Dropping the bad fat

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I know my diet has been unhealthy. I have been lucky that I got away with it in the past. High metabolism, always active, didn’t eat too much of other bad things. Whatever the reason, I didn’t put on weight.

Now the fat is coming home to roost. And it is settling on my waist! And apparently in my arteries.

So I have to do something different. And my doctor wants me to cut my consumption of bad fats and increase certain good fats. (She also wants me to cut back on alcohol, but that’s for another self-improvement challenge.)

We all need fat for health – eg for fat soluble vitamins. But the fats we should avoid include saturated fats found in meat, processed meat products, and full-cream dairy products and the trans fatty acids found in baked goods such as biscuits, crackers, cakes and pastries and takeaway fried foods.

I am not making holus-bolus changes to all my eating. Dairy, red meat, occasional hot chips. They’re still on the menu. I don’t eat much processed meat products. Luckily at this stage I am not too fat and my cholesterol is not too high. So I will see what impact some minor changes will make. If it isn’t enough I will look at further changes.

For now, I’ve told the biscuits, cakes, pastries, crackers, chips, Twisties, Pizza Shapes, milk chocolate, which all contain that evil trans fat, “You’re dropped.” They didn’t take it well. They fought for a reconciliation. Especially the biscuits. They carried on. They begged. They pleaded. But I was not and will not be moved. Who’s gunna stay in a unhealthy relationship?

If you knew how many biscuits I ate (note the past tense) and how often I ate cakes, sausage rolls, slices, packets of chips or Twisties or Burger Rings and other non-nutrient food stuffs!!! Dropping these things should make a big difference, even without dropping other food with naughty fats. Or consuming more good fats, like the Omega 3 fats found in fish.

The progress Day 8 to Day 10:

  • Day 8 = savoured one small Baci chocolate. Rather than my normal big slab of Rocky Road and biscuits, I only had one piece. And I are it mindfully so I was aware I was eating it, rather than concentrating on something else like TV and then realising the chocolate was gone and reaching for another piece.
  • Day 9 = again I savoured one small piece of Baci chocolate.
  • Day 10 = ate nothing on from my dropped list, except I had a small bowel of jelly. Now jelly isn’t high in fat but it is sugar. Still no bikkies, cakes or pastries.
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    13 thoughts on “Dropping the bad fat

    1. I cut out packaged snacks (except for candy) about 2 years ago and I’ve found it much easier to manage my weight. I still have snacks, but I go for fruit, yogurt or peanut butter toast. Or I make things (popcorn when I’m too lazy to bake anything). Lately I have been trying to pacify my sweet tooth with tinned fruit!

      • Trying to do the same. But it is so easy to open a packet and scoff down some chips when you’re feeling peckish or grab a couple of bikkies when energy is low. Tinned fruit, that’s an idea!

    2. Lucinda your standing up to all those toxic, non-nutrient foods is admirable and I hope their siren call will not sway you in the future. If you ever falter just read the ingredients on the packet 🙂
      Key to dealing with my husband’s sweet tooth is to have a healthy alternative always on hand and stewed fruit with Greek yoghurt seems to satisfy the cravings most of the time so I offer it as a suggestion to you.

    3. We tend to go down the fruit and yogurt path – ‘cept it can be worrisome trying to find the hidden sugars.
      I’ve finally been abe to walk down the chip aisle in S/ way without stretching the arm out but like you biscuits/ cookies are my downfall. No good suggesting Just buy those little thin milk ones, four or five of those equals one scotch finger – SO we now the limit is one per day to be eaten whenever we want but to be enjoyed lol
      Bye the bye a few years ago a contender on one of thosse U.S.weight loss programmes lost oodles by eating jelly – she might even have won. Will have to check the sugar content as a bowl is nice on a hot day
      Take care
      Cathy

        • Do you mean the little flat ones that sell for less than a dollar? Or my particular favourites the round rolled ones that come in a tube shaped tin. The round ones are nice with coffee or I buy them at Christmas time to have with jelly and ice cream
          You know if we spend our time talking about these things there won’t be enough left to actually eat there. Who are you kidding I hear you say lol

    4. The zero waste aims really has helped me steer clear of snacks, cause they all come in that dastardly plastic! I can bake bad stuff, but I figure that takes some energy input and effort! I like to stick to fruit as one snack at work (and it is sweet!), and otherwise, cheese alone or maybe with some rice thins. I don’t have so much of a ‘bad fat/good fat’ thought process, I just try to steer clear of sugar. Maybe we (you and I) can see sugary treats as something you have to go out for, and make a special occasion?

      • Oh, yes, snack foods do come with an excess of packaging. Making them doubly bad. Bad for us and bad for the environment.

        Only going out for junk/sometimes food won’t work here. One, because my children (who are grown up) and my husband buy lots and expect lots in the pantry. Two, because I am very close to shops and go past them every day. And three, because my workplace has biscuits and lollies in the office, a canteen with junk food and I have to go to morning teas on average twice a week where junk is served. I just have to stay strong.

        • Damn! Strong is hard! Do you hide the snacks at home in opaque containers to help you not see them regularly (but everyone else is clued in and eats away?)

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