Fat….as I see it.
Growing up, we all heard it…”watch your fat” “low fat is better” “fat and salt are the killers”. It programmed us to look for those products with lower fat listings on the labels, meanwhile consuming synthetic products in an attempt to be so careful of fat.
The truth is we NEED fats in our diet!
Having suffered a concussion a few years ago, I was looking for a solution to the residual effects of mental fog, difficulty processing information and emotional road blocks. Stumbling on the Keto (Ketogenic) diet turned everything I thought to be true about my diet, on its’ head. Not only are fats a source of energy, they play an important role in hormone production, brain function, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, temperature regulation and protection of our organs.
However. not all fats are the same and it’s important that we know the difference.
Healthy fats are fats, WELL-PRESERVED, in good quality whole foods, animal or plant, or gently extracted and preserved without oxidization.
Unhealthy fats are trans fats, short for “trans fatty acids,”. Trans fat appears in foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. These are the bad ones….chemically altered fats are a no-no.
I am not a dietician, doctor or professional health practitioner. I am the average woman….no health concerns to speak of but definitely motivated to improve realistic overall health. I only know what works for me. Incorporating fats (and reducing carbs – eliminating processed carbs) in my diet has resulted in weight loss, increases my energy levels and has resulted in clearer cognitive function. YAY!
SO……What’s the take away?
- KNOW YOUR BODY. Make choices for your body based on what works for you! Noone knows how you feel or what gives you energy, what food makes you gassy or digests well, or what eating patterns are best for you.
- MAKE INFORMED CHOICES. Read, get to know your labels on your food, know what you’re putting in your mouth is actually made up of, and understand what misleading ingredients actually look like!
- EAT CLEAN WHOLE FOODS. Ok listen….clean is best. The less crap in the food you eat, the less issue you will have. Having said that, there is still a huge amount of information about how our food is grown and what they’ve done to it, that we don’t know. Learn, listen and make the best informed choice about what is ‘clean’ from your perspective. If you decide to “cheat”, then cheat with something that you feel isn’t compromising EVERYTHING you believe in or your entire foundation of health.
EGGS ARE UNHEALTHY …….hahahahaha
This is far from the truth – eggs are highly nutritious. While both the egg white and yolk contain protein, the yolk provides vitamin A, D, E and B12, riboflavin and folate. So, where does the unhealthy rep come from? It comes from the amount of cholesterol in eggs. One egg contains approximately 185mg of cholesterol, which is found primarily in the yolk. Similar to most foods, eggs should be consumed in moderation, and can make for a healthy food choice when intake of saturated and trans fat are restricted.
I’m not even gonna touch the Cholesterol train…that’s a battle for a different day.