Have you ever heard that you should add healthy fats to your diet?
Maybe you have heard that you should include healthy fats in your diet, but are maybe too embarrassed to ask what foods are best to bring into your diet? OR maybe you are like me and grew up in the low-fat / no-fat craze and need some cold hard facts about why fats can be healthy, especially for you as a busy, multitasking mom. I will give you the goods on WHY fats are so important for you to feel and functional at your peak AND WHAT top healthy fats I rotate in my diet on the regular.
Why are we avoiding fats?
I grew up in the 80’s, and danced ballet in the 90’s, thinking that fat was bad for me. So when I started stepping into the natural health, functional medicine world to get answers to health concerns traditional medicine wasn’t helping, I was shocked to hear time and time again that I needed to incorporate more fats in my diet.
Can we agree that whether you are planning to start a family, pregnant, nursing, or running around chasing kiddos of ANY age, you can’t live on toast crust and cold reheated coffee. Hopefully you are nourishing yourself better than that, but it’s so easy to focus on getting kids and family fed, and not truly think about your own nutritional needs.
Why are fats so essential?
Dietary fats are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth. They also help protect your organs and help keep your body warm. Fats help your body absorb some nutrients and produce important hormones, too. Your body definitely needs fat.
Some of my favorite whole foods fats to have on hand at home
Extra virgin olive oil
Coconut products & coconut oil
Full fat yogurt
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Can you see yourself making a plate with fat in mind?
So as you are putting together your plate, it can be good to assess what fats you can visually see.
Making a salad?
-put half an avocado on the plate
-handful of walnuts
-dress with TBSP of olive oil
Steak and sweet potato?
-put butter on the potato
-full fat yogurt instead of our cream
-small nugget of good quality cheese
Could this work for you?
Of course if you personally follow a certain diet, you may need to get creative, and really research what healthy fat sources are recommended.
Now I am not a nutritionist, a doctor, or anything fancy. I am just a multitasking mom, working hard to nourish myself and my family in ways I feel proud of, to role model healthy habits to positively impact the next generation, and helping moms discover how good their bodies and minds can feel.
If you want to learn more about how to incorporate healthy fats into your baby or kiddo diets, I highly recommend Super Nutrition for Babies.
Want to reduce inflammation as well?
And for a bonus, you can have all these benefits PLUS adding coconut oil, dark chocolate, extra virgin olive oil, fatty fish, and avocados also happens to be incredible to help your body reduce inflammation.
I am all about reducing inflammation not only through diet, but also systemically. Did you know that cellular stress or oxidative stress can build up in and damage your cells, and is the cause of inflammation? I take a simple and natural activator product every day with my lunch, that is clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress by an average of 40% in 30 days.
If you want to learn more about this activator, or if you want 15 minutes with me to chat and lay out 2 simple steps or resources for you to put yourself on your own darn front burner, book a Focus & Power Up call with me today. IN 15 minutes, we can get to the heart of the most impactful changes you can make in your journey to more activated living.