I just got back from a wonderful trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort with numerous different theme restaurants and a buffet everywhere you looked. Eating healthy and safely can be a challenge at some all-inclusives. On a past vacation to an all-inclusive in Mexico, I got food poisoning.
Here are a few tips you can follow at an all-inclusive that won’t lead to weight gain or food poisoning:
1) Use hand sanitizer! At all-inclusives there are buffets open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Since, you go up and touch all the utensil handles of the food at the buffet yourself use a little hand sanitizer before you grab that fresh slice of pizza on your plate . It doesn’t hurt to be cautious, because you never know if other international travelers are practicing good hand hygiene.
2) Find out how the resort washes their produce. Some newer/nicer resorts do have water filtration systems that they use to wash off their vegetables with. However, if the vegetables on the salad bar are not washed with filtered water I would recommend choosing the cooked ones from the buffet.
3) If possible choose condiments that are individually wrapped. I really love peanut butter, but I saw way too many vacationers scooping out the peanut butter in a questionable maner.
I chose the prepackaged margarine at breakfast, instead of the one just sitting out.
4) Pack snacks. If a meal looks questionable or you just need a little taste of home pack a few snacks in your luggage. Granola bars, small packages of unsalted nuts, and dried fruit normally travel well. A few of the breakfast options at our resort didn’t taste great and I needed something to go with my coffee.
5) Share desserts when possible. It is so hard at all-inclusives not to overindulge in the the decadent desserts they have setting out all hours of the day. In an attempt to save your waistline, try sharing your favorite treats with your significant other, family member, or friend on vacation.