Shrink and Carol: 12 Lyrical CBT Tips For Holiday Eating

We may be out of tune but we’ve got the best tips for surviving holiday eating and making the season joyful.

Move over Pointer Sisters, and listen to Ellen and Pat, aka, the Tuneless Sisters do their rendition of the 12 Cognitive Behavioral tips for happy and healthy holiday eating. At the end you’ll notice Pat holding the Beck Diet Solution Workbook, a comprehensive CBT approach to permanent weight loss by Judith Beck, PhD.

Won’t you sing along? Here’s the lyrics:

On the 1st day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…is it worth the calories?…

On the 2nd day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…make the best food choices, (AND)…

On the 3rd day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…acknowledge your temptations…

On the 4th day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…breathe deeply and be thankful…

On the 5th day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…USE SMALLER PLATES…

On the 6th day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…play games between the courses…

On the 7th day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…enjoy your favorite cousins…

On the 8th day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…be mindful while your chewing…

On the 9th day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…smaller portions on the trimmings…

On the 10th day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…avoid hunger on arrival

On the 11th day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…alternate water with the cocktails…

On the 12th day of Christmas my diet coach said to me…Don’t wear your baggy clothes…

A special thank you to my incredible neice Amy for helping me create the words to our song.

Happy holidays everyone!


Ellen is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Redwood City, California. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporates the use of mindfulness into the treatment of depression, anxiety, and emotional overeating. She runs a holistic weight loss program called Center for Thoughtful Weight Loss, www.thoughtfulweightloss.com. You can email Ellen at ellen@thoughtfulweightloss.com and follow her on Twitter at @thoughtfullellen.

Copyright © 2011 Ellen N. Resnick, LCSW

Reprinted with permission