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The Skinny on Health has officially MOVED! So, if you’ve been reading TSOH, switch over! The best way to keep up with our posts is by subscribing to Nourish (we only email once per week!) ALSO — subscribers get a FREE healthy living starter kit AND 30% off the entire site.

Pretty awesome.

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Follow me to the other side…

Hey everyone!

So as most of you know, I’ve been working on something for the past few months…

Good news: it’s ALMOST here!

Since you’ve all been following me from the beginning, I wanted to give you all an exclusive opportunity to be the first in-the-know! A little hint: by clicking “get notified” you’ll also be getting 40% off the entire site, so I mean…

It isn’t launching until October 8th, but a little sneak peek never hurt anybody… ūüėČ

Thank you for your unwavering support and loyal readership over the past 3 (eeek! 3!) years!


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Why is it easier to gain weight than lose it?


Hey all!

Eeeeek I am SO excited to share my new site/brand/business/whatever-it-is with you all! I am in full-prep mode while finishing up my research and dietetic internship rotations, and continuing to have an awesome summer in Seattle. But seriously, it is REALLY hard to keep this big secret from you guys! Currently, the plan is for it to go live in late September (the 3-year anniversary of TSOH!) after some more designing and tinkering to make it perfect.

Also, I am looking for a new intern to start this September/October — preferably a student who is willing to work for free nutrition and fitness products, memberships, and consulting, so contact me if you or anyone you know is interested! :)

I’m also going to Europe (Portugal/Spain/Poland/Austria) in about 5 weeks, right in the middle of the design process! Hopefully my trip will inspire some new creative concepts for the site…

Anywho, let’s give you guys something to chew on in the meantime.

Have any of you noticed that it is so much easier to gain weight than lose it? To lose weight takes months of determination and struggling, but to gain weight takes, like, one donut.

Kind of a bummer.

Why is it this way though? Why do our bodies basically want to gain weight?

The answer: evolution.

I studied evolutionary biology at USC and was so fascinated by this concept: back in the day (think caveman days, the OG Paleos…), it was an advantage to be able to gain weight well. Think survival of the fittest status.

If a human gained weight easily, that meant they easily stored fat (duh!). So, it times of famine (like when it was really cold and hard to hunt, or the animals or fish migrated somewhere new) when there was not enough food, those with more stored fat could survive, while those who were less able to store fat died out.

So, those early humans who put on weight more easily were at a genetic advantage, and could reproduce more effectively than those who could not gain weight as easily. Thus, the weight-gainers had more children, the weight-losers died before they could have children. The gainer’s children had children who had children who had children (x like 20,000+ generations) who had¬†you.

So, your human ability to gain weight more easily than lose it means that your ancestors were genetic badasses who could totally hold their own when it came to starvation times.

The next time you get annoyed that you gain more easily than you lose, think about why and remember that your ability to do that makes you a more efficient human. And, if we (heavens forbid) have another period of famine coming up, you are going to survive and reproduce because of it.

Also, I’m reading this really interesting book that is totally stirring up my passion for evolution, particularly human evolution, and the brain. So, if you’re interested at all in evolution, brains, or cool stuff, I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of The Madness of Adam and Eve! Definite page-turner.

Ta-ta for now. Back to working on the brand-spankin’-new TSOH, entitled _________! (Any guesses?!)

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Why eating whole foods actually matters


I’m sure most of you have heard the word phytonutrient before, right? Well, if you haven’t it’s a super important word.

I’m sure you all have¬†heard that eating whole, real foods, particularly plant-based is pretty good for you, though, right?

Good, then let’s start there.

The real question is: why is eating whole, real plant-based foods so good for you? What’s so special about them?

The answer: phytonutrients.

Sure, fruits, veggies, and other plant-based foods are rich in nutrients and vitamins. But phytonutrients are only in whole, real plant-based foods, and they are very special.

To break it down: phyto means “plant” in Latin, and phytonutrients refers to the “non-nutrient” parts of plants. So, phytonutrients don’t give us energy like fat, carbs, and protein do, they also don’t provide us with any vitamins or minerals.

The three most common phytonutrients are: flavinoids (in apples, onions, and soy), carotenoids (in tomatoes (lycopene!!) and carrots), and anthocyanins (in strawberries and blueberries). Phytonutrients come in several different colors, which is why you’re always encouraged to “eat the rainbow” — in order to get a variety of phytonutrients!

In the plant, phytonutrients serve two primary purposes:

1. They are a natural defense mechanism.

2. They enhance the plant’s reproductive effectiveness.

In people, phytonutrients have been studied for their their ability to fight disease — yep, whole foods from plants fight disease.

Research has also shown that phytonutrients can:

1. Be antioxidants

2. Boost your immune system

3. Enhance cell-to-cell communication

4. Improve estrogen metabolism

5. Kill cancer cells

6. Repair DNA

7. Detox carcinogens

Plus, I mean, they make your food all colorful and flavorful!


So why is it important to eat whole, real plant-based foods and not refined or processed  plant foods?

Well, imagine you’re listening to your favorite band. There are 6 members of the band (think: carbs, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc). If you refine the band, some members get removed. Now, all you have left is the drummer and base player. Is the music the same? No, it probably is missing a lot of the good parts.

Plants are similar. The process of refining or processing removes parts of the original food, specifically the fiber. This makes for less-awesome music and less-awesome food. Having that balanced but complex web of nutrients is essential to get all the benefits you can out of whole, real plant-based foods.

Okay, so what are “plant-based foods”?

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Herbs and spices


Do any of you have amazing phytonutrient-rich recipes you want to share?

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