If you’ve been struggling to lose those last 10-30 pounds, I’m here to tell you that it might not be your fault. Our bodies weren’t designed for this modern era - flooded with toxins, chronic stress, and processed food. It’s like you’re fighting an uphill battle!
And while it might not be your “fault,” it is your responsibility. And that’s exciting. :)
You see, fault and blame are all about pointing the finger. Fault and blame keep you in the past, searching for a culprit. But they do nothing to change your situation.
Responsibility, on the other hand, is “your ability to respond.” It puts the power back in your hands. And while you can’t change the past, you can always create magic in the present.
Today, I’m going to expose the three sneakiest causes of weight gain, and I’m going to equip you with the steps you need to respond like a champion.
Our modern world is filled with toxic chemicals that slow your metabolism, mess up your gut, and cause all sorts of other problems.
In fact, toxins known as “xenoestrogens” have been shown to create stubborn belly fat, making it extra difficult to slim that mid-section.
Toxins are everywhere you go! Sprayed on our foods, mixed into our cosmetics, leached into our water, filling our cleaning supplies. Unless you move to the middle of the Amazon rain forest, it’s virtually impossible to live totally toxin-free.
Fortunately, there are a handful of activities to help you detox:
You can also take advantage of these detoxing supplements:
(I personally love the first two so much, I made sure to include them in our famous Green Juice.)
Cortisol is a stress hormone that puts your body in a state of “fight or flight.” It’s a cousin to adrenaline and can be very useful when wrestling a tiger. But it’s not much help when replying to emails (even if our bodies think otherwise).
Nowadays, we live in a state of chronic stress: running around with 1,000 things on our mind. This leads to a big jump in cortisol, throughout our entire day.
Cortisol has been shown to cause weight gain (as well as cancer and heart disease), so this one hormone can cause all sorts of harm when it gets out of hand.
You can balance your hormones and reduce cortisol with the following tips…
Breathing / Meditation: You will be amazed at how powerful a few deep breaths can be. Give yourself the gift of space. Block out periods of time to do nothing but breathe (and allow your mind to settle on its own).
Exercise: Funny enough, you can actually decrease your overall stress, but inducing some temporary intentional stress through exercise. It will flood your body with endorphins and reduce your cortisol levels.
Herbs: Ashwagandha, astragalus, ginseng, licorice root, holy basil, reishi, cordyceps, and rhodiola are all useful in reducing stress.
Essential Oils: Rub some essential oils on your temples or chest, add them to a bath, or diffuse them in the air. My favorite relaxation oils are lavender, chamomile, frankincense, rose, and lemon balm.
Quality Sleep: If your circadian rhythm is off, it’s going to elevate your cortisol levels and keep you stressed. Do your best to fall asleep by 10:00 p.m. and get 7-9 hours of quality rest each night.
Most modern foods are scientifically engineered to encourage snacking. They are void of any nutrients and filled with the perfect combo of sugar, salt, and fat to keep you reaching for more.
But a 100 calories here and there can really add up.
Knock down your appetite with these proven methods…
Responsibility is exciting! It means you have the power to create a new future.
Now you know to watch out for excess toxins, elevated cortisol levels, and endless appetite. Stay clear of these three and you will drastically increase your chances of reaching your health goals!
Before we dive right into it, here is a short story.
Recently I took some extra hours at work and was pulling in 12-hr shift per day, 5-6 days a week. The only things I did were work and sleep and if I remembered and was not too tired, maybe ate something.