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From: Ricardo (186.205.161.35)
Subject:         Re: Recommend food options
Date: January 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Recommend food options posted by Jenny on January 10, 2011 at 10:25 am:

Jenny,
Regarding fat and according to Dr. E and Dr. Pinckney, for reversal it is only necessary to be Very Low Fat (less than 10 per cent of calories from fat). It is “not fat free” the rule, as the cruiser people mentioned to you. What is very good is that you started communicating with the cruiser responsables before the trip. That is much better than getting into the cruiser to start asking for the food you want. I would bet that they are used to have many vegetarians aboard all the time and that the vegetarians get their special menu. As we all know the major difference is that vegans do not eat dairy or eggs. I suggest you to call the company of the cruiser, to talk to the supervisors of the dietitians that will be aboard and put your “vegetarians” and VLF requirements (they may not be used to the word vegan). I know that ships have telephone numbers and that is possible to talk to the restaurant many days before check in. The last resort would be when aboard to talk to the chef and to explain to him/her your needs.

About snacks I can tell you what I do:

Before departing to the airport, I try to have an early vegan style lunch or dinner at home/office. That will give me 3 to 4 hours of comfort. I also use to put in my bag whole wheat bread and some fruits (I love bananas with some raisins), to be eaten after arriving at the hotel (cruise in your case).

During flight or at a scale I carry in my
briefcase 2 or 3 sandwiches made of broiled vegetables (without salt, but with red pepper, wrapped in aluminum and sealed in plastic bags). The day before a trip I keep them in the freezer, so they can be fresh and last some more time without refrigeration. Before putting them in my briefcase I make a final wrap with that day newspaper. That makes a good insulating material to keep them cold. The newspaper may be reading material after eating the food! I carry some nuts too, despite their fat content, but still are more desirable than cheese or meat sandwiches that are served in airports.

I forsee you will have your own ideas about snacks, but I suggest you not to leave home without them… have a nice trip !

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