Staying Band Friendly at Disney World
Thursday, July 30, 2009
It has been sometimes challenging to stay bandster friendly while staying at the world... not due to my wanting "cheating foods" but finding foods that will go down well, and are within nutritional guidelines.
I guess I would rate my week so far (still have three days to go for my full trip of 10 days)... a 6 stars out of 10 stars.
Most of the Disney and non-disney restaurants are agreeable to letting me eat off of the kids menu... the downside is not all menus have grilled fish or dark meat chicken (my staples).
I took the precaution of going to the grocery store locally and getting some muscle milk and storing it in my room refrigerator. Secondly, I was able to find some greek yogurt (vanilla variety only) at Wal-Mart grocery aisle -- the other grocery stores don't seem to know what Greek yogurt is here in Orlando, lol. So for those meals where I fall short of protein, I have a fallback scheme. (Or when my meal does not go down too well... I have another choice back in the room).
Our plan to hit the gym at least 3 times is on track but I should have gone more... but with all the walking I have done each day hopefully it has shown on the scale!
A few tips I learned. At seafood restaurants, ask if they have an "add fish" option. For example, at Joes Crab Shack , they have an option where you can "add" fish to your order as a side dish. They offered tilapia (a 5 ounce piece) grilled to your liking. It was only $2.99 OMG! So my meal was a side salad, and the tilapia -- for less than $6 --- a real bargain! Breakfast has been a challenge as most places offer 99.5% items I cannot eat. For some reason I cannot eat any eggs... and I try to stay away from the carbs -- so several mornings I have gone to Starbucks and gotten a Vivanno protein shake (requesting skim milk instead of 2%) for breakfast. So for a little over 200 cals I get a protein packed smoothie. I also have gotten well done toast, with some peanut butter on it. I only eat the edges, and again, I am trying to stay away from carbs... the other downside is most of the kids menus offer french fries as the side.... I eat a few, but that is truly not what I want to eat, even if it has gone down smoothly lol.
I thought I would feel more deprived re: specialty drinks (i.e. mojitos and margaritas) and desserts -- but truthfully I have not had the hunger for goodies as in the past. Most nights when hubby offers me a bite of whatever dessert he is having, I decline. So it is great to see that my band is working!