Phat Fats

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 27, 2010

Good afternoon!

Thanks for all your comments about Shop 4 A Cause 2! It is so nice to have such amazing support. This morning I baked my little heart out trying to get caught up on orders. I feel a bit frantic today with everything I need to get done. Yesterday put me out of a day’s work so I am playing the catch up game. I just need to take a deep breath and do one thing at a time. I have a tendency to overwhelm myself when I think of everything at once! It is in my personality to stress when I feel out of control, but I am trying to re-frame my approach and be calm and centered. Om.

I took Tuesday and Wednesday off exercise, so today I decided to squeeze in a much needed endorphin rush in the form of a short outdoor run. I filled up my Camelbak and prepared for the HEAT! I don’t know if I have said this, but I LOVE, love, love my Camelbak (1.5 litre). I don’t know how I survived the past 2 summers of running without water! I was always very hesitant to purchase one because I heard that they jiggled around a lot, but I don’t find that is the case. The only thing I had to get used to was the extra weight on my back.


I am still debating whether I will wear the Camelbak for my half marathon this Sunday. The weather is supposed to be very hot and sunny so I am thinking of taking it and filling it with energy juice. In my last two half marathons, I found that the water stations were not as frequent as I wanted them to be. In Sunday’s race I will have to claim that I ‘ran out of water’ so I can make a pit stop at the firefighter’s water station. :kissing: Did I mention this race is all women and has chocolate and firefighters at water stations? Umm yea. Don’t be surprised if my finishing time is 6 hours…

Today’s run (the last run before the half marathon this Sunday!)

  • Distance: 3.23 miles
  • Time: 29:07 mins
  • Pace: 9:01 min/mile
  • Ascent: 389 feet


I came home hungry for lunch!

For some reason I was craving zucchinis…


Into the frying pan they went along with 1/2 tbsp EVOO, sea salt, and ground black pepper!


Confession: Back in my eating disorder days, I would NEVER use oil in any of my cooking. I was so scared of oil…no terrified of it. My fat and caloric intake were dangerously low for a long time.

When I started the recovery process, I tried to get over this fear and I started using healthy fats in small quantities. Little by little I grew to love healthy fats from chia seeds, nuts, and oils. I also started calling fat PHAT to make it more endearing and less scary. :tongue:

I must say that a bit of olive oil added to a dish makes the food taste SO much better. A little fat also helps with the absorption of many vitamins too! It’s a win, win. It just took me 20 some odd years to catch on…Better late than never, right?


After about 5-10 minutes of frying, I covered the zucchini in about 3/4 cup of President’s Choice Organic Pasta Sauce and seasoned more. Sooooooo good.


I had it with a huge white roll with Earth Balance.


I never thought I would say this, but I MUCH prefer whole grain bread to white bread. White bread just seems so flavourless compared to bread with whole grains, seeds, etc. It also lacks texture and crunch in a huge way!

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It was still good, don’t get me wrong! :biggrin:


Dessert was an organic Gala apple with cashew nut butter. Mmmmm.


Cashew butter rules.


I’m off to try to get caught up. I might not have time tonight for a post, but I will try my best. If not, I will see you in the morning. I also tried uploading my video and it got to 95% and then had an error. I think it is too long still so I need to cut it down more…haha.  Enjoy your Thursday (can’t believe it is already Thursday!).

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Stacy (StacyGrowsHealthy) May 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Oh my cashew nut butter. Thats one I still need to try!


Nicole @ Making Good Choices May 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I used to be the same way and not add oil or eat peanut butter because of all the extra fat and calories. I did the same thing as you and slowly incorporated it back into my life…and life is SO much better with all of those healthy fats!


Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries May 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm

You’re just so cute. And, it’s so admirable how far you’ve come with your eating. So proud of you :smile:


Wei-Wei May 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I’m scared of fats, too. Whenever my mom asks me how I want anything, I always say boiled or steamed. I’ve firmly convinced myself that fat is NOT flavour and only the “best chefs” can make something taste good without using oil… not true. I’m in love with my nonstick pan because it means I don’t have to use oil.

