Surviving All Inclusive Buffets Without Breaking the Scale

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Last month I went on a vacation to all inclusive resort in Mexico for a week. I worked out every day, ate healthy, soaked up lots of sun and came home skinny and happy. Not only didn’t I gain any weight, I also got a flatter stomach. How? By eating healthy foods and treats in moderation, by working out on a regular basis.

I just want to share with you what worked for me and show what you can eat on a vacation without coming home and bringing extra pounds with you. It’s totally possible and not so hard to do!

As a rule of thumb, I stuck to protein with veggies and complex carbs with an occasional treat like a glass or two of wine at night and some foods. For dinner I tried to eat protein with veggies, no carbs. I also had 1 cheat day and drank lots of water.

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When it comes to alcohol, you are better of drinking clear liquor or a bit of wine. No sugary margaritas. Each drink is around 500 calories. I also do not add sugar to coffee. Enjoy the read and cheers!

Airplane

Snack before boarding – Subway whole wheat muffin with egg whites and veggies + my water.

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Snack mix I didn’t eat and do not recommend.

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Instead I was snacking on raw and unsalted cashews I brought with me and coffee with skim milk.

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Lunch – rice with chicken teriyaki. I left most of the sauce on a side. Also water, wine and some sweet bread I didn’t eat.

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Breakfast

Some days I would have a banana first thing in the morning before a run on the beach.

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My usual favourite breakfast.

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Health juice from “dietary zone” – spinach with cactus.

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My favourite meal of the trip – cottage cheese, sour cream and papaya. To die for!

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Morning coffee was a must!

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Veggies, scrambled eggs, rye bread, light cheese, chicken, health juice, coffee, water and fruit.

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Love bread with cheese.

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Omelette, smoked salmon, rye bread, tomato, health juice and coffee.

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Poached eggs, rye bread, veggies, cottage cheese with papaya and coffee.

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Lunch

Steak, steamed broccoli, pico de gallo, taco.

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Fish, squid, beans and fruit for dessert.

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Steak, enchilada, guacamole, pico de gallo, rye bread.

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Veggies with meat and fruit for dessert.

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Guacamole, salad, zucchini, beans, eggs, baby potato.

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Some traditional Mexican soup.

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Rice, salad, pico de gallo, steamed cauliflower, refried beans (?).

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Veggies, meat.

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Guacamole, enchilada, veggies, beans.

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Dinner

Salad, grilled meat.

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Chicken, veggies, taco.

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Tacos…maybe?!

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Salad.

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Salad.

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Rice, grilled salmon, salad and steamed peas.

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Prawns, prosciutto, cheese, dark chocolate – appies.

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Drinks

Carried cold water everywhere I went.

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Every night I would have a camomille tea before going to bed.

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Tea selection.

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Coffee machine – I would always get Americano and then add skim milk.

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Skinny iced coffee was my treat on some afternoons.

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Liquor dispenser in my room which I haven’t used.

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Bar fridge stocked full of water which I loved! No interest in beer or pop.

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Skinny margarita – ice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and club soda. Ask your server.

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Chilled white wine on a hot day – priceless.

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Club soda, water and red wine.

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Chilled white wine with watermelon.

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Cheat Day

Some of my meals I had on a cheat day.

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Eat This

The name ‘Dieatary zone” was funny. I guess in a grand scheme of things most foods in the “Dietary zone” were healthy.

Health juice and other smoothies, cottage cheese, light yoghurt (no idea on ingredients), butter (?) and jams (?).

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Deli turkey meat, fresh mozzarella with tomatoes, tuna salad and deli chicken meat.

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The variety of eggs for breakfast was great!

Scrambled eggs plain/with salsa/bacon (?).

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Fried eggs.

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Poached and boiled eggs.

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Guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce, hot chili peppers and something else.

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On their own some authentic Mexican ingredients were not that bad. Like the ground beef below.

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The appies for dinner: shrimp, devilled eggs, smoked salmon, prosciutto.

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A little bit of prosciutto with wine…mmm.

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Cheese. Some cheeses were quite fresh and light.

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More cheese paired well with red wine.

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Mussels and shrimp.

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Boiled baby blue crabs.

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Real crab meat salad.

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Salad bar was my favourite part of the restaurant!

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Chicken and rice ( white but better than fries).

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Chicken skewers closeup.

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That was the healthiest bread I found at the restaurant. So I stuck to it as my choice for carbs.

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Grilled shrimp dish.

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Grilled beans, tomatoes and cactus. Not the eggplant or mozzarella sticks.

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Fruit for dessert most nights.

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I finally found some dark chocolate.

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Don’t Eat This

Processed cold cuts…really processed.

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Fried white corn tortilla chips.

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Deep fried quesadillas with an extreme amount of cheese.

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Deep fried tortillas with some healthier topping.

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White corn something.

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Might look like a delicacy but in reality it’s an imitation black caviar.

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Mayo and various processed dressings. The only healthy thing here is yellow mustard.

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Creamy pasta salads.

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White bread.

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Sushi – white rice with mayo and imitation crab meat.

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Fries, chicken fingers, gravy, deep fried chicken.

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A bunch of junk food.

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White pasta = simple carbs = sugar.

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Chocolate chip pancakes, crepes, white flour pancakes.

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French toast, waffles, deep fried something with sugar.

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Deep fried goodies.

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Pizza.

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White pasta drenching in heavy sauces.

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Ice cream.

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Some ice cream toppings might be healthy on their own.

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Doughnuts.

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Whipped cream.

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Chocolate who knows made of what.

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