There is a common misconception that fat is the enemy when it comes to weight loss and overall health, but in reality your body needs fat for energy, to maintain healthy cell membranes, to support a healthy immune system, to absorb essential fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, & K, to maintain a healthy weight, and to support a variety of other everyday body functions.
In fact, dozens of studies show that low-fat diets are no better for your health for most people than moderate or high fat diets, and may even be worse for many people. Scientists agree that including adequate amounts of healthy fats in your diet is monumentally important to maintaining good health.
So, when it comes to including fat in your diet, we suggest you focus you on the type of fats and not the amount of fat you consume which is why we've devoted our weekly What's That?! Wednesday post to these...
3 Big "Fat" Suggestions:
Be sure to include a little fat at every meal. For example, breakfast can include a green smoothie with hemp seeds or nut butter. Try our Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie or our Chocolate Maca Chia Breakfast Pudding. Lunch can include a mixed green salad with walnut, olive oil, or flaxseed oil as part of the salad dressing and some fresh sliced avocado- try our Spring Pea Salad with Roasted Fennel and Chickpeas. For dinner, you can cook your food in coconut oil, include a high quality organic meat or wild caught seafood, or add other healthy fat ingredients like nut butters or raw nuts - try our Cucumber & Carrot Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing, our Asian Walnut Lettuce Wraps, or our Summer Corn Fritters with Wild Smoked Salmon.
Hope these big fat tips have been informative to you...as always feel free to comment below or contact us directly with questions, to work with us one on one, or just to add your thoughts.
Wishing you good health!
~Billie & Jennifer
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
I practice functional nutrition, an approach that allows me to look at your entire health history and help you find the "root causes" of your chronic health complaints.
This cuts out the trial and error process and helps you get real symptom relief and resolution!
Food is medicine and knowledge is power -I hope you enjoy my anti-inflammatory recipes which are gluten, dairy, and soy free as well as very low grain and sugar.
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