Who Wants to Talk About Fat!?
Maybe not what you are thinking exactly—but I want to talk about good fat versus bad fat and what it does to your body.
Are fats good for you or are they bad for you? There are a lot of myths out there right now.
But I would like to address some of these myths and see if I can ease your mind for good. Here and now.
For instance, think of all the fad diets out there! I mean, there was the Atkins diet for a while and then they actually looked at Atkins’ arteries after he died and realized his own diet killed him… But that is neither here nor there…
Filtering Through All the Hype
There is a lot of hype about the different types of diets and what is actually healthy and what is not. We have watched the ketogenic and paleo diets rise in popularity as well as raw vegan and the macro diet.
I have tried a lot of these different types of diets but just a little tidbit about me—I was a vegetarian for 21 years. And then, recently, I had to start adding certain animal products into my diet because I was having some health issues.
I was vegan for about five years as well. Plus, I have dealt with several interesting food allergies. I have tried a lot of different things! Even the paleo diet as of fairly recently. I did this to help with some digestive issues—which it did. But only temporarily.
As of now, I’m on what I guess you could call a gut-healing diet. It’s not necessarily strict like most specific, restrictive diets though. The reason I’m going on about all this is that everybody’s healthy diet is going to look different for each person. It all depends on their specific constitution.
The topic of high-fat diets came up today in my Pain-Free Life Program that I have people going through right now. Some students were concerned about cholesterol and fats because we were talking about grass-fed butter and the healing enzymes it contains. They were worried it would worsen their high-cholesterol levels.
Then this led us to a conversation about coconut oil…
This is always an interesting conversation because a lot of people (especially those in the 30-65 age-range) have been programmed to think that cholesterol is a bad thing.
But this is not always true.
There are all these people out there on a high-fat, low-carb, heavy-meat diet like the paleo diet, but their cholesterol levels are not rising because they don’t eat dairy.
But, on the other hand, there are vegetarians out there who don’t eat meat, but they eat plenty of dairy and their cholesterol levels are not rising either.
So how is this possible?
It is the quality of the fats that they are eating. Also, the foods that we eat with the fats are important because they need to counteract the negative effects of the “bad” fats.
So here’s where I’m going with this…
You may have heard the term “eat fat get thin.” There is a reason for that.
All of these fad diets came about for different reasons—and I am not saying that any of them are bad. I am saying that they each do different things.
Whereas a paleo diet might be good for someone, a raw vegan diet is going to be good for someone else. Personally, the raw vegan thing didn’t work for me because my body was so unhealthy from all the painkillers I had been taking—due to chronic pain—that it couldn’t absorb the good things in the raw foods. So those enzymes were just shooting straight through me and causing painful gas and bloating and it was just no fun for my system at all.
So What DID Work for Me?
Fewer grains. More healthy fat.
Coconut oil is one of those things that there’s a lot of controversy about right now. But it really is fantastic for your body and healing your gut.
Healing your gut is important and in order to do that you have to actually coat your body’s digestive tract with good fats. The thing is, if you have a really sensitive gallbladder or liver you are going to have trouble processing these fats. So you have to make sure you are using good healthy fats; things like avocado, pumpkin seeds, hemp oil… things like that.
Good fats are actually very good for you and they help your body break down the bad fats.
Trans fats are what you don’t want. Things like canola oil and whipped cream—that stuff is not good for you. But it’s not because it has fat in it!
People on fat-free diets have a lot of nutritional deficiencies because fat is really important and it actually helps you absorb all those nutrients that you’re taking into your body. Otherwise, if you are drinking a bunch of raw juices, you may not be processing them because it goes straight to your body so fast. Then you just get the sugar rush from it because only the sugars are sticking.
But if you put a tablespoon of coconut oil in a juice, you are actually going to be able to assimilate all of those vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The sugar will travel through your system slower too, which means it won’t hit your bloodstream as fast. So you avoid the sugar rush and the inevitable crash afterward.
So before, I mentioned taking painkillers, which is not ideal. But if you can not avoid it, you probably want to minimize damage. So try taking a tablespoon of coconut oil when you take that painkiller. This will neutralize the damage that the pill is doing to your body. You can read more about minimizing the effects of painkillers HERE.
So coconut oil is a fantastic healer for the gut. It is amazing for the inside of your body. And this brings me back to the
There has been a lot of research studies to prove that cholesterol isn’t actually related to heart disease. Cholesterol levels are tricky because you have your good cholesterol and your bad cholesterol. And a lot of times they show up the same.
Now I’m not going to get all technical about it but the different levels of cholesterol aren’t always necessarily easy to tell apart. I thought for years that I had insanely high cholesterol and it ran in my family. That was actually what originally put me on a vegan diet. But it turned out that it wasn’t necessarily the cholesterol levels that were the problem. Cholesterol is actually important for your body and it isn’t necessarily related to heart disease.
Heart disease has a whole lot of other factors. It does come from things that also have cholesterol, but it isn’t specifically the cholesterol that links to it.
So things like grass-fed butter that people avoid because of the cholesterol has a lot of healing aspects. Which could really help the people with high levels of “bad” cholesterol. Because the enzymes in the butter help the body process all types of cholesterol, good and bad.
I just want you to know you can eat fat! Fat is good for you! And it isn’t necessarily going to make you fat!
You just have to eat the right kind of fat.