High Fat Low Protein?

by HEAB on January 26, 2011

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A reader recently emailed me asking what a high fat, but low protein diet looks like. My diet isn’t low protein by any means as I eat meat and eggs. I simply don’t make an effort to eat a lot of lean protein. For me, the higher the fat content, the better. Don’t get me wrong, I love chicken and turkey, but I always opt for dark meat when given the choice…and I love chicken skin. There, I said it. It’s so good! I’ll use egg whites for their fluff factor, but give me a whole egg omelet over one made with just egg whites any day.

To explain myself better, here was my lunch from yesterday…

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First I fried two pieces of bacon and then added some chopped grape tomatoes and several handfuls of spinach to the skillet. After the spinach was done cooking, I topped things off with a small chopped avocado.

Post lunch, I had some decaf coffee with heavy cream & vanilla stevia drops along with three Nut Butter Bites.

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Like I’ve said before , my body does better on a diet higher in fat and lower in sugar. Therefore, instead of topping a salad with low fat grilled chicken, I’ll usually opt for salmon, beef, or an avocado, etc. Sometimes, I’ll skip the topping altogether and just cook up a bunch of veggies in coconut oil or butter. Mmm…real butter, there is nothing like it!

How about you? Fat, protein, or carbs? Personally, I like all three, but fat is my favorite. :)

{ 187 comments }

Bridget January 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I eat moderate protein and carbs, but i’m also all about the fat! I tend to eat a lot of natural fats like coconut oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, meats, eggs….pretty much everything you eat!

Fat is becoming so neglected in today’s world with all the “lean” this and that. It’s a real shame :(

Thanks for spreading the love of fat Heather!

Kiran January 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I love fats! Of course everything should be in moderate :)

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats January 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I used to be more fat and protein focused, but then developed gallbladder problems (not necessarily because of my diet though), so now I still eat fats, but keep my fats plant-based. It seems to work better for me. I do sometimes eat wild alaskan salmon.

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats January 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

I realized half of my reply got cut off. I also had written that fat really helps me with satiety.

Maryann January 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I definitely prefer all 3 in my meals but while I can sometimes skip the protein or fat and still be satisfied, I ALWAYS need some type of carb in order to feel full!

Devon @FastFoodie January 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Fat all the way. Even as a high mileage runner I find that I don’t thrive on a high carbohydrate diet. I eat a very low grain, gluten free, dairy free diet and am definitely not afraid of the fat.

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} January 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm

It’s great that you know your body so well. I think I’m still in the process of figuring out what works best for me. As far as what I like to eat: fats are up there! I especially love nut and seed butters. Yum. But like you when I eat chicken, I prefer the dark meat and the skin. So much better than the boring white meat!

Hannah January 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I love you! Amen to high fat! I’ve always felt embarrassed to admit that a few squares of chocolate or a large spoonful of nut butter make me feel satisfied, whereas eating an apple never fails to make me feel hungrier. Protein and fat are my homeboys more than carbs, as the kiddlywinks say. :P

s January 26, 2011 at 11:22 pm

i followed lowfat diets for a while in college, but now i say, fat all the way, closely followed by protein. (tho i need some carbs too. so i guess all of them.) i added a tsp of coconut oil to my oats today and that made them so much more filling. it baffles me how this is possible, but hey.

Sabine @ thefruitpursuit January 27, 2011 at 4:02 am

It’s funny because in class (I study nutrition) they always drill us with protein being the most satisfying, carbs after that and fatsare least satisfying. UH WHAT? I guess it really depends per person…

Baking 'n' Books January 27, 2011 at 11:30 am

Absolutely – the one thing fits all is extremely outdated and why I’m not a fan of those nutrition courses in general. They follow the standard, typical protocol.

Christin@purplebirdblog January 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I love me some good healthy fat, all day erry day! Yesterday I ate nut butters three times AND avocado. I always eat the egg yolks. The fat helps keep me so satiated… its a beautiful thing! And my hair is so shiiiiinyyyyyy!! :)

Gina January 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm

All three for me please :)
As for a favorite, I think it just depends on my mood and the time of the month to determine which my body is craving most.

P.S- Love your marshmallow fluff mug!!

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

Gina,
Thanks, I love that mug too. :) Got it at Peanut Butter & Co. in NYC years ago.

Heather January 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I love them all, but I try to focus on higher fat and protein since I know that is what will keep me full for longer! I used to only buy fat free foods, but finally woke up one day and realized I was STARVING and it was because I wasn’t getting enough fat!

Sherry January 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I’m all about the carbs. I try to get a healthy amount variety of foods, but, if I wasn’t concerned with such things, I would engorge myself with nothing but carbs all day. Fat is nice, too, though.

Katy (The Singing Runner) January 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I’m a big protein person! But I have been putting more carbs and healthy fats in to my diet!

Runeatrepeat January 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Recently I have been upping the protein and fat in my diet. I have noticed the only time I am satiated for a long time is when I eat a lot of fat. I used to try and be conservative with nut butter, but now that I am piling it on I feel fuller longer than ever.

I never wanted to eat like this. I would rather eat piles and piles of fruit and salad and fruit salad… But this is seeming to make me feel good for now :)

Stephanie January 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

I’d say the two things I eat most frequently are avocados and nut butter. So…I guess fat it is!

Katie January 27, 2011 at 12:20 am

Can I just be all about food in general? I don’t really pay attention, honestly. Some days I eat meat like its going out of style, then I won’t eat any for weeks. Some days, I’ll eat an entire avocado….for breakfast. I’m fickle, I guess.

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 6:43 am

Katie,
Not fickle – just normal. I love that you don’t pay attention and just go with what you want. :)

Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) January 27, 2011 at 12:20 am

carbs baby! but I love all of them in some sort of balance.I have that marshmallow fluff mug too!!

Ilana January 27, 2011 at 12:26 am

Fat+Carbs! The sources of both that I eat are usually proteiny anyway (grains, nuts)…and I’m such a fruit eater.

