I love to eat fat.
Please hear this: I don’t like eating “fatty” foods necessarily. While you will occasionally witness me downing some McDonald’s french fries (I blame Mr Crunchy), the majority of my fat intake comes from my favorite food group: the good fats.
I’m currently enjoying a peach-spinach-coconut oil smoothie, for example.
Good fats come not only in animal products like grass-fed meats, tallow, and full-fat yogurt, but also through plants and nuts. Avocado, cashews, coconut oil and milk, and olive oils can all provide you with luscious, luxurious fats that are not only good for your skin, but also brain health.
In basic biology class, you learn that each individual cell is covered in two layers of fat. This gives it a “water-proof” coating that protects it. So why, then, would doctors prescribe a “no-fat” diet?
I spent over 5 years working in the cardiac world. I’ve been a tech and a nurse. I’ve worked on post-open-heart-surgery floors, an ICU, and a cardiac doctor’s office. I get why doctors frequently prescribe medications (those drug rep lunches are really nice). I’ve also done my own research and know that a lot of these things they prescribe aren’t always necessary. (Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and don’t play one on the internet. I’m sharing my information and please, if you decide you agree with me, share the info you have with your doctor before taking yourself off any medications or informing them that some hippie nurse told you to eat cheese).
How Do You Build A Brick Building If All You Have Is Mortar?
First on this list of why I hate the no-fat diet: If our bodies (especially our brains) are made of OF fat cells, and those cells have to replenish frequently if we stay alive, how is a no-fat diet beneficial? It only depletes the body of necessary resources to rejuvenate itself. Which leads to less-than-ideal new cells. To put it very simply, low/no-fat diets lead to premature aging.
Your Body Is Still Smarter Than You Are.
Second, FAT DOES NOT EQUAL HEART DISEASE. Do you know what causes heart disease? INFLAMMATION. Do you know what causes inflammation? Non- “organic” (in the chemistry sense of the word) compounds being introduced to your system. Your body is an organic being, which is why we can digest and absorb other organic things from our environment. Oxygen, plants, and naturally-occuring fats. But it can’t absorb things like velveeta, because everyone knows it’s not cheese. This causes an inflammatory response because even if you have somehow been convinced that velveeta (which my computer doesn’t even recognize as a word, btw) is cheese, your body still recognizes it as a glob of synthetically-produced chemicals flavored with chemicals and colored with, well, more chemicals. And it is foreign. Therefore, the chemical blob is labeled as an intruder and in comes cholesterol to help. Oh yeah, cholesterol is the good guy. Poor cholesterol, it’s just misunderstood.
Low-fat/No-fat Leads To More Medications.
Guess what, friends? Not only is every cell in your body wrapped in a protective fat cell called a plasma membrane, but other things are built by fat, too. Important things like hormones. Specifically, sex hormones.
TMI warning: I used to have horrible, flat-on-your-back, call-in-sick-to-work or go-home-early menstrual cramps. Embarrassing, to be sure. I suspected that I had a hormone imbalance and increased my healthy fat intake. That didn’t seem to help, and then my chiropractor noted that my gallbladder was clogged. All it took was one adjustment to get my gallbladder to process fats correctly, and now I am able to function again and the pain is hardly noticeable. HURRAY FOR FATS (and detail-oriented chiropractors!).
I had been put on birth control for hormone imbalance before. Unfortunately, many doctors that I talk to are much more likely to reach for the prescription pad to fix problems than to hand you a nutrition analysis survey and try to get to the cause of the problem.
In Search of True Healing
As a health coach, I like to help people find genuine healing and health. For example, if you are in pain, I want to relieve your pain, but I also want to find out what’s causing your pain and heal it. Pain medication doesn’t heal your pain, it just numbs those pain receptors in your brain for awhile.
Please research these things for yourself, and bring your research with you when you talk to your doctor. Remember, your health is in YOUR hands.