Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

Holiday stress

Holiday season isn't all just about food

Plan ahead to stay on the right track

Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Starting a weightlifting routine

Healthy body has right signs

You need a livable food plan

Tailor your food according to needs

Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Traveling can challenge eating habits

Parenting your own inner spoiled child

Long-term motives create long-lasting results

Interval training works for anyone

Check ingredients when eating out

Get out of the house for your workout

Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Cooking extra saves time and calories

Even small changes can make an impact

Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Make your lifestyle and health compatible

A little exercise can yield big results

Food plans can help you eat right

Moderation is weight-loss key

Give your weight-loss plan time

Combat post-holiday blues with activity

Choose holiday calories carefully

Good kitchen tools make life easier

Enjoy feast in moderation

Start planning holiday meals now

Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Theaters offer healthy snacks

Try to avoid evening snacking

Tips to stave off hunger pangs

Stuck?  Reassess your routine

Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

Learn to love being thin

Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Fruity thoughts to keep fit

Water can ease cravings

Working a pool into your exercise routine

Stay focused, move forward

Delay caving to craving

Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Holidays are never-ending

Measuring food is key to weight loss

Food-logging can help in weight loss

Find ways to make exercise fun

Reserve time for your exercise program

Substitutions for your holiday treats

Moderation is key to good diet

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Water can ease cravings

Here in the hot, dry desert, water is the best way to stay hydrated, but sometimes it's hard to drink as much water as we should. 

It helps to remember the reasons that we need water.  Much of our bodies are made of water, and we need to keep that supply replenished.  Water is used for everything from digestion to mental processing.  Dehydration can lead to digestive problems and can affect our ability to stay focused and think clearly.

There is water in food.  When we don't keep our bodies properly hydrated, they may start creating hunger signals.  When our bodies sense a shortage, they will attempt to get water from food.  This is why drinking a glass of water will sometimes satisfy hunger.

Water also can help wash away cravings.  When you've just had a satisfying meal, but you are still feeling like you want more to eat, that is usually a craving.  If you are at home, you can try brushing your teeth, but what if you are at a restaurant and are eyeing that dessert cart?  Try sipping a glass of water.  It will give your mouth and hands something to do, cleanse your palate and may allow you to resist that temptation.

If you find that you really don't like drinking plain water, there are many flavored water options available.  Also, you can add just a small amount of fruit juice (about a fourth of a cup to 8 ounces of water) to make it more flavorful.

If you know you don't drink enough water, start slow and make an effort to add a little into each day.  Over time, you will get accustomed to drinking more water and will start feeling the benefits.