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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Substitutions for your holiday treats

Now that the holiday treats are gone, are you feeling empty and unfulfilled with your food?  It's a hard time of year.  You know you need to get back on your food plan, but you are missing those wonderful foods.

Consider substitutions.  You still need to watch your calories, but sometimes you can wean yourself from cravings by substituting a healthier choice.

Instead of ice-cream, try frozen yogurt, but be sure to skip the toppings.  Take the family out for a treat to one of the soft-serve frozen yogurt parlors in town.  I advise going to one that serves it for you rather than the self-serve type.  It's too easy to overload that cup.

Are you looking for chocolate?  Have you tried the really dark chocolate?  You can buy some that is 85 percent cacao.  The sugar content is very low, but the flavor is off the scale.  Just two squares will satisfy even the most persistent chocolate craving at a little more than 100 calories and a couple of grams of sugar.

Another substitution my family enjoys are oven "fried" foods.  Cut chicken breasts or fish filets into small pieces.  You can also use zucchini or onions to make an appetizer.   Cover with bread crumbs or cornflake crumbs as a coating.  Spray the food with non-stick spray and bake in the oven.

Mashed sweet potatoes can also help with sweet cravings.  They are healthy carbohydrates that are very sweet but are actually easier on your blood sugar than regular potatoes.  Go easy on the butter; if possible, leave it off.

Remember, taper yourself.  It can be hard on you as well as those around you if you try to go "cold turkey."  You're more likely to be successful in the long run if you take it slow.