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Is it important to Detox and cleanse the Body? Are toxins really an issue?

September 23, 2010

We blame weight gain on eating too many burgers and burning too little fat, but scientists are discovering that chemicals we’re exposed to everyday could be a big part of the obesity epidemic. Called obesogens, or endocrine disruptors, these natural and man-made chemicals work by altering the regulatory system that controls your weight—increasing the fat cells you have, decreasing the calories you burn, and even altering the way your body manages hunger.

 It’s time to fight back. The White House’s task force on childhood obesity is tackling obesogens and the Environmental Protection Agency has pumped $20 million into studying them. Here’s what you need to know to wage your own battle on the home front.

How they work

By mimicking the actions of naturally occurring hormones in our bodies or preventing the hormones we produce from acting correctly, endocrine disruptors can:

  • Encourage the body to store fat and re-program cells to become fat cells.
  • Prompt the liver to become insulin resistant, which makes the pancreas pump out more insulin that turns energy into fat all over the body.
  • Prevent leptin (a hormone that reduces appetite) from being released from your fat cells to tell your body you are full.

Where you find them

The short answer: everywhere, particularly because high fructose corn syrup, which can be found in every kind of food, from sodas to yogurt to pretzels, is an obesogen. The ubiquitous, viscous sweet stuff makes your liver insulin resistant and tampers with leptin to increase your hunger, setting up a vicious cycle where you crave more food that is then more easily turned into fat.

Other common places to find obesogens:

  • Meat and farm-raised fish: Research has found that the higher the level of pesticides in your body, the greater your waist circumference and body mass index (BMI). One of the most common places for pesticides to congregate is the fat cells of the animals we eat. A recent study found that farm-raised salmon had 90% more pesticides in it than wild salmon. Experts are also concerned that the hormones used to treat livestock may be causing obesity in people.
  • In your faucets: Pesticides seep deep into the soil and find their way to the water table and into your tap water. The main obesogen in tap water is atrazine. Banned in Europe, but found around the United States, atrazine slows thyroid hormone metabolism. Another culprit found in tap water, tributylin, a fungicide painted on the bottoms of boats, stimulates fat cell production.
  • Cans and water bottles: Bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen used to make plastics hard which has been banned from baby bottles, but is still present in many other plastics (especially sports water bottles) and the lining of most cans, has been shown to increase insulin resistance in animal studies.
  • Nonstick pans and microwave popcorn: Animal studies have shown that early exposure to a chemical used to make items non-stick – Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – leads to obesity in later life. It also is known to affect thyroid glands, which are important regulators of hormones that control weight. Found mainly in products like Teflon pans, it’s also hidden in microwave popcorn bags and pizza boxes.
  • Shower curtains and air fresheners: Phtalates, chemicals found in vinyl products such as shower curtains and fragrance products such as air fresheners, may lower testosterone and metabolism levels, causing you to gain weight and lose muscle mass. They’re also found in vinyl flooring and industrial-grade plastic wrap used to shrink wrap meat in the grocery store.

How to avoid obesogens:

  • Buy wild fish (such as salmon, which is packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids) and meat products that are hormone- and antibiotic free.
  • Install a granular activated carbon filter on your faucet to filter out chemicals such as atrazine.
  • Use aluminum water bottles or those that are BPA-free.
  • Steer clear of plastics with the number 3 or 7 on the bottom, which may leach BPA. Instead look for the numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6, which are unlikely to contain BPA.
  • Keep water bottles cool (warm temperatures increase BPA leaching) and never microwave plastic.
  • Eat fewer canned foods. Opt for frozen or fresh instead. Tuna can be found in pouches that do not contain BPA.
  • Get rid of your non-stick pans if possible. If you must use a Teflon pan, never use a metal implement on it that can scratch the surface and release the chemicals inside, and throw away any scratched non-stick pans.
  • Buy meats straight from the butcher counter (instead of pre-packaged) and ask that they wrap them in brown paper.
  • Skip the air fresheners, open the windows, and try a vase of dried lavender instead.

Doctor OZ episode Monday 9/20/2010


Testimonial for phase 1

July 27, 2010

I lost 15 pounds so far! I didn’t measure my self but I know I lost inches because my scrub pants and dress pants are a lot looser on me!

Phase 1-4: Emeril’s Baby Bam Marinade

May 26, 2010

Here’s the Baby Bam recipe.  

½ t celery salt

1 t dried thyme

1 t dried basil

1 t dried oregano

1 t ground black pepper

2 t garlic powder

2 t onion powder

2 T dried parsley

2 T salt

3 T paprika

 Place all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir well to combine, using a wooden spoon.  Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


Cleansing to lose weight

May 4, 2010

 Toxic build-up can be the cause of weight gain and may interfere with conventional weight loss efforts. Cleansing draws out these toxins for a slimmer and healthier body. 

If you haven’t heard of cleansing, the concept may seem to contradict conventional approaches to weight loss. Cleansing approaches the body from a fundamentally different perspective than calorie-restricted diets. Instead of counting calories and eating less, a cleanse helps you to eat the right foods and supplements so your body can purge toxins and wastes that accumulate in organs (such as the liver) and in adipose tissue, or fat. 

