Sally Fallon, the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation co-authored a book entitled Eat Fat Lose Fat (read the book review). When I wrote the book review six months ago, I said I was going to try it and get back to you with the results. At the time, my weight had been creeping up to about ten pounds more than my normal weight, and ten pounds is enough to make me unable to wear most of the clothes in my wardrobe. Since I did not want to have to replace all the clothes in my closet, I needed to take a serious look at my diet.
You Mean I Can’t Eat Whatever I Want?
I’ll admit, up until age 40, I was one of those lucky people who could eat just about anything and maintain my weight. Granted, what I eat is usually healthier than the average person, lots of fresh fruit and veggies and whole grains. I don’t buy potato chips because I am powerless against them. So my diet didn’t change much, but my weight was going up. I am blaming slower metabolism brought on by age.
Eat Nutrient-Dense Foods
One of the basic principles of weight loss defined by the authors of Eat Fat Lose Fat is to eat nutrient-dense food, particularly Vitamins A and D, and Calcium. Here is a quote from the book, “The higher the nutrient content of your food, the less you need to eat to satisfy your basic nutritional needs.” It’s a basic concept really; if my body receives all the nutrition it needs, then I won’t feel hungry.
Now I Can Eat Less
Just like Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions cookbook, Eat Fat Lose Fat does not recommend reducing animal products or fats from your diet. On the contrary, they recommend lots of coconut oil for its metabolism boosting effects and appetite suppression. And they do not recommend low-fat dairy, or substituting margarine for butter, or eating only egg whites. Honestly, I was a little skeptical. Could I really consume whole milk, egg yolks, butter, and meat on a regular basis and still lose weight?
Enjoy Butter and Still Lose Weight?
After reading Nourishing Traditions (book review), I was convinced that eating real food, whole eggs, whole dairy, and butter, were what was best for my young family, and me too, but could I actually lose weight? Yes! I lost those ten pounds and have maintained my normal weight. What did I learn from the experience? I did need to eat less, but I do not feel hungry or deprived if I eat nutrient-dense food, in other words, superfoods.
Recommended Superfoods for Weight-Loss
The authors recommend the following superfoods for weight-loss:
Coconut Oil before every meal
Consume three servings of calcium-rich food, such as dairy or their Coconut Milk Tonic recipe
Don’t forget your Cod-Liver Oil (for Vitamins A and D)
Lacto-fermented products such as Kombucha and Saurkraut
If you are suffering from other health problems in addition to being overweight, such as fatigue, allergies, asthma, ADD, depression, digestive or skin problems, the authors recommend additional daily supplementation including:
high-vitamin butter oil
whole-food vitamin C from amla fruit or acerola
raw apple cider vinegar helps with liver support and digestive problems
Did I Need to Follow the Diet Perfectly?
With three young children and a husband to feed, it is nearly impossible for me to strictly follow any diet, but I tried to follow the basics. I love the Perfect Coconut Oil in my morning cup of Green Tea. I enjoy local cheese and organic yogurt for my calcium, as well as Catie’s Raw Vegetable Calcium. I try to remember my Green Pasture’s Cod Liver Oil everyday.
I believe my daily Perfect Aquatic Greens Smoothies also contributed to my weight loss, and improved my skin and teeth, but this post is getting a little long, so I will save the details of the Green Smoothies for another time.