Ashley January 27, 2011 at 12:31 am

I definitely feel better when I eat more fat! Avocados make such a big difference in my diet! I don’t feel like I need an unusually high amount of protein. Whatever I get from oats/nuts/seeds/eggs seems to be working great. Typically, if I’m hungry an hour after a meal…I realize it didn’t have enough fat. :)

zoe (and the beatles) January 27, 2011 at 12:33 am

my diet sounds a whole lot like yours :) ! little to no sugar works really well for me and good, high fat foods also work really well. i balance it all out with good, wholesome carbs and proteins. everything’s pretty much in moderation except for sugar — it totally wrecks my body!

Dorry January 27, 2011 at 12:43 am

I love the fat! I need a good source of fat in just about every meal if I want to feel satiated. My favorites (no real surprise here!) are nut butters, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil and raw nuts. Your lunch looks delicious. And now I want a nut butter bite and it’s 11:42PM. I think I’ll dream of them tonight. :)

Ellen January 27, 2011 at 12:43 am

yep, my diet is a lot like yours. i eat gluten free, lots of vegetables, no sugar, relatively low carb (except for oatmeal with a banana for breakfast. i can’t give it up!), plus lots and lots of fat!

i used to think i ate a lot of fat, until i calculated it and realized i still ate under 30% of calories from fat everyday. now, it is 50-70% calories from fat and i feel so good. whenever i roast a chicken, i drain the fat from the bottom of the pan and save it in my fridge for later use. it makes for really delicious stir fries and i like to think i’m saving money!

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 6:41 am

Ellen,
You are so right about the chicken fat – adds so much flavor!

Marina January 27, 2011 at 1:25 am

I adore carbs, I could live on bread and cereal. But recently, I started eating more fat, and I love that as well :)
Protein is just not that interesting :D

Sabine @ thefruitpursuit January 27, 2011 at 3:58 am

this!

Namaste Gurl January 27, 2011 at 1:48 am

I love me my fats, as you know. I mostly go for MUSFA and other vegetarian/ vegan sources of healthy fats. If I don’t get enough fat at each meal, I’m simply not satiated and end up super hungry shortly after. It’s not the fats that hurt you, it’s the processed and high- sugar foods! :)
Favorite fats: avocado, almond butter, and coconut!

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 6:37 am

Namaste,
I could not agree more. I need some fat at every meal, and you know I love the coconut! :)

Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) January 27, 2011 at 1:57 am

My great-grandmother lived to a strong, healthy and sharp-minded 96 and she ate bacon nearly every morning! I’m not afraid of fat, at all. My weight fluctuates A LOT but I generally find that I feel best, and maintain my weight more easily, when I eat more fat and protein. My problem is the emotions that accompany my eating, not the things I eat!

Lauren @ Hungry Dancer January 27, 2011 at 2:48 am

This is a tough one. I find I really need to eat enough protein, but fats a close second. I think it’s important to eat healthy fats. Living a “fat free” life is boring and unhealthy!!

Sabine @ thefruitpursuit January 27, 2011 at 3:53 am

Can’r decide between (whole) carbs & fats!

Gill (snaxandthecity) January 27, 2011 at 4:02 am

great post Heather! I have really gotten into nut butter lately so I do love those. I think I also do better on lower carb but I have never tried eating really high fat. Do you ever count how many grams of anything you get a day?

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 6:33 am

Gill,
I haven’t counted in long time, but when I did in the past, fat usually made up about 50+ percent of my daily macronutrient intake, sometimes more and sometimes less. I eat my carbs and probably get around 50 to 60 grams of protein a day? Not really sure.

Gill (snaxandthecity) January 27, 2011 at 8:51 am

Thanks Heather that’s interesting! I’m experimenting with different macros and such and it’s cool to see what works for others, just to get ideas! I just ordered some coconut butter all the way from the US so when it gets here I”m delving into your archives and whipping up some coconut love!!

Eimear Rose January 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

I changed my diet quite a bit from vegan to ‘pescetarian’ (hate that word, but that sums it up best). I now eat oily fish and eggs, so I guess I don’t eat much lean protein (I hardly eat beans). I don’t eat low carb, but I’m trying to eat less sugar and slightly less grain (more vegetables and brown rice rather than bread) because eating high carb left me hungry all the time. Too much fat doesn’t do me much good because of my pancreas issues although I am ok with salmon and eggs but I try not to use a lot of fats for sauteeing.
Your lunch looks pretty good, I usually base mine on a heap of spinach plus a fat/protein source.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 27, 2011 at 5:42 am

Oh I’ve posted about this before. I believe I am a slow metabolic oxidizer based on research and quizzes that Ive done. What that boils down to is that i dont crave (or need) as much protein as a fast metabolic oxidizer.

Those people who say, ‘but i have to have meat’ or ‘have to have protein with every meal’…that is NOT me and never in my life other than the 1st trimester of pregnancy, have i ever craved protein.

I crave carbs :) And then fat. And eat plenty of both. I don’t want to put a number on it but suffice to say my ‘macros’ (again, something i never track) are very high on the carb side, medium on fat, and ‘low’ on protein. But who defines what low vs. high is, anyway? Surely not the FDA and the food pyramid. Dont get me started :)

Awesome post, Heather!
:)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 6:06 am

Averie,
I’m the same way. Love my fat and carbs with some protein. And yeah, don’t get me started on the pyramid. Grrr!

Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner January 27, 2011 at 6:21 am

Fat AND carbs all the way. I love my grass fed beef ;)

lucie January 27, 2011 at 6:42 am

Id definitely take salmon over any kind of meat, though i love seafood in general!

x

lucie January 27, 2011 at 6:43 am

Id definitely take salmon over any kind of meat, though i love seafood in general!

xxx

lindsay January 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

ah yes, chicken skin is delicious and its good fat. I am a huge adovcate or keeping this real. Real WHOLE eggs, real cream, real butter, real full fat meats (eat lamb), etc. Seems to be the best for my body and I like that!
:)
LC

Sarah January 27, 2011 at 7:20 am

I’m a fan of all 3, but fat is number 1 for me, too…followed very closely by protein, then carbs.