And I wonder why whatever I cook doesn’t taste good… (That said, I’ve avoided fats for so long that it seems my stomach is especially sensitive to it. Peanut butter makes my tummy ache, and after a binge on it I had quite an upset stomach.)



SentimentsbyDenise May 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

This looks like MY kind of meal! And, I’m with you on the whole grain breads – love all the seeds and nutty grains so much more than a bland piece of white bread.


Alycia @ Fit n Fresh May 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Aww I hate that!! Computer errors drive me insane! It makes me want to punch the screen!! (I swear I don’t have anger issues lol)

I hope you can get it up and running tomorrow (:


Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Okay I totally agree about the bread! I was making a sandwich with a hamburger bun (at my in-laws, they seriously had nothing else) and I was so grossed out by how soft it was that I ended up just eating my sandwich insides without the bun. haha


Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I know what you mean about being terrfied of using oil. I would even get mad at my mom if she used too much oil SPRAY. Jeez. How blind were we to the amazing effect healthy olive oil has on foods taste? We sure were missing out lol


Hayley @ Breath of Fire May 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I’m the same as you when it comes to stress. Om is right, sista!


Elle May 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Just wondering what you eat for protein. I see lots of veggies and grains and nuts and fats but don’t see anything that I would call protein…


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Veggies, whole grains, and nuts can actually be great sources of protein. In addition to these foods I eat a lot of lentils, beans, chickpeas, black eyed peas, quinoa, couscous,brown rice, chia seeds, nut butters, etc. Last time I did a tally of how much protein I got in my diet and I was right in the middle of the suggested range 48-65 grm/day. Most people get more protein than they actually need.


Maria May 28, 2010 at 1:28 am

I have had the same experience with fats – during my anorexia days, I wouldn’t down anything that had any fat in it. Quite dangerous, I have come to realize. And boy was I also missing out on taste. Further, the first thing I noticed after adding fats to my diet was that my brain started functioning better. The difference was incredible; no longer were my thoughts going round in circles, instead I could actually think of something other than food and weight. It really was the first step in recovering. Ok, sorry for the rant…


lindsey May 28, 2010 at 3:01 am

Hi there! Ok I give up! I have searched and searched all over your website for the past hour, typing in crazy things into your search bar trying to find out where you buy your colorful spoons that you always use in your posts! Can you please let me in on it? because I absolutely LOVE them!!


kelli May 28, 2010 at 5:49 am

LOVE this post, when I was consumed with my ed I definitely fear fats as well!! I would NEVER eat any nuts, nut butters, oils, etc. When I look back at what I used to eat it boggles my mind!!! I don’t know how I ate so little, and can’t imagine my life now without healthy fats especially my beloved chia seeds, nuts, and nutbutters! It’s amazing what ed does to you! Thank goodness we are thriving now with nutritious foods!


Susan May 28, 2010 at 7:31 am

I’ve started cooking with oils (and butter) again too – and it is SO much better! Amazing what just one teaspoon of olive oil can do for taste and satiety. Before I lost my weight, I used to dump it all over everything, then I went off it entirely. Nice to finally be in a balanced spot with it :)


Marieke May 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

I have never seen anyone take the skin off a zucchini – is there a particular reason for it?

And oh, cashew butter so awesome..


Amber K May 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

I still sometimes have flashbacks of worrying about fats. I try to have at least one nut butter, some nuts, some sort of oil. And my fat intake is still pretty low. I’ve started throwing in some avocado into some of my really low-fat meals to help.


caronae May 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Healthy fats make life WAY more fun. I also like wheat/grain/seedy breads more. I loved white pasta as a kid but now think the nutty, textured whole wheat version is yummier :)

I really need to find some affordable cashew butter ASAP…

Happy weekend!


Jo June 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I understand where you are coming from with being afraid of oil. I have recently gone all raw in my eating and still find that I am afraid to put a little olive oil on my salads. This is crazy! I had been feeling light-headed lately and I realized I had to get realistic. Subsisting on mostly veggies is not going to give me enough fat. I have to get over my irrational fear of oil. I opted for a regular salad dressing today and I am feeling better. I think a lot of people have this same irrational fear because we were conventionally taught to avoid fat back when scientist had yet discovered the idea of good and bad fats. This kind of thinking is dangerous and it happens to the best of us.


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