Easter, Passover, Thanksgiving, family reunion, birthday party…  So many tempting food choices that are bad for us.

What to do???

I will explain to my hosts in advance that I am trying to lose/maintain weight, and therefore I will bring my food with me.  I don’t want to offend them; the truth is that most had been telling me (or thinking to themselves) for years that I needed to lose weight.  I can bring my food to the kitchen, and they can plate it there if it’s a sit down meal.

I will bring my own food because most people, even if they think they are being helpful, will prepare food with too much fat/sugar/salt for my needs.  “Vegetarian” is no panacea if it means lots of cheese and oil!

I have gotten quite used to the taste of food without added sugar/salt/fat.  I don’t want to get used to it again… So I try hard not to “cheat.”  If I “cheat” today, it will set me up to “cheat” tomorrow…

How will you handle the holidays?

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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