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The Truth About Fat

Heeey everyone! Glad ya’ll liked my last post!!! 😀

Not much has been going on here….mostly just school. Last night mom made potato soup (yum) and I  made some rolls to go with it! The recipe is on my recipe page, and if you want quick, hard-to-mess-up rolls, then they are for you!! I did learn that actually letting them rise the full amount of time instead of rushing them really improves the flavor and texture, for some reason….hmm wonder why? 😛

I also tried a new 10 minute workout! Instead of my normal 10 minute jump rope, I did 10 minutes of cardio ballroom dance! It was off the Dance with Julianne Cardio Ballroom DVD, and I did the cha-cha! It was pretty fun! 😀

Anyway, by now ya’ll are probably wondering about the title of this post. Weeell, I have a little surprise for ya! Kathleen from Kat’s Health Corner wrote a guest post for this ol’ blog! Soo, without further ado, here it is:

Hello Fit Chocoholic readers!!! My name is Kathleen and I write this pretty sweet blog called Kat’s Health Corner. I love Gen’s Blog SO much! I am honored to be writing a guest post for Gen today, but FIRST let me introduce myself a little more!

I absolutely LOVE to workout, bake, AND especially blog. 

In my life one of the things I strive for is BALANCE: balance WITH myself, balance WITH life, and WITH the way I eat.

One vital part of the balance with the way I eat is making sure to eat a balance in nutrients. But, one of the hard nutrients I’ve had with balancing in my diet is Fat.

FAT. Yes, you heard that right. I said that F-word: Fat.

Fat has such a bad rap.

Some people predetermine the misconception that eating fat makes you fat. That is NOT necessarily true.

I know from personal experience the importance of fat in our body’s health and well being. A while back, I thought that FAT was EVIL, since that was what I would hear from the media, magazines, and ads. CUT THE FAT. Buy LOW FAT. Eat FAT FREE.

As a result, I started cutting fat out of my diet. My Hair, Skin, and Nails really paid the price for this. My hair lost its softness and glow and became dry and dull; my skin went from smooth and vibrant to rough and dry, and my nails lost their strength and became soft and bendy.

Not only did I see the changes in my hair, skin, and nails, but I noticed I had become significantly tired, moody, and weak. This was not good.

I came to the conclusion of what I needed to do.

I needed to develop a healthy relationship with fat.

Fat plays a HUGE role in our health. It is essential for the hormone processes in our body, the absorption of the vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fat is essential! Fat is essential to our hair, nails, and skin’s health and glow.

We know that fat is imperative, but does the type of fat matter?

Yes. The kinds of fat we eat matter, too. In all, there are four types of fat.

First, there are the mighty Monounsaturated fats, found in nuts, nut oils (like walnut oil), olives, olive oil, and avocados (this is not an exclusive list). One of my favorite sources of monounsaturated fat is ALMOND BUTTER!

Me and Almond Butter; LUV at first sight! 

Second, there are the powerful Polyunsaturated fats (foods high in polyunsaturated fats are rich in omega-3 fatty acids), like those found in sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, fish, walnuts, brazil nuts, canola oil, and PEANUT BUTTER! (this is not an exclusive list)

Peanut Butter Love!  Straight from a spoon is the best way to eat it. 😉

Then, there are the Saturated fats, which come from plant sources (like coconut, coconut oil, and chocolate), and animal sources (like fatty- meats, egg-yolks, and full-fat dairy products). They are also found in many prepared foods. The USDA recommends that we limit our intake of Saturated fats in favor of the Mono- and Poly-unsaturated ones. But remember, Dark Chocolate IS good for you (in moderation of course)!

And finally, the terrible Trans fats. AVOID TRANS FATS LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!! They are chemically altered to where our body can’t recognize them as “real” and doesn’t know how to handle them, so our body just stores it in our hips and our stomach. In several studies, Trans Fats are shown to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Liver Dysfunction, Infertility, and Depression.

Don’t trust the Nutritional Labels – make sure to check the Ingredient Lists. Don’t buy anything with fully or partially hydrogenated oils in it – those are TRANS FATS!

We know why fat is important and what the types of fat are. Does the amount we eat make a difference?

