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.