Being choosy and making a plan makes indulging in holiday treats enjoyable and keeps the 12 pounds of Christmas at bay.
The Twelve Pounds of Christmas, sung as The Twelve Days of Christmas
Oh, the first pound of Christmas was easy to ignore…..
(And) It all started with a box of Lindor.
The second pound of Christmas just appeared overnight…..
Fast food while Christmas shopping.
The third pound of Christmas came sneaking up on me…
Eggnog and cookies.
The fourth pound of Christmas came with the butter tarts….
I should never start.
The fifth pound of Christmas appeared while I dressed….
Yikes! My pants are tight.
Shortbread cookies baking, how fattening can they be?
Butter added six pounds.
Staff parties are in full swing so plan for food and cheer….
Seven pounds each year.
The neighbours came a-calling and brought with them some cheer….
Can eight pounds come from beer?
The thermometer is dropping, but the scale says nine pounds up…
OK, make mine “light whip.”
Now, it’s time to trim the tree and decorate the house…..
10 pounds makes this a workout.
The season’s not complete without fruitcake and mincemeat….
11 pounds to my seat.
After turkey and the fixin’s you’ll be more stuffed than the bird….
I’ve gained 12 pounds this Christmas, how absurd.
It’s fun to play around like this and change the words to The Twelve Days of Christmas, but for some people this isn’t actually that far off from what really happens over the Christmas season.
Here are just a few last-minute tips and strategies to help you make it through the holidays without gaining weight this year.
As much as possible, stick to your regular meal schedule of eating a protein, fat and carb every three hours (PFCs in 3s!).
Carry balanced snacks with you – protein bars, shake mix and shaker bottle, unsalted nuts and a Mandarin orange are just a few of the things I never leave home without during the Christmas season.
Never arrive hungry. Having a small balanced snack before heading out will make sure you are choosing what to put into your mouth rather than the mindless munching that happens when your blood sugar drops. FYI, restricting food all day and “saving room” for that big dinner is actually worse and will cause your body to burn muscle and store even more fat that sticking to the plan all day and then simply indulging for the one meal.
Have your alcohol with food. Alcohol is a carbohydrate. Think of that glass of wine like a piece of bread. When carbs are consumed by themselves, blood sugar spikes and fat is stored. In order to minimize that spike and the carnage, it’s best to enjoy that glass of wine with dinner.
Hydrate! Not only will water help flush out any bloat that may have been collected by the extra sugar, salt and alcohol, but it will also help you to feel better the next day if you did happen to overdo it just a little the night before.
With only six more days left until Christmas, I invite you all this year to;
Plan your off-plan meal and
Be choosy. And then enjoy it guilt free. Studies show that those who plan their special occasions, tend to make much better choices in the days leading up to it. And those who choose to indulge in only their most favourite treats tend to enjoy them guilt free and are typically satisfied with smaller portions. Whereas those who randomly indulge simply because treats are available tend to report less enjoyment and more guilt.
A sure-fire recipe for living the Twelve Pounds of Christmas. Something none of us wants to carry into the new year.
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