I am a big believer in a diet high in healthy fats, I know that our bodies do so much better when we fuel from fat instead of processed sugar found in much of the bread, rice and snacks here in the US. Our bodies simply do not know what do with all the extra sugar in our diet so it’s stored as fat and ends up causing heart disease. Our numbers, compared to other countries, for heart disease and diabetes are off the charts. Healthy fat, on the other hand, is a sustainable and slow-burning form of energy; which means no blood sugar spikes. Ever since people became afraid of fat we have also seen an increase in brain-related diseases such as dementia, Alzheimers, and Parkinsons. Fat is brain food and we often aren’t getting enough of it to nourish ourselves. We don’t think of fat as giving us energy but it does, especially in the absence of sugar, our bodies will turn to the fat we eat for fuel. It also keeps us feeling full longer which means we are not having to eat as often.
Healthy fats are also incredible good-hormone builders. Keeping the good hormones fed in our body helps us feel so much better and can combat major autoimmune issues such as hypothyroidism. I could go on, but suffice it to say healthy fat is very important to me, I talk with my clients about it a lot. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to talk more, there is so much more to say than can be put in one blog post. Here is a list of some of the best sources of healthy fat. Remember, less sugar more fat!
Top 7 healthy fats
1. Avocados and avocado oil. Both are high in Vitamin E which prevents free radicals.
2. Grass-fed butter or Ghee. Contains Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids which help brain health and improves skin health. Also, contains Vitamins A, D, and E which all help keep your metabolism on track.
3. Coconut Oil. This is easy to digest it’s also anti-inflammatory and helps reduce arthritis, increases good cholesterol and promotes heart health. It’s also crucial for brain health and memory and a great hormone builder. Coconut oil is pretty much a miracle oil. Don’t underestimate it!
4. Extra virgin olive oil. This is great for heart health and reduces the risk of heart attack. It is also high in antioxidants and helps improve memory and also anti-inflammatory which is great for joint health.
5. Omega-3’s. These can be found in salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, grass-fed beef, green leafy vegetables, brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and watercress. Omega-3’s are crucial because the body is not capable of making them on its own. The populations that eat the most are seen to live a longer, healthier life. I don’t think people realize how many foods Omega 3’s are in so even if you don’t like salmon you can still eat up!
6. Nuts and seeds (walnuts, chia seeds and almonds are my favorites) help to lower bad cholesterol. Walnuts are high in Omega 3’s and chia seeds are the best source of fiber in the world. Perfect snack replacement on the go and way better for you than a processed snack bar.
7. Egg yolks. I’ve said this before, but egg yolks are so incredibly good for you, they have tons of amino acids necessary for your body and also choline which is really good for liver cleansing.