Yes. Fat is essential for the hormone processes in our body, the absorption of some vitamins, and the health of our hair, skin and nails (not an exclusive list). Talk to a registered Dietician to see how much is appropriate for you, or check out mypyramid.gov to get a personalized plan. Everyone’s body is different, so therefore, we each need different amounts.

One thing I would stress is to focus on the Omega 3’s and 6’s.

These are the ones our body CANNOT produce. Some of the foods where these can be found include walnuts, flaxseed, avocados, eggs, salmon, sardines, and tuna. You can also use Fish Oil tablets (if you are not vegetarian), and they even have Vegan “Fish” Oil tablets, which contain the Omegas straight from the plants where fish get them from.

One of the most important things I have learned on my journey for balance is that every nutrient is imperative – calorie, FAT, carbohydrate, protein, water, vitamin, mineral, photochemical – to our overall health.

If I have an imbalance in just one of these nutrients, it wreaks havoc in my entire body. I now strive to feed my body the nutrients it needs—to live in balance—to live in balance with fat.

Kay, that’s it from me my lovelies- I love to meet new people, so be sure to drop by, check me out, and get to know the Kat behind Kat’s Health Corner!!

Questions of the Day (KHC Style!):

How do you view fat?
What are your favorite sources of fat?
What is your favorite nut butter?

Awesome post! Thanks Kat!!! 😀 I’ll go ahead and answer the questions.

1. Fat is definitely the nutrient that I have to work hardest to get, especially living here. There isn’t a lot of fried food, and minimal fat is used while cooking. Which just means that I get to eat lots of peanut butter. Not a bad thing. Especially if there is chocolate invloved.

2. My favorite sources of fat would be nut butter (shocking, huh?), avocado (which we almost never get because I’m the only one that likes them), fish (hello omega-3 fats) and nuts.

3. Favorite nut butter would have to be Dark Chocolate Dreams. I actually haven’t gotten around to trying either almond or cashew butter, but I plan to make both at some point. 😀

Thanks again, Kat, for the wonderful post!!!

Hope you all have a great day!!!!!

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April 8, 2011 at 6:04 am 40 comments

Pre-Birthday Bash

Ok, so it wasn’t really a “birthday bash” per se, but my sister and I had a super fun time last night having a little mini birthday celebration because a group will be here on her birthday, and her party with friends will be afterward.

There were two parts to the surprise:

Part 1- Baking

I told you all that I was going to bake a little somethin’ simple for my sister. Sooo I made sugar cookies based on this recipe from cooking light. I just omitted the icing. Of course, the cookies were lightened which gave me the perfect excuse to whip up some ganache and make sandwich cookies!!! =D Here are both of the recipes:

Sugar Cookies

  • 2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour (about 11 1/4 ounces)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • 10  tablespoon  butter, softened
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 2  large egg whites

Preparation

To prepare cookies, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and egg whites. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Divide dough in half. Shape each dough half into a ball; wrap each dough half in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

Unwrap 1 dough ball. Press dough into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap. Cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, to a 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat procedure with remaining dough ball. Chill dough 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Remove one dough portion from refrigerator. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap; turn dough over. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Using a 2 1/2-inch cutter, cut dough into 18 cookies. Place cookies 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks. Repeat procedure with remaining dough half.

The only thing about these cookies is that I definitely baked them longer than 10 minutes, but that may just have been our oven.  They tasted wonderful!!!!!

Ganache-ish (I used a couple of different recipes and made up my own…its not true ganache, but it tasted good)

About 1 cup heavy cream

9 T cocoa powder

2 T oil

1/4 C brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

So basically, I combined the heavy cream and sugar and heated until simmering. Then, I stirred in the cocoa powder, oil and extract. And let thicken. It was pretty tasty. I was originally going to make a whipped icing (hence the brown sugar), that required no heating, but when it did not “whip”, I researched some ganache recipes, and because I didn’t have any actual baking chocolate, just sort of made up the recipe as I went along. This filling was pretty dark and bitter, but it went perfectly with the sweet cookies!

And now, for the pics:

Yes, I drizzled caramel on one of them. Yes, I have issues.

