In order to feel upbeat, energized and vibrant, we must feel healthy emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually. Feeling physically balanced encompasses sleep, eating, hydrating and exercise habits. I will write many blogs about each of these areas of health, but today I will focus on an aspect of healthy eating that I hope will make you think about how to eat in a different way!
In order to have a healthy digestive system, it is critical to be an efficient fat burner.
We have 2 sources of fuel in the body: fat and sugar. Sugar burns really fast, gives energy, but comes crashing down and makes us want more, which is why we end up with the high and low energy surges.
Fat is stable, calm, non emergency, endurance, sleep through the night fuel that lasts a long time. When we consume fat, we feel satiated.
When you’re under stress, the body responds as if we have a life threatening disease and resorts to burning sugar. Since the fat isn’t used, it builds up in our body, particularly around the belly.
By eating good fat, particularly in the morning, the body learns to metabolize it efficiently and we calm down.
Here’s a secret: Not all saturated fat is the same! Good saturated fat is found in avocados, nuts, fatty fish (e.g., salmon), chia seeds, dark chocolate and ghee. If you haven’t heard of the latter, it’s one of my favorites! Ghee is essentially clarified/purified butter. What’s so fascinating about ghee is that the good microbes in our intestines actually produce ghee.
The way this works is the milk solids are boiled off, which creates butyric acid, which is ghee. This ghee or butyric acid that our body produces is the number one driver of immunity and supports the health of our microbiology.
I particularly wanted to discuss fat right now because our bodies need it even more during the winter when our metabolisms are strong. That’s right, our metabolisms are actually “faster” during the winter because we need to digest heavier foods during the winter. I’ll get more into that in another post.