Embrace the Fat

For decades we have been scared to implement good “Healthy Fats” into our diet. Trust me I am majorly guilty of this. Growing up a child of the 80’s our fridge and cupboards were always stocked to the brim of products that claimed to be 99% Fat Free, Guilt Free, Reduced Fat and Low Fat. (Think Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine and Special K.)

The thing with all these so called “Fat Free” products is that to make up for the fat being removed, they are usually replaced with a whole host of other ingredients to make up for the lack of taste. Things like added sugars, chemicals, numbers, preservatives and flavorings. (Think chemical sh!t-storm)

When a product has the fat removed the amount of added sugars then increases in the product. This sends a message to the brain “More, Give me More”. In fact studies have shown that when we consume sugar the same parts of our brains light up and react as someone who has just had a hit of Heroin.

 

When a product has the fat removed the amount of added sugars then increases in the product. This sends a message to the brain “More, Give me More”.

When we consume¬† these “hidden” sugars, they automatically cause our blood sugar levels to rise, which in-turn causes our bodies to produce more insulin. Over time the extra insulin that is pumped into our bodies creates havoc on our blood sugar levels. These added Sugars can have severe effects on our Metabolism.
I personally have trouble in this department as I am insulin resistant and currently have the metabolism of a koala that’s just enjoyed a heavy meal.

SO its time to embrace the fat… The Good fats not your saturated deep fried, Greasy lard burger fats, I’m talking healthy fats. The best sources of healthy fats are of course Coconut (Milk, Cream, & Oil ), Grass Fed Butter, Ghee, Wild Caught Seafood, Avocado’s, Nuts and Seeds.2

The best sources of healthy fats are of course Coconut (Milk, Cream, & Oil ), Grass Fed Butter, Ghee, Wild Caught Seafood, Avocado’s, Nuts and Seeds.

So many parts of our anatomy thrive on the consumption of good fats. The brain, our hormones and our sex hormones (think fertility).

For example the humble avocado is full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. The ancient Aztecs referred to the avocado as “ahuacatl” meaning testicle because of the shape. BUT here’s the kicker it takes 9 months for an avocado fruit to grow from a blossom to a ripened fruit. So if you are contemplating conceiving, get on the healthy fat train and especially start consuming Avo’s.

I remember being told when I was about 9 or 10 to avoid avocados as they are just too fattening!! Now that I know just how beneficial they are I always make sure to include these in my diet regularly.

Insufficient fat in the diet can also compromise the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and healthful phyto-chemicals. Common symptoms of fat deficiency are dry skin, thinning hair, muscle cramps, and poor sleep.1

Not only does fat keep you satisfied and fuller for longer, so you don’t over eat, it also helps to strengthen your immune system. 3
So start embracing the fat today.

references :

1-Super Immunity Book- Joel Fuhrman M.D

2-Eat Fat Be Lean Book- Andi Lew & Dr Natalie Kringoudis

3-Primal Body Primal Mind Book- Nora Gedgaudas

 

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