The Big Fat Post

Posted on January 27, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Race Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

*Before I go into too much, I want to stress that everything hear is based on my own opinion. I’m not a certified nutrition anything, and these are personal thoughts reached through researched. I also recognize that I change my mind like crazy, so let the record show it is 1/27/20092010*

You’re all invited to my big fat Italian-Polish-French-Welsh-Canadian wedding after you read my big fat post. Really, I should call this my big post about fat, because that’s the topic on today’s agenda. I don’t think anyone would deny that fat’s an important part of your daily intake. And I really don’t think anyone would deny that it’s usually pretty delicious(Helloooo, peanut butter?). At the same time, there are several different types of fats stemming from countless sources. After taking advice and literature from 3 intelligent bloggers, I’ve decided to incorporate saturated fat from 2 new sources into my diet.

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

Common literature would tell you that saturated fats are awful and should be limited. That same literature, however, once toted trans-fatty margarine over all-natural butter. Things an opinions change.Β These 2 pieces of literature(#1 and #2) combined with other effects and observation led me to this decision. The fats themselves, as you’ll read, are quite nutritious in themselves. Unlike commercial butter, grass-fed butter hosts a range of nutrients and a higher omega-3 content; this was also the butter that our great-great grandparents were living and thriving off of–not margarine. You can read all about Pasture Butter here. Coconut oil hosts a bound of benefits of saturated fats without a speck of cholesterol. It also hosts a wide and unique array of beneficial components, including lauric acid, the same food infants thrive off of from milk.

The other half of this shift will be limiting the amounts of canola, safflower, soy, and other refined liquid oils. The reasoning for this is two-fold: Firstly, they aren’t nearly as “natural” as some of their counterparts like Rachael Ray’s favorite, EVOO. Secondly, introducing new fats into my diet means I should probably take some of the old ones out, and these ones serve little purpose on their own. Of course I’ll still be getting a strong flow of fats from nuts and, on occasion, animal sources. But I did want to put this out there, so that there’s no surprise that I might be featuring food like this a lot:

Homemade Raw Vegan Chocolate Bar

And why wouldn’t I when it’s this yummy? That would be my 3rd ever homemade raw vegan chocolate, made with 13g gold label virgin coconut oil, 19g agave nectar, and 12g cocoa powder. I really liked this blend. And, yes, when it comes to these raw chocolate bars it’s grams–not even teaspoons–that change the flavor completely! I’m loving playing around with the flavor with my minute changes and I think this one came out best of all so far. I’m going to pass over the irony of eating coconut oil and a chocolate bar while watching The Biggest Loser πŸ˜€

WHILE WE’RE ON THE TOPIC, I am totally infuriated with the red team. I really hate it when anyone “plays the game” instead of just losing weight. As much as I love Alison Sweeney, I really miss the days when Caroline Rhea hosted and the contestants entered not knowing what they were doing but solely devoted to getting healthy. Meanwhile, teams like the grey team keep me thinking there are still those like that out there and have hope. I needed oatmeal to distract me from being angry.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Maple Almond Butter And Maple Butter

If I’m working grass-fed butter into my diet, I should work more maple butter in too, right?(For those who don’t know, maple butter is simply granulated maple syrup and, in fact, not at all butter). I think I need to add less salt to my oats because even with all this mapleness nothing tasted sweet. I might have had to have an extra spoonful of maple butter from the jar. Oops.

This did not help my first night of sleep back in the dorm. I don’t know why, but I think it took a good 60 minutes of nothingness to fall asleep. My mind was just racing with thoughts about the new day and everything. The thing I was most anxious about was running again. To top it all off, I forgot to set my alarm! I managed to wake up naturally at 7:20, though, so only slept in 20 minutes. I guzzled down a cup of coffee from a fresh canister, and hit the gym.

365 Decaf Hazelnut

It’s so hard to find coffee that’s flavored and decaf; and this really tastes like hazelnut! Love it. What I didn’t love so much was reuniting with the treadmill.Β The run was so tough. I knew it wouldn’t be as easy after 5 weeks but I couldn’t believe after 2 miles it was becoming a battle, even though I had The Today Show to entertain me. My goal was 7 miles and I pushed to that in 59:59; I don’t know how I’m going to build back up for my half in time. When I got back to my dorm, I was ready to refuel!

