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The Cruiser’s Diet (?) By Linda Evans

Cruising is not a good time to go on a diet, but you can still choose a healthy lifestyle by loading up on healthy foods as you provision your boat. No bad food on the boat means you can’t eat any bad food.

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hese were my thoughts as I shopped at the Publix in West Palm Beach after returning to our boat following a two-week visit back home. During our three months of cruising in the Bahamas, I had put on 10 pounds and my husband Billy put on 18! We had talked about how we want to eat healthier, cut down on our booze consumption, and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I would cook more meals onboard and we would eat out less often. We even talked about waiting until the actual sundown before we had our first sundowner, instead of three hours earlier. We almost even did a “pinky swear” to work together! So I loaded up the carriage with fresh fruits and vegetables. I concocted healthy meals and snacks in my head as I shopped. Grilled chicken and vegetables with rice. Hummus with melba toasts and carrot sticks. Skewers of lean pork with pineapple. Yogurt with granola. Apple slices and hard cheeses. I can be creative and healthy! Into the carriage went arti-

chokes, chick peas, apples, oranges, huge bags of carrots and celery, dried fruits, and nuts. I paid extra for that label that says “organic.” No bags of chips, no processed foods, only whole foods! I would be sure we were eating the right things! Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw Billy talking to a young store manager. After I had run down an aisle to get a loaf of bread (whole grain, of course) I asked her where the man she had been speaking with had gone. “The man with the pecan pie? He’s in the beer aisle,” she told me. “What? He’s got pie? He’s not

supposed to have pie!” I picked up my pace and wheeled my carriage full of healthy stuff to the beer aisle. There stood Billy, clutching the pie possessively to his chest. “What the hell are you doing with pie?” I asked. “You’re going to starve me!” he said. “I’m not going to starve you; I’m trying to save you! I thought we were only going to eat good foods!” “This is good food,” he replied, putting the pie in his carriage and reaching for a twelve-pack of Corona. “It’s got nuts in it.” “Well, I’m not eating any! You will have to eat the whole thing by yourself,” I said. “That’s fine with me!” he said. I decided it wasn’t worth arguing, and wheeled my carriage over to the wine aisle, where I picked out a case of wine to wash down my melba toasts. In the morning, I ate my yogurt with granola, and he ate his yogurt with a slice of pie. Both of us were happy. Such are the compromises when you cruise.

Linda and Billy Evans cruise aboard their Catalina 380, Bonnie Christine, and spent three months in the Bahamas on the boat in 2010. You can read their boat review in the December 2010 issue. It is available online in Back Issues at www.southwindsmagazine.com. 70 January 2011

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