One of the changes I have made to my diet recently, is increasing my fat intake. I have probably eaten more concentrated fat in the last month than I have in 5 years! The results? I have no cravings (like absolutely none), I am completely satisfied for hours and never think about food between meals, I do not feel overly full after eating and my energy levels have improved. Before adding more fat into my diet, soon after I would eat, I would get so tired that I would have to go lie down. Consequently, I planned my day and exercise around my meals, unfortunately I was left tired for most of the day. In fact, the only time I felt energized was when I was hungry. I never really seriously thought that there was something wrong after all, I was “healthy,” right? I was eating very healthy vegan fare (no refined foods), yet I felt awful.
So I have removed all sweet and starchy foods from my diet (including most fruit) and upped my fat intake considerably. I think the trick (for me) is including more fat and minimizing (natural) sugar. Another plus of reducing the sugar in my diet is I feel very unattached to my food. In other words, I eat when I am hungry and stop when satisfied with no emotional association.
I’ve realised that I am eating considerably more food (in terms of calories, not volume), yet am not gaining weight (while I was with a more starch and sugars based diet). There you have it… five years of following an (extremely) low fat diet… fat does NOT make you fat… I had heard it before, but I had to experience it myself.
So how about some FAT? 😉
Lemon Coconut Meltaways
I will admit it, I have never had a meltaway and I do not even really know what they are! But the name is perfect for these. These literally melt in your mouth and remind me of a coconut lemon pie. If you like lemony things… you’ll love these! The trick with these is leaving them in the freezer (or taking them out of the freezer) for just the right amount of time, that way they are not too hard, but are also firm.
4 T coconut butter, not oil (like coconut manna or another brand)
juice of 1 lemon, plus extra juice of lemon, orange or tangerine
20 drops of vanilla stevia (or to taste)
Warm the coconut butter in the oven until runny. Mix all ingredients together, adding extra citrus juice until it is a slightly runny, smooth consistency that just barely drips off the back of the spoon. Spoon equal amounts into mini silicone muffin liners and place in the freezer for about half an hour or until firm, yet not solid. If you leave them in longer, you will need to remove them about a half an hour before serving.
I also made them with grapefruit juice… I like the lemon better, but they were good too!