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Old 07-23-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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I'm a low carber (type 1 diabetic), and I have to say Disney can be tough...but not impossible...while eating low carb. Because I am diabetic and use insulin I can (and do while in WDW) "cheat" and correct for the carbs I ear. However, at home I eat virtually no carbs at all, and the longer I eat that way the less I even WANT to eat the high carb stuff!

TS restaurants tend to work pretty well. You can always ask the server to substitute rice/potatoes/starch for a green/low carb vegetable. I've never had anyone turn me down. CS is more limited, but nearly every restaurant has at least some sort of entree salad option. Burgers or other sandwiches with no buns are always a fall back, too. I haven't been yet, but the new Art of Animation food court menu has some wonderful options with different veggie sides, so I imagine it would be easy to sub out something starchy for a delicious veggie dish. I did have luck once getting Columbia Harbor House to give me a side of broccoli as my "dessert" on the dining plan, so it definitely never hurts to ask!

For snacks, well, that's a tough one. There is the cheese plate in the bakery in France. Most of the CS places will sell their sides separately (and they're usually a snack credit), and many of them will have broccoli or cole slaw. But it's best to have some back-up snacks with you to stave off the temptation!
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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I'm interested in this as well, as this is how I eat at home.

My current plans for our upcoming trip are protein shake in our room for breakfast, taking nuts and protein bars (the simply bar- very low in sugar and carbs) for snacks and will get fruit in parks if needed. I will also take stevia for my morning tea. I will also have a Mickey Bar for good measure! Carbs in Mickey bars don't count!

Quick service :Taco salad - don't eat the shell, chicken and/or ribs with veggie side, burger no bun with carrot stick side, chicken Caesar salad - no croutons. Columbia Harbour House has the colony salad and salmon with broccoli side.
PO riverside has create your own salad. Oh and I love the beet salad at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot. The salads at WPE also look awesome.

Table Service will be much easier.

I do eat very few carbs day to day, and I have a large salad almost every day for either lunch or dinner at home, the bulk of my carbs come from sweet potatoes and quinoa, so Disney will be a challenge. I'm used to making my salad dressings, I haven't bought a bottle of dressing in at least 2 years, but I'm just going to do my best and not sweat the small stuff and enjoy our vacation! And a dole whip!
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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Flame Tree at Animal Kingdom has great choices for a low/lower carb meal although I'm not sure about their BBQ sauce.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:34 PM   #5
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One other tip for your QS meals. Usually the only thing listed on the menu are the combo meals, but you can get the entree w/o the fries and it will be cheaper. You could also ask if they will sub anything else for the fries.
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One other tip for your QS meals. Usually the only thing listed on the menu are the combo meals, but you can get the entree w/o the fries and it will be cheaper.
This is a great tip... the combo isn't it the only option but people forget this based on how it's presented. Thanks!
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
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I did cancel my reserations at Nine Dragons and San Angel Inn because the menus do not look to low carb and was able to replace them with Narcoossee's and Rose & Crown.

Breakfast is super easy for CS or TS (eggs and bacon/sausage!) and TS dinners are going to be a snap...CS is my problem and I am might just have to book TS lunch but I hate being tied down so much

CS has changed alot over the years though and maybe it will be alot easier than I think....and if not hopefully we can get walk up lunches lol!

Do you think I should note this on my reservations? Wonder if the TS dinners (especially signatures) can make a special low carb dessert?
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:51 PM   #8
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I did cancel my reserations at Nine Dragons and San Angel Inn because the menus do not look to low carb and was able to replace them with Narcoossee's and Rose & Crown.

Breakfast is super easy for CS or TS (eggs and bacon/sausage!) and TS dinners are going to be a snap...CS is my problem and I am might just have to book TS lunch but I hate being tied down so much

CS has changed alot over the years though and maybe it will be alot easier than I think....and if not hopefully we can get walk up lunches lol!

Do you think I should note this on my reservations? Wonder if the TS dinners (especially signatures) can make a special low carb dessert?
I know you've already replaced your ADRs, but just for future reference, Chinese can be pretty easy to do on a low-carb diet! Ask for no rice, and stick to entrees that are not fried and not prepared in a sweet sauce--and, if you like the sound of the entree but need to skip the sauce, most places can prepare it that way for you. I've never been to Nine Dragons though--just speaking from experience at other Chinese restaurants. There seem to be several things on that menu that would work for me, though, including Spit Roasted Beijing Chicken and the Canton Pepper Beef.

