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  1. Received a response pretty quickly, asking what specifically she "could" eat. I understand, the need for clarity, but it's a lot easier to list what she can't!!! The dairy thing isn't a big issue, as she doesn't drink it. But finding alternative things like Pasta Sauce that don't have cream or cheese was looking problematic on menus. My missus does also have some other food allergies, not life threatening, but very unpleasant for her. I was friend;y and polite in my request and they were friendly and polite back! YAY for RCCL! We will be spending some time with the MDR Head waiter on arrival day, we are hoping to be onboard earlier in the boarding process so it isn't crazy busy getting their time. Have to settle that, book our specialty restaurants, hope that the specialty restaurants can work around my wife's issues, and plan it all out with our family! PHEW! ONE WEEK AWAY THOUGH!
  2. Hey fellow cruisers! Good news and Bad news, in the good column, 9 days from now I will be getting ready to board for our upcoming Anthem Cruise! Very excited! On the Bad side, my lovely wife had a meeting with her doc, her Gal Bladder needs to be removed, not critical, so it's not until Feb 2018, BUT he immediately instituted even more restrictions on her diet... Being only 9 days out, I had to throw a "Hail Mary" email to RCCL to see if there is much we can do. We had added "Low Fat Diet required" To her profile, but only a few weeks ago (Not the 45 days recommended, as we didn't know until recently) NOW her Doc has advised that she can have NO FRIED FOODS, NO RED MEAT, and NO DAIRY. We tend to be "rule followers" especially when it comes to our health, as we have both had health issues in the past. But this is EXTREMELY difficult! We are cruising with family, and already have prepaid for 3 specialty restaurant dinners (the BOGO package and one included with our package from our agent) and to be honest, the specialty restaurants have very little she can eat if she follows the restrictions. AND she has a allergy to Soy, so no Japanese.. After a little crisis management we tracked down a few menus online and tried to find stuff she could easily eat. I think Windjammer would be easiest, but she does enjoy the sit down meals and the wait staff! She had already dedicated herself to lower fat options, but was looking forward to a lean steak as a treat... and now no red meat until FEBUARY! I am showing solidarity and not eating *much* that is off her diet, If I need a burger it will be on my own, but this makes the cruise really difficult for her. She doesn't want to deprive me of my enjoyment, but I will feel HORRIBLE sitting across from her in the steakhouse, eating a wonderful steak dinner, and dessert, while she eats a salad with no cheese, dressing on the side, a shrimp cocktail, and chicken breast with steamed asparagus. We can't even just make it a "Booze Cruise" since she has to keep her alcohol intake down as well I am hoping my email to RCCL lets them get enough notice to have a couple of items for her. I don't *EXPECT* it, since we are way late to the party notice-wise. Just keeping my fingers crossed for the time being.
  3. Lol, I am actually not a "Sports guy" but for the last 20 years of living in T.O. I have heard "It's a REBUILDING year" many many times....
  4. We really wanted to book it, but since this next cruise (3 weeks!!!!) was more of a "last minute" idea, with only 8 weeks total to plan, from day 1 it was already marked as "not available to book" as soon as we tried. Next time I think we will plan a little farther out lol. This is our first Cruise on Royal Caribbean, we normally do Carnival, but decided to try something different/nicer
  5. I am tempted to get it because of the simpler "don't even worry about it!" aspect. But I don't drink near enough anymore. I am good for one specialty coffee in the morning, I have the soda package (was included in our package) , and I might have 2-3 drinks in a day. So for me, I just got the coffee card for my mornings, and I will buy a drink card if available for the "adult beverages"
  6. "Back in the day" it would have been a good deal, but nowadays, I don't drink nearly enough to make it fit my budget. If I wanted to do a booze-fest, I could do an all inclusive. I have friends who still drink 8-10 drinks a day, in which case it'd be a good deal. But if you drink a couple a day, maybe 5-6 on a "big day" then it's just not a budget friendly option. Thus I am planning on buying a drink card on my next cruise.
  7. I've been working on it for 5 years, since I had some medical issues. To be honest, I am not looking to lose all that much weight. As for the Cardio, that is more of my habit. I walk to and from work, If it's in my end of the city (Toronto, East end) I walk if it's just me. It's less of an "exercise" and more of a habit. My doc is researching metabolism stuff with me, and I am okay. I spent a year adding more strength training, and to be honest I hated it. The extra protein made me bulk more, and that is more of an issue than the weight increase. This isn't a weight loss blog though, so I'll refrain from getting much more into it. Needless to say, it's being worked on. I am happier and healthier than i have been since high school, and that was 24 years ago. Just trying to build a buffer zone for my inevitable cruise weight, when I order lattes without low fat milk/stevia for a week.
