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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Healthy body has right signs

Our bodies are well-designed and when we listen to them, they work well for us.  But when we try to force them to do things they weren't designed to do, they usually don't respond very well.

A healthy body gives off healthy signals:  sleeping well, good skin, consistent energy, stable moods and sharp cognitive skills.  If you are not experiencing most of the above, it could be from the foods you are eating.

Are you consuming a lot of bread and pasta thinking it's good for you because it's whole grain?  It's easy to overindulge on these types of foods while thinking we are eating healthfully.  However, they still act very much like sugar when they are consumed.  If you eat a big plate of whole grain pasta with marinara, and no protein, you are likely to feel bloated and tired the next day.  You may also see an increase on your scale.  Consider reducing the pasta serving significantly and adding some meat into the meal.

That lunchtime sandwich on whole-grain bread might be responsible for your afternoon sleepiness.  Try eliminating the bread, add some vegetables and maybe a bit of cheese for a few days and see if that makes a difference.

Are you having difficulty falling asleep?  Consuming a sugary or carbohydrate-heavy snack close to bedtime may be causing the problem.  These foods are designed to give us quick energy.  Consuming them just before resting can give your body mixed signals. 

If you feel tired all the time and are having trouble concentrating, you may not be feeding your body enough.  Try adding a few calories into your day with lean meats, vegetables or by adding a bit of olive oil to your cooking.