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Okay, sometimes I think I shouldn't even started this until after October....but I just couldn't stand myself any longer..

Me and DH are MAJOR Foodies!! We've been planning on attending the Annual EPCOT Food and Wine Fest at Disney World for a year now. The first five days will be me and my son...which I think I can stay OP mostly during that time....but then my son flys home, and then my DH flys in and we are attending a Four-Day Foodie Fest at Disney World. For those of you that aren't familiar with it...in EPCOT they have kiosks set up that represent about 26 countries and each have food/wine pairing. This something we've set aside for the year...the plane tickets already bought, the resort reservations already made..

Now I'm just totally dreading this trip!! On the bright side....I've NEVER gained weight at WDW, as I burn more calories walking in the heat than what I typically eat. I'm just really scared to go OP for four days. I just can't see sticking to Medifast for those days when the whole goal of the trip is to experience as many flavors and pairing as we can during those four days. We've already cancelled out Taste of Denver trip, next month, because I don't want to go OP..

Does anyone have any good suggestions for things like this that get in your way? I honestly don't think I can fly to FL for the specific reason to try culinary delights and then do Medifast instead..

Comments (59)

I think that you need to let go of vacationing for the purpose of eating if you want to have long-term success. If I were in your shoes, I'd go there and people watch, smell, and enjoy time with my family, and stay OP. If you start now, you'll get used to the program by the time you are faced with your challange. Also, if you begin to watch those people, you'll likely discover that many of them are morbidly obese, and some aren't even mobile. That ought to be enough to keep you from eating the food!.

Comment #1

Jessica said it right. Is it worth several days of binge eating and drinking to take several steps backwards in your progress? By that time in October, you will be well on your way to a better & healthier you.

Keep the plane tickets and still take the vacation. Maybe think about hitting Universal or Sea World instead. That way you won't have the temptation of food and wine.

It's up to you, this is one day out of a lifetime. Can you skip one day to reach your goal? There will be other food & wine days in years to come..

Comment #2

That is a tough one! I think Jessica has something tho. You and your DH are going to have to find other interests other than fooding out together. I know the whole purpose of the trip was to eat and drink. BUT there are many other things to do in Florida as well! Maybe do one day at the fest and find something else to go out and do. Like go to the beach, get on a boat, check out the other touristy spots. There's tons to do there besides eat. Plus, I'm guessing by that time you will have gotten used to MF, will have seen some great losses and you may be consciously NOT into all the food! Crazier things have happened! .

PLUS - read threads people have posted about going off plan and how awful they feel physically afterward! That may help you to stay OP..

Comment #3

By the time October is here, you won't be able to eat much volume of food at one time. When you get to Disney, eat one bite, one BITE from each cuisine. Choose things that are l&g, not with creams and sauces. All in all, you should be able to stay OP if you let the foodfest be your l&g. Take ALL your Medifast food, have soup for breakfast in the hotel, take pretzels and bars to Epcot. Enjoy the experience.

And for sure, they won't taste the way you expect them to taste.

For now, stop worrying. Just do the plan 100% every packet every day until Oct. Then deal with Foodfest when you get there...........you won't feel the same way about food that you feel now..

Blessings,.

E..

Comment #4

Thanks guys!! Guess I'm just freaking because this is something we've been planning over the last year...I'm sure I'll be able to adapt by Oct. I like the idea of taking just ONE BITE...one of the fun things about the F & W is experiencing the different flavors and spices of each individual country....it's really not about "pigging out" (the servings themselves are "tapia" sizes, not full meals). It shouldn't be too hard to order one dish, "taste" it, and then let DH eat the rest!! We like to play "food critic" and guess what's inside the dish, etc, so a single bite will do. I'm not that big on alcoholic beverages, so just having a sip of wine won't be a problem for me either. Who knows, maybe I can do like the pros and just swirl it in my mouth and spit it out!! .

I really appreciate all the advise! I DON'T want to lose 20-30 pounds before then and then come back heavier!!.

Comment #5

I think the one bite and keeping it on the LG side would help you the most. I am also looking at food with the idea of is keeping me forward on my goal, or is it going to set me backward on my goal. I am choosing forward.

Maybe you would have a winning week with not gaining that week. That would be a great accomplishment. Drink lots of water too!.

Comment #6

LOL....I can see it now, carrying around a little Tinker Bell spit bag!!.

Comment #7

Simply try the kiosks that serve foods that look like they would be OP and avoid the booze. You really are the only one that can make the decision whether or not to stay OP. It depends on how committed you are to becoming thinner and healthier and which is more important - tasting a bunch of rich, potentially fattening foods and the alcohol that goes with it, or learning to choose healthier options and bypassing the alcohol, at least for now..

There is ALWAYS going to be a special occasion, vacation, or holiday that is just around the corner. I've learned to stop thinking about these things as being about food and try to focus on them being about the company I'm with..

