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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Enjoy feast in moderation

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, now is a very good time to create a workable and livable plan for the day.  First, don't plan to completely deprive yourself.  That will just leave you feeling frustrated and left out of all the fun.  On the other hand, there is no need to stuff yourself until your clothes don't fit.  Plan to pace yourself throughout the day and make conscious, sensible choices.

Eat breakfast.  Many people will skip breakfast prior to the get-together thinking that that will allow them to indulge more.  This will only make you very hungry and more likely to binge.  If you eat a good breakfast, you will have more ability to control yourself. 

Be careful around the pre-dinner snacks.  Have a few, but don't make yourself a whole meal of them.  Keep a glass or bottle of water nearby to give you something to sip on and keep your mouth occupied.

When the meal is served, choose carefully.  Go ahead and fill your plate but remember that one plate full is enough.  Have a serving of stuffing if that is your favorite, but just one serving.  Don't think too much about the calories, but do eat everything slowly and enjoy the tastes and flavors.  Pay attention to your food.  Don't just inhale it and wonder where it all went five minutes later.  Enjoy the company around you at the table and take your time with the whole meal.

When everyone is done, get up and move.  Help clean up, or take a slow walk.  You'll feel less full and more energetic.

And yes, have a piece of pie, or two small pieces.  Be sure to eat slowly and enjoy them.

Send all of the leftovers home with others. 

Have a great Thanksgiving!