Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Is there good fat?

HI to the best women's networking group in Southwest Florida!

This week I just wanted to share a few random tips that I have come across in my reading. Did you ever consider being a vegetarian? Maybe not, but I have tried it a few days a week. One study I read said that if you were to go vegetarian one day a week, it would cut your saturated fat intake by 15%. Why care about saturated fat you might ask? That is the one researchers feel clogs your arteries.

Another interesting tidbit is that researchers put two groups of people on high fat diets. One high in saturated fat (butter and red meats) and one high in mono-saturated fats (olive oil, nuts, avocado), The saturated fat increased the inflammation associated with heart disease and abdominal fat, while the mono fats did not, yet another reason to to get rid of the cakes, cookies and pies that are all made with butter! Yes, they taste wonderful and if once or twice a year at a family gathering you want to eat butter cookies, go right ahead. But, this includes me also, we have to find a way to make the butter dish obsolete in our homes!

How about for this week, try and add a few ounces of walnuts to your cereal, slice up an avocado on your turkey sandwich, dip your bread in garlic/olive oil at dinner, whatever, but let's treat our bodies with care so we can be around for a long, long time!

So, wherever your week takes you, a women's networking group, training women in business, or a stay-at-home mom, I hope you are aware of the type of fat you are eating!

Good health to you all!

Lynda Waldron, Health Coach