Hey guys, Natt here. I have been 100% raw now for about 11 days and I absolutely LOVE it. I went from cooked vegan to raw vegan over night and have no intention of looking back. My question is about fat. After reading 80/10/10 and watching a plethora of online videos fat is literally scaring me @#$%^&*(. I have eaten nothing but fruit and veg in 11 days. Not one seed, avocado, coconut or tahini sauce has touched these lips, but do I really need them? Can I get the 10% of fat I need from my diet in the form of produce?
I'm scared if I buy tahini I will overuse it as I had a tendency to do in the past.
To me, this is more a mindset problem than it is a physical consideration. This is super common on here and it seems to be something that's hard to shake, at first, for many people. It's the way the culture has affected our thinking.
I would just stick to the 80/10/10 rules and if tahini works into that equation on a given day for you, then have the appropriate amt.. But if it's too tempting to over-do it, I might not keep it in stock. Or get the small packets they sell, instead of a big jar.
You can get plenty of fat in your diet without any overt fats added. For example, zucchinis are 16% fat, and romaine lettuce is 15% fat. Remember, 10% is a maximum for fat. No need to be scared of fat though! As long as you keep it to below 10% on most days, you will be fine :)
There is no need to eat overt fats if you don't enjoy having them right now (and if doing so makes you feel stressed) - like Teri said, 10% is a maximum, and eating less is absolutely fine. But if you do want to include some overts, I'd opt for avocado. It's less processed than tahini and digests in a way closer to a fruit than nuts and seeds do. No overts suits lots of people better though :) Take care, Esperanza xxx
Yeah stay away from that fat. 10% is a maximum. Just eat plenty of greens and you will get all the fat you need.
If you desire fat, for some reason, stick to fatty fruits- avocados, durian, etc - nuts and seeds are hard to handle. Nuts, if you can get them fresh, are great. But in their grocery store dried rancid form, they are hard to digest unless you soak them.
Plenty of people don't eat any overt fats and are fine. As long as you eat them green tender veggies.