G’morning and I hope your Sunday is filled with joy and greatness. I had a very interesting conversation with a friend yesterday about “dieting”, which I do not support in the first place. Anyway, she believes that the fat you eat is the fat you wear, hence has been going on an extreme no fat diet, and even low carb. She only eats products that have the label fat free on it. I have come to realize that, Americans are constantly being tricked into the latest diet trends. We always need a scapegoat to blame for the weigh gain and we will point finger at things that sound bad such as fat in this case. To me, it is inherently wrong to start a diet or change in lifestyle if you do not completely understand the foundation of your body and what it takes to keep your cells going and functioning. Your cells, in the most plain and simple language, are made of fat and protein.
By starving yourself on fat, you will find your body always hungry, deprived and ready to find another source to replenish this profound lack of fat. Guess what, fat free man-made foods will have more processed sugar packed in it than anything else and by eating this heavily processed, crack-cocaine addictive refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup (aka corn syrup on steroid), you are absorbing horrible substances and chemicals that false alarm you body to attract more fat. Now do not get me start on the nutrient value of those products because there is none. Processed foods are fortified and injected with artificial flavors and “vitamins” to replace the organic, natural vitamins from earth that were stripped out of them through the processing periods. So do yourself a favor, and don’t buy those packaged fat free items, because SUGAR IS FAT FREE too my friends.
Next, let’s think about the types of fats there are. You often hear about good and bad fats but there are 3 types of fats that you must understand and come to term with for a healthy lifestyle to happen.
-Saturated fat: the solid fat, which means they will stay solid at room temperature, such as cheese, cream and guess what, even the much hyped and praised coconut oil is a form of saturated fat. Is it good or bad? It depends on what type you choose to eat. For instance, I do not think people need cheese and ice cream to be healthy. However, coconut oil is great and if being used in the right amount and correct smoke point (before it turns black), then you are using great resource for your health.
-Unsaturated fat (Monounsaturated fat and Polyunsaturated fat): the “healthy fat” such as olive oil, canola oil, flaxseeds, walnut, avocado, salmon to name a few. These are the good fats that you should feel free to add into your diet. Of course not in huge amount, but as a moderation addition of this fat everyday is very important (I say 20-30% of your diet).
–Trans fat: AVOID AT ALL COSTS. This is horrible, processed, man-made by products and it gives fat that bad rap. This is why I often advise people to read the labels and to see what they are about to intake before making a purchase
So there my friends, that was my 2 cents about fat and the fact that people are so blindly ready to cut all fat off their diet without even giving the poor guy a chance. It is the equivalent of sucking the air out of your body. Healthy fat and good cholesterol will protect your brain, immune system, boost your mood and creativity, and most importantly, give you that fuel and energy to function and to burn more fat in your body 🙂 <3.
On another unrelated note, I put together this simple, running-errand on Sunday outfit. If you love Mean Girls as much as I do, I hope you will find the humor in it hehe.