Sarah January 27, 2011 at 7:21 am

I’m a fan of all 3, but fat is number 1 for me, too…followed very closely by protein, then carbs.
This didn’t used to be the case until I started paying attention to what my body really wants. I am a former Carb Queen!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 27, 2011 at 7:26 am

You know I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” diet method. We are all made differently and require different amounts of nutrients for our bodies to function. I am high carb, but I do a fair about of protein and fat too. I have finally gotten to a point where I feel so good and I am sure it is because I really worked with my body to figure out what it needs and what it doesn’t need.

Kristy @ KristyRuns January 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

Fat. 100% fat. Avocado, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. All.day.long.

pinkvision January 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

I find that eating more protein, fat & low cal veggies, rather than starchy carbs leaves my head feeling clearer and my body less sluggish. I ALWAYS seem to feel really sleepy after a pasta or rice meal, and am very addicted to bread, so I now try and limit that. Have always felt that cutting all fat out of a diet couldn’t be a good thing. I cook with a good sunflower oil and olive oil, and measure this now instead of pouring it in, eat butter in moderation now, and now make my own mayonnaise! The last is a revelation to me, because I’ve never really liked bottled shop bought mayo, but home-made is a totally different animal… Love special oils like sesame, extra-virgin olive, walnut, hazelnut for my stirfries & summer salads.

I also eat cream, & full fat greek yoghurt. I’d much rather have a little bit of the real stuff than heaps of any so called healthy ‘lite’ version. In fact the only ‘lite’ fat I now buy is half-fat creme fraiche, and that is because it is so versatile.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

My body LOOOOVES healthy fats! They always keep me full with a great amount of energy!

Nessy January 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

At each meal I usually eat a combination of complex carbs, protein and fats. I always feel the most satisfied with all three! I’d say protein is probably my favorite, followed by fats and then carbs.

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) January 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

All three for me too! Although carbs are my favorite with fats a very close second :) I never go for the low fat versions ever – a lot of times, the fat is replaced with chemicals, and I’ll take a good dose of natural fat over something unnatural any day of the week!

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

Alexandra,
I could not agree more! Nature intended us to eat fat, not low-fat versions ladened with salt and sugar.

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad January 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

Fat fat fat!

My favorite fat is ghee/butter.

I don’t really like protein, heh. In terms of carbs, my favorite carb is squash (duh).

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

Maggie,
Love my squash carbs too, and really into sweet potatoes and carrots these days. Both are really good with ghee and cinnamon. :)

eliz@thesweetlife January 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

HEAB-It’s so great you’ve found a diet that works so perfectly for you!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) January 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

I need to catch up on so much here – have way too many unread HEAB posts. Ick.
You’ve come such a long way in your diet. Well I think you were always into healthy fats (almond butter, duh!) but I like this new extra fat diet. Dark chicken definitely wins, taste wise, but for myself – I need to have it as a treat. Trying to lose weight, so the calories need to be watched. One day I can play around with this kind of stuff a bit more…
PS – I’m hosting a giveaway for a healthy cookbook. I’m actually not sure it’s completely your thing, but check it out – see for yourself!

Alison (Fueling for Fitness) January 27, 2011 at 8:25 am

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what works best with me. I try not to think about it too much, and I thought I was doing pretty well but I am still having some issues. Several years ago, I didn’t pay attention to anything I ate and wasn’t active at all. Now that I try so much harder, it feels like I’m facing so many more problems! My doctor told me that it was like growing pains when I vented about it. He said not to give up and that it was like growing pains…just have to make a few tweaks here and there and I’ll be good. haha, I feel like a teenager again. ;)

I will be relieved when I am as confident as you are in your personal diet. :) Fingers crossed I figure out the ideal mix soon!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 27, 2011 at 8:26 am

It must be so nice to have figured out the balance that really works for you! I feel like I’m still in that stage of constant experimentation…sigh. :-)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

Anna,
You’ll get there. I still experiment, but I always end up back with my higher fats. Just eat the way that makes you feel best regardless of what anyone else says or thinks. :)

Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete January 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

I have started to embrace fats more than ever — and what do you know, I feel better than ever before, and I am more satisfied throughout the day!

And yes, there is nothing better than real butter!

I was watching an old Bobby Flay Throwdown show yesterday and he was cooking salmon and he said “and then the fat from the salmon is released and it basically cooks in its own fat — and fat means flavor” — so true!

Kristina January 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

Carbs…yes please!
I love how real and honest you are about your foods that’s one (of the many) things that keeps me coming back!!!

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

Thanks Kristina. :)

Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) January 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

I am definitely a girl who needs both fat and protein. My husband could live off of white rice and lean beef burgers and I just couldn’t do it! I love me some healthy fats :)

xo

Annie@stronghealthyfit January 27, 2011 at 9:06 am

Your diet is so interesting Heather! I guess I eat a pretty high-fat diet, lots of nuts and seeds, eggs, and I just started incorporating more meat into it.

Cindy January 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’m still trying to find a balance. I lose all control on high carb menus…I become a mad woman trying to find any sugar and bread concoction I can find. I’ll even eat things I don’t like just for the sake of tasting something sweet.

On high protein I can’t lose weight. I just maintain. But I have tons of energy!

So, now I am experimenting with a high fat menu (moderate calories). Hopefully it will prove successful.

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

Cindy,
I hope you find what works best for your body soon. Good luck. :)

Kelly January 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

It took me a long time to figure it out but my body does best on a high fat, low carb diet. Meaning dark meat, full fat dairy and butter, whole eggs, good oils, coconut, avacado, nuts (lots of nuts) and the only carbs come from vegetables and minimal grains. Fruit…but not more than once a day as sugar really does a number on me (even natural sugar). And grains usually only once a day and in the form of oatmeal. This took me a LONG LONG LONG time to figure out and with lots of trail and error. But

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

Kelly,
Sounds like our bodies are kindred spirits when it comes to eating. :)

Kelly January 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

Well what is funny that in my quest to find out what works for me I tried YOUR way of eating. I figured well it can’t do any harm to try it! And low and behold it worked…so I (or my body) has you to ultimately thank!

