Taking a cruise is all about letting go, taking care of your mind and body, and indulging all at the same time. Eating high quality food is essential in getting the most out of your cruise vacation. Here are 7 tips on how to eat high quality foods on your cruise that will leave you feeling happy, guilt free, and completely satisfied!
1. Choose cruise lines that are known for their wide array of high quality cuisine. Cruises are well known for their high quality cuisine. Some cruise ships have a greater selection than others. For example, Norwegian sets itself apart from other cruise lines because of its wide variety of chef inspired restaurants ranging from a Brazilian steakhouse to seafood restaurants that are unlike any other. When you surround yourself with high quality options, you are less likely to settle for a subpar meal that leaves you feeling overindulgent yet dissatisfied. The happier you are with a meal, the less likely you will feel the need to compensate with midnight snacks or too much dessert.
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without overindulging. Not only will you eat fancier food, but you will also find yourself feeling fuller from a smaller amount of food. As with other things, feeling satisfied about your meal will make you feel as if you don’t need to overcompensate with additional food. Even better, feeling more satisfied from smaller portions means that you are benefitting more from less calories. No worries if you find yourself still feeling hungry after dinner though. Typically, regardless of how many dishes you order, they are all included at no extra charge to you. That means you can aim for greater satisfaction from a smaller amount of food but have a backup plan in case you are still hungry.
3. But even if you eat at the more casual joints, certain cruises offer more high quality casual food. While all cruises offer delicious pizza and fried food selections as a part of their casual fare, some cruise ships also offer higher quality food in their casual restaurants, both for lunch and casual dinner. For example, Crystal Cruises offers a wide variety of high quality food at their casual restaurants. You can eat at the Italian Mediterranean fusion restaurant Prego or you can enjoy Japanese-Peruvian food at the chef inspired Silk Road restaurant. As with fancier restaurants, if you are eating high quality foods, you will feel more satiated and less likely to overindulge on food that leaves you feeling less than optimal.
of those and save most of your alcohol consumption for wine with dinner. Rather than mindlessly slurping down five frozen Pina Coladas to escape the heat, wine requires you to sip slowly and mindfully. With wine, you will end up drinking less and can rest assured that your choice of drinking wine over sugary pool side drinks is a much healthier one.
5. Limit fried food for casual lunch or breakfast. By exploring all the food options a cruise has to offer, you can limit the amount of fried food you consume. If you limit your fried food intake to mornings or afternoon, your daily activities can contribute to the burning of the excess calories. By choosing healthier options later in the day, you increase your likelihood of continuing to make better choices prior to going to bed, which will benefit you in the days to follow.
leave you feeling refreshed without the headache and feeling of being overly full from the heaviness of ice cream. While it’s certainly a good idea to enjoy the free ice cream at least a few times while on board, mixing it up with fruit will benefit you more in the long run. It will also satiate your sweet tooth just enough that you will feel less in need to overindulge in post-dinner dessert.
7. Don’t forget that you are on vacation and you can get back on track once you get home. The most important thing about enjoying high quality foods is… that you enjoy them. If you are worried the entire time about what you are eating rather than enjoying what you are eating, high quality or not, your unpleasant food experience will make your vacation less than optimal. On days when you feel like you may have overindulged more than you would have liked, give yourself a break and know that you can make up for it the next day… or even when you get home. The whole point of being on vacation is to fully enjoy your time and to allow yourself to completely restore. By constantly stressing about what you eat, you are taking that away from yourself.
Cruises offer a unique opportunity to enjoy a variety of foods. This means that you can enjoy high quality foods without overindulging and while feeling good about what you are eating. By making decisions that prioritize high quality foods on your cruise vacation, you are making your vacation that much more enjoyable. Grant yourself the gift of a completely restorative vacation by choosing high quality over high quantity.
Thelma has been an avid fan of cruising for some time and feels this is a great way to see several different islands in one amazing trip. She loves to help her clients plan their vacations whether it's by land or sea.