Disney Trip

Monday, October 20, 2008

My DD (19) and I just spent a wonderful 4 days at Disney World! She is in college and had a 4 day break, so we met there while my DH stayed home with our 2 younger boys.

I got up earlier than my DD each of our 3 mornings and did my 30 minutes of vigorous exericse in the hotel gym. My DD was usually ready to roll out of bed about 10:00 which gave me plenty of time to eat a small, healthy breakfast, exercise, shower, and get dressed.

It turned out our hotel was about a mile away from Epcot and after the first day taking the slow water taxi, it was a no-brainer to just walk the route. So this added at least 2 miles a day onto my exercise routine!

The Food and Wine Fest at Epcot was a lot of fun. At least 30 countries had kiosks set up and were selling small portions of food and drink representing their countries. The first day, we had a leek and goat cheese quiche and an escargot brioche from France. We then went on to sample a wonderful maple-glazed salmon from Canada, Spanakopita from Greece, a meat pie from S. Africa, and a Fish Tagine + couscous from Morocco. I'm sure nothing was lo-cal, but it was all certainly healthier than the typical theme park food.

What I found hard to believe, and sad, was that there was a long line of families at the permanent McDonald's stand. True American culture!

The hardest part for me was knowing how much to say to my DD about her own eating habits. I know she's upset about gaining weight at college, but she also tends to get obsessed with things and I was afraid anything contructive I said would be taken as a criticism and might make things harder for her. So I tried to set an example with my own (imperfect) eating habits, praised her for getting the salmon instead of McD's, and bit my tongue when she ate a whole funnel cake. I also tried to listen and 'just be a mom' as she talked about the ups and downs of college life. I guess if she had wanted my opinion, she would have asked me directly!

So all in all, it was a great trip. We saw a show, went on some rides, and did a lot of walking and talking. A great girls weekend!
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