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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Enjoy feast in moderation

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, now is a very good time to create a workable and livable plan for the day.  First, don't plan to completely deprive yourself.  That will just leave you feeling frustrated and left out of all the fun.  On the other hand, there is no need to stuff yourself until your clothes don't fit.  Plan to pace yourself throughout the day and make conscious, sensible choices.

Eat breakfast.  Many people will skip breakfast prior to the get-together thinking that that will allow them to indulge more.  This will only make you very hungry and more likely to binge.  If you eat a good breakfast, you will have more ability to control yourself. 

Be careful around the pre-dinner snacks.  Have a few, but don't make yourself a whole meal of them.  Keep a glass or bottle of water nearby to give you something to sip on and keep your mouth occupied.

When the meal is served, choose carefully.  Go ahead and fill your plate but remember that one plate full is enough.  Have a serving of stuffing if that is your favorite, but just one serving.  Don't think too much about the calories, but do eat everything slowly and enjoy the tastes and flavors.  Pay attention to your food.  Don't just inhale it and wonder where it all went five minutes later.  Enjoy the company around you at the table and take your time with the whole meal.

When everyone is done, get up and move.  Help clean up, or take a slow walk.  You'll feel less full and more energetic.

And yes, have a piece of pie, or two small pieces.  Be sure to eat slowly and enjoy them.

Send all of the leftovers home with others. 

Have a great Thanksgiving!