Fat or not Fat...that is the question

So still no baby yet...our due date was this last Sat (11th) so our kiddo, being medium rare, decided he wants to be well done before being introduced to the world. It's interesting though because I feel my whole life is in limbo right now, everything paused, the moments frozen in crystalline awareness, while the world holds its breath waiting for my son to be born.

When in actuality, everything just keeps on going and functioning, just like it always has. Our perception is an interesting thing.

Today our habit is about balancing out our healthy fats. 

So unfortunately, in the realm of nutrition, there has been war. Long battles have been fought with the tide of soldiers sweeping back and forth depending on which side has the upper hand. It has been so long that no one really remembers which side is right anymore.

Is fat bad? Should we avoid it and only eat low fat items? Is it good? Can it help us? What about saturated fat? Is that bad?

So it is interesting that we place moral judgments on food. We categorize things by whether they are "good" or "bad". But what about if we reframed the question and asked, "Does it help us be more healthy or less healthy, have more energy or less, feel better or not?" 

To answer that question we have to define what are "healthy fats". Healthy fats are ones that come mainly from whole food sources and are relatively unprocessed (can include animal fats, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, flax/chia/hemp seeds)

"Unhealthy fats" are usually industrially processed to be nonperishable (trans fats, hydrogenated fats, and a lot of your shelf cooking oils like vegetable oil, soybean oil, corn oil)

So we should be more concerned about how our fats are processed and the ratio of saturated (meats, dairy, coconut oil) monounsaturated fat (olive oil, avocados, and peanuts) and polyunsaturated fat (walnuts, flax seeds, and salmon). 

Our ratio in our American Diet of Omega 6 (inflammatory fats) and Omega 3 (anti-inflammatory) is between 16:1 or 20:1 (O6:O3). It should probably be around 3:1 or even 1:1 (O6:O3). To help balance out this ratio you can add more nuts and seeds to the diet, olive oil, avocados, but also taking a high quality Omega 3 fish oil supplement can dramatically improve this balance and ratio. And if we reduce inflammation a lot of times we reduce body fat. 

So your habit for this week is to balance out the healthy fats in your diet (through consuming more nuts and seed or taking a fish oil supplement)

Michael Bauman
CEO of Thrive Culture

P.S. If you would like to know more about what fats are healthy for you or how to incorporate them into your meals to help you reach your goals send me an email at info@thriveculturecoaching.com or give me a call at 317-900-3276