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Have you seen this video on saturated fats from Dr. Mark Hyman? He's an integrative medicine doctor I had the pleasure of learning from during my Health Coach training. He is someone I keep up with to follow up on what he is suggesting since he is very research based, but also because he has a compassionate way of sharing his own story at the same time to make the information easily digestible (pun intended.) Having been studying nutrition theories in more detail and trying different ways to eat in my own diet over the past few years, there is a big reason to look at the fat you choose. I want to first share that I wholeheartedly believe that you have to eat for your particular body and situation. There really is not one standard that you should be eating because each of us is unique. What might work me may not work for you. And what might work for you today, may not work for you tomorrow. A little about my own fat eating story:
I started with a low fat clean eating diet when I first began taking care of myself regularly. I was not looking to lose weight, but it felt good to be eating healthy. It also felt like I was eating all the time! And I was, as the guideline I was following had me eating 5 meals/snacks a day. This was also around the time I entered my Health Coach training and studying over 100 different diet theories. I was suddenly encouraged not to follow a plan, but to start making my own choices based on what felt good to me. Holy cow that was empowering! (and scary and awesome.) I stumbled on a book called The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz which blew away many of the old myths about fat that Dr. Hyman discusses in his video. The low fat diet had me craving things like milk, cheese, meat, and peanut butter. So I started to introduce those into my diet as a test to see how I would feel.
I began consuming whole milk, more meat, nuts, and peanut butter with less of a focus on low fat and more on flavor and what felt good. Not to forget keeping an eye on always eating real food. My cravings subsided for those things and I have been hungry less. I still have my sweet tooth which I try to satiate with a smoothie in the afternoon, but introducing more fat has been a way that feels good to me. I am eating less, craving less, and feeling better. It has also shown in my last several visits to the doctor. My triglycerides, which used to be high, have decreased to a very healthy level, and my most recent blood work earlier this month showed my ratio of cholesterol to triglycerides to be excellent.
I encourage any long-term dietary changes to be done in consultation with your physician so that they can monitor anything that might be amiss. But getting in touch with your body's cravings is one way to lead you toward eating healthier for the rest of your life. Have you tried introducing saturated fats back into your diet? Butter, meat, dairy, coconut oil, avocado, nuts, seeds and the like? Not processed vegetable oils or trans fats - the quality on those is becoming pretty clear that they can have an adverse effect on a large proportion of us. Been focusing a lot on a low fat diet but suffering through cravings? Perhaps you might want to try adding (healthy) fats in your life.
Just fat, not starchy carbs, kids.
Find ways to have food be both enjoyable and sustaining to your body. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for feeling better and doing more with your life.
With love and light,
Massage Therapist, Health Coach, Personal Development junkie.
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