Eat that fat!

June 28, 2011 in Thoughts and Tips

There are a lot of obstacles when it comes to changing the way you eat and think about food. Not buying processed food is hard. Cutting grains is hard. Cutting sugar is REALLY hard.

But probably the hardest thing to come to terms with is the idea that we as humans need to eat saturated fat. And that eating saturated fat will NOT make you fat.


There are many experts (not me) on the subject but there is something so calm and reassuring about the way Sally Fallon explains it.

“We are warm blooded animals, and warm blooded animals need saturated fat or they would not have the stability in them that’s required for everything to work. And if you do not eat saturated fat your body has a mechanism for making it out of carbohydrates. So that’s why people crave carbohydrates when they cut saturated fat out of the diet.”


You know what that means? It means if you add the right fats to your diet, your cravings for things like carbs and sweets will disappear.

Interesting right?


(coconut oil is a GREAT saturated fat!)


Today, as I was riding my bike listening to Sean Croxton interview Sally Fallon, there were so many little things she said that I knew I wanted to share with you guys.

I just spent the last hour transcribing all my favorite things she said and of course my internet crapped out on me.

So now you are just going to have to listen for yourself. You can easily play THIS in the background while you browse the internet, or download it on your phone and go for a walk.

She also talks about oils, butter, milk, soy, bone broth, cravings and more!!


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3 Responses to “Eat that fat!”
  1. Jenn says:

    Well this probably helps explain my constant sugar cravings because I know I’m not getting enough fats!! I’m curious how you use coconut oil in your cooking- does it replace olive oil, or is it more of a shortening?

  2. Anne W says:

    Hi marla, I’m a long-time reader of Darby and Erika’s blogs, and I just found you through Darby (I’ve seen you before on their blogs tho :) And can I just say that I wish I could call you up and we could talk forever about all these great things you’ve been discovering about health and cravings and food and everything else?!! Seriously, I’ve just read through your last several posts and I am fascinated by what you’ve been doing! Coincidentally, I’m on day 4 of trying to give up added sugar and I am about to cave! Actually, maybe I just did cave–I’m sitting at a coffee shop and I just added a tsp of agave syrup to my coffee and I have a sweet potato muffin next to me (but it’s still in its wrapper b/c I can’t bring myself to open it…now that I know that I “can have it” if I want it :) Anyway, I’ve found that just cutting out added sugar is so freaking hard. I’m admittedly addicted to sugar, but I feel like all or nothing is making me crazy! When I’ve craved something sweet over the past four days, I’ve just eaten something else that I’m “allowed” to have b/c I want to fill the craving void! I’m looking forward to reading through some of the links you’ve provided! congrats on making it through the 30 days, that is no small feat! Blessings to you! xoxo, anne

  3. Joyce Smith says:

    I love that interview with Sean and am making my way through Nourishing Traditions. I’ve been enjoying just a smidge of coconut oil to cook my scrambled eggs. Perfection!

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