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Old 02-07-2014, 20:33   #1
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The last few mornings, my fbg is suddenly down by almost 20 points and not sure why. The only thing I have been doing differently is eating butter and sour cream on my veggies at dinner. I'd like to learn more about the importance of enough good fats in our diet for success. Please chat away!

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Hi Lavender.

Well, as you already know, many of us find success when we add a certain amount of fats to our low carb diets. If my dinner is higher in fat, it almost always brings my FBS down the next day. Also, I find that I am fuller for a longer period when adding fats.

My fats are usually in the form of fat bombs, LCHF brownies or LCHF cheesecake, butter, sour cream, and cream cheese.

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I think fat is the alternative energy source we are using to distract our bodies from obsessing on carbs. The switch from energy-from-carbs to energy-from-fat is natural, healthy, and something our bodies are designed to do.

If we do not meet most our body's energy needs (caloric needs) with enough fat calories, then the body has no choice but to catabolize muscle, toss it to the liver to convert to glycogen, then shoot it out as BG.

Sounds like your body needed that extra fat, used it, and stopped supplementing glucose (Happy Dance).

Eating enough fat on LCHIGHFAT is tremendously important: without it our bodies are very, very stressed. LCnotHF becomes another version of a low calorie "diet" (four letter word).

I try to eat 5% of my BMR as carbs, 15% as protein, 80+% as fat. The 80+% takes my total daily calorie intake over BMR - a place I am very comfortable. IMO, BMR is for survival ... I prefer to thrive.

Plus, fat is yummy.

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It definitely keeps us nice and full, decreasing the chance to eat things we shouldn't. When I have the urge to eat something high carb, I take a step back and make sure my fats are high enough.

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I need to learn to make fat bombs. Some of the recipes/descriptions sound - drool - really good.

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They're super easy, Nancy. You should give it a try.

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LB? I think the important thing is to know which fats to avoid, because all NATURAL fats are healthy - saturated animal fat like bacon & crispy chicken skin . . . and saturated plant fats like coconut oil. Unsaturated fats like avocado, olives & olive oil are healthy too.

The ones that are not healthy are the processed oils you see on the shelves - all beautiful glistening bottles so highly advertised. Avoid the vegetable oils such as corn, canola, safflower, sunflower, soybean, etc., they are rancid to begin with, and toxic to our bodies even after all the bleaching, disinfecting and deodorizing that has to be done to make them marketable.

Also avoid margarine and another hydrogenated products, as well as trans fats.




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Gotta watch some of those "olive oils" too. Some are not what they purport to be.

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Mono unsaturated fats are good for us while Poly unsaturated fats are avoidable, in other words what Shanny said.

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I've probably eaten more fat in the last 6 weeks than in the last half dozen years and I feel terrific. I've also dropped the carbs, the "good" ones that somehow I had been lead to believe were good for me.

Looking back, it seems simple. Eat what makes you feel good, not bad. All the "good" carbs would leave me bloated which would put pressure on my diaphragm and make breathing deeply difficult. This in turn would make exercising or walking after a nice meal difficult. Worse is I'd get hungry again before my meal had even got far enough in digestive tract to make room for more food. Certainly, I didn't need food but I wanted it.

So, my heart healthy, diabetic healthy, cancer-free healthy previous way of eating was a total fail. I'd gain weight, never feel satisfied for long, always be thinking about food. I'd bloat, feel allergic symptoms in different degrees and feel healthy overall, but that something just wasn't right.

I have read various reports that animal fat, like bacon grease, fatty meat cuts are good for you. Good for your heart as well. Does anyone have any good links on this?

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