Advice From My Dietitian: Healthy Fats Are A Key Player In Your Diet2019-06-102019-06-11https://oliviarink.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/logo-olivia-rink.pngWelcome to Olivia Rinkhttps://oliviarink.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/afterlightimage.jpg200px200px
This is my best friend & dietitian, Lindsey. Her job is to help people eat healthier. Linds is the first person I call when I need meal ideas and advice on a healthy diet. When I was in Kentucky last weekend, I wanted to interview her, but didn’t have a specific topic in mind. So, I asked her:
What’s the most important thing you think the people reading my blog need to hear concerning their diet right now?
Her answer? You need more healthy fats into your diet.
Seems a little weird that we got fatter during the fat free boom, doesn’t it? The concern of the time was the connection between diet and heart disease. Americans thought removing fat from their diets would be a good thing, and that replacing milk and cheese and fatty meat with carbohydrates would make us live longer and thinner. The food industry saw the low-fat, high-carb mantra as an opportunity to create a whole new range of products: fat-free-everything. The formula? Take out the fat and add lots of sugar.
Whether the food industry is to blame or not, I’m a recovering carb-aholic and sugar fiend.
You too? Keep reading…
According to Linds:
There are 3 macronutrients: carbohydrate, protein, and fat.
A good first step towards healthy eating is cutting back on processed carbs (like bread and pasta) and maybe even higher-sugar fruits and starchy vegetables (like corn and potatoes).
Our bodies do a good job of moderating protein intake which is why you rarely say, ‘wow, I ate way too much grilled chicken… once I started I just couldn’t stop’.
If we’re moderating protein intake and limiting carb intake, it’s important to make up the difference by adding in lots of healthy fat.
Dietary fat is a key player in many important processes in the body and brain:
It supports cell growth, promotes the production of hormones, and reduces inflammation.
It’s essential for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K (the fat-soluble vitamins)
AND it stimulates the release of cholecystokinin (CCK) which makes us feel full!
7 Ways to incorporate more dietary fats into you diet:
Add almond butter to your apples
Real butter to your veggies (Kerrygold is the best)
Heavy cream to your coffee
Olive oil and walnuts to your salads
Coconut milk to your recipes (coconut lime chicken!)
Avocado to everything
Cheese to your wine night!
Is it time to switch up your diet? I’ve committed to eating as low-carb and high fat as possible this summer because I want to feel better and be healthier! (and because: swimsuit season). Who’s with me??
Linds will be answering your food/diet questions in the comments of my Instagram post tonight! (Also…who wants a tour of her renovated ranch in northern Kentucky?! It’s seriously the coziest little cottage.)