As someone recovering from an eating disorder, I am ashamed to admit this- but I have betrayed fat.
Or should I say, I had betrayed fat... until now.
You may be wondering how this happened. How Quincy- lover of peanut butter and avocados- banned or severely limited all my favorite forms of healthy fats from my diet.
It all started when I decided to do a spring detox.
I have written before about how eating disorders are not something that can just be "cured". The symptoms still come up and they are sneakier every time.
So I should have seen the red flags when I decided to experiment with low-fat raw veganism, or 80/10/10. For those of you who don't know, this diet is one that consists mainly of raw fruit with limited amounts of greens, nuts, and seeds.
I had seen this diet popping up all over food blogs and health sites, and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. My journey started out as a 4 day detox, just to test the waters and cleanse my system.
And the results? I felt great! I was so surprised by how fresh and vibrant I felt at the end of 4 days that I decided to keep the diet up. The longer I went, the more I researched... and the more brainwashed I allowed myself to become. After a while the diet proved to be less than sustainable for me, yet I continued on.
My obsessive drive to be "healthy" can lead me to believe anything. Give me a little evidence and some testimonials and I'm all in. I listen 100% to the voice of orthorexia and completely ignore my body.
So ironic, isn't it? I want to do what's best for my body but what I end up doing is throwing it under the bus (metaphorically, of course).
I don't want to go on a rant here, but stay tuned for a future post on my experience with 80/10/10.
For now, here's the take home point: I do need fat in my diet. Maybe others can thrive on low amounts of fat, but my body responds with dry skin, brittle hair, and ice-cold extremities.
Yet I ignored all of my bodies signs in defense of this "perfect" diet and all the health claims that came with it.
I am so grateful that I caught this downfall now, before it did any serious damage.
I do see many benefits from eating large amounts of raw foods and I don't think that high-fat diets are healthy either.
However, I should have known better than limiting my fat intake to such low amounts- especially given my history. But to celebrate the reintroduction of fat in my diet, I created this yummy breakfast bowl!
Full of multiple forms of healthy fat, plus protein to boot.
Strong nails, smooth skin, healthy & shiny hair: here I come!
- 1/4 cup buckwheat groats
- 1/4 cup raw oats
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 scoop raw protein powder (I used Garden of Life Vanilla)
- 1 tbs. cacao powder
- 1 tbs. chia seeds
- 1 tbs. flax seeds
- 1 tbs. reduced fat shredded coconut
- 3/4 tsp. stevia extract (or to taste)
- Combine all ingredients in bowl
- Cover with water (until the surface is covered by about 1/4 - 1/2 inch)
- Stir well and place in fridge for about an hour (or overnight)
- Remove from fridge and stir well