Fats are not the enemy

Today I would like to openly state my rage against a campaign based on faulty research and greed.  For a while now I have been suspicious about low fat diets and their supposed health benefits.  As our society suffers from an all time high in chronic disease, including obesity, hearth disease and diabetes I wonder how we got here.

Here is a tiny little bit of history.  In the 1950’s America was facing a health epidemic. Cardio Vascular Disease, rarely seen before the 30’s, had become one of the leading causes of death.  As doctors desperately seeked for an answer a man called Ancel Benjamin Keys blamed saturated fats.  His research paper  titled the Seven Countries Study supposedly proved the correlation between saturated fats and heart disease. The study has been surrounded with controversy since the beginning.  It is argued that the final data was “Cherry Picked” (which means it was selectively picked in order to support Keys theory). But as usual economic interests got the best of the situation.  The American Heart Association jumped on the bandwagon and the rest is history.

Now keep in mind that the AHA was basically launched by Procter & Gamble, the maker of Crisco oil.  ” In 1948, P&G made the AHA the beneficiary of the popular “Walking Man” radio contest, which the company sponsored. The show raised $1.7 million for the group and transformed it (according to the AHA’s official history) from a small, underfunded professional society into the powerhouse that it remains today.”  states  Nina Teicholtz in the “Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease“.   So it is no wonder that their dietary guidelines included the radical reduction of saturated fats and the inclusion of  vegetable oils .  This happened in spite of other medical opinions.  Dr. Dudley White  noted that the increase of hearth disease coincided with the increased consumption of vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats!  His opinion was that Americans should stick to traditional foods and avoid these oils.  But by this point mayor industries where already behind the saturated fats theory.  Skip to present times,  the hearth disease epidemic is rampant and so is obesity and a myriad of other diseases.  Trans-fats, like those found in vegetable oils,  oil spreads and baked goods, have been recognized as a mayor contributor to heart disease.  The same fats that once where deemed good for you have been destroying our health.  Yet Americans are still advised to use these oils and follow a diet low in fats.  So what gives?

Please keep in mind that once upon a time cigarettes where marketed as good for you, and approved by doctors!

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Today I am not going to go into details about the benefits of saturated fats in our diet. Healthy saturated fats from good sources, such as those in butter, eggs, coconut oil and healthy animals support our digestive, nervous and immune system.  Fats do not make you fat.  Healthy fats nourish your body.  A diet low in fat leads to malnutrition, cravings, obesity and many health problems. If you would like to know more about the subject  visit  Eat Fat Loose Fat, I highly recommend it.  You can also find more on saturated fats here.

Today I would like to invite you to do a little digging.  I would like to invite you to use critical thinking and maybe depart from dogmatic or blind faith.  Could it be possible that  the AHA and their board of businessmen was wrong about saturated fats?  Could it be possible that  your great-grandparents cooking with lard instead of canola oil was one of the factors heart disease wasn’t an epidemic back then?  Could it be possible that traditional cultures had it right all along?  Even if you disagree with me I would just like to open the debate.   The decision to avoid fats like the plague should be based on your personal experiences and research.

I have witnessed family and friends struggle with weight and health issues and sadly low or fat-free diets don’t seem to help.  I have seen loved ones suffer from a number of diseases raging from diabetes to dementia brought on by a low fat, high sugar diet.   From my personal experience I can say that a diet rich in healthy fats, including saturated fats, has lead me to my ideal weight, good health and emotional well being.  You will never see me ask for an egg white omelet and a cup of fat-free yogurt.  I will take bacon and eggs over a bowl of cereal and low-fat milk every time.  I know this is a personal decision.  I also know the same diet does not work for everyone.  But I also know that substituting healthy fats (saturated included) for refined carbohydrates and diet drinks is a recipe for poor health.

As always I wish you health and wisdom.  Health is a journey of constant discovery.  It is a precious gift that only you can gift yourself.

 

 

 

The Hero is You

I recently had the joy of celebrating another year in this planet.  I have to say, even with all the loss, it has been a wonderful year. I have said goodbye to two creatures I deeply loved and this reminded me that life is now.  Every day IS an opportunity to LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE.  Yes there are obstacles, confusion, heartbreak and pain, but there is also opportunity.  You are the protagonist, hero or victim, it’s all up to us.  I choose hero on this adventure.

I am not much into New Year’s resolutions but this year I promised myself I would take care of me.  It wasn’t a challenge, it was a reminder.  A reminder that life is what we make it and that I wanted to make mine the best for me and my kids.  I want my children to feel and be the best they can be.  That means I have to feel and be the best I can be.  Lead by example right?

So I have made changes.  Slowly but surely I have taken the steps to a more radiant me.  Today I can say I am happy in my skin and it shows.  You might be thinking I am bragging.  I’m not.  Like you I am human.  Some turns take me to a dark alley and some to fields of gold.  I don’t always make the best choices,but I am working on it.  Every day I open my eyes and am able to move and live I am working on it.  I have decided to see the best and worst in me and cultivate only the best.  And every day I look at myself and think, girl you are awesome (this helps:).

We are all different and our paths are like our DNA.  So I just want to say, rejoice!  Unlike it was thought of in the past, our DNA is constantly changing!  That is correct, our DNA adjust to the information it receives from us. So if every  building block in our body can make changes, so can we.

The changes or choices we make will be unique to each one of us and that is something we have to figure out.  I have lots of tips that can help, that’s what this blog is about.  Today I will give you one, be the hero.  Look at yourself and see your worth.  To become a hero the first and most crucial step is to acknowledge that you are indeed, not only capable of, worth greatness.

Now go kiss yourself, you’re so pretty 🙂 !

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