Summer Is Here. I’m Going Away…. How Do I Control My Eating?

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Now that it is summer, many families go away for Shabbat. Most families are not comfortable carrying along their own Shabbat food. If you’re trying to control your eating, keeping yourself in check will be difficult.

Going away also shows the beauty of being on a food plan that is an actual lifestyle change rather than a diet. Yes, you can go away for Shabbat, eat the food that is served, and not sabotage your diet! Here are some general guidelines for a successful Shabbat without you going off your daily routine. First, keep in mind that at most catered Shabbat’s, as well is in most homes, you will be served a combination of good and bad foods. Your job is to choose the best from the choices available to you. Although every home serves slightly different food, use the chart below as a general guide.

Just by taking a look down the left column, and then the right, you can see that the difference between the two is dramatic. Choose from the left column whenever possible.

Second, keep in mind portion control! Even when choosing the better options, they should be eaten in moderation so as not to consume too many calories.

Third, it may be worthwhile to pack along snacks that help you stay away from high calorie junk. Enjoy your Shabbat getaway!






Mayo based dips


Gefilte fish, herring

Grilled or baked chicken

Fried chicken

Pickles and Cucumber salad

Cole slaw



Cold cuts

Kishke, Galla, etc..


Ice cream and cake

Fresh Fruit

Nuts and dried fruit