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Old 03-28-2013, 06:00 PM   #16
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We don't eat out, and rarely eat out while at Disney either. Fast food is gross and disgusting for our bodies, so we don't put that junk in them (no pop either). We eat at a few restaurants each trip, and that is it. We eat healthy at home and while on vacation, as we cook most of our food in our DVC villa. For the few restaurants we eat in though, my kids have been getting adult meals for years now, as we can order grilled/baked chicken, steamed rice, veggies, etc. My kids have enjoyed some of the healthier kids' meal options at Disney though - grilled chicken, fish, rice and veggies.

I always find it confusing when people say they eat what they want because they are on vacation. I don't understand why it's preferable to have raised sodium, fat and sugar levels, and then expect people to feel good while on vacation?

Everyone knows the US loves fast food and soda, and unhealthy bodies and minds are a direct symptom of this, so unhealthy kids' meals shouldn't be a shocker to anyone.

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:17 PM   #17
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In my opinion, eating out on vacation is a treat. I don't plan on calorie-counting and sugar-gram counting every churro or Mickey bar my future daughter will eat on a trip.

Disney has made an effort to offer healthier options for kids...I can think of something other than chicken nuggets/cheeseburger/pizza for kids to eat at every single park. Plus, if the mom is really wanting to control the sodium/sugar/fat intake of their kids on vacation, the can supplment some of the Disney food with healthy snacks they can bring into the park.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #18
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I think what is shocking is how high the amounts of calories, fat, sodium, carbs are in restaurant meals. I expect restaurant food to be higher in calories than what I prepare at home, but for 1 meal to reach the amount of calories needed in 1 day I think is just over the top. THat's true not just of fast food, which we expect to be an indulgence, but look at the pasta at Olive Garden (which I love, by the way). There is hardly a portion with less than 700 calories ! Add to that 1 breadstick and 1 bowl of salad , that's another 300 calories.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:43 PM   #19
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I have to agree with most of the posters so far, when on vacation I am not worrying about all of that...if we have chocolate cake for breakfast one morning than great (just ask Bill Cosby)

They do not eat like that on a daily basis.

DS15 also doesnt like things very spicy, I dont cook like that at home, he may want something more bland at WDW, for some menus, yes chicken nuggets fits the bill
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:55 PM   #20
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You know, kids don't have to eat "kids meals."

If parents were willing to pony up a little more $$$, they could just order their children meals from the adult menu and split it with them.

We don't serve stuff like french fries at home. So, I don't care if my kids choose them as a side dish in a restaurant. It's a treat. Each meal at home is properly balanced, with fruits and veggies as side dishes. We don't eat "junk" at home, and that includes stuff that most people do eat regularly: white rice, potatoes, pasta. When we go out, I don't stress about it. We eat out to get away from the stress.

I don't know how anyone could be shocked to find out that a grilled cheese, which is basically empty carbs and lots of fat, accompanied by french fries (more empty carbs and fat) and chocolate milk is NOT a healthy meal. Duh. It could be healthy, but not served like that. It's not rocket science. The chocolate milk is the nutritional star of that meal, sadly.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:31 PM   #21
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We don't eat out, and rarely eat out while at Disney either. Fast food is gross and disgusting for our bodies, so we don't put that junk in them (no pop either). We eat at a few restaurants each trip, and that is it. We eat healthy at home and while on vacation, as we cook most of our food in our DVC villa. For the few restaurants we eat in though, my kids have been getting adult meals for years now, as we can order grilled/baked chicken, steamed rice, veggies, etc. My kids have enjoyed some of the healthier kids' meal options at Disney though - grilled chicken, fish, rice and veggies.

I always find it confusing when people say they eat what they want because they are on vacation. I don't understand why it's preferable to have raised sodium, fat and sugar levels, and then expect people to feel good while on vacation?

Everyone knows the US loves fast food and soda, and unhealthy bodies and minds are a direct symptom of this, so unhealthy kids' meals shouldn't be a shocker to anyone.

