Say Yes to Healthy Fats!

Say Yes to Healthy Fats!


healthy fat

Fat gets a bad wrap. As women get older it's important to understand how to have healthy fats in a well-rounded healthy food plan. I want to help you get your mind focused on the idea of healthy vs. unhealthy fats. We are also going to look at ratio and, of course, moderation.There is a lot of science to the makeup and metabolism of dietary fat. In order to simplify all the science let's break it all down into some bite size facts about fat.

The one unhealthy fat to always avoid is hydrogenated fat or trans fat and you can't always trust the labels on commercial foods that claim “no trans fats.”

For whatever reason, food companies are permitted to make that claim if the levels are below a certain number. The truth is if the ingredients label lists the words “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated”, trans fats are probably in that food item. Best to skip anything with those words in the label.

You also want to be very careful about heating oils for cooking because this process actually ruins the healthy factors and turns the fat source into an unhealthy fat source. Best to add your extra virgin olive oil to your foods AFTER they are cooked for nutritional benefit rather than cooking in oil.

Let's break it down. . . What's with all the omegas?

Both omega-3 and omega-6 are what are called essential fatty acids (EFA). They are indeed essential to the health of our bodies BUT we have to get these healthy fats through foods or supplements. And in the right RATIO.

About OMEGA 3

Nutrition experts tell us we get the following benefits from taking in Omega 3s:

  • Lowers levels of inflammation
  • Better heart health
  • Lower elevated triglyceride levels
  • Improves autoimmune conditions
  • Helps with ADHD
  • May help prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s disease

Certain fish like wild caught salmon has the most easily absorbable source of healthy Omega 3s.

iStock_000032741384LargeIt is very important to get your fish and/or our fish oil supplements from clean, non-toxic fish sources. Access a list of fish healthy to eat and those to avoid by clicking HERE.

There are other kinds of Omega 3s we can derive from nuts such as walnuts, or seeds such as flax or chia seeds and you can also find them in expeller pressed oils, wheat germ and even soybeans.

But before you start stocking up on mounds of nuts and edamame, take care to ensure your walnuts are raw and fresh. If they have an odor, their fat source has turned rancid and that means unhealthy.  When it comes to soybeans it's best to observe moderation and check to see that they are certified organic. Sometimes soybeans can affect our hormone levels so best to consult with your health care practitioner.


Omega 6 are easy to come by and often over-consumed. Our typical American diet is definitely too heavy on Omega 6s and this leads to heart disease and obesity. You will find omega 6s in animal protein, nuts, and eggs. This is where ratio is very important. We Americans tend to have our ratio all off kilter. Good news is, you can fix this with dietary adjustments.

So what about OMEGA 9S?

Omega-9s are the monounsaturated fats. Omega 9s also offer a lot of health benefits. They are important for heart health and blood sugar regulation and can be obtained in the diet through foods such as expeller pressed oils, nuts and avocados.


The simplest solution to ensuring you are getting your healthy fats ratio is to take in the following foods as part of a whole food plan that contains LOTS of dark leafy greens, a variety of other vegetables and fruits:

  • Raw and organic seeds, like flax, seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Raw and organic nuts such as almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts
  • Fish that are sourced from clean waters and found on the list of sustainable seafood
  • Organic grass-fed or pasture-fed butter
  • Small portions of animal protein that is free ranging and/or grass fed, which are higher in beneficial omega-6s
  • Unprocessed organic expeller pressed oils such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil
  • MCT oil is easily digested, provides energy and good health benefits.
  • Avocados are a source of omega 9 and they have special properties in their fat content that have been shown to have all kinds of health benefits


Healthy fats derived from clean, healthy sources in combination with your whole foods diet rich in phytonutrients from veggies and high fiber fruits help your body to run like a well-oiled machine. Healthy fats in the right ratio aid in reducing inflammation, improve brain functioning, assist in having healthy skin, provide lasting energy and much more

Eating just the right ratio of healthy fats will help your metabolism to operate more efficiently! The key is to consider portions and moderation when adding healthy fats to your larger portions of vegetables throughout the day.

