Will I Gain Weight On Our First Cruise?

Before we come to the question in our today’s travel article title, let us explore it like it is:

  1. Prawns wrapped in pancetta flamed in Armagnac, 
  2. Medallions of young cod with a creamy shellfish sauce, 
  3. New York steak cooked to perfection and served with garlic, parsley, Cognac, and special savory steak sauce.
  4. Potted fresh and smoked salmon seasoned with herbs, lemon, and fromage blanc, 
  5. A creamy vanilla pudding flavored with a hint of nutmeg, diced apples, and sultana grapes, warm crepes flavored with orange and Grand Marnier, oozing, melt in your mouth seven-layer chocolate cake. 
  6. Rack of lamb coated with mushroom duxelles, wrapped in puff pastry, and baked until honey gold. 

Are you still breathing?

That’s just one quick example of what Cruise Ships are planning for you. In a nutshell, Cruise Ships present all food all the time, 24/7. Why? 

Because they genuinely love you and want to please you! So there it is: an ocean of food on the high seas. All styles from plain casual to sophisticated gourmet. You wanted us, to be honest, didn’t you? So back to answering that all-important question; Will you gain a ton and sink the ship while traveling on a cruise and hogging everything available?

Before you ever soared onboard your ship or planned your cruise to the inth degree you have been for years deluged with information: high carbs, low carbs, no carbs, no counting, calorie counting, food “blending,” food pairing, metabolic rates, fasting, weight loss patches, and diets, diets diets, the Zone, South Beach, Jenny Craig, Atkins, The Chocolate Cake Diet, Nutrisystems, the Grapefruit Diet. And as we speak, the Food Industry couldn’t be more comfortable getting to market quickly a new box of rice shouting the trend it is probiotic and other benefits plastered all over the box. Well, okay, we could go on for a month. Here’s the deal:

You are responsible. We are giving you all the credit. We know that you understand this fact: You are a direct result of all your daily actions. Yup. If you are plus size now, you either were never taught how to eat for your own body or never learned yourself from some time spent caring enough and researching. Sorry, I am being blunt.

It is your eating choices and you: food types, amounts, times of day, accompanied by the lack of proper exercise. In reality, when you are on your cruise, you will most likely maintain your same culture of eating, so here’s a big eating supervision tip: Look at the food menu or actual display in front of you and throw yourself this big question, 

“Can I get this meal at home or down the street in my neighborhood?”

If the response is yes, do you want to eat it on the cruise as well?

Opt for the things you swear you have never eaten or will never eat again. If something is genuinely extraordinary, go for it, it will become a part of your cruise fond memories. If you are not overweight, watch out! You could fall victim to the “I never gain weight” aura that besets you at home. Remember, a cruise is an aberration in the most extravagant form. 

Again, you will be besieged by food. You will say to yourself, “I’m on holiday. I’m going to get my money’s worth.” In the ’60s and ’70s, there were “all you can eat” places, and people tortuously stuffed themselves to get “their money’s worth.” You’re not overweight now because of your judicious eating habits at home. Take that same character with you on your cruise, tasting only the finest offerings, and you’ll be fine.

And don’t forget to remember this: the Cruise Director has your best interests in mind, particularly in the area of nuts to soups. If you have special dietary needs or allergies, just say so. You can ask and get confirmed your special requests for kosher, vegetarian, low-fat, diabetic, low-sodium, low-cholesterol, lactose-free, and gluten-free diets.

Well-prepared food is to be selective, seductive, savored, and sipped. Enjoy the art, and you will come back happy.

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