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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Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Life gets out of control sometimes, and when it does, our eating can get out of control.  It's helpful to consider possible scenarios and plan a strategy to handle them if they come up.

1:  It's the middle of the week and the kids' sports practice ran late.  You had a dinner planned, but you know there is no way you are going to stick to your plan and get everyone to bed at a decent time.  The only option you see is heading to the nearest drive-through or calling pizza delivery.

Go ahead, do either of those things, they will work in a pinch.  The key is to make wise choices while doing so.  When life is hectic, we tend to compensate with large food amounts to calm and satisfy us.  Then we gulp it down in a rush without even tasting it.  Order a small burger and small fries, or get a thin-crust pizza with veggies.  This way you get everyone fed, including yourself, and you don't completely derail your food plan.

2:  That meeting lasted far longer than you anticipated, you have about five minutes until you are due at the next one, and you haven't had lunch yet.  This means a stop at the vending machine. 

There are healthier options at vending machines, and the choices may surprise you.  While a granola bar seems healthy, your better bet is the animal crackers.  They are much lower in both sugar and fat.  Also, look for baked chips.  Most importantly, stay away from the sugary candy bars that will only leave you feeling crashed in an hour or so.

Remember, when life is crazy, keep your focus.  Always keep an eye out for quick, healthy options that you can grab in an emergency.