After years and years of hearing that we basically needed to eliminate fat from our diet, people are starting to understand the importance of having healthy oils, nuts, seeds, etc.
During my Ignite phase, healthy fats are to be approximately 70% of daily caloric intake. That sounds like a dream to anyone who loves cheese, butter, and eggs, but actually achieving that 70% in a HEALTHY way, is not as easy as you’d think.
Remember that this is not just about weight…..it’s about health.
I remember a time, almost 40 years ago, two friends and I read somewhere that if we only ate meat, cheese, eggs, and butter, we could have all we wanted and still lose weight.
- Not one bite of anything else
- No veggies
- No fruit
- Certainly no bread!!
Why I wanted to lose weight then is beyond me!! I’d give my favourite child to be that weight again!!!
(Just kidding, kids….. I have no favourite!!! <3)
Anyway, after three days I felt TERRIBLE!!!!!! I remember watching a cheese commercial on TV and starting to gag!!!! To this day, I can hardly eat cheese and eggs together!!!!
Yeah, I’m pretty sure it is safe to assume that this was not healthy!! That was keto on crack!!
But there are ways to get healthy fats into our diets and even to consume them at high levels for a period of time.
From an article by Dr. Josh Axe….
Fats are an important part of the diet, but not all fats have the same effects on health. While good fats can actually lower cholesterol levels, boost brain function and support satiety, filling up on unhealthy fats can contribute to chronic disease and weight gain. A good rule of thumb is to steer clear of highly-processed fats that are pumped full of additives and unhealthy ingredients. Refined vegetable oils, processed meats and snack foods like chips, crackers and baked goods are generally high in disease-causing, artery-clogging trans fats that should be avoided at all costs. Conversely, the key for finding healthy fats to eat is to look for ingredients that are unprocessed and naturally high in fats. Avocados, full-fat dairy, olive oil and fatty fish are just a few foods with healthy fats that can help benefit your health.https://draxe.com/nutrition/healthy-fats/
What are some of the best choices for consuming healthy, anti-inflammatory fat?
In the linked article above, Dr. Axe lists 11 that he considers the best choices:
- Butter and ghee
- Coconut oil
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Omega 3’s – preferably sourced from wild caught fish or fish oil
- Nuts and seeds
- Grass fed and finished organic beef
- MCT oil
- Full fat dairy (if you can tolerate dairy)
- Dark chocolate – Yessss!!!!
One of my favourite foods are avocados….and I love them in guacamole!! So this was yesterday’s effort and I’m late posting!
So…..bottom line, eat fat but choose wisely!! Not all fats are created equal.
Also, from much that I have read, fat and higher carb foods, like breads, pasta, high sugar fruit, should be consumed separately, giving your body only one fuel source to choose from and thereby reducing the storage of fuel, in the form of fat, from the second source.
The biggest threat to our health, in my opinion, are sugars, foods that convert to sugars, and chemical-laden processed foods.
Let’s all try to consume more whole, anti-inflammatory foods that heal the gut, do not provoke an insulin response, and in their most natural state possible!!!
- 2 Ripe avocado Mashed
- 1 Lemon Juiced
- 5 cloves garlic Pressed
- 1 tbsp MCT oil
- 1 dash Pink Himalayan salt
- Mash avocado in bowl. Mash or press garlic and add to avocado. Add lemon juice, salt, and MCT oil. Mix well and enjoy immediately or cover tightly and let the flavours blend.