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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Try to avoid evening snacking

One of the more common causes of food-plan derailment is evening snacking.  It seems as if our brains and bodies are irreversibly trained to crave snack foods when we settle down after a long day.  Perhaps it's because our minds are less preoccupied.  It might even be the tiredness that makes us feel hungry.

Of course, the first and best option is to avoid snacking altogether.  Try to find other things to keep you busy such as a craft or reading a good book.  Even a coloring book and crayons can provide the necessary distraction.  You can also try chewing gum or brushing your teeth.

If you must have a snack in the evening, you can plan your day around it.  Cut back a bit in other places so that there are calories allotted for it.  About 200 calories should be plenty if you are careful about the snacks you choose.

Microwave popcorn is a good choice.  You get a large amount of food for just a few calories.  Try sprinkling a bit of seasoning on it, then shaking it in the bag before serving for some added taste satisfaction.  Fresh vegetables and low-fat sour cream dip are another tasty option.  If you use watery veggies such as cucumbers, bell peppers and celery, you can add one-quarter cup of dip for around 150 calories.

Are you looking for sweet treats?  Buy pre-packaged puddings or ice cream bars.  Just be careful to allow yourself no more than one per day.

Sometimes we all need a little chocolate.  The dark kind has both nutritional value and low sugar content.  I buy a bar of 85 percent cacao occasionally.  It's full of flavor; two squares are only a little over 100 calories and contain less than 5 grams of sugar.