This week, a New York Times article was published called “How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat”. In it, the author outlines how lobbying and outright bribery shaped the dietary guidelines in the 60s away from fat. We are just starting the process of waking up from that!
With the clients I work with, I am often working to help regulate their menstrual cycles and balance their hormones. In order to make significant change in hormonal health, the sugar has to go! Sugar derails insulin balance, which affects all of the other hormones in the body, including the reproductive hormones.
Fat, on the other hand, is one of the building blocks of our hormones and of our cell walls. We need adequate fat to support our metabolism, our immunity and our hormone production. Healthy fat is fat that is relatively unprocessed and comes from whole food such as fish, avocado, pastured meat, olives or coconuts. (Read a great article about fat here)
Please rest assured, eating fat will not make you fat. It will stabilize your mood, reduce chronic pain and improve your hormonal balance. I know it’s a tricky one to wrap your head around, but when we know better, we can do better.
Having grown up on sugary cereal or toaster pops for breakfast as many children of the 80s did, I find breakfast the hardest meal to figure out healthy options for that don’t leave me starving by 10 am. And I may be in the minority of “healthy” eaters, but I just don’t like drinking my breakfast.
Here are my top 5 favorite ways to nourish my brain and body in the morning!
- Cavegirl’s Breakfast Kickasserole with kimchi and fermented hot sauce. This one freezes really well and I will often have a few ready to heat up for a quick breakfast.
- Miso soup – This one is our kids’ favorite breakfast when I serve it with a few rice or soba noodles. I also add 2 tbsp arame to the cooking water for the extra mineral dose. The kids call them seaweed noodles!
- 2-egg spinach and mushroom omelette made with ghee. I like this with a little sauerkraut on top!
- For grab-and-go mornings, I love overnight oats (here are a few great ideas) or, if I didn’t plan ahead, I make my Oh-mega Breakfast recipe.
For the love of my ovaries, I have had to kick caffeine habit to the curb and enjoy this fat-powered elixir in the morning instead. Sometimes this is satisfying enough to last me the whole morning!
Good Morning Sunshine Elixir
(inspired by Meghan Telpner’s Fat-Fuelled Elixir)
2 tbsp colostrum powder
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp dandy blend (a little more if I am wanting that coffee flavour)
1 tbsp bone broth powder
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp organic, pastured ghee
2 cups boiling water.
- I blend it all up in the Vitamix for a frothy, delicious drink and sip it while I pack the kids’ lunches and greet the day.
Question: What is your favorite way to start the day right?