Not All Oils Are Created Equal

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So, do you know the story of how we, as a culture started eating things like vegetable oils? I was fairly shocked to learn that these oils were used in manufacturing until someone had the brilliant idea to start selling them as a replacement for lard in this country.  And so began the uptick in heart attacks in the US population.  This article explains it very well. I think it’s a MUST READ. Extremely eye opening look at how we got to this point. I really hope you take a minute to read it.

Eating only healthy oils is another part of the Paleo diet that I adhere to. This means for me, I stick to olive oil, coconut oil and ghee. Unfortunately for me, avocado oil is out. Avocados give me horrendous stomach pain. It’s disappointing because so many healthy alternative foods and recipes are made with avocado oil! If you don’t have a sensitivity to avocados, by all means you should include it in your diet! In the end it doesn’t stop me from enjoying everything I want.

I just want to say that overall, eating a Paleo diet with all it’s health benefits and positive effects that I feel, one of the noticeable differences that I felt right away is that fact that I’m full after eating. I’m not starving all the time and looking for snacks. If you actually eat healthy fats and proteins, you will not be hungry. You may even lose weight. I eat three full meals a day with breakfast being my largest, then slightly smaller for lunch (usually leftovers or a salad with protein and my lightest meal is dinner, because you don’t need a giant meal to go to bed. I mean, it’s fuel and if you eat a big meal and then just sit there and then go to bed, you certainly don’t burn any of it. This was a HUGE mind-shift for me. I, like most people, I think, used to skip breakfast, hardly have lunch, do a lot of snacking and then have an enormous dinner and snacks through the night. Now, I love getting up and making eggs, potatoes and bacon with berries on the side, then going out to do my yoga, strength training or hike. I’m ready and I DO NOT get hungry during my workout. It’s a great way to live. Feeling satiated.

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Knowledge is power. Know what you are eating. We have been told not to eat animal fat, but instead eat these vegetable oils that cause heart disease. Animal fats are not the enemy. Needless to say, I avoid eating anything with canola oil, safflower oil, vegetable oil, etc. Take a look at some food labels around your house. They are in everything. Are you baking with canola oil? Is it in your salad dressing? It’s most likely in any chips or processed foods you have. My thought is, why would I eat something I know will cause my body harm when there are alternatives out there? I still eat chips but now ONLY the ones made with olive oil. They are out there. You can find them on Amazon, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s among other places. <a href="http://”><iframe style=”width:120px;height:240px;” marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ src=”//”> It’s even easier to find them made with avocado oil! I bake and cook with coconut oil, olive oil and ghee. It’s really a simple replacement.

It’s all about choices and your “why”. Why am I eating this way? Why do I want to change? That’s what motivates you and will keep you on track! Would you like to make the change to eating healthier oils?  Try the following.

  • Go through your pantry and refrigerator/freezer, read the labels and toss anything with the following oils; vegetable, safflower, sunflower, soybean, canola, rapeseed, corn, peanut.
  • Replace with olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil or ghee.
  • Use these oils when cooking and baking!  Feel good about your choices! Hooray!
  • When eating out just ASK. If your server doesn’t know they can and most likely will find out for you.

I would love hear your thoughts! Please comment or ask a question below on this post or any of my previous posts. Can’t wait to hear from you! Thanks for being here!

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