kind that comes from coconut oil, seafood, flax, chia, hemp, nuts & seeds, olive oil, and avocado. For the record, all of these foods are loaded with other health boosting nutrients as well. You NEED fat to absorb fat soluble vitamins A, E, D, & K.
Fat lubricates your joints, nourishes your brain, adds a glow to your skin, hair and nails. Repeat after me: "fat is my friend".
PS - "Fat free" on a label can be translated into: "we have replaced the fat with sugar and a plethora of chemicals". A piece of cardboard would taste better. No thanks.
Choose margarine over butter
Have you ever read the ingredients list on the side of a tub of margarine? Personally, you could not pay me to eat margarine.
Margarine is made from chemically processed vegetable oils, which have generally been bleached, flavored, colored, and deodorized to make them ‘edible’. The calorie count of margarine is similar to butter, but people tend to eat more of it because they think it’s healthier. Ultimately anything that contains multiple ingredients that have been processed up the wazoo is a bad choice when there are alternatives that are healthier, cleaner, less processed, and even offer the added bonus of health benefits. It’s a no-brainer. Other margarine alternatives: coconut oil, or olive oil.
Gluten free foods are good for you
“gluten-free” does NOT automatically mean healthy. Processed is processed, so if you are switching for the sake of general health, or weigh loss – and think the “gluten free” stamp means you are getting a healthy product, you are in for a surprise.
Going gluten free should mean incorporating more real food vs uber-processed and packaged junk. Thankfully there are many gluten free products that are healthy and fit the bill, but there are also many that don’t. Many gluten free packaged foods cannot be found with organic ingredients, are full of GMO’s, and are higher in calories than their gluten-containing counterparts.
Stay away from processed foods, don’t buy it just because it says ‘gluten free’.
The best gluten free foods come as just ONE ingredient: fruit, vegetables, meat, organic fermented soy products, quinoa, etc.
Stay away from eggs
We have all been brainwashed to believe the cholesterol in egg yolks is a heart attack in the making. Did you know Studies have found that eating dietary cholesterol through egg yolks can actually boost a person's HDL, or "good," cholesterol. Eating eggs can also change the pattern of LDL particles from small, dense LDL (bad) to large LDL, which has been linked to a reduced heart disease risk.
Cholesterol plays a critical part in producing cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D, and fat digestion, among many other things. Your body requires cholesterol to survive, which is why it produces it.
Compared to egg whites, which offer nothing more than protein I might add; the egg yolk contains all of the health boosting carotenoids, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B's, D, E, and K. They also provide choline, a mineral most people don't get enough of which reduces inflammation while boosting brain and liver health. Choline is also plays a part in helping the body produce 'happiness' hormones like serotonin, dopamine, & norephinephrine.
Artificial sweeteners will help you lose weight
Artificial sweeteners have been marketed as a dieters dream product but studies have shown a link between artificial sweetener consumption and weight gain including a 36% greater relative risk of developing metabolic syndrome and a 67% greater relative risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with non-consumption. Hmmm...
The other problem with artificial chemically laden sweeteners is that they are linked to a slew of unpleasant side effects including headaches, confusion, dizziness, reduced good bacteria in the gut, depression, tremors, joint pain, fatigue, migraines, change in heart rate, and more – but I trust this paints a pretty clear picture.
Eat every 2 hours to rev your metabolism
Studies have found zero advantage to eating more frequent and smaller meals & going four or five (or even eight!) hours between normally-sized meals will not make your metabolism slow down. In reality, spacing meals out give the body a chance to digest and utilize the calories and nutrients of a meal before moving on to the next one.
It is totally natural for humans to eat fewer meals per day and sometimes go long time periods without food - that is what we are built for. Having your last meal by 7pm, and giving your digestive system a break until morning is a great practice to keep your weight in check, and have your body work optimally.
Never eat saturated fat
Whoever gave that advice certainly has not met my friend Coconut Oil:
are formed by conscious choices that soon become unconscious ways of life. The good news is you have full control over this!
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