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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Healthy body has right signs

Our bodies are well-designed and when we listen to them, they work well for us.  But when we try to force them to do things they weren't designed to do, they usually don't respond very well.

A healthy body gives off healthy signals:  sleeping well, good skin, consistent energy, stable moods and sharp cognitive skills.  If you are not experiencing most of the above, it could be from the foods you are eating.

Are you consuming a lot of bread and pasta thinking it's good for you because it's whole grain?  It's easy to overindulge on these types of foods while thinking we are eating healthfully.  However, they still act very much like sugar when they are consumed.  If you eat a big plate of whole grain pasta with marinara, and no protein, you are likely to feel bloated and tired the next day.  You may also see an increase on your scale.  Consider reducing the pasta serving significantly and adding some meat into the meal.

That lunchtime sandwich on whole-grain bread might be responsible for your afternoon sleepiness.  Try eliminating the bread, add some vegetables and maybe a bit of cheese for a few days and see if that makes a difference.

Are you having difficulty falling asleep?  Consuming a sugary or carbohydrate-heavy snack close to bedtime may be causing the problem.  These foods are designed to give us quick energy.  Consuming them just before resting can give your body mixed signals. 

If you feel tired all the time and are having trouble concentrating, you may not be feeding your body enough.  Try adding a few calories into your day with lean meats, vegetables or by adding a bit of olive oil to your cooking.