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You Can't Stay Healthy In Vegas!

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Sonya, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    I've spent the last few years working with a team of health professionals to get some issues under control. They are wonderful and have helped me a lot, but sometimes I'm not sure they understand my love of Las Vegas. I'm sure some of you can relate. ;)

    Yesterday and this morning, I made the rounds of my appointments and was excited to tell everyone I have another trip to Vegas booked. Most had some kind of concern about how I'm not out of the woods yet and the potential pitfalls a trip to Vegas will bring. All of them said some version of "You can't stay healthy in Vegas!". But how true is that?

    I'm aware of the reputation Vegas has for sleepless nights, free flowing alcohol including the 3-foot tall sugary slushy drinks of questionable ingredients, deep fried twinkies, the endless buffets, the cigarette and cigar smoke, and the rest. But those aren't the only options. There are a lot of food options in Vegas and if you choose wisely, there's no reason to eat that much differently than at home.

    I think it's easier to get to my goal number of steps every day in Vegas than at home. It's about 40 steps from my bedroom to my office. It's got to be 10x that from my room to the casino in Vegas. :) Nobody forces me to gamble around the clock and drink my body weight in alcohol every day. I'll probably have to stick to something other than my go-to margaritas and watch the quantity, but I don't feel like I have to abstain completely either.

    So, I'm curious. What are your tips for staying healthy in Vegas? Do you restrict anything or do you throw caution to the wind and indulge as much as you want while you're in town and worry about the effects later?
     
  2. DeMoN2318

    DeMoN2318 The DERS

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    My biggest hurdle in Vegas is drinking enough WATER. I know there is water in beer, but I still need actual water. I have tried to get in the habit of grabbing a bottle of water from the CW each time I order a drink, this seems to help.

    Eating semi-healthy isn't too hard IMO, most places offer foods that I would consider medium on the healthy scale. My biggest problem is I am cheap, so I don't like to spend a lot of money on food, but I think you can easily find decent options for a few extra bucks
     
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  3. JoastTheMost

    JoastTheMost Low-Roller

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    I lack the self-control.
     
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  4. mdee

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    It's a Mindset. If you treat it like your daily routine of Diet and Exercise it helps.
    The first test is choosing not to eat the junk food they give you on an Airplane.
     
  5. mescalita

    mescalita Low-Roller

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    I have to disagree with your health professionals. We went to see Crazy Horse Paris at MGM a few years ago - those were some incredibly "healthy" girls in that show.....
     
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  6. Aces and Eights

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    Most health issue solutions are related to intake, exertion, and stress. As long as you control the first two (not too much and not too little), there should be no reason why being in Vegas would be any different than being at home. As far as stress, it should also be less since you're on vacation. The only tourists who have stress in Vegas don't belong there anyway; they need to call Gambler's Anonymous. People have to sometimes enjoy life. What's the point of trying to be healthy if you can't do the things you enjoy? Have a great trip!
     
  7. Richard Alpert

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    On our last trip I didn't OD on buffets.
    I did my best to stay hydrated. The picture that joehypnosis posted to my TR showed me holding a large bottle of Dew, but I was sure to chase it with water.
    I've found a good morning walk (5 or 6 A.M. or so) gets some air in the lungs. At that hour I can walk at a good pace--just having to dodge the occasional member of the Vegas "welcoming committee" near Crystals.

    Best wishes for your upcoming trip, Sonya, and for continued success on your wellness plan!

    RICHARD
     
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  8. Horatio Hufnagle

    Horatio Hufnagle Low-Roller

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    I work out each morning in Vegas except for NFL sundays. I'm basically trying to just do enough in the morning to maintain a little bit. I've accepted fact that there is just too much food/liquor in Vegas to try and make any gains. It just makes me feel better starting the day on a good note knowing damn well what's to come!
     
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  9. rosestara

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    There have been a few times in the past that i ate healthy while in Vegas and exercised and limited my alcohol to lower calorie drinks. It did work but then I decided that vacation is vacation. Now I try to walk a lot. I have a fitbit and I try to get 10,000 steps a day in Vegas and drink lots of water but then I eat and drink what ever I want. As long as I stay hydrated, I usually feel good.
     
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  10. ken2v

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    I don't think most people go to Vegas and go totally off the reservation. I mean, when you get a group of like-minded people together they're going to get each other worked up over three-foot Twinkles and midget hookers and 15-quart daiquiris and gambling their brains out and what not. It's a fraternal, insider chatter thing but most of us keep it somewhat in the realm of normal.

    As for health, that's relative. Someone struggling to follow Weight Watchers and a training triathlete are going to need and do different things. I don't think a fit person eating pizza and steak a few extra nights is the same as what would derail someone with serious health concerns/limitations. You know the program you are on and you know the risks of the various ways of coloring outside the lines, so you'll get through just fine and have a good time.
     
