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Old 07-25-2012, 06:08 AM   #16
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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   #17
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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!)

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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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Old 07-25-2012, 03:39 PM   #18
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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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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.
The best you can do is ask if sugar or fruit juices are in any sauces or marinades. Ask for things on the side, if possible. Explain to the server what you are trying to avoid. A lot of people just think low carb is no pasta, bread, or potatos. They don't think of sugar, fruit, flour, etc. I don't mind having a piece of occasional fruit, but I sure want to avoid any high sugar fruit juices. We are leaving in 6 weeks and I have already added one fruit and one whole grain serving each day. I will probably double that a couple weeks beforehand. So far I have actually lost weight after adding the fruit and grain. But I am weighing everyday to monitor what is going on.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:49 AM   #20
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Just hung up with Disney and they noted on all my reservations no/low carb. The CM said the Chef will come out and tell me what is what and if need be make something different from the menu. She also said each CS has a list of food items and what the carb/sugar/sodium etc count is, I just have to ask for it.

Lets hope all goes according to plan! Thanks again everyone!
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:45 PM   #21
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Just hung up with Disney and they noted on all my reservations no/low carb. The CM said the Chef will come out and tell me what is what and if need be make something different from the menu. She also said each CS has a list of food items and what the carb/sugar/sodium etc count is, I just have to ask for it.

Lets hope all goes according to plan! Thanks again everyone!
Unless things have changed quite recently, the information about counter service restaurants is not exactly true.

My understanding is that each CS place DOES have a binder with all of the *ingredients* for each item they sell. This does not, however, provide you with carb counts or any other nutrition information...ONLY the ingredients.

At any rate, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time with lots of yummy food! You're doing everything you need to do in order to get your dietary needs met, and you'll be just fine once you're there!
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:07 AM   #22
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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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Old 11-17-2012, 04:37 PM   #23
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That's great!

What about the business you were told about nutritional info sheets with carb/sodium/etc counts at the CS locations? Is that true now? I'm OK with my carb status at this point, but sodium is the problem for my mother (heart condition). Sodium is 'hidden' even more than carbs are because sometimes it's how the underlying food was prepared or preserved (example: can of green beans from brand A has 390 mg/sodium; brand B has 10 mg. They look & taste about the same; it's just the process used by the canner). In the grocery store we can stand and read the labels, but at someplace like Disney, not so much. And at TS restaurants you can at least talk to the chef, but at CS you're usually on your own.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:41 PM   #24
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That's great!

What about the business you were told about nutritional info sheets with carb/sodium/etc counts at the CS locations? Is that true now? I'm OK with my carb status at this point, but sodium is the problem for my mother (heart condition). Sodium is 'hidden' even more than carbs are because sometimes it's how the underlying food was prepared or preserved (example: can of green beans from brand A has 390 mg/sodium; brand B has 10 mg. They look & taste about the same; it's just the process used by the canner). In the grocery store we can stand and read the labels, but at someplace like Disney, not so much. And at TS restaurants you can at least talk to the chef, but at CS you're usually on your own.
At the CS there was a food list but it was for ingredients, I overheard the cashier at Peco Bills tell a family about it. I never asked for it because I knew what I was going to order, just a taco salad and I knew I wasnt going to eat the shell.

I did note on all my dining reservations about low/no carb and the only place that mentioned it was at Tutto Italia. No other place asked me any questions at all but luckily I was able to figure it out..for the most part
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I'm so glad you posted a follow-up report and thrilled to hear they still have Splenda. I thought I had read, awhile back, that they no longer offered Splenda and was planning to take my own. It's nice to know I don't have to. Congrats on the2 lbs!!!!! You did good!!
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