Choose Good Fats!
A common misconception is that fats should be completely eliminated. In reality we could not live without fat. The body utilizes dietary fat for energy, health of hair, skin and nails, vitamin absorption and normal everyday bodily functions. Good fats promote several health benefits such as protection against heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and depression, as well as reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Choose sources such as nuts, seeds, fish, avocados and extra virgin olive oil.
My Go To Fats
Remembering that fats play an essential role in health (and in weight-loss if you're trying to lose weight), ensuring I get enough healthy fats has been priority for me. According to the CDC, fat should make up approximately 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories. Here's a sample of how I include healthy fats in my daily eating. I use high quality cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and sesame oil on my salads and in my homemade dressings. I also use an Organic "Butter" Extra Virgin Olive Oil on my vegetables (it actually contains no dairy, and gets its buttery taste from a blend of herbs!) Ghee & raw organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil is used for stir frying, cooking and baking. Fresh avocado is eaten in a wrap, mashed up, added to salads or included in my smoothies. Raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews are eaten handful serving size as snacks, or thrown into my smoothies or top my salads, breakfast bowls and fruits. Flaxseed, chia seed and hemp hearts are included in my smoothies and breakfast creations. If eating beef, I only use organic grass fed beef. I also supplement with a high quality cold water omega-3 fish oil.
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