The year is quickly coming to an end and before we know it, we’ll all be making our New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, learn new skills and explore exotic destinations. If eating better and becoming healthier are two things likely to appear on your New Year’s resolutions list, it can be tricky to stay on track and make sure you know how to eat healthily on a cruise – especially when you’re on holiday!
How to Eat Healthily on a Cruise
With unlimited food, delicious cocktails and the temptation to never leave your sun lounger all day, it can be easy to forget about all your New Year’s resolutions as soon as you step on a cruise ship – but it doesn’t have to be like that! If you’re planning a cruise for the start of the New Year and don’t want to let yourself down by pushing your resolutions to one side, take a look at our tips on how to eat healthily on a cruise.
Avoid the buffet
Most cruise liners offer a selection of all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants and a la carte restaurants. If you’re trying to keep track of what you’re eating, you’re much better off dining in a restaurant which requires you to order from a menu. Whilst you might not be able to resist taking a little bit of everything from the buffet, you’re very unlikely to order more than one of each course from a restaurant menu.
Better still – in a buffet restaurant, you get to determine portion size and our eyes are almost always larger than our bellies! But in an a la carte restaurant, a qualified chef is determining the portion size for you.
Don’t order every course
When you sit down with the menu in an a la carte restaurant, don’t feel that you need to order one of every course. Generally, desserts pack more calories than starters. So if you must have two courses, you’re best off ordering a starter and a main dish. And if you do succumb to temptation and order a dessert, too, try sharing half with the person you’re travelling with.
Limit your snacking
Whole days spent at sea will be your worst enemy if you’re counting your calories. Even if you’re good and enjoy a small healthy breakfast, just knowing that there are ice cream, cakes and biscuits just waiting to be devoured in café mid-morning can sometimes be too much to handle. Instead of depriving yourself altogether (you are on holiday, after all!) try and limit your snacking to one treat each day. That way, you’ll still get to satisfy your sweet tooth, but you won’t risk over-doing it.
Balance it out
If you did go overboard one meal and ordered the shrimp platter starter, T-bone steak meal and triple chocolate cheesecake for dessert, try and balance it out with a small bowl of cereal and a glass of orange juice for breakfast the next morning, followed by a veggie-packed salad – minus the dressing – for lunch. Your body will thank you for it and you’ll even feel better knowing that if you do over-indulge, you can always help counteract the negative effects a little bit the next day.