Hug A Fat Month

Hug A Fat Month l wanderingroot.com

One of my favorite bloggers, Chocolate Covered Katie is promoting Hug A Fat Month and I must say that I love it!  Unfortunately I think there are a lot of people out there that still unknowingly think that eating fat will actually make you fat.  Eating good sources of fat is essential in having good health and when eaten in moderation will not affect your weight.  

To be honest though, I actually do not track how much fat I eat a day and I don't worry about my weight anymore.  Since cutting out the processed, low calorie, non fat food from my diet, not only is my health the best it has ever been but my weight is steady too.  That was not always the case.  In my early 20s my weight was definitely climbing and my self confidence and health were at a low.  After a big move I started working out again and switched to a nonfat, restricted calorie diet and while I did lose some weight, it was not consistent and health wise I was still catching bad colds and flu bugs every year.

Fast forward to my mid 20s when I started working at a Chiropractic office.  It has by far served me in more ways than I could have imagined.  It is the only job that has affected my personal life so profoundly.  I cannot even begin to describe what all I have gained through that office, but getting regular chiropractic care, switching to a whole food lifestyle {mostly Paleo/Gluten Free}, taking up a spiritual practice, and reconnecting with the outdoors has transformed my life.

So where does fat fit into this picture?  Adding good sources of fat into my diet like coconut oil, nuts, nut butters, olive oil, avocados, and grass fed butter have been HUGE for my health.  I am the healthiest I have ever been, my cycle is naturally regular, and my skin is clearer than it has been since I was a kid {cutting out dairy helped with this too}.  I know I have to thank the good fats for contributing to this.  As I said before I don't calculate or count anything I eat, I just do everything in moderation.  These fats are part of my daily diet.  In fact, as I type this I am sipping on Ginger Tea with Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil mixed in.  Amazing!

I love all these fats so much but I could not live without coconut oil.  I not only use it for cooking but for personal care too.  We don't even use lotion on Cash, instead we have a mason jar filled with coconut oil and a little bit of lavender oil.  He loves his after bath massages with this.  As a bonus, coconut oil and lavender are wonderful for diaper rash {although he rarely gets it with his cloth diapers!}.  I also use it as a lotion and for shaving and when I was pregnant I rubbed it on my belly to prevent stretch marks.  I also do oil pulling with coconut oil.  Seriously, we use it for everything!

Be sure to check out Katie's post on the health benefits fats.

Hug A Fat Month l wanderingroot.com