Better Bites

My experiments in healthy eating, cooking, and living

Week Seven: Avoiding Over-Consumption of Fats

My first jar of coconut oil. I chose the Whole Food's 365 brand, before delving into more expensive products (just wanted to make sure I liked using it - which I did).

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to improve my diet by eating healthy fats with cholesterol lowering benefits. I have also completely stopped cooking with butter. In reading more about consuming healthy fats, I learned that good-for-you fats also need to be eaten in moderation. According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, which was written by Phyllis Balch, CNC, fats should only make up about 10 to 20 percent of your total calories each day. If I aim to eat about 2,000 calories per day, that would be about 200 to 400 calories. This percentage really made me think about the fat sources I’m consuming and where I should limit myself. In two tablespoons of peanut butter there is about 200 calories, most of which come from fat. I don’t think I’ll be completely cutting out peanut butter or any other healthy fat source, but I will try to limit the amount I eat. I tend to be a snacker, so while I won’t over eat one food, I will eat many little snacks throughout the day and sometimes that includes cashews, walnuts, and pecans,. Time to start paying attention to what I’m actually eating (without getting crazy about counting calories or any unhealthy thoughts that can come along with paying attention to food).

 

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