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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Fruity thoughts to keep fit

I am a big fan of seasonal produce, and summertime is fruit season.  In the store where I shop, the first fruits displayed in the produce section are the peaches and nectarines.  I think they do this intentionally because of the wonderful smell.  Every year it gets me in the mood for summer fruit treats.

A friend of mine recently joined Weight Watchers, and its current program includes unlimited fresh, whole fruit.  So, with all of that in mind, I'd like to share some fruity thoughts with you.

There are a lot of fruits available that take very little preparation.  These are simple to have on hand for a quick snack to grab.

Apples and bananas travel well.  They don't need refrigeration and create very little mess. 

Cherries, my personal favorite, are available for a very short time each year, so it's hard to get tired of them.  They are even easier to prepare than grapes; you don't have to pull them off the stems, just rinse and chill.  Since it takes longer to eat them, you get more taste satisfaction than other foods.  They make a perfect evening snack.

Grapes are fantastic frozen, great for our hot summers.  You can freeze peeled bananas too.

Melons take a bit more preparation.  But once they're done, you'll have a lot of food.  Cantaloupe is so sweet, who needs ice cream?  Watermelon is a perfect low-calorie sweet treat for little swimmers.  Kids love digging their faces into a big slice.

Add fruit instead of sugar to your oatmeal.  It makes for a much bigger portion, will give you more chewing satisfaction and you'll get a lot more nutrition.

So take advantage of what's fresh and treat yourself to some summer fruits.