Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
As we’ve seen, our bodies are literally under assault in the modern world.
Some toxins we ingest, like refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, additives, and prescription medicines.
Some come from our environment: air and water pollution, cosmetics, petrochemical and industrial wastes, and heavy metals.
Some we even inflict upon ourselves: overwork, overeating, lack of sleep.
All these chemicals and habits wreak havoc on our biochemistry and cellular health.
And the more of these toxic chemicals and habits we have, the greater our “bioburden,” the combined impact of all of these endocrine disruptors.
Now that we’ve cleaned up your diet, we have to clean up everything else.
We have to Remove the remaining toxins in your home, Restore any remaining nutritional deficiencies, and Rebalance your energy to fight back against the crushing stress that can send hormones reeling.
By the time you’re done here, you’ll have erased many of the remaining hormonal threats and rebooted your metabolism entirely.
But don’t look at these suggestions as one program – that would be a tall order and a lot to handle.
Treat them as small steps with a cumulative effect.
These suggestions are a best-case scenario for reducing your bioburden; if you do half of them, you’ll be in great shape.
Let’s get to work.
Remove Toxins From Your Environment
Cleaner choices not only help you lose weight and look amazing, they also sustain the earth.
With each change you make to your kitchen, home, or garden, you’ll have that much more impact on your own metabolism, vitality, longevity, health, and happiness.
Removing Toxic Plastics From Your Home
Manufacturers use plastics more than any other material; some are more likely to leach endocrine disruptors and other dangerous chemicals than others.
You can tell the different plastics by the numbers prints on the bottom of the containers.
Let’s go over the full list, so you know which are the least toxic and which you need to stop using now.
Unsafe Plastics – Do Not Use!
These plastics are 3 prime suspects in the hubbub over environmental estrogens.
Avoid them at all costs.
NO! #3 – Polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC)
Found in cooking-oil bottles, cling wrap, clear wrap around meat, cheese, deli meats, and other food items, plumbing pipes, toys.
Why It’s Bad: Hormone-disrupting phthalates and cancer-causing dioxins leach out of PVC when it comes into contact with heat, food (especially cheese and meat), water, air, or our bodies.
Choose These Instead: Glad wrap, Saran premium wrap, and Saran Cling Plus wrap do not contain PVC or bisphenol A.
Store your food in glass.
Buy cooking oil in glass bottles.
Never microwave food in plastic – use parchment paper or wax paper.
NO! #6 – Polystyrene (PS; extruded type is known as Styrofoam)
The extruded type is found in disposable coffee cups, takeout containers, foam egg cartons, meat trays, packing peanuts, and foam insulation.
The nonextruded type is found in CD jewel cases, disposable cutlery, and transparent takeout containers.
Why It’s Bad: Especially when it gets hot, known endocrine disruptor polystyrene can leach chemicals into food.
Materials used to create polystyrene – benzene, butadiene, and styrene – are all known or suspected carcinogens.
Choose These Instead: Buy eggs packaged in cardboard containers.
Transfer foods packed in polystyrene to glass or ceramic containers as quickly as possible.
Never drink hot drinks out of foam cups or eat food out of foam containers.
Go to restaurants that use paper-based takeout containers and corn- or sugar-based disposable cutlery and cups.
NO! #7 – Other (PC, for polycarbonate)
Found in baby bottles, microwave ovenware, stain-resistant food-storage containers, medical storage containers, eating utensils, plastic liners of almost all food and soft-drink cans, Lexan containers, old Nalgene or other hard-plastic drinking bottles, five-gallon water jugs, building materials.
Why It’s Bad: Hundreds of studies on animals and humans have linked bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in polycarbonate plastic, with harmful endocrine-disrupting effects, like early puberty in girls, abnormal breast tissue and prostate growth, and lower sperm counts.
Choose These Instead: Rinse your canned food thoroughly before you eat it.
Use glass baby bottles, but if you continue to use polycarbonate bottles, don’t stick them in the bottle warmer – warming them increases the leaching effect.
Switch to stainless steel or ceramic-lined drinking bottles.
Don’t wash your polycarbonate drinking bottles in the dishwasher.
Once it starts to get cloudy, get rid of it.
If you ever smell plastics in any water or liquid, do not drink it.
#7 PLA – the only kind that’s good.
Any #7 plastic labeled “PLA,” for polylactide, is made from corn, potatoes, sugar, or other plant-based starch.
Check the code on the bottom of your container – avoid PC, but PLA is fine.
These plastics have a better track record than the 3 above.
But if you ask me, the fewer plastics in your life, the better.
OKAY: #1 – Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE)
Found in bottles for cough syrup, ketchup, salad dressing, soft drinks, sports drinks, and water.
Also found in plastic pickle, jelly, jam, mustard, mayonnaise, and peanut butter jars.
OKAY: #2 – High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
Found in toys, shampoo bottles, milk jugs, yogurt containers, margarine tubs, recyclable grocery bags, trash bags, laundry detergent bottles, composite lumber, Tyvek building material, some Tupperware products, sanitary products, original Hula-Hoops, some shrink wrap.
OKAY: #4 – Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Found in grocery bags, bowls, lids, toys, 6-pack rings, trays, power cables, liners, some cling wrap, sandwich bags, food-coloring and other squeezable bottles, bottle caps.
OKAY: #5 – Polypropylene (PP)
Found in plastic utensils, cups, thermal underwear (like Under Armour brand), clear bags, diapers, safe baby bottles, Stonyfield Farm yogurt containers, condiment bottles.
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