I recognize we have been conditioned to look at fat as the enemy. It’s starting to drive me a bit bonkers. I hit the grocery store today to purchase some full fat, organic Greek yogurt so I could make some homemade ranch to dip my veggies in. OMG…I did not think it would be so difficult to find FULL FAT yogurt. Wow. I found ONE brand and it wasn’t organic and the container said nothing about how the animals are raised, so I didn’t buy it. I’m baffled. Truly. And, so, I had to blog about it.
My nutrition buddies, I would like us to all ponder something for a moment. How does the milk come out of the cow/goat/sheep? It comes out WITH the fat. It comes out of the animal with a certain ratio of carbs, fat, and protein. The reason it has this ratio is because these elements all work synergistically together to ensure the food is most efficiently digested and assimilated. This is what makes it a whole food. When a portion of that ratio is removed, it is no longer a whole food. We are meant to eat whole foods. We aren’t meant to just eat certain portions of a food. Just like eggs. We’re not meant to just have the white, because then we’re missing an entire component that’s meant to assist the other part in proper metabolism. Think WHOLE, please.
Please don’t be afraid of fat. We need it for a plethora of functions in the body. From immunity, to hormone-building, to brain function, to skin health, to healthy weight management, fat is a necessity for our survival. Processed, packaged, frozen, canned, fiber-stripped, high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods are the biggest nutritional culprits behind the poor health that has plagued Western society. Again, fat from real, whole foods is something we must have in the diet for proper wellness. Just choose wisely and, of course, all things in moderation. Eat your whole eggs, eat your nuts and seeds, eat your olive oil, eat your avocados.
And, please, eat your full fat, organic Greek yogurt. Many of the mainstream grocery stores will not have this. Places like Whole Foods and your local health food store should carry full fat Greek yogurt. Nancy’s brand is sold at most health food stores. If you can’t find it, you can always make it. Click here for a very simple and cost-effective recipe!
Peace, love, and good health to all,