Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cruise Food!

I went on a Carnival cruise with the family!  We had a great time but I had some food anxiety starting out.  I did gain 6 pounds but 2 days post cruise it's almost all gone. 
This is what I ate and what I did on my 7 day cruise!

Cruise Food
Started the cruise with a little food anxiety. The buffets were huge!  There was always fruit (yes!), but the greens were lacking and usually cooked (sigh). 

Sunday- Carnival offers vegetarian meals in the dining room!
Started the journey with a  piƱa colada!  For dinner I had white wine and the Indian Vegetarian dish which was pretty tasty.  They spread the food out over 3 plates so I felt special at the table. LOL! For dessert I had some of the chocolate cake and the tropical fruit plate. 

Monday - Found the Mongolian BBQ buffet!
For breakfast I had the fruit, juice and some tea.  Downside on the juice. I saw the container and it was 60% juice from concentrate.  Don't know what the other 40% was so I stopped drinking the juice after that. 
For lunch I did the Mongolian BBQ with veggies only.  YUM!!!!
I snacked on some nuts, kaput and goji that I brought from home.  I should have brought more!
I tried one of their onboard  smoothies.  It tasted like they mixed in some sprite so I passed on that (till the last day).
Dinner was a Greek salad, lobster, strawberry and cream soup and an alligator fritter.   (The cream soup and fritter were a mis-step, I payed for that by being plugged for 2 days.  Ugh)
This was a major lounging day by the pool.  I did take a dip a few times. :)  Also got a great hot stone massage.

Tuesday - Found the omelet bar, the espresso bar and the magnesium.
For breakfast I took it easy with fruit, omelet and a coffee.
Snacks were a green tea soy latte, fruit and the rest of the nuts. 
Dinner was baked fished and skipped on dessert.  Still feeling really full.

Wednesday - Saturday
Continued eating fruits but lost my taste for the salads.  I  had to incorporate more of the cooked foods.  Also went on some excursions with walking and snorkeling.   I was feeling much better by Saturday and the cruise drinks were getting tastier. 

Sunday - The party's over.
On Sunday we were back on dry land looking tan and happy.
I felt tired and sluggish and napped 2hours.  Sought out the organics!  I ate ta salmon sushi roll and a bowl of seaweed salad.  I then drank 20oz of Green Goodness juice.   I made some fresh organic salsa and for dinner ate tilapia, organic broccoli and organic potato with seaweed.

Monday - Feeling awful...could I be detoxing?
Ate organic oatmeal and flax with an organic kiwi and a banana.  Organic celery with organic peanut butter. 
Lunch ate left over yakisoba and an organic salad with seaweed and flax oil
By noon I felt a cold coming on and had ginger tea with a lot of honey and ate pistachios and drank 20oz of the Green Goodness juice. 
Right after dinner I started to get a huge headache over my left eye then all around my head.  I had to lie down and thankfully fell asleep.  My shoulders are tight and achy.

Tuesday - The journey home. 
I ate lightly on Tuesday since I spent most of the time at the airport.  I did stay hydrated and took some Tylenol throughout the day. 

Tired, but starting to feel better.
I'm back at home and eating my own food again!  I had an organic spinach, mango, banana smoothie and rested.  I'm starting to feel better now!  Whew!  It's tough making good food choices on a cruise.  Next cruise I'll need to take some major supplements with me and not be tempted with dairy and desserts.  But, I had a blast! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Eating Rich, Eating Poor

I had a great discussion today at lunch about how we eat in America.  We are one of the richest nations, yet we seem to have one of the poorest diets.   I think the reason may be we have lost the real meaning of "rich food".    For us it is more about the convenience, presentation and celebrity around the food, than how rich the food is in nutrition, minerals and vitamins.  Where did that come from? When did this rich nation start eating so poorly?  I did a little search in history and found a few moments in time to consider.

The museum of history in North Carolina studied the food of the Native Americans.  They lived off of what the land provided them.  They gathered wild plants, ate fish and shellfish from the waters, and hunted deer and turkey.   Their foods varied with the seasons. 

The settlers brought food and their food traditions with them.  Many settlers ate boiled foods, breads and cakes.   Here are some recipes from that time.  Because of the harsh winters, preserving and storing foods was very important.  People would dry or salt their foods, grind their grains, and pickle their summer foods so they can be eaten during the winter. 

I found this great site, Leite's Culinaria, that covered 100 years of American Food.
We started the 1900s eating an amazing amount of sugar and preserved foods.  America has been suffering from a sugar coma for almost 100 years!  Amazing.

Processed foods came in vogue starting in the 1920s.  People were able to store their food for longer periods of time, adding to the convenience of food.  Food was also more available to people who lived in the cities and did not have a place to grow their own food.  The more money you had, the more food you could buy!  (I still think it's odd that you can get "food" at Walgreens and the Dollar Store.)

But, I do not think people realized they were sacrificing the nutrients found in food.  This may be the time when our "rich food" became "poor."

Today when people get hungry, they go to a restaurant or to a grocery store.  About 2% of Americans,  7 million people, have their own gardens.  It is no wonder we have lost touch with the richness of our food.  Instead of eating fresh plants and wild caught animals and fish, we now mostly eat frozen, dried, pickled, preserved and packaged foods.  Easy to get, store and keep for later.

I think it's time we realize that a rich diet is in our grasp and health and vitality are in our reach.  We just need to think of an abundance of fresh food as "rich" and that packaged and preserved food is "poor".

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