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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Choose holiday calories carefully

The holiday season is in full swing and you will likely be attending social events for the next several weekends.  This means a lot of food and drink that is going to be very hard to resist.  There will be special dishes or treats that you don't get other times of the year; eggnog is a perfect example.  Perhaps we wouldn't drink so much of it if it was available at any time? 

Your best bet for navigating this caloric onslaught is to plan ahead and prioritize.

Be very careful with alcohol.  Keep in mind that it is a triple threat.  First, it's empty calories and has no nutritional value.  Next, it inhibits the receptors in your brain that signal you are full, so you end up feeling hungry even if you have just eaten.  Also, because it acts like sugar in your body, it can trigger sugar cravings for several days after you drink.  It's certainly OK to indulge, but be sure to keep the effects in mind when you make your choices.

Choose your indulgences carefully.  For example, I love those frosted, store-bought, sugar cookies.  They are available year-round; they just change the frosting color to match the season.  Did you know they are 180 calories each?  I really do love those cookies, but once I looked at the nutritional label, I decided my calories were better spent elsewhere.

For the homemade goodies, estimate high and double your estimate.  If you think something is 50-100 calories, assume 200.  Oh, and that eggnog I mentioned above?  Just a half cup will cost you 200 calories. 

Lastly, when you do choose what you are going to enjoy, enjoy it.  Eat it slowly, pay attention and taste it.  And don't forget, social time is really about people, not about food.

I hope that you have a Merry Christmas!