Would You Rather: Gorge Yourself Or Pass The Plate?

If you are anything like me, this time next week your kitchen counters will be littered with cans and bags and pots and pans, all laid out in preparation for cooking the big feast on Thanksgiving.

I love Thanksgiving.

Everything about it, honestly. The parade. The football. The gathering of friends and family. The aromas coming from the kitchen. But, really most especially, I love the food.

If I could figure out how to eat my entire Thanksgiving dinner on a serving platter instead of a plate like the rest of the my family, I totally would. I prepare for weeks to get ready for the stomach stretching awesomeness of this day.

Lisa and I were having a conversation today about our favorite Thanksgiving foods, especially the ones that we only enjoy on that special day. In my case, it is my sister-in-law’s recipe for sweet potato casserole. Before I met my husband, sweet potatoes were not a part of my Thanksgiving, which is just a crying shame if you ask me. That is 21 years of my life that I missed out. Don’t worry, I do my best to make up for lost time by eating more than my fair share now.

You can clearly see why I love every single bite of this, right?

You can clearly see why I love every single bite of this, right?

Lisa discovered her favorite Thanksgiving food through marriage, also. Her mother-in-law makes an amazing Jell-O salad. Lisa said it is so delicious that she often dreams about it. And, y’all, after seeing the recipe I am dreaming about it, too! Let’s just say that it will definitely be added to my table this year.

Who here is not making this immediately? YUM!

Who here is not making this immediately? YUM!

But, here is where the conversation got interesting.

I asked her if given the choice between eating the entire Jell-O salad or skipping it altogether what she would do? Keep in mind, this is a once a year food. So, knowing that, I felt really confident about what her answer would be.

I mean, hello, of course the answer is that she is eating the entire Jello salad, right? RIGHT?


She told me that if given the choice between having to eat the entire trifle bowl of Jell-O salad in one sitting or skipping it totally, she would skip it.


Just to be clear, if it is up to me, and I am answering this question, I am eating the ENTIRE vat of sweet potato casserole. Period. I don’t even care if it makes me sick, because the thought of skipping it and thus missing out on it for an entire extra year totally makes me cry. Sob, honestly.

Lisa made the really good point that the Jell-O salad in its entirety would be basically a month’s worth of WW points, and she would be unwilling to blow her points on any food, even her favorite one.

Clearly, we can see which Dose Girl is succeeding on the Weight Watcher program and which one hasn’t fully embraced it as a diet, much less a lifestyle.

Time for you all to weigh in (pun totally intended!) and let us know what you would choose?

Picture Thanksgiving and imagine your very favorite food for that day. You only eat it one time a year, so if you are like us, you look forward to it for the other 364 days a year.

Would you rather have to eat the entire dish of your favorite Thanksgiving food in one sitting or skip it completely?


Β Yeah, I feel you Joey, I have my eating pants on already, too!



Would You Rather: Gorge Yourself Or Pass The Plate? — 110 Comments

  1. Ok so you can probably guess what I’m going to choose, which of course would be to skip it all together. However, if we’re talking about WINE then I would absolutely drink the entire bottle!!
    I’m also overly excited about Thanksgiving. I love everything about it too!!

  2. I’ve already picked out which pair of maternity jeans I’m wearing for the big event. Don’t fret. I picked the full panel with all their stretchy waistband glory. I’m not going to risk my muffin top escaping through a demi panel! Of course I’d pick gorging. My grandmother’s corn pudding is the stuff my Thanksgiving dreams are made of. I wouldn’t even pretend to be classy about it. If I have to choose, I’ll save a dirty dish and eat it RIGHT out of the bowl with a spoon. . #teamlargeandincharge

  3. Most years I would say eat it, but this year I’m heading to work right after eating, and I can’t have an entire crock pot of sausage stuffing in my belly at work. That kind of situation can only be handled from the couch.

    • I totally remember one Thanksgiving where I had to work at the hospital right after we ate, and it was kind of depressing. I totally comforted myself with some Zingers at 3:00 a.m., though, so that helped! πŸ˜‰

  4. Love that clip of Joey and not sure I could eat the whole thing either, but I would totally give it the old college try, because this truly is the time of the year for gouging and admit my diet went out the window with all the Halloween candy last month. So, I usually enjoy the holidays and then workout right after the 1st to get in shape for spring again. But that is just me! πŸ™‚

    • I am 100% with you…if I can’t eat until I have to unbutton my jeans on Thanksgiving, then honestly when can I? πŸ˜‰

  5. Well I think it may surprise you but I’m going to say skip it, and my reason is,after I eat a whole bowl of stuffing (or creamed onions, or cranberry sauce, I can’t pick just one fave!) I’m not sure I would be able to look at it again and since I would like to keep it as a fave I’m going for the skip it answer. Don’t you love how seriously I take this, I mean that is a very well thought out response, don’t you think? Lol! (My grandma made the same sweet potato dish and I always loved it!!) Happy Thanksgiving!! xoxo

    • LOL Kathy! I do really appreciate you giving it such careful consideration…my hubby actually said the same thing when I asked him last night…he felt like it could ruin his love for his beloved Cajun rice dressing! πŸ˜‰

  6. This is incredibly easy for me because I don’t like most of the food that is offered at Thanksgiving. (My husband calls me a communist because of this fact.) Skip it. Heck, I’d skip the whole Thanksgiving meal if I could and just focus on being grateful and watching football!