 Tips for brining healthy fats into your life:

  • Throw a teaspoon of chia seeds and a some organic pea protein to your morning smoothie
  • Sprinkle some raw walnuts on your veggie-variety salad
  • Opt for home-made salad dressings with expeller pressed walnut oil, canola oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Snack on small servings of pistachios or macadamias in lieu of popcorn at the movies
  • Get a coffee grinder to be used for flax seeds only and grind fresh flax seeds to mix into your smoothies
  • Opt for sustainable fish and try to eat for 4-5 servings each week


Confused About What to Eat For Your Health?

Confused About What to Eat For Your Health?

I'm not surprised if you are confused about what to eat for your health. I know first hand. I've come to realize there is no ONE way to eat. There is no one-size-fits-all dietary guideline..

Every human body is different with different needs at different points in life.

So where does that leave us? Confused about what to eat?

I've come up with a broad-stroke way for myself and any other person to figure out how, what and when to eat in line with what is good for YOUR body on any given day.

Definitely do your research consult with your health care practitioner and keep an open mind as you read, listen and gather info. But prepare to wade through the confusing and conflicting info


Look at these articles below with conflicting and contrasting information!

No wonder we are confused!

Okay, you get the idea, right? You know what they say about opinions.... everybody has one. And the problem is, when it comes to how, when and what to eat, most people fall pick one particular camp and then assume it must be right for everyone.

But here's why I'm coming to you with this today: I've done 'em all. I've been vegetarian, vegan, high protein low carb. I've done the very low calorie programs and I've even done extended water only fasts. I've done intermittent fasting. I've done programs that count points. I've ordered the soups and shakes. I've juiced for days. I've done raw. I've read every book, tried every plan, interviewed experts from every camp.

I've been in every single one of these camps at different times of my life.

When I first created this wellness institute I was having tremendous success having done a very low calorie program that provided an effective cleanse and reset for my body that contained mostly lean animal protein and green veggies only along with some great supplements. I was significantly overweight and it is what I needed then. But. . . life threw some curve balls and things changed.

Five years later, my body has been through the ringer. I gained back that weight I lost five years ago due to incredibly stressful circumstances and I've had numerous injuries and some degenerative spine and joint issues that have messed up my ability to exercise as I used to be able to.

Through all of this I have learned to tune in and listen to my body every darn day. I've learned that health and wellness is an ever-shifting target and the only answer is to be incredibly mindful in each moment and be patient and loving with your body.

Tune into YOUR body's wisdom every given day so you will no longer be confused about what to eat.

This is probably the MOST important step. Try this mindfulness technique:

  1. Sit where you are. Look up from your computer or device and gaze around you. Try tojust notice.
  2. Pay close attention to the objects and sounds in and around the room you're in without labeling anything. Without analyzing. Without judging anything as good, bad, pretty, ugly. Just notice it.
  3. Now, close your eyes. Feel the seat underneath you, the floor under your feet. Allow your body to sink into the support there.
  4. Notice sounds in and around the room. Don’t react. Just notice.
  5. Begin to notice your breath. Notice how it comes in and out of the body on its own accord. Feel the sensation.
  6. Ask your body what it feels it most needs today. Does it need to intermittently fast to rest the digestive system and burn off excess glycogen today? Does it feel like it needs a nutrition packed protein-green smoothie? Does it feel aligned more with plant-based foods or does it crave some animal protein? Ask and rest in the question paying attention to what you notice.

When you practice this non-judgmental noticing with a healthy dose of deep reverence for the wisdom your body is eager to share with you, you will begin to hear guiding messages from your body.

If you eat something... say... a big hunk of bread... and you notice 10 minutes later your belly is really bloated... you now have information that can help you the next time you are considering eating bread.

If you notice your lips are cracked and dry no matter how much moisturizer you put on them... here is a clue that perhaps you're not getting enough healthy fat in your diet or maybe you have a vitamin deficiency.

Many times we need a professional to help us figure out what messages our body is sending us. Sometimes we need supplementation of particular vitamins or minerals.  And sometimes if we listen, pay close enough attention without giving way to frustration with the messages (a.k.a. symptoms) we might just feel our way to a new direction.

If our bodies feel stiff and tight from sitting all day, some stretching and moving is in order. But how often do we continue to sit and sit and sit because we have a work deadline or we just ignore the body's signals?

Consult with holistic health experts and create a personalized plan that fits for you. I'm happy to chat for a few minutes by phone to help you figure out where you want to go next. Contact me and let's talk!