Kelly January 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

Oops…got cut off. I wanted to say but just remember to all your readers that everyone is different and what works for me or for you may not work for everyone. I tell people to be flexible and be willing to try different ways of eating. You will figure it out and when you do it will be worth it!!!

Kara January 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

I love dietary fat, I hate how it gets a bad rap. One piece of chopped bacon can change a dish (for the better!)

I bet your diet is helping Summer get plenty of fat in her milk :)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

Kara,
I sure hope so, and you’re right – bacon brings any dish to a whole new level.

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy January 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

I’d have to say that fat is my fav too, though carbs was my fav for a long time! Now I have a serious addiction to nut butter and I’m never going back! :)

Evan Thomas January 27, 2011 at 9:47 am

I find it funny that you lead a low sugar/carb diet and drink coffee out of a Fluff mug :-)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

Evan,
I know – pretty ironic, huh? ;)

Victoria (District Chocoholic) January 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

I do high-protein/high-fiber – so lots of vegetables and lean proteins. And a little chocolate.

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

Victoria,
My daily dose of sugar has been a Brunsli cookie. I eat one when I get up with Summer in the wee hours of the morning. Makes those early morning feedings much more exciting. Just thought you should know. :)

Victoria (District Chocoholic) January 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

They really aren’t that sugary – I think the almonds make them taste sweeter. And most of the added sugar is from honey – yum! Glad they have found a good home.

Haleigh January 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

I could never ever give up eggs! or avocados, or nut butter, real butter, cream… the list goes on. I’ve tried to eat a low fat diet a few times when I was younger. I never felt completely satisfied with it. Also, when I lived in Sweden, I noticed that they never used low fat products, always full fat yogurt, real butter, cream, etc. And it’s very uncommon to find an overweight Swede, so they must be doing something right ;)

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood January 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

I would LOVE to do the high-fat/low-protein, but unfortunately my body isn’t well adapted to that. Oh well! I still eat peanut butter as I lovee it, but as with everything else, all in moderation :-D

Amelia January 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

I switched up my way of eating recently, due to female problems, and now eat a high fat/ high protein/ low carb diet. Not only do I feel great, but my body seems to be responding better, overall, to the change. I typically enjoy my carbs in the form of oat bran for breakfast, then switch to proteins and fats as the day progresses (along with veggies). Now that I consume more animal proteins, I just make sure that they are really high quality (like organic, grass-fed finished, etc).

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

Amelia,
My experience was similar. I’ve always been a fan of fats, but added more animal fat to my diet to try and balance out some hormone issues I was having, and I felt so much better might right away!

Melissa B. January 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

I actually had the opposite experience of a lot of people who commented here. I tried VERY hard for about a year to adhere to the high fat/moderate protein/low carb (Paleo) diet, and I was a mess! I gained about 5 lbs that I just could not lose, and always felt bloated and tired, and had so many stomach issues. I now eat some healthy carbs at breakfast and dinner, and feel so much better. I am a slow oxidizer, too, so we definitely need our carbs. The Paleo diet did help me discover coconut oil, ghee, and nut butters. I love them, and will never give them up! I think our bodies and bellies tell us what we need, we just have to sit back and listen :)

rebecca lustig January 27, 2011 at 10:53 am

though i try to keep it all balanced, i definitely lean more towards the carbs. especially int he forms of pretzels and cereal!

VeggieGirl January 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

Right now for me, it’s Gatorade. All I can tolerate as I fight a flu/influenza mixture :(

Lauren January 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

Hmm, this is hard! I really like my healthy fats, but I also feel my best when I’m getting 60-70 grams of protein per day, so highER protein. I also like carbs though- brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, sweet and squash are basically the only ones my body can tolerate. It all depends on the day which marconutrient I prefer! haha

Jenny January 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

… I can’t help it. I’m a CARB lover!

Carbs of most sorts, but the starchy ones in particular. I’m a pasta + bread + cereal freak. Starchy carbs, fibrous carbs… They are both delicious. I used to have a humongous sweet tooth so sugary carbs used to be a favourite, but now I love my veggies and grains much more. <3 (More filling!)

Jess@atasteofconfidence January 27, 2011 at 11:15 am

fat is probably my favorite, too- it keeps me full!

S @ extremebalance.net/blog January 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

I owe it all to you on this one, Heather—I never would have imagined that fat could be less than dietary suicide after all I’d heard over the years, but bringing the fat up in my diet drove sugar cravings down, and with it went body fat.

AWESOME. I’d give you an award if I could. :D

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Thanks S – your comment just made me so happy. Glad to hear adding more fat really helped you. :)

Jess January 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

you’re absolutely right. adding those good fats to your diet really helps keep you full longer. besides that they taste good too of course:D
check out my latest favorite sammy. so tasty!

Caitlin (EatFeats) January 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

I am with you–I’ve been trying to up my protein intake, but all I accomplished was shocking my digestive system into rebellion. I prefer fats like oils and nut butters. And, secretly, I feel really lucky that my body works this way. Love fat!

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Caitlin,
I feel the same way about my body. :)

Baking 'n' Books January 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

Great post. I think we evolve over time as well. What worked for you years ago isn’t what works for you now – and it may not work 10 years from now. You have to just listen your body and not get too fixated on one approach I guess.

I find it very refreshing to come here especially after all the vegan blogs that are out there! I love beef :)

Question about bacon though – all the cuts at my stores are just loaded with sodium or other stuff…? What type do you get?

