Art of Eating at Thanksgiving

By Chris Moxon

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for friends and family to enjoy each other’s company as they devour a feast made for kings. There’s a strategy, though, that can be put in place to embellish the day with careful and precise planning.

In the morning a person should have a small breakfast. This will get the stomach going, keeping it from shrinking, enabling a person to consume more later in the day as the Thanksgiving meal commences. It’s a common misconception that not eating before a giant meal will promise that a person can eat more. Alas, the stomach will shrink putting a damper on someone’s plan to gorge him or herself later.

There needs to be two televisions, preferably between 40 to 60 inches.  No longer will a person have to struggle with the decision of watching football or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade— both American traditions— or having to switch between the two. This is a beautiful moment when a person can have his or her cake and eat it too.

Next, the time that the Thanksgiving meal starts is crucial.  The preferred time is noon. The meal typically takes an hour and a half. This gives the body enough time to digest what was eaten, stuff some more in, and then push it down with some pie. Follow by taking a nap. Get ready for the next meal at 5 p.m., starting from scratch.

Eating a Thanksgiving meal is all about pacing and selectively eating. A person shouldn’t stock up on carbs for the first round. Carbs will end someone’s future plan on having a second plate. They fill up the stomach faster. Also, if avoidable, a person should not drink during the meal. It too will fill up the stomach. The best approach begins with the meats.

An ideal first plate will consist of turkey, ham, and vegetables. These are easy to devour and should set you up for the second round. The next plate adds a bit more freedom. Carbs are added, but with moderation.

If this plan is executed properly, the idea of Thanksgiving can be expanded to its ultimate potential. If it’s not achieved, well, there’s always next year.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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