Tips for eating healthy on a cruise, sharing an energy bar with your dog

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comMay 5, 2013 

Here are answers to important questions nobody has asked me yet:

The summer cruise ships start departing Seattle this weekend, what is the best way to stay healthy during a cruise?

I took a Mexican Riviera cruise over the winter and my first stop (after a quick trip to the 24-hour ice cream machine) was the gym. There, an eager personal trainer asked me, “So, what are your fitness goals for this week?”

I laughed, then took a bite of my ice cream cone.

Later in the week, he summed things up pretty well at a healthful eating seminar.

“If you really care about what you put in your body, why are you on a cruise?” he said.

It’s true. It’s gluttony on the high seas. Fitness is a pretty low priority on most cruises.

For example, I was told I couldn’t visit the lower deck of the ship because it was the crew’s quarters. I took a look anyway. Guess what’s really down there? Nothing but butter.

Still, when our week was over, I hadn’t gained a pound despite attempting to eat enough ice cream to offset the cost of the trip. (Although, regardless of what the scale said, I assure you I wasn’t nearly as healthy when we disembarked.)

But, I made a point of keeping a few things in mind all week that helped at least minimize the damage:

 • The ship has a gym. Use it daily.

 • The ship has stairs. Use them.

 • There are probably some fruit and vegetables onboard. Try to find them.

 • My mom isn’t here. I don’t have to clean my plate.

 • What’s that you say? You can hook me up to a fondue IV drip at 2 a.m.? Can’t I try that at a more reasonable hour and in place of one of your other insanely fattening snacks?

 • It’s a cruise. Don’t be too much of a prude. Where’s the ice cream machine?

The May Day Metric is this morning. Is it still worth riding now that the demise of Hostess means there will be no Twinkies at the rest stops?


The ride’s 50-, 75- and 100-mile routes used to be named after Hostess snacks even though the company never sponsored the event.

Only the names and rest stop food are changing.

“Really, the food will probably be better,” said Phil Meyer, ride organizer and owner of Phil’s Bike Shop in Federal Way. “I think the memories were better than the actual (Hostess) snacks. And they were pretty expensive, so we can have better products this year.”

What does he plan on dishing up? “Depends on what’s on sale.”

Finishers still get a slice of pie. The ride is $25 (free if you’re on a unicycle) and participants can start between 7:30-10 a.m. at the shop at 2310 SW 336th St., Federal Way. Each year, the ride raises $2,000 for the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, $500 for the Orting Food Bank and all leftover food goes to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission.

I love working out with my dog. Isn’t there a good energy bar on the market we could share?

Maybe it’s true that there’s no such thing as dumb question. I got a rather interesting email this week from Mudd+Wyeth.

The Vermont company recently launched Yaffbars, an all-natural energy bar designed to be shared with your four-legged best friend.

Neither my pup, Lucky the Adventure Dog, nor I have tried these yet, but they look pretty good. According to the website – – they are baked with all natural ingredients and come in blueberry carob, banana peanut butter and honey cranberry almond.

While the jury is still out, if nothing else they inspired the most entertaining news release that I’ve read this year. An excerpt: “That’s right, these bars are safe for people and pups to enjoy – the ultimate shared experience for all of those who can’t wait to embark on warm weather adventures with their furry friends.

“No pup? No problem. The Yaffbars are perfect for regular on-the-go snacking.”

The CrossFit Games on ESPN look pretty interesting. Any events like that I can watch around here?

Morgan Blackmore sent an email recently to announce that two athletes from his gym, Tacoma Strength, advanced in their quest to qualify for this summer’s CrossFit Games.

Don King, competing in the master’s division, has already qualified. Masters level competitors don’t have to compete in regional events, Blackmore said.

Meanwhile, Becky Clark finished 27th out of 2,968 athletes during a five-month open competition and advanced to regionals. Only the top 30 athletes advanced.

The regionals present the opportunity for a spectator event similar to what you see on ESPN. The Northwest Regional will be held at Kent’s Showare Center May 31-June 2. Tickets are $15 or $40 for all three days.

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On the run


The sixth annual LoganFest is Friday-May 12 in Puyallup and is expanding this year to include a Mother’s Day morning 5-kilometer fun run and walk.

Proceeds from LoganFest, which includes a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, go to the families of Carson Elementary third-grader Matthew Halliday-Smith and Ballou Junior High ninth-grader Jacoby Miles. Halliday-Smith is battling neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, and Miles was paralyzed in a gymnastics accident last year.

The race entry fee is $15 and includes a shirt if you register by Tuesday. The basketball tournament requires a minimum donation of $60 per team for students and $100 for adults. The elementary school tournament is Friday. The junior high and adult tournaments are Saturday and May 12. Only teams who register by Tuesday will be assured of receiving a shirt.

The race and games are at Kalles Junior High, 501 Seventh Ave. S.E., Puyallup.

Loganfest started in 2008 to raise money for Logan Lewis, who was also battling neoroblastoma. He now is a fifth-grader. The event has raised $50,000 since its inception, with funds going to a different family each year.

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Monday is the 59th anniversary of Roger Bannister running the first sub four-minute mile. For the 10th year in a row, local runners will celebrate that moment.

There is no fee to join in the 1-mile run on Tacoma’s Wilson High School track, said organizer Yannick Kiefer-Fourage. Anyone who breaks four minutes wins $1,000, he said.

The event record is 4:39, set by former Sound to Narrows champ Eric Tollefson.

Runners of all speeds are invited and the event will begin with a short children’s run. The Fort Steilacoom Running Club will electronically time the event so participants can see precisely how much slower they are than Sir Bannister.

The Wilson track is home to this event because it is a rarity, it’s 440 yards long. Four laps on the track equals one mile. Four laps on a standard 400-meter track leaves runners nine meters short of a mile.


Jaymee Marty, a 45-year-old Tacoma native, won the Eugene Marathon on April 28.

Marty finished the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 48 minutes and 55 seconds. It was her 20th marathon and her first victory.

She told the Eugene Register-Guard that she opted out of running the Boston Marathon to focus on the Eugene race.

“That was the goal here,” Marty told the Register-Guard. “And when you run the times that I run, it’s all about who shows up, so I got lucky today. I knew there were a lot of fast women on the list. I thought (my chances) were 50-50. Like I said, I got lucky.”

Marty, an ecologist living in Sacramento, Calif., graduated from Clover Park High in 1985.

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