Isn’t Fat Bad for Me?

Isn’t fat bad for me?

Dietary fat: is it good or bad?  Both. You see, not all fats are created equal.

The Skinny on Fats

Some fats are downright dangerous. There are processed, hydrogenated “trans” fats, used in prepared, packaged foods; these can be tremendously harmful to the body. They harm the cardiovascular system, immune system, and contribute to behavior problems. They also lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver stress.

We really do need fat in our diet for many important reasons. Fat aids insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, and it also protects our organs. Fats that are highly nutritious and of good quality will support the body’s  metabolism, keep hormone levels steady, nourish the skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.

Sources of Healthy Fats

  • Avocados, olives, coconuts, wild salmon, and omega-3 rich organic eggs.
  • Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini.
  • Look for the highest quality organic oils when shopping. Words to look for: organic, first-pressed, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined. Avoid expeller-pressed, refined, and solvent extracted.

How to Use Healthy Fats When Cooking

  • For cooking at high temperatures (stir frying and baking), try butter, ghee (clarified butter), or coconut oil.
  • When sautéing foods, try organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • Oils like those from flaxseed, sesame, toasted sesame, walnut, and pumpkin seed are best used unheated and in sauces or dressings.

Try this delicious, easy recipe for a great source of healthy fat:

Avocado Dip
Prep time: 3 minutes
makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 large peeled and pitted avocado
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt, goat yogurt, coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt
    1 diced tomato
    a squirt of lemon or lime juice
    a dash or two of cayenne pepper
    sea salt and black pepper (optional)

Directions:

  • Mash avocado with a fork until very smooth.
  • Add yogurt, tomato, and cayenne. Blend until smooth. This may be done in a food processor, in a blender, or with a fork.
  • Add sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste.
  • Serve chilled with mixed raw vegetables.

Tip: Tastes better if made one hour before serving.

Become More Healthy!

I will help you shift your focus to develop lifelong healthy habits and help your body heal. Together, we will develop a deep understanding of your bio-individual needs and  work to create lasting changes to your health, energy, and well-being.

 

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About LawsOnHealth Wellness

My organs were shutting down, the specialist said. I didn’t hear much of anything after that. The words ‘shutting down’ meant imminent death, in my mind, fraught with horrible pain. I envisioned myself unable to control my faculties and being left in a hospice to moan my last few days. It did not help that the doctors did not know what was wrong with me. On top of all the drugs they prescribed which made me more ill, they did an EMG (such long needles!) MRI's, an endoscopy, and CT scans. Major surgery came next but was later determined to have been unnecessary, after all. That day, hearing those words from the specialist brought me to the river's edge; I would take no more drugs! Instead, I would take my health in hand. Now, I am well, and a trained naturopathic physician, holistic health coach, and colon hydro-therapist. All around us, there is a renewed surge in alternative health and I am excited to help clients reach their goals. Are you at the edge of the river?
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