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The 12 Pounds Of Christmas

Sung as "The 12 Days of Christmas"

by: Tania Gustafson

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 fruit cake 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.  1.  As much as possible, stick to your regular meal schedule of eating a protein, fat and carb every 3 hours (PFCs in 3s!).  2.  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.  3. NEVER arrive at the Christmas party hungry.  Having a small balanced snack before heading out will make sure you can focus on sticking to the plan even when others around you are indulging.  4.  Have your drinks with dinner. Holiday parties typically serve alcohol and in order to minimize the blood sugar spike caused by these carbohydrates, it's best to save your alcohol and enjoy it with a meal.  5.  Hydrate!  Not only will lots of water flush out any bloat that may have been collected by the number of sweets served, but it will also help you to feel better the next day if you did overdo it just a little at the buffet or the bar.

With only 12 more days left until Christmas (yep, there really are only 12 days left), I invite you all to challenge yourselves this year to choose only one event to be your “off-plan” meal and then enjoy it.   For the rest of the holiday parties and get-togethers, focus on staying balanced.  Being conscious and deliberate in your choices and knowing when your off-plan meal will be, not only provides something to look forward to, but it helps keep the dreaded 10-15lbs of holiday bloat and weight gain off.  So get out that calendar, choose your off plan meal and decide not to make that same weight loss resolution this year as last.  For answers to all your nutrition and fitness questions, check out Walk-In Wednesdays FREE every Wednesday morning, 9:00am to noon in December (except 24th) and January, hosted by Creative Healing Chiropractic, 1551 Sutherland Avenue.  Merry Christmas and blessings of good health to you all.




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