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Old July 26th, 2005, 01:58 PM
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How do you manage your diet on board ship as a diabetic? Can you resist those fresh baked rolls, wonderful desserts etc? we don't overeat so we don't gain weight but we do indulge in the above. Have you found it difficult to stick to your diet?
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Old July 26th, 2005, 09:42 PM
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My father completed his first cruise last week on Carnival and he was diagnosed in Sept with type 2 Diabetis. He did great. On Carnival there are "Nautic Spa selections" -less fat etc choices, there is a low carb selection, and for dessert sugar free choices. To my wonderful suprise often his sugar free selections were quite wonderful and my favorite. They also have equal,sweet & low and splenda as sugar substitutes.
If one is used to their diet, it can be done. Now I am not saying he didn't gain weight (5 pounds) but kept the blood sugar in range. If one goes off ship for excursions, I would bring from home some "snacks" in ziplocs like nuts, peanutbutter cracker, etc. anything to get you by just in case.
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Old July 26th, 2005, 11:40 PM
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Thanks buffetfan (me too!) I never thought of snacks for times off ship. that is an excellent suggestion to bring some things from home. The only time I saw nuts on the ship was during the captain's reception. I wonder what people would think if I took out a ziploc and dumped in a bunch of nuts I am so glad to hear that someone else new to diabetes kept their blood sugar in line even while enjoying the food.
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Old July 27th, 2005, 12:28 AM
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Katerina, on your first night, introduce yourself to your headwaiter....he will be able to help you select foods that would be good for you...and maybe even go over the next night's menu with you the night before to give you an idea of what is available, etc. The staff on board, especially the head waiters and assistant maitre'd's are wonderful about helping out!

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Old July 27th, 2005, 07:52 AM
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Lisa is right on....your waiter will be very sensitive to your diet restrictions...talk to him the first evening in the dining room, he will make suggestions as to menu selections, the sugar free desserts are very good...my sister is a diabetic and she brought her own snacks on board and a box of plastic baggies so she could take some with her whenever we went on a shore excursion and she never had a problem during the entire cruise.
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 04:51 PM
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The sjip has sugar free desserts and foods that are good. Airlines are always a problem. You have be prepared for no help from them. They often messup. Carry snacks. I take nuts, cheese and crackers, and the premixed tuna and crackers, etc. It's not gourmet, but it can be important on a long flight. Also, take enough for the return trip.
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