This is going to be one of the simplest swaps for your health.
Trade and upgrade your fats and oils!
Firstly, we want to get rid of highly processed, deodorized, franken-fats and oils. These fats and oils are nowhere near their natural state and the steps needed to get them into a palatable “food” is a thing of nightmares. Processing and refining of a lot of common oils creates an unstable fat or oil, leading to inflammation in our bodies from oxidation stress and free radicals. We want to get back to fats and oils that are as close to their natural state as possible, as well as extracted in a way that does not degrade these delicate nutrient powerhouses. Degradation happens quite often with oils. Most popular commercial oils are made from nuts and seeds that are polyunsaturated fatty acids or PUFA’s. PUFA’s are delicate and should only be cold pressed and not used for cooking. This is why you will usually see flax seed oil in dark containers and refrigerated!
Get rid of:
Margarine or other butter “spreads” - Usually full of trans fats (which our body does not recognize) and other highly processed oils that are put through some sort of dark witchcraft in order to be spreadable.
Now that your pantry is cleared of these inflammatory oils, let’s restock! You will be looking for a variety of minimally processed fats and oils. We want these items to be as close to their natural state as possible so our body recognizes them as food and not franken-food!
Grass fed butter or ghee - organic, grass fed, and pastured if possible. I love Pure Indian Foods for ghee.
Coconut oil - Organic, unrefined, and cold pressed if you can find it.
Animal Fats - Tallow, lard, and duck fat, which should always be from pastured, organic, and free range animals. I use Epic brand animal fats. Someday I’ll render my own!
Avocado oil - cold pressed and dark container for best protection.
Olive oil - cold pressed and dark container for best protection.
I’m so excited to hear if you’ve made any of these trades! It really is one of the simplest things we can do to decrease inflammation and improve overall health and wellness. Here’s to swapping out our fats.