03/28/2008 02:47 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

5,000 Calorie Thanksgiving Dinner

This week, the Today Show announced that we will consume 5,000 calories in one Thanksgiving meal.

Meredith and Matt showed us the individual count for every drumstick, each serving of stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Enough food to nourish me for four days. The pilgrims had to pork up because their next big meal was Christmas, but today's Americans will be wolfing down another 5,000 calories of leftovers all weekend.

I decided to fight back a year ago to society's pressure of force-feeding us to an early grave.

None of my designer clothes that hung in eight closets fit. I had gained 20 pounds from champagne and hors d'oeuvres at countless screenings. I went from my fighting weight of 115 at 5' 7" to 135. I know this sounds insane — but normal people use to weigh 115 at 5'7" thirty years ago. Check out your family photos.

So I went to nutritionist Jordan Carroll. She made me write down every gram of fat I had been stuffing into my face for two weeks. I also sent along blood tests. I had to submit my weekly schedule of activities and meetings and meals. She designed an eating program for my lifestyle.

Jordan taught me to eat 2 oz of protein at breakfast, 3 oz at lunch and 4 oz at dinner. She taught me to eat one cup of fruit at breakfast and another at 4:00pm. She added salads and vegetables at lunch and dinner; eggs and meat once a week.

Very obvious and easy. Never skip a feeding and practice portion control. In a matter of three months I lost 20 pounds. I I have kept if off for a year.

I have sent dozens of very snazzy smart people to Jordan during the year and they all lost 20 pounds. No joke. Not kidding. And they are all so thankful, too.

So this year I am particularly thankful for the Today Show for announcing the 5,000 calorie Thanksgiving wake-up call to a nation of food addicts. I am thankful for no longer being a victim of social eating rituals. I am thankful to be able to go shopping in my own closets. I am thankful I was able to sit at the Thanksgiving table and eat 500 not 5,000 calories....thank you.