Winter usually means many things for me. Rushing from car to store to home to avoid being outside for too long; workouts mostly indoors or bundled head-to-toe with four, maybe five layers; and double socks. It also usually means exceptionally dry skin.
This winter season started out just like any other for me, with my hands so dry they would often bleed no matter how much oil I put on them. For a period of time, I carried a jar of coconut oil around with me to lather on throughout the day, especially before my early morning clients.
As part of my attempt at Primal Living, I have been eating fewer beans and grains and exchanged them for healthy fats. A few weeks into the adjustment, I started to notice how soft my hands were getting. At first I did not make the connection, but I then realized that getting more good fats in my diet brought increased moisture to my skin! A happy coincidence.
In the mornings, I have exchanged my usual quinoa or millet cereal for half of an avocado. I used to fear the avocado because each gram of fat is worth 9 calories where one grain of carbs is only worth 4 calories. However, to rid myself of this obsession with calorie-counting from my training days, I am becoming more in tune with what my body needs rather than what my ego thinks it needs. And I have been reaping the benefits.
Now, I suggest to all my clients that they consider adding more fat into their diets and decreasing the grain count.
Some stellar choices for adding more yummy fats:
- Avocado – I highly recommend cooking them
- Coconut oil – ingest or apply topically
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Omega 3, 6, & 9 supplements
- Nuts & Seeds (Almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, Brazil nuts, etc.)
- Grass-fed beef
Conventional wisdom has led us to believe that fats are the devil and should be eaten sparingly. It is difficult to release the notion that the calories do not necessarily indicate the value of the food. A shift is occurring. Take my hand, it’s convincing evidence.