I had an email yesterday from a lady who said she believed in the benefits of a high fat-low carb diet, but that she really struggles with food cravings; she hasn’t stuck to her diet plan for more than a few days. That’s a familiar problem, and I’ve got an answer: Up Your Fat. Way up. That allows you, mentally and physically, to cut back on the carbs. Here’s why.
Cravings, hunger, and food addictions are a HUGE issue; if you’re trying to conquer them with your “same old plan”, nothing will change. The cravings and addictions will keep winning. You know the scenario: the morning starts out with the best of intentions only to be derailed by hunger, or a trigger, a few hours later. Anger and disappointment sets in. It’s a bad way to live, and it can be incredibly consuming.
I have a great email from a client who went from “Diet Obsessed, to Happy and Calm”, from EATING MORE FAT . ( And she looks AMAZING – seriously.)
“I know I have some work to do still but it really is amazing. I can only remember ever worrying about the fat and calories in food and living my life based around that. Just in the last couple years when things were at their worst I was literally writing down every calorie and making sure to keep it under a certain amount and eating no fat at all. I was weighing myself when I got to the gym and before I left (everyday). I literally couldn’t think of anything else besides what I was eating, when I was working out, and what the latest scale number said. It was beyond exhausting….and at the same time trying to be a mom to two little kids one who was pretty sick…….
But in learning all I am about the truly nourishing qualities in food and how it can heal us, I don’t see how I could fall back into such an intense fear of food. I have a real sense of control now and know I am doing something truly healthy for myself.”
See that word “control”,.. that’s what we’re all seeking, right? The ability to not feel so weak in the face of our triggers or even actual hunger? High Fat-Low Carb is the answer, honest. Our bodies are made out of water, fat, and protein. Carbs don’t make any part of us, they’re just a fuel source. That’s all. Even if you workout, you don’t need that many carbs to fuel your life.
Remember: All Excess Carbs Are Converted To Body Fat. All Of Them.
If we live a life of constant high blood sugar ( oatmeal, cereal, or bread for breakfast, sandwich and chips for lunch, pasta or pizza for dinner, carby snacks in between), *****WE DON’T BURN MUCH FAT**** we just burn all that excess sugar. If our blood sugar does dip down below normal, chances are our body actually uses MUSCLE TISSUE (converted to glucose) BEFORE FAT TISSUE for energy.
Famous Line: Our Body isn’t a Math Equation; It’s a Chemistry Set.
Fat Satiates the Appetite; a high fat/low carb diet keeps Insulin low; high fat/low carb induces the body to use Fatty Acids for Fuel; fatty acids are also used to build our hormones, organs, cells, glands, bones, and tissues; fatty acids have anti-viral/anti-bacterial properties; our brain is 60% fat.
Sugar and certain proteins in grains actually STIMULATE areas of our brain that control pleasure and desire, or should I say, cravings and addictions. We’ve all read the news stories about the rats who consistently picked sugar over cocaine, right? Last night I saw a commercial that depicted a woman starring longingly at a handsome man, but when they went inside her head, all she wanted was the giant burrito he was eating. These processed carbs are really, truly addictive; and most of the time, trying to “limit” them, has ZERO effect on dampening the urges for them.
Besides stimulating our appetites, a High Carb – Low Fat diet does NOTHING for our satiety. Carbs are digested so quickly, EVEN OATMEAL, that hunger’s a fact of life. Trust Me: Not Feeling Hungry Is WONDERFUL, FREEING, AMAZING. That’s how you can feel when you ditch the grain and sugar, and add the fat.
Remember that email from Mandy, who said she feels like she’s been Freed From Diet Prison? You could feel that way too!
Still dubious that eating plenty of fat can squash cravings? Here’s a quote from Dr. Tom Cowan’s book, The Fourfold Path to Healing, “Our brain is specifically designed to sense the fat content of our food and to tell us to stop eating when the proper amount of fat has been ingested. When the need for fats and the nutrients they contain is satisfied, we stop eating. The body’s requirement for fats is so great, and the appetite that spurs the body to obtain those fats is so strong, that binge eating is likely to occur if fats are omitted from regular meals.”
Re-read that last sentence. Fats are NUTRIENT bombs. Our brain and body want them. Stop equating fat from foods with fat on your body. They’re different! Human’s make fat from excess carbohydrate.
Tips to get started: (1) clean out your kitchen; no one in your whole family needs crackers, cookies, or pasta. (2) make a grocery list and include coconut oil, coconut butter, olive oil, kerry gold butter, whole dairy ( if it works for you), nuts, seeds, plenty of vegetables, and good meats and eggs. You can do this!
Here’s a recipe for Pesto – one of my all time favorite foods; perfect for any High Fat, Low Carb diet.
In your blender, mix 1/4 c walnuts, or pecans, or pumpkin seeds 1/2 c shredded parmesan 2 cups basil 2 crushed garlic cloves juice of 1 lemon S&P ****1/2 c MCT oil ( I use Skinny Fat, by Carlton Nutrition), and 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We ate this Sunday on fish and vegetables, Monday on meat loaf, and Tuesday on chicken. So Good!