The Short and Skinny on Fats!

By Susan Kingston, Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

Most times people have preconceptions about eating healthy, especially about fats. Recent research has proven that the ‘fat makes you fat’ theory is simply not true. What is true is that bad fats cause weight gain, as well as having many other detrimental effects on health such as inflammation and oxidative stress. These ailments cause a cascade of other harm to the body, including increased risk of cancer, auto-immune diseases, rheumatism, diabetes, anxiety and depression to name a few.

This doesn’t mean that it is best to avoid all fats-actually it is quite the opposite! Healthy fats have actually been found to be essential to our health and well being! Good fats support our cognitive function, emotional stability, hormonal balance and ability to adapt to stress, as well as a healthy cardiovascular system, blood sugar balance, and healthy joints and immune system! It doesn’t stop there! Healthy fats support weight loss, skin health and graceful aging! This is all great news!

Healthy fats are in foods such as chia, flax or hemp seeds, wild caught fish, eggs, extra virgin olive oil, organic nuts and seeds, coconut milk or oil and avocados.

A few examples of foods with unhealthy fats are french fries, chips, donuts, cakes, fried foods and ice cream.

Now, don’t worry — just because you would like to change the fats in your diet, doesn’t mean you will have to suffer by changing the fats you eat and eat tasteless boring food! See below for a few recipes that are based on healthy fats and are also delicious!

Try These Delicious Recipes!

Southwestern Coconut Ranch Salad

Download the salad recipe here

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Download the pudding recipe here

About the Author
Susan Kingston studied at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and graduated with honours receiving a Certification of Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She is a member of the Naturothérapeutes du Quebec. She specializes in nutrition, supporting people in bringing their body back into balance to overcome health challenges and optimize their health. Susan is the mother of 2 daughters and lives with her husband in Mont-Tremblant Quebec.


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