Food Basics at Walt Disney WorldIt is critically important that you eat small, regular meals. I run a low carb site and I have seen research on this tons of times. It's all about your blood sugar. If you keep a low, even blood sugar all day, you maintain good energy, stay alert and can be active. If instead you go through giant troughs and then have a giant spike when you eat a big meal, you get cranky, you get exhausted after that spike goes away, you get hungry again. It just makes your body not work smoothly.
You should always start a morning with breakfast!! Breakfast really is important, because your body has just gone 8+ hours without any nourishment at all. Coffee is NOT breakfast :) Get yourself something healthy - bran cereal, oatmeal, omelets, etc. Eat some fruit. They key here is to NOT eat super sugary stuff. If you eat sugar you get the immediate sugar spike - but then when that spike fades, your blood sugar plummets and you get tired and hungry again.
If you're going for a free hotel breakfast, make sure it's a healthy one. The last thing you want is to save a few bucks by eating junk breakfast and setting yourself up for being miserable in an hour or two. It's really worth it to get a cheaper hotel room that does NOT have a free breakfast, if it means you eat healthier elsewhere.
Carry a water bottle at all times, use it and refill it. Water is always free. Water is critically important to fend off sunstroke and to keep your energy levels going.
Do not push yourself to go too long without eating. You don't have to eat junk food or sugary things. You can always find a healthy snack in any of the parks. Look at the park level details to figure out what to do based on where you will be. Don't bring IN food - that isn't allowed, and plus the last thing you want to be worrying about is food going bad or lugging coolers around with you when you're at a park. If you have budgeted properly and follow the advice in here, food really isn't a big issue. It is so important that you eat healthy food in order to enjoy your trip that it's worth putting that into the budget.
If you eat small, regular meals, you'll appreciate them more, you'll get to sample different things from different areas, and you won't wastefully overstuff yourself. Also, and I love doing this, it means you can go into the fancier restaurants because you're just getting an appetizer. It will be relatively cheap. Then you move on and in a few hours you get an appetizer somewhere else. It makes sure you get enough liquid in you (as you drink whatever you drink with the appetizer), it ensures you get periodic rests to recharge, and it lets you experience a number of dining areas.
We really love the switch-restaurant-at-each-course idea. Go into one restaurant for drinks and appetizers. Go into another (the cheaper of the 3) for the main dish. Then go into another one for dessert and coffee. You get to enjoy the ambiance of 3 different locations - you get to eat at fancy places for far less money - and because you've spaced the meal out, you appreciate it more and digest it better.
For lunch, we like to eat late. If you had a substantial breakfast (i.e. not just sugary cereal) you should be fine until say 2pm. If you're on rides during 1 and 2, the lines will be much less. Then you can go in for lunch at 2 and have a quiet atmosphere, attentive servers, and the best seats. This is really cool for special restaurants like Coral Seas with the fishtank windows. For dinner, we'll go early, say 5pm. That way, again, the crowds aren't there yet and you get great seats. If you are eating small portions - or appetizers - this sequence works perfectly. You can eat again at 9, to get you through the evening fun.
Always carry your water bottle, and get free water whenever you can. At Epcot, check out the free soda area where they let you try sodas from around the world. I happen to be very anti-soda myself - it is full of sugar, full of chemicals, and rots your teeth. Still, you can always just try a few :)
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