Get Your Fat

You need fat, and healthy fat at that! Bad things are said about fat, that it has people gaining weight, clogs arteries, and causes generally bad health.

Health Risks of Trans Fats and Hydrogenated Oils:

It is true that hydrogenated oils and trans fats do cause these problems to name a few. Any and all oils, including olive oil are highly processed and not natural for the body to assimilate. Cooking bacon in a skillet of lard probably will also cause problems in the long run as well. Fat and high calorie foods are often confused with the need for fat and the benefits received by eating good healthy fat.

Lipids including fatty acids are needed by the body to do a number of thing including transporting nutrient or simply contributing to a healthy nervous system. Fats also bind to certain toxins and escorts those toxins out of your body. Those lipids also help to oil or lubricate your joints much like with the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.  Food can also move through the digestive system more easily, and those healthy fats are also good for your skin, muscular strength and growth.

Two of the groups of ‘healthy fats’ that people often talk about are monounsaturated fats which are found in the Mediterranean diet as well as omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring or in walnuts and chia sage or flax seed oil.

Often when people complain of dry skin, they then force themselves to drink more water with the hopes of  moistening their skin. Water does have its benefits, although resolving dry skin problems typically isn’t one of them.   If we tried to lubricate the engines in our cars with water we wouldn’t be driving them for very long. We are like our engines in that way, since our skin and joints need lubrication.  In addition the the benefits for our skin and joints, good fats also help the brain to function more clearly while providing us with a sense of calmness and well-being.

Healthy Fats

When these healthy fats are found in natural form, where they are accessible and digestible from a number of raw sources. Raw meats of all types have healthy needed fat.  Dairy is also very good at supplying natural fat including from raw milk and other raw dairy products.   Raw eggs have needed fats and are combined with a whole protein which are very easy for the body to digest. Nuts and seeds are also good sources of healthy fats, but can be more difficult to digest in large quantities because they are dry.  As such, you may want to try soaking whole raw nuts in water overnight, or making nuts into a nut butter after soaking. Avocados and green coconuts have the needed fats too.

Try varying the type  and sources of healthy fat in your diet.  Or course, these sources though healthy, should still be consumed in moderation as there’s, no need to over indulge in fat. One type one day, and a different type the next day. A variety of fat in the diet will do worlds of good for just about anyone, and might also help satisfy you so that the desire to eat the undesirables diminishes, which will also bring us all better health!

[box type=”important”]Editor’s note: What I know about the raw food diet or properly preparing raw food for healthy consumption from various sources of raw food is very little. Consuming raw eggs carries a risk of salmonella poisoning and consuming other forms of raw food such as meat is also potentially hazardous. Yet the raw food diet has become increasingly popular. Always ensure that you consult health and nutrition experts before trying the raw food diet.[/box]


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5 thoughts on “Get Your Fat

  • January 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    My father in law is a big fan of steak tartar…with the raw egg and everything.

    But, try as I might, just watching him eat that stuff gives me the creeps

    I know that it’s just my social conditioning telling me that raw animal products is gross, but seriously, it’s giving me the shivers just thinking about it.

    How did you get started Todd?

    Did you dive right in or gradually cook your meat less and less???

    • January 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      How did I start..funny story, was following a raw vegan diet for about a year, which begun because my health was not good at the time. After a year felt much better, and often was very hungry, so brought home the best steak I could find from my butcher, out of the package and onto my plate and with knife and fork gave it a try. Put the knife and fork down and picked up that steak, and completely enjoyed it! Had been raw for that year before though, for health reasons, not ethics. When I didn’t eat meat I had nothing against meat, but quickly grew away from any food that was temperature hot or altered by cooking. You are correct its the social conditioning, think about where we come from, cooking is not a natural process, unless you use a campfire…and I wonder what caveman stuck meat over a fire and said, hmmm that tastes better!! Humans are the only animals that cook food prior to eating. Could give you all the reasons why not to cook, maybe you could try a raw vegan diet and include cheeses and butter raw, or try a steak “blue”, seared on both sides. That never worked for me, was often hungry after eating steak that way, and ate more than needed. You could buy a dehydrator and dry meat at 90 or 100 degrees, make a sauce for it, from garlic and honey, or a salsa on it! Anything you want, but that’s a good way to start. You don’t need to eat meat cold though, leave it on the counter, or put it in a dehydrator, or in a window in the sun to warm it a little bit. You can also “cook” the meat with lemon juice, soak it for an hour or so. You kind of have to remind your body what its all about…see if some of those ideas work for you.

  • January 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Really appreciate this primer on raw foods. Age and health are really making me take a look at having more of a raw diet. Thanks!

    • January 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      You’re so welcome! The more you become involved with the diet changes and experience the benefits it gets easier making even more changes. When you personally observe your own health improving, and you know the reasons behind the improvement that becomes rewarding itself, and might inspire you to do more! Best to your health!

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