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Why not just order an adult meal and split? I really don't see the big deal since healthy options do exist...maybe at a higher price. Why does it have to be a KIDS meal for u to choose it for your kid.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:40 PM   #22
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We don't eat out, and rarely eat out while at Disney either. Fast food is gross and disgusting for our bodies, so we don't put that junk in them (no pop either). We eat at a few restaurants each trip, and that is it. We eat healthy at home and while on vacation, as we cook most of our food in our DVC villa. For the few restaurants we eat in though, my kids have been getting adult meals for years now, as we can order grilled/baked chicken, steamed rice, veggies, etc. My kids have enjoyed some of the healthier kids' meal options at Disney though - grilled chicken, fish, rice and veggies.

I always find it confusing when people say they eat what they want because they are on vacation. I don't understand why it's preferable to have raised sodium, fat and sugar levels, and then expect people to feel good while on vacation?

Everyone knows the US loves fast food and soda, and unhealthy bodies and minds are a direct symptom of this, so unhealthy kids' meals shouldn't be a shocker to anyone.

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Some people can eat healthy and go on vacation and splurge and really not be bothered. I can do it within reason.

On the same note I find it VERY confusing that people actually go on vacation and cook. that doesn't and won't happen in my vacation world, but to each his own.

I think one of the reasons restaurants should offer healthier alternatives is because people don't want to cook, they wan't to have time off from cooking and cleaning. YOu should be able to order something relatively healthy in a restaurant.

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You know, kids don't have to eat "kids meals."

If parents were willing to pony up a little more $$$, they could just order their children meals from the adult menu and split it with them.

We don't serve stuff like french fries at home. So, I don't care if my kids choose them as a side dish in a restaurant. It's a treat. Each meal at home is properly balanced, with fruits and veggies as side dishes. We don't eat "junk" at home, and that includes stuff that most people do eat regularly: white rice, potatoes, pasta. When we go out, I don't stress about it. We eat out to get away from the stress.

I don't know how anyone could be shocked to find out that a grilled cheese, which is basically empty carbs and lots of fat, accompanied by french fries (more empty carbs and fat) and chocolate milk is NOT a healthy meal. Duh. It could be healthy, but not served like that. It's not rocket science. The chocolate milk is the nutritional star of that meal, sadly.
we frequently ask that they substitute grapes, or carrots for the french fries and my grandson doesn't get chocolate milk. He prefers juice over milk anyway and at home drinks Almond Breeze since Mom is vegan and grandma can't have any dairy. I even ask to replace the fries with carrots or grapes or other items that are not french fries in my own meals as several chefs have told me they cannot guarantee cross contamination with shellfish.
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Some people can eat healthy and go on vacation and splurge and really not be bothered. I can do it within reason.

On the same note I find it VERY confusing that people actually go on vacation and cook. that doesn't and won't happen in my vacation world, but to eat his own.

I think one of the reasons restaurants should offer healthier alternatives is because people don't want to cook, they wan't to have time off from cooking and cleaning. YOu should be able to order something relatively healthy in a restaurant.


And the very last thing I ever want to be is a Food nazi, monitoring each morsel that I put in my mouth.

food like every thing else is a balance. We eat pretty healthy all year long. no health issues, nor weight issues and both of my kids are atheletes on the college level so definitely they get exercise. We love veggies and fruits, we love soda and the kids love water.


So yeah bring on the Mcdonalds french fries (gross or not I love em')
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:53 PM   #25
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When I came back from Malta and told people who asked that I'd actually lost a pound, they couldn't believe it. They all assumed I'd eaten salad and fresh air for a week. I'd actually eaten bacon, sausage and egg with bread for breakfast every morning, drank lots of sugary drinks, and then ate fried meats, fries, various pizza and pasta dishes, and the like for dinner every night. I even had ice cream and cake some nights.

I did a lot of walking every day up slopes and hills, which took it off. I have to eat a lot more carefully here though, since I mostly sit on my rear all day. It's a lot harder to motivate yourself without 80 or 90 degree weather to enjoy though

When I go on vacation, I want to pig out. By all means have the healthy options, but I really hate it when people demonise so called bad foods. Sure some foods are not good for you in large amounts, but you should demonise habits of eating and portion sizes instead. People have enjoyed treats throughout history. I doubt very many Viking warriors were unfit, even if they did enjoy the odd feast or drinking session.