We have reservations for lunch at San Angel Inn in October, and I'm looking forward to the Loma de Pue en Pipian, which is pork tenderloin with roasted veggies and pumpkin. The pumpkin will add some carbs, but I eat pumpkin pretty frequently on my meal plan with no adverse effects. As always, YMMV.

I'd go ahead and note your low-carb lifestyle on your ADRs. I don't know how much luck you'll have with a special low carb dessert--most chefs have very little experience in that area, and it is SO different from cooking with their usual wheat flour and sugar, etc. Their solution for diabetics is usually fruit (lots of carbs!) or replace sugar with artificial sweetener in a "regular" recipe (still full of flour and other carby ingredients, potentially even MORE carbs than when made with sugar!). However, noting it on your ADRs will alert the restaurant that you'll probably want to sub out veggies for the starches, etc. It certainly won't hurt.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:06 PM   #9
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In case you aren't aware, Disney has the ability to assist you with special diets for low carb, vegetarian, food allergies, etc. You simply need to contact them and give them the information and ressies, special diets will assist you if you choose to let them know in advance of your visit. The chefs can even come out to speak to you directly about your meal. I use them every visit and have not been disappointed with a vegetarian table service or dinner show meal yet.
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I tend to eat on the lower carb side but if I'm craving carbs, I make sure to eat them at lunch, not dinner, so my body has time to process them. I stay away from the obvious ones; potatoes, chips, bread, and pasta for more than a nibble or two......my general rule is moderation on the low side as to not feel deprived.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:11 PM   #11
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Hi, Nicki...long time no see, lol.

Hubby & I just did low-carb (Atkins style, staying at 20 carbs per day) in May 2012.

We thought we were doing very, very well. For breakfast we either had Quest brand protein bars, or we ate at the food court...scrambled eggs & side of bacon or sausage w/coffee or diet coke. For lunch, we were eating entree-type salads (like chicken caesar salad) or cheeseburgers, skip the bun. All of our dinners were either buffets with plenty of protein choices, and salad bars...or restaurants with steak & salad on the menu.

We did not have a single "cheat" high carb anything the whole time we were there. Even for alcohol, we were just getting shots of tequila or rum and mixing our own Crystal lite lemonade packets in our water glasses, and adding the shot. had no baked goods, no ice cream,no pastries, no sugary beverages, no rice/noodles/potatoes...no high-carb veggies, and no fruit.

BUT we both gained 4-5 lbs. in 4 nights/5 days of supposed low-carb eating at Disney. Somewhere in there they are hiding a lot of carbs. I suspect way too much salt, sugar rubs/marinades on the meats, who knows what carbs added to the scrambled eggs, sugar on the green veggies (common cooks trick to make veggies taste great)

So...lesson we learned is...even if you think you're eating low-carb at Disney, look out for hidden carbs all over the place. We actually gained just as much eating what was supposedly low-carb in 5 days as we did eating deluxe dining 3 course meals in March for 3 days No Fair! Dieting & still gained as much weight as when we were eating like kings

And SKIP the idea of low-carb-desserts. They'll refer you to the no-sugar-added desserts on every menu. BUT these are typically high-carb (just no sugar, but full of flour, cornstarch thickeners, fruit, etc. that's not good for low carb. PLUS, worst of all...they usually have sweetened with sugar-alcohols which give gastro-intestinal upsets to about 1/2 the population!)

Hope that helps,
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:08 AM   #12
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I keep a chocolate bar in my purse at all times and eat 2 to 3 squares a day. It's my favorite treat, it's 88% cocoa so very low sugar and carbs (3.4 carbs for 3 squares). It complete satisfies my sweet tooth since I'm a dessert gal. You could try that if you're into dark chocolate.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:14 PM   #13
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I think Low carb diets are going to be about the easiest diet to do while in disney world! I recently cut out meat... that is going to be more of a challenge for me at WDW. Good luck.
I'm not sure if this is true. Meat in something is a bit more obvious. Whether there is sugar, flour, fruit juice, etc in a sauce is sometimes tough to detect. Many restaurants marinade their meat in fruit juices, like papaya, which addes a bunch of hidden carbs. Also, many people are on low carbs are for health reasons, like diabetes. Too many hidden carbs can put a damper on their vacation.

