The Anti-Estrogenic Diet Theory
What is the Anti-Estrogenic Diet?
The Anti-Estrogenic Diet is a diet program that helps the body resist the effects of a high prevalence of estrogenic and estrogen-like chemicals in the environment that many researchers believe leads to health problems and weight (fat) gain.
The world is becoming feminized through chemicals such as atrazine (a common crop herbicide used on fruit and veg crops in the US). The sperm counts are dropping worldwide, with a 20% drop seen in just one generation, and the highest level of infertility, despite the growing number of fertility drugs.
The diet consists of three phases:
- Detox – Allowing the liver (and kidneys) to recuperate and clean itself. The liver is the body’s detoxification organ, and is the organ under the most stress from chemical attack. When it is under duress and begins to fail, diseases such as diabetes and cirrhosis can take root. This diet allows for two weeks of herbal and nutritional therapy to allow the liver to “bounce back into shape” and assume its important role in regulating the body’s metabolism with renewed vigour. During this phase your gut also has a holiday. Avoiding grains and the glutens they contain allows your digestive system to recover from any inflammation caused by them, you will better absorb the nutrient rich foods you will replace your regular foods with.
- High-fat stage. Mimics diet from 10,000 years ago, before the agricultural era. Higher calorie than most diets, but can still cause weight loss. More than anything, it nourishes the hormone system to create sex hormones to counteract
3a. Reintroduction of foods. Since none of us are monks, methodically and gradually reintroducing foods “in the real world”. But it requires a lot of trial and error to see what agrees with your body, and what doesn’t.
3b. Cheat Meals. Within our system we insist that you have one meal a week where you relax all the rules and eat a normal meal. Perhaps a take-away or a meal out will ensure that you keep to your eating plan for the duration. Adherence is Key.
What are anti-estrogenic foods and herbs?
The following foods (and their believed anti-estrogenic components) that help counterbalance the effects of estrogenic chemicals and estrogen mimics in the environment:
- cruciferous vegetables – kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, spinach, green beans, onions, squashes, – have natural anti estrogenic indoles
- DIM – this supplement helps – and REALLY helps you lose body fat. It contains the equivalent extract of the active ingredient of 1kg of cruciferous veg per day in a form you can digest too.
- citrus fruits –
- coffee – contain flavones – 1 or 2 shots/day before training is great.
- fruits – thin skinned berries – cranberries, strawberries, raspberries etc., apricots , figs, melon, grapes, pears not apples, cherries, dates, pomegranates – see the full list.
- tea – polyphenols – especially green teas
- herbs: passionflower, chamomile, fenugreek, nutmeg and turmeric all high in resveratrol.
- conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in grass-fed, organic milk products – real butter and real milk .
- tree nuts, avocado and fertilized eggs – high-fat, “male” (y-chromosome) containing foods that nourish the hormone system. Almonds, brazils, Cashews, Hazels (filberts and cobs), Macadamia, Pecans, Pine nuts, pistachio, Walnuts. NOT PEANUTS
- seeds – flax (golden linseed), sesame, pumpkin, buckwheat, millet, tapioca
What are estrogenic foods? These foods should be avoided on this eating plan:
- conventionally raised meat – often “chemically castrated” using hormones, in order to build bulk and be more tender. This is not a “macho” food anymore. Pay more for organic versions that have not been pumped up with feminising hormones.
- soy – contains genistein and daidzein, both which have hormone-disrupting activity. Japanese women have traditionally fed their husbands soy when they suspected they were cheating on them, and monks eat soy to diminish their libido.. includes – soy milk, textured protein, soy sprouts, sauce, tofu etc.
- ground nuts – peanuts
- beer – Hops, the bitter herb that gives beer its bite, has estrogenic and libido-reducing effects. This is why heavy beer drinkers develop “man boobs”.
- Grains – gluten grains – wheat, barley, rye and oats
- Legumes – beans, peas, lentils (pulses), humus, may be used in small amounts in phase 2 ,especially when you need to add controlled amounts of carbs back into your diet. You’ll know when that is – you will lack the energy to train as hard as you want.
Within my Guaranteed Fatloss system we take the anti estrogenic diet and spread it over your first 4 weeks of training. If time allowed you would do Phase 1 before joining the exercise sessions. Otherwise you will follow Phase 1 maybe for the entirety of your first 4 weeks. At around week 5 or 6 you may find at some point your energy starts to flag and results slow down. Experience has shown us that this is when you should move onto to the next phase both in terms of diet and your exercise plan.
The Anti estrogenic diet theory Created on 11/03/2010 18:02 © revised June 2012 ©