Dieting while feeding your family can be done, and there are ways to make it easy—even fun—for everyone. By Carolyn Williams, Ph.D., R.D.
1. Cook the Same Meal for All
Dieting is hard enough on your own, but dieting while keeping a family happy and fed can seem impossible. In addition to your own eating changes, you’ve also got to juggle food preferences—and sometimes even temper tantrums—from the rest of your family. Here are 10 tips to dieting while feeding your family.
First up: Some nights, it may seem easier to cook a separate meal for the rest of the family, but this a lot of work. It also sets the precedent that you’re a short-order cook when kids don’t want what you’re preparing. Instead, look for ways that you can modify what you’re cooking when you’ve got dishes a pickier eater may not like. For example, if the meal is Chicken Biriyani with garlic roasted green beans and there’s no way your picky eater will touch it, modify the ingredients you’re already using for them. Pull out some chicken before adding the curry and other seasoning, toss the beans with a touch of butter and salt instead of roasting, and serve with the saffron rice in the recipe.