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Hello all you MFers!.

I have been so blessed to get to know a lot of you and the boards are so much help. Before I decided to go on MF, my DH and I booked a solo vacation (early 10 year anniversary) to Seattle in late September. My husband asked me last night, what am I gonna do while on vaca? .

Our hotel doesn't have a micro in the room but they do in the morning for their continental breakfast. I do not know if there is a fridge. The flight is about 3 hrs.

How did you handle your first vaca on MF? What did you pack? I plan on sticking with it 100%! My dh is totally supportive. He will do whatever I need to help accommodate my eating. He has been eating healthy along with me for my L&G...but it's the lunch that I am like what am I gonna do? If we are in a restraunt at lunch....do I break out a bar? and just order water? hahaha I just don't know!.

Love the help on this one...We leave on Sept 19th! .

The big thing is what Medifast foods did you pack? All bars?.

Thanks again!.

Comments (36)

First enjoy your trip. Try not to overthink it too much. When I am at a hotel I take my oatmeal and use their microwave while the family eats the offered breakfast. I take a whole vairety of foods. For the tropical punch I drink a little from a water bottle and pour my packet in and shake it up. Bars, pretzels, puffs are a no brainer.



The lunch thing can be tough but my husband takes regular granola bars, poptarts things he can have for lunch so that we don't have to eat at a restaurant more than once a day..

Have a safe trip..

Comment #1

Jenn,.

Most times if you call the hotel, you can request a fridge for your room and they will put one in there for you. Also, many hotels have all day coffee/tea stations where you could get hot water for oatmeal, soups, etc. I actually found that adding hot water to oatmeal made it taste better than microwaving it.

You might want to try splitting your L&G for meals? Or maybe for lunch just have a small salad and then your lean for dinner? .

Enjoy your vacation! Seattle is a great walking city so you can definitely get some exercise in..

Comment #2

I just came back from a 6 week vacation around Europe. We were not backpackers in the sense that we were roughing it and living as frugally as possible, but we carried everything on our back. I more or less stayed on plan and here's how..

I would move back and forth from the 4-2 plan to the 5-1 plan as needed. Some days when I was more physically active or we were with lots of friends and family I did the 4-2 plan. Most days I just did the 5-1 plan.

I brought mostly bars/ drinks and puddings. I didn't have room for pretzels/puffs and certainly no microwave in Europe.

I learned a lot about myself and my food habits on vacation.

What a great hubby to support you like that! Staying on plan is possible and with support like that it will only be easier!.

Comment #3

Be sure to check out Pikes Place Market, it is awesome!! Maybe you can pick up some fresh fish and veggies from the market and find a place at the beach or a picnic area you can grill! I was sooooo psyched that scallops are on the lean menu...nothing is better than grilled scallops (except grilled bacon-wrapped scallops ).

Comment #4

Call the hotel to see if there is a refrigerator in the room and if not, ask if they have a room with a fridge available. tell them you have dietary needs and they might accommodate. If not, you can take a medium sized soft sided cooler on the airplane packed like a carry on. You could even pack it with your Medifast foods so if your checked baggage gets lost, you at least have your food. Empty it when you get to the hotel, fill it with ice and you have a mini fridge so you can mix pudding, shakes, etc. ahead of time and keep them cold for breakfast and other meals when you are at the hotel.

If you spice your soup up, you can take a small spice jar with your spice combo.Take your soup and a plastic spoon with you and you are set for lunch. Take bars, puff, pretzels along on your outings so you always have something to eat. Drink your water and scope out the bathrooms when you get to the places you are visiting. When I was vacation, I would order my lean and green in restaurants and just ask lots of questions about preparation, etc. I bought one of those really small scales (not digital) and took it into the restaurants in case the waitstaff couldn't tell me the oz.

Anyway, staying on program on vacation wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I even lost 2 pounds that week. It just takes some preparation. Most of all, have fun! I live in Washington state and go to Seattle often to visit our daughter. It is a great place to vacation..

Comment #5

I recently had the same issue though was at a conference that lasted 4 days. I took shakes and bars but ended up only eating the bars. When lunch was served, I had a salad and when dinner was served, I had my L&G. When others had snacks, I had a bar, and no one asked what I was doing or what it was or anything. I lost weight that week..

Comment #6

Does anyone have any advice for cruises? I'm going to be on a cruise leaving on a Thursday and coming back on a Monday (so 4.5 days). I've been on many so I know what kind of food to expect but I also know I won't have a microwave at my disposal. What do you think will be my best bet as far as what to bring?.

Comment #7

Take Medifast food with you and choose items for your lg! If you slip up, hey we arent perfect but I wish you luck!.

Comment #8

Thanks guys! .

