Weight Loss: pick your angle


I read SUCH an interesting article about weight loss in women recently.

The research tested several different “techniques” for weight loss in women, including: eating fewer desserts, dining out less, limiting sugar-sweetened beverages, eating fewer fried foods, and eating more fish.

They basically wanted to see which was the most effective at causing weight loss over 6 months.

You know what they found?

Each of the factors lead to weight loss over 6 months — independent of all the others.

So, that means that choosing to do only one of those things (eating fewer desserts, dining out less, limiting SSBs, etc etc) would lead to weight loss over 6 months — even if you don’t do all of them.

I find it frustrating to see women struggle with weight loss and restrict themselves so harshly. Plus, very restrictive weight loss patterns almost never work, and usually lead to long-term weight gain. (Talk about a bummer…) So, choosing a technique in which you pick 1-3 angles to approach weight loss seems like a much more promising approach (and spares your sanity a bit!).

When coming at weight loss, rather than say “I am never eating a single dessert and am living off vegetable smoothies until I’m a size 4!” (which is almost guaranteed to NOT work and definitely guaranteed to TOTALLY suck), pick a few small changes to make in your lifestyle and see results over a few months. Those results are not only backed by research to happen, but are also proven to be more likely to stay in the long term.

Side note: this study also found that in the longer term of 48 months down the line, eating more fruits and vegetables was the most effective angle at leading to weight loss in women.

So, rather than dive into the deep end of a miserable, restrictive diet, start with one angle. Then, once you’ve got that down, maybe add a second or third. That way, you’ll have more freedom, more happiness, and you’ll actually lose more weight for a longer period of time!

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Where the heck have I been?!


So I bet many of you are wondering what I’ve been up to why I haven’t given you any health advice recently!

I mean…isn’t that why I’m here?

Well…I think it’s about time I let you all in on a secret: I’ve got bigger plans for you.

The Skinny on Health is working on a big transition…from blogger to MPH/RD. This isn’t happening until Fall, but I’m currently pouring my heart and soul into it (and finishing my research and clinical internship!) to make it absolutely perfect for you all.

And, in Fall of 2015, you can expect a few really big changes, including:

  • a new name — reflecting some new and improved mantras of TSOH.
  • a new site design — think less pink, more ‘everybody’s’ dietitian.
  • new services and perks of being a reader (think memberships…)
  • more all-encompassing topics — everything from specific vitamin benefits in foods, to fitness, to skincare and hair, to sustainable environments and international health. Yep, go big or go home, right?
  • some more really big and exciting things that I’m somehow going to keep hush hush for the next 4 months!

So, anywho, that’s what I’ve been working on while not posting daily. The biggest challenge for me has been the name. I really love The Skinny on Health, and remember the day I came up with the name. it’s going to be tough to say goodbye to it for a new brand! Additionally, it’s hard to find on or two words to sum up my message quite as well as TSOH does for me. However, new degrees, new career, new title! Onwards and upwards! :)

I hope you’re all as excited as I am for this fall! I can guarantee you that if you’re reading this (aka you’ve been a TSOH reader from the start), you are in for some major treats — think discounted or maybe even FREE memberships, goodie bags, and special services!! So, please forgive my hiatus, I’ll come back to you all in full-force soon enough and very, very grateful for your loyal readership!

I was recently at a dance class (my friends and I thought we were going to a bar with dancing, turns out it was a square dancing class!), and my friends and I were goofing around and not listening to the teacher’s instructions (whoops). This sweet older woman dance teacher goes, “you better step up, or step off!” (imagine hand on the hip and other finger in your face) outta nowhere. Totally threw us off. So, I’m taking her advice. I have come to a point in my education/career/blog in which I have a choice: I can step up or step off. I’m stepping up, and turning TSOH into the brand I’ve always wished there were in the world — an all-encompassing, educational, relatable voice for the public to learn about and understand their health and well-being on a productive level, so that they and their health can not only positively impact their personal life, but their community, country, and, hopefully, the public of the entire world. (Dream big, right?)

Also, I want to hear your voice when it comes to TSOH! Please email me (lisa@theskinnyonhealth.com) or comment below if you have any requests you’d like to share for TSOH’s future. Anything you want me to write about? Any name/design/logo ideas? Any topics I should focus on? You’re all a big part of TSOH, and I want to keep it that way!

PS – In the meantime, you can follow for updates on the future of TSOH via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!



