Do you want to eat healthier, but you’re not sure where to start and maybe you don’t want to make any huge changes just yet? The easiest and perhaps best thing you can do for your body is to eat healthier fats.
I know what you’re probably thinking. Aren’t fats bad for you? No, that’s totally wrong. Not all fats are bad for you. In fact, the right fats (such as Omega-3 fatty acids and coconut oil) are very, very good for you.
Your body burns fat as an energy source, regardless of whether you eat a lot of carbohydrates or not. Burning fat is the body’s original method of creating energy and it’s probably not a surprise that the energy you create should come from a healthy fat source.
Your mitochondria (organelle within every single cell in your body) creates energy from your food. When they don’t get the right types of energy sources (natural, whole, organic), your mitochondria can become damaged, leading to chronic illness such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
So what is the right type of energy?
If you’re not already trying to stay away from processed foods, you should, first and foremost, but after that, switch out your unhealthy fats. Stay away from anything labeled “vegetable oil.” In the wild, most vegetables don’t naturally contain easily separated fats. Avocados, olives, and coconuts are some of the few outliers. Stay away from seed oils unless you’re using them for oil pulling or putting it on your skin. Don’t eat canola oil, soybean oil, palm oil, and definitely nothing with trans fat. Olive oil is a good source of Omega-3s and Omega-6s, but don’t cook with it! Cooking olive oil denatures its healthy properties, rendering the oil useless and more difficult for your body to process. Use it instead on salads, in guacamole, on toast, or popcorn.
Healthy fats that your body can easily process and digest (for faster energy and less extra fat build up in your body) are the aforementioned coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds (but not seed oils) in addition to animal fats and clarified butter, also known as ghee.
Animal fats, despite remaining solid at room temperature (so many people bring this up that I must address it), does not “clog your arteries.” That’s antiquated medicine and straight-up bad science. Your body remains at an average 97-99 degrees and at that temperature, all fats melt, first of all. Secondly, your body has evolved to break down the natural structure of animal fats, unlike the processed vegetable-based, trans fats you may be consuming quite often.
It’s very ridiculously easy to replace your butter with ghee, which is free of casein (that cool thing that makes people sick and tricks your brain into making you addicted to dairy – which is great for babies, but not adults). If made properly, ghee is lactose-free.
Replace your olive oil with coconut oil. Coconut oil is the only oil with antibacterial properties and it has a million bajillion uses. It has a low melting point, but it takes extremely high temperatures to burn. It’s PERFECT for cooking eggs, even though my brother disagrees.
Try drinking bone broth. It sounds disgusting. Some people say it’s bullshit, but in reality, it’s extremely easy to make, and has a ton of amazing health benefits. Seriously, I’ve discussed this with my doctor. It’s super amazing. It made my teeth whiter and I won’t stop talking about it. I won’t.
Try switching your fats for healthier versions and give it a few weeks. You may notice changes in your energy, skin, hair, teeth (!), and overall health that you wouldn’t imagine otherwise. Oh yeah, and you’ll shed a ton of extra weight (if you have any).
- Harvard University
- Health Sparks
- Allure Media
- The Paleo Sherpa