I was up close and personal with puberty and the shit was ugly.
I really had nothing to complain about though. I had (and still have) amazing parents (who are still together and happy after 39 years), I had great friends, I had a loving home, I had everything that I needed and then some.
But during my early teenage years I couldn’t see past the hormones.
The early nineties was the beginning of the “Heroin Chic” era and it collided beautifully with my teenage angst in perfect timing. I resonated fully.
The dark depressing beauty, the perfectly disturbed pouts, and the general “fuck you” attitude was the perfect combination of who I was (at the time) and who I so desperately wanted to be.
There were of course a few issues with this. I lived in nowhere New Mexico, I wasn’t tall, I was 14, and I had zero self confidence.
Model land wasn’t in the cards, so I decided to do the one thing I could do to mirror my heroin goddesses…
I got really, really skinny.
I was never bulimic and I’m pretty sure I was never technically anorexic, but I most definitely had food and body image issues. Not eating was my way of having control andgetting attention. When my friends and family eventually voiced concern about my weight, I secretly loved the shit out of it.
I came across this picture last time I was at my parent’s house. When I looked at it, I immediately flashed back to the day this picture was taken and I remembered thinking that I needed to lose more weight because my stomach wasn’t flat enough yet.
Luckily, starving myself didn’t last too much longer and I honestly don’t remember what happened. I just sort of snapped out of it.
I did continue to have minor eating issues throughout my teenage years and into my mid twenties, and It wasn’t until I started to eat a healthy vegan diet that my food issues completely dissolved.
You know what it was for me?
It was the fact that I no longer had to limit food I loved because I learned to love food that I didn’t have to limit.
Letting go of that control was like letting go of a mind fuck that I played with myself for years.
How refreshing to eat healthy food when I was hungry, stop when I was full, and repeat. It felt easy, it felt right, and it felt like I had a lot more room for other things.
I also became the ideal weight for my frame naturally. I might go up and down a couple pounds here and there, but I sit at a solid 135 pounds at 5’ 7, and have for over 5 years.
I preface today’s post with this story because I honestly don’t believe that there is ONE right way for people to eat and EVERYONE is on their own personal food journey.
If you’re happy, if you’re healthy, if you feel good about how and what you eat, then take note of my weekly info, but know that it’s all merely something to think about, learn from and possibly test out when you’re ready.
Wherever you are on your food journey, I salute you. Food is an extremely emotional thing and finding peace and balance with it takes time and patience.
Okay – let’s do this.
I want to talk about oil because it’s a topic that I get asked a lot about and there’s a ton of conflicting information about it out there.
BUT before I talk about oil I have to talk about fat so this will be a two parter.
And neither part will be as boring as going to a tire store, I promise.
This week fat, next week oil, deal?
There are many different types of fat, and they all behave differently in the body.
Our body needs a certain amount of the right kind of fat to be healthy. It protects the organs, gives us energy, and helps us absorb nutrients.
Here’s a quick tip. If you eat kale with some avocado or walnuts, your body will absorb more nutrients from the kale than if you ate it plain. This is awesome because avocados are maybe my favorite food.
- Okay, so a fat molecule looks like a tadpole (Or a sperm. Just go with whatever analogy resonates with you most. No judgement.).
- The head part of the tadpole/sperm looking molecule is water soluble and made up of the same stuff regardless of what type of fat it is.
- The length of the tail is what sets the different type of fats apart. The tail part is fat soluble.
The shorter the tail of your sperm (oh come on, I know you went with sperm) the easier it is to digest. The longer the tail, the longer it takes for your body to break it down and the harder it is to digest.
So each type of fat has a different length of tail.
Are you with me so far? Would you rather be at a tire store?
(please say no).
We’ll get back to the sperm tails in a minute, but first I want you to understand that there are four different types of dietary fat, and all four are not created equal.
Some are good, some are confusing, and some should be avoided like a bad ex.
1) Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid
There are two types of polyunsaturated fats.
— These are known as the essential fatty acids, and our bodies cannot manufacture these on their own.
It’s important to have a good balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6. A good ratio is 4:1.
People who eat the Standard American Diet generally have too much Omega-6 in their diet and not enough Omega-3 (with ratios as high as 30:1).
