Counterintuitive Diet Advice

Low fat is so 1988. It's also so wrong. Add good fats to your diet, and you'll be more satisfied, slimmer, stronger, have better hair and skin and moods. Maybe even smarter. Def more fun.
  1. Olive oil, people.
    One of the best things you can add to your daily cooking, dipping, and drizzling routines. Plus it will get you to eat more vegetables bc it takes them to a crazy sensual place they don't quite reach on their own.
  2. Eat nuts. 3 billion squirrels can't be wrong.
    Not so much the salted kind from a jar, but the kind you buy in bulk. Low/temp roast them in a toaster-oven and store in freezer for maximum freshness. Snack on modest amounts, toss in salads, top your dinner or dessert.
  3. Avocados love you back.
    But aren't they "fattening?" Do you know how much I hate that word? And no, they are not. Good fats are not "fattening," they are health allies. Avocados are a great source of beneficial monounsaturated goodness plus vitamin E. Mash merrily for Avocado Toast (mwah, @gabimoskowitz) or just slice and eat.
  4. Nut butter
    Always a good choice. Look up "satiety."
  5. Fish/flax: the Essentials
    "Essential" fatty acids are literally that, so named because your body needs them, but can't make them. Try to eat at least one good serving a day of fish or ground flax seeds or flaxseed oil. Walnuts deliver EFAs too, good to know.
  6. Coconut oil
    Good for cooking/baking if the flavor is compatible. Research is showing it's beneficial.
  7. Butter/ghee
    High-end butter from grass-fed cows is a nice choice for spreading on your homemade bread. It's pricey, but that's good because you'll appreciate it more and use less (as in just enough). Ghee is clarified butter (milk solids removed) that is wonderful for cooking (high smoke point, great flavor, deep soul) and should be more widely known, used & appreciated.
  8. Further commentary
    You can stay gorgeous and healthy - AND enjoy lushness, crispness, realness from your food - if you look at fat qualitatively, rather than quantitatively, and then add in the good stuff. (Keep in mind that all of this is coming from a cookbook author whose most depressing mission ever was a bleak and failed attempt to come up w a recipe for low fat latkes. 😓still traumatized by this memory.)