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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Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Perhaps the worst culprit of holiday weight gain is sugar.  It starts on Halloween, or even before.  Stores put candy out a month ahead hoping that you will buy it early.  You think you are getting it out of the way only to find yourself restocking on October 31st because you've already eaten what you bought.

Then, on Halloween night, you start feeling festive and snack a bit here and there from the treat bowl, telling yourself it will all be over tomorrow.  But there is always leftover candy as well as the treats the kids bring home. 

Temptation grows as the treats start flowing in.  You have your own treats to taste test, as well as those tasty things you get from neighbors and co-workers. 

It's not a holiday here and there, it's an entire season filled with day after day of tasty temptation that will leave you feeling bloated and sugar-deprived come January.  And then, after all that Christmas money is spent, you'll have to buy new clothes because your old ones don't fit.

Well, as the alcohol commercials say, please enjoy the holidays responsibly.  You can indulge without overdoing it.  Have one or two small treats a day.  It's still more indulgence and festive fun than you get the rest of the year. 

Enjoy treats after a nutritious lunch or dinner.  This will limit the sugar high as well as the crash that tends to lead you, zombie-like, to eat cookie after cookie.  After you've eaten today's treats, you'll have tomorrow's to look forward to. 

Most importantly, choose wisely.  Don't bother with calories that aren't going to taste good to you.