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One Food That You Should Eat!


“Fat.” We’ve been led to think it’s a bad word. We’ve heard that “eating fat makes you fat.”

Well, that’s only partially true. We do need to avoid trans fats, hydrogenated fats and most animal and vegetable oils such as cottonseed, corn, canola, and palm oils. And, the experts give mixed reviews to coconut oil, so it’s probably wise to use it sparingly.

On the flip side, our brain and body actually thrive on good fats such as olive, flaxseed, walnut and avocado oils. Olive and avocado oils can be used for high heat cooking and baking. Flaxseed and walnut oils should be used cold as food toppings and dressings.

These oils contain needed fats called Omega-3s that bring us into optimal wellness.

Some persons find that a supplement can provide an easy way to get needed Omega-3s into their diet.

In whatever form, enhance your health with daily intake of Omega-3s. Your heart, brain, skin, mood, and every cell in your body will thank you!

The Experiment: Keep in your food pantry a bottle of organic cold-pressed olive or avocado oil to use for daily cooking. Keep in your refrigerator a bottle of organic cold-pressed flaxseed or walnut oil to use for cold salad dressings and to sprinkle over cooked food in place of butter or margarine. Discard other oils in favor of these more healthy choices. Consider a daily Omega-3 DHA/EPA supplement for brain and heart health.

Wellness Tip: Fat is Good. Go for the Omega-3s.

Silence Your Inner Critic: You may think that you don’t like oil. You prefer your butter or margarine. Give the experiment a try for 7 days. Allow your taste buds a little time to adjust. You can adopt healthy habits that increase your wellness.

Rock Our World with Your Comments: How did you use a healthy oil in your cooking this week? Write your thoughts in a personal journal, discuss with a friend or family member, or post a comment below or on our Facebook page. We thrive and grow with your input!

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