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    I love Disneyland. I’m not ashamed to say it. When I was a little girl my family loved to go and then when I was a little older, my mom and I went just the two of us and I was hooked. We stayed at one of the Disneyland hotels and took the Monorail into the park. I love the magic so much that I don’t have to go on a single ride to enjoy myself. Just walking through the Main street and looking at shops, feeling the ambience, and seeing the happiness on everyones faces is enough for me. For some reason I am able to put my cell phone away, never touch a computer, and not talk to a single soul outside of who I am with and therefore let go of all troubles and cares. For a while when I was living in LA I had yearly passes and would go every chance that I could. The child within me comes out and there is no place else I would rather be. The only bad part…the vacation must end and I have to go home. If I could, I would rent an apartment in Disneyland so I could stay as long as I want.

    This last week my family went to Disneyland. I do a yearly trip with my mom and my girls every year, but this year my brothers and their significant others came along with my nephew Dax. It was awesome. We all get along great now that we are older and it was so fun having the cousins together and especially since it was Daxon’s first trip to the magical kingdom.

    I’m honestly just grateful that Disneyland can still be so amazing for me, because frankly I was worried a few years ago. Disneyland has always been much about the food. Churros, IceCream Cookies, Chocolate fudge, Cinnamon Jellybellys, and corn dogs, were my treasure every time I would go. So when I started eating really clean and could no longer fill myself with all the amazing food, I panicked. Disneyland wasn’t going to be the same. And I have to say, the first time that I went and didn’t indulge in food…it wasn’t the same. It wasn’t bad, it was just different. So much of my joy was wrapped around finding the next treat.

    So now, it has been a few years since I started the tradition of making my food, storing it in a cooler, and bringing it with me to Disneyland. Truth be told, now I don’t miss it. So if you are looking for some help on how to not kill your progress then I’ll share with you what I do.

    First of all for my girls, I let them know that they can have whatever they want (treat) and just to think really hard about it, so that they can choose the one best thing. This year my daughter wanted a churro. So they ate a churro and they loved it. They didn’t even ask for anything else for the rest of the week.

    So here we go….

    The days before Disneyland, I cook. I make three batches of my Spice Cake Protein Bars, three batches of my peanut butter protein bars, two batches of my meatloaf muffins, and about sixteen hardboiled eggs. This may seem like a lot, but I was cooking for my entire family. I knew that my brothers and sister’s-in-law eat healthy as well and I knew they would want to join in the snackage, so I made plenty. Usually I would only do a couple of batches.

    The hard boiled eggs are my girls favorite, believe it or not. They asked for those instead of anything else that we offered to buy them for lunch.

    Here are some other things that I brought:

    small packets of greek yogurt


    healthy trail mix


    Plastic Spoons for the yogurt


    I always pack my food in an ice chest that fits it all. Then when I get in the hotel, I keep it all in the refrigerator. Everyday I have two small icepacks that I fill with only the food that we will need for that day, then I fill these with ice. I have never once been told that I cannot bring things into the park. Just make sure you don’t bring anything that is glass–they will make you throw that away. I’ve never even been told that I have to get a locker.

    At the hotel in the morning, I order some egg whites and oatmeal. Then I have one of my greek yogurts as snack. For lunch I eat two of my meatloaf muffins. For mid-afternoon snack I eat my spice cake protein bars, and I’ll either have hardboiled eggs or my meatloaf muffins for dinner. Here’s what’s great about it…I never have to worry about where to stop to eat. I can eat when everyone else isn’t ready yet and they want to hit another ride. I don’t spend a ton of money on the high priced food. And not once do I feel disgusting at Disneyland!

    If you aren’t as hard core, that’s okay! Just give yourself some limits. For example, bring food for most of the day and then splurge on one meal. It makes that meal more special and you don’t feel like you are killing all that you have already acheived.

    Why be careful? Because one week is enough to make it hard to get back on the healthy train. People don’t realize it, but one week can de-rail your mindset so much that it’s hard to start again. No one wants that after such hard work!!!

    Here’s another reason;

    Churro (Disneyland)

    1 Churro, 240, 14g, 24g, 3g
    Dark Chocolate (Disneyland Chocolate Favorites)

    1 bar 64g, 330, 21g, 37g, 3g
    Think of all of the things that you eat at Disneyland. Their flavored drinks alone will bump up your calories for the day 200 to 300 calories. Pizza, corndogs, hotdogs, popcorn…choose your favorite and go with it! Love it! Eat it! Enjoy it!
    And if you don’t want to care…don’t care! Just make sure to set in your mind the exact time and day that the free-for-all is going to end! That way you have something definite in your mind and it’s not hard to go back.
    I also must thank Disney for the changes that they have made! They now have the kiosks with fresh fruit, nuts, and water, available all over the place! I bought two apples from them this week and I was so grateful to have them!!
    So that is what I do! If you are looking for the recipes of my spice cake protein bars or the meatloaf muffins go here:
    If you have any questions, let me know!


4 Responses to Healthy and Clean Eating At Disneyland

  • lisa wrote on March 7, 2013 at 6:31 // Reply

    I gained 8 lbs while at WDW this past fall. I tried for the first 3 days I rocked it finding food in the park that I could eat as we had to drive over 14hrs to get there so the food i had packed for the trip was eaten on the road. I caved by day 4 and wish I hadnt I felt terrible for the rest f the trip tired etc. Even my kids who rarely get sweets were asking for bananas or fruit lol my husband commented that he didnt realize how our way of cooking and eating was really great until we started eating poorly again. Bad side I gained weight/good side my family apreciates my healthy meals now lol You are amazing to prep all of that!!!

    • Tessa wrote on March 11, 2013 at 3:50 // Reply

      It’s true, Lisa, that after a while your family begins to see how the healthy food just tastes better. Ben has changed his ways in the last few months and now he can’t stand eating unhealthy. Disneyland is a hard place to be good! In fact, there are a lot of places that are hard to be good. There’s something in us that just wants to let go and be free with our eating while on vacation. My difficulty is that I feel that way, but when I actually do it…I’m miserable the whole time just thinking about my bad choices. I keep thinking to myself, someday I’ll just let myself have whatever I want and it will be fun…but every time I try this, my stomach gets upset! 🙂 I guess those free for all days are over. And I also didn’t have a 14 hour drive to Disneyland! That would have made it much more difficult. I would have had to bring three ice chests!

  • Nicolle Walters wrote on March 7, 2013 at 7:20 // Reply

    I moderate a group of families and individuals who are committed to eating without artificial additives, fragrances or other non-food sources (The Feingold Diet at (

    SEVERAL times a year, we get members asking how in the world to plan a trip to Disneyland without getting all the junk in their food!

    THIS IS THE PERFECT ANSWER!! I’m going to be forwarding this blog post to my group!! THANK YOU, Tessa!! You are AWESOME!!!

    • Tessa wrote on March 11, 2013 at 3:51 // Reply

      Thank you so much Nicole! Disneyland, while tricky, it’s not impossible to eat well!! 🙂


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