It can be noted that a main topic of any holiday is FOOD. Tonight starts Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Is a two day holiday which this year it is immediately followed by Shabbos. This equates to SIX MAIN MEALS. For those of you who think prepping for one Thanksgiving meal is daunting, imagine preparing six meals of Yom Tov.
Once upon a time creating a menu was basically simple. Now when hosting guests the question “Are there any allergies or food sensitivities?” must always be asked. Aside from a true allergy that could be life-threatening (such as eating nuts) or a sensitivity that causes one to have major stomach cramping and digestive upset (soy and dairy, like my youngest child) there is a plethora of diets out there such as vegetarian, vegan, paleo, no-carbs, no-fat, low-fat, no sugar, no salt, no nightshades, macrobiotic, MacDougall, and the list goes on.
While I am not a dietitian nor claim to be, I have extensively researched the different diets mentioned above. For the meal planning, I think a good rule of thumb is to have a few vegetable side dishes and a grain dish like rice or quinoa. I would leave the salads undressed and use as little oil (if any) as possible in the cooking process. This should be sufficient food to cover everyone’s dietary restrictions at your meal and nobody will be going home hungry.
In regards to not gaining lots of kilos/pounds over the holiday use good eating practices:
- Don’t fill up on challah. Have one piece and send the bread basket to the other end of the table.
- Take small portions.
- Chew your food thoroughly.
- Put your fork down between bites.
- Eat more vegetables and less protein.
- Drink water instead of soda or juice.
- For dessert have fruit or a ask for a small portion of what is being served.
- Take a walk after the meal.
- Focus on the spiritual aspect of the day. Remember THE HOLIDAY IS NOT ABOUT THE FOOD.
Wishing all my readers a Shana Tova u Metuka, a Happy Sweet New Year.
Thanks for reading,
Karen T. K. K. (The Klutter Koach)
September 20, 2017