Last week, I was too overwhelmed to write an effective Cellulite BOTM review for this month’s selection, Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. As I go back over my notes to try and tackle the subject for the second time, I can feel that same overwhelmed feeling creep back in. This book is just that revolutionary.
I’ll try my best to do it justice. Dietary fat is key evidence in our investigation.
The most shocking argument in Eat Fat, Lose Fat is that saturated fat is not the villain it is made out to be. Instead, the authors assert that most of us are actually fat-deficient because we avoid eating saturated fat.
When we eat a low-fat diet or a diet high in polyunsaturated fats from industrial vegetable oils (i.e. McDonalds french fries), our bodies aren’t getting the nourishment they need. This leads to cravings, binges, or just a nagging feeling of hunger between meals. On the other hand, a diet rich in traditional saturated fats nourishes the cells and satisfies hunger.
Non-industrialized societies went to great lengths to include healthy saturated fats in their traditional diets. These are the kinds of saturated fats the authors recommend in Eat Fat, Lose Fat:
The reason they emphasize coconut oil is because it is easier to digest. Many saturated fats are composed of longer-chain fatty acids that require bile salts (secreted by the gallbladder) for digestion. If you’re not accustomed to eating saturated fats, your gallbladder might not produce adequate amounts of bile salts to digest them. This will improve in time as your body adjusts to the change in diet. However, coconut oil is composed of medium-chain fatty acids that do not require bile salts for digestion.
“Want a surefire way to escalate weight loss?” the authors ask on p. 110. ‘Yes, please,’ I hear you answer. Here is their reply:
Twenty minutes before each meal, take some coconut oil! By mealtime, coconut’s satiation effect will be in full force, so that you won’t feel hungry. You may even feel full before finishing your meal, so that you eat less and lose weight.
The easiest way to take your coconut oil is to make a Coconut Infusion: place 1 to 2 tablespoons of softened coconut oil into a mug and add hot water (or hot herbal tea), allowing the oil to melt before drinking.
[This is what Coconutty Professor described in her Cellulite Story. It’s working for her. Is anyone else seeing results with coconut oil?]
Part Two of Eat Fat, Lose Fat is filled with more ideas for adding coconut oil and other saturated fats to your diet. The authors offer three separate meal plans –one for weight loss, one for people who are healing from a medical condition, and one for everyone else.
Recipes are included in Part Three (think: coconut rice, chicken with coconut peanut sauce, and coconut carrot cake). Of course, not every recipe contains coconut oil. Eat Fat, Lose Fat provides instruction for preparing a foundation of traditional foods, from chicken stock and oatmeal to pate and kombucha.
What are your thoughts on this month’s Cellulite Book-of-the-Month? Do you find yourself eating more butter these days? Or are you still worried that saturated fats are edible cellulite?
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