Wedding food — what can you eat?

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.


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