• Allison Castle

The key to losing stubborn belly fat may be cutting these common non-food items from your kitchen!

Not only does belly fat kill your confidence it is also the most harmful fat in your body. Linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, colorectal cancer, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and premature death.

Even with diet and exercise, belly fat can be very difficult to lose. So, what else might be causing stress or imbalance in our body and standing in the way of getting rid of that stubborn belly fat?

The answer may lie in something called obesogens.

What are obesogens?

Obesogens, a category of endocrine disruptors, are artificial chemicals that contribute not only to weight gain and obesity, but also birth defects, premature puberty in girls, demasculinization in men, breast cancer, and other disorders. Obesogens activate estrogen receptors and disrupt the normal metabolic process. Obesogens can both increase the number of fat cells in the body and promote fat storage. Obesogens can also affect the hormones responsible for appetite and satiety.

I personally would love to avoid the impact of obesogens whenever possible, how about you? So let’s take a look at where obesogens may be lurking and how we can avoid as many as possible.

Obesogens can be found in several areas around your home, which I will cover in future posts. For the purposes of this post, we will focus on the kitchen.

A couple items that we use frequently in the kitchen have been shown to contain obesogens. They are plastics and non-stick cookware.

Take a look around your kitchen. Where are you using plastic? Do you use plastic storage bags or storage containers? Do you use plastic water bottles? Are you cooking with non-stick cookware?

Are you feeling overwhelmed as you inventory your kitchen and wondering what you can do? When I work with my health coaching clients we focus on gradual changes to reach an ultimate goal.

So let’s start with a couple of tips you can implement right away with the ultimate goal of drastically reducing the obesogens in your kitchen.

Tip #1- Pay attention to the plastic recycle codes. Safer plastics are labeled 2,4, and 5, anything else should be your first priority to replace.

Tip #2-Avoid exposing plastics to heat and sunlight (definitely do not cook with or microwave plastics) to reduce the chemical leaching.

Tip #3-Do not use metal utensils on non-stick cookware to avoid scratching the coating and adding the obesogen containing coating to your food.

As you feel ready these to start replacing your plastics and non-stick cookware these are some great options:

1-Use glass or stainless steel storage containers

2-Use glass or stainless steel water bottles

3-Use cast iron, glass, stainless steel or copper cookware

With obesity and so many other chronic and lifestyle health issues on the rise, it is important to consider the role of stressor and toxins on the body.

Stay tuned for future posts where I plan to explore how to reduce obesogens in other areas of our homes and lives.

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