A High Fat Diet - What's Not to Love!?!
The science is in - fats aren't just important, they are crucial to your wellbeing. The fun part: they taste amazing. Plus, fat helps keep cravings for sugar and junk at bay, so please, please, please - Eat Your fat! We can't encourage you enough to do your own research, educate yourself on how important fats are, and then start experimenting with your own diet - adding more and more in.
Why are Fats Important?
- They keep you full
- Are an ideal source of fuel for your brain and essential for proper development of the brain.
- Help prevent Alzheimers Disease. (Your brain is 60% fat. When you deprive your brain of fat it can lead to serious problems)
- Help you loose fat. (If you don't eat fat, you are sending a message to your body to hold on to all the fat it can since your body can't trust you will be giving it more any time soon. Eat more fat, loose more fat)
- Provide you with sustained energy
- Curb cravings for sugar
- Support your metabolism
- Necessary to absorb fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E & K
- Aid in mineral absorption
- Provide building blocks for cell membranes
- Essential for proper growth and development in children
Foods Containing Healthy Fats
- Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, MCT oil
- Nuts and seeds (and nut milks!)
- Coconut – fresh or frozen young coconut meat, canned coconut milk, unrefined coconut oil, coconut butter
- Grass Fed butter/Ghee (please try and keep it grass fed and organic)
- Flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts
- Wild-caught fish
- Egg yolks from farm fresh, pasture raised eggs (chickens that have been raised outdoors munching on grasses and plants)
How to Incorporate Healthy Fats into Your Diet
Put Fat in Your Smoothies
- Add a tbsp. of coconut oil
- Add 1-2 tbsp. of nut-butter
- Add a tbsp of hemp hearts
- Use coconut milk or nut-milk
- Add ¼- ½ of an avocado
- Add MCT oil. Start with only 1/2 tsp as some people find it upsets their tummy - gradually work your way up to 1 TBSP
- Click here for our Raspberry Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe
Put Fat in Your Salads
- Nuts like cashews or macadamia
- Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower or hemp
- Avocado (cause pretty much every salad is better with avocado)
- Hard boiled eggs (try to get it from a local, free range farm)
- Wild caught salmon
- Dressings made with olive oil, or a creamy base thanks to nuts or avocados.
- Click here for a chipotle dressing recipe
- Click here for a curried peanut butter dressing recipe
- Try experimenting with avocados as the base of your dressing. Toss one in the blender with some lemon, nutritional yeast, olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh herbs like cilantro and basil.