Fat. I’m fat, you’re fat we are all fat! The worst nightmare ever is to be fat. Girls and boys are killing themselves in order to stay thin. 20% of the people who suffer from anorexia die every year and an estimate 10 million people suffer from anorexia in North America alone… And these are only the people we know about! That means more than 10 million people prefer to starve themselves than be fat and I’ll be honest with you, I was fat and I am never ever going to be there again. It took me a long time to not be afraid of fat… This post is not about what I think on diet pills (I’ll give you a hint – it’s poison!) or the pro – anorexia attitude this world has. It’s about why you need to what fat and what kind of. If you had given me 2% milk a year and half ago the only way I would have drunk it would be…walking on a stepmaster; I figured out if I don’t put fat in my body I won’t get fat. As you can see by the name of my blog I don’t think so anymore; I actually think the opposite and soon you will too!
Funny thing, if I’ll tell you to eat omega 3 you won’t have any problem but if I’ll tell you to eat fat….well, it’s not going to happen right?
Did you know 60% of your brain is fat? 33% of your body (assuming you not an elite gymnast) is fat. If your body doesn’t get enough fat from your food where would it get it from? A recent research done in Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and in the Maastricht University in the Netherlands the answer is from your brain; isn’t it lovely? You won’t eat fat and your body will eat your own brain! You can be skinny and dumb.
How about I’ll tell you some more scary stuff on what happens when you don’t eat fat: mood swings, stiff joint, pms, dry skin, high blood pressure, cardiovascular issues, fatigue and aches. Fat is in charge of storing energy, transporting nutrients, regulating body temperature and balancing hormones! Meaning –if you don’t eat fat your body won’t function.
I have to make a point here: I am recommending eating fat but I am still against fast food fat. So no trans-fat at all!! Like at all! Are we clear? Great! Now let’s talk about what kind of fat we should eat, when and how much.
“I’m a great believer in fat. My view is, it’s a moisturiser from the inside” Nigella Lawson, TV chef and #3 hottest female chefs 2012 also known as “queen of food porn”.
So trans-fat is a no no, but saturated fat and unsaturated fat is a big yes. Now I’m not going to go with you over all the kinds of fat and the differences between them; I’m going to keep it simple so if you have question feel free to tweet me @EatCakeNotGetFat.
Best fats for you:
* Coconut oil
* Sesame oil
* Flax seed oil
* Nut and seed butter
*All kinds of seeds
*All kinds of fish
* Nuts (walnuts, almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)
*Organic whole milk
And now for the how much and when
You want to use fat whenever you eat. For example if you eat a toast in the morning and you put butter on it, or any kind of nut/seed butter and then eat a salad with olive oil and maybe some avocado or 2 eggs for breakfast, cooked with ghee and assorted nuts as snack.
The options are unlimited as you can see; just pick one of the suggestions above in combine it with every meal or snack you have and in no time you will start to feel the change in your body. That’s a promise (and no cheating with skim milk and egg white!).
For extra points you can load your meal/snack with some superfoods that contain enough fat for you and a lot of vitamins, minerals and other good stuff for you such as Kale, Chinese broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, fennel, alfalfa sprouts, spinach, bell pepper, summer squash, fava bean, kiwi, blackberries, raspberries.
Kale Salad Recipe:
- 6-8 handfuls of kale (I use organic pre-washed baby kale )
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 2 small oranges sliced
- 1/3 cup sesame or extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup brown rice vinegar
- 4 tbsp hemp or flax oil.
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- Fresh juice from 1 orange
- 2 tbsp orange rind
Method: Place all your dressing ingredients into a food processor and blend till the mint is completely chopped up, about 30 seconds. Place your leafy greens into a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Sprinkle with walnuts and orange slices.
Makes 4 generous servings.
That was rule #1, about how to eat the cake and not get fat… eat fat!
I Hope you enjoy the salad and that you have learned something new J
Join me next time and learn how you can eat the cake and not get fat.