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Here's What You Need to Do with the Thanksgiving Leftovers You Still Have

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You insisted that your guests take this and that, yet still, you managed to end up with containers and baggies full of Thanksgiving foods. Without getting sick of turkey all day every day or only eating a diet full of mashed potatoes and green beans for a week, we've got some advice for what you should do with your aging leftovers.

We’re all in the same boat right now. Our fridges are bursting at the seams with plastic containers and zip-top bags that house the various dishes we slaved away cooking last week. We insisted that guests take this and pack up that for their own leftovers, but somehow, we still have more leftovers to our name than we know what to do with.

Rather than going for the slice of pie for breakfast, eating yourself sick of leftover turkey sandwiches, and subsisting off reheated mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts for the next few days, we think it's time you toss ‘em. Yes, it seems cruel and wasteful, but it’s with good reason. Turkey Day is behind us, and you need to resume your daily routine, rather than stretching out food that you’re tired of eating. The end of year holidays are just around the corner, and rather than stretching out Thanksgiving food until the end of November, you owe it to yourself to get back to your normal, routine eating.

Don’t get us wrong, we love leftovers. However, leftovers reach a certain point where you’re no longer being thrifty and resourceful with your food. Rather, at this point, you’re just driving yourself up the wall to finish food that you don’t even want, right? Take advantage of this lull in the holiday season and try out our 31-Day Meal Plan, or get yourself back on track with a quick 3-Day Cleanse.

You are not a bad person for tossing leftovers. In fact, by doing so, you are exercising great restraint and allowing yourself to mentally and physically move beyond Thanksgiving and prepare yourself for the holidays to come. We understand that you spent so much time, energy, and money on the very food we’re advising you to get rid of, but at this point, we think it’s time to say goodbye and start anew for the month of December.