This is a video that I always had on my on my TO DO list because it is something that I’ve been struggling with ever since, even before I became a raw vegan. It’s just that in the past I never realized that fats were the culprit for my slow digestion.
This is the reason why I’m keeping it light and simple! 😝
Our bodies need fat to insulate our organs and to keep us warm and eating healthy fats (avocados, coconut meat, nuts & seeds, etc.) is definitely something we should take care of. But did you know that fruits and greens also contain fats, especially omega-3? Yes, by eating fruits and greens only you can already get a good amount of these healthy fats. Romaine lettuce for example contains about 10% of Omega-3 per 100g and a mango about 5% of omega-3 per 100g. And by eating a big amount of greens and some fruits, I already cover about 90% of my daily omega-3s. But what I’ve also learned after doing this video is, that we need a healthy balance and even if you eat healthy fats like avocados it only raises your intake of omega-3s. The intake of omega-6 fatty acids is usually much lower than the intake of omega-3s. And foods that contain higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids are mostly nuts and seeds (Walnuts, Sesame Seeds, Pine Nuts, Brazil Nuts, Pecan Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Peanuts & Almonds). So we should consider to eat some nuts and seeds as well, preferably soaked over night to make them easier to digest.
I myself have a hard time eating any overt fats at all as they always make me feel bloated and constipated. Which is why I generally avoid them. There are a few overt fats that I eat regularly and that seem to be fine and I’ve listed them below.
Overt fats that I eat very often: shredded coconut meat, crushed linseeds, almonds.
Overt fats that I eat from time to time: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds.
Overt fats that I rarely eat: Avocados, young coconut meat, chia seeds, nut butters, hemp seeds, cashews.
All in all I tend to listen to my body and when it’s giving me the sign that fats don’t do it very well why should I eat it. To me it doesn’t make sense to eat something only because it’s healthy and we need it if it makes me feel totally uncomfortable. Of course I have my weak moments when I snack on some fatty things like gourmet cakes or treats with cashew cream but afterwards I always kind of have to suffer the consequences.
One thing I wouldn’t eat is oils like coconut oil, because oils are pure fat and pretty much like processed sugar, empty calories. I still use a lot of coconut oil though. I use it for brushing my teeth, as a face cream and body lotion and to make my wooden utensils shiny again. And during the summer time it’s great anti tick remedy.
Keep in mind that this is just what I do and if you’re feeling fine eating your healthy fats keep on using them! I would eat them too if I’d feel better on them.