I love it when people talk about "watching what they eat."
I do it all the time. I watch whatever is on the end of my fork or in my hot little hand go from the plate, bag, jar, box, or bowl directly into my mouth. And just for the record, I rarely miss my target.
Thanksgiving weekend always inspires food-centred conversations and with only four days to go before the "let's stuff ourselves silly" holiday, just keep in mind it's not so much what you eat. It's more about how much you eat.
Portion control will be your best friend as you make your way down the buffet line of temptation.
Make a fist with one hand. Lucky you if you have big hands because that's approximately the serving size of turkey that should grace the dinner plate. Don't skip over the honey-glazed carrots, corn or brussel sprouts, endearingly called "soccer balls" by my niece and nephew.
A small mound of garlic-mashed potatoes with a carefully crafted hollow for rich, creamy gravy is a must. But you don't need an erupting volcano.
Then there's the moist, turkey juice infused stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, salads and any other traditional family dish to find room for.
Why not have it all? Remember, everything is good in moderation. Unfortunately, under the intense pressure and anticipation of filling our plates we all tend to just remember the "everything is good" part.
Take some time to eat, putting the knife and fork down in between each savoury bite and wash it down with a beverage of your choice. Taste the food. Don't just inhale it with eagerness to get back to the trough.
If lining up for seconds is going to be an automatic, even though you're already dreading the aftermath of bellyaches, take Tupperware. This way, you'll get your seconds, but don't have to eat it right away. Sure you might get a few strange looks and or comments but why should seconds only go to those who insist on stuffing themselves with plates of food back to back? Maintain a certain level of politeness by making sure everyone has had their fair share on the first round but then the gloves are off. There should be no shame in planning ahead.
Besides, packing up your seconds will leave much needed space for the dessert table.
Practising consumption restraints here would be a good idea too, but then again Thanksgiving only comes around once a year.
Daily News reporter Krista Bryce can be reached at 250-729-4245 or at KBryce@nanaimodailynews.com.
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