Does eating saturated animal fat make you fat?
Actually, eating sugar and a high carbohydrate diet will turn to fat in the body. A better marker than cholesterol is how high your triglycerides are. The amount of fat your body carries is directly proportional to the amount of sugars/carbs you take in, stress, and the amount of toxins your body is exposed to. What are you putting on your skin? And what are you cleaning your house with?
A high carbohydrate diet will also lead to insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and eventually diabetes. Fat does not create fat in the body. Sugar does, and those foods that break down quickly into sugar.
But won’t the saturated animal fat increase LDL cholesterol, and shouldn’t everyone go on a statin if their total cholesterol is over 230?
Total cholesterol should gradually increase with age as a protective measure against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Think of the brain as one big fat ball. Fat protects the brain from heavy metal exposure and toxins, which can cause damage to the brain over time.
What adverse effects can happen from taking a statin?
According to the FDA, the following can occur while on a statin:
They don’t tell you about the hormonal problems that can and will occur, and I’m not just talking about sex hormones. The thyroid (metabolism and energy), adrenals (energy, cortisol), both of which regulate the heart, pituitary (the master gland that controls other hormonal organs/glands, the liver and pancreas are hormonal, not to mention estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. I have recommended 3-5 tablespoons of grass-fed butter per day to clients with hormonal imbalance, and all of a sudden, their mood improves, they can sleep better, their brain functions better, and they’re finally able to lose weight.
If total cholesterol is below 170, the body will have difficulty making hormones. The body will always try to patch up the “bleed” in an artery, those tiny inflammatory pricks caused by sugar, carbs, and vegetable and seed oils. Think about it. If your body had to choose between the bleed out and making a hormone, would your body choose to make a hormone? It’s going to handle the emergency first. If you bleed out, you die. If your body doesn’t make a hormone, you’ll live to see another day, though it will be a struggle. Enter the plaque, a sticky substance made up of cholesterol and a few other things. The body fills in the pothole, and you live. It will always fill in the pothole. So I ask the question, what is the point of a statin? Atherosclerosis is caused by the pricks in the artery, the sugars, the bad fats, the breads, the pastas, the sweets, the donuts, the turnovers, the apple pie. And I daresay the accumulation of carbohydrates throughout the day.
If your total grams of carbohydrates are over 72, then you can be sure there is an overload of inflammation in your body. If you have pre-diabetes or full-on diabetes, then your carbohydrate load should be less than 40. For some people, carbs need to be zero. I am pointing a finger at myself. My carbs had to be zero in order for my A1C to come down. I was pre-diabetic, eating healthy protein, “healthy” plants, and healthy fats. And still, my A1C was in the pre-diabetic range. Not good.
Cholesterol is vital to the body in creating healthy cell walls and making steroid hormones (as well as hormones produced from steroid hormones). Cholesterol is essential for having a healthy brain, healthy female cycle, healthy testosterone levels, healthy heart, and healthy gut.
Eat more grass-fed butter. Eat more fat on your grass-fed steak. Eat a chicken thigh versus a chicken breast.
It’s the carbohydrates that are making you sick. Not the animal fat. A carbohydrate is basically any type of food that is not meat or fat. Count them up. How many grams are you consuming in a day?
This is what it comes down to…
How important is it to you that you feel good? Do you even know how good you can feel? Most people are living a mediocre status quo life. You feel alright. You are muddling around at 60% capacity when you could be at 90% or 95%. You literally have no idea how good you could feel. You would rather eat your ice cream, rice, corn chips, and bread and shuffle along through your day.
How important is it to you that you feel good into your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s? How committed are you to your health? You are important. I will repeat that again. YOU are important. Important enough to live to your fullest.
That bit of butternut squash I had last weekend? About killed me. Nay, nay. I’m not doing that again. I was extremely bloated, my pants, which were loose before, I could barely button them, and I was in pain for 3 days. It made me crave the carbs, which I then went out and purchased, and as a result… crashed my body. Now my digestion is back to normal, being on full Carni again. So relieved. I don’t even need digestive enzymes! Incredible.
This was a good lesson for me. Even “healthy” carbs make me crave the bad carbs. Aren’t we all a little bit addicted to the bread and circus? Bread subdues us and slows down the brain. I want my brain to function quickly. I want my body to feel as good as it can possibly feel. I want my mood to be up! And I want to be active and enjoying life well into my 100’s, like in the blue zones (where they eat meat).
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Nutritional Health Practitioner
B.S. MedSci, NHE, FBWS
(Natural Health Educator)
(Functional Bloodwork Specialist)