Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

12/29/12
Holiday stress

12/15/12
Holiday season isn't all just about food

12/01/12
Plan ahead to stay on the right track

11/17/12
Prioritize this Thanksgiving

11/03/12
Choose treats wisely during the holidays

10/20/12
Starting a weightlifting routine

10/06/12
Healthy body has right signs

09/22/12
You need a livable food plan

09/08/12
Tailor your food according to needs

08/25/12
Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

08/11/12
Traveling can challenge eating habits

07/28/12
Parenting your own inner spoiled child

07/14/12
Long-term motives create long-lasting results

06/30/12
Interval training works for anyone

06/16/12
Check ingredients when eating out

06/02/12
Get out of the house for your workout

05/19/12
Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

05/05/12
Cooking extra saves time and calories

04/21/12
Even small changes can make an impact

04/07/12
Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

03/24/12
Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

03/10/12
Make your lifestyle and health compatible

02/25/12
A little exercise can yield big results

02/11/12
Food plans can help you eat right

01/28/12
Moderation is weight-loss key

01/14/12
Give your weight-loss plan time

12/31/11
Combat post-holiday blues with activity

12/17/11
Choose holiday calories carefully

12/03/11
Good kitchen tools make life easier

11/19/11
Enjoy feast in moderation

11/05/11
Start planning holiday meals now

10/22/11
Don't buy Halloween candy too early

10/08/11
Theaters offer healthy snacks

09/24/11:
Try to avoid evening snacking

09/10/11:
Tips to stave off hunger pangs

08/27/11:
Stuck?  Reassess your routine

08/13/11:
Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

07/30/11:
Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

07/16/11:
Learn to love being thin

07/02/11:
Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

06/18/11:
Fruity thoughts to keep fit

06/04/11:
Water can ease cravings

05/21/11:
Working a pool into your exercise routine

05/07/11:
Stay focused, move forward

04/23/11:
Delay caving to craving

04/09/11:
Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

03/26/11:
Holidays are never-ending

03/12/11:
Measuring food is key to weight loss

02/26/11:
Food-logging can help in weight loss

02/12/11:
Find ways to make exercise fun

01/29/11:
Reserve time for your exercise program

01/15/11:
Substitutions for your holiday treats

01/01/11:
Moderation is key to good diet

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Water can ease cravings

Here in the hot, dry desert, water is the best way to stay hydrated, but sometimes it's hard to drink as much water as we should. 

It helps to remember the reasons that we need water.  Much of our bodies are made of water, and we need to keep that supply replenished.  Water is used for everything from digestion to mental processing.  Dehydration can lead to digestive problems and can affect our ability to stay focused and think clearly.

There is water in food.  When we don't keep our bodies properly hydrated, they may start creating hunger signals.  When our bodies sense a shortage, they will attempt to get water from food.  This is why drinking a glass of water will sometimes satisfy hunger.

Water also can help wash away cravings.  When you've just had a satisfying meal, but you are still feeling like you want more to eat, that is usually a craving.  If you are at home, you can try brushing your teeth, but what if you are at a restaurant and are eyeing that dessert cart?  Try sipping a glass of water.  It will give your mouth and hands something to do, cleanse your palate and may allow you to resist that temptation.

If you find that you really don't like drinking plain water, there are many flavored water options available.  Also, you can add just a small amount of fruit juice (about a fourth of a cup to 8 ounces of water) to make it more flavorful.

If you know you don't drink enough water, start slow and make an effort to add a little into each day.  Over time, you will get accustomed to drinking more water and will start feeling the benefits.