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 treats wisely during the holidays

Perhaps the worst culprit of holiday weight gain is sugar.  It starts on Halloween, or even before.  Stores put candy out a month ahead hoping that you will buy it early.  You think you are getting it out of the way only to find yourself restocking on October 31st because you've already eaten what you bought.

Then, on Halloween night, you start feeling festive and snack a bit here and there from the treat bowl, telling yourself it will all be over tomorrow.  But there is always leftover candy as well as the treats the kids bring home. 

Temptation grows as the treats start flowing in.  You have your own treats to taste test, as well as those tasty things you get from neighbors and co-workers. 

It's not a holiday here and there, it's an entire season filled with day after day of tasty temptation that will leave you feeling bloated and sugar-deprived come January.  And then, after all that Christmas money is spent, you'll have to buy new clothes because your old ones don't fit.

Well, as the alcohol commercials say, please enjoy the holidays responsibly.  You can indulge without overdoing it.  Have one or two small treats a day.  It's still more indulgence and festive fun than you get the rest of the year. 

Enjoy treats after a nutritious lunch or dinner.  This will limit the sugar high as well as the crash that tends to lead you, zombie-like, to eat cookie after cookie.  After you've eaten today's treats, you'll have tomorrow's to look forward to. 

Most importantly, choose wisely.  Don't bother with calories that aren't going to taste good to you.