Cincy Chic on the Streets: Your Health Questions Answered

Cincy Chic on the Streets: Your Health Questions Answered

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011408HEALTH.jpgIn our recent Cincy Chic Reader Survey, readers asked us to get answers to these questions. Ask and you shall receive…

 

How Do You Curb Cravings?
We’re all subject to cravings every now and then; it’s natural. Sometimes, it’s even our bodies telling us that we are deficient in something (i.e., sugar). But then there are those insatiable cravings for sweets, and those are another ball game.

Try to have regular meals with snacks in between. Eat foods high in protein at your meals and naturally sweet foods (like yogurt or fruit) at your snacks. If chocolate is what your body wants, try drinking diet hot chocolate.

What’s an “I don’t have time to work out” Workout?
Women lead such busy lives today, and it’s hard to make time to actually go to the gym. Even if we have a treadmill at home, it’s hard to make ourselves get on it. Here are a few tips for getting in some exercise without complicating your schedule.

The key is working out in small chunks. Try to squeeze in a 10-minute walk before work, another at lunch and another once you get home.

Try to sneak in workouts throughout your day. While you wait for your computer to boot up or that stack of copies to finish, hit the stairs or do lunges in the supply closet (hey, you don't want your co-workers to see you!). A Canadian study reported that just six minutes of high-intensity exercise a week was just as effective as six hours of lower-intensity activity, according to Prevention Magazine.

Here’s an easy plan from About.com for 10-minute cardio (each step lasts for one minute):

  • Warm up with a brisk walk
  • Speed walk
  • Run
  • Jumping jacks
  • Speed walk
  • Run
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Run
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Sprint
  • Walk at an easy pace to cool down


Which Foods are Antioxidant-Rich?
Beans, beans, the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more antioxidants you get. According to the February 2008 issue of Prevention Magazine, the latest dietary guidelines recommend eating three cups of beans every week. They are low calorie, and they fill you up. And bean eaters have a 22 percent lower risk of obesity and are associated with smaller waist sizes.

Cue in the "Hallelujah" choir. Chocolate is healthy, and you're allowed (the right kind, in moderation) to eat it. Forget what I said about drinking diet hot chocolate to curb a craving. Just eat the right kind of chocolate. Stay away from milk or semisweet chocolate. You want a dark chocolate with about 70 percent cocoa.

A list of 20 fruits and veggies that are loaded with antioxidants can be found at Prevention.com.