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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Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving:  It's the one day of the year when you might feel as if you just aren't in the spirit of things if you don't stuff yourself into the next clothing size.

But is that really true?  Do you absolutely have to overindulge yourself in order to participate in the festivities?

What about seeing friends and family?  Isn't that what the holidays are really about?

Sure the food is a great part of the day, and you get some of your once-a-year favorites.  But before Thanksgiving Day is suddenly upon you, take a few minutes to prioritize what you want to do with it.

First, there is the time with the people who will be there.  Is this a time when you get to see some folks you don't often see?  Make sure you spend some quality time with them.  It's harder to put food in your mouth when you're conversing.

What about kids?  Will there be kids there that you don't usually get to spend time with?  How about being that cool relative that spends time with them doing what they like to do?  Color a page in a coloring book, or even better, take them outside to play and get a little activity in for yourself.

And of course, there is the food.  Again, prioritize.  Don't waste calories on non-favorites or things you can have any other day.  If your sister-in-law makes a fantastic stuffing you get only on Thanksgiving, be sure to have some.  But mashed potatoes?  You can get those at the local diner - why bother?

Also, be careful with the liquid calories.  These are essentially sugar, whether it's alcohol, eggnog or juice.  They are usually less satisfying and it's easy to end up consuming a lot of them.