Every year moms all over the country are busy sharing tips and recipes as they prepare for Thanksgiving. There is nothing that I can add to that conversation, however I do have some helpful tips for those of you who will be attending more than one Thanksgiving dinner. For years I have been stuffing my face at multiple sites — now it is time to share my wisdom. Here are five tips that will get you through a multiple meal Thanksgiving:
- Breakfast – Making it through multiple meals at Thanksgiving starts with the first meal of the day. Conventional wisdom would say to either skip breakfast, or sleep in late so that the big Lunch is your first meal. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. The real trick is is get up and eat a reasonable breakfast. If you normally have a bagel, then eat a bagel. You will need this meal for two reasons. First, it will stretch your stomach out (don’t laugh I am serious). Second, if you come to the first meal starving to death it will be impossible to pace yourself.
- Clothing – I am not one of those guys who has a hard and fast elastic pants rule. Just wear something comfortable.
- Reconnaissance – Make sure that you do your recon work. When you arrive at the first location know what to expect before the meal is served. If your grandmother’s dressing is your favorite then make sure that she made it and make it a priority. Also, know what deserts are available to you. This will be the key to your success. You will need to do desert at both locations so don’t over do it at the first location. Figure out your options ahead of time, and choose one desert.
- Coffee – Coffee drinkers will need to beware about over doing it on the coffee. One cup with desert at the first locations will help to — how should I say it — move things along. But too much coffee can be the downfall of a great day of eating.
- Leftovers – If all goes well you will even have room for one last turkey sandwich, and maybe even some pumpkin pie.
*Warning! If you have a bad heart, high cholesterol, or diabetes then following Paul’s tips could make this your last Thanksgiving. If you do not have any of the aforementioned conditions you will make it — but it will certainly reduce total number of Thanksgivings that you will be able to experience.*