  7. Apple pie with crumb topping, topped with as much whip cream as there is pie. I would have to skip it rather than eat the whole pie though. Once something makes me sick (and a whole pie def would!) then it is ruined for yeeeeeears. The thought of my delicious pie making me feel sick is just too wrong!

    • I do know what you mean Patti…I actually got sick on apple pie as a kid, and it was years before I could eat it again. That was devastating. P.S. Need the apple pie recipe from you STAT!

  8. I skip it every year lol. I don’t eat anything remotely thanksgiving I hate turkey, stuffing and I am not a fan of sweet potato pie either lol. So this one was easy.

  9. Mmmm… mashed potatoes and gravy. I loooove mashed potatoes. If I could eat mashed potatoes for every meal of every day, I would be completely content. So, of course you know I’m going to say eat it! It’s already guaranteed to be the biggest serving I have that day!

  10. Skip it. Though it will be hard to watch others eating it. I agree with several post-ers above. Too much of a good thing can ruin it altogether! I’ll just have to pine and stuff myself with other things. Certain desserts would be another issue. As it is I need to be tied down not to eat them all.

    • LOL Liz! I feel like sitting back and watching everyone else enjoy my favorite food would ruin the day…especially after I “accidentally” stabbed them with my fork! πŸ˜‰

  11. It would have to be the turkey. I love turkey. But, this year, it will be either a “Boost” or a homemade smoothie. I’m on liquid only, have been for 3 months. Per oral surgeon’s orders due to TMJ issues. I have to have surgery but it looks like it’s going to be a long wait. due to holidays and such. Have a blessed day.

  12. Hmmm. . . .I don’t know that I have a fave Thanksgiving food as in singular. It’s the combination of the foods together that I love. I seriously take my fork and cram a little bit of everything on it to have it all in one bite! Nothing on the menu is something I would just eat by itself, well except the bread. Me and the bread have a secret romance going on every year on turkey date but there is NO WAY I could eat that much bread in one sitting. So I guess my long-winded response is to pass the plate! πŸ˜‰

    • LOL Tracie! I do know what you mean…part of what makes Thanksgiving such a magical holiday is all the foods paired together at once!! πŸ™‚

  13. Ooooooooooo! What a cruel question. I’d have to skip it because if I had to eat all of my fave (dressing – it’s a carb thing) I would be so incredibly sick and in great pain. I know this from one OC (over carb) meal I had once πŸ˜‰

  14. EAT IT!!! EAT IT!!! EAT IT!!!! EAT IT!!!!!

    Lisa Lisa Lisa… although I applaud your amazing dedication to WW and your ability to make clear-headed decisions…..

    SNAP OUT OF IT!! EAT THE DELICIOUS JELLO SALAD WOMAN!!! What if- God forbid… you get hit by a bus? (Don’t worry- the kids on it don’t know you , in case you were worried they would see you splattered on the road)

    Girlfriend. YOU. ONLY. LIVE. ONCE. And lets face it- in Heaven, you would SURELY remember the day you ATE an entire bowl of goodness, and relish in that moment over and over again. But would you even remember the day you said “No thanks- too much for me.”

    Just sayin’. But I support you 100% either way, cause your a love. I’ll just plan on hanging with Ashley on that Holiday. πŸ˜‰

    • HA HA HA HA Chris!! I am SO with you!! Come sit by me for sure…we can totally revel in our eating glory together! πŸ™‚

  15. Well, my first reaction was EAT IT!!! Then, after really giving it some thought I think I may have changed my mind. You see, there is so much goodness in the thanksgiving meal -stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, dessert, dessert, dessert – If I ate the whole bowl of one thing, I would have no belly room left for all of the other yummy stuff. So . . . I might actually end up skipping that ONE thing in order to not miss out on EVERYTHING!

    • Solid thinking on this one for sure Lisa! It would be devastating to be so full from the one thing that everything else got missed! πŸ˜‰

  16. GET OUT! *slamming you in the chest, like Elaine* I just finished making that sweet potato recipe for the first time this week – and guess who had it for dessert last night with cool whip on it? OMGeeeee, it is the best! I should never have it again, is what I say. It’s the devils recipe!! πŸ˜‰ Obviously, I would eat the whole thing. I have a problem. Send help.

