Dietary Changes / My Son the Protector

For various health reasons my doctor has put me on a low-fat diet. I explained this to the boys and we all went through our favourite foods – does this have fat, is this ok, etc. Having a RD in the house is extremely handy!!

This is all new to me and it will take some adjusting. Friday night, I served the gefilte fish, sat down, and proceeded to smother my fish with mayonnaise as I always do. (I am not a chrain / horseradish person). I was just about to take a bite, when ChatterBox piped up “Ima, doesn’t mayonnaise have a lot of fat, are you sure you should be eating that??” He was right and I would have suffered later for eating it. I thanked him for being so observant and helpful.

My eating habits are so ingrained in me, that I rarely have had to think twice. Now I have to think when I shop, when I cook and when I eat. I also have to make sure I eat enough nutrients and calories that I do not lose weight, which isn’t the point of the exercise.

A good byproduct of this low fat diet that I am now on means that everyone in the family will be eating healthier and have more of a balanced diet. I am already missing some of my favourite foods, but I know that if I indulge in them, I will be sorry. I miss the crunch of potato chips, but rice cakes seem to satisfy that.

So, does anyone have any low-fat tips for me? If you are on a low fat diet what foods do you miss? How do you manage to satisfy the craving for that food?

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  1. Otir says:

    If you are allowed to, replace mayonnaise with avocado.

    Shavua tov!

  2. Nora says:

    Avocado is a great substitution on sandwiches. If you want chips try tortilla chips or buy tortillas and make your own. Pita chips work well, too.

    Fat free half and half does wonders in coffee. And can do double duty to make cooked oatmeal creamier.

    Occasional indulgence is good for you, as well. 2-3 Hershey kisses are way better than a candy bar, cake, or cookies. Anyone who tells you to eat a banana when you’re craving chocolate is probably right- usually means you need potassium- but they should occasionally be ignored in favour of chocolate. My guess is that Ko will tell you the same thing. Hope you feel better soon.

  3. batya from NJ says:

    Avocado is actually very high in fat & even though it’s “good fat” it may not be good to eat it now but i guess your doctor would be the one to advise you.

    Regarding mayo, i’ve been using miracle whip light mayo which tastes great & is quite low in fat if my memory serves me correctly. I will caution you to stay away from Smart Beat fat free mayo as it is quite nasty!

    & regarding the low fat diet, all i can say is welcome to the club! I’ve had to change my baking/cooking & eating habits ever since i joined weight watchers in November, 2001. Is it easy? Sure as heck it is NOT but is it worthwhile? Most definitely!! I believe that nothing worthwhile in life is easy but the benefits of trying to feed yourself & your family to change your & their eating habits is priceless!

  4. Jessica @peekababy says:

    Depending upon how much fat you can have, try replacing Mayo with low fat mayo, nayonnaise or make your own with olive oil. In recipes that use Creamy cheeses like ricotta, you can replace about half of the cheese with pureed silken tofu–you won’t even taste the difference. Mashed bananas or applesauce can be used to replace eggs &/or fat in many baked goods–I’d need to look up the measurements for you.

  5. lady lock and load says:

    It is pretty easy these days to eat a low fat diet because everything is labeled with how many grams of fat or you can go on line and google how much fat is in the food you eat.
    I don’t think you should be on a zero fat diet though and you should find out from your doc how much fat you can have. A person needs a small amount of fat in their diet for their health.
    There are so many low fat chips and popcorn and snacks out there that I think you won’t have a problem once you get the hang of it. good luck!

  6. Rachel says:

    A frozen banana blended with skim milk and some chocolate syrup or chocolate milk powder is a good stand-in for ice cream. Meringues and lemon pudding are a great shabbat dessert; you get the best parts of a lemon meringue pie without the fat-filled crust.

  7. Ruth says:

    I’m sorry you’re dealing with health issues. My mind immediately jumped to some problems you could be having that might make your doctor say this, and I hope you aren’t in any pain and are feeling OK.

    My favorite fat-free salad dressing is Maple Grove Farms–they have an OU heksher. (I don’t know what to say about not being a chrain person except you don’t know what you’re missing!) You can use egg white to make the challah shiny, it works, and there is a good lower-fat, egg-free Litvak style challah recipe in A Blessing of Bread that you can use if your regular recipe has too much fat. (Or make the brachah on French bread.)

    It will be hard for you not to get skinnier if you have to be really strict about this. Dried fruit and fruit juice have a lot of calories and no fat, and have some of the benefits of fresh fruit.

  8. rafi says:

    crunch on carrots!

    I stopped eating french fries, and I do not miss them.

    I loved everything baked in oil, crunchy, crusty. I used to make latkes the whole year round (never understood how people could wait for chanukka to do them), now I do just that: eat them only on chanukka.

    Generally, oven-baked food (like parveh spinach quiche) is a quite good replacement for fat-fried things.

    After all, I think my resorting always to fat-fried was a lack of phantasy… I do a lot of rice and quinoa, with vegetable sauce. Sometimes a little fish (whole trout, filled with mushrooms and other veggies, 1/2 hour in the oven, in tin foil) and it works quite well…

    To avoid fats for breakfast I resorted to oat bran with (low fat) milk, yoghurt and seasonal fruit (right now: grapes)…

  9. rafi says:

    PS: how can you be hungarian and eat gefilte fish with mayonnaise? I thought the hungarians were the purists of the purists…

  10. Miriyummy says:

    I mix my tuna with mustard instead of mauo for a funky sandwich!

  11. Rebecca says:

    For every opinion you get, you will get two that counteract the first one. I think you would be more proactive and ask your Dr. specifically what fats are good for you, Hadassah, personally. Avocado might be right for me and not for you. You pay the Dr. use him/her.!

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