I’ve been dropping the ball on these Spill It Sundays posts. I’m sorry Arman. Don’t hate me.
I really love the topic we’re covering today – fats! Can you believe I used to think fats were bad? Can you believe that a good portion of people still think fats are bad? I’ll be the first to say that I got caught up in the low-fat diet fads of years past. Was I crazy? No, I just was listening to information without doing my own research. Now, I know that fats won’t make you fat. You kind of need fat to survive. There are countless resources that will tell you that high-fat diets are actually beneficial. Since I’m no dietician, I needed to figure that out on my own. Of course, everyone is different and ultimately, you have to discover what works for you. Just because I eat a higher-fat diet doesn’t mean you have to, but I would encourage you to look into it. You have to eat in a way that works for you, not what works for someone else.
I can identify with Arman because he is working figuring out what works for his own diet right now; I think this is always a changing, evolving process, but currently, I am totally on board with his philosophy, which is “WholeArman” (a play on words for Whole30). The brainiac thing is, no one else can do WholeArman because it is specific to what works for him. One thing he’s focusing on is fat intake and its sources, so I’m going to share some of my favorite ways to include fat in my diet. It wouldn’t be called Nutty for Life if I didn’t eat fats, right?
What is your favorite fat source?
Lately, I’ve really been loving almonds as a fat source. They’re my favorite nut to snack on. I like to add them as a side to meals a lot or top my oats or yogurt with them. I like to make my own almond butter, too! I’ve been obsessed with making breakfast bowls that include greek yogurt, almond meal, chia seeds, almonds, cinnamon, and crumbled homemade muffins. They’re really yummy. And almond butter is divine, too. Can’t forget that!
What is your favorite nut butter?
Okay, I know peanuts are technically legumes, but I consider them nuts. PeaNUT butter is my favorite nut butter. I just think they have the word ‘nut’ in them for a reason, and that reason is so that I could worship peanut butter as if it is its own food group. I mean, I even dedicated a month to four different peanut butter recipes. You can bet that’s happening again this year, too. Long story short: I’m nutty for peanut butter.
What fat receives unfair flack? What fat is overrated?
Saturated fat from the right sources gets unfair flack, in my opinion. Like I said, I’m not a dietician, and I can’t explain to you in correct scientific terms why some saturated fats are good for you. So, I’m going to send you over to Robyn’s post about coconut oil. Coconut products are my favorite form of saturated fat: I put coconut milk in my coffee, cook with coconut oil, I make coconut butter, and I even put coconut oil on my face and body.
As for an overrated fat… personally, I don’t think there is one. Some people might say coconut oil, and I guess I could say that because it’s gotten so much attention recently. I won’t though, because I’ve found that it has both excellent internal and external benefits. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m sitting in my robe because I made my own coconut oil scrub in the shower and then followed up with more coconut oil to moisturize, and it’s soaking in! If we say a fat is overrated, we give negative connotations to the word ‘fat’ in general, and I’m sick of seeing that sh*t in the media. Fat isn’t overrated – it’s a necessary nutrient.
What is your perception of this macronutrient?
My own perception of fat has changed over the last few years drastically. As I mentioned above, I was queen of the low-fat this and low-fat that diet. It was, for a lack of a better word, gross. I would be hesitant of putting olive oil on my salads or cooking meals in any type of oil that didn’t spray out of a can. I didn’t know all of the benefits that fat can provide us, specifically in the brain (<– This article talks a lot about the Paleo diet, which I don’t 100% agree with, but I do find the explanation of why fats are good for the brain helpful). Now, my perception of fats has done a complete 180. I like whole fat foods. I like to add oil to my dishes. I like to eat the egg yolks! It makes them taste better! Plus, I don’t have to worry about added sugar to make up for that lack of flavor.
What benefits do fats play in your personal eating habits?
I’ve found that fat is extremely crucial to my satiety. The 21 Day Sugar Detox helped me a lot in that discovery. Now, I make sure there is some sort of fat included in every single meal and at every snack, as best I can. Fats are not the enemy anymore. Fats nourish the body.
Basically, fats are good for you. You can find the research to prove it if you look, just like I did. There’s nothing more powerful than knowledge, especially when it comes to finding out what works for our bodies. And that’s the WholeAngela perspective.
Questions of the Day:
>> What is your perception of fats?
>> What is your favorite nut or nut butter?