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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Try to avoid evening snacking

One of the more common causes of food-plan derailment is evening snacking.  It seems as if our brains and bodies are irreversibly trained to crave snack foods when we settle down after a long day.  Perhaps it's because our minds are less preoccupied.  It might even be the tiredness that makes us feel hungry.

Of course, the first and best option is to avoid snacking altogether.  Try to find other things to keep you busy such as a craft or reading a good book.  Even a coloring book and crayons can provide the necessary distraction.  You can also try chewing gum or brushing your teeth.

If you must have a snack in the evening, you can plan your day around it.  Cut back a bit in other places so that there are calories allotted for it.  About 200 calories should be plenty if you are careful about the snacks you choose.

Microwave popcorn is a good choice.  You get a large amount of food for just a few calories.  Try sprinkling a bit of seasoning on it, then shaking it in the bag before serving for some added taste satisfaction.  Fresh vegetables and low-fat sour cream dip are another tasty option.  If you use watery veggies such as cucumbers, bell peppers and celery, you can add one-quarter cup of dip for around 150 calories.

Are you looking for sweet treats?  Buy pre-packaged puddings or ice cream bars.  Just be careful to allow yourself no more than one per day.

Sometimes we all need a little chocolate.  The dark kind has both nutritional value and low sugar content.  I buy a bar of 85 percent cacao occasionally.  It's full of flavor; two squares are only a little over 100 calories and contain less than 5 grams of sugar.