Fat makes everything taste better, so mostly we are
loving it. I can't go very lo fat due to lack of
control over my tongue, but do try to manage it. We
don't buy whole milk, 2% for example, but skim is a
little too little for me. However, I only use milk
on cereal once a week or less, it's mostly there for
the kids. Usually on cereal I use fruit juice. I
know it may sound wierd, but try it before you knock
it. Mostly eat lower fat granola anyway, so the
juice soaks in.
Yeah, yeah, ice cream on occasion (maybe too
occasionally), try to go with low fat frozen yoghurt
even then. Overall, I try to limit my daily intake
of saturated fat to one tablespoon or two most, and
all of that does come from butterfat, which is a
short chain saturated fat, and none comes from meat
sources, which is less healthy long chain saturated
fat. The tablespoon includes all soures, from little
ghee used in cooking, ice cream, milk. No fat
yoghurt I try to get at least a tablespoon a day, for
the beneficial bacteria. Just to put things in
perspective, 1 cup of whole milk (4%) equals 2/3 of
a tablespoon of butterfat. One cup of Original
Breyers (16%) would be almost 3 tablespoons. I
think it is all right to occasionally exceed limits,
have a feast, but limitedly, like not more than
once a week. Then the tongue seems a little easier to
control - "All buddy, not much today, but in the
future, there will be a day to really enjoy, so hang
in there until then." You like have to negotiate :-)
I avoid transfats as much as possible, which is in
lots and lots of stuff. Anytime you see partially
hydrogenated vegetavle fat on the label, stir clear.
The stuff is practically poisonous. (long tangent
On my granola or hot oatmeal, I put my freshly ground
flaxseeds, which is 40% oil, but beneficial, so you
get the mouth feel of fat with benefit.
Another trick is to eat a few nuts before your meal.
I eat 6 walnuts, pecans, or almonds a day( I heard
you when you said 5 a day Doc, but not ready to give
one up yet :-). That also gives the full feeling of
fat with a meal, when the rest of the meal is low or
no fat. The good thing about nuts is they have lots
of beneficial compounds and good fiber, and help with
the desire for fat, but the nut fats themselves are
poorly absorbed by the system, so don't end up as
much in the liver as other fats.
The principle is some fats, but good quality and used
in a way to trick that innate and powerful longing for
As for chocolate......
Atleast eat dark chocolate so you can get the
chocolate buzz with the least possible other stuff in
the chocolate that is hard to rationalize as easily as
a little dark chocolate, which has some benefits.
But alas, we are only human.
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