Published on the Samahita Retreat Blog, May 6, 2016.
When we place heavy fitness demands on our bodies, we want to feed it in a way that encourages a primal sense of “enoughness.” Google “good fats” and “health” and you’ll see quickly see why the low-fat diet trend has all but died. Yet before we look into how fat is good for our lives, let’s consider that maybe it’s time to ditch trends altogether. With all of the information available through the Internet, we can either get overwhelmed or excited—because finally we have a chance to experiment and see what is just right for our bodies (like Tracy notes in this great article about ghee). This is actually not a new concept at all. In fact it is the premise of ayurvedic wisdom: Learn, try it, see how your individual system responds, repeat. Just as medical doctors are now focused on personalized medicine and unique metabolic markers to treat disease, we, too, are now informed enough to make food and fitness choices that reflect our own bodies. That said, let’s look at some reasons healthy fat is a friend so that we can each explore its role in our fitness routine and overall health.