My Posts have been a little too serious for some … so I wanted to lighten the mood a little. This post will discuss the positive affects of increasing the allocation of Saturated Fat in my meal plan.
Granted…there is a valid reason to RANT against the ADA but like any relationship, the relationship between me and the readers can become strained if the communication is always negative. Therefore in this post, I want to discuss some positives and yes… some good NEWS about Saturated Fats!!! Woo HOO!!! :)
My Primal Meal Plan
Just so everyone knows… my PRIMAL meal plan has evolved over time. Just prior to going PRIMAL I was in the 100-150g of daily carbohydrate range and my Overnight Fasting Blood Glucose (OFBG) was in the 110-130 range. By going PRIMAL and cutting out grains, legumes and milk my carbohydrate gram consumption quickly sank to the sub 50g daily totals. At this point, my Overnight Fasting Blood Glucose (OFBG) was occasionally in the 80’s, but usually in the upper 90’s and low 100’s.
Like a good Primal “baby grok” (someone new to primal living) I was consuming more Saturated Fats and was avoiding hydrogenated vegetable oils. I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil and vinegar instead of salad dressings and I was cooking with butter and even began keeping bacon grease to cook with on occasion, but I was still consuming in the Lower Fat ranges of the Primal Meal Plan.
At this time, my protein level was higher because … if you are low carb and lower fat…the only thing left is protein. I am convinced this is what caused a pause in my goal to obtain a “six pack”.
Adding Extra Butter (EB)
Due to the influences of several Low Carb / Paleo / Primal enthusiasts, I decided to increase my SATURATED FAT consumption. To accomplish this, I began eating EXTRA BUTTER (EB)… yes I said it!!! I LOVE Butter!! :) It’s one thing to substitute butter for margarine…it is another to add EB to your meal plan…as a food item. How did I add EB to my meal plan since I was already cooking with butter? For one, I would melt butter over meats and veggies, salted butter added much flavor to any food item. Another way, eating it just as you would cheese…. just cut off a piece from the stick and eat it. :)
Over time I began to notice a gradual difference in my body’s fat percentage. Once I began seeing results, I wanted to see the outcome of adding even more Saturated Fats to my meal plan. I knew many Low Carb / Primal enthusiasts cooked with or consumed Heavy Whipping Cream (HWC) and Coconut Oil (CO) , both high in saturated fats. So I began to include them in my diet as well. Each morning I would eat a tablespoon of CO and Butter prior to cooking breakfast and on some occasions… two tablespoons of butter and CO would actually be my breakfast.
Affect on Blood Glucose
High Blood Glucose levels has a negative affect on ALL of us. Obviously it’s more of an urgent concern for diabetics (like me) but everyone needs to be concerned with elevated Blood Glucose (BG) levels. Read this post from a leading cardiologist for more information. I don’t measure or count fat grams nor protein for that matter…the only grams I count are carbohydrates (carbs). As I increased my fat consumption, my carbs decreased. I believe my protein consumption decreased as well… but that is just an observation. As a result of my increased saturated fat consumption, my Overnight Fasting Blood Glucose (OFBG) levels decreased… they were consistently in the 70’s and 80’s.
Summary : Increasing Saturated Fats ratios in my meal plan had a positive affect on my body’s fat percentage and on my OFBG numbers. That’s why I say…. Gotta LOVE EB, CO and HWC!!! :)
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