The first time I had kimchi was in High School in 1986 when I was trying to learn Japanese.
Our school was one of the few schools back then that taught Japanese as a foreign language.
On Fridays, our teacher brought in awesome Asian food.
A few weeks into the school year, she introduced us to kimchi.
She explained that kimchi is a Korean food enjoyed by the people of Japan and other Asian countries.
At first, I remember thinking it was kind of nasty.
Then I tolerated it a few more times.
By the following year, I craved it.
Recently, I found out that this funky food is magical.
Kimchi is a fermented food that fights xenoestrogens.
Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body. They are caused by being exposed to things like plastic food containers, shampoos, lotions, deodorants, etc.
When you are exposed to xenoestrogens it can cause the body to become “estrogen dominant”.
This is a big deal because it disrupts our hormones and reduces testosterone, increases the chances of breast cancer, causes behavioral changes and stubborn body fat.
We are exposed to so many xenoestrogens these days, that it is nearly impossible to avoid these man-made chemicals.
One thing we can do is add foods to our diet that fight the effects of xenoestrogens.
Kimchi is just one of a number of foods that fight these hormone-disrupting chemicals.
If you don’t have the “fever for the flavor of” some Kimchi?
I will discuss other foods that are just as beneficial…
…but first, a short music break.
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If you believe your diet and exercise routine has you in a deficit, but you still have stubborn belly-fat or booty-fat cramping your style?
It could be xenoestrogens working against you.
These chemicals are trying to kill your Yacht-Bod dreams!
Here are the foods that fight xenoestrogens:
FERMENTED FOODS: Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Tempeh, Kombucha, Yogurt, etc.
FIBER: Potatoes, Peas, Beans, Squash, Quinoa, Avocado, Flax Seeds, Raspberries, Lentils, Collard Greens, Blackberries, Pears, Oats, Whole Wheat Pasta, Whole Wheat Bread, etc.
Note: There are quite a bit more food items for each of the categories I listed above.
I used to be obsessed with protein and barely ate vegetables.
I figured I could cover this with good multivitamins and supplements.
There are properties of whole foods that man hasn’t been able to mimic with supplements.
You can’t “supplement your way” to optimal health.
I now believe that when you go to a grocery store, the majority of your time should be spent in the produce section.
There is a farmer’s market about 2 blocks from me.
They close off a street near my house once per week and sell fresh produce.
I still take some supplements, but I probably eat 5X the amount of vegetables as I did this time last year.
This has really made a difference in the way I look and feel.
When I was researching xenoestrogens, one source recommended that the best time to eat foods like broccoli was at night.
The reasoning was that testosterone levels are highest in the morning and lowest in the evening.
Lower t-levels wouldn’t be able to offset hormone-disrupting effects of the xenoestrogens.
I do NOT know if this is true.
I DO KNOW that I never crave kimchi in the morning.
Imagine the nasty dragon-breath from kimchi and coffee!
I don’t even think Orbit Gum could help a “dirty mouth” of this magnitude.
How do you know if you are beating these bad chemicals?
Some people recommend blood tests to test testosterone levels.
People who know me, understand that I avoid all needles unless absolutely necessary.
(In my life, everything is “merely a flesh wound” and doctor intervention only happens if someone forces me to see one.)
I do have a reliable test.
The “Old Yeller” test.
Let me explain…
I never cry during movies, but Old Yeller gets me 99% of the way there.
This movie is a TOTAL downer and buzzkill.
I’m mad at whoever wrote this script.
If you are an animal lover at all this movie is likely to pull you over the edge.
If I watch Old Yeller and can’t fight back the tears… the xenoestrogens are clearly winning!
(Spoiler alert) the kid shoots this beautiful dog.
I think it deserves a NEGATIVE 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here’s a crucial point if you don’t want to cry at the ending of this cruel movie:
Don’t Overcook Your Cruciferous Vegetables (Important).
If you eating broccoli for instance, just lightly steam it.
Overcooking can destroy part of the xenoestrogen-fighting benefits.
One of the nice things about fermented foods, like kimchi or sauerkraut, is you don’t need to worry about this.
For pickled goods and sauerkraut, I’ve read that Bubbies brand has some of the highest quality stuff.
Supposedly the way things are pickled and fermented makes a difference.
These are in the refrigerated health food area of a lot of grocery stores.
They follow good practices for keeping all the health benefits of pickling and fermentation.
Since it is nearly impossible to eliminate exposure to xenoestrogens, I highly recommend including some of those foods I listed above as part of your daily diet.
Here’s an idea…
You could easily make a killer soup with lentils, potatoes, beans, and other items on this list to fight these environmental toxins.
I HAVE to mention potatoes.
I find it funny that we now have yet one more benefit to potatoes.
Potatoes are close to magical.
I have already written about how potatoes are already killer for fat loss:
Now it also seems that potatoes will help you lose even the most stubborn body fat.
A quick summary…
Eat fiber, eat vegetables, and embrace your inner kimchi!
Include this stuff in your diet.
Don’t watch Old Yeller.
That movie will make you depressed for days.
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