For example, a 3 ounce serving of meat is about a deck of playing cards and a 1 ounce serving of cheese is the size of a pair of dice.

Also, be sure to stay as active as possible. Your dear grandma maybe can't take the stairs but I encourage you to avoid using the elevator as much as possible. Tell her you'll meet her on whatever level. Most ships also have a deck where you can walk laps in addition to a fitness center. They even offer classes. They aren't cheap but it might be a fun way to check out something new once or twice as a special treat.

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I think if you stay away from the buffets you'll be fine. The portions in the restaurants aren't huge so it's fairly easy to order a healthy meal .... just save some calories for dessert!



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Never been on a cruise but I hear there is lots of food and often! Be careful.



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Hello community!

I'm going on my first cruise in May. Cruises are not my thing, but my 95-year-old grandmother has never been to Alaska and she wants to go, so we're taking her! As I have never been on a cruise, I have no idea what the food situation is. Will they have listings for calories in foods or am I'm going to have to eyeball it (and assume high on the use of oils for preparation)?

I'm not worried about exercise in the same way -- I know there are gyms and I've bought a stationary harness to at least get some of my yardage in in the pool, but I'm VERY conscious of what I eat, so I'm not sure what to expect here.

I'd welcome any and all recommendations those of you with cruise experience have!



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