Thursday, May 5, 2016

How to be Vegan on a Cruise!



how to be vegan on a cruise




In the month of March I received an all-expenses paid cruise to the Bahamas for TWO on the biggest Royal Caribbean cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas. How did I get this? Just by helping three people a month get started on their health and fitness journey, which is my JOB! Amazing, I know!

I worked out next to Tony Horton, drank rum out of a pineapple, bonded with my team, and even got fancy (for once lol) for formal dinners on the ship. 

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None of this amazingness would have happened if I hadn't made the decision to be a coach, to better myself, and in turn, help others regain their confidence, badassness, and find an amazing community of love and support!


Of all the challenges I have faced, I knew being vegan on this incredible cruise was going to be one of them! It’s not difficult to be vegan at home, but on a cruise I knew this was going to be tough! If I have learned anything, it’s to get out of your comfort zone! So that is what I did, and I came up with some really great tips for my vegan girls who are looking to set sail this summer!




Here are my Top 5 Tips on How to be Vegan on a Cruise:


1. ASK what's in the food! This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s something we might not think about! If you ask, the chef will come out and tell you! If you assume that it’s most likely not vegan, you will be missing out on so many amazing food choices that you didn’t know you could eat! Also, by asking, you will know what you can remove or substitute if possible! Just by taking the time to ask, I had so many more items available to me to eat for the week.


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Veggie Stir Fry in the Dining Room :)

2. Embrace all the veggies! If they're out and aren't slathered in butter, FUEL UP! As vegans, especially new ones, you might often look to carbs as your go-to option. Carbs are okay sometimes, but you don’t want that to be your only food source! I can’t tell you how much my life has changed ever since I did the 21 Day Ultimate Reset and learned the value of eating vegetables. They are a major source of nutrients, and fill you up with fiber so that you don’t turn to the crappy foods! Hello, maintaining your clean eating ON A CRUISE!? Yes! It’s possible!

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Salad Bar in the Dining Room :)

3. Be on a coach cruise so they provide alternative options like veggie stir fries. Lol, okay I know this isn’t always an option, but if a special cruise is available…. Or maybe another coaching trip, BE THERE! It was so amazing to have items specially made vegan for me! I have a behind the scenes group opening up next week to see what exactly I do as a coach, so if you would like to be a fly on the wall, shoot me an email: LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com :)

easy vegan dinner


4. Bring snacks like protein bars and nuts. You are allowed to bring on food in both your carry on, and your checked luggage, so stock up! If you’re also trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you don’t want to be hanging around the buffet all day. Stick to a meal plan like usual, which typically means a couple snacks throughout the day. I brought on protein bars and nuts and ate them while I was in the room relaxing, or by the pool. If you’ve been vegan, you know how we roll… aka bringing our own food to special events, lol! Cruising is no different, make sure you have some guaranteed options with you so you can switch it up.


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Personalized Pizza from a Pizza Place on the Ship :) Just ask for no cheese!

5. Realize that life is about balance, and eating tons of fruit and vegan pizza is ok if they're your only stable options. Heck, you’re on vacation!!!! EAT THE PIZZA <3 



Vacations are a time to have fun, but it doesn't mean you have to veer off from your lifestyle. Yes, there is balance and it is okay to have vegan pizza and wine! Part of balance, though, is finding ways to stick to what you know. I hope the next time you take a cruise, you are able to use these tips! 

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