This one goes out to all the 80's babies out there...the ones who have been raised on low-fat yogurt, low-sugar soda, and all the calorie cutting that comes with 'em. I get it, I was born in the 80's myself...but it's time to let go of the lies, and step away from the skim milk.
Let's start with a blatant distinction between good fats and bad fats. When I say I eat fat to stay skinny, I am talking unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are natural, found in a lot of fish and oils, and have been proven to actually aid in lowering your cholesterol and risk of heart disease if used to replace the bad fats. These good fats can come in the form of monounsaturated fats found in olive oils and coconut oils, or they can come in the form of polyunsaturated fats like Omega-3's found in salmon.
Now onto the little jerks that wreak havoc on arteries and gut health. The bad fats can be simply broken down into two groups to stay away from: saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated fats are found in some animal meats and a lot of vegetable oils, such as canola oil, or margarine. Trans fats are made in a lab, and I don't need to tell you that lab food doesn't do any body any good. You'll find these guys lurking in baked goods, fried food, crackers, and pre-packaged snacks. They are also a good example of something that is completely healthy when found naturally in dairy and meat, but ugly and crippling when tampered and re-created by humans in a factory.
But I don't want to talk about bad fats anymore...I want to talk about the lubricating, skin nourishing, energy inducing fats! When eating a diet full of healthy natural fats, i not only feel more satisfied when I am done eating, but I feel fuller, longer. I used to be a grazer...and I thought it was good thing. I always heard a lot of small meals were better because they kept your energy levels high and your metabolism speedy. However, when my diet is heavy with good fats, I only feel the need to eat 1 or 2 really good meals per day. I don't feel the need to snack very much at all.
I will say, this comes with some deep re-wiring of my eating habits. For years, I have associated being full with over indulgence, and the regret that comes with it. I don't want to fill my stomach to the brim, eat a boat load of calories in one sitting, and then get hungry later. It goes against everything my ego believes in! But here's the thing: I don't get hungry five minutes later. I don't even get super hungry throughout the day. I eat 2 or 3 really large meals full of good fats, and since my body knows what to do with them, I don't feel regretful or slow at all. I eat them, feel full, and then get rid of them! It's natural, and it makes eating each meal that much more enjoyable. If I DO need a snack, I am not ravenously looking through the vending machine because my 300 calorie breakfast didn't cut it. I just grab some almonds or an apple and I'm good.
Yea, I just said that. I never thought an apple as a snack would EVER satisfy me...but when I eat plenty of good fats, an apple is sometimes more than enough! If you don't believe me, I get it...I never thought I would be saying these things either... but if your curious about this idea, just start by not worrying about calories. If the stuff is from the earth, eat it. Don't worry about how much...after a while you can start listening to your body: when it tells you it's full, and what it responds well to.
The main idea is that fat gets a bad rap, when it's actually the thing that has made me feel healthier and happier than ever before.
Just some food for thought!