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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Traveling can challenge eating habits

Traveling can be a big challenge when you are trying to live a healthful lifestyle.  You can organize your home and most of your life to avoid the temptations, but once you leave your healthful environment, they appear everywhere you look. 

At restaurants, it's usually pretty easy to order what you want. 

Also, most restaurants are willing to cook to order.  You can request a salad instead of fries, or hold the mayonnaise or the toast.  Don't feel guilty if you don't eat all your food.

But how do you handle a visit with friends or family?  Your hosts might buy and cook food especially for you.  This makes it's very difficult to turn down.

Your best bet is to run as much interference as you can ahead of time.  Make sure people know you are trying to eat healthfully.  Bring some healthful food, especially snacks. 

Have conversations about the food that will allow you to collect information on it, such as:  "Oh, that looks tasty, how did you make it?"  Then you can have a little bit of everything and go back for seconds on the things that you know are going to fit in best with your plan.

Some trips involve only a short stay with others.  If this is the case, you might allow your plan to get a bit off track for a day or two.  Usually, when the stay is shorter, hosts will not plan elaborate meals for your entire stay.  This will allow you to eat as healthfully as possible whenever you can, and indulge a little for the more special meal occasions.

Finally, enjoy your travel, and don't completely deprive yourself.  Don't over-indulge, but do plan to have a treat now and then.