One of the most dangerous fads to hit the media is the “low fat” “fat free” way of life. Our minds have now become programmed to view fat free yogurt, egg whites, and margarine as healthy alternatives to their natural state-fat and all. With not enough healthy fats in our diet, our bodies are now dramatically suffering the consequences.
My Healthy Fat Journey
I constantly hear people say that eating fat will make you fat. LIE. Terrible, terrible lie. It took me quite some time to get over the ‘fat phobia’ so many are facing today because of mainstream media engraving the health benefits of ‘fat free’ everything in my mind. I used the fake butter spreads, only ate lean meat, and fat free yogurt was my go to snack. After dedicating my time to studying health and nutrition- I quickly realized how desperately our bodies need fat and that consuming real, whole foods -the way people used to a hundred years ago, is the way our bodies were created to function.
I began nourishing my body with real food, eating tons of healthy fats each and every day. This is where my revelation came in. I didn’t gain one pound. I actually lost weight, gained more energy, stable moods, and clearer skin. After studying and truly listening to my biofeedback, I found my body thrives on generous amounts of healthy fats.
Why so Healthy?
The health of our bodies is determined by the balance of essential nutrients we give it- fat being one of them. It is time to reprogram how our mind how to perceive fat. When you hear healthy fat, think of balance, stability, and total nourishment. Healthy fats give you incredible energy, they keep the appetite regulated, and they make cells strong and healthy. Healthy fats are also a key component to healthy, glowing skin.
And ladies, healthy fat is the raw material that is needed to produce and maintain proper hormone function! Hormones are produced using good fats and cholesterol, so if our bodies are not getting these nutrients, hormone problems arise simply because the body doesn’t have the building blocks to make them. The body needs fats for rebuilding cells and hormone production. This is especially important for the female reproductive system.
Types of Fat
The type of fat we consume is critical. Check out a more detailed overview of the types of fats, and how they effect the body.
Foods like butter and coconut oil are full of short and medium chain fatty acids that our body turns directly into energy, and does not store as fat. Eating these fats actually speeds up your metabolism and balances hormones.
Sugar on the other hand does get stored as fat, and feeds disease.
The solution? Eat generous amounts of healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, remove sugar, limit grains, and watch your body transform!
Saturated Fat: Friend or Foe?
Saturated fat is particularly controversial and is made out to be a demon for our health. Sadly, not true. The real cause of heart disease and rapid decline in health are the hydrogenated oils and trans fat.
Saturated fat is a vital component to the body, comprising 50% of the brain, about 45% of breast milk, and 50% of all cell membrane structures. Eating saturated fat from sources like coconut, and egg yolks have been proven to improve brain function and heart health. There are many brilliant Doctors that are sharing truth and shining light on this topic. ->Skinny on Fats – Cholesterol and Saturated Fat are not the Enemies
Saturated fats are easily digested by the body, which provides tremendous energy, and assists the body in building and repairing skin cells.
When you think saturated fat, think glowing skin, balanced hormones, and a healthy body.
Healthy Fats vs. Toxic Fats
All fats are most definitely not created equal, their are healthy fats, and toxic fats. We must consistently eat the healthy and avoid the toxic for our bodies to truly thrive.
**Organic, unrefined, extra virgin, and cold-pressed forms are ideal**
Butter from pastured/grass fed cows
Organic full fat goat milk/yogurt/kefir
Grass fed/pastured meat
Nut oils (walnut, pecan, macadamia)
Nuts & seeds
Wild caught fish
Cod Liver Oil
Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils Man made trans-fats often found in “buttery spreads”
Canola oil (also known as rapeseed oil)
Rice bran oil