Also – you totally got me into Rotisserie Chicken! Gosh – I picked up one the other day…and ripped into the dark meat – so “succulent” and tender! Now, I should just start roasting my own instead and save some money :)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

BnB,
I used to buy the nitrate free bacon from Trader Joe’s, but lately we’ve just been buying the Kirkland brand from Costco.

sarah @ ABetterSarah January 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

I think i’m definitely a protein and veg type girl, not a massive carb lover x

Steph - VegFortWorth January 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

My diet is defintely carb- and green-veggie-heavy. I have a little healthy fat every day (nut butter, avocado, coconut, nuts, etc.), but too much and the weight piles on really fast. I don’t think about protein much. I definitely don’t emphasize it, but I do have at least a serving or two of tofu or beans every day. I also stay far, far away from refined sugar (but I eat plenty of fresh fruit).

Pure2raw Twins January 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

Love all of them, but FAT is our favorite too!!!

Helen January 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

I love fats and carbs! I can gobble down some bread smoothered in nut butter 10 times a day..lol! I to tend to have a lower protein diet. I have never been a big meat eater, we do have meat with all meals (husband!) but frequently I do not even eat the meat or just eat a tiny bit.

Jill January 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I think I kind of need a mix of all 3-plus a good amount of veggies and fruits during the day. I don’t eat that much meat but when I do, my favorites are beef and dark meat chicken. And chicken skin IS amazing.

I notice that I start to have a lot of cravings if I eat too much low fat stuff (like 0 instead of 2% Greek yogurt) and that if I have a really carb-y breakfast before I go to work and don’t balance it with some fat + protein, I’m starving and grumpy by mid-morning.

But I think that the butter on my counter, organic beef in my freezer, and NON skim milk in fridge may have something to do with your blog :-)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Jill,
“But I think that the butter on my counter, organic beef in my freezer, and NON skim milk in fridge may have something to do with your blog ”

…makes me so happy to hear. :)

Mandiee January 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Even though I chose not to eat any animal products (and thus I tend to get a lot of low fat protein, or at least un-saturated fat protein), I am always inspired by how you found the diet that works best for you. You seem to go against many commonly held beliefs, but that is exactly what I like. You are thriving and doing what’s best for you. No diet is perfect for everyone! That said, I was wondering how you make stir-fries satisfying enough for lunch/dinner. I can eat my weight in veggies (seriously), but while I feel full, I still feel like I can eat more. Have you ever experienced that? I can’t really explain it, I suppose. Anyway, do you find the addition of butter (or coconut oil or any other healthy fat, in my case) does the trick? It’s great to know I have a fellow veggie lover I can talk to! I would definitely eat veggies non-stop if I could (especially kabocha, broccoli, and brussels sprouts—yum!)

Have a lovely day!
xox

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

To Mandiee, my fellow veggie lover. :)
Yes, I do find that adding a good dose of fat to my veggies really helps satiate me. A good spoonful or two of coconut oil brings the dish to a whole new level – much tastier and much more filling in my opinion. Top things off with some avocado, and I’m stuffed!

kathleen January 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

yay for advocating a full fat diet. there’s been research done showing that people tend to eat more when it’s labeled low-fat or non-fat. the fact of the matter is, you absolutely need fat and cholesterol in order for your body to function. i wonder how it ever became evil to fat…?

AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon January 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I also do well on a diet high in fat and low in sugar. It’s great for me, because all of the foods I crave (bacon, avocado, steak-tips…eggs…) are usually high fat. I also try to eat pretty high protein, but only because I’m an avid weightlifter, so I want to make sure my body is getting protein to recover fully…I love me my carbs and sugars though…I die for dark chocolate…but I try and stick to sweet potatoes, apples and plantain chips…man.

Corey @ the runners cookie January 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

This definitely speaks to the importance of finding what works for you – the food pyramid does not fit everybody. It’s taken me some practice to pay attention to what my body does best with instead of paying attention to the voice in my heading saying I’ve already had my daily dose of fat or carbs.

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) January 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Give me fat in the form of avocados and nuts and carbs in the form of oats, veggies and fruit and i’m a happy happy girl !

Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

My diet’s generally 60% carbs, 30% protein, and 15-20% fat..which is the “proper breakdown” according to the nutrition books..but honestly, it’s what works for my body the best. I tried the whole high protein thing but my body just didn’t react well to it. I was bloated and just uncomfortable. Plus, carbs really help my stay focused and what not so I’m good with them making up most of my diet. :)

Fallon January 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I need a mixture of fat and carbs with little protein. If I eat a meal with lots of protein but it lacking carbs and fat.. I’m hungry 1 hour later!

polly January 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

hi love!
You know I love my bananas :) and my fats and protein too.
Amen to eating the WHOLE egg, why did I spend so many years avoiding that yummy yellow yolk? That reminds me… I have an extra egg in the fridge now that needs to be in my belly. :P

I think it’s all about figuring out what works. We are all so different. I am still trying to get it right. I am pretty sure however, that blue tortilla chips might be absolutely necessary for my health and happiness. :D
XO

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Polly,
Just ate a bunch of blue chips with lunch. Totally necessary!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) January 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Carbs! Veggies + grains = my JAM. Although they’re usually topped with something awesome like coconut oil or tahini so…equal opportunity lover? Plus I’ve noticed that I, ahem, don’t digest optimally when there is no grain in my meal, so I’ve made more of an effort to make sure it gets into everything. Funny how that works!

emily (a nutritionist eats) January 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I’m a fat and protein girl!

Sagan January 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I adore your thoughts on this – that you’re not afraid to eat what’s right for your body!

For myself, it really varies. When I lived in Spain, my diet was quite high in fat, and I did great on that. But while I’m in Canada, I tend to do really well on high carbs, low fat, and medium protein. I think it might be largely due to the weather, actually – when it’s cold out, I find that carbs serve my body the best. It’ll be interesting to see whether fat or protein intake increase in the summer… hmmm.

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Sagan,
I love my warm bowls of carbs in the winter too. They make me happy. :)

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun January 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Agreed! I like all three – I can’t even choose a winner! I’m a carboholic, but I love my protein shakes and meat, and don’t even get me started on nut butters… ;-)

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather January 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Fat’s where the flavor’s at! I don’t avoid fat, in fact I try to include it in every meal and snack I eat.

