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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Holiday season isn't all just about food

Christmas break is like a miniature summer but with an even larger to-do list.  But having the kids home can be a great blessing to your food plan.

First, you can plan lots of physical activities with them.  This is the Valley's outdoor time of year.  The weather is great for an afternoon in the park.  You'll get some activity and give the kids a chance to expend some energy at the same time.

Another fun activity is ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo.  The whole family can bundle up and pretend they actually live someplace cold.  You'll get to take a nice walk and have fun doing it.

It's fun to bake with the kids, but what do the kids like most about it?  Spending time with you and being creative.  You can do that with fun art projects.  We have several good craft stores in town, and they have a wide variety of kids' projects ranging from simple to complex.  Perhaps Grandma and Grandpa can get some unique homemade gifts this year?  This will allow you to focus on something besides cookies.

And then there is the shopping.  Have the kids help you plan and prepare snacks to take along.  That way you are less tempted to grab junk food at the mall when you get hungry.  If the kids are part of the planning process, they will be more likely to eat what you bring rather than ask for something else.

Wrapping can be a fun non-food activity as well.  If you are OK with some of the presents not looking quite perfect, the kids can come up with some fun and creative ways to wrap them. 

All of this makes a great opportunity to teach them that it's not all about the food.