Don’t Fear the Fat

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As a kid, it was common knowledge in my family that eating fat would cause health problems. We would usually opt for skim milk and margarine, and it was the norm to see boxes of food labeled “fat free” in the pantry. Even after years of following the paleo diet, I can still understand where the confusion came from back then. It only seems right that if you don’t want to be overweight, (and deal with the associated health problems) you shouldn’t eat fat.

This was a legitimate obstacle for me as I was making my way into the paleo world. It wasn’t until I opened myself up to the possibility that what I was reading could actually make sense and tried it, that I felt the positive difference that eating a balanced diet including fat can make. Seeing the same message broadcast to the masses this summer helped further drive the message home too.

It can take a little digging to find some of the best ways to incorporate healthy fat into your diet, but it’s not as hard as you might think. Here’s a list of some of my favorite sources:

Coconut Oil – Great for cooking at high heats and is a much more well-balanced fat than many cheaper cooking oils.

Ghee – Created through a heating and separating process, ghee is a dairy-free fat made from butter. It is great for cooking, but even better for blending with coconut oil and coffee to make bulletproof coffee.

Avocado – Perfect as a side or a topping for chicken, with eggs in the morning, or mixed up with chopped tomatoes, onions and salt and pepper for homemade guacamole.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Makes for a perfect base for paleo mayo and salad dressings.

Animal Fat – Just make sure you’re getting meat from animals that were raised the way they were intended to be (think grass fed and pasture raised) and you don’t need to buy the lean cuts.

Fish – This has been a tough one for me because I’ve never been a fan of the taste of fish. Proper seasoning has helped me develop more of an appetite for it.

There are MANY other options out there beyond this list, but this is a good place to start. Even if you’re not participating in our challenge, you can still benefit from increasing your intake of this valuable nutrient. Add some in with every meal – it will not make you fat!