Fat = Good or Bad?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Let's talk about fat. I've read a lot of about fat, and I've heard people talk about fat in their own diets - what place it has, how much they eat, what kinds they'll consume. It's overwhelming! And when we get down to it, we're really looking for a balance. Raw vegans seem to want to keep their fat down to 10% of their overall calories. That means just one avocado is too much fat. That seems a little drastic to me. I wouldn't want to cut out avocados, a natural food, just because it's fatty - it's good fat! I had one yesterday, and today I ate another one. I might avoid them for another few days, but that's mostly because I don't have any more. I still use extra virgin olive oil and grapeseed oil on salads and potatoes. It's probably not the best choice on a high carb raw food diet, but seriously.. I'm not going to stress about it! This lifestyle shouldn't stress you out. Long term, it'll all work out if you keep fat in your diet in moderation. Balance is the key!

  • Smoothie (5 1/2 small bananas, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 3/4 cup coconut water, ice) = 550 calories
  • 4 tangelos = 240 calories
  • Broccoli with red wine vinegar and 1/2 tbsp EVOO = 190 calories
  • Small avocado = 280 calories
  • 2 Fuji apples = 185 calories
  • 4.5 oz blueberries = 70 calories
  • 2 small baked potatoes with salt and EVOO = 350 calories
Calories: 1865
Colors: Yellow, black, brown, orange, green, red, blue
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: Light stretching
Sunshine: 15 minutes
Sleep: Maybe 6.5 hours. Thanks, nap.

Food I took to work today. Lunch and snacks.
I hear some people at work talk about how they're trying this diet but that they're not on my level. "On my level." Hmm. Sure, I eat a lot more fruits and veggies than anything else, but I'm still eating a lot of fat calories, corn tortilla chips on occasion, and salt. Could I be doing better? Sure! We all can. But should I be stressing about it? Hell no. I hope you're understanding the difference here. I don't stress out about eating some corn chips when the other 85% of my day was fruits and veggies. When the other 90% of my week was fruits and veggies, it's probably not a big deal. If I wanted to lose more weight, be a little less puffy, then I'd stop consuming as much fat and salt. But I'm getting comfortable with my body and I have to be real with the food I eat. I eat 95% fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and grains. Who wouldn't be happy with that? But you don't have to strive to be "on my level." Just be on your level, and try to eat more fruit and veg every day. That's all you can do, right?
If you guys haven't yet checked out Freelee, you should. Today she posted a video about why you might see no weight loss or even weight gain when you start a high carb, high fruit, raw food lifestyle. This isn't a diet that should be used to lose weight. You may be gaining bone density, fluids, or muscle mass too. Don't ever be discouraged by that number on the scale. We aren't defined by our weight. For this, you should also check out Go Kaleo. She's incredibly inspirational when it comes to weight as well.
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.


Kimberly Romero said...

Chia seeds are a good source of healthy fat too I believe.

NerdyGirlT said...

I love this. I think people tend to get so wrapped up in the number on the scale rather than just worrying about their health. The focus should be on being healthy, not being skinny or looking a certain way. Your insides are far more important than your outside.

Angeline Kace said...

One thing I LOVE about your blog is that it really does stress being healthy. I've tried so many times to be healthier in the past, but I've always fallen off the wagon and went back to eating crap. This is the first time when I'm really doing something more to be healthy as a the number one motivator than to look a certain way. And the fact that I can look like Freelee because of this life style is a major bonus! But it's about living a longer, fuller life with more energy, a more positive attitude, and LIVING.

Thanks for always making it about balance and doing better, and for setting a great example for us!

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Kim - YES! Chia seeds are a great source of almost EVERYTHING! Love those things.

Nerdy - I aim to please. ;o) But seriously. You hit the nail on the head there. Your insides are SO much more important than what you look like. And if you take care of what's on the inside, the outside will naturally follow suit and become healthy and more attractive. So if we're all so worried about weight, we should just eat right!! Right? ;o)

Thanks for your comments, ladies!!

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Angeline - You're just amazing. I appreciate the fact that you read my blog so so much. I'm having FUN being this example and writing this blog, so I'm so glad it's paying off! I always feel like, since I don't have anything to sell, I can make this what I want it to be. And I just want it to be about a REAL person eating REAL food and loving life. Rock on, girl! You're setting a wonderful example too! <3 <3

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