Comment #8

You know, I always said I was a foodie too and I still am, but I have adapted my definition of foodie - it doesn't mean eating huge quantities of food. It means enjoying small quantities of really good food. Even when I was a foodie I didn't eat everything, I would pick and choose what I wanted to eat. Do that now, go, pick and choose food that comes as close to being L&G as possible. If this is something you really enjoy, you will have to learn how to tweak it and bring it into your life... otherwise I would really get unhappy.

But that made me feel trapped and resent MF. Now I go out and get my L&G and enjoy his company and the fact that I didn't have to cook..

Plus, October is so far off, you could lose so much by then why wait ? Start, be completely committed, and trust that by October you will have the skills to deal with the situation.

Comment #9

I'm a foodie too. Even work with great chefs.......... I've had to just say no to the wine and the decadent foods if I want to lose weight. I gained 40 pounds that way.........for me the reverse is stopping eating those foods and lose the weight again. Tough to look at, but one meal at a time you can get through this. I never thought I could eat Chinese food again and stay On Plan.

More than once. Keep a daily record of your progress and vow to keep writing no matter what.

Good luck to you!!.

Comment #10

Just think about how much money you will save by not eating so much. We've done disney a couple of times and I'm wishing I'd been doing medifast thenit would be so much easier to have a bar in my bag than spend a lot of money on just Ok tasting, overpriced food. I'm thinking about our epcot times (that was where we preferred to eat in the park) and I'm remembering most place had a fairly "clean" alternative on the menu (I've not attended the event you're planning to attend however so don't be offended by my review of the food there. We LOVE disney but the food left us a bit dissapointed).

By October you could be so far on your way that you aren't even phased that much by the food; visualize yourself having a small meal to accompany your husband and feeling good in your smaller clothes. Good luck!.

Comment #11

I bet you'll be surprised at how you may be able to put together a L&G from the kiosks. It's a really great exercise for practical eating. Just keep some Medifast meals in your purse in case nothing looks "legal". Food and activities are always going to be in our lives. They are no excuse to go off plan. I am sure you would feel better about yourself and your choice if you snacked on a bar instead of eating something off-plan..

There are so many great things to do at WDW/Epcot, and food doesn't have to be the focus. Life is so much bigger than what we put in our mouths. Once you decide food is fuel and not an activity, it only gets better. Good luck on making a choice!.

Comment #12

Well said! This is something that I have to keep in mind on a daily basis. Every time I turn around there is an opportunity for me to go OP. There is always a celebration, birthday, or party and because of that, it has taken me a little over 7 months to lose 45 lbs. On this plan, that definitely shouldn't have happened. I recommitted a few weeks ago and since then have stayed strong! My daughter's birthday party is in a couple of weeks. I'm nervous but at the same time know that I will remain OP because I want to be a good role model for her.

I'm going to take along food that my clients and I can enjoy, spend time with my family and friends, and have a brownie with cream cheese topping as my "slice of cake". Thank you again for posting that respond. It was just what I needed to hear!.

Comment #13

Thanks for all the encouraging words!! This board is a mecca of wonderful ideas and advise..

Comment #14

I think that you need to let go of vacationing for the purpose of eating if you want to have long-term success. If I were in your shoes, I'd go there and people watch, smell, and enjoy time with my family, and stay OP. If you start now, you'll get used to the program by the time you are faced with your challange. Also, if you begin to watch those people, you'll likely discover that many of them are morbidly obese, and some aren't even mobile. That ought to be enough to keep you from eating the food!..

Comment #15

Jessica said it right. Is it worth several days of binge eating and drinking to take several steps backwards in your progress? By that time in October, you will be well on your way to a better & healthier you.

Keep the plane tickets and still take the vacation. Maybe think about hitting Universal or Sea World instead. That way you won't have the temptation of food and wine.

It's up to you, this is one day out of a lifetime. Can you skip one day to reach your goal? There will be other food & wine days in years to come...

Comment #16

That is a tough one! I think Jessica has something tho. You and your DH are going to have to find other interests other than fooding out together. I know the whole purpose of the trip was to eat and drink. BUT there are many other things to do in Florida as well! Maybe do one day at the fest and find something else to go out and do. Like go to the beach, get on a boat, check out the other touristy spots. There's tons to do there besides eat. Plus, I'm guessing by that time you will have gotten used to MF, will have seen some great losses and you may be consciously NOT into all the food! Crazier things have happened!.

PLUS - read threads people have posted about going off plan and how awful they feel physically afterward! That may help you to stay OP...

Comment #17

By the time October is here, you won't be able to eat much volume of food at one time. When you get to Disney, eat one bite, one BITE from each cuisine. Choose things that are l&g, not with creams and sauces. All in all, you should be able to stay OP if you let the foodfest be your l&g. Take ALL your Medifast food, have soup for breakfast in the hotel, take pretzels and bars to Epcot. Enjoy the experience.

And for sure, they won't taste the way you expect them to taste.

For now, stop worrying. Just do the plan 100% every packet every day until Oct. Then deal with Foodfest when you get there...........you won't feel the same way about food that you feel now..

