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Still Eating Thanksgiving Leftovers?


To be honest, I sure am!  I made my stand-by chocolate peanut butter cups (recipe posted on WHD Facebook page) that I have been noshing on for days.  Not to mention that apple crisp, too. 

It is perfectly ok to indulge on special occasions, but when it becomes a binge, we need to take action.  You’re not alone if you are having trouble fitting into those jeans this week. Let’s make a pact this year to re-balance our bodies so that we can sail through this busy season without the extra pounds or feeling blah by New Year’s Day.

Here are 3  tips we can use to inspire us to stay healthy over the next few weeks:

1.  Put away or get rid of ALL the tempting food. Don’t leave tempting foods out in the open.  Wrap up all the pieces of pie and put it in the freezer, way back behind the bags of peas and corn.  As for the leftover food, do you really want to eat the rest of those butter laden mashed potatoes?  If not, toss them or take them to work and let others eat them. Seems wasteful, doesn’t it? I am all about clean living, but I would rather get rid of my temptations instead of seeing it on my hips.

2.  Get out and EXERCISE!  Put on those workout clothes (also a great reminder to be healthy!) and get to the gym.  Even a brisk walk around the neighborhood can work wonders and get your heart pounding. Besides moving your body, this will also stabilize your blood sugar levels and cause some of those cravings to diminish. Really. It works!  What also works is after you exercise, you might not want to waste that 40 minute elliptical workout with a cookie. 

3.  Start the day with protein.  I think I mention this a lot, so forgive me.  BUT it is true.  Now that you have had days of carbs, your body is starting to call for the sugar.  The more your body gets, the more it wants.  You can break this pattern by eating a healthy breakfast with a good amount of protein.  My standard breakfast is a protein shake made of Vegachocolate protein powder, hemp milk (sometimes almond milk), frozen banana, blueberries, flaxseed oil, and kale. (Alright, if you are new to all the leafy green talk, you can skip it).  This really balances my blood sugar first thing in the morning so that I don’t spike all day.  And, oh yeah,  eating every 3 hours can also keep balance so there is no need for that sugar.

I hope these tips make the holiday season a bit more enjoyable, energetic, and guilt-free.  Please share  your comments below and let me know how you will stay healthy this season.  Big thanks!

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11 Responses to Still Eating Thanksgiving Leftovers?


Thanks for the tips Lisa and for keeping in touch during the holiday season. I just bought a juicer at Costco and can’t wait to put all of the fruits and vegetables into in to make a delicious and healthy drink.

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Wow! I am so excited to hear about your juicer! I just love my green juice…with grapefruit and acai. How about you? I can’t wait to hear what delicious concoctions you will make, Karen. 🙂


I’ve been looking for an alternative to the standard breakfast of processed cereal, and your protein shake looks like the perfect solution. What quantities of each ingredient do you use? Thanks!


    Hi Lori,

    So great to hear that you are making the transition to more wholesome foods to start your day. Now, I am a “handful of that, a pinch of this” gal, so measurements for the shake are not set in stone. You can try: 1-2 scoops of protein powder, 1 frozen banana sliced, cup of hemp milk, 1-2 Tbsp. of flaxseed oil, 1/2 cup of blueberries, one kale leaf chopped up in small pieces, and 1-2 cups of water if needed. Of course, you can add/delete, use more or less of certain ingredients…it is all up to you. Let me know if you make the shake. Enjoy!


Hi Lisa, after 3 weeks of birthdays, events & thanksgiving, I’ve restarted my food journal to get back on track plus going to the gym. My favorite breakfast is a Light, high fiber multigrain english muffin with reduced fat chive cream cheese & a piece of turkey bacon. Very satisfying and around 200 calories! Plus coffee of course 🙂

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Hi Andrea,

    Oh, yes, the coffee! Have you tried Teechino, yet? If you want that warm feeling in the mornings, Teechino is a good alternative.:) As for your breakfast, sounds great…very protein-packed. You sure have had a busy time, but I honor your spirit to get back on track, especially during this time of year. Thanks for sharing!


      Whats Teechino? Does it have any nuts in it? Where do you get it?

        Lisa Consiglio Ryan

        Hi Carolyn,

        Check out for more info on this caffeine-free coffee alternative. There are different flavors…due to your allergy, you will need to check the ingredients. Most of the ones I checked out had ramon nuts. I got my Teechino (French Roast) at Whole Foods.

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