I was at Core Fitness Solution the other day, and I was asked by one of the campers "I am going on a two-week cruise next month, what do I do?" We talked for a while about this, and I thought it would make for a great blog topic.

While the subject of diet can be a very complicated topic, it doesn't help to make it complicated.

For anyone who doesn't partake fitness as a job, one of the toughest tasks is to be able to balance an effective diet and nutrition with enjoying your life. You don't have to pick one or the other, you can do both. In fact, you HAVE TO do both to be successful long term. Here are some tips to getting the most out your cruise, resort stay, trade show boondoggle, etc.


1. Find physical activities that you enjoy.

This I think is the most important. Stay physically active. It is much harder to get back on the wagon physically if you get off. Plus, often cruises have physical activities that you can enjoy. Make this a priority by planning out which activities you are going to take in beforehand. Also, find out if a gym is available and schedule a time to go to it. Planning activities beforehand, rather than winging it, also helps you get the most mileage out of your vacation.


2. Don't be bashful!

If you are meeting new people you are less likely to stuff your face. Also, your parents probably told you not to talk with your mouth full.


3. Occupy your hands.

Here are a couple tricks to make it easier to stick to your diet.

  • Always have a glass or water in one hand. This way, you can have food or alcohol, but not both at once.
  • Always eat with utensils.

These tips help slow you down, making it easier for you to be satisfied earlier in your meal.


4. Quench your thirst first.

Our bodies look to keep us healthy before they look to keep you thin. A lot of hunger is actually thirst for the water that is in the food you are craving. Satisfy your body's need for water. You are especially prone to getting dehydrated in airplanes and cruises. Also, at high altitude, your taste buds are muted, and you tend to eat more to get the same sensation of eating.


5. Eat satisfying foods first.

When I say "satisfying", I don't mean "indulgent". I am talking about the satiety centers in the brain. In this context, I mean meat and vegetables. Often if you take this approach, you will find not only are you not hungry, but you find that you almost "can't" eat anymore because the satiety part of your brain is saying "STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!".


6. Schedule your eating.

When I went on my first cruise when I was 15, I lost weight. The reason was that food, in a relative sense, was more expensive back then and cruises didn't damn near give it away. They only had three scheduled times for eating. It was scheduled for you.

It is not like that today. Not even close. Now food is cheap. They practically give it away, at all hours of the day. For this reason, you have to MANAGE when and what you are going to eat if you want to stay on track.

These are some of the tips that I use when vacation or trade shows. It is easy to stay on track if you plan ahead and have a process and tactics that ensure your success. You can have it all.