Today I starved.

I ate an entire plate of food…salad, beef, sweet potatoes, heck, even a bit of kugel…and I experienced what I am sure is one of the keys to the obesity epidemic in this country. I talk about it all the time, but this time I got to experience it, first hand. If you don’t include healthy fats in your diet, you are going to be hungry. And you are going to eat more than if you did.

I was a speaker at a conference today, and I got to have lunch. It was a great conference, a well-meaning conference with lots of people doing great things for the Earth and for people.  I had a great time. I taught a great workshop. And I starved. I was still hungry after eating. How is that possible, you ask? I ate an entire plate of food and I was still hungry. Some of the food was local; I don’t know if any of the food was organic. But I do know that even though I ate an entire plate of food, I WAS STILL HUNGRY after eating it. What was the problem, you ask? THERE WAS NO FAT IN THE MEAL. No butter, no cream. No yogurt, no cheese. Heck, just good old butter from pastured cows would have solved the problem. There was no fat in the meal. (Margarine was offered and non-dairy creamer, but you know how I feel about those “food products”…they are not real food, and they will not satisfy the need for good, healthy fats! and you won’t catch them on my plate!)

I was amazed, folks. As I mentioned, I talk about this all the time. Heck, I teach about this all the time. When you eat nutrient-dense foods with healthy fats, YOU EAT LESS. The human body needs nutrient-dense foods AND HEALTHY FATS in order to be well. Not to mention the fact that you cannot absorb the nutrients in the food without fats. It wasn’t that the food wasn’t pretty good as REAL food goes…salad, mashed potatoes (mashed with what? there was NO BUTTER or sour cream or yogurt in there, folks. How could they be mashed potatoes without BUTTER?!!) sweet potatoes, beef roast, turkey…it’s just that IT WASN’T SATISFYING. I ATE AN ENTIRE PLATE OF FOOD AND I WAS STILL HUNGRY. STARVED, IN FACT. BECAUSE THERE WAS NO BUTTER.

So here’s my point if you haven’t caught it already: failure to include healthy fats like butter from grass-fed cows, coconut oil, ghee, lard, beef tallow, duck fat in your diet leads to hunger. And so we’ll eat more. And more. And more. Because the body is not getting enough healthy fat. And just a little goes a long way, folks. So stay off the “obesity scale” and eat as much good butter and nutrient-dense food as you would like. Serve your family and yourself good, grass-fed butter or other healthy fat with your veggies and everything else you eat. You will eat a lot less than if you don’t. Guaranteed.

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  1. Caroline

    Monica!

    I have this same exact issue. I find now that I am completely unsatisfied if there is no butter or coconut oil, cheese, cream, etc. with my meal! If I finish eating and none of those were included, I just take a big tablespoon full of pastured butter or drink some cream, or eat a hunk of cheese. I have to!! Amazing…

    ~Caroline

    • From a description of the meal, I’m guessing it was kosher, which would explain a lack of dairy fats in the meal. Unfortunately mainstream kosher food is even worse than the SAD diet. If I was going to go to a kosher meat meal, I’d probably expect to need a little something afterwards and pack up a bunch of nuts or something like that.

      • simplybeingwell

        Hello Sandra, thanks for your message.
        Yes, you are correct, it was. It was my first experience with a full kosher meal, so I was not prepared. And I was shocked at how “unsatisfying” it was. Even coconut oil or olive oil would have helped with the fat deficit! Thanks for the tips!

    • simplybeingwell

      Yes, me too. Just a little bit of healthy fat goes a long way to satisfy and satiate. Then one doesn’t have to “keep eating” to try and fill the void left by a lack of good fats. I do believe this is a big part of the obesity epidemic in our country. And our children. Give them butter! (or coconut oil!!)

  2. Susan

    So so true.

    When I eat wonderful nutrient dense foods including good fats (and no sugar/white flour), I do eat less. Today I ate two meals, for breakfast soaked oatmeal with a dollop of butter, a splash of raw milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon, then mid-afternoon I enjoyed a fabulous ‘breakfast for dinner’: pastured eggs cooked in cultured butter with a local/organic sausage patty, local chard and to top it off a local (now that I’m in California) orange. Delish and satisfying.

    -susan

    • simplybeingwell

      Hey Susan, thanks for noting the “no sugar or white flour”. This meal also included them. (Which I did not, of course, eat.) :))

  3. LeaMaria

    Olive oil is great too, and can be sprinkled over the veggies. There is no butter available at our Uni canteen, so thankfully they at least have a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive oil … But I would love to have some real cream or sour cream too!

  4. So very true! This is the case with most processed foods, they’re all fake and your body knows it, you eat but your body still tells you you haven’t been nourished. Once we made the switch to only real food, including lots of whole raw milk, cheese, real butter, coconut oil we started not feeling hungry between meals. Needless to say we now save tons because we don’t buy snacks (and everything thinks it’s more expensive to eat real).

    I’m pretty sure the whole reason that things are the way they are is because then you do feel hungry and need to eat snacks in between meals. More food = more money.

  5. So glad to see someone talking about this!

    I have tried so many times to explain to people how they would be more sated, and their blood sugar might be more level, if they ate more healthy fats. It’s amazing to me how little people know and understand about what we put in our bodies, and how our bodies are SUPPOSED to work.

    Thanks for contributing to the provision of good information!

  6. Karen

    Hi, just curious, how did you manage to eat beef without eating fat? It is my understanding that beef is incredibly high in fat, even “extra lean ground”. Is there a kosher way that they take it all out somehow? Is this process leaving the beef in a “real food” state? I’m intrigued with your blog and hope you can hear my genuine curiosity through my text. And do you get a lot of vegans debating with you about your calling milk fat “real, whole food” fit for human consumption? I’m not vegan and love dairy but I know there is a whole philosophy out there that says dairy (raw, pastured or not) is not fit for the human digestive system.

    • simplybeingwell

      Hello Karen

      Well, the beef was way overcooked and drier than you could imagine. There was no fat on the beef to be eaten–I looked! The liquid it was in did not have fat in –or flavor–either. My writing was really to underscore the need for healthy fats in the diet, and at every meal. As you know, there is a lot of information out there and we all have to find our own way in it. I am on the Honorary Board of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and they have a lot of information on the health-full-ness of raw dairy. Check them out if you have not yet done so–westonaprice.org, nourishingourchildren.org, http://realmilk.com/. be well!

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