FAT, Is it our friend or frenemy? We know what you’ve heard... eating fat will make you, well, fat. So why are we seeing everyone obsess over getting their daily dose of fats all of a sudden? Well babes, we’re here to set the record straight!
Let’s start off by saying, our bodies NEED dietary fat to function properly. The right kinds of fats will improve vitamin intake, help with the absorption of nutrients, improve cell signaling, immunity, hormone production and maximize your metabolism, aka help you LOSE WEIGHT. Evidence shows that consuming enough fat can also support cardiovascular health, improve body composition, elevate mood, and even make your skin, hair and nails extra gorgeous! We hear you, fat seems like a miracle, so why are people still scared to eat it?
Not all fats are created equal and the reality is that consuming the wrong kinds of fats can and WILL make you fat. There are many different fat types and with a sea of confusing and sometimes misleading information available, this ship can be a tricky one to navigate!
We’re sure you have heard the terms “good fats” and “healthy fats” thrown around more and more, but for many of us it’s hard to know what counts as “good fats” and which types of fat are better avoided. There is a lot of contradictory information available out there, so let’s break it down clean and simple:
As a rule of thumb, consuming minimally-processed foods that are full of hearty-healthy, skin lovin’ polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids (ALA, DHA and EPA), linoleic acid (CLA), monounsaturated fats (OEA) and some medium-chain saturated fats like stearic acid and Laurie acid are amazing for your body and overall health and appearance. Chrissy and I have both struggled with dry, eczema prone skin and we have noticed a significant difference in the appearance of our skin when consuming high fat, high protein diets (with plenty of marine collagen of course!)
You can find healthy fats in:
● Extra-virgin, cold pressed coconut oil
● Extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil ( these oils will appear as refined, hydrogenated fats in processed foods so try to only eat them in native form aka don’t heat them!)
● Nuts and seeds (hemp, flax, chiai, are especially rich!)