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  11. roycpa

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    Not sure what specific restrictions you have, but unless there are certain things that you absolutely can't have or can't do, you should still be fine. We stay away from buffets generally, because I can't help but try to eat my money's worth. Pancakes for breakfast are generally low fat and filling, and something small for lunch, especially if we are having a nice dinner. We (2 of us) have also been known to share one appetizer and one entrée, which cuts down on the overeating, and we always share the dessert (my wife can't do without dessert)! My goals have been just to not gain more than 2 lbs per week in LV, because I know I can drop those in a couple of days at home. We always walk lots and lots in LV. My wife wears her pedometer each day and we usually walk between 5 and 8 miles each day. Hope you find what works for you and have a great trip.
     
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  12. chitownjohn

    chitownjohn High-Roller

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    Vegas is great for weight loss, but mostly in the wallet. :poke:

    There's been a time or two when I felt a little beat up after a Vegas trip but I have always bounced back quickly.
     
  13. Sonya

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    So very true! This is a good thing to keep in mind. I may tattoo it on the inside of my eyelids so I don't forget it.

    I think my biggest problem will be trying to do all the things. I don't ever want to miss any of the shenanigans and tend not to listen when I know that I am over-extending myself. Mostly I just need to get rest, stay hydrated, keep my blood sugar stable and my stress levels down. I also should probably avoid letting Captain Morgan do any decision making.

    I think I'll be okay with the water intake as I'm used to drinking a lot of it now. Plus, when I don't get enough water, I start to get these ocular migraines that make seeing the Video Poker screens impossible. We can't have that. ;)

    I think as long as I avoid the high-sugar and high-carb foods and going to those mega-servings restaurants, I'll be okay with food. It may be hard not to revisit some old standby choices like dessert crepes at Paris, platters of biscuits and gravy at Peppermill, giant burgers/sandwiches with mountains of fries, slushy drinks, etc. On my last trip I did a couple of solo-dining meals where I enjoyed some small plates and tasting menus at some fabulous restaurants. I may do that again. Sharing is a good idea too. I may see if I can get someone to agree to help me out with that. A side-salad and an appetizer is an option too. I do that at home when my husband doesn't want to share something.

    I asked my physical therapist if I can do the floor part of my exercise routine on the bed in my room instead. She said it's better to do it on the floor, but I'm not crawling around on the carpet in a hotel room. :yuck: She said to bring a yoga mat, but that's too bulky. I'm thinking of tossing a beach towel in the bottom of the suitcase to avoid touching too many stranger-cooties. I figure that and all the extra walking will have the exercise part taken care of.

    I can moderate the drinking, but my favorite choices are mostly no-go. No beer and no sweet drinks like margaritas, daiquiris, cosmos, rum & cokes, etc. My last trip I drank vodka collins and vodka tonics and they seemed okay. I may spend some time at my favorite video poker bars and ask the bartenders to help me out with some low-sugar options that I will enjoy.

    I'm pretty comfortable with being able to mostly do what I do at home, but I was really surprised by how almost everyone's first reaction was "WHAT!?" when I told them I was going back. Only a few of them have ever even been to Vegas, so most just hear the rumors and hype about what Vegas is like. I don't think it's as bad as they do.
     
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  14. scc31

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    Honestly, I go to Vegas to indulge. I can easily stay healthy in Vegas including the alcohol and carbs that I'll be consuming by burning it off through walking and swimming, etc. But it's a vacation. I discipline enough at home to stay healthy so I can be unhealthy when I go to Vegas.
     
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  15. WDMJB

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    When we went to Vegas last month I took a week off from my diet. We had just joined a gym & I had lost 15 lbs. I made sure to order water when I was gambling, which not only helped my physical health but also, it seems, my fiscal health $$$$. When we go the buffets (Boyd coupons) I kept it to 1 plate of protein & vegetables. But always wine at the end of the day. And we WALK constantly from 1 end of Fremont to the other. When I got home I had lost another pound! :woohoo:
    Now when we go next month it's just about maintaining, which will be a lot more fun!
     
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    I go to drink and eat in that order!!!!!!!!
     
  17. NYNYGirl

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    Nothing is off limits while on any vacation. I don't tend to overeat though because who wants to feel like that. Besides we do so much walking while on vacation so that definitely helps the cause. Just like this past weekend in Brooklyn we walked the Bridge to Manhattan then walked around there. I think the 28,000+ steps more than made up for a piece of Cheesecake from Junior's..
     
  18. caroleehs

    caroleehs Low-Roller

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    :wiggle:When I get in a casino my aches and pains disappear. I also am not hungry in a casino. We skip lunch and walk a great deal.
     
  19. deansrobinson

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    We walk.
    A lot.
    As in miles per day.
    Part of that is a health awareness, but we enjoy walking and covering as much ground as possible. The days of overindulgence are in the rear view mirror. Just can't do it anymore. I eat enough pills as is, but I don't think three nights in Vegas ever so often is going to kill me. And if it does, I don't think that's necessarily a bad way to go.
     
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  20. hotreds

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    I have stopped eating breakfast at buffets. Rather, I buy some milk and have some oatmeal with milk and my vitamins in the am. I give myself one sugary drink a day at the Diamond Lounge; everything else is diet. We have one big meal a day, but by and large I don't worry too much about diet and exercise while in Vegas-although we do walk a lot! I have also read that those fit-bit type devices really are worthless.
     
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