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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Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Halloween is coming. Hopefully, you have not purchased any candy yet. If you have, don't buy any more.

The reason that stores start putting it out there many weeks ahead of time is not to get you in the mood. It is because they know that many people will buy it early, thinking they will be able to cross that one chore off their list.

Having that temptation in the house for many weeks is not a good idea for most of us. The stores know that when you buy the candy far enough ahead, you will end up eating it, and have to return to buy more.

Buy the candy no sooner than the day before, or even better, the day of, Halloween. Buy only candy that you don't like. This doesn't mean you can't still buy popular candy types. For example, I don't like coconut, so anything with coconut in it is safe. This gives me a number of popular choices. Some people don't like sour candies and there are even some people who don't like chocolate.

Save your receipt and open the candy one bag at a time. Any unopened bags can be returned on November 1st. Give any opened candy away or take it to work. I send our leftovers to work with my husband.

If you have kids, they will be leaving their stash at home, which may provide more temptation. As you go through the sorting process, have them choose a limited number to keep. Twenty-five pieces is plenty for any child. That is an amount they can easily keep track of. This will help to keep you accountable by making it hard to sneak any, thinking they'll never notice. Give the rest away.