A few more days and and we find ourselves in the most difficult time to keep a balanced diet and to keep ourselves from indulging. Don’t be too hard on yourself. The world won’t come to an end if you enjoy yourself only keep repeating one word “moderation” It will take you through the holiday and let you enjoy everything you want to eat or drink. Do as much sport and outdoor activity as possible, that will help burn the extra calories.
The other day I read something about fats. Good and bad and I would like to share some of it with you.
If you are planning to cook a lot this month, or any other time know your Good Fats versus Bad Fats. Here are some samples.
Good fats: Omega-3Fatty Acids the best fats on the planet earth. Omega-3 adds years to your life, reduces the risk of heart attack, helps reducing arthritis, depression and some cancers. You will find it in fatty fish like wild salmon, herring, sardine and tuna. Flaxseed and flack seed oil and walnuts.
The Monos. All monounsaturated fats are god for your heart by raising the HDL good cholesterol and lowering LDL bad cholesterol the artery clogger.
You will find it in olives, virgin olive oil, canola oil, peanuts, nuts and avocados.
Polyunsaturated fats also in the good fat category. Find it in corn, soybean, safflower sunflower oil, and fatty fish even light canned tuna.
Bad fats: Saturated fats raise blood cholesterol to artery-clogging level.
Avoid if possible, meat with visible fats, poultry skin, fats and dark meat.
Whole milk, butter, fat cheeses, ice cream and sour cream. Coconut and palm oils, lard and shortening.
Trans fats are the worst fats. They boost bad cholesterol, lower good cholesterol, clog the arteries. Can set off inflammation trough the body which in turn can trigger stoke or diabetes. Avoid if you can, processed foods, all deep fried foods, candy, and commercially backed foods.
Looking at this list, you will see that avoiding bad fats is not that hard. With a little imagination and creativity you can avoid that entire bad food, make healthy choices enjoy life and slow down the aging process.
Happy Holidays and a healthy happy New Year.