Blessings,.

E...

Comment #18

Thanks guys!! Guess I'm just freaking because this is something we've been planning over the last year...I'm sure I'll be able to adapt by Oct. I like the idea of taking just ONE BITE...one of the fun things about the F & W is experiencing the different flavors and spices of each individual country....it's really not about "pigging out" (the servings themselves are "tapia" sizes, not full meals). It shouldn't be too hard to order one dish, "taste" it, and then let DH eat the rest!! We like to play "food critic" and guess what's inside the dish, etc, so a single bite will do. I'm not that big on alcoholic beverages, so just having a sip of wine won't be a problem for me either. Who knows, maybe I can do like the pros and just swirl it in my mouth and spit it out!!.

I really appreciate all the advise! I DON'T want to lose 20-30 pounds before then and then come back heavier!!..

Comment #19

I think the one bite and keeping it on the LG side would help you the most. I am also looking at food with the idea of is keeping me forward on my goal, or is it going to set me backward on my goal. I am choosing forward.

Maybe you would have a winning week with not gaining that week. That would be a great accomplishment. Drink lots of water too!..

Comment #20

I agree. But when in doubt, spit it out!!!..

Comment #21

LOL....I can see it now, carrying around a little Tinker Bell spit bag!!..

Comment #22

Simply try the kiosks that serve foods that look like they would be OP and avoid the booze. You really are the only one that can make the decision whether or not to stay OP. It depends on how committed you are to becoming thinner and healthier and which is more important - tasting a bunch of rich, potentially fattening foods and the alcohol that goes with it, or learning to choose healthier options and bypassing the alcohol, at least for now..

There is ALWAYS going to be a special occasion, vacation, or holiday that is just around the corner. I've learned to stop thinking about these things as being about food and try to focus on them being about the company I'm with...

Comment #23

You know, I always said I was a foodie too and I still am, but I have adapted my definition of foodie - it doesn't mean eating huge quantities of food. It means enjoying small quantities of really good food. Even when I was a foodie I didn't eat everything, I would pick and choose what I wanted to eat. Do that now, go, pick and choose food that comes as close to being L&G as possible. If this is something you really enjoy, you will have to learn how to tweak it and bring it into your life... otherwise I would really get unhappy.

But that made me feel trapped and resent MF. Now I go out and get my L&G and enjoy his company and the fact that I didn't have to cook..

Plus, October is so far off, you could lose so much by then why wait ? Start, be completely committed, and trust that by October you will have the skills to deal with the situation..

Comment #24

I'm a foodie too. Even work with great chefs.......... I've had to just say no to the wine and the decadent foods if I want to lose weight. I gained 40 pounds that way.........for me the reverse is stopping eating those foods and lose the weight again. Tough to look at, but one meal at a time you can get through this. I never thought I could eat Chinese food again and stay On Plan.

More than once. Keep a daily record of your progress and vow to keep writing no matter what.

Good luck to you!!..

Comment #25

Just think about how much money you will save by not eating so much. We've done disney a couple of times and I'm wishing I'd been doing medifast thenit would be so much easier to have a bar in my bag than spend a lot of money on just Ok tasting, overpriced food. I'm thinking about our epcot times (that was where we preferred to eat in the park) and I'm remembering most place had a fairly "clean" alternative on the menu (I've not attended the event you're planning to attend however so don't be offended by my review of the food there. We LOVE disney but the food left us a bit dissapointed).

By October you could be so far on your way that you aren't even phased that much by the food; visualize yourself having a small meal to accompany your husband and feeling good in your smaller clothes. Good luck!..

Comment #26

I bet you'll be surprised at how you may be able to put together a L&G from the kiosks. It's a really great exercise for practical eating. Just keep some Medifast meals in your purse in case nothing looks "legal". Food and activities are always going to be in our lives. They are no excuse to go off plan. I am sure you would feel better about yourself and your choice if you snacked on a bar instead of eating something off-plan..

There are so many great things to do at WDW/Epcot, and food doesn't have to be the focus. Life is so much bigger than what we put in our mouths. Once you decide food is fuel and not an activity, it only gets better. Good luck on making a choice!..

Comment #27

Well said! This is something that I have to keep in mind on a daily basis. Every time I turn around there is an opportunity for me to go OP. There is always a celebration, birthday, or party and because of that, it has taken me a little over 7 months to lose 45 lbs. On this plan, that definitely shouldn't have happened. I recommitted a few weeks ago and since then have stayed strong! My daughter's birthday party is in a couple of weeks. I'm nervous but at the same time know that I will remain OP because I want to be a good role model for her.

I'm going to take along food that my clients and I can enjoy, spend time with my family and friends, and have a brownie with cream cheese topping as my "slice of cake". Thank you again for posting that respond. It was just what I needed to hear!..

Comment #28

Thanks for all the encouraging words!! This board is a mecca of wonderful ideas and advise...

Comment #29


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