August 10, 2014 By Leanne Vogel November 3, 2018
Fat makes up the outside layer of every cell in your body. Our hormones need it, our muscles need it and (a lack of it) can lead to endless raging cravings for sugar at every turn. How (and why) I am no longer scared of eating fat and choose to follow a keto eating style.
It’s said that there are 3 things in life that induce powerful visceral responses – religion, politics and nutrition. Each is based on personal experiences and perceptions, each individual believing in their hearts that they are right.
It would be silly of me to assume that the Healthful Pursuit community wouldn’t change as a result of the new path that I’m on. Some of you have told me that my keto message no longer resonates with you, and that’s okay. Healthful Pursuit has always been centered around my belief that health is an endless journey, never stagnant, always changing.
I am adapting to new keto patterns because what I was doing previously, wasn’t serving me anymore. If the keto path I’m on induces those powerful visceral responses and you just can’t pick up what I’m laying down, I respect that. In the end, though, I owe it to myself; and our community, to explore what’s out there and continue to create a space that encourages all of us to figure out where our bodies are happiest and explore THAT, whatever that is.
So, okay. You’re still here. Awesome! Let’s talk about fat and keto. Because; like me, you may have or are currently afraid that too much fat will make you fat.
“Fat makes you fat”
“Fat clogs your arteries and leads to heart disease”
“Dietary cholesterol raises your cholesterol”
“Fats have no nutrients”
Au contraire, I say! Fat is GOOD… and here are 10 reasons why (with medical studies listed all over the place so you know this is legit) consuming high amounts of dietary fat within a ketogenic eating style shouldn’t scare you anymore::
Note: when fats are increased in a ketogenic eating style, your consumption of carbohydrates will decrease to offset. Many of the points listed above are a benefit to the combination of MORE fats and LESS carbohydrates.
So, see! Now you’re equipped with 10 (proven!) reasons why you don’t have to be scared of fats or following a ketogenic eating style anymore. Still a bit skeptical? The first thing I did when I ran into all of this evidence was begin with my cravings. For a week, anytime I was craving something, I’d have a high-fat, keto snack – a glob of coconut oil, an avocado, a couple spoonfuls of sunflower butter, a handful of macadamia nuts, and within 10 minutes, the cravings were no longer.
Interested in high-fat living? Grab your copy of my newest digital program, The Keto Beginning: Complete Guide + 30-day Meal Plan. 17 chapters, 147 pages + over 70 high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein, keto, dairy-, gluten-, sugar-, grain-, legume-free recipes. It’s the rocket fuel for achieving flawless health and effortless weight loss through sound keto nutrition practices and vibrant food preparation in ways you’ve never seen before.
And… keep a batch of this keto vanilla creme pudding on hand for a quick high-fat, keto treat.
What is a “healthy fat”:: just about everything that contains fat except for high-processed foods like soy oil, canola oil and deli meats. Nuts, coconut oil, avocado and animal protein are all great keto fat sources!
Next time, when a craving strikes, try eating something keto and high in fat – a spoon of sunflower butter, a scoop of coconut oil, an avocado… or these parfaits… and let me know how you feel!
Have you or are you afraid or concerned with eating fats or following a ketogenic eating style?
Your stories and experiences with keto help me create topics and conversations for future blog posts so that we all continue to grow together. Sharing your words is deeply helpful for the growth and continuation of our amazing community.
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Hi! I’m Leanne (RHN FBCS)
a Keto Nutritionist, host of The Keto Diet Podcast, and best-selling author of The Keto Diet & Keto for Women. I want to live in a world where every woman has access to knowledge to better her health.