If you’re getting too much Omega-6, the benefits of the Omega-3 will be in vain. Omega-6 is found in lots of different types of processed foods that are laden with vegetable oils. (Which is why people tend to get way too much Omega-6)
Some healthy plant sources of Omega-3 include chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, soy beans, seaweed, tahini (because of the sesame seeds), cauliflower and winter squash.
Different types of fish are often touted as being a good source of Essential Fatty Acids, but the high amount of cholesterol and the low amount of fiber combined with the potential for high mercury content makes unprocessed plant sources the best for those Essential Fatty Acids.
2) Monounsaturated Fatty Acid
Monounsaturated fat can be beneficial, as long as it’s in moderation.
The healthiest sources of monounsaturated fat are avocados and olives (both technically fruit, btw), nuts and seeds (almonds, macadamia nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, canola, etc..) and soybeans.
3) Saturated Fat
There’s a huge debate going on right now about saturated fat that I will fill you in on next week, but basically there’s one school of thought that saturated fat isn’t as bad as it’s been chalked up to be, and another school of thought that all saturated fat should be avoided.
More on this next week.
All you need to know today is that saturated fats are most commonly found in meat and dairy products, but there is also saturated fat in palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil, dried coconut, dark chocolate, some types of fish, some types of nuts and whipped cream.
Did you know that olive oil is 14% saturated fat? More on this next week.
4) Trans Fat
These are the run away as if they were a bad ex fats.
Do you remember a couple weeks back when I talked about hydrogenated oils?
Anything containing hydrogenated oil is full of trans fats.
Junk food is the biggest culprit of trans fats, but did you know that meat and dairy products have a small amount of naturally occurring trans fats?
Regardless of the saturated fat debate, all camps agree that Trans Fats are no bueno and should NOT be consumed.
Finally, something apart from kittens that we can all agree on.
Now that you have a grasp on the four different types of fat, let’s go back to sperm (and hopefully you read this from the beginning, otherwise this makes zero sense to you and you should stop skimming and go back to the beginning).
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The longer the tail on our sperm, the harder it is on our body, the shorter the tail, the easier it is to digest.
This means that Essential Fatty Acids have the shortest tail, Monounsaturated Fats have a slightly longer tail, Saturated Fats have an even longer tail, and Trans Fats win for the longest tail.
Are we good on the four different types of fat and the length of sperm tails?
Before I go any further, I need to talk about cholesterol for a hot second.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance made by the body to produce many hormones like estrogen and testosterone.
The body produces good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL).
The Bad cholesterol is damaging to the heart, good cholesterol acts like a dump truck and ferries bad cholesterol to the liver.
So we need more good cholesterol and less bad cholesterol.
Good cholesterol is found in foods that have unsaturated fats. AKA poly and monounsaturated fats.
Here’s the deal.
- Unsaturated fat increases good cholesterol AND lowers bad cholesterol (hence the term “good fat”).
- Saturated fat increases good cholesterol, BUT it also increases bad cholesterol.
- Trans fat increases bad cholesterol AND decreases good cholesterol.
There is a pattern starting to emerge and the pattern is this.
For a whole hell of a lot of reasons, poly and monounsaturated fats should be consumed in moderation (Dr. Barnard recommends 20 grams per day. That’s 1/4 of an avocado, 1/4 cup of walnuts and 1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds), Trans Fats should be kicked in the ass, and saturated fats… it’s a hot topic that I will be bringing clarity to next week, BUT like Dr. Michael Greger points out:
Any diet that encourages people to eat bacon is an easy sell.
Now that you’re schooled on the basics of fat, I will see you next week where I’ll wrestle saturated fat and shine some light on the oil debate.
Until then, here’s a quick recipe idea for you.
One of my fave things to do with it is to water saute some garlic and onion, add in whatever other veggies I have in the fridge, toss in the quinoa and then season with some soy sauce, whatever herbs I’m feeling, and some salt and pepper.
Then place it in a bowl, put a few chopped walnuts and some slices of avocado on top and BAM!
Welcome to Yumtown.
Here’s how you make the quinoa.
- Take one cup of quinoa (180g), place it in a pot with two cups of water (475ml), bring it to a boil and then turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft and fluffy.
- Let it cool before you pop it in the fridge.
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