Liz Krieger is a former senior editor at Real Simple, where she covered health, fitness, and general wellness topics. She has also been an editor at Health, American Baby, Shape, WebMD.com, More, and Allure, and has written for Travel Leisure, Women's Health, Glamour, Self, Newsweek and Town & Country.

She’s had a lifelong interest in health and fitness—starting with 10 years of gymnastics as a child, then continuing to competitive tennis (high school) and water polo (college), hiking, kayaking or rafting vacations (throughout), and these days, staying fit through yoga and running. Since moving to New York City five years ago, she’s run 8 half-marathons—and is contemplating trying for the full 26.2 miles some day.

Her interest in health, science and medicine, in particular, has led many friends to nickname her “Dr. Krieger” and seek health advice—a fact which is surely appalling to the actual doctors she’s friends with, given that her actual degree is in comparative literature from Brown University.

When not trying out new fitness gadgets and gear, or attempting to make sense of the latest health study or scientific news, Liz lives in New York City with her husband, toddler daughter, and dog, Franny.

Recent Posts By elizabethbkrieger

Hot and Healthy! Inside the Spa Treatment Everyone’s Talking About

In case you haven't heard, the hot new thing to do at a spa, is, well…really hot. Specifically, hammams (a.ka. Turkish steam baths; the word hammam derives from the Arabic for "heat") are sweeping the nation. Just ask SpaFinders magazine, which actually singled out hammams as the hottest trend of the year in late 2010. (With good reason—spas from coast […]

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Do You Take OTC Meds When You’re Sick?

I'm sick. My body aches, my head pounds, my stomach is upset, and I've had a fever off and on. The works. Last night was the apex; I crawled into bed at about 7 p.m. and didn't get up until this morning. At first, I balked at "taking something", thinking I'd just sink into sleep, but after a few hours […]

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The Best Gift You’ll Ever Give or Get (and It’s Free!)

Given the incredible trendiness of vampires these days (Team Edward!), this year's World Blood Donor Day on June 14th should draw some serious…blood. But if you're not aboard the "Twilight" or "True Blood" trains, here are some other compelling reasons to mark a big, red "GIVE BLOOD" note on your calendar for 6/14/11: *According to the American Red Cross, every […]

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No More Tangles!

Pet Peeve: Tangles. Tangled necklaces, tangled cords, tangled headphones. Obviously, this is but a small annoyance, but spending ten minutes trying to unfurl unending, unrelenting knots before hitting the gym, going for a jog, or even just sitting down for a long ride on the bus is one of those things that can make my blood boil. Simple solution: Zipbuds. […]

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What If Your Town Went “Viral?”

I'm a big fan of random facts. Meaning: I'm that geek at the cocktail party who delights in starting sentences with "Did you know that…?" I can't help it. (I'm also a crossword puzzle fiend, and perhaps the two are linked. Certainly, the tidbits come in handy!) Anyways, in chatting with another mom of a toddler last week, we got […]

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Stretching the Truth…or Why You’re Suddenly Size 2!

A recent New York Times article detailing how vanity sizing is sweeping the nation had many women chattering about how they shimmy into size 4s at one store while wriggling into 12s at another. Generally speaking, the more mass-market lines tend to skew smaller—that is, you may be a 4 at Old Navy but at Prada you'll be a 10 […]

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There’s Simply No Substitute for Sunshine

We modern humans can do without a lot of things—at least for relatively short periods of time. You know, life's little pleasures as bathing, caffeine, hugs, fresh flowers. But sunshine—oh no, we crave it and when it's in short supply, so is good humor, uplifted moods and that general sense of well-being. (Just think about how grumpy you can feel […]

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Eating Well: What’s in a Name?

While people are getting savvier and savvier about reading labels and sussing out healthy options, it seems that many dieters are still rather easily misled by the names of foods. A new study from m newly-beloved Journal of Consumer Research finds that simply adding the world "salad" to a dish can give it a health halo, as well as tweaking a […]

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6 Healthy Things I Learned While On Vacation

I spent last week with my family, helping to celebrate my mom's 70th birthday. We headed to a warm, tropical location for some much-appreciated time en famille with sun, sand and sea. While we did little more than laze about and linger by the pool, I did stumble upon a few healthy thoughts while sitting in the shade. 1. Tortilla […]

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Do You Trash Talk in the Mirror?

It's no secret that many women—sadly, sometimes it seems like almost ALL women—have complicated relationships with their bodies and weight. And that's putting it mildly. If you've ever heard a group of women in a dressing room or locker room bemoaning the size of their thighs or hips or any other body part, or if you've been that person doing […]

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