So, I enthusiastically joined the anti-fat movement.
It became an obsession, with the USDA food pyramid as my bible. I cut eggs out of my diet completely. I wouldn’t go near chips, cheese or fried foods, but I also avoided butter, nuts, olive oil, and avocado. Processed carbohydrates like bagels, pasta, whole wheat bread and Special K cereal were the foundation of my diet, along with skimmed milk and skinless chicken. My condiments of choice were fat-free salad dressings and mustard. I worried, when placing an order at a restaurant, that the waiter and chef would disregard my detailed directions of no sauces, butters, oils, and dressing on the side and completely sabotage my weight loss efforts. As a treat, I indulged in SnackWell’s Devil Foods cookies and, when I over indulged, I would rationalize it by acknowledging how little fat I ate that day. I compulsively read labels to ensure that the fat grams were low, never taking notice of the sugar grams or chemical additives that made up the majority of what I was eating.
As a fat-free fanatic, I did lose weight initially, but it wasn’t sustainable. Long term, my weight fluctuated, as did my mood and my energy levels. My skin was dry, I was constipated and my PMS was raging. I was always hungry and never felt satiated.
Fast forward a few years to my love affair with fat. I cook with butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. I devour whole avocados in one sitting. I eat the entire egg and enjoy every bite. All of my dairy products are full fat. Physically, my weight has stabilized, my mood is more balanced, and I feel satisfied after meals. I have a proper menstrual cycle now which had nearly disappeared along with the fat in my diet.
Redefining my relationship with food and incorporating healthy fats into my diet were some of the most important l changes I made to improve my health. Other significant steps I took alongside embracing healthy fats were eliminating processed foods and cultivating self-acceptance and compassion.
What does all of this mean? What is the difference between hydrogenated fat, saturated fat, unsaturated fats and the Omegas? Why is fat important to your health and your weight? In the next blog post, I will discuss how eating fat is fundamental to your health, balanced weight, and your hormone health and fertility. I will also outline how not all fats are created equal as well as identify which fats are essential to your well-being.
Time to Share! Have you ever eliminated all fats completely with the hope of losing weight or improving your cholesterol or overall health? How did you feel while going fat-free? Have you been able to re-introduce fat into your diet? Leave your comments below!
Here's to butter and guacamole,