Happy Holidays! For many of us this is the time of indulgence. With schedules wonky, eating at relatives’ or traveling, it’s no wonder our diets and digestion get off track. During this holiday season, we also have more access to cookies, pies, and other fatty treats that are usually less intrusive temptations.
Unfortunately it’s easy to get confused about weight gain, calories and fat. Over the past month many people have asked me about the best way to avoid the weight gain that happens during this time of year. The first step is to differentiate between “good fats” and “bad fats.” We actually need good, healthy fats – think avocados, salmon, coconut, flax and chia seeds, nuts, olives, whole eggs, dark chocolate – in our diet, even if trying to lose weight.
Dietary fats are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth. They also help protect your organs and help keep your body warm. Fats help your body absorb some nutrients and produce important hormones, too. Additionally, the Omega-3s in good fats super charge your brain. Therefore, the recommendation is to get 10% of our calories from healthy fat.
In my opinion – and personal physical experience – eating plenty of healthy fat actually helps me maintain an ideal weight. When I am consciously eating the kind of fat that helps me, my body is less likely to reach for the kind of fat that hurts me. Christmas cookies are way less inviting after a breakfast of Keto Coffee (see my uber simple recipe below) and scrambled eggs with avocado. So don’t be afraid of supplementing your end-of-year diet with loads of healthy fats. And enjoy!
Brew one cup coffee, in an immersion blender (or whatever you’ve got) blend coffee with 1TBS grass fed butter, 1TBS coconut oil. Add in extras like 1 TBS collagen, 1/2tsp cinnamon or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, if you’re so inspired.