We are looking forward to a two week cruise in the Caribbean next week, but with trepidation. Hubby is fine but I have had bradycardia (low heartbeat - average 51, low at night 39, high with exercise 98) for years and it just recently has started to produce symptoms. The doctor will see me again in 6 months to take about a pacemaker. It is probably genetic, since I live a healthy life. Well, there goes all those fun water aerobic moves!
I am therefore doing everything I can to control my blood sugar, stress, weight, stress, caffeine, stress, salt, lipids, etc. In just a week, all have improved. Tonight we bought small cans of low sodium V-8, WASA fiber crackers, walnuts and almonds, protein powder, and high protein bars with adequate sugar, glucose tabs, etc. Where will I fit my clothes in that suitcase? The doctor signed off with----we may have to give you a pacemaker...Have a good trip! Seriously I am in a fairly good mood and will discuss my daily health program with my primary physician on Tuesday. We really ARE good forward to good trip and the excitement of finding healthy food on a cruise. It is like a scavanger hunt. I eat very few grains, no sweets or desserts, modest fruits, but love the ship buffet for salads and veggies. I actually concoct my own recipes right from the buffet bars and general come home a few pounds lighter and trimmer.
I have been on two cruises with my wife of late, Disney and Norwegian. I don't worry about my diet much on these anymore as the kitchen will adjust my meals to low starch/no starch and give me plenty of veggies. Snacks are also easy as there is always fruit, and cheeses, nuts, and other things available at all day grab and take style restaurants. I had a great time walking the decks, they even had a walk/run route marked out. All in all, cruises are diabetic friendly, and easier to navigate your numbers than going out to dinner.
I've cruised many times and have always had fun and success. I took a cruise once about 8 months after my kidney transplant. I thought I was getting an infection and went to see the doc. He was excellent and had terrific broad general knowledge. I think that on the very off chance if something does come up, you will get excellent care. So don't worry, have fun, and tell us all about it when you get back.
Thanks for your comments. We travel a lot, but this time I am having to watch my salt as well as my blood sugar and blood pressure. In the past (in the buffet, not the dining room) I have actually gotten a cup of hot water from the tea machine and (secretly) soaked salty ham, etc. to remove most of the salt. Where there's a will, there's a way! I also avoid sauces.
flute I can relate to the salt reduction - I am allowed no more than 1,500mg a day. I do my best to keep it under 1000 but I still retain the fluid due to an enlarged heart and my lung condition. I will be praying for you while you are gone, Deb
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