Many people read my What I Ate Wednesday posts and ask me about my fat intake. So a non-traditional twist on WIAW is dedicated to all the healthy fats I eat and a brief explanation as to why. Eight months ago I overhauled my nutrition. I was suffering from fatigue, digestive issues, inability to lose weight, and moodiness. I didn’t have any tests. I just did some reading and took a leap of faith. During my experimentation I cut back on my sugar intake as well as how many grain based products I was eating. Immediately, I noticed improvements in digestion and bloated(ness). However, I feel the most profound change I made was adding healthy fats. I credit the addition of fat into my diet for my change in mood and energy. I was actually happy. As if I were a different person.
My “coming of age” was during the fat free/low fat propaganda of the 90’s. Mass media has taught us to fear fat and looking back at pictures of myself over the years, it really didn’t work for me. There was the eating disorder of my 20’s which led into my yo-yo’ing weight of my early 30’s which was compounded by two pregnancies. I was hungry, unhappy, tired, and frustrated. I have tried any number of things to change my perspective but it wasn’t until recently that I felt free from some of the dietary dogma that has plagued me. I dropped the fad diets, I don’t care what celebrity doctors say, I don’t listen to diet advice from tabloid magazines, and I don’t do what my friend is doing because it works for her. I observe my body, I research different nutritional concepts, I ask questions of people I trust and I make the decisions that are best for me.
People often ask me what I am doing or what would I recommend. I am always cautious of my advice as everyone is different and I am not a nutritionist. People are skeptical when I use the “F” (fat) word. The majority of folks think I am crazy and that’s fine with me. However, if you are looking to add healthy fats into your diet, here are my favorite fats:
- Full Fat Coconut Cream
- Full Fat Yogurt
- Hard Cheeses
- Hemp Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Nut Butters
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Kerrygold Irish Butter or ghee
- Grass Fed Beef
Again, my experience is a personal one and these 15 healthy fats are only listed for demonstrative purposes to give you an idea of what fats are available to you. I know they are healthy for me because I track my bio markers and have seen my cholesterol, iron, glucose levels before and after I switched my diet. If you are looking for ideas on how to start a health and fitness journey, we talk about that here. Please know while you are visiting our blog and engaging in the comment section you will NEVER be judged for your food choices or dietary differences. We respect everyone’s bio individuality, choices, and journey.
Do you eat healthy fats? What are some of your favorite ways to add fat to your diet?
It’s Eat Yo’ Veggies month over at Peas and Crayons, if you have been following my posts for the last few months, you know that I love my veggies even though not pictured in this week’s post