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How to Keep your Center in a Crazy, Busy Life

Airborne Skinny on Health

So you’ll notice I went MIA for (another) minute there. Wellllll…..I’ve been working my usual 7:30-5:30 in the hospital. Then on my way home from the hospital I stop by the cancer research center to work on my research for the night. Once I get home around 10-11 pm, I make a healthy dinner, shower, and sleep. Most, if not all, weekdays…7:30-10:30. I’ve even dropped my workout on week days – and that’s saying a lot. (Instead of working out Monday-Friday, I’ve been working out for a 2-3 hours on Saturdays and Sundays…not ideal.) I’m sure most, if not all, of you have crazy(ier) schedules, but it’s definitely been an adjustment for me to loose my down time (TSOH time!) recently.

In the past month, I also welcomed a new family member a little ahead of schedule! My new nephew, Alexander Cole, was born 5 weeks early, perfectly healthy, and so. friggin. cute. So, when my sister went into labor so early and needed me, I booked a flight to LA Saturday night (left my place around 4:30 am), and flew back Monday morning at 6 am, went straight into work, and got home around 10 pm. Yikes, right?

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How do I keep my engines running on that productive-high energy-healthy setting when life gets a little crazy?

1. I drink tons of water. How much water should you be drinking? Take your weight in kilograms (divide it in pounds by 2.2) – that’s aroundddd how many oz of water you need daily. So, if you’re 100 pounds, that’s 45.5 kg, amounting to 45.5 oz of water per day.

2. I take my gummy vitamins every day. I use Airborne multivitamins plus immune support (the Airborne Everydays!) and totally swear by it. It has this combo of vitamins and herbs but is in a form you can take every day to support your immune system.

3. I am active every day! This supports my immune system and I try get my walking in during the day. 10,000 daily steps or bust! So, even if I’m not at the gym or on a run, I’m standing at my desk, walking through the halls, and biking or walking to work!

4. I get lots of sleep. Sleep is totally key for healthy living and keeps you running on high energy all the time without wearing you down. 7-9 hours, nightly, no matter how early you have to get up!

5. I also eat Greek yogurt every day. Yogurt has probiotics in it which help improve the health of the bacteria in your gut, promoting positive, healthy bacterial growth. The bacteria in your gut play a huge role in the way your body functions, including your weight, disease risk, and food cravings, and current research is working hard to determine how this works. If I don’t get yogurt, I’ll take a probiotic.

6. I listen to happy music in the morning. Music stimulates dopamine, which enhances your mood and makes you feel all gooooood and ready to start the day. My go-tos in the morning are The Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones.

Me trying to navigate my ridiculous schedule and my personal health inspired a little giveaway from Airborne and me! We are going to be giving one lucky winner a TON of Airborne multivitamin plus immune support gummies!

How do you enter? Comment below with YOUR must-do habit to keep your body on track! Do you swear by a special food that always keeps you healthy? Zinc? Vitamins? Water? Mom’s chicken soup? A particular morning stretch or workout? Spill!!! I want to learn all about how you all stay healthy!

Each comment counts as one entry, so you can join in the conversation and comment more than once!

Next Thursday (5/7) I will be announcing the winner of the giveaway and will send you an email with the details of your Airborne x TSOH care package!

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Springtime Rhubarb Homemade Facial

Rhubarb Facial

Let’s be real, Spring is pretty much HERE!

Well, at least in Seattle it is.

To celebrate, my good friend Jessica over at Heart Swell and I made a VIDEO tutorial for a homemade facial that’s perfectly in season for Spring. You heard me, video!

This facial is super, super quick and easy to make and gives you clear, even-toned, GLOWING skin for this sunny weather. Plus, it doubles as a pretty delicious smoothie.

Springtime Rhubarb Facial from Lisa Eberly on Vimeo.

Ingredients (makes 2 facials, keeps in the fridge for 2 days):

Greek yogurt (3 oz)
Rhubarb (2 tbs)
Pineapple (2-3 chunks)
Lemon (2 slices)
Mint (2-3 leaves)

The greek yogurt is antibacterial and has zinc, which both fight acne/blemishes and even out skin tone. Yogurt also has a mild bleaching effect, which gives you a nice glow. Rhubarb is full of great vitamins for skin, including ascorbic acid. Pineapple is packed with amino acids, vitamin C, and collagen synthesizing goodies which tighten up skin and give it a youthful glow. Lemons have citric acid that brightens skin, fights acne, and moisturizes. A mint is a nice refreshing, cooling touch of scent to add at the end!

Basically this facial was designed for locally-sourced springtime ingredients! What are your go-to homemade facials?

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