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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Parenting your own inner spoiled child

I have often said that I am a great mom but a lousy parent.  This is because it's Mom who gets to do all the fun and loving stuff while the parent is the one who has to set boundaries.

Parenting is hard.  It is sometimes so difficult that we don't even parent ourselves.  We all have inside of us a spoiled little brat that tends to burst out in temper tantrums.  For some of us, that little brat is all about food.

We are hungry and get cranky if we can't eat right now.  We get sullen and depressed because we can't have dessert, especially when all of our friends get to.

It is times like these that it helps to consider what a good parent would say.

Consider that moment when you are feeling gnawing pangs of hunger.  Picture the child who is hungry now, but whose parent doesn't want them to spoil their dinner.  A parent might remind you that you just had a snack an hour ago, and tell you that you are not likely to starve, though it may feel like it.  Or they may hand you gum or a mint to settle you down, and then remind you that dinner will be coming soon.

Or how about that time when you are out to lunch with all of your friends and they decide to indulge in dessert, but you know that you shouldn't?  A good parent would tell you that just because their parents allow it doesn't means it's okay for you.  They may not need to lose weight, or may not be trying to, but that dessert will easily derail your food plan.

So, when that bratty inner child starts acting up, look for your inner parent to help keep things in line.