How to Eat More (cont.)

Switch Food Groups

One of the biggest problems for competitive eaters is what Conti calls “flavor fatigue”; that is, getting sick of something you typically like after eating too much of it. Even at Thanksgiving, where there isn’t the pressure of a competition, tedium can creep up and knock you off your game when you least expect it. Conti recommends “working a rotation, like an artist’s palette,” in which you’re constantly switching among dishes. Alternating drier food with wetter food—say, turkey and cranberry sauce, or stuffing and gravy—serves the dual purpose of keeping things exciting and providing lubrication for items that might slow you down. “Weird dishes” like yams with mashed potatoes are, in Conti’s opinion, excellent items to turn to for novelty.

Don’t Fill Up on Liquids

There is an urban myth that you can actually “tamp” food down by drinking water in between courses, thus creating more room in your stomach. Heyman says this isn’t true, and in fact water can make you feel more full. Conti concurs. “It takes up too much stomach space.” Whatever you do, don’t drink carbonated beverages. They will potentially cause you to burp, or worse. “Although many people like beer during Thanksgiving, I would recommend wine, even if it has to be box wine,” says Conti.

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