This is only week 2 for me! .

You know how sometimes they have those waffle makers at the continental breakfasts? I was reading the directions on the pancakes....hmmmm has anyone made them as waffles? .

I could do my own thing that way. I read somewhere on the boards about someone who had a recipe for pancakes in the microwave...came out like a muffin. I couldn't find it, so I tried it from memory....not so great....so if anyone has that link please send it my way!.

Thanks so much! For all the advice....

Love you guys!.

Comment #9

First enjoy your trip. Try not to overthink it too much. When I am at a hotel I take my oatmeal and use their microwave while the family eats the offered breakfast. I take a whole vairety of foods. For the tropical punch I drink a little from a water bottle and pour my packet in and shake it up. Bars, pretzels, puffs are a no brainer.

The lunch thing can be tough but my husband takes regular granola bars, poptarts things he can have for lunch so that we don't have to eat at a restaurant more than once a day..

Have a safe trip...

Comment #10

Jenn,.

Most times if you call the hotel, you can request a fridge for your room and they will put one in there for you. Also, many hotels have all day coffee/tea stations where you could get hot water for oatmeal, soups, etc. I actually found that adding hot water to oatmeal made it taste better than microwaving it.

You might want to try splitting your L&G for meals? Or maybe for lunch just have a small salad and then your lean for dinner?.

Enjoy your vacation! Seattle is a great walking city so you can definitely get some exercise in...

Comment #11

I just came back from a 6 week vacation around Europe. We were not backpackers in the sense that we were roughing it and living as frugally as possible, but we carried everything on our back. I more or less stayed on plan and here's how..

I would move back and forth from the 4-2 plan to the 5-1 plan as needed. Some days when I was more physically active or we were with lots of friends and family I did the 4-2 plan. Most days I just did the 5-1 plan.

I brought mostly bars/ drinks and puddings. I didn't have room for pretzels/puffs and certainly no microwave in Europe.

I learned a lot about myself and my food habits on vacation.

What a great hubby to support you like that! Staying on plan is possible and with support like that it will only be easier!..

Comment #12

Be sure to check out Pikes Place Market, it is awesome!! Maybe you can pick up some fresh fish and veggies from the market and find a place at the beach or a picnic area you can grill! I was sooooo psyched that scallops are on the lean menu...nothing is better than grilled scallops (except grilled bacon-wrapped scallops )..

Comment #13

Call the hotel to see if there is a refrigerator in the room and if not, ask if they have a room with a fridge available. tell them you have dietary needs and they might accommodate. If not, you can take a medium sized soft sided cooler on the airplane packed like a carry on. You could even pack it with your Medifast foods so if your checked baggage gets lost, you at least have your food. Empty it when you get to the hotel, fill it with ice and you have a mini fridge so you can mix pudding, shakes, etc. ahead of time and keep them cold for breakfast and other meals when you are at the hotel.

If you spice your soup up, you can take a small spice jar with your spice combo.Take your soup and a plastic spoon with you and you are set for lunch. Take bars, puff, pretzels along on your outings so you always have something to eat. Drink your water and scope out the bathrooms when you get to the places you are visiting. When I was vacation, I would order my lean and green in restaurants and just ask lots of questions about preparation, etc. I bought one of those really small scales (not digital) and took it into the restaurants in case the waitstaff couldn't tell me the oz.

Anyway, staying on program on vacation wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I even lost 2 pounds that week. It just takes some preparation. Most of all, have fun! I live in Washington state and go to Seattle often to visit our daughter. It is a great place to vacation...

Comment #14

I recently had the same issue though was at a conference that lasted 4 days. I took shakes and bars but ended up only eating the bars. When lunch was served, I had a salad and when dinner was served, I had my L&G. When others had snacks, I had a bar, and no one asked what I was doing or what it was or anything. I lost weight that week...

Comment #15

Does anyone have any advice for cruises? I'm going to be on a cruise leaving on a Thursday and coming back on a Monday (so 4.5 days). I've been on many so I know what kind of food to expect but I also know I won't have a microwave at my disposal. What do you think will be my best bet as far as what to bring?..

Comment #16

Take Medifast food with you and choose items for your lg! If you slip up, hey we arent perfect but I wish you luck!..

Comment #17

Thanks guys!.

This is only week 2 for me!.

You know how sometimes they have those waffle makers at the continental breakfasts? I was reading the directions on the pancakes....hmmmm has anyone made them as waffles?.

I could do my own thing that way. I read somewhere on the boards about someone who had a recipe for pancakes in the microwave...came out like a muffin. I couldn't find it, so I tried it from memory....not so great....so if anyone has that link please send it my way!.

Thanks so much! For all the advice....

Love you guys!..

Comment #18


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

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