    • HA HA HA!! The Elaine reference made me BURST out laughing! Isn’t that recipe just SO GOOD you can hardly stand it!!?? πŸ™‚

  17. I would skip it..
    A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips!!
    I’m good..all that work for one meal. I wouldn’t want to have to start all over again after gaining 10 pounds in one sitting..lol


    • Good for you KG…you and Lisa are truly embracing the spirit of the WW program…meanwhile, I will be over here with my trough of sweet potato casserole! πŸ˜‰

  18. Gorge, of course. I didn’t know there was an alternative. Between my brother and I we pretty much destroy the turkey, potatoes, pie and everything else. My sister-in-law gets a little bit of it if she acts quickly.

  19. Definitely gorge myself! If I could, I’d eat a giant Thanksgiving dinner first thing in the morning, then again for lunch, then again for dinner, then later as a midnight snack! πŸ˜€

  20. I was rudely cut out of your website before my previous comment could post! How rude. Anyway, I’m for team skipping. I don’t even have the capacity to overeat. I have never been able to eat until I’m stuffed. 70% baby, like they do in Japan.

    • SO RUDE!! Our website has terrible manners…we are so sorry! Chances are your way of eating is definitely one I should embrace! πŸ˜‰

  21. I hate the feeling of being uncomfortably full from gorging. It’s like, you know it’s coming, but like Miley Cyrus, we can’t stop, we won’t stop…haha. But seriously, both of those recipes look so amazing, thank you for sharing some family faves! I am such a FRIENDS fanatic and I was so happy to see Mr. Joey Tribiani in his buffet pants. Thanks girls for a great post! I like the T-giving day themed ones! πŸ˜‰

  22. I can’t say that there is one dish at Thanksgiving dinner that I love so much I would want to gorge on it. What I love about the day is the vast array of yummies to enjoy. My plate usually looks like a mosaic with little dollops of EVERYTHING. On round two I go back for more of, say, my top 5 favs. Then I unbutton my pants and fall asleep. TMI?

  23. I’m with Lisa on this one. I’d definitely have to forego my favorite dish for the year versus eating the entire dish. I definitely wouldn’t want to do the necessary workout and sacrifice that comes along with gorging! As hurtful as it would be “forego”. =)

  24. I’m actually surprised at how many people would skip it all together. I’d skip it too. I’ve overeaten on my favorite food and I hate the feeling of bloat and sluggishness that comes with it.

  25. Gorge of course. But I just thought of something, if gorging meant I didn’t have room for other equally favorite food then I would have to skip it.

    • That would be totally up to your stomach Bill…if it could handle the gorging and the other stuff, then you would be golden! πŸ˜‰

  26. My roommate and I once gorged on a pecan pie we made for a party. One of us forgot to attend to the guest list so only a handful of souls turned up. When they left guess what had yet to be eaten. Yes. That pecan pie. Not wanting it to go to waste we each had a slice … and another …. and another … Ate the entire pie. To this day – some 30 years later – neither of us can stomach the thought of pecan pie. Shame really. I remember loving it at one point. So, my vote? Give it a miss.

  27. Mine is either green bean casserole or my mom’s homemade stuffing. As to what I’d do, honestly, I’m not sure. The glutton in me says, “Eat it all!”, but the rational side of me says, “Skip it!” I suppose I would just have to be in the situation to answer for sure, but I have a feeling that the glutton would win out…

  28. Haha I love that scene from Friends!

    I would totally eat it all. I mean, I basically gorge myself every time I eat Mexican food (it’s just soooo good…..I can’t stop…) so I’d be prepared.

    • I am EXACTLY the same way with Mexican food…it is just TOO good to resist all the tastiness! Thanksgiving is quite the same! πŸ™‚

  29. Oh, I’m definitely in the camp of eat it all up. You can also bet that I’ve been having salads for lunch every day this week, and will be skipping the extras for the next few days. BTW, that cranberry salad sounds delicious!

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  31. I like food way too much to skip anything. Maybe I’d double up on workouts for a couple days. That seems like a perfectly reasonable way to handle it, don’t you think?

  32. my aunt makes this spinach dip that is to-die-for. and it ain’t low-cal or fat-free. it’s so good because it’s soooo bad! i used to inhale the stuff during family events…so much so that my aunt has started making me my own vat of spinach dip to take home. she has a vat for me at thanksgiving, plus a vat to go. i mean…nothing says love like spinach dip! so yes, I AM ALL IN! forget the points, this is one day of food-gorging happiness out of the year.

  33. So sorry but I’m going to have to go with skip it. I totally understand that it’s only once a year but I can barely eat a whole serving of anything (like restaurant style) on any given day. I would be hospitalized if I ate my MILs entire broccoli and cheese casserole myself (although I have been known to eat half of it and 3/4 of it over the course of a few days).

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