Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Truths & Myths about Saturated Fat

After giving birth to my first daughter and attempting to lose weight, I started a journey to be healthier, because losing weight and being healthy are two different things. It took me a long time to realize that. Losing weight is easy, keeping it off is the trouble. For people who have never struggled with their weight, the solution is very simple; "stop eating junk, stop eating so much, do exercise, count calories, don't eat carbs, join a program, etc." I used to have an uncle that would tell us we ate too much eggs, butter, and cheese when we were little. Mind you, he supposedly didn't eat those things, yet he was the biggest... 

After trying and failing at all those attempts to keep my weight down, and years of  trying to find something that will work with my lifestyle I screwed up my metabolism with ridiculous amounts of yo-yo dieting. Counting calories and living on 800-1100 calories is not healthy. You can do it for a short time to drop a few pounds, but eventually it puts your body in starvation mode, therefore lowering your metabolism.

Trying to be healthy in today's world, is no longer just about eating our fruits and veggies like it was at least 50 years ago. Today's highly robust and industrialized food system is filled of chemicals and fancy processing terminology. The more I researched, the more I found out about how food was causing all of the symptoms I was experiencing. Everything I did in the last 15 years revolved around low-fat, low-cal, low carb, high fiber, high protein, and I am still no where. I've literally done it all, the most extreme was taking injections of Hcg combined with pills derived from speed. It's a slippery slope when you get depressed and pack on 20 lbs, start doing everything under the sun like using your gym membership only to end up more tired and depressed when your body won't cooperate with you. Here I am now for the last 3 years, still working on it but this time more sensibly. I've lost a ton of my hair and now I'm too focused on nourishing my mind and body with wholesome foods and listening to what my body is telling me. It has helped my hair tremendously.  

It's only now at this point in my life that I can throw everything I thought I knew about nutrition out the window. This is how you can get started.


2) Understand Fat Biologically/Chemically. Recent studies are now finding that low-fat diets are correlated with higher prevalence of Alzheimer's Disease. Our brain is made of 60% fat... 

3) Take a look at these graphs about Heart Disease & Obesity. 

4) Stay away from any processed fats, or processed anything. To stay away from the fats that make you fat, look for; cottonseed/rapeseed, soybean oil, partially hydrogenated, bleached, refined. To you it should all mean the same damn thing; Stay Away! Load up on coconut oil. Model Miranda Kerr is said to eat 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. People from India consume lots of ghee. 

5) Stick to GRASS-FED meats/butters/cheese/dairy. Organic as much as possible.  Animal products that were fed corn/grain, especially GMO grain have higher Omega 6's which is responsible for inflammation. Milk from conventional (non organic) cows are from cows that are living in factories, in small quarter surrounded by their own filth, given antibiotics to fight infections from bruised/abused udders, and pumped with hormones/drugs to increase milk production, which stresses the animal and produces more Omega 6s'. Pasteurization kills all the good properties such as enzymes, but is necessary because that's the only way to "clean" the milk of the blood and pus contained. Boiling the shit out of the milk doesn't make it any cleaner or healthier for our consumption, it only makes it acidic to our bodies producing more inflammation in us.

6) Eat your eggs, with the yolks! 

***Diet if you must, but at least eat your BMR... The Basal Metabolic Rate is what your organs need to function optimally at rest, if you were to lay in a bed all day. We don't lay in a bed all day and all night, so of course if we ate less than the BMR we'd be in a deficit daily as we spend calories doing things. Calculate your BMR if you like counting calories: