Now if you're not supposed to be afraid of fat anymore, what types of fat should you focus on adding back into your diet, and why?
What types of fat should I eat?
Why should I eat fat, what's in it for me?Notice how cranky and moody you are when you don't eat fat. People that are chronically on 'diets' and are never eating real, full foods but rather only the fractured no-fat or low-fat versions are always hungry and are never satisfied because they aren't giving their body the fat it needs. When you eat fat your body feels satiated and you feel satisfied and full, you don't need to eat mindlessly or every two hours because you're giving your body what it wants and needs.
We need fat from butter, olive oil, coconut oil, animal foods, nuts, and avocados to be able to absorb fat soluble vitamins A, E, D and K.
How do I add fat into my regular diet?
This is probably personal preference, but a good place to start it to think about making sure that you have fat in your meal every time you eat. Still need some help, saute eggs in fat like grass fed butter or coconut oil, put grass fed butter on whatever veggies your eating, add olive oil to a salad, add some full fat coconut milk to your breakfast or any time smoothie, enjoy organic grass-fed beef, organic sausage and bacon and eggs -- the list can go on and on, but this should be enough to get you started.
Remember, our bodies require these fats and when we deprive ourselves of fat we don't have the raw materials that the body uses to be the best body that we can be. Not having enough fat in your diet can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, brain/mood/hormone issues, non-stop cravings and hunger. Who would have though that a little bit of grass fed butter could help make all of those things better?
Additional ResourcesYou don't have to take my word for it, there is a lot of information out there about fats, what is good for you, and what you should eat. Here are some blog posts that if you're interested in learning more about fat that are great resources to check out.
Mark Sission, Mark's Daily Apple Definitive Guide - to Oils , to Saturated Fat
Jennifer Fugo's Evoloving Well 3 part fat series - Fat Thoughts , Part II , Fat Types Part III
Balanced Bites - FAQs What are safe cooking oils
Robb Wolf's revised stance on Fish Oil