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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Holiday season isn't all just about food

Christmas break is like a miniature summer but with an even larger to-do list.  But having the kids home can be a great blessing to your food plan.

First, you can plan lots of physical activities with them.  This is the Valley's outdoor time of year.  The weather is great for an afternoon in the park.  You'll get some activity and give the kids a chance to expend some energy at the same time.

Another fun activity is ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo.  The whole family can bundle up and pretend they actually live someplace cold.  You'll get to take a nice walk and have fun doing it.

It's fun to bake with the kids, but what do the kids like most about it?  Spending time with you and being creative.  You can do that with fun art projects.  We have several good craft stores in town, and they have a wide variety of kids' projects ranging from simple to complex.  Perhaps Grandma and Grandpa can get some unique homemade gifts this year?  This will allow you to focus on something besides cookies.

And then there is the shopping.  Have the kids help you plan and prepare snacks to take along.  That way you are less tempted to grab junk food at the mall when you get hungry.  If the kids are part of the planning process, they will be more likely to eat what you bring rather than ask for something else.

Wrapping can be a fun non-food activity as well.  If you are OK with some of the presents not looking quite perfect, the kids can come up with some fun and creative ways to wrap them. 

All of this makes a great opportunity to teach them that it's not all about the food.