Over the years many misconceptions have developed around the concept that eating fat makes you fat.  The media, magazine articles, books, television shows and infomercials discussing popular low-fat diets have contributed in various ways to the diabetes epidemic, poor immune function, increase in autoimmune disease, cancer,  and other chronic illnesses in this country and around the word.

I remember as a teenager and young adult watching television shows, where the message was “Eat as much as you want, as long as it is low-fat or fat free” or “low-calorie, low-fat is the way to lose weight and keep it off”.  This was the beginning of a long series of eating disorders such as binging and starvation diets. Unfortunately, I followed this advice for years.  It wasn’t until my early thirties that I realized that I had contributed to significant cellular damage by avoid fats and eating an over-abundance of sugar…healthy sugars like fruit and whole grains, but sugars none the less, and little or no fat in my diet.  I suffered from hypoglycemia, sugar cravings, mood swings and anxiety.

I knew it was time to make changes when I had my first bio-impedance done showing that my phase angle or overall cellular health was low…very low. In fact, it was 3.9, where 7.5-8 showed optimal cell structure.  The result was a surprise to the person running the test, as I appeared to be a healthy, 66 inch, 118 pound, very active woman.  The Tech rechecked the results three times to make sure the readings were accurate.

Austin family medicine Good-Fats-Versus-Bad-FatsI then began my mission to restore my cellular membranes by incorporating healthy oils such as olive oil, flax seed oil, coconut oil, avocado, and fish oil with high amounts of EPA and DHA.  I also began a low-glycemic diet and added foods I has avoided for years organic vegetables, organic free range eggs, grass fed red meats, nuts/seeds and legumes. I also stopped skipping meals.   It took only five days of these eating habits to get my sugar cravings resolved, but approximately one year to rebuild my cellular membranes.

Research in epigenetics and physiology now show that environmental factors such as an improper diet, with low levels of healthy fats, increased sugar consumption and toxins contribute to 70% of overweight & obesity, chronic illness, cancer and auto-immune disorders, where only 30% is genetic.  Researchers are speaking out:  Sugar and inflammation is the true cause of the decline in health and elevated risk factors for heart disease, not healthy fat consumption.  Proper cellular function and signaling is imperative and need to start with healthy cell membranes.