If you're like me, then Thanksgiving dinner is something you look forward to the whole year.
My problem is I don't have a huge appetite.
Normally, that is a good thing. On Thanksgiving Day this is a detriment.
There are so many foods I want to eat, but when you get full quickly, it's tough to consume like Mr. Creosote.
Not to worry, after years of trying different strategies, I've come up with one that works for me.
Perhaps it will work for you too.
If so, your preparation starts now.
Okay, my way of making the most of Thanksgiving dinner does not involve puking or crash dieting, but there is some sacrifice involved.
My goal on Turkey Day is to be able to eat as much dinner and dessert as I can handle. Multiple servings of each. Especially stuffing. I'm all for stuffing.
Doing this requires one major but simple step.
Starting today and until Thanksgiving dinner, cut down or stop eating snacks.
Sure, you can eat your regular breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just skip the cookies, crackers, Muncho's and what not that you normally might eat.
That includes dessert. Don't worry, the ice cream will wait for Friday.
Also, try not to go crazy with what you do eat at mealtime. Eat sensible portions. Don't super-size.
Remember, you cut back Tuesday and Wednesday so Thursday evening you can attack the turkey like it's your Prom date.
Okay, on Thursday, the big day, Thanksgiving Day, you might think I'd tell you to skip breakfast.
Eat something. A bowl of cereal. Bagel. Muffin. Egg sandwich. Just get something in your stomach.
This was my rookie mistake. When I was first testing my strategy I thought by skipping breakfast I'd be hungrier for dinner. Nope. I just ended up eating too many appetizers and not having room for a fat dinner.
With a good breakfast you should be able to last until the afternoon or whenever Tom Turkey and friends are placed on the table.
Now a few hours after breakfast comes the hardest part.
Watch out for appetizers - they are served to derail your plans and ruin dinner.
For me, hor'devours are the downfall of many failed Thanksgiving meals. I lost my willpower and ate too many.
I'm not saying don't eat the snacks but be smart kid-oh.
Cherry pick, don't gorge.
The same goes for liquor. While I love throwing a few beers back while the games on; on Turkey Day I skip the lager altogether. I'll have a drink but not many.
Once appetizers are cleared, you're almost home free. In short time you can unleash your 2 days of waiting and ravish the turkey and all the sides.
The past few years I've found I can usually eat 3 full plates (turkey, stuffing, potatoes, yams, cranberries, gravy, biscuits, veggies, etc.) plus extra helpings or 2 of the side dishes.
(It may not seem like a lot to big eaters but, for me, that's a championship material.)
By the way, I'm not speed eating. I'm chewing my food.
So savor every delicious bite. It's Thanksgiving, there's always more where that came from.
Just remember to stop when you're almost full.
Dessert is usually a good hour after dinner and that'll give you plenty of time to digest your first plate and leave room for a few slices of pie.
Or, if your family is like mine, a few slices from a selection of pies.
Using my patent-not-pending Baierman Thanksgiving method, I usually polish off a slice of pumpkin, apple, pecan and chocolate cream. Plus a scoop or two of 'ala mode.'
When Thanksgivings over, I'm ready to burst.
And if you are too, you've done right. Least by my method.
Enjoy feeling like Augustus Gloop. You've earned it.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!