Apr 1, 2014

Eat fat to burn fat...say WHAT?????

It is true.  Fats are NOT off limits.  In fact, we are finding out more and more that some fats are, dare I say it, GOOD for you!!!

Reread that sentence again.  Fats are good for you. You just need to learn about their purpose and which are healthy.  For so long we have been told that FAT is what makes us fat.  This is so false.  My favorite quote comes from the book Primal Body, Primal Mind...

"Being fat doesn't come from eating fat; being fat comes from an inability to BURN fat, which is a direct consequence of relying on carbohydrates -sugar- as a primary fuel source."
- Nora Gedgaudas in "Primal Body, Primal Mind"

Healthy fats are great for the body.  Read what they do below.

The truth is, your body NEEDS fat to do several jobs.  It helps you build muscle.  It supplies your body with essential nutrients.  It helps you absorb your vitamins and antioxidants.  But, the most important place that fat does the work is in the brain!!! I am reading the book "Grain Brain," and I am astounded to find out how important fat is in brain function.  Because our body's are not getting enough healthy fats, and WAY too many carbohydrates, our brain is not functioning at it's best, we are being bombarded with disease, and we are holding on to stubborn fat.

Now, we need to learn more about what are HEALTHY fats!!!

The following picture shows some wonderful examples of healthy fats.  Avocados, nuts and seeds, olive, fatty fish, and the essential oils listed above.  These are some of the most nutrition dense foods we can eat.  They work hard to provide our bodies with the right fuel for burning fat and staying healthy.   If we are eating these nutrition dense oils and fats our bodies will be functioning at their best.

Here is another great list from balancedbites.com explaining what saturated and unsaturated fats do to the body.  These are found in oils and even peanut butter *unless natural.  Read the labels and avoid these items as well.

So how do we get these essential items into our diets more regularly??? I am a HUGE fan of nuts and seeds for my snacks.  I will make my own "parfait" in the mornings as a wonderful breakfast or snack.  I will throw some fresh nuts and seeds on top of my greek yogurt to make a delicious snack.  I even squirt some honey in there for some natural flavor.

Another snack that I am a HUGE fan of is mixing fresh and natural (refrigerated) salsa with an avocado.  It's like the easiest version of "guacamole" that can ever be made.  My favorite brand of salsa is Italian Rose.  We get it at Sam's Club in the refrigerated section.  I'm obsessed.  I top it on my eggs and more.

So when I make this delicious mixture I usually throw in some baked chicken and shred it up.  It is so moist and delicious.  Full of protein and healthy fats.  I make this for lunch all the time.

Being a follower of the Paleo diet is a great way to ensure that you are limiting your carb intake.  However, staying away from grains doesn't mean EVERYTHING in your diet is then full of fat.  You should be balancing healthy fruits and veggies along with those as well.  When I do splurge on grains I choose brown rice in small doses.

This visual below also helps us make sense of why it's so hard to burn fat.  This is the type of diet our ancestor's were on compared to our diet now...
Grain Brain page 27
When you look at it this way it is mind boggling.  We've been brainwashed into thinking that fat is the enemy.  Our bodies are made to CRAVE sugar and carbohydrates naturally.  However, in our ancestor's day we didn't come across these items regularly.  Fruits and sweets were rare so we splurged when we found them.  Sweets and carbs are at hand every second of the day now.  This is a battle we will all face for as long as we live.  It's not fair...it's science.

The fact is, we have the most science and information and medical access then we ever have, but we are the most sick we have ever been.  It's not medicine's fault...it is in our diets.  The book talks about "inflammatory foods" and how foods that cause this reaction in our body is what is making us so sick. You have control.

These two books are great reads and I would recommend them to EVERYONE.  Grain Brain & Primal Body, Primal Mind.  Get them ASAP and fill your mind and body with the best there is out there.


  1. Where did you find the books and can you list the authors? Thank you!

  2. Alicia - Primal Body, Primal Mind is written by Nora Gedgaudas
    Grain Brain is written by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg

    Haley gets her books on her Kindle. The sisters and I have been passing around Primal Body, Primal Mind - Maggie got it at the bookstore I think. :) They both can be found on Amazon.

  3. I just downloaded Grain Brain this morning. I have a dairy allergy and try to stay away from dairy and have cut sugar. I still can't seem to reduce my sinus issues, brain fog, or lose weight despite upping activity and not eating these things. I'm hoping this book helps me figure things out. My gut area always seems bloated and is the first place to hold weight. Hope this holds some answers for me!

    1. Alison - you will find that info so helpful. The first things to go (when eliminating gluten) were the brain fog and bloat I was always experiencing. Most of which I never noticed until I cut it out of my diet. :) Enjoy the benefits and the reading! :)

  4. Thank you for your always useful information!

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