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Call me strange but I cook AND clean everyday that I am on vacation. I also do laundry and dishes We get a condo and eat breakfast there everyday. Then we usually either have lunch or dinner there as well. The first day we check in we do a grocery shop and buy snacks, drinks and foods that are easy and quick to prepare. Frozen veggies, salads, pasta, sandwiches, cereal, fruit and veggie trays ect. Not only does it save money but it's healthier and often times faster then eating out. As a vegan I find it a pain in the butt to eat out anyways and I'd much rather just prepare my own quick meals most of the time. I am not in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals for hours on end, it is usually something that can be made in under 30 min. We do eat some meals out but those meals tend to sit heavy in our stomachs and quite frankly just are not worth the cost. I never count calories, sodium or fats weather I am on vacation or not so that does not weigh into my decision, I really just don't like restaurant food most of the time. I tend to eat it more if we are travelling or out for the day and not near the condo.
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And the very last thing I ever want to be is a Food nazi, monitoring each morsel that I put in my mouth.

food like every thing else is a balance. We eat pretty healthy all year long. no health issues, nor weight issues and both of my kids are atheletes on the college level so definitely they get exercise. We love veggies and fruits, we love soda and the kids love water.


So yeah bring on the Mcdonalds french fries (gross or not I love em')
Ok, I will admit it. I LOVE McDonalds fries. YUMMY. But I don't eat them, except on vacation and an VERY rare occasions.
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Call me strange but I cook AND clean everyday that I am on vacation. I also do laundry and dishes We get a condo and eat breakfast there everyday. Then we usually either have lunch or dinner there as well. The first day we check in we do a grocery shop and buy snacks, drinks and foods that are easy and quick to prepare. Frozen veggies, salads, pasta, sandwiches, cereal, fruit and veggie trays ect. Not only does it save money but it's healthier and often times faster then eating out. As a vegan I find it a pain in the butt to eat out anyways and I'd much rather just prepare my own quick meals most of the time. We do eat some meals out but those meals tend to sit heavy in our stomachs and quite frankly just are not worth the cost. I never count calories, sodium or fats weather I am on vacation or not so that does not weigh into my decision, I really just don't like restaurant food most of the time. I tend to eat it more if we are travelling or out for the day and not near the condo.
Sorry, but you said I could, STRANGE. I won't even stay in a condo because I like maid service everyday. Otherwise, it really isn't a vacation to me.
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Why not just order an adult meal and split? I really don't see the big deal since healthy options do exist...maybe at a higher price. Why does it have to be a KIDS meal for u to choose it for your kid.
Did you read my response? I said my kids have been ordering healthy adult meals for years.

Don't eat out a lot at all, but kids rarely eat kids' meals.

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Some people can eat healthy and go on vacation and splurge and really not be bothered. I can do it within reason.

On the same note I find it VERY confusing that people actually go on vacation and cook. that doesn't and won't happen in my vacation world, but to each his own.

I think one of the reasons restaurants should offer healthier alternatives is because people don't want to cook, they wan't to have time off from cooking and cleaning. YOu should be able to order something relatively healthy in a restaurant.
Because a vacation can only be a vacation if one does not cook nor clean?

Vacation for us is about the destination, not acting differently than we do at home.

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Call me strange but I cook AND clean everyday that I am on vacation. I also do laundry and dishes We get a condo and eat breakfast there everyday. Then we usually either have lunch or dinner there as well. The first day we check in we do a grocery shop and buy snacks, drinks and foods that are easy and quick to prepare. Frozen veggies, salads, pasta, sandwiches, cereal, fruit and veggie trays ect. Not only does it save money but it's healthier and often times faster then eating out. As a vegan I find it a pain in the butt to eat out anyways and I'd much rather just prepare my own quick meals most of the time. I am not in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals for hours on end, it is usually something that can be made in under 30 min. We do eat some meals out but those meals tend to sit heavy in our stomachs and quite frankly just are not worth the cost. I never count calories, sodium or fats weather I am on vacation or not so that does not weigh into my decision, I really just don't like restaurant food most of the time. I tend to eat it more if we are travelling or out for the day and not near the condo.
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Sorry, but you said I could, STRANGE. I won't even stay in a condo because I like maid service everyday. Otherwise, it really isn't a vacation to me.
We all have different ideas of what a vacation is.

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Did you read my response? I said my kids have been ordering healthy adult meals for years.

Don't eat out a lot at all, but kids rarely eat kids'

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