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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Start planning holiday meals now

Life isn't too crazy yet, but it will be soon.  Do yourself a favor now and spend some time planning meals. 

You know your family and your typical holiday schedule.  Get out a calendar, sit down with everyone and mark down all your known obligations:  school plays, family get-togethers, shopping trips.  Yes, schedule those shopping trips.  If you put them on your calendar now, you can watch for sales, make lists and get everything done a bit faster.

Once you have your schedule outlined, plan your meals around it.  On nights when you have no other obligations, cook extra and freeze.  Plan to eat the leftovers a couple of weeks later so that they won't feel so much like leftovers.  Meatloaf is easily reheated and chicken or pork can be shredded and added to tortillas for tacos.

Remember to keep meals as simple as possible.  There is nothing wrong with grilled-cheese sandwiches and soup for dinner.  This is a good quick dinner to have at home before you head off to the school play.  Most meats can be baked in the oven with marinade.  Serve them with microwave-ready frozen side dishes. 

Don't forget to use your crockpot.  It can be cooking all day while you clean, wrap presents, or decorate the house.  Again, make extra, freeze it and have another meal planned for two weeks out.

Why go to all the trouble of meal planning now? 

Consider past holiday seasons.  How many nights did you end up grabbing a bite at the mall, or ordering pizza because there just wasn't time to get to the store or figure out what to cook? 

Imagine not only the calories, but the money you would save if you had a few simple meals available and ready to go.