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Old 01-28-2013, 01:04 PM   #31
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For some of us it's not a diet, rather a lifestyle choice. We choose to eat whole foods-fruits, veggies, meats, fish, chicken, we do eat rice and legumes, eggs. We eat limited sweets, and we bake treats at home. This way of life makes us feel great! So when we steer away from clean eating, and eat lots of processed foods, fatty foods, fried or sugary foods, our systems don't do well. We get sick and it's just not worth it. Our family definitely has treats and indulgences at wdw all the time, and even that has repercussions! Meaning we eat breakfast in the room, and perhaps something at the TS lunch upsets my stomach. Granted I do have gut issues, the point is some people can't just lose the diet and eat 3 heavy indulgent meals a day for a week :-)
Boy, I couldn't agree more! We were in WDW for 10 days earlier this month and while I tried to stick to the healthier way I eat at home, for me it was harder than I thought. I eat similarly to what you described, except not a lot of meat, more vegetarian and seafood and fruit. I thought I could eat the "regular" Disney food and snacks and be ok, after all it was only a week & 1/2, but I was miserable after the first few days. My body totally rebelled and I am only now, after being home for 2 weeks, just starting to feel "normal" again.
My biggest mistake was just the dining plan...so much food. I ate way too much partly because i was in this mind-set of not wasting food and getting our money's worth, and apparently I have very little self-control in WDW! It got to the point we had all these extra snack we collected but just couldn't eat because we were too stuffed and felt Not making that mistake again! We are going to WDW in August and there is no way I want to feel the way I did again, especially in that heat! We will probably eat mostly TS and I'll request items to be prepared healthier/simpler at least no sauces or extras. I did eat mostly seafood, chicken and veggies this trip, but way too many desserts!

It isn't always as easy as you may think, I've been eating healthier for 3 years now, lost 75 lbs and generally feel great, but in WDW, I kinda lost perspective.

Good tips here though and I'll be using some for my next trip so hopefully I can be on better behavior I already know I'm not going to any dinner buffets, way too dangerous for me! Good Luck!
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:17 PM   #32
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my daughter's favorite food is doughnuts (I hear there is someplace at WDW that has a doughnut bar?!)
Speaking of donuts, should you happen to hit TL or BB, they both sell these warm little baby donuts, you can buy them by the 1/2 dozen, dozen! They can be accompanied by a raspberry (my personal favorite), chocolate or iced sugar dipping sauce. These are not to be missed, especially if one's favorite food are donuts! Tasty little suckers!
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:47 PM   #33
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When at home I follow Weight Watchers and have done so for 2 years now. Definitely a lifestyle change for me. I no longer eat any fast food or fried food and eat a very low fat diet which is heavy on vegetables and fruits...lean meat, chicken and fish as well.

When we travel to Disney it's a bit of a shock to the system but I do try to follow my diet as much as possible and I do allow for splurges. As much as I WANT to eat like a glutton, my body just can't take it. I don't want to be too graphic but "bathroom issues" become a problem if you follow...especially after eating too much fried food.

I do have a lot of weight left to lose but have lost 60 lbs thus far. It's not easy at home to keep on track but it's even harder while on vacay especially in The World. We do breakfast in our room most often. Typically we're in a villa and have a fridge and microwave. And then have a light lunch in the parks with our heavier meal being dinner.

With a little extra planning and menu reading ahead of time I think you and your fam will be fine!! It never hurts to talk to the manager at any given CS location. Maybe they would have ideas or options that are not necessarily published anywhere.

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:23 PM   #34
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I have been on a diet since new years. Lost a decent amount of weight. We are going away the 2nd week in Feb. I will probably do my best to eat right, but i won't stress out about it.

I plan on really sticking to my diet but while on vacation I am not going to go crazy. With all the walking that will be had I plan on burning alot of calories.

I know when I return home I will be on my best behavior, but with vacation I have to just relax and not worry too much about what I eat.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #35
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When eating at TS restaurants you can always ask for plain grilled chicken/beef/fish and steamed veggies with no butter. WDW is very accommodating at TS locations. It is harder with CS but there are some options
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:48 PM   #36
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I think there's a lot of middle ground between eating a very restricted diet and "just giving in and eating whatever." That middle ground is usually where I spend my vacation.

