Happy Black Friday everyone! I hope all of you that went shopping are rested up and are now eating some good leftovers. My Thanksgiving was good, and yes, I woke up at the crack of dawn to go shopping. But I’m sure most all blogs are talking about Thanksgiving so I will save that for another day.
With an ED, there are many fear foods that stop people from eating certain foods. I had many and not gonna lie, I still have a few. I am going to start a new series of posts that pinpoints a fear food. I will then try to help you not be so afraid of those foods. That really, they can be good for you. So if you have any fear foods that you would like help overcoming, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll focus on it for a week. As for my fear foods, I still have a few: butter, cream, cheese, white flour, white rice, white potatoes. That list has dwindled down immensely.
My dad has always been a peanut butter lover. He would gladly dip a spoon into the jar and snack away. So it’s no surprise that I feel the same way about peanut butter. In about 8th grade, I used to eat PB&J sandwiches like it was my job. There was even one weekend where I tried to eat as many as I could. I think I got to 8. Then a couple of months later, I learned about hydrogenated oils. That’s when my mom switched over to natural peanut butter.
In 9th and 10th grade, I still ate PB&J sandwiches every once in awhile. Then I started to read nutrition labels, health magazine, and weight loss sites. All of those said one thing: eat less fat. Well, peanut butter has a lot of fat, so I better not eat that anymore. Peanut butter was non-existent in my diet. The only time I ate it was if I didn’t have any sort of fat for breakfast, snack, or lunch. So if I didn’t eat any fats, I wouldn’t get fat…right?
The Truth about Fats
Fats are vital to live. They help protect your brain, nerves, and bones. There are many types out there. Some types of fat (mono-unsaturated, omega-3s, and omega-6s) actually help prevent heart disease. These can be found in nuts, flax, fish, chia seeds.
Peanut Butter Nutrition
So is peanut butter healthy? Heck yes it is. Peanuts contain a good source of protein, meaning it is perfect for vegans and vegetarians. They also contain nutrients such as iron, calcium, vitamin E, and fiber. They also contain an enzyme (coenzyme 10) which protects the heart when there is a lack of oxygen (i.e. high altitudes or working out).
There are so many healthy living bloggers that promote eating healthy fats. And guess what? They aren’t overweight. They are healthy and strong. When I wasn’t eating any fats, my energy level was nonexistent. Since adding fats, I have felt so much more energized. That energy allows me to go to school everyday, hang out with friends, and run marathons.
So now that peanut butter is okay to eat, what do I do with it?
You can also put it on some rice cakes. I know, I know. “Aren’t rice cakes diet foods?” Yeah, they are if you eat them straight out of the bag. But not when you slather them with peanut butter and jelly.
Day 12 of the 30 day photo challenge…
Hands. They allows me to eat lots and lots of peanut butter.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I will eating peanut butter (with my hands) and cuddling with my cat.
Do you like peanut butter?
What fear foods do you have?