Pastured red Meat.
What do you think of when you hear those things? If you’re like most people who have been duped for the last 70 years, you probably immediately think of clogged arteries, heart disease, and heart attacks.
You know what I think of when I hear those things? I think of healthy hormones, optimal brain function, mental clarity, and balanced blood sugar.
It’s incredibly unfortunate that the shoddy science behind fat and cholesterol received so much attention, but when fat was finally deemed to no longer be a nutrient of concern, one had to dig really hard to find information supporting it. There wasn’t much fanfare, no big proclamations in the science community, and certainly no backtracking within the food and health industries.
If you’re still scared of fat, I’m here to tell you that your concerns are founded in crappy science and big food industries with specific agendas to get you hooked on their products.
Not only does the fat we eat not end up as the fat on our bodies, it’s a necessary and crucial nutrient for health. Not only is cholesterol not the cause of heart disease, it’s a necessary and crucial nutrient for so many functions in the body. You cannot have happy, healthy hormones without fat and cholesterol.
Cholesterol is the basis for all of our sex hormones. There’s no question why my hormones were in the tank after eating years of a low-fat/no-fat diet. No building blocks = no hormones. Throw in some insulin resistance or other blood sugar regulation issues and you have a recipe for disaster.
I’m a huge believer that nature doesn’t make mistakes. Bad fats are created by humans, not nature. Nutrient-void food is created by humans, not nature. Hyper-palatable food that can be consumed past the point of fullness is created by humans, not nature. Nature seems to have gotten it right in so many areas so I have a hard time believing that when it comes to cholesterol, it’s the one area where nature got it wrong. There is a reason 60% of the human brain is fat. There is a reason that fat is a crucial part of our cellular structure. There is a reason we need it to make hormones. There is a reason we need it to synthesize vitamin D. So how in the world did we ever get to this point that the exact thing we are made up of is bad for us? Money, greed, and agenda!
Without enough fat and cholesterol, your memory and moods will suffer. Without the right kinds of fats, your cellular walls will be unstable and more likely to suffer from plaques, tears, and inflammation. And guess who comes in to fix it when those things happen? That’s right, cholesterol! And because it was found at the scene of the crime (merely doing its job of healing), it got blamed as the cause.
Without enough fat and cholesterol, your testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen levels will absolutely suffer. Without enough fat and cholesterol, you’re more likely to eat a diet higher in refined carbohydrates and carry extra body weight/fat. Remember, it’s the excess carbs and sugar that get converted to triglycerides and stored as body fat.
Without enough fat and cholesterol, you’re unlikely to properly absorb the fat-soluble vitamins of A, D, E, K, which means all those veggies you’re eating are essentially being wasted.
Without enough fat and cholesterol, there’s a good chance that your food isn’t as palatable and enjoyable. Fat is where the flavor is! Take out the fat and you lose the flavor, which is why all the low-fat and fat-free foods are loaded with sugar. They have to add flavor elsewhere. That fat-free yoplait yogurt you’re eating for your health is loaded with more sugar than you should be eating in an entire day.
Fat became public enemy #1 and was so feared that nobody saw sugar coming. We continue to literally pay for the mistakes that one scientist made in the 1950s. Not only is heart disease still a number one killer, but we are metabolically, hormonally, and physically broken. But the good news is that there is hope. You can change things starting today. You can eat a nutrient-dense, whole-food diet that prioritizes protein and healthy fats and relies on whole foods for carbohydrate sources. You can balance your blood sugar and insulin. You can optimize your digestion. You can balance your hormones. You can find true health. But you have to be willing to ditch the dogma that’s been ingrained in you for years!
If you’re having trouble figuring out how to start when it comes to eating the right kinds of fats and trying to balance your hormones, reach out today to see how I can help. You don’t have to go at it alone!