Here is a short list of questions to determine whether you may be fat deficient:
1. Have you relied on fat-free foods and counted fat grams to lose weight, only to find that your weight has reached a plateau and you always feel hungry?
2. Do you avoid red meats, butter and eggs to lower your cholesterol, but lack sufficient energy to get through the day?
3. Do you eat margarine because of a family history of heart disease, but feel listless and depressed?
4. Do you eat so-called healthy meals (like a salad with no-fat dressing) only to be overtaken by cravings that drive you to eat fatty foods, such as chips, French fries, doughnuts or ice creams?
Or like so many in the western and far eastern world as of late..
5. Has your weight slowly been creeping up and find it impossible to lose that last ten pounds no matter how hard you try?
6. Have your energy and enthusiasm dropped?
7. Do you still feel hungry after you have finished your meal?
8. Do you experience a mid morning and/or mid afternoon “energy crash” and need caffeine or a sweet to get through the rest of the day?
9. Do intense cravings for fattening foods overwhelm your best intentions to eat healthy, whole foods?
10. Do you feel too fatigued to exercise even though you know you should?
11. Do you blame yourself for the lack of ‘willpower’?
12. Are you resigned to weight gain and fatigue?
13. Do you suffer from a chronic illness like depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroidism, digestive problems, or hormonal imbalances?
Every single one of the above mentioned problems can signify a dietary fat deficiency. Because we have been ‘brainwashed’ to believe that fats are bad for us, we tend to avoid all the creamy sauces, buttered vegetables, etc., simply because we think it is not good for us.
However, our taste buds love these foods (in moderation – it goes without saying) because they are good for us (be warned this is distinctly different from fueling a sugar craving). But because we think that fats are bad for us, we are afraid to listen to our body.
Foods rich in good fats (real double cream, organic butter, coconut oil) are fantastic for your health and most importantly your waist – yep you heard right – YOUR WAIST!
However processed foods, which have been created by the current food industry in order to give you access to cheap, easy pre-prepared foods, is dead food. There are virtually no nutrients left by the time it has been mass-produced and all the additives etc., have been introduced. All the low fat / no fat rubbish you can buy, is simply not helping you to stay vibrant, slim, and healthy – look around you and see the proof.
The above is based on excerpts from Dr. Mary Enigs’ book “Eat Fat – Lose Fat”
The Weston A. Price Foundation can help you to understand more about good fats and give you free access to some good videos regarding healthy foods.