Yum!

Part 2- Movie and Popcorn

I let my sister pick out a movie (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) to watch and made us some popcorn! Salty for me, spicy for her!

All in all, we had a bunch of fun last night and I really think that she was surprised!

As ya’ll know, we have a group getting here later on today. We’re basically running around like crazy trying to get everything ready, and we’re all super excited!

I had better go….this was an uber long post!

Hope ya’ll have a great Friday!

What are your weekend plans?

March 11, 2011 at 5:40 am 16 comments

Out of the House

Ya’ll are awesome! Thanks for the great comments on yesterday’s FAQ post! I really enjoyed writing it, and am glad ya’ll enjoyed it too! =D

I’m suuuuper excited for this afternoon. An old friend of mine, who now lives in Rio, is in town and we’re getting together for a couple of hours after lunch. I’m a little nervous too, though, because I haven’t seen her in forever……but I’m sure it’ll be fun!!

I’ve been trying to cram all of my school into this morning so that I’ll be able to truly enjoy my afternoon, so this post won’t be extremely long.

I am going to try out a new cardio workout this morning, here’s the link:

http://www.exercisetv.tv/workout-videos/cardio/kickbox-5774

It looked like a pretty fun, basic kickboxing workout, and I plan to follow it up with my old standby= the good ol’ 10 minute jump rope workout. =P I actually haven’t done it at all the past couple of cardio workout days, because I’ve been trying new, different workouts.

Another thing I’m excited about: dinner! =D Mom got some tilapia filets yesterday, and we plan to cook ’em up tonight. I loooove seafood!!!!! My mom doesn’t, so for her to buy some is a super-special treat!! Any good, easy tilapia recipes to share? I don’t really have any idea how we’ll prepare the fish, so I was wondering what you’re favorite ways of eating it are.

Well, I’ve got to run…..I’ll definitely have a less-rushed post up tomorrow! =D

March 3, 2011 at 6:37 am 18 comments

Revisiting Some Old Friends

Hey everyone!!!!!

First off, I tried a new granola bar right now! Its watermelon and lemon flavored and tastes like summer!!!!

Its light so I paired it with a cup of yummy fruit salad yogurt for my morning snack! So good!! =D

This morning I also visited my old school friends. I found out when their break was and walked over. It was so great to see everyone and I can’t wait to visit again!!!!! I think that being around other people keeps me from worrying about everything else so much. One of the downsides to homeschooling is that I don’t get out as much, which normally, is just fine by me. =P I did miss seeing people my age though, so I’ll definitely be visiting my school again soon!!!!

Thank you all so much for your supportive comments on yesterday’s post! I love you guys! =D It helps so much to know that ya’ll are supporting my as well as my awesome family!!!! =D I do have a protein powder related question or two:

Is there a way to make it dissolve better? When I mixed mine up in the smoothie, it was super-grainy. The flavor was great, though, so I was wondering if the graininess was due to something that I did wrong or  if that’s just a side-effect of protein powders.

Also, what are some good protein powder recipes for one? I am really trying to supplement my diet, so that I get all of the minerals and vitamins that I need, and I was wondering what other ways there are to use my protein besides just smoothies. Its strawberry flavored, by the way.

In keeping with the treat yourself generously theme of the week, I’d say that today, my treat was spending time with friends that I haven’t seen in at least 6 months. =D What about you?

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

 

“Did the programs of the New Deal or World War 2 end the Great Depression?  Support your answer.”

February 9, 2011 at 7:40 am 9 comments

School Overload and Weigh-In #2

Hey! Hope everyone had a restful weekend!!!! I would like to report that we (almost) successfully cleaned out our fridge. The last of the Chinese will be eaten for lunch, and then we can start cooking more stuff to fill up the fridge with! =D Did you do anything special over the weekend?

 

Sorry for the later-than-usual post, I’ve been doing school basically all morning!! I’m taking a webpage design class, so I had to check out some website formats. I’ve also been working ahead in some subjects so that when a group from our church comes down, I can take some time off of school! So this means that I’ve been doing Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday work in some of my classes this morning! Of course, I had my cat to help me:

I am here to help!

