Everyone in our house had a bit of an alcohol- and sugar-related hangover this morning.  Well, actually – our festivities lasted so late last night that I’m pretty sure those ill effects began to set in at 8 PM.  We had a huge Christmas dinner, drank lots of Bailey’s and coffee, ate chocolate pudding, and then I was in bed by 9:30!


The Husband stumbled into the living room this morning moaned, “I want breaaaakfast.  Just anything but alcohol and sugar.”


So, we made a post-Christmas breakfast:


A whole wheat burrito with leftover apple and squash stuffing, rinsed and drained pinto beans, and spinach.  I made the meat-eaters of a house this same burrito with turkey instead of beans.


And about half a banana:


Other great leftover wrap ingredients:


  • Cheesy broccoli
  • Wild rice
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Pumpkin pie <– seriously


One Healthy Addition



Although I can’t give you a complete new list of healthy swaps and additions, I do have one addition to tell you about.  :)  Lately, I’ve been making an effort to drink 2 – 3 cups of hot lemon water throughout the day.  The Husband (a Doctor of Oriental Medicine) says that lemon has a detoxifying effect on the body, especially the gall bladder.  It’s also suppose to aid digestion.  I’ve only been doing it for about a week, so I’m not sure if it’s ‘working.’  However, I did drink two huge glasses of hot lemon water this morning and woke up feeling a lot better than I would’ve normally!


Off to get some exercise in!  The temperature here is dropping rapidly, and it’s getting so cold outside!



  • Melanie @ December 26, 2010, 10:27 am

    Hot lemon water is a good idea! I have a huge Christmas hangover too – WAY too much food and junk yesterday.

  • Kelly Schussler December 26, 2010, 10:32 am

    I too drink hot water or hot lemon water. It’s an idea I got from the “yoga body diet” book. It certainly helps with digestion. It’s also easier to stay hydrated if you drink warm water over cold water. I’m in Florida too right now and it sure is getting cold!

  • grocery goddess jen December 26, 2010, 10:34 am

    I’ve been drinking hot lemon water just because it’s too damn cold to drink cold water and lemon adds flavor, but I’m happy to know it has detoxifying properties, too!

    I also woke up with ZERO desire for sugar! (Or alcohol) I had a smoothie with pumpkin and protein powder. Much better than the leftover cinnamon rolls!

  • Marissa December 26, 2010, 10:34 am

    I started drinking lemon water almost every morning a couple months ago, and I love it! I think it does have a detoxifying effect as when I drink it, I seem to have more energy throughout the day, and it keeps my cravings to a minimum!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 26, 2010, 10:36 am

    I drink hot lemon water often! 🙂 I love it!!!

    Have a great day!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 26, 2010, 10:37 am

    I love the idea of stuffing in the burrito.

    I’ve heard that lemon water is very cleansing too, but I’ve never really tried it. Perhaps now’s the time. I think most of us need a little detox after the Parade of Sugar this month.

    So glad your holiday was joyous!!!

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma December 26, 2010, 10:37 am

    I’ve taking a liking to vitaminwater’s lemonade flavor and heating it up in the microwave. Sort of the same trick as the hot lemon water – very refreshing!

  • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor December 26, 2010, 10:38 am

    I’ve also started adding a bit of cayenne pepper, which may improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation in the body.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) December 26, 2010, 10:43 am

    Great post-drinking and sugar binge breakfast. I’m ready for a sugar detox after this week! :/

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 26, 2010, 10:45 am

    Hot lemon water? hmm, I’ll definitely have to try that. After this week, I’m definitely going to need a detox to get rid of all of the sugar I’ve consumed! :/

  • Lisa Fine December 26, 2010, 10:45 am

    I rarely keep lemon in the house, and when I don’t feel like tea but want to warm up, I’ve been drinking a cup of hot water. Does the Husband know whether drinking plain, hot water has any benefits?

    • Caitlin December 26, 2010, 10:55 am

      Yup! Hot water aids digestion as well. He says you should drink a cup before you eat breakfast.

  • Baking 'n' Books December 26, 2010, 10:50 am

    Do you boil lemons in water? 😉 You had an early night! I was up until midnight 😉 How long are you in FL for?

  • Food & Other Things December 26, 2010, 10:53 am

    Your wrap looks delicious! I’ll have to try the hot lemon water!

  • Camille December 26, 2010, 10:55 am

    It’s always hard for me to imagine that Florida can get cold. I just see it as the land of Disney and sunshine! 🙂

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 26, 2010, 10:56 am

    I’m sure you meant he wanted a breakfast WITHOUT alcohol and sugar but don’t apples, bananas, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie have lots of sugar? Hair of the dog lol.

    • Caitlin December 26, 2010, 10:57 am

      hahah whoops. guess i still have booze on the brain. let me correct that.

  • Faith December 26, 2010, 11:02 am

    I’ve had to start drinking mugs of hot water at my work just to stay warm throughout the day because it’s so cold! ha.

    At home, though, I always squeeze a bit of lemon juice into my ice water (something I picked up from my mom), and I’m wondering if lemon juice from the bottle has equally positive effects and if you could ever have too much of it? I’m addicted to that taste!

    • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind December 26, 2010, 12:23 pm

      I’ve been wondering this, too (whether lemon juice from the bottle would be as effective). Do you or The Husband know, Caitlin?

      P.S. I love when you throw in Oriental Medicine tidbits. I think a post on basic/easy tips to improve health from The Husband would be sweet.

      • Jacqueline December 26, 2010, 2:02 pm


      • Caitlin December 26, 2010, 2:18 pm

        Oh I’ll ask him about a general post!

        He says fresh is preferable but bottled would be a good back up.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 26, 2010, 11:04 am

    hot lemon water is a classic detoxifiyer and cleanser

    some people add cayenne + maple syrup. if you google “master cleanse” you will likely find that info.

    I like sugar more than i like lemons so i have never done it 🙂

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 26, 2010, 11:10 am

    I’ve always heard of the lemon water thing too. I always want to remember to do it because I love the taste of lemon in my water.

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 26, 2010, 11:11 am

    I always drink a hot cup of lemon water first thing in the morning before I drink coffee or even eat. I swear by it. I always feel so much better when I drink it. Your husband it smart, I also agree with him on cupping!

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 26, 2010, 11:16 am

    That wrap looks delicious! My post-Christmas breakfast was a hot bowl of oats topped with ~1/4 cup of eggnog and cinnamon. It was SO good! 😀

  • Ashley December 26, 2010, 11:28 am

    That wrap looks really good. I haven’t eaten anything yet so its making me hungry.

  • lucie December 26, 2010, 11:29 am

    This looks so good! Ive heard about drinking hot lemon water before (infact my mother did it while pregnant with me, and she swore by it), ill have to give it a go. Do you sweeten it with anything?


  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 26, 2010, 11:32 am

    Have fun with working out! It’s been snowing here for two days so I’m sort of stuck indoors. Enjoy it!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 26, 2010, 11:38 am

    Ugh. Sugar hangover like crazy right now- I’m loving my savory hummus sandwich!!

  • Ann @ Day by Day December 26, 2010, 11:51 am

    I tried hot lemon water for the first time a few weeks ago. I need to remember to make it a regular thing! I heard Dr. Oz say a few weeks ago that the first thing to do in the morning is drink 2 glasses of warm water, so I guess that’s the same idea. I used to just get up and make coffee, so I’m really working on thinking WATER first thing. I’m going to start with the hot lemon water today and see if I notice any differences!

  • Tricia Kuchler December 26, 2010, 12:05 pm

    I’m going to try the hot lemon water too. I need a cleanse… my goodness!

  • Crystal December 26, 2010, 12:36 pm

    What is your opinion on apple cider vinegar? I mix it with water when I eat too much junk-or just eat too much in general (which is thankfully less often now) It always makes me feel better. I have read that it reduces blood glucose levels.

    • Caitlin December 26, 2010, 2:18 pm

      Husband says it definitely can do that!

  • Katherine: Unemployed December 26, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Such a great way to start the next day out!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal December 26, 2010, 1:10 pm

    I didn’t know lemons were detoxifying!
    I do know, however, that they have a diuretic effect. Yeah…don’t go drinking a bunch of lemon water with a hangover 😉 I learned that the hard way!

  • Maryann December 26, 2010, 1:14 pm

    I definitely have a sugar hangover this morning as well! That breakfast burrito looks sooo good! I love the lemon and hot water idea…I have heard of it before but dont ever think to do it, im about to go make some now!

  • Amber K December 26, 2010, 1:15 pm

    I can’t do hot drinks, but I drink cold lemon water daily. It seems to help my digestion, but I wouldn’t know about it helping my gall bladder as I haven’t had one for almost eight years.

    I am definitely detoxing today. Sugar overload from yesterday! Cookies, pie, and candy. No more for me please!

  • kristi (sweet cheeks) December 26, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I always feel better when I drink lemon water! Sometimes I’ll add a bit of stevia in there and have lemonade. I love it!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 26, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I love hot lemon water! It always soothes a sore throat!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 26, 2010, 3:14 pm

    That wrap looks fab! I think I’m about holiday-d out… x_X

  • Lila December 26, 2010, 5:12 pm

    I always drink plain warm water. I am kind of sensitive to lemon and some other fruits, such as grape, strawberry, and etc.. I can easily get heart burn even I only take a few bites of them

    In traditional Chinese medicine, sour helps gall bladder, but it may hurt liver if intaking too much.

  • Mary Allison December 26, 2010, 7:38 pm

    I love the tip about the warm lemon water! I need more tips on healthy detox. The holidays have been brutal!!!!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 26, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of drinking lemon water. I’m curious to try it!

  • Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life December 26, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Pumpkin pie in a wrap? For reals?

    And I’m a little jealous of your determination to run outside. Since I’m out of town I’ve gone a week with out a gym to work out in. I ran outside a bit but it was not as satisfying to me as a workout in perfect indoor “weather”!

  • Meghann @ Meghann on the Move December 28, 2010, 4:19 pm

    hi there – how much lemon juice do you add? thanks!

    • Caitlin December 28, 2010, 5:14 pm

      half a lemon each time!

  • Meghann @ Meghann on the Move December 29, 2010, 9:21 am

    thanks! I tried it this morning and I really liked it!

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