I'd love to hear your experience: how difficult was it for you to give up the “low-fat mentality”?
- I'm talking about that voice in your head that tells you not to eat too much butter because it causes heart attacks or weight gain. (Not true!)
- Or the one that tells you red meat is bad for your health. (NOPE. It's good for you if you're buying healthy meat, not just plain ol' grocery story meat.)
- Or the voice that says healthy fats are only found in things like olive oil and nuts. (Those aren't unhealthy, but both have a higher tendency to cause weight gain/stored fat. Your body needs saturated fats, like butter and coconut oil, and those are not stored, but burned immediately for fuel!)
- That inclination to buy low-fat milk so you “don't gain weight”. (DON'T DO IT! Read why low-fat milk is rotten for you, and also read, “Does fat make you fat?-part 2“.)
I know, I know, you think I'm a nut case for suggesting you eat MORE fats…
This certainly wasn't easy for me to wrap my brain around, either. When my original real foodie mentor, Kathy, started telling me these things almost 5 years ago, I remember asking her, “So you're telling me that if Jack (her husband) had a heart attack, you'd continue to buy butter?” She replied, “Most definitely, the components in butter help to heal.”
When it comes to the weight gain issue, all you have to do is look around at the overweight people around you – I'd guess that all of them have tried the typical Weight Watchers fat-free sugar-free plan (there are less “points” in those foods, so you can eat more)…and they're still overweight. Or maybe they lost the weight, but it all came back. Our bodies need healthy fats, so how could it hold out long-term without them? That is going against nature, which never works.
If you're still smack in the middle of the low-fat mentality, don't feel bad.
Who can blame you? That's all “they” (doctors, drug companies, food manufacturers) have been telling us for years! But look around, it's not working – our culture is more unhealthy than ever. Here is the complete index of posts on the topic of healthy fats & oils – take some time to do some reading here, and then decide for yourself.
I hope to hear from you, I'll compile all your answers and put them into one post.
You can comment here or email me: Kelly(“at” sign)kellythekitchenkop(dot)com. I'm also going to ask people like Sally Fallon and Nina Planck – hopefully they'll respond, too!
Thank you! I look forward to your comments. 🙂
UPDATE: here are the great responses I received from this post, as well as the many wonderful comments below!