Needless to say, I decided that it was the perfect time to take a break and blog! =D

I weighed in again today. I mean, that’s sort of obvious seeing as its in the title of this post…but anyway I gained another half-pound. I’ve been using some of ya’lls tips and they’re great!! =D Basically, I’m trying to add more sources of healthy fats into my diet to “bulk” up my foods! And I’m also eating more pb than anyone would have ever thought possible….and anymore, I’m never seen without a snack of some sort in my hands! =D

I know that a half-pound isn’t a WHOLE lot, or actually, is very little, but the saddest thing is that I had a mini-breakdown when I did the math (kilos to pounds) and figured out how much I had gained. I’m fine now, but I guess it just goes to show that I still have to fight my Eating Disorder even harder and that its still there, even if I have days where I think that I’m completely better. I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family to help me and I’ve been praying a lot about it and I’ve finally begun to have a sense of peace about my appearance! =D Good news!

Once I hit 105 again, my mom said that I could start running on one of my two exercise days! I’m soooo excited!!!! Once I hit 115, I can start running for real!!!! That just makes me want to reach my goal even faster! As long as I can maintain my weight, I can run!!!! =D

Well, I had better be off….

Happy Monday!

January 31, 2011 at 8:09 am 10 comments

Purple Food

So I didn’t get around to baking yesterday….so sad! =( Too much school!!!!! Blegh!

Anyway, I did have a fun snack! Can anyone guess what this purple monster is?

Its a SWEET POTATO! Here we have sweet ‘taters that are purple on the outside and white on the inside! (The one in the picture above has already been sprinkled with cinnamon!)

I didn’t quite know what to expect flavor-wise, but I really liked it! A mild, but still sweet flavor, that I think I like even better than orange sweet potatoes!!!! And it still tasted awesome with cinnamon, which makes it good food in my book! =D Cinnamon+ sweet potato= Happy me!

Someone else had his little sneaky eye on my snack:

Tonight we’re having a friend over for burger night! A little nervous about this, as ground beef doesn’t exactly get along well with my stomach….but I figure, mom’s making peppercorn burgers (my fav), which are worth not feeling so great tomorrow! =D And baked french fries! With barbecue dry rub! Delish! I love having fun Wednesdays…..I guess its nice to sort of take a mid-week break! =D What’s your favorite type of burger?

Oh, I have a question. Is it at all possible for cats to be bipolar? Because if so, I think mine is. I’ve even nicknamed him Dr.Jekyll/Mr.Hyde. Like this morning, he was lying on the couch half-asleep, and 5 minutes later, I scratched his head and he attacked me! Crazy cat. He’s not getting any peanut butter from me any time soon!!!!

Well, I had best be off….I’ve still got Algebra to do!

Hope you have an awesome (and fun) Wednesday!

 

January 26, 2011 at 7:17 am 12 comments

I will…

As it turns out, I did in fact lose some weight. This made me stop and think about things that I want to do to help myself and to improve my relationships with family and friends. Here are the things that I came up with :

I will……gain the weight back.

I will……learn to love myself.

I will……spend more time just hanging out with my sister.

I will……start really talking with my parents about what goes on in my life.

So, what about you? Anything that you’ve made up your mind to do recently?

So today’s workout was basically a repeat of one of last week’s, the 20 min sweat workout + 10 min jump rope, except I toned it down a bit. To refuel myself post-workout, I made a yummy, simple smoothie with about a cup of milk, half a frozen banana and some instant coffee. The banana sweetened the smoothie perfectly and it was nice and thick!!!! =D What are some other good smoothie recipes????

This week I’ve started reading/watching Julius Caesar. Am I the only one in the world who doesn’t especially like Shakespeare’s work? I mean, Romeo and Juliet? I really didn’t like that one, which we studied last year. What is your opinion of Shakespeare? I don’t deny that he was an extremely influential playwright, I just don’t happen to be a huge fan! 😀

So, I guess that I really have to get back to school now…..by the way, Erica from Itzy’s Kitchen made an awesome announcement yesterday….go wish her congratulations! =D

Gotta run…

Have an awesome day!

 

 

 

January 18, 2011 at 7:31 am 8 comments

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