I’m a passionate person. Like, REALLY passionate. I’m also stubborn to a fault, so even if I know for a fact I am wrong, I will never let you know that. I will still defend my position. But that’s another story. Let’s get back to passion.
I am passionate about many things. My faith, my sports, my views on certain subjects. Nothing has gotten me into arguments as much as my passion for health though. One of the biggest ones? The fat debate.
If you recall my story, I explain how my mom did the fat free thing. So I grew up completely fearing fat. I was the one kid at lunch who never had PB&J sandwiches, because well, they were loaded with fat. Everything I ate was fat free. How could I be sure? It said it on the label! If there wasn’t a label, I didn’t eat it.
Well today obviously, my views on fat free food has changed. Drastically.
Some of my favorite foods contain fat. Ok, let me rephrase that. My favorite foods are considered “fat” foods. I mean honestly, whose favorite food is a carrot?
Hummus and I have an uncontrollable relationship. Meaning I have no control when its in my fridge.
Now when say fat, I mean healthy fats. I’m not talking about the trans fats in your Twinkie. I am talking about wholesome fats with real benefits.
sunflower,pumpkin, and flaxseeds
fatty fish like salmon
And that’s just the basic list of good fats. Including these fats into your daily diet will have you feeling like a rock star in no time.
Because going fat free doesn’t mean that you will lose fat. It means you will lose the benefits that fat gives your body. Your hair, skin and nails will suffer. Not to mention you will constantly be in a foggy state because your brain doesn’t have the fat it needs to run properly.
Fat doesn’t make you fat people. Excess calories make you fat. Laziness makes you fat.
And guess what? You can still gain weight on a healthy diet. Because it’s all about calories in and calories out. You could eat nothing but fruit, veggies and nuts all day, but if you are eating 5,000 calories worth and not moving an inch, you are guaranteed to see some weight gain.
So please stop eating fat free cookies and thinking you are somehow avoiding weight gain. Cause you’re not. You’re not fooling anyone, and most importantly, you aren’t fooling your body.
Stepping off my soap box now.
How do you feel about the fat free debate?
Get on your soap box! What’s one health issue you feel strongly about?