Jessica January 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Good topic/question Heather. I have pondered what my body does “best” on in your other posts concerning your high fat/low sugar intake. I don’t think I yet know yet what I need. My body does not say protein, although my mind knows I need more of it. I have plenty of carbs and fats, but I’m not sure if that’s best.

How exactly did you know that fats where what your body needed? And when you say “need” does that mean you feel fuller with them, felt less bloated, more energized? Also, is it hard for you to stay away from sugar? Sorry for all the questions, but like I said I have been intrigued by this question since becoming an avid follower a year ago.

Be Well,

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Jessica,
I will email you. :)

Rachael January 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I’m normally a fats and vegetable kind of eater, which I hope to continue throughout my pregnancy. However, since morning (read: all day) sickness struck this week, the only thing that seems appealing is carbo-centric food. Namely unsalted pretzels.

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Oh Rachael,
I remember those days. I was sick ALL day long and couldn’t really eat anything after about 4 PM. It was so bad that I vowed to never get pregnant again, but I promise you will feel better eventually, and I’d do all over again in a heartbeat. I really would. :) Take care and don’t worry about nutrition now. Just eat whatever sounds good.

Hanna M. January 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I’m not comfortable with too much protein neither. It seems I gain weight in periods with lots of “real dinners” (i.e. if meat, poultry or fish is the main star).. Vegetables, fats and some carbohydrates need to be in most my meals. My carbs are often legumes or grains (oats FTW!) which also contain protein. But it varies between meals (time of day, before/after workout etc.). Thanks to you Heather, I’ve lost my fear of (or rather, sceptisism of) fats, so no more low calorie fake stuff. I love butter, full fat cheese, coconut in any shape, nut butters… And cocoa butter, in chocolate of course!

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Hanna,
So happy to hear your fear of fat is gone…especially where chocolate is concerned. I don’t get why people fear saturated fat so much but go on and on about how good dark chocolate is for you…dark chocolate IS mostly saturated fat. It doesn’t make sense to me.I think it’s b/c the media goes on and on about how butter, full fat dairy etc. are bad for you, but they always say that dark chocolate is good for you and full of antioxidants, and therefore people stand behind it. I wish people would do their research instead of just going along with what the media and government tells us. Butter is not the enemy.

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Hanna,
Please forgive my rant…I get started on a subject and then get carried away sometimes. ;)

Natalia - a side of simple January 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

How about all three together? :) Each have their own spots in my heart and definitely with my mood!

Syndie January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Oh…I am SO jealous of all of you! I have been an avid dieter for most of my life. I lose 10lbs, go off whatever plan I am following and gain it right back. Then I go back on the plan and repeat the cycle. I have no idea what my body needs but I can tell you the ins and outs of several diet plans. I am SO sick of it. How do I figure it out? I would love to eat full fat butter, dairy, nut butters, etc but I am terrified to gain weight since I am still trying to lose a few.

Didn’t mean to whine…but it should make you feel good that someone out there is super jealous of your eating :)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Syndie,
I just emailed you. :)

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I like all three, but my favorite foods are all high in carbs… and that’s the way I like it!

Annalisa January 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Totally random question, Heather — how do you store bacon since you seem to grab 1 or 2 slices? Do you cook some and reheat as needed (and freeze some grease?) or do you think portioning out a few slices to cook later makes more sense? I usually cook 1# at a time but, I’m terrible at making it last more than 2 days ;-)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Annalisa,
We just keep our bacon stored in a Ziploc freezer bag in the fridge, and then I only cook as much as I want to eat at each meal. If I’m not using the drippings right away, we pour it into a tin. I’ve read the drippings should be kept refrigerated.

Mandy (theamazonprincess) January 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I <3 fat! That avocado looks heavenly! :)

Kimberly January 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I saw a new Dr. the other day and he stressed FAT and protein. He has me eating NO grains or sugar (except a little fruit)~not even stevia! Today is day 3 and I am feeling very satisfied eating this way~that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t give my left arm for a piece of dark chocolate though ;)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Kimberly,
So happy to hear you’re feeling well. Can you do unsweetened chocolate? You know I love my Baker’s squares. Please keep me posted on how you’re doing. :)
P.S. How’s Hope doing? Haven’t heard from her in a while.

Katherine: Unemployed January 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I barely eat protein. bring on the fats! (and carbs :) )

Alyssa January 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I do best on a clean eating diet. Moderate everything, but whole foods. I like to have a moderate amount of fat in my diet because it curbs cravings for me…a huge help!

Susan January 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I don’t tend to think of each of my meals in terms of carbs, protein, and fat. Instead, I try to make sure I get enough of each over the course of the day. Each one has their own unique benefits for our body. I’d say I enjoy eating fats and carbs the most, but protein is essential for “healing” so my doctors tell me to keep an eye on it!

Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble January 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I LOVE chicken skin too! Whenever I get a rotisorie chicken from the store I always say I’m gonna remove the skin and throw it away – but I never do! It’s so good!

Mimi (Gingersnaps) January 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Same, actually! I’d die without my nut butters! And some nice, juicy steak…yuuuum!

Mimi (Gingersnaps) January 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Same, actually! I’d die without my nut butters! And some nice, juicy steak…yuuuum! That said, some of my favorite meats just happen to be leaner. Venison and bison are my reds of choice…they are amazing.

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Mimi,
I love venison, but it’s so hard to come by around here unless you know someone that hunts. :(

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast January 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I definitely go for the fat over everything else. I used to eat a lower fat diet that was higher in carbs (I had no idea how much sugar I was eating) and I would always go to bed hungry & exercise like crazy in order to maintain my weight (and would occassionally sugar binge). Now I eat a very high fat diet (I buy 12 cans of coconut milk through Amazon, dip veggies in olive oil, buy 5 avocados at a time from costco, etc.) And I eat when I’m hungry, exercise much less (though I’m working on that) and I’m at my lowest weight ever and feel great! I have eliminated dairy and meat from my diet as well due to the fact that I am trying to determine if I have a food allergy other than wheat, but probably will add them back in sparingly if I have the chance. High fat all the way! I recently had a physical done and everything was good! :)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Emily,
It’s good to hear you’re doing so well and feeling great on more fat. I grew up during the low-fat phase, and I remember going to town on Snackwell chocolate chip cookies in high-school thinking they were healthy. I so wish I could go back and tell myself then what I know now.

