10 Nutritionist-Approved Ways To Eat Healthier At A Barbecue

Mayo-laden side salads, mystery meat hot dogs and greasy potato chips are all staples at summer cookouts, which can make healthfully navigating a barbecue a little tough. But it’s not impossible! Check out these dietician-approved tips for filling up by the grill in a nutritious way. 1. Vegetables first. Eat the salad or veggies first, “especially if they’re unadulterated,” says Elisa Zied, a registered dietician in New York City. When you hit the crudité platter, fill up on raw veggies rather than those smothered in oil or dressing. Once you’re done, you’ll have less room in your belly for fattier fare. When…

‘Posture Guru’ Shares Tips to Relieve Back Pain

Back pain is an epidemic. It could be caused by our more sedentary lifestyle, a few extra pounds around the middle or looking at the phone for hours each day. But Silicon Valley posture guru Esther Gokhale says in non-industrial cultures, back pain is practically non-existent. Why? She thinks is because our spines have recently changed shape, so she has created an entire method to change that shape and reduce pain. Gohkale says it’s a method for sustainable posture that could lead to a reduction in back pain. Her fans are legion and the medical community has taken note as…

The Best Foods to Eat at Every Age

There are some undisputed basics when it comes to healthy eating. You want to eat lots of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. And you want to make sure you’re consuming enough calories to keep you healthy and energetic — but not so many that you gain excess weight. In other words, a nutritious, balanced diet. But as with most things, diet is not one-size-fits-all. Here are the key extras you need to focus on decade by decade. In your 20s: “This is the time to establish good eating habits that will be the foundation for your healthy lifestyle,”…

Confession: I Hate Exercise

Lorie Parch was a hater. An exercise hater, that is. As a writer in her early 30s in New York, she had every reason to be: It was cold, she was busy, she was tired. “I didn’t know where to start,” says Parch, 49, the editor-in-chief of Addiction.com in Los Angeles. Sound familiar? That’s because “this is most of America,” says Adam Wright​, a personal trainer in New York and doctoral student in sport and exercise psychology at Temple University. “People don’t want to be sweaty, they don’t want to be uncomfortable, they don’t want to be sore,” Wright says. “Most people are…

Best Ways You Can Treat and Prevent Hammertoe

If the joint on one of your toes — usually the toe next to the big toe or the smallest toe — points upward rather than lying flat, you might have a hammertoe. The condition is actually a deformity that happens when one of the toe muscles becomes weak and puts pressure on the toe’s tendons and joints. This pressure forces the toe to become misshapen and stick up at the joint. Also, there’s frequently a corn or callus on top of the deformed toe. This outgrowth can cause pain when it rubs against the shoe. “The term, hammertoe, is commonly used…

Why Indigenous People Don’t Suffer from Back Pain

Most Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives. And for an unlucky 31 percent of them, treatments won’t work, and the pain will become chronic. Believe it or not, there are a few cultures in the world where back pain hardly exists. One indigenous tribe in Central India reported essentially none. Esther Gokhale, an acupuncturist in Palo Alto, Calif., believes she has figured out why. Gokhale first started suffering from back pain after having her first child. The pain was so bad she eventually had surgery. But a year later, the pain returned and the doctors wanted to put…

Multitasking During Exercise May Ramp Up the Workout

Trying to do multiple things at once can have mixed results; you may accomplish more, or you may not get anything done. When it comes to exercising, though, multitasking may be a good idea, a new study suggests. In the study of older adults, researchers found that, when people completed easy cognitive tasks while they were cycling on a stationary bike, their cycling speed increased. The investigators said the results surprised them. “Every dual-task study that I’m aware of shows that, when people are doing two things at once, they get worse” at those tasks, study author Lori Altmann, an associate…

The Groom’s Guide to Fitness

After you pop the question, the wedding planning begins. While your fiance is off figuring out flowers, table settings and dresses, it’s the perfect time for you to make a plan of your own – a fitness plan. The months between your proposal and when she’s coming down the aisle are just enough time to not only get yourself in shape to look (almost) as good as she does in the thousands of wedding pictures, but to make sure your marriage is much less “in sickness” and much more “in health.” Cut the carbs and up the…

5 Foods You Should Eat This Summer

Summer comes with plenty of adventures, from road trips on sunny days to campouts on starry nights. Why not add a little adventure to your diet for the upcoming summer, too? Below are a few fresh summertime foods — some staples, some surprises. They’ll add flavors to your life and benefits for your health. 1. Radishes If you hear “radish” and think “red” only, think again. Radishes come in a wide variety of colors, including red, pink, purple and white. Be adventurous and try them all. These cruciferous crops include fiber for digestive health, phytonutrients that protect against many diseases, and…

5 Strategies to Help You Stop Emotional Eating

You stand at the freezer, steaming over something that happened at work and searching for a bowl of ice cream to cool your emotions. You sit on the couch and mindlessly munch through a whole bag of chips after a fight with a loved one. This is emotional eating. You’ve probably heard it called “stress eating,” but “emotional” is more accurate. Many negative emotions — including anger and sadness — can trigger bad eating habits. Here’s the problem: The feel-good foods you reach for can make you feel worse. Fortunately, there are strategies to help make sure your emotions don’t turn…