Some people experience one Thanksgiving dinner and call it a day. But some of us attend one, two, three or even four holiday get-togethers.

You may have divorced parents, a big family or just a lot of friends whose families also want you at their dinners. Whatever the reason, it’s safe to say that getting through a multiple-feast day can take its toll—mainly on your stomach.

To help you enjoy the entirety of your day as best you can, we’ve rounded up five tips for surviving multiple Thanksgiving Day feasts.


1. Plan Your Meals

Mapping out what you’re going to eat at each feast will ensure you don’t overeat too early, thus derailing your plans for the rest of the day.

If there’s a particular dish you’re fond of at one of the dinners you visit, be sure to leave room for that. And don’t eat too much turkey at your first get-together. Everyone will have turkey, as well as mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, green bean casserole and other dishes, so don’t gorge yourself on these meals too early. Instead, eat a little bit of each of these at one place.

Rory and Lorelai eating Thanksgiving dinners on

(Gilmore Girls via Warner Bros. Television)


2. Wear Comfortable Clothes

You may feel pressure to dress up fancy, but that’s just not realistic. If you’re expected to show up to multiple Turkey Day lunches and dinners, you’re totally allowed to throw on jeans and a T-shirt.

Leggings or sweatpants are also a totally viable option, though sweatpants are a little harder to make presentable than a simple pair of leggings.

But if you really do want to look nice, opt for a free-flowing dress. It’s comfy and chic!


3. Pace Yourself

While you may not spend a lot of time at each location, you don’t need to clean your plate in five minutes flat. This will leave you stuffed and ready for a nap before your day has even started.

Once you start feeling full, call it. The trick is to stop eating right before you get to the point where you feel like your pants are going to explode. That limit is different for everyone, so just make sure you’re aware of yours.

Amanda Bynes eating a turkey leg in She's the Man

(She’s the Man via DreamWorks Pictures)


4. Remember to Drink Water

Hydration is always key in these situations. You want to balance the food you’re consuming by drinking plenty of water to clean out your system.

On the other hand, drinking too much water can make you feel full before you’ve actually had a meal. Just as with your food, pace yourself with the water consumption.


5. Always Leave Room for Dessert

You did not experience Thanksgiving if you didn’t have at least one sliver of pumpkin pie, peach cobbler or some other festive dessert.

Dessert should never be left out of the equation, so always make sure you’re not too full to take a bite of your fave sweet dish.

Luke feeding Lorelai a danish while she's on the phone on Gilmore Girls

(Gilmore Girls via Warner Bros. Television)


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