In this article you will learn:
How to make healthy choices for fat sources
What various options are and what to look for
The top things to avoid when it comes to dietary fat decisions
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This is going to be Part 2 of a 4 Part series. I will link the next article at the end. If you need help implementing these principles, don't be afraid to reach out. Below are my guiding rules for making healthy, lifelong choices with fats. Yum!
Remove inflammatory fats from your diet that are high in polyunsaturated fat like canola oil, soybean oil, vegetable oil and safflower oil. If you use sunflower oil, make sure it is “high oleic” and all of your oils should be organic and from a reputable source. Try to limit your intake of polyunsaturated fats from foods and get to know which ones are the major offenders from what you like to eat.
Try to store your oils in dark, glass containers and avoid using plastics as those can leech into your oil.
Consume predominantly high quality saturated and monounsaturated fats like avocados, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, grass-fed ghee and butter.
Make sure that your beef is grass-fed, eggs and pork are pasture raised and try to avoid poultry or minimize it. Eat fatty fish that is wild caught like salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines, but try to get them fresh more of the time than canned. If they are canned, make sure it’s not in canola or soybean oil.
Avoid fast food and deep fried food as these are loaded in toxic, inflammatory fats. Also avoid “fake” butter, margarine and dairy imitations because they are loaded with inflammatory plant oils.
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