WHY IS FAT SO IMPORTANT IN THE FIRST PLACE?
- Increased satiety
- Mineral absorption [particularly calcium]
- Absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K [essential for skin, bones and hormone balance]
- Anti-viral activity [caprylic acid – found in coconut oil in particular]
- Optimal fuel for your brain and heart
- Conversion of carotene into vitamin A [last time I checked, the most highly esteemed anti-aging cream on the market is derived from vitamin A]
- Building blocks for cell membranes, hormones, and hormone-like substances [libido anyone?]
- Optimal cholesterol levels [counterintuitive- but the research continues to substantiate it- ]
- Inclusion of essential omega 3, 6 and 9 into diet [3 types of fat the body and can only acquire through food]
- Anti-inflammatory relief necessary for brain health and cardiovascular function [particularly from Omega 3 fats]
So let’s move on.
WHAT TYPE OF FAT IS BEST?
- Coconut Oil [and MCT oil]
- Palm Oil
- Grass-Fed Dairy
- Gras-Fed Meat
- Pastured Poultry
- Pastured poultry
- Grass Fed Meat
- Egg yolks
- Cod Liver Oil
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Macadamia Nuts
- Olives and olive oil
- Avocado and avocado oil
Avoid: vegetable oils [to include Canola oil] when possible. More often than not the fragility of these oils render them rancid before they hit our plate. Damaged oils are a source of unnecessary inflammation. They are also one of the top sources of omega 6 which has a pro-inflammatory impact on the body.
QUANTITY AND TIMING DOES MATTER:
Last but not least let protein be the common denominator to every meal as it is “wonderwoman” in respect to tissue repair + satiety + hormone regulation.
SO WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE IN PRACTICE:
Complex carbs slowly crescendo as the day continues to support cortisol pattern + adrenal function.
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