The Shepherd’s Diet is based on the theory that the human body is a fat burning machine designed to burn (lose) more fat by eating more fat. The catch is the fats you consume should be healing, healthy fats (supposedly mentioned in the Bible, hence the name “Shepherd’s Diet) and not the unhealthy, man-made, fake (trans) fats so popular today.
The fact is that obesity has become a bigger problem (pun intended) since fat-free diets became popular and recommended. Why? Because most fat-free and low-fat products are loaded with addictive sugar, now known to override the fat burning machine.
Sugar and fake (man-made) fats promote bloating and slow the metabolism. They also cause brain fog and raise our bad cholesterol levels. The fast food industry is saturated with these fake fat products, but the most popular one, margarine, is a staple in most of our homes.
What are the healthy, healing fats recommended in the Shepherd’s Diet? This list names a few to start with:
- unrefined sesame, extra virgin olive, walnut, coconut oils
- flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower seeds
- hazelnuts, macadamias, peanuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts
- trout, mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines
- butter or ghee (clarified butter)
Try switching to these healthier healing fats, but remember, they are all high in calories. Limit your fat intake to 30 percent of your daily calories.