Do you pay attention to your fat?
Not your body fat or calories/macros. The KIND of fat you’re eating. Tthat little detail makes all the difference.
Here’s the deal:
If you eat the foods that are normal in our society, your diet is probably causing inflammation in your body (without you realizing).
You know how a tiny paper cut makes your finger red, swollen, and really painful? That’s inflammation. It’s good! It’s temporary and appropriate as your body heals.
But what if there’s inflammation throughout your body and it’s not short term? That’s when weird signs like GI issues, headaches, achy joints, sinus congestion, allergies, brain fog, exhaustion, low mood, and weight gain start showing up.
If inflammation makes a tiny paper cut on your finger super painful, imagine what it does when it’s constantly throughout your body.
Welcome to the world of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids! They’re kind of a big deal. Both are essential - your body doesn’t make them so you NEED to consume both in your diet. But the RATIO really matters. And the norm is for that ratio to not be working in your favor.
If you’re like most people, you probably go out to eat pretty often and eat processed food. It’s convenient, right? You are consuming PLENTY of omega 6’s.
What about the number of fatty fish (salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, herring), walnuts, flax seed, chia seeds, and algae you consume? Omega 3’s aren’t so plentiful in most diets.
When you consume way more omega-6’s compared to omega-3’s that causes inflammation in your body. The norm in our society is a ratio of 10 to 25:1. Ideally we want that to be closer to 1:1. Yikes.
When the ratio is closer to 3:1 that becomes ANTI-inflammatory! That’s when you start to experience really positive changes in your body. Note how just counting calories or macros totally misses this majorly important piece of the puzzle.
Once you start paying attention to the kind of fats you’re consuming, you can start making small tweaks that make all the difference! What oils are best to cook with? Is canola oil good or bad? How can you improve your ratio if you hate fish? Listen to my this episode and I’ll fill you in on everything you need to know to start making small changes that will have a hugely positive impact on the way you feel physically and mentally. ❤️
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What You Need To Know About Fat