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Fat Doesn't Make You Fat--So Eat It

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  When I struggled with an eating disorder in high school, the first thing I eliminated was any food with fat in it.

I went right for the fat-free yogurt, stopped eating ice cream, told my (poor, confused) mother to buy skim milk (we had been a 2% household) and ate Lean Cuisine meals with 5 grams of fat or less.

OMG.

Why? Why did I do this? Why did I never stop to think how much sugar or carbs or sodium was in the foods I ate and only focused on the fat content?

Why? Because that was all over the media. It was in every magazine, commercial and on the lips of my friends. Fat-free this and fat-free that.

It continued for years until I became a certified health coach in 2009 and learned that fat is actually essential for healthy brains, skin, hair and bodies. I learned that they replace the fat with more sugar to make it taste better.

And I thought that was just plain silly.

So, I stopped eating frozen yogurt and low-fat cheese and yogurt. I started reading food labels more clearly and saw the high amounts of sugar and/or sodium on low-fat foods. I started eating fat again. I started eating FULL FAT ice cream, yogurt, cheese and sour cream. I started eating more avocados, more butter, more nuts and healthy oils like olive, coconut and sesame.

And I noticed my hair looked better. My skin glowed. My nails grew like weeds. My brain functioned more efficiently -- and does even better the less sugar I eat.

I didn't gain weight from eating fat. In fact, eating full-fat foods was so filling and satisfying I ate smaller portions and really savored the flavor. I didn't eat as much because the quality of what I was eating was so much better.

And that's what I do now. And why I do it. Otherwise, I don't think I would be enjoying those mochas from Diesel cafe that I adore so very much. ;)

Have you tried this? Are you curious about making the shift from fat-free to full-fat foods? Drop a line and share your thoughts.

 

 

Why I'm Drinking my Food Lately...

I have a goal. I want to run like I did when I was 19. My sophomore year of college I worked my butt off earning 21+ credits a semester AND managed to run 3.6 miles a day.

What happened? I'm still working just as hard...if not harder. So why did my exercise regimen fall by the wayside?  Because life is like that. We age and we prioritize and the things that matter most often don't get done.

Of late, I am throwing back the covers and running or walking a bit every day. No matter what. Even if it's a few blocks. I am sticking to my commitment and hopefully by the end of March I will have this habit ingrained in my membranes.

What I'm doing to fuel this new habit o' mine is to eat higher amounts of protein and fat. And I'm also drinking clorophyll. The chlorophyll gives me the energy boost I need once it's done cleaning out my vessels and arteries and making new blood cells. The protein and fats? They give me efficient calories so my machine isn't running on empty. I tried that running on E gig more than a few times. It's dumb and only gets me to a dead-end sign that says, "it's 9:30 pm, your stomach is cramping and you feel like crap. Nice job."

So now I'm drinking my food. Here's the smoothie I made yesterday with my little hand-wand blender. I have a Vitamix blender in my sights---maybe for my birthday...

GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND RUN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups of unsweetened chocolate almond milk a Tablespoon of natural peanut butter a scoop or 2 of protein powder of choice (make sure it's a good, clean brand with no fake sugars or added chemical ingredients) half an organic banana half an avocado dollop of local, raw honey

I sat on the couch and drank this slowly.  I breathed. I said, "damn! that's good!"

Then I sat and let it digest for about 30 minutes. My run was AWESOME!

This works nicely whether you're prepping for a run or literally RUNNING out the door to work! The avocado made this smooth and silky like pudding. OMG.

This winter is hanging on for dear life. Instead of being angry or annoyed by it, I'm using it to ask myself:

"what am I hanging onto that needs to be released so the joy and beauty of change and evolution can arrive like Spring on my doorstep?"

Maybe it will come to me on my run tomorrow...