No day of vacation at Disney feels better than an egg white omelet for breakfast, a Mickey Ice Cream bar and a soda pop for lunch, grilled fish for dinner.....of course, no dessert.....
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If you do a sit down restaurant for breakfast, an egg white omelette should not be a problem. At counter service you can just order scrambled eggs ad pick up yogurt to go with it. All the parks have stands with fresh fruit with a little work, you can eat healthy. We even but salmon at some of te counter service restaurants. We are not hamburger and French fry people.
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We get oatmeal at CS , there are fresh fruit stands at the parks. Wolfgang has several healthy options. We drink water. Also a trip to a grocery store or grocery delivery helps.
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We eat very clean, organic, unprocessed and are vegetarian. I use the menus on AllEars to plan our meals. We love Boma and can't wait to try Sanaa this trip (we'll get the salad sampler and vegetarian sampler). We always bring healthy bars as snacks (Lara, etc), order things like water, organic cereal and almond milk, hummus & produce from Garden Grocer. You can always find fresh produce around the resorts and parks as well. For CS we like the bean & rice burrito at Tortuga Tavern that has a toppings bar with lettuce and tomatoes, Tangierine Cafe, Sunshine Seasons, and POR has make your own salad and pasta stations with lots of veggies, chickpeas, and nuts. Many CS locations are starting to offer quinoa wraps and salads, which I am thrilled about! You can also request sorbet with berries as a healthy dessert. I, too, have a sensitive stomach and ended up with a pretty bad stomach ache after a heavy, oily dish last trip.
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and you know in theory I'm not opposed to that! But and a big but, for 13 days, my kids and myself included would be miserable! 3 days on the DDP and we couldn't do it! Wasting food is an issue, eating 2 to 3 meals a day in restaurants is the bigger issue. Eating food not prepared how we like it is also a problem! For a couple of days no problem, for 13 I don't honestly think I could do it without a griddle, a microwave and even the crockpot!

and we aren't picky eater nor health fanatics!
For us the most is 9 days, any more than that I'm sure we would get sick too. Nothing goes to waste so no worries there. I love it! Can't wait for all those desserts !
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I think there's a lot of middle ground between eating a very restricted diet and "just giving in and eating whatever." That middle ground is usually where I spend my vacation.
This is where I stand as well. Heck, that is really where I stand in my every day life. I eat healthier and cleaner then I ever have in the past, but I still allow myself treats here and there. It's called moderation.

I do find that I can't handle as much of the heavier foods as I used to be able to. I have to find a balance and keep it light sometimes or my stomach lets me know it is not happy.

Another thing to keep in mind, especially for those who count calories... you will NEED more calories during a day at Disney then you would at home. Most likely you are more active at Disney and are burning more calories. So be sure to take that into account as well.
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For some of us it's not a diet, rather a lifestyle choice. We choose to eat whole foods-fruits, veggies, meats, fish, chicken, we do eat rice and legumes, eggs. We eat limited sweets, and we bake treats at home. This way of life makes us feel great! So when we steer away from clean eating, and eat lots of processed foods, fatty foods, fried or sugary foods, our systems don't do well. We get sick and it's just not worth it. Our family definitely has treats and indulgences at wdw all the time, and even that has repercussions! Meaning we eat breakfast in the room, and perhaps something at the TS lunch upsets my stomach. Granted I do have gut issues, the point is some people can't just lose the diet and eat 3 heavy indulgent meals a day for a week :-)
I'm glad I can steer away from it and still feel great.
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Have you looked at the menu for Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation? There are so many options! Egg white frittata, made-to-order egg white omelets, fruit, all kinds of things. Maybe you could even get scrambled egg whites. I think you've got the best options right at your hotel. And doesn't the room have a fridge? You could buy Greek yogurt and milk and healthy cereal or granola to supplement. We stayed one night at AoA and the selection in that food court is huge and much healthier and more varied than pretty much anywhere else.
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Have you looked at the menu for Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation? There are so many options! Egg white frittata, made-to-order egg white omelets, fruit, all kinds of things. Maybe you could even get scrambled egg whites. I think you've got the best options right at your hotel. And doesn't the room have a fridge? You could buy Greek yogurt and milk and healthy cereal or granola to supplement. We stayed one night at AoA and the selection in that food court is huge and much healthier and more varied than pretty much anywhere else.
Thank you Eliza'sMom, that is a big help. I'll admit I have not looked at it in detail, only in passing have I read from other people that there is pasta, naan bread, pizza, and the label food court makes me think of typical food court choices. I will go look up the menu tonight.

Lots os great tips here, thank you all!!!!
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HAAAaaahaaaha.. Sorry-we eat what we want!
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