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Fatten Up Your Diet

By Holley | In Nutrition | on November 7, 2013

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I recently listened to a podcast on the bulletproof executive blog on cholesterol. The topic of cholesterol has been covered a couple of times on the Intrepid blog, but we can all use a refresher from time to time. I learned a lot from the podcast which you can listen to here, and in the near future I’ll summarize what I learned in a future post (or two, there was a lot of info).

One of the major takeaways from the podcast for me was that most people aren’t getting enough fat into their diet. Fats play such a crucial role in so many processes in your body, and there are great scientific explanations for how it’s involved in those processes, but that’s not the purpose of this post. The goal here is just to get you all thinking about fat and its role in your diet, so I decided to keep it simple. I did a Google search of the “role of fat in the body,” and it turns out that while most nutrition and health websites still get the diet stuff wrong, they can’t ignore the fact that fat is an essential part of your diet. While some of the information was a little off, I was still able to collect a decent sized list of high level processes in the body that fat is involved in:

– Anti-inflammatory
– Vitamin absorption
– Vision
– Kidney function
– Reproductive function
– Cellular development: brain, nervous system, thyroid, skin care/hair/nails, bone growth & repair

While it was easy to find information about what processes in the body fat is involved in, finding good information about good sources of fat is hard to come by. Also, finding convenient ways to sneak it in to your daily routine can be challenging. We have a lot of foodies in the gym, and a lot of us are pretty conscious about what we eat. Let’s see if we can all help each other out, what are the ways you get extra fat into your diet? I’ll go first, here’s what I’ve tried to increase my daily fat intake:

bulletproof coffee in the morning (except I no longer use coconut oil, I now use upgraded brain octane oil)
– adding an extra yolk to my eggs in the morning (tastes much better)
– at least half an avocado with every meal
– nuts instead of fruit for snacks
– coconut butter on everything (so tasty!)
– an extra serving of fish oil

 


WOD 11/07/13

Mobility:
Hamstrings
Glutes

Skill:
Axle Bar Familiarization
GHD Sit-ups

2 Comments to "Fatten Up Your Diet"

  • Sean says:

    November 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM -

    I like to sprinkle shredded coconut on dishes. It adds a little texture and flavor too. We also cook our meat and veggies in coconut oil, olive oil, or ghee. I drink a protein shake in the morning before coaching and adding coconut milk makes it creamier and helps me get some extra fat as well.

  • CrossFit Intrepid » Well, “Tallow” There! says:

    November 17, 2013 at 6:02 AM -

    […] and cauliflower to name a few. One thing that I would stay away form is replacing unsalted butter in Bulletproof Coffee. I can’t imagine that is going to taste very […]

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