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 ahead to stay on the right track

If this time of year were merely about a couple of holidays, it might not have such an impact on our food plans.  But there are parties and goodies on everyone's desk, and neighbors who bake, and the temptations seem never ending.

The best defense, as they say, is often a good offense.  In this case, that means you need to plan ahead.

Now, more than ever, is the best time to keep healthy snacks around.  Whatever your food plan is, keep snacks on hand that fit your plan.  This way you won't end up with those 3 p.m. hunger pangs that lead you to your co-worker's fudge.  That's not to say you shouldn't enjoy this time of year and have a piece, but have it when you can taste it slowly and
enjoy it, rather than eating it because it's there and you're hungry.

Parties are another food-plan danger.  There seem to be two schools of thought.  One says to eat a lot ahead of time, so you don't eat anything at the party, and the other says don't eat all day so you can indulge all you want. 

Our bodies work best when we feed them on a fairly regular schedule.  You might be more successful if you spend your day eating normally.  Then, when you get to the party, you can enjoy yourself, responsibly.  Eat slowly, taste your food, and focus on the company rather than the cheese dip.

And, of course, be careful with alcohol.  In addition to being empty calories, it inhibits the brain's receptors that let you know you are full.  It can actually make you feel hungrier and thus more likely to eat.  Again, enjoy yourself, but have two glasses of water between each drink.