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Hi, Nicki...long time no see, lol.

Hubby & I just did low-carb (Atkins style, staying at 20 carbs per day) in May 2012.

We thought we were doing very, very well. For breakfast we either had Quest brand protein bars, or we ate at the food court...scrambled eggs & side of bacon or sausage w/coffee or diet coke. For lunch, we were eating entree-type salads (like chicken caesar salad) or cheeseburgers, skip the bun. All of our dinners were either buffets with plenty of protein choices, and salad bars...or restaurants with steak & salad on the menu.

We did not have a single "cheat" high carb anything the whole time we were there. Even for alcohol, we were just getting shots of tequila or rum and mixing our own Crystal lite lemonade packets in our water glasses, and adding the shot. had no baked goods, no ice cream,no pastries, no sugary beverages, no rice/noodles/potatoes...no high-carb veggies, and no fruit.

BUT we both gained 4-5 lbs. in 4 nights/5 days of supposed low-carb eating at Disney. Somewhere in there they are hiding a lot of carbs. I suspect way too much salt, sugar rubs/marinades on the meats, who knows what carbs added to the scrambled eggs, sugar on the green veggies (common cooks trick to make veggies taste great)

So...lesson we learned is...even if you think you're eating low-carb at Disney, look out for hidden carbs all over the place. We actually gained just as much eating what was supposedly low-carb in 5 days as we did eating deluxe dining 3 course meals in March for 3 days No Fair! Dieting & still gained as much weight as when we were eating like kings

And SKIP the idea of low-carb-desserts. They'll refer you to the no-sugar-added desserts on every menu. BUT these are typically high-carb (just no sugar, but full of flour, cornstarch thickeners, fruit, etc. that's not good for low carb. PLUS, worst of all...they usually have sweetened with sugar-alcohols which give gastro-intestinal upsets to about 1/2 the population!)

Hope that helps,
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Just be careful. After being on a very low carb diet, going to even a moderate carb diet can give your digestive system fits. White flour and sugar can keep me in the restroom, if I get too much of it. I usually add a few more healthy carbs to my diet a couple weeks or more prior to a trip. Just add a bit more exercise and you won't gain. As a matter of fact, after too low of a carb diet for too long you will normally platu before loosing all your weight. You need some GOOD carbs to keep your metabolism burning high.
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Thank you all for the good ideas and suggestions. I had no clue about marinating meats and what not in fruit juices...that has me worried. I thought I would be ok with sticking to steaks and chicken and seafood and of course as for no sauces if possible but if they are marinating it before hand I could be in for trouble. And veggies have some stuff on them too? Oy vey..

I have to call WDW and add it to my reservations...hope this helps alot.

Decided to ditch SAI and ND because the temptations for rice and beans and sweet sauces are just too much. Plus I am a sucker for a huge hunk of meat so steakhouses are better for me....although I think DH is going to get sick of it very fast.
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Been meaning to post this since we returned the end of last month but time just got away from me.

Being a low/no carb eater I was so worried about going to WDW for F&W. I did bring Atkins bars and shakes with me and that helped alot but honestly it was much easier than I thought it would be

At the TS locations I had no trouble getting veggies instead of rice/pasta/potatoes. At Nine Dragons and Teppen Edo they did charge me $2 for broccoli...I had a more difficult time with it at TE than ND though. At Tutto Italia it was easy asking for the veggie of the day instead of the carb sides.

When we had breakfast at Kona I was able to order scrambled eggs and meats and a side of tomato slices...the cost was the same as the Kahuna Platter. Boma was the best for my way of eating as they had wonderful carved meats, roasted tomatoes and grilled asparagus, not to mention omelets and specialty scrambled eggs that flavors changed daily

CS locations were easy too...I ordered a side of scrambled eggs and it was a very large serving. I could also order a side or raspberries or strawberries and Splenda is all over WDW so I could sprinkle that on top. Love the taco salads, really enjoyed a grilled chicken sandwich without the bun and a hot dog hold the bun. At HS, Fairfax Fries, I wanted a sausage egg sandwich without the muffin and they made me a sandwich with 2 eggs, 2 cheese and 2 sausage patties...it was great!

I did treat myself with a bite of taboo foods here and there...just one or two bites two-three times a day.

When I came home and weighed myself after 11 days in WDW I was so happy to see I lost 2 lbs!!!
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