The Truth About Fat

It is such a shame that as a society we are now so scared of the actual word – FAT!

This applies to those who are going through peri-menopause or menopause.  We all know someone who put on the pounds at that time in her life. Hopefully this information will help take away the fear around the myth that when you start to approach menopause, you are going to gain weight.

We consume fat-free, low fat, nonfat and imitation this and that.

 It is no wonder we have so many diseases in our country and not just elder people, people of all ages are affected. Many diseases today are linked to “unhealthy fats” in the so-called food in our diets.

Our bodies don’t know how to handle the chemicals (toxins) in Molly McButter or Smart Balance, just to name two products that are widely used.

Studies have proven the foods we consume are so much more important than we have ever realized.

 We are so conditioned to eat food that is not real food.  We are eating processed foods, fast foods and foods made up of chemicals our bodies don’t even recognize. When our bodies don’t recognize ingredients and don’t know what to do with them, they are called toxins.  Toxins attach to fat cells and cause the hormone leptin to increase making it harder to lose weight.

  Leptin is what tells our brains to burn fat (instead of sugar) for energy. With too many toxins in the cells, the cells become unhealthy and can’t receive the messages from the hormones.

The leptin receptors in the brain will burn out which leads to leptin resistance. When this happens, you will gain weight that will not respond to diet or exercise.  Plus…we are aging ourselves prematurely!

Fat does not make us fat!  Lacking the ability to burn fat makes us fat. Our bodies need “good fats” in our diets to maintain good health and the healthy fats help us burn fat in the body.

Here are some examples of good fats:

Raw nuts and seeds

  • cashews
  • pine nuts
  • sesame seeds
  • walnut
  • almonds
  • pecans
  • sunflower

Use high quality Grape seed oil or Coconut Oil to cook with. Olive Oil should be used at low temperatures.

When/if using dairy products such as milk, sour cream, Cottage Cheese, use full fat and Organic if possible.  Avocados are also good fat.

Grass fed meats as opposed to grain-fed.

Our hormone health is so important.  We have over 600 hormones doing specific jobs in our bodies.  Being accountable for the “good food” we eat is just part of creating an easier (healthier) menopause experience.

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