A New Paradigm for Weight Gain and Loss

The conventional understanding of weight gain and loss tell us that the body stores fat when it is fed excess calories, and breaks fat down for energy when food is scarce. According to this model, body weight is based on a person’s unique metabolic rate and how much they consume. Holistic weight loss experts present an alternate model in which it is the chemical toxins in our food (pesticides, preservatives, MSG, artificial colors and flavorings, and artificial sweeteners and other poisons in our environment, rather than calories, that make people gain weight. 

Where Does the Human Body Store Toxins?

Our bodies are equipped with complex systems to drain toxins and metabolic wastes through the skin, kidneys, lungs, liver and colon. But with exposure to food additives, synthetic personal care products, and chemicals in our water and air, the human body can be overloaded with chemicals to detox. Most of the toxic load which cannot be detoxified is stored in the liver (right at your midsection) or isolated from the body’s systems in additional adipose tissue, or fat

Why Some Diets Work and Others Don’t

If weight gain is the body’s way of segregating toxins where they can’t harm the rest of your system, then it logically follows that a weight-loss diet that does not help the body to purge these stored toxins will only succeed temporarily. Weight loss can’t last without some form of cleanse because the toxins that were stored in fat tissue circulate in the bloodstream and other systems of the body – causing headaches, fatigue, achiness, pain, dizziness, moodiness, and other withdrawal-type symptoms – until the body locks them away in new fat tissue. For optimal functioning, the body wants to segregate whatever toxins it can’t remove – which is why people regain weight after most diets. 

Cleansing For Healthy, Sustained Weight Loss

If you’re interested in clearing out the toxins polluting your body and achieving real, permanent weight loss, the following tips will help you in your next cleanse: 

  1. Stop eating or drinking diet products! “Diet” sodas, “sugar-free” snacks and most energy bars are loaded with artificial sweeteners and flavorings. In the long run, these only sabotage better health and a slimmer body.
  2. Don’t eat white. White bread, white flour, and white sugar are bleached and heavily processed.
  3. Likewise, stop eating artificial sweeteners.  They may say “lo-cal,” but they’re even worse for your health and weight than white sugar.
  4. Don’t starve yourself. Starvation dieting only slows down metabolism. Instead, consider a raw foods cleanse with lots of fruits and vegetables, or a lemon cleanse to keep metabolism up with natural, easily processed sugars and lots of enzymes, which help the body break down fat and old toxins.
  5. Go organic. Non-organic fruits and vegetables (especially these worst offenders) only put more pesticides into your body.
  6. Try adding more fresh lemons, uncooked virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, goji or wolfberries to your diet, all of which promote healthy weight loss and cleansing.
  7. Replace refined sugars with healthier sweeteners like agava and stevia, which balance blood sugar levels, support the pancreas, and do not promote weight gain.

Benefits of Xylitol

April 21, 2010
Thanks Kristin Nicole for collecting this information.  🙂


Xylitol is a true natural sweetener, without the side effects of sugar or most artificial sweeteners. Not only is xylitol safe but it also provides essential benefits with regular use. Xylitol is good for your teeth, promotes good health and stabilizes your insulin and hormone levels. DENTAL BENEFITS Xylitol has been used in the dental field for over sixty years to help promote oral health and the prevention of disease caused by bacteria.
• Inhibits plaque and dental cavities up to 80%.
• Retards demineralization of tooth enamel.
• Re-mineralization of tooth enamel.
• Increase saliva production.
• Protects saliva proteins.
• Reduces infections in the mouth and nasopharynx.
Xylitol benefits in the dental field are unlimited.
• Diabetic friendly
• Low glycemic (rated 7 on chart compared to sugar which is 100)
• Slowly metabolized, (no spikes)
• Natural insulin stabilizer
• No abrupt rises or falls in insulin levels
• Diminishes sugar and carbohydrate cravings
• One for One with sugar. Ideal for cooking
• 40% less calories then sugar and 70% fewer carbohydrates then sugar. These are only a few of the benefits that Xylitol will offer to Diabetics.
• Alkaline enhancing
• Anti-aging benefits
• Prevention of Osteoporosis
• Reversing bone loss
• Preventing middle ear infections. Studies on children have proved amazing results
• Aids in weight loss, and dietary needs
• Helps maintain hormonal balance
• Studies indicate it will help prevent types of cancer by preventing growth of bacteria that is harmful
• Slow steady release of energy (great for physical activity)
• Inhibits harmful yeast
• Increases absorption of B vitamins and calcium
Again the list of benefits is endless.

And here are some recipes for xylitol:


February 2, 2010

I have been on phase 1 for one week and have lost 12 pounds already.  Considering this is not the weight loss portion of the program I am extremely happy!!!


Phase 1- Lentil Soup

January 8, 2010

Lentil Soup


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts. Stir in vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 339 | Total Fat: 9.9g | Cholesterol: 0mg