Holiday party eating

Two days ago, on Sunday, I hosted a holiday party for 40 people. The food included, salad, fresh cut vegetables, hummus, guacamole, salsa, tortilla chips, potato chips, cole slaw, rye bread to make open roast beef sandwiches. There were meatballs in tomato sauce and pasta with mushrooms and onions. There was also sliced roast beef, sliced lamb, penne pasta with mushrooms and tomato sauce, sweet potato casserole with walnuts, cabbage soup, mushroom barley vegetable soup, chicken soup with dumplings. For dessert there was 3″ individual raspberry tortes, banana bread, babka chocolate cake, fudge brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and a fresh fruit platter that included watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes and pineapple.

beverages included red wine, white wine, sugar containing sodas and diet sodas. The bottled water seemed to be a popular option. All 24 bottles were gone as well as the 6 bottles of pelligrino sparkling water.

Every time I tried to eat something- the doorbell rang and I ended up greeting another guest. I ended up having a slice of lamb, a slice of roast, some fresh veggies, I also had one meatball and some more vegetables. I drank some sparkling water about two glasses and spent most of my time entertaining my guests.

At holiday parties, it can be a mistake to focus on the food instead of on the people. By focusing on the people and spending time talking to others, you can eat less and maintain a healthy weight during this holiday season.

Tonight I have another party-( This one is at Rutgers- in New Brunswick) which includes a cocktail hour and a sit down full dinner. I will report back tomorrow to let you know how I did.


Food and Family for holidays.

With the upcoming holiday season and family gatherings, there usually is an abundance of food. For those concerned about healthy eating and weight gain, it is important to focus more on the family than on the food. One friends of mine is making in addition to a 20 pound turkey, a 20 pound roast beef, candied sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and stuffing for the turkey. There will also be salad, and pecan pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie and chocolates for dessert. In sorting thru this mound of food, how does one approach such a overwhelming amount of food?

My first suggestion is portion control. Even if you decide to have some roast beef and some turkey, a few ounces of each is better than a half a pound of each. Some even suggest a spoonful of stuffing, instead of a cupful.

When it comes to desserts, I would suggest a taste of the desserts you want can best be satisfied by having a tea or tablespoon of taste instead of a whole piece.

One of my overweight patients this week, lost 4 pounds by eliminating sugar drinks from her diet and I would suggest the same for the holidays.