You may be thinking…fat deficiency?? In our high fat world, how is this possible??Well, I’m a holistic nutritionist, and most of the people I see are already eating a pretty healthy diet. They’re enjoying lots of kale, brocolli, and everything healthy. They’re not your average fast food eater. But this issue applies across the board. Those eating lots of fat may not be eating the right kinds of fat (too much processed/refined fat) and are usually deficient in healthy fat. Many of you are like my clients—you stay away from processed and refined oils and the foods made from them. You eat mostly whole foods that you cook yourself. This is a recipe for a healthy diet AND a fat deficiency. Why? Because fat has been the villain for a long time. For 30+ years we have been told to eat less of this very important macronutrient to stay healthy. So, even though fat has (finally) made it off of the villain list and has taken back it’s proper role as a nutritional superhero, it still hasn’t made it back into our diets quite yet. You might not be specifically avoiding fat, but most of us need to ADD more back into our diet.
5 signs you have a fat deficiency:
Your skin is dry
Dull, dry, brittle nails
- Be sure to use unprocessed or minimally processed fats; like avocado, raw nuts, and seeds, or Udo’s Oil.
- Add 1 – 3 tbsp. of more fat to your diet every day, like adding 1 tbsp. of Udo’s Oil (US/CA) to your smoothie, or ¼ - ½ an avocado to your salad. The more the merrier.
About the author: Lisa Kilgour
Lisa Kilgour is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), Founder of LisaKilgour.com, and a faculty member at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.