Fat has gotten a bad rap for so many years but we are starting to finally hear in the media about why fat might not be so bad after all. We are in firm belief here at Live Simple Eat Well that adopting a whole food, nutrient dense diet and getting far away from the standard American diet is how we can achieve optimal health. Fat has never been bad, and never will be, but what we as a society have done to it, like highly processing and creating fats that were never made to enter the human body, is why they can be “bad.” If we are to adopt a whole food, nutrient dense diet full of fats the way nature intended we will begin to see the amazing benefits that fat has to offer us! If you are in to the science of how the body operates this article has plenty of great information for you, skip ahead to “key points” if you want to read past all of the sciency stuff.
The holidays can be hard. The stress of family gatherings, impressing people with the food we make and the gifts we bring, jumping from one party to the next, over exercising to counteract our indulgences or not exercising at all because the stress is too exhausting. But what if I told you that there are simple things we can practice to try and counteract the stress of things during the holidays that we can’t control.
Both my husband and I come from divorced families, so for the past four years we have walked into the holidays expecting laughter and enjoying good food, but walked away so exhausted because of the stress of trying to please everyone we love and not taking care of our bodies in the process. While trying to people please, I used to always over think my meal choice and how much I could exercise to finally enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie that I love or some extra cranberry sauce. Some of you might be thinking, “girl you’re crazy, I definitely let myself indulge during the holidays with no remorse,” if that is you, rock on and keep it up, but I know that many of you can relate with me here.