bad stuff but mostly good stuff!

i’ll start with the bad stuff.

i got laid off today. i knew it was coming but i couldn’t say anything until it was official. because this is the internet, and job issues are sensitive, i don’t want to express my feelings and opinions about this on here but if you want to ask me about it you can talk to me online or on facebook!

now the good stuff!

i finished the semester last week! i made A’s in both of my classes.
i’ve enjoyed my time off so far and i know im going to enjoy the rest of it even more. casey and i have a busy busy next few weeks! here’s a quick run down:

– tonight: christmas with reid and ashley
– tomorrow: going away dinner for friends
– friday: the much anticipated and talked about mezzell christmas par-tay
– saturday: looking at a house & casey’s company christmas party
– sunday: going away lunch for same friends as above & youth progressive dinner/movie night
– monday: PACK!
– tuesday-friday: christmas in enterprise with casey’s family
– saturday-saturday: christmas in texas with my family

OH MAN it’s going to be busy and fun! i love this time of year! i still have to finish making and wrapping some presents. i can’t wait to give presents…and get presents of course. i love giving presents just as much as i love getting presents and i LOVE getting presents.  yay!

if you are interested, here’s the article i wrote for my final project in my magazine writing class.

6 reasons why fat is your friend

So often you hear about the negative effects of fat and why you shouldn’t have it in your meals and on your body. With all the focus on why you shouldn’t have it, it can be easy to forget why you should. Here are some friendly reminders of how a little fat can do you a lot of good.

1. It keeps you alive
Whether you like it or not, your body needs fat to function. “Fat is vital for life, so you can’t just say all fat is bad,” says Ann Capper, R.D., a registered dietitian for over 25 years who is currently the nutrition editor and online panelist for findingbalance.com. Fat is a nutrient that plays a number of important roles in the body. In addition to cushioning your organs and keeping you warm, fat is crucial for transporting essential vitamins such as A, D, E, and K into the bloodstream, explains Capper. Fat is also an important component of our cell membranes, “it’s part of the structure of our bodies.”

2. It’s brain food
Fat not only fuels your body, it fuels your mind as well. Your brain is made up of more than 60% fat, however, your body does not produce the majority of the fat in your brain. Instead, it must be supplied by your diet, explains Karlene Karst, a registered dietitian and the clinical research and education coordinator at Bioriginal Food and Science Corp in Saskatchewan, Canada. “The fats essential for optimal brain activity are the omega-3 fatty acids” that can be found in fatty, cold water fish like salmon and tuna.  When you eat enough of these fats, “the membranes of the brain perform at their peak level, which is essential for regulating mood, emotions, and staving off depression,” says Karst.

3. It keeps our hearts strong

A number of studies show diets that include appropriate amounts of unsaturated fats can improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends getting 25-35% of your daily calories primarily from these fats. To meet this requirement, they suggest eating 3 ounces of fatty-fish twice a week. The omega-3 fats found in these fish, like salmon and trout, appear to lower blood cholesterol, which can prevent blood clots and heart attacks, says Kathleen Zelman MPH, RD/LD., director of nutrition for WebMD Health. Other fats associated with promoting heart health can be found in olives and olive oil, avocados, almonds, and peanuts (which recent studies confirm could lower your risk of coronary heart disease by up to 35% when snacked on regularly).

4. It keeps you looking good
Experts agree, eating foods that contain polyunsaturated fats, like walnuts, promote healthy hair and skin. Ann Capper, R.D. explains that when you don’t eat enough of these fats your “body can’t produce enough oil in the skin and hair, which in turn become dry and dull. You need adequate amounts of polyunsaturated fats to keep your skin supple and your hair shiny”

5. It can help you manage weight
Despite what most women might believe, eating fat does not necessarily make you fat. In fact, adding the right kinds of fat to your diet can do just the opposite. Adding healthy, unsaturated fats to your meals “helps to slow down the digestion and the absorption of food so you feel satisfied longer,” says Capper. Like Capper, many experts agree that low-fat or fat-free foods and diets usually hinder, rather than help, with weight management. When you limit or cut out fats from your diet you end up being hungrier and will most likely eat more in the long run. Also, processed low-fat and fat-free foods usually don’t mean they are low-calorie. Jennifer Jordan, R.D., a registered dietitian at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, explains, “if fat is removed, chemically it has to be replaced with something else to give the food the same texture, look, or feel.” These fat “fillers” usually equate to more carbohydrates and sugars. Capper agrees, warning, “Don’t assume that low-fat means low-calorie.”

6. You could be a mess without it
As if you aren’t convinced a little healthy fat can have big benefits, consider this. Lori Lipinski, a certified nutritional consultant, says, “the clients I see who eat low-fat diets are usually the most unhealthy people that I work with. They typically suffer from symptoms of depression, fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, constant and insatiable hunger, gall bladder problems (gas, bloating, “acid-reflux,” loose stools), hormonal imbalances, and even lack of menstruation in young women.” The truth is, fat is essential to your health.

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3 comments

  1. amymezzell · December 18, 2008

    Do you mean you aren’t even going back to work on Thursday? I’m confused.

    Friday is going to be so lame compared to what it sounds like you’ve made it out to be haha.

  2. thepattons · December 18, 2008

    woohoo!!!!

  3. sarah · December 20, 2008

    I love fat. Nuts, avocado and olive oil are my trifecta!

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