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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Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Life gets out of control sometimes, and when it does, our eating can get out of control.  It's helpful to consider possible scenarios and plan a strategy to handle them if they come up.

1:  It's the middle of the week and the kids' sports practice ran late.  You had a dinner planned, but you know there is no way you are going to stick to your plan and get everyone to bed at a decent time.  The only option you see is heading to the nearest drive-through or calling pizza delivery.

Go ahead, do either of those things, they will work in a pinch.  The key is to make wise choices while doing so.  When life is hectic, we tend to compensate with large food amounts to calm and satisfy us.  Then we gulp it down in a rush without even tasting it.  Order a small burger and small fries, or get a thin-crust pizza with veggies.  This way you get everyone fed, including yourself, and you don't completely derail your food plan.

2:  That meeting lasted far longer than you anticipated, you have about five minutes until you are due at the next one, and you haven't had lunch yet.  This means a stop at the vending machine. 

There are healthier options at vending machines, and the choices may surprise you.  While a granola bar seems healthy, your better bet is the animal crackers.  They are much lower in both sugar and fat.  Also, look for baked chips.  Most importantly, stay away from the sugary candy bars that will only leave you feeling crashed in an hour or so.

Remember, when life is crazy, keep your focus.  Always keep an eye out for quick, healthy options that you can grab in an emergency.