Wedding food — what can you eat?

If you get invited to a wedding that gives you menu choices in advance, by all means order what you need. If not, plan to eat when you get home.

Wedding celebrations are usually just that, celebrations with elaborate dinners and giant cakes, or basically all the types of foods you can’t eat on your low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet.

I recently attended a wedding where dinner was served family style, with food coming in large bowls to be shared by everyone at a given table. The meal included two entrees, roast beef — which I can’t eat — and chicken, which I can except that it was in some type of gravy. The family style serving meant chicken breasts were lined up in a bowl, though, and I grabbed one from the middle that had a minimum of gravy on it.

My wedding meal, thanks for leaving so few veggies everyone.
My wedding meal, thanks for leaving so few veggies everyone.

Other items I passed up were pasta and mashed potatoes with gravy. A bowl of vegetables was placed on the table but unfortunately on the opposite side from where I was. By the time it reached me, it was almost empty. I found that ironic since everyone at the table knew of my limited diet and more than one kept telling me it was ok to cheat at a wedding and eat more (see my post tomorrow on people telling you what’s ok to do when you eat with them).

The various appetizers served before dinner were all off-limits to me because of cheese, breading or not lean beef. And the cake was red velvet, something else I skipped, going home hungry, as usual, to eat some fat-free biscotti slices when I arrived there.

If you get invited to a wedding that gives you menu choices in advance, by all means order what you need. If not, plan to eat when you get home.
John

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