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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Start planning holiday meals now

Life isn't too crazy yet, but it will be soon.  Do yourself a favor now and spend some time planning meals. 

You know your family and your typical holiday schedule.  Get out a calendar, sit down with everyone and mark down all your known obligations:  school plays, family get-togethers, shopping trips.  Yes, schedule those shopping trips.  If you put them on your calendar now, you can watch for sales, make lists and get everything done a bit faster.

Once you have your schedule outlined, plan your meals around it.  On nights when you have no other obligations, cook extra and freeze.  Plan to eat the leftovers a couple of weeks later so that they won't feel so much like leftovers.  Meatloaf is easily reheated and chicken or pork can be shredded and added to tortillas for tacos.

Remember to keep meals as simple as possible.  There is nothing wrong with grilled-cheese sandwiches and soup for dinner.  This is a good quick dinner to have at home before you head off to the school play.  Most meats can be baked in the oven with marinade.  Serve them with microwave-ready frozen side dishes. 

Don't forget to use your crockpot.  It can be cooking all day while you clean, wrap presents, or decorate the house.  Again, make extra, freeze it and have another meal planned for two weeks out.

Why go to all the trouble of meal planning now? 

Consider past holiday seasons.  How many nights did you end up grabbing a bite at the mall, or ordering pizza because there just wasn't time to get to the store or figure out what to cook? 

Imagine not only the calories, but the money you would save if you had a few simple meals available and ready to go.