CD and I order a lot of our dry goods from Amazon as well. We have oat bran and coconut flour on automatic shipment and saved so much money that way. Also, I love Costco avocados. They are always perfect – never brown on the inside.

Monica January 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Fat and protein are my favorite life loves after my husband! And your post just made me super hungry with that talk of whole eggs, avocado and chicken/turkey skin……mouth watering.

I have removed carbs out of my diet for the most part because I don’t have a good, “you have had enough to eat” signal with carbs.

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Monica,
Yeah, I have trouble with that same signal…especially when it comes to ice-cream!

ashley@quasichick January 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I love all 3, but could never give up my carbs-I am a grummpy lady when I do.
and I could never give up butter!

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Ashley,
Me too. I tried life without oatmeal once, and honestly, it sucked.

Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner January 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I strive for balance. If I cut out any single nutrient, I wreak havoc on my entire body. I strive for balance. Fat, Carbs, and Protein.

Stephanie January 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I love carbs like sweet potatoes & kabocha (thnx for introducing such wonderful thing in my diet)…and fats like almond butter and coconuts!!!
But I can’t have too much of either. Carbs-only will make me hungry too soon and too much fat will make me sluggish. I’m a “slow metabolizer” (like Averie) and I need my quick energy from carbs.
It’s amazing how all individuals are different- not only their diets – but yet we together live in this world, harmoniously :)

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Stephanie,
Happy to hear you’re loving on the kabocha. :)

Jennifer January 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I always feel so much better when I start my day with a little bacon…my husband now hates the smell, u’d think he was preggers LOL git in meh bellaaayy!

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Jennifer,
Wha??? I thought the way to every man’s heart was through bacon. ;)

Moni'sMeals January 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm

good discussion!

I balance all three unless I am training with certain workouts…I up my carbs big time. I love nut butters always and listen to my body for what it wants. :)

Annie January 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Here’s what I know… I’m good with carbs as long as they’re not highly processed (or starchy).. I can easily eat under 100grams of carbs and eat TONS of veggies .. TONS.. and still eat full fat and lots of red mead (gasp)… now, what I’m struggling with is how much beans and grains can I eat and still be in the sweet spot (sweet spot for this 48 year old woman means I can SLEEP, have regular… uhhhh .. .bowel movements.. and steady energy)… processed foods?? bowel movements not uhhhh quality ones (hehe) and I wake up all night and I crave SUGAR like freakin’ crazy… so now i’m seeing how much and what kind (if any) grains I can eat and still hit my sweet spot (I seem to be much hungrier with grains but I’m still experimenting… once I get that figured out I’ll move on to beans…

sorry to talk about my elimination habits but hey? it’s important and I think is a great indicator of health… what do you think about your poop?? or DO you think about your poop?? I’ve found most people don’t admit it.. but they look.. everybody looks (grin)

love you! love your blog!
Annie

HEAB January 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Annie,
You are too funny. I’m totally open to discussing poop. After all, everyone does it…or at least they should be. I swear by oat bran. Also, one of my friends told me to try pumpkin when I was having trouble while taking iron supplements. Works like a charm. :)
Thanks for reading!

CH January 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm

For me it’s definitely a tossup between fat and protein! :)

Michelle January 28, 2011 at 12:29 am

I wish wish wish high fat worked for me but I gain weight right away. I’m still not convinced about saturated fat but I do believe anything is ‘ok’ in moderation. Right now carbs from fruit and veg along with lean protein seems to work best for me but when I’m really active I love any kind of grain.

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

It’s interesting how people’s bodies are different. I tend to go through phases with the amount of fat I eat.. I do notice if I eat more fat then I have to balance it with less carbs.. and if I eat more carbs, I balance it with less fat.

Whole foods in as close to their natural state is the key for me.

Alisa Fleming January 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

HEAB, I’ve always loved reading about your diet twists and turns as you settle on the right one, which I am so happy you have! I’m still twisting around a bit for that perfect balance, and alas, for me, high fat isn’t it. But moderate fat is a-okay. Pretty easy with dairy-free to do moderate fat, and yummy recipes like those nut butter cups!

HEAB January 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Alisa,
No more rendering bacon drippings? ;)

Alisa Fleming January 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Well now I didn’t say that!

Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots January 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I admittedly am still getting over a bit of a “fear” of fats… I know logically theyr’e good for me, but the higher calorie count sometimes scares me away even though I know I shoudl be eating them!
I do find that I mostly crave carbs though. My mom and I are both like that… we can polish off a big ole bowl of bread without much of a problem.
I’d like to start experimenting with more fat in my diet and see if that DOES help keep me from getting hungry every two hours though ;)

HEAB January 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Nicole,
Good luck with your experimentation. I do think more fat will help satiate you better. I hope so anyway. :)

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I’m not gonna lie, carbs are my favorite by far, BUT I really do love fat and protein, too! I just love calories. :D LOL

What does it for me is a combination of carbs, fats, and protein, but yeah, fats definitely keep me satisfied for longer periods than just protein + carbs. My eating style is very dynamic; right now I’m doing a 7 day intermittent fasting trial (dinner to dinner), but I eat all sorts of foods, from raw and vegan to carnivorous feasts loaded with butter and bacon. I can (and do) go many ways!! I like variety, I guess. :)

Stephanie January 29, 2011 at 10:42 am

I love fats as well! Carbs don’t do much for me, because they seem to not fill me up! That being said, I find fats to be more satisfying. I live off of trail mix and nut butter!! I also LOVE avacado, coconut, and dark chocolate.

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel January 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

You know, if I could only see one movie this Oscars season, it would have been The King’s Speech – you definitely made a good choice!

