I have heard time and time again that dietary fat is “bad” for you from the diet commercials on T.V. and some grown-ups who I believed to be the all-knowing wanderers of this Earth. It was not until I began to follow holistic wellness blogs and news sites on my own that I first began to question this nutritional advice.
All of the sudden sources of saturated fat that I had feared with my life before, such as coconut oil and ground beef, *gasp* were coming to the forefront of the health stage as the new superfoods. I was in a shock. But then, like the nerdy science gal that I am, I began to rationalize and put my biology knowledge to the test. When I thought about it, my previous way of thinking was rather absurd. Fat is an essential macronutrient. Nearly 60% of our brains are composed of dietary fat (source) and our hormones rely on a constant supply of lipids to carry out their most epic deeds. And most importantly, dietary fat tastes absolutely freaking amazing!
Of course this realization did not sink in as fast and as easily as I would have liked. In fact, my own brain did not truly conceptualize the importance of dietary fat until I began reading the blog The Real Life RD. Sometimes you can hear a message a thousand and one times, but it just takes one person to say it one time more and that message finally hits home. And that’s exactly what transpired for me with my thoughts on fat.
Now making its way into my daily diet are foods I used to deem to fattening: fage full fat greek yogurt, bison, salmon, eggs, cheese, ghee, avocado oil, and of course plenty of avocados. Annnddd some scones from the coffee shop that I work at and some pizza too because life is all about balance. In the past month I have made a conscious effort to incorporate more of these foods into every meal and I have noticed an astounding difference in my energy levels. Upon leaving the table from a meal, I feel full and satisfied, both in my stomach and my soul. I now have such a fat appreciation for this underrated macronutrient.
Until next time, eat your fats, kids.