March is Nutrition Month! We are celebrating by learning about the three macronutrients of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Did you know that eating good fat keeps you from getting fat??? Try this interesting “cheese” made with raw cashews for a great serving of healthy fats, as well as many other health giving ingredients. It is good sliced, or melted and used as a dip for corn chips. Try mixing a little salsa with it, and enjoy. Read on for reasons to eat good fat.
“Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are the major building blocks of the fats in human bodies. The membranes surrounding cells are composed of these fatty acids, as well as the cell interior, making EFAs very important in building and maintaining healthy cells.
Fat is essential to health, and essential fatty acids are necessary for maintaining health and healing. Many serious health conditions result from an essential fatty acid deficiency. EFAs nourish the brain and nervous system. The increase of children with behavior problems and learning disabilities, and the number of people (particularly women) taking anti-depressants are often a result of this deficiency. EFAs improve energy, elevate mood and lift depression, improve immunity, alleviate stress, increase calmness and reduce hyperactivity while improving mental function, thereby accelerating learning. EFAs are necessary for weight loss, healthy skin, hair and nails, for digestion and to support hormone balance. They help prevent and ease allergies, skin conditions, arthritis (they are anti-inflammatory), diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Stock your pantry with raw nuts and seeds (buy these from a store that keeps them refrigerated) and keep them in the fridge or freezer. Organic cold pressed olive oil, organic cold pressed coconut oil, avocados, and the natural fats in high quality proteins such as pasture raised red meats and poultry, and organic dairy all contain natural fats.
Avoid all margarine and all heat processed oils such as canola, sunflower, corn and all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Avoid low-fat and reduced-fat dairy products as fat is necessary for complete nutrient absorption and satiety.
Read the ingredients of processed foods and purchase from suppliers that use good fats in their products. Be especially careful when purchasing peanut butters, mayonnaise, salad dressings, chips, nachos and other sauces and snacks. Most pre-baked goods use hydrogenated fats, as well as unhealthy white flour and sugar. Making your own is ideal, or purchase those made with whole grains, natural sweeteners and healthy fats only.” (page 119, 121, 123 Eat Away Illness ).
Do yourself a favor, eat and enjoy good fats! Your body will love you for it. If you want an overall assessment of your nutritional deficiencies and/or other concerns, feel free to call and book an appointment.