Bananamon Oatmeal With Cinnamon Raisin PB

Peanut Soy Yogurt With Milk Chocolate Newman's Cup

This hit the spot. I needed to go to the dining hall to get bananas and I grabbed 5 while I was in there πŸ˜€ I’ll be set for a bit I think. I love the cinnamon raisin peanut butter but I almost feel like it was too much raisins! Good thing I had soy yogurt with peanut flour to help satisfy my peanut tooth. The trick to good peanut flour yogurt: salt. It makes it that much more authentic.

Today’s the first day of classes! Already so much has happened I want to share and I’ve gotten a ton of good news, but I think after covering 1 big fat topic, that’ll be enough for this post. Instead, I’ll leave you with some giveaways.

Enter here for a goji gourmet giveaway(it’s one of my superfoods!)

Here is 1 iHerb giveaway and here is another! You could get a lot of herbage with that, lol.

And an Oikos giveaway!

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yay for saturated fat πŸ™‚

I’m all about ALL fat. I love it. πŸ™‚

Great info!! I think fat is such an important part in our diet. For me personally I dont feel satisfied until I eat a certain amount of fat with each meal. You can go overboard with it so I try to stay within my ranges. But i agree that its vital in a healthy diet! Thanks for the info on the decaf hazelnut coffee. Im always on the lookout for some good flavored decaf coffees. Great job on pushing through your run too. It is hard getting back sometimes but will get easier. Way to go!!! Have a fabulous day!

I’m with you on the fat consumption for sure.

Also, I can’t stand the red team, I love how Jillian called her a liar like a million times. It was awesome.

gosh i could totally rant about the red team too! i hate how people are trying to play the game rather than just get healthy. obvi that is going to happen because $$ is on the line but still…i hated it when teams in the past gained weight during immunity just because they knew they wouldnt go home…and

well i’m going to stop there because i think i could go on and on!!

Yep, definitely feels like fat is making a comeback, in the blog world especially. I’m anxious to try coconut butter myself.

Great post!

I used to be “scared” of fat.. now Im like, BRING it on.. my bod thanks me!

Glad you had a good day of classes πŸ™‚

We use those exact same products in our house (and I am a certified nutrition manager if that makes you feel any better) Coconut oil is a GREAT oil (in my opinion) for all the reasons you mentioned above. As for butter…we use it in moderation but I feel like using the most raw and pure form is better than anything overly processed.

I absolutely agree with you on the biggest loser! I miss the good old days…

I love me some fat πŸ™‚

Be careful about rushing into running too quickly. That is a sure fire way to get injured. Make sure you follow the 10% rule or something similar.

Yay! I definitely love my fats ❀

i love fat! YAY for butter, i only started eating it a few days ago, and omg what was i thinking all these years? i’ve missed out!

ps paula deen would be so proud πŸ˜‰

Informative post, Evan.

I am going to keep my eyes open for grass-fed butter!

i was thisclose to buying some coconut oil yesterday! but it was 14 bucks & i already had a ton of stuff. im seriously regretting it now! ill need to sell something i own but im going back to buy me some coconut oil!

My parents are not advocates of margarine. I’ll use oil instead of it baking, if I want to make something vegan. I do have a container of coconut oil. I hope you can come up with some yummy ideas for it! The running will come back. Your race is in two months, right? That’s plenty of time! πŸ™‚

I love fat! πŸ™‚ I really need to branch out and try other sources other than PB but I’m just so darn addicted

THANKS for the shoutout, sweets! Hope I can call you that πŸ™‚ Anyhoo…
I was a freakin psych and biology double major. My books in the mid 90s were like a mere $500 bucks or something insane. I mean, books. They are succccch a ripoff! I agree, S’Bucks, who needs it. It’s only convenient; it’s not actually that good πŸ™‚

Homemade raw vegan choc bar. Nice. Work it.

Fat is a good thing. And glad you’re on the bandwagon. The funny thing is I get emails all the time, 2 today for instance, about people freakin on me that I dont have enough fat on me. Well, hey, what can I say, coconut oil doesnt actually make you fat LOL

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