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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Even small change can make an impact

Although eating right and exercising are certainly an important part of a healthy lifestyle, there are many more things you can do to stay healthy.  Some of them might even seem very small, but they can have a large impact.

One small change you can make is to take your dental care seriously.  There are many studies linking healthy teeth and gums to heart health. 

I asked my dental hygienist, Kim, about it.  I was wondering if it was really a cause-and-effect situation, or more of a coincidence.  Was there a link between people who didn't take care of their teeth and a tendency toward heart problems?  She confirmed that dental health and heart health have a direct link.  Apparently, the infection and inflammation from unhealthy teeth and gums spreads throughout the bloodstream and, over time, can cause heart damage.

The conversation came up because we were talking about the importance of regular flossing.  I'm a good brusher and get regular checkups every six months, so things were in pretty good shape, but I was having a hard time working regular flossing into my day.  I had always thought it had to be done at bedtime, and I am often just too tired, but that's not the case.  It can be done anytime. 

I was already in the habit of brushing my teeth in the shower so I found a way to floss at that time as well.  I keep a package of floss and a small plastic tub for the used floss in the shower.  It works well and over the last six months Kim tells me my gum health has shown measurable improvement! 

As I said, it's a small change, but isn't that even more reason to make it?