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Let's Talk About FAT, Baby (But Really: Is Fat Healthy?)

A few days ago as I was eating my homemade meatloaf with a side of avocado at my desk, I heard something that stopped me in my chewing tracks.

“Olive oil and coconut oil are not healthy. Sugar is better for your brain.”

Without pausing to think, I word vomit-ed, “SUGAR IS CANCER!” thus thrusting myself into a lovely debate about the benefits of healthy fats. I wanted so badly to speak the truth, to stake my claim, to explain how sugar caused me years of struggle and how eliminating sugar led to my own personal victory dance. I threw out lines like, “Fat gives you energy!” (“Carbohydrates give you energy.”) and, “Burning fat for energy instead of sugar causes you to lose weight!” (“Eating no fat causes you to lose weight.”) and so on.

I believe so strongly in the way that I eat because it has changed my life and my health. But honestly, it’s been four years since I’ve done the research, read the books, taken notes—I’ve forgotten the many important values. I’ve forgotten the “why.” And, to be fair, we don’t all need to be walking encyclopedias. Matty knows that eating a diet rich in high-quality proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats cause his autoimmune deficiencies to calm down. That’s all he needs to know. I know that it keeps me from letting emotional eating take control and gives me energy. But lately, I’ve been wanting to dive a little deeper into the “why” [so I can win debates] so I can mix a little education into my beliefs.

Which is why I just spent the last two hours reading everything I can find about fat. How did you spend your holiday weekend?????

I hope you don’t mind if I share with you some of my findings. I’ll try to make this as un-sciency as possible, but no promises. I’ve looked at both sides of the story (namely, a paleo perspective vs. a vegan perspective), and I was surprised to find that if these guys would just broaden their focus, they might find they agree more than they disagree.

Stay with me—it’ll be fun! Promise.

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