What on earth is an obesogen? Well, they are environmental toxins that contribute to weight gain or resistance or weight loss by disruption of your metabolic pathway. For example chemicals from air, food, cleaning products, cosmetics and plastics. Toxins are accumulated in the fat cells and as you start to lose weight the fats cells release their content including the toxins. The liver takes the brunt of this, working overtime to try to eliminate the junk. If it's overloaded it can't do the job very well and can become a bit sluggish mimicking a weight loss plateau. This difficulty is exemplified for those bearing the MTHFR gene snip thus hampering methylation and the detox pathway. It is easier for the body and your liver to adapt to a slow weight loss but I know the feeling of "I want it as in yesterday."
What can we do? Besides the obvious of eliminating further environmental toxins (easier said than done). Consider a liver detox to help with weight loss. In addition make sure your using a good quality probiotic. Thorne is my go to, why? The Mayo Clinic uses Thorne in their clinical trials. That tells me the ingredients are quality and what's on the bottle is what's in the bottle. I worry about supplements from any other source except direct from the manufacturer. Copycat products are sold all over, potentially even on Amazon. Use my link direct to Thorne and sign up for an account. By doing it this way I can give you a professional discount. Also, be sure to read my recommendation on the Thorne website on weight management.
Just in case your wondering from the previous post... Of the hormones used in beef cattle implants (pellets), three are naturally occurring (estradiol, progesterone and testosterone) and two are synthetics (zeranol and trenbolone acetate). Estradiol, progesterone and zeranol are estrogenic, whereas testosterone and trenbolone acetate are androgenic. Estrogenic refers to hormones affecting female characteristics and androgenic refers to hormones affecting male characteristics. Zeranol mimics estradiol and trenbolone acetate mimics testosterone. Implants work by increasing circulating levels of somatotropin and insulin-like growth-factor 1. This causes an increase in the secretion of growth hormone, which increases muscle growth. The type of hormone pellet depends on the age of the animal. There are formulations used for nursing calves on up to cattle entering the feedlot. Cattle entering the feedlot are densely housed and eat all the time to quickly gain weight prior to slaughter. And yes we eat the hormonalized meat (if we eat beef). There are similar practices with pork and chicken as well.
Here we go again... the sermon on diet.
We are what we eat and if we are eating poison... well, we are being poisoned. Seems like a no brainer, right? Except we still do it, me included. Eating foods we are not meant to eat, poisons our body and creates inflammation, the basis of almost all disease. What else does it create? Weight gain! Grrrr.... and hormone imbalances too.
I decided to go vegan for 2 weeks (I can do about anything for 2 weeks). Keep in mind I was raised on a big cattle ranch, so I like cow. I also remember implanting Ralgro in cattle for growth 50 years ago and it's still done today, but I'll neither digress nor reminisce.
After 2 weeks of vegan (secret weapon: veggie chili) It felt good and I noticed some weight loss, so I decided to continue this and add a splurge day once per week. As of today it has been 5 weeks plus one day. Weight loss about 4 pounds, cool! The best part is I don't even desire bad stuff. So what is vegan... lol, no meat (obviously), no dairy (including cheese), no bread (none). I've been doing just veggies, nuts, fruits. I still have 3 boxes of Prolon sitting at home calling my name and I will incorporate this as well. What have my splurge days been? Surprisingly, a spicy salmon roll and a California roll (both) twice now and I didn't even want cow.
My 3 go to's have been: blueberry smoothie, potatoes fried in olive oil and veggie chili. I'll post the smoothie and chili recipe.
1.5-2 cups baby organic spinach
Frozen organic blueberries (Costco) 1-1.5 cups to taste
Filtered water (no bottled) to desired consistency
Blend using a Nutribullet or vitamix
(If your bananas are changing color peel them and freeze them, then adjust the water amount)
8 c Kidney beans cooked or 4 cans (rinsed)
8 c Black beans cooked or 4 cans (rinsed)
3 Large red/orange bell peppers chopped
2 large onions chopped
2 jalapeños chopped (or more to your taste)
1 soup (Pacific foods roasted tomato/red pepper soup)
4 cans Mexican style stewed tomatoes
1 cup red wine (deep bodied) adjust to your taste
Chili powder (lots)
Black Pepper (to taste)
Red pepper flakes (to taste)
In a stockpot saute onions and red/orange bell peppers with the spices in small amount of olive oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until it tastes good! If you need a little cheat then use Costco beef base (very salty though)
Jolene Culver ARNP, mother, grandmother, daughter and definitely menopausal. I love my pellets! As a matter of fact that is what inspired me to do hormone therapy. I'm NOT going down without a fight. My goal for myself and all of my family of patients is for optimal health and to feel the best that we can and look the best that we can. Defy gravity with Botox, fillers and PRP!