I’ve been enjoying getting back to normal life after turning in the manuscript for “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” There will be more work to do once it gets to the editing stage, but for now I’m getting caught up on all the things that I’ve neglected. (I finally put back the living room furniture that we moved out to make room for the Christmas tree–not this past Christmas but the one before!) One thing I’ve really been looking forward to is this year’s low carb cruise to the Bahamas. Our block of rooms sold out, so we have a larger group than last year. In fact, the whole cruise sold out, an indication of what a bargain these trips currently are.
You may have heard the story about an elderly woman who lives on cruise ships. She reportedly compared the daily rate for cruising to that of an assisted living facility and discovered that cruising, with a large staff at your beck and call, unlimited fine dining, room service, maid service, entertainment, medical care on site, etc, etc, was cheaper. I assumed the story was an urban myth, but I have a friend who vows that it is true and claims to know who she is. (Perhaps there are many now.)
One concern about cruising is the frequency of outbreaks of contagious illnesses. The cruise lines make every effort to make you feel safe. There are hand sanitizers everywhere and now a person handing out hand wipes is stationed at the entry to the dining rooms. Still, instances of hundreds of people getting sick continue to be reported by the media. I am planning to do one thing differently this time. Whenever I am not in a hurry to get somewhere, I am going to have breakfast and lunch in the dining room rather than follow the crowds in the buffet lines. This way, I will avoid the self-serve utensils shared by throngs of people. I’ll also get a white tablecloth, individualized attention, and a gourmet menu that can be customized to suit my low-carb preferences. That beats feeding at the common trough and schlepping a plastic tray around while searching for a table. For those times when I do need to hurry, I am taking individual packets of whey protein shake mix. I’ll just add water and cream to make a healthful, low-carb breakfast.
Becky Gandy, our hard-working cruise organizer, sent us this article about how to stay low carb on a cruise. It contains some pretty good advice for eating out in general, although I take exception to the notion that you can freely partake of the bread as long as it is whole grain.
(C) 2010, Judy Barnes Baker