National Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like leftovers and those who don’t. As I admitted to steaks on the grill for Thanksgiving, you can bet I fall into the latter group. I read the same articles you do about magically transforming that leftover turkey into turkey tetrazzini, turkey tacos, turkey omelets and turkey ice cream, but I don’t get beyond the reading. I’m not suggesting that leftovers aren’t an economical and time efficient way to feed yourself (and family) and we could more correctly call them plannedovers but, again, you’ve got to be one of those people. If you haven’t done it already, celebrate National Throw Out Your Leftovers Day by…

I’ve had a bit of a theme, of late, about cleaning out the kitchen and it all goes back to a wonderful book on audiotape I listened to in January, “Throw Out 50 Things, Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life”. It was so good I bought the book. It speaks not only to the unidentified items in your freezer and cupboards, it also promotes throwing away old habits and thought processes that are negatively affecting you – anything holding you back from a better, stronger you.

When it comes to bad nutrition habits, perhaps you’re on a first name basis with your vending machine at work; maybe your pop or coffee habit has gotten out of hand or perhaps you always intend to take leftovers to work, but they never make it there. No need to beat yourself up over it. Pick one bad habit and throw it out.  Replace it with the habit you’d like to practice.  And practice until it’s ingrained. Wouldn’t it be fun to end December with one terrific new health habit? I’m guessing it could take some of the chill out of January.

Check out the book if you like. Throw out those darn leftovers if they’re still lingering and pump up your December with at least one new positive habit.  You can do it to,

Be well,

PS.  Our Thanksgiving steaks were delicious with only a minor cooking issue.  (No, not an empty propane tank; that only has to happen to you once.)  The steaks had been frozen and still felt firm when the grill was ready. To thaw safely and still have great texture, you run those steaks (sealed in two plastic bags) under cold running water. Perfect. The family loved them!

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  1. Ken says:

    Irony. Just before reading this post I saw my wife had a copy of "Throw out 50 Things…" checked out from the library. We are currently good candidates for the "Hoarders" reality show on TV. Could be my dear wife is planning on taking some action. This could kill our chances of getting on the show. You know that boiling that turkey carcass in the picture would give you a wonderful base for some soup.

  2. Nutrition Minute says:

    Ken –
    Sorry if you've lost any chance for making it on the "Hoarders" but it really is an excellent book. Now about that soup: do you really want to make dinner out of a carcass? For us non-leftover people, it just seems wrong.
    But if you're determined, opt for a broth-based soup as opposed to creamy style in case you change your focus and try out for "Dancing with the Stars" – you'll want to be light on your feet!
    Be well, Marcia

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