Wellness: Get fat to get skinny...

Okay, I totally know what you are thinking... Huh? What the heck?!

But I am telling you, in order to be healthy and reach your wellness goals, you may need to consider that you need to add fats into your diet.  I know that it can seem a bit counter intuitive, but in order for you to really have a healthy, well-rounded diet you have to have and eat fats!

I know that sounds scary, with the fact that mainstream thought has been, for years, that you should avoid fat, but that is as old-school as the T-Mobile flip phone! The only real problem with having fat in your diet is that the majority of people are eating the wrong fat, and therefore adding on a few pant sizes.

So, here is the deal…

Heavily processed, hydrogenated fats called “trans” fats come in packaged foods and can be extremely damaging to the body.  These fats can:

- compromise your cardiovascular system

- destroy your immune system &

-contribute to behavior problems. (So before putting your kids on those medicines that the teacher keeps hinting around about, look at their diet first!)

They can also lead to :

weight gain

- skin breakouts

-high blood pressure

-liver strain.

With that said, our bodies need fat for insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, and to protect our organs. High-quality fats can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.

So, where can you find these amazing fats? Great question! Below is a list that gives you an idea of a few places you can find healthy fats!

Avocados  Olives  Coconuts  Wild Salmon  Whole nuts & seeds  Nut butters  Seed butters

 

When you begin to add these good fats into your diet you should look for the highest-quality of organic oils.  Stay away from labels that says things like, expeller-pressed, refined and solvent extracted.  Instead you should look for things that say: organic, first-pressed, cold-pressed, extra-virgin and unrefined. You can use these fats for sautéing foods, for dressings and if you are cooking at high temperatures grab some ghee, which is clarified butter, or coconut oil.

 

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