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Fit or Fat? Here's the skinny on getting your fats right...

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

One of the most serious lies that we have been told over the past 70 years is that fat is bad for us. Specifically, that we should avoid eating animal fats.

Traditional cultures valued animal fats above all other food. Why? Saturated fats are essential for good health!

Being aware of the quality of fat you purchase and use in your home will be one of the biggest needle-movers you can invest in for the health of your family.

Let’s talk about the word fat first: unfortunately, in the English language we have this one word, "fat", and that means a lot of things. The word is used to describe various cooking oils either from vegetables or animals; it’s also used as a word to describe how animal bodies look. So, instead of saying “gosh my cat is looking corpulent”, we say, “what a fat cat!”

In the 1950’s, fat started to be blamed for heart disease and we also started to think of fat in foods as fat on our bodies. The 1950’s were 70 years ago, y’all, so let’s get off that bandwagon and understand how we can fuel our bodies so that we can achieve better health.

Bottom line: Fat does not equal fat.

You are probably aware of the rampant rise in neurological diseases and disorders like dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism, the list goes on. The human brain is made up of over 60% fat. Additionally, fat is necessary in the diet to provide building blocks for all cell membranes; fat is required to carry the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K . In fact, there’s a study about 20 years old that links canola oil to vitamin E deficiency, which is a vitamin required for your cardiovascular system to function optimally. Additionally, other studies link canola oil to heart lesions.

So, ditch your canola oil today and get a high-quality avocado oil. Avocado oil is a great investment for me because I also use it in a small pump in my bathroom to remove my makeup and as an alternative to lotion. (It’s inexpensive and I’m what Gretchen Rubin would call an “underbuyer”, so I like that I can use it for so many things.) Avocado oil has a high smoke point, so use it in cooking as well.

If you are still using margarine, switch that for real, good quality butter from grass-fed cows and use as much butter as you want. You will find that you will be more satiated as fat is a dense, stable source of energy for your body. It also tastes amazing. There’s a good reason we crave these flavors.

Switch your Crisco or shortening to palm shortening, coconut oil, beef tallow, or lard. I recommend you look for good, pasture-raised sources of these animal fats.

Switch out commercial salad dressings made with processed, polyunsaturated fats with olive oil or sesame oil mixed with a vinegar and some herbs. It’s really easy and quick to make some delicious homemade salad dressings that will nourish your body and mind.

I wanted to end by sharing this quote by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD: she writes: “Mother Nature gave us perfect bodies – miraculous creations, which we probably will never fully understand. Our bodies have complete power to keep themselves healthy, to repair any damage and heal themselves. It is your own body that heals you, not your doctor! It does it quietly without your knowledge as long as you allow it to do so.” That quote is from her book “Put Your Heart In Your Mouth”.

In short, saturated fats, meat and dairy are a healthy part of the diet as long as those animals have been raised on pastures free from the heavy toxic burden we see in conventional animal products

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