Can’t wait to see your Oscars creation! (And I’m totally a carbs girl :) )

kate January 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I love all three as well, but I think my favorite might be protein. Unless you are counting cheese as fat then in that case its fat ;)

HEAB January 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Kate,
You’re funny. Enjoy your cheese. :)

Babs January 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Hi Heather-

I follow Paleo so I get a ton of protein and lots of healthy fats. No dairy, wheat or sugar:( Still, my body is finding its best rhythem through this experience.

HEAB January 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Babs,
Big fan of Paleo eating…just wish it included oatmeal. I tried life without oatmeal once…it was not pretty. ;)

Babs January 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Agreed! I miss oatmeal but my body seems to work better without. Le sigh. NOW If I EVER have to give up ALMOND BUTTER heads will roll! :)

I love your blog, you inspire me to try new things! Thanks for that.

Babs

Leah Anderson January 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

I LOVE Fats too & am learning to embrace them regardless of calorie content! Avocados, real butter & cream, steak, chicken skin – YUM!
Ive been reading a lot about lowcarb – but personally I know its not sustainable for me for weight loss & maintanance! I must have carbs!
Now if I could get rid of some of the processed crap I still eat Id probably lose weight faster! I tried low fat diets but was always hungry!!
Heather when you gave up sweets in the beginning of your weight loss journey did you go cold turkey?? Thank You again!

HEAB January 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

Hi Leah,
I love my fat, but like low carb is not for me. I’ve tried it before and was miserable. Big fan of oats, quinoa, brown rice, etc., although I do try and avoid wheat for the most part.

As far as sugar goes, I didn’t really go cold turkey until after losing a bit of weight. Once it started coming off, I became more and more determined. So yes, eventually, I did go cold turkey and didn’t touch any sugar for about 3 years. It just took fitting into smaller and smaller jeans, and I can be really stubborn. ;)

Leah Anderson February 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Thank you Heather. For my sweet tooth I picked up Ghiradelli 60% choc chips today Wish I was stubborn too – Im always giving into my sweet tooth!

You mentioned you avoid Wheat – Do you avoid Gluten as well?

HEAB February 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Hi Leah,
Those Ghiradelli chips are the BEST. They’re so much bigger than regular chocolate chips. We love them around here. I do try and avoid gluten as I don’t really think it’s good for us, but I don’t go out of my way to do. I love gluten free grains like quinoa and brown rice, but I don’t buy gluten free oats or anything. However, I never bake/cook with whole wheat flour as there are so many other alternative flours out there these days.

Ali (Student on A Health Craze) January 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

I still have a very 90′s “FATS ARE THE ENEMY!” mentality that yells at me from the back of my head! That said, over the last month, I’ve been adding more avocado (yum), oil and nuts/seeds into my diet, but my fat % during the day is still about 30% (plus 20% protein, 50% carbs). I used to try and force feed myself protein, but vegetarian protein is just not that nice!!!

HEAB January 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Ali,
I grew up in the 80′s and 90′s and remember “Fats are the enemy” all to well, but once I started eating them more and more, I felt so much better. Just keep reminding yourself that your body needs fats to function. :)

sally kate January 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I recently started following a paleo diet just to see how my hunger would react- ive never been so full all the time in my life. Im not the biggest fan of meat, but ive been making myself eat it and between added protein and fat (turkey burger patty or chicken and avocado or evoo) on my salads at lunch ive FINALLY stopped gorging myself on a “snack” in the afternoon, which was turning into a complete 4th meal! also if you get your carbs from fruits and vegetables, fruits are a little easier, but you eat a TON of vegetables. and I’ve had the added fun side that I’ve lost weight!

HEAB January 31, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Sally Kate,
That’s awesome – I think you’ve found a way to eat that your body likes. I’m a fan of the Paleo diet, but I eat grains. Try to stick to gluten free and avoid wheat for the most part, but I don’t think our bodies necessarily need them. We can get the carbs we need from veggies. I just really love oatmeal. :) Again, happy to hear you’re feeling good!

sally kate January 31, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Giving up oatmeal with banana every morning has probably been the hardest part, (oh yeah and coffee) but WHOLE eggs (never in my wildest would I would think I would eat anything other the egg whites) keep me really full until lunch! My only complaint is that I have been sleeping at night really well but later than usual? I think once I start my running back up once this snow melts I’m going to have to up the carbs a bit.

Rose February 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Wow, I love that you posted this today! After a few months of stress and (unintentional) weight/muscle loss last year, I’ve been trying my best to work on mindful eating, strength training and fitness in 2011…but I have been so confused about how to eat for this new approach! So far I’ve found my skin gets uncomfortable and dry on a high protein diet, but I don’t know how to avoid it when I’m working on gaining strong lean muscles!

Whole grain breakfasts, protein and loads of veggies for lunch with a small amount of whole grain/starch, green veggies and protein for dinner is my go to but im interested in seeing where fat fits into this mix and if I can adjust for lower sugar fruits and less starch!

HEAB February 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Rose,
It was hard for me to figure out what worked best when it came to gaining lean muscle mass, but the high protein thing never worked for me. What did for me was lots of yoga and my same old eats. Hope you find something that works for you soon!
P.S. Sounds like your skin is hungry for a little more fat. :)

MommyNamedApril February 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm

oh, chicken skin is just heavenly!

Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf February 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I’m a carb junkie, but I definitely feel better on a high protein/moderate fat diet, which is why I could never go vegetarian. And why would I want to? I love BACON!

Sarah Wright April 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

I like your way of eating–that lunch sounded like one I would make myself. And Iove the mug in the photo. I’m glad I found your blog and I’m so pleased that I’m finding more and more people coming around to the idea that it just isn’t fact that fats = bad; in fact, many of them are hugely nutritious. Not to mention delicious.

HEAB April 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Sarah, Glad you found me too, and I could not agree more when it comes to fats!
P.S. The Fluff mug is from Peanut Butter & Co. Got it in NYC several years ago – my favorite. :)

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