Written by Alex
Listen, counting calories sucks. I know because I did it for 3 months when I wanted to lose 10 pounds I had curiously gained after college when I stopped dancing 6 days a week. At that same time, my darling husband lost 10 lbs in two weeks! The joys of womanhood, eh? Of course you should watch how much you eat if you don’t just want to gain weight, but there is something, almost soul crushing, about punching your calories into your “My Fitness Pal” app after every meal. It takes a lot of the fun out of eating.
The current trend seems to be to have anger against fat in foods, but it makes zero sense. Let me tell you why the war against calories is bananas…the body NEEDS fat; your brain is made up of 2/3 of fats. However, you need the right kinds of fat. Those healthy fats are polyunsaturated, mono unsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids. These good fats help your body actually burn off the bad fats, creating a better environment for your brain, heart, skin, energy levels and mood. Avocado, olive and coconut oil, fatty fish, coconut milk (the real kind in the can, not the boxed weirdness), eggs (Eat the yolk, people! I swear, if I see egg white omelets on a menu for much longer, I may egg the restaurant with all the healthy yolks they don’t use.), nuts and seeds, etc.
You need omega-6’s too, but people get waaaaay too much of those, if you ever eat at a restaurant or eat processed foods, you’re getting enough omega-6’s (also my rule for ionized salt). In fact, “The typical American diet tends to contain 14 – 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids,” says the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Restaurants and packaged foods use cheap omega-6 oils like canola and vegetable. I don’t use these oils at home. There is also a big fight against saturated fats, but there is new research showing that they really aren’t as bad as people think, in fact “Doubling or even nearly tripling saturated fat in the diet does not drive up total levels of saturated fat in the blood, according to a controlled diet study.” from OSU.
Although, Americans in general, get plenty of saturated fats, dairy, meats and the lot. Therefore you don’t need to worry about getting enough,and just because something isn’t terrible for you, doesn’t mean you should eat it all the time. Also, avoid reduced calorie snack foods, because they have altered oils (see, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, mmmm, JK) and there is added sugar to make them taste better.
Fact is, there is just more junk in them, a perfect example of why low fat isn’t always good. Also, you know what is super low calorie? Salad (when it isn’t doused in dressing) and vegetables, they are also the best thing for you and your body. So go crazy on those all day long, and be smart about the rest. Obviously indulging is necessary for the soul, but the key is to have the majority of what you eat be good for you. Which does not mean low calorie all the time. Eat pure, be smart, and your brain and body will thank you!
Peace and love.