As my kids say “What’s to eat?” Rosh Hashana is no different as the topic of most holidays is FOOD. Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins Sunday night. Is a two day holiday which comes with only a 24 hour break from Shabbos. This equates to SIX MAIN MEALS. If you think prepping for a Thanksgiving meal is daunting, imagine preparing six meals of Yom Tov closely followed in a few weeks by pre-Yom Kippur meal, post-fast, and Sukkos meals. This post is not about the special foods we prepare, but suggestions on what to prepare and how now to gain a zillion kilos/pounds over the holiday.
Once upon a time creating a menu was simple. Now the question that must be asked is “Are there any allergies or food sensitivities?. Aside from a life-threatening allergies (such as a food causing anaphylactic shock) or a sensitivity causing digestive upset (such as soy and dairy for my youngest child) there is a plethora of diets out there including vegetarian, vegan, paleo, no-carbs, no-fat, low-fat, no sugar, no salt, no nightshades, macrobiotic, MacDougall, and the list goes on. It’s hard to please everyone.
While I am not a dietitian nor claim to be, I have extensively researched the different diets mentioned above. No matter which diets you incorporate into your meal planning, a good rule of thumb is to have some vegetable side dishes and a grain dish like rice or quinoa. Leave salads undressed and use as little oil (if any) as possible in the cooking process. This should be sufficient fare to cover everyone’s dietary restrictions and nobody goes 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)
Updated September 5, 2018. Originally blogged September 20, 2017