I grew up in a family that had to eat only low fat or non fat foods because my father had high triglycerides and mom had high cholesterol. Meat became a taboo on the dining table. Milk too had to be skimmed. Everything in our cupboards had to be low fat. So what was the reason behind our health issues? We were eating exactly as per our doctor's advice. Why then were we getting fat?
As I child, I learned from mom how to buy and fix our meals. She was a good cook. While using the skills mom taught me, The cooking methods, which we were using, were totally on the wrong track. Everything we consumed had to be low fat too. Didn't we consider all fat to be bad fat?
Then I started reading more about Omega 3 and fatty acids. How this type of fat keeps the cells in our bodies healthy. How hearts, brains, skin, and many more parts of our bodies suffer when we don't get enough . How when your cells aren't healthy, they don't communicate and the bad fluids cannot be secreted out from the outer membrane. They also don't let the nourishments that keep you healthy in. When your cells aren't healthy they quit communicating, that could be the main cause of cancer sneaking in on you. We all dread the possibility that we may be one of the numbers someday having cancer.
Along with the risks of keeping poor health, getting proper treatment in the US is not as cheap as it used to be. With the costs of health insurance increasing day by day, the pay check gets reduced every week. The deductibles are going up making it feel almost impossible to seek help if you are sick . Some people never get up in the morning and simply die in their sleep.
Doing some simple changes to your lifestyle may help you eliminate some of the risks of diseases you may face in your old age. Getting omega 3 into your every day diet is a major need. Your body desperately needs this essential fatty acid.
If by sheer bad luck, you get afflicted with cancer and your diet is devoid of omega 3, your blood could thicken up causing blood clots in your veins leading to heart problems, strokes, and death.
When omega 3 was given to animals experiencing heart attacks, it helped to calm the fluttering ventricles and saved their lives.
Just like my mother, I limited the amount of meat we ate at home. What did we substitute it with? Carbohydrates is what I was feeding my family. Potatoes and noodles became our staple diet. cookies replaced the desserts as a sweet dish. Now I realize, what a cookie is. It is full of saturated fats or trans fats, sugar, white flour, there is nothing in a cookie but the taste that is good.
Was there any of the omega 3 fatty acids in our daily foods we ate? Only one, fish sticks. That is the only fish I can get my family to eat. The mac and cheese we ate with it got eaten better along with the peas.
Are you sailing in the same boat as I am? Filling up on carbohydrates and ignoring the meat completely from the menu. Are you putting on weight and don't know why?
Look in your low fat stuff you are eating. If there's no fat, its alright, but you need to keep an eye on the sugar and sodium content as well. I love a certain type of low fat peanut butter. Made my hubby buy it for me even though he saw that the regular peanut butter was cheaper. Well, I finally looked at the ingredients of my favorite peanut butter. I discovered the reason behind my liking it. It had lots of sugar in place of fat, which they took out.
Peanuts have traces of omega 3 in them. Not much, it's the English walnuts that are really rich in omega 3. I don't eat those.
Now that I have seen all that has been damaging my health, it's time that I took some drastic steps. I tried salmon and my family agrees with me. I have never liked the sardines. I do like tuna but it does not contain much of omega 3.
Cooking in canola oil gives us some of our omega 3 we need daily, but not enough. Our only way to overcome the problem is to take supplements. 3 capsules of flax seed oil per day helps to meet our requirement for this essential fatty acid. Meat has slowly come back into our diet and instead of chilly spaghetti, we prefer to eat chilly. Sometimes I garnish it over a few leaves of lettuce. I really love that.
It's up to you how you want to get your omega 3 for the day. If your family can eat fish, its great. If they can't eat fish, then like my family, you desperately need to find other ways to include it in your daily diet.
Look at your own diet. See where there are changes you need to make. Don't wait until cancer enters the life of someone close to you, or a heart attack happens. You should try to make changes in your lifestyle and dietary habits, so that you and your family lead a better and a healthy life. You should remember that your children are growing and learning from you as I did from my mom. I thought she was right in every aspect. She too thought the same way. I am still lucky. I have both my parents, they are turning 81 this month. Mom also learned to cut things from their diet a while back. It has helped.
Not many people are so lucky to have both parents enter into their 80's. Oh, they also take omega 3 daily.