I promised you a word about how to enjoy a cruise without getting fat. Part of the fun of a cruise is trying new foods and enjoying delicious meals. But you can still have just as much fun without eating like the proverbial kid in a candy store! Here are a few tips that might help.
- Eat enough to enjoy yourself – no one wants to feel deprived on such a wonderful vacation, but don’t feel like you need to gorge yourself or that you should “get your money’s worth”. The money is already spent, so it doesn’t matter if you eat like a bird or like a water buffalo. Coming home with an extra 5 to 8 pounds is pretty average for a cruise but who really needs to do that?
- My BEST Buffet Tips – These are tips from a famous psychologist. If you sit at least 16 feet away, face your chair away from the buffet, scout the buffet first to spot your favorite foods, and choose a smaller plate, you will eat a lot less than if you don’t. For bonus points – resolve to have 50% of your plate be healthy stuff, then enjoy the bacon and the chocolate mousse on the other half.
- Skip the soda card. My last two cruises I did this – I saved some money and passed up a cubic ton of sugar without feeling the least bit deprived. In order to make the Bottomless Bubbles program cost-effective, you have to consume 3-4 sodas per day. I knew that was not going to be a healthy choice. So, instead of soda, I had a case of water delivered to my stateroom on the first day. I did bring a supply of those little flavor packets to put in them – not a big fan of plain water.
- Too Many Martinis. Alcohol is a HUGE deal onboard a ship. Seriously HUGE. If the ships were to stop selling it, I think they would go out of business very quickly. I’m not yo’ Mama, so drink it up if you want. Just be aware of the price tag attached, plus the excess calories. The ship plays it smart by not giving you the alcohol bill til the last night. Then there are a lot of glum faces going around the ship as people realize that they’ve overdone it. You can review your charges daily on your TV screen and that will give you a good incentive to take it easy on the rum punch.
There you go. Plenty of tips to help you out for your upcoming cruise.
If you enjoyed this post, you’ll probably like this one too. It’s called 25 Fabulous Tips on Packing for a Cruise.
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