the skinny on fat

Get an Oil Change

The idea that fat in your food = fat on your body is an outdated nutritional belief system. When this belief system was firmly in place we all jumped on the Low Fat No Fat Battleship. We waged war on fat and removed it from the premises.

When fat became the enemy we got very good at reading food labels but the only thing we looked at was the number of fat grams in the product, totally ignoring the gazillion chemicals, food colorings, and “natural” flavors in the product. (If they’re “natural” why don’t they name them?)

Our refrigerators became stocked with:

Skim milk
Low fat or no fat yogurt
Fat free salad dressing, or worse yet—no salad dressing
And our favorite sweet snack became “Snackwell” cookies.
So what happens when we don’t get enough healthy fat in our diets?
The quality of our skin diminishes.
We got a little grouchy.
We can’t find our keys.
We have difficulty absorbing vitamins A, D, E, & K (all of our fat soluble vitamins)
Our bones suffer.
Our kids are acting out in school.
We fall asleep at our desks at 3:00pm.

Why?

When food scientists took the fat out of our food they replaced it with more sugar and all of the latest research is pointing to fructose, not fat, as the real culprit in diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Dietary fat is very slow burning in the body. When you replace the fat with faster burning carbs you tend to feel less energetic, you risk burning muscle tissue, and you wreak havoc on your metabolism, your hormones, your blood sugar, and your energy.

Dietary fats supply some of the best, and most stable sources of energy. If you want to feel good all day long, you need to make sure you are getting enough healthy fat in your diet.

Remember, the human body needs fat to function properly and for proper hormone production. If hormone production is off, your metabolism will follow. Hormones regulate all kinds of things in your body including your ability to build and maintain muscle tissue, which is responsible for a large portion of your energy expenditure. In simple terms, muscle burns calories 24 hours a day and if you eat a low fat or no fat diet you will have a hard time building and maintaining muscle.

For more on hormones, sign up for my f.r.e.e teleclass.

Meanwhile, add some of these items to your grocery list:

• olives
• avocados
• walnuts
• hazelnuts
• almonds
• Brazil nuts (great source of selenium)
• seeds (hemp, flax, pumpkin, sunflower)
• wild cold water fish (preferably line caught)
• coconut oil (yes this is GOOD for you)

And while you’re upgrading the items in your pantry, check the label on your peanut butter jar. If it says hydrogenated vegetable oil, throw it away and upgrade that as well!

In good health,
Sue Ann

Find more radiant life tips on Sue Ann’s website Conscious Bites Nutrition.


One Response to “the skinny on fat”

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf Says:

    Very informative! I think everyone needs to read this. I’ve definitely noticed more and more healthy living food bloggers are finding that they aren’t getting enough fat and protein in their diets, and are needing to add more to get their hormone balance in check. 🙂