Everyone’s catching on. We’re a fat-deprived society. Deprived of the right kind of fat that is. Many of us grew-up believing that low fat was the healthy way to go. Fat is after all, high in calories and not so good for the waist line, right? Well, what if I told you that whole food fats are actually good for the waist line. Or that they actually increase metabolism function and supply the body with long-lasting energy reserves.
Eating healthy, whole food fats, won’t make you fat. The high calorie avocado is a good example. Since it’s nutrients are effectively utilized by the body, a creamy avocado can actually help reduce annoying cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates.
“Binge eating of sugary or fatty junk foods, maybe remedied by consuming fat. The reason we’re often drawn to junk foods in the first place is often due to a nutritional deficiency.” – Natural News
This might sound strange after we’ve been told for so long, that fat is bad for us. Now, we understand that we need these fats for energy, healthy skin and organs, as well as optimal brain function.
Fats are incredibly satisfying to our digestive system, leaving us with less to crave after we eat them. Most fat is found in combination with protein; which allows for maximum absorption of their nutrients. They may also help reduce your cravings because we’re more likely to feel nourished after eating them.
Next time you crave sugar, try going for some satisfying and nutrient-dense, whole food fats:
- virgin coconut oil
- pumpkin, hemp, flax + sesame seeds
- olives & their oils
- brazil nuts
- chia seeds
- raw almonds
- macadamia nuts
- organic, free-to-range eggs
- ghee & organic, *pastured* butter
- raw cocoa
When ever possible, purchase organic or pastured butter. You should be able to source out pastured-rasied dairy products at your local farmers’ market. This means the cows are raised out in pasture and fed on grass and this is what is natural for them. Pasture-raised cows are healthy, therefore removing the need for unnecessary hormone injections and antibiotics. After all…
You are what your meat eats – Michael Pollan
Just remember that a lot of times, our cravings are out of routine and habit. To help break the cycle, be sure you’re consuming adequate nutrition and calories from whole foods each day.