  8. I think she will be okay, The last time was an especially rich meal that did the damage so to speak. I am just worried about the cumulative effect. Normal meals fo us at home are quite low in fat, so an occasional dinner out isn't usually that bad, as long as we stay away from crazy rich food. but eating "out" 3 meals a day might lead to issues. I guess the key will be to ensure hydration, not go crazy, and cut out fat where able to do so. The "Specialty menu" is an option of last resort.
  9. Hi Everyone, So a recent hiccup in our upcoming vacation (ONE MONTH OUT!) Is that my missus is in need of surgery for Galstones. The surgery should be late fall when we are home from the cruise. She is doing okay, as we tend to eat a pretty low fat selection most of the time. Its only when we go out somewhere awesome (and high fat) that she has issues, mainly intense pain. We are trying to avoid that on our upcoming cruise! I have heard that RCCL does a healthy menu option (for people with dietary needs/issues) Is there a Low Fat menu available? It doesn't need to be crazy low fat, but the truth is that she will be happier and healthier if we limit our splurges to occasional on the cruise. Also, does anyone else have experience ordering Low Fat requests onboard? Thanks!
  10. Lol, glad we are all a little crazy! More background, I used to be a very big boy, about 470 pounds. I dropped about 210 pounds a few years back, but it's been a constant struggle. at my lowest I was down to about 260, and people thought I looked sickly (I am 6'2) It took a crazy level of activity and an insanely strict diet to hit that point. by the end, I was walking about 15 miles a day, and eating under 1400 calories. with almost no carbs. But the truth is, that I was miserable. I don't need to eat insane foods, but my metabolism is so slow, that I would need to fast, while still walking 4 hours a day, to lose weight at this point. My weight has rebounded back to 290, and I would really like to get back to 260-ish, but the crazy level of dieting and cardio needed to get there is a no go. My knees are shot, between being as big as I was, and a motorcycle accident, so anything more intense than power walking blows out my knees. I tried lifting weights for a year or so, but I am just not a "gym guy" and hated even the small amount i was okay with doing. I don't drink alcohol, except special occasions, I've replaced the majority of my sugars with Stevia, and I still walk about 15 miles a day (24 km) While on a cruise, I can usually be found walking for a few hours in the morning on the walking track, usually around 5 am. and Occasionally I will do a few laps of stairs (From the lowest deck to the top deck at the stern, walk to the bow and go back down, repeat) I have a Deep unhealthy love of doughnuts and pastries, which I try to only eat if I am doing a lot of activity.... that is my number one issue. and my weight is up now because of pastries... Walking home from work it is SO EASY to stop at the bakery section of the market when I am getting meat and veggies to cook for dinner... one polish doughnut won't hurt right? :D It's all good. Last cruise I only put on a few pounds, and it was mainly because I got a bad cold that went around and couldn't keep my activity level up. Thanks for all the great advice!
  11. 1 month away!!!!! So, I have had a long fight with myself regarding weight loss/dieting. It's a whole thing. Anyways, with 1 month out, and my weight still being a little "up" I am going to diet for a few weeks to create a "Buffer zone" for the cruise. If I can lose 5 pounds, I won't be in such a panic when i put on 10 during the cruise! Anyone else do this? Or am I just crazy?
  12. Hey Koz, No advice, but my wife and I (and some inlaws) are on the same cruise! See you onboard! :D
  13. Lol, yeah, Canadian Bacon is something that befuddles Canadians... We almost only see it if a chain from the USA makes a burger that features it, then they try it in Canada! tongue firmly in cheek, but Peameal Bacon is where it's AT!
  14. Sorry, missed that one lol Enjoy Halifax!
  15. OH GOD NO!!!!!! UNLESS you mean REAL Canadian Bacon. The stuff that gets sold as "Canadian Bacon" is to be honest almost never eaten here. Canadians eat plain old Side Bacon normally, but we also eat PEAMEAL Bacon. THAT is the "REAL" Canadian Bacon. Thick sliced and delicious. Depending where you are going, there are lots of choices. Toronto (Hogtown) has some great Peameal Bacon, my favourite being at the St Lawrence Market (Carousel Bakery) Northern Ontario has lots of fish and game, It can be tough to find the right place, but if you ask the locals, there are lots of great things. Poutine is pretty common everywhere. Donair is mainly an East Coast thing, there are other places that sell them, but apparently the best is out east. I am sure other Canucks will continue to chime in, Where and where are you heading to?
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