Where To Get Healthy Fats
Don’t be scared of eating fats in your diet, rather focus on getting fats from healthy sources and limit unhealthy sources. Healthy fats help keep you sharp, help with your mood, fight fatigue, protect your heart, and even can help you lose weight.
Healthy fats to load up on include polyunsaturated, monosaturated, and Omega 3’s. These are often found in plant sources or fish. Even sources like eggs and beef are healthy for you that is when they are pastured, grasss fed and organic.
On the other hand, stay away from unhealthy trans fat. Not even a small amount is ok so avoid these like the plague. These are usually found in processed and packaged foods. Don’t trust those labels! There are loopholes that allow manufacturers to label products as trans fat free when in fact they do contain trans fats! Always be sure to check those labels for the word hydrogenated as that is a dead giveaway they contains trans fats.
Some healthy sources of fats include:
- Fatty fish especially salmon, canned albacore tuna, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines. Stick to wild varieties.
- Fish oil supplements are great way to supplement your diet if you don’t eat fish that often. I suggest taking a fish oil supplement on days you don’t eat fish to give your body a much needed boost of omega 3’s.
- Grass fed beef is higher in Omega 3’s and CLA’s than conventional beef. Stick to grass fed, organic beef as conventional beef does not have the health benefits of pastured beef and can actually be very detrimental to your health and weight loss goals.
- Eggs are healthy so forget everything you’ve heard about eggs and stop just eating egg whites. Eggs contain many antioxidants, vitamins, and Omega-3’s. Like beef stick to pastured eggs. I prefer to get mine from a local farm.
- Coconut oil is great for cooking. Unlike other oils, it can be cooked at higher temperatures.
- Avocados (click here for a tasty guacamole recipe using avocados)
- Olives and olive oil
- Nuts such as almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, walnuts and their nut butter are excellent in small amounts.
- Seeds such as sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.