Medium avatar
0

Which fatty foods give you the most energy, fat adapted or not?

by (188)
Updated about 3 hours ago
Created June 23, 2014 at 3:54 AM

Before being fat adapted i've noticed coconut oil was the only fatty food that gave me subtle energy, now that i'm fat adapted I noticed that the fatty foods that give me the most energy are coconut oil, anchovies and avocados, on the other hand butter, eggs and olive oil seem to not promote as much energy. I am curious if these foods also promote or drain energy in you guys whether fat adapted or not and yes I know coconut oil and omega 3's generally promote energy, particular fish suggestions would be appreciated. Also what are other fatty foods that give you energy? I am trying to diversify my recipes a little bit.

Medium avatar
188 · June 29, 2014 at 4:19 AM

I appreciate the compliment. Got to love the high iodine content in seaweeds for improving thyroid function. And I agree this site is precious (insert gollum voice).

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f
1197 · June 29, 2014 at 3:37 AM

You are a class act, @danno! Didn't mean to sound defensive! My sluggishness is due in large part to a thyroid issue, which - strangely - coconut oil only seemed to make WORSE, despite its reputation for working wonders. I have had much improvement from eating fatty meats and especially fatty fish, nori and other kelp / seaweed, which tends to give me a very balanced kind of energy and helps to bolster my thyroid. This site has helped tremendously in honing in on the hows and whys of the food / body connection for me! Thanks for the great question.

Medium avatar
188 · June 29, 2014 at 3:21 AM

Yeah I was just addressing a possibility to why you were feeling sluggish on high fat, I apologize for assuming you were trying to get fat adapted, you're 100% right though, every body is unique. Thanks for the needed criticism (no sarcasm). :D

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f
1197 · June 29, 2014 at 3:02 AM

@danno I'm not interested in being fat adapted, or in IF, and my body doesn't do well on low carb. Not everybody is the same - it is a mistake many make when giving advice "this worked for me, so it must work for you". Not so. I am a woman in my late 40's, interested in hormonal balance and eating in a wholesome, unprocessed, ancestral way. I'm not trying to get super skinny or crazy muscular or get an 8-pack, I will never cross-fit and I have had my time in ketosis, which did not work for me. Just because coconut oil worked for you doesn't mean it is everything to all people

Medium avatar
188 · June 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Thanks Elli, wish I had access to grass finished bone marrow and Macadamian nuts here in Peru. I envy you guys!

Medium avatar
188 · June 25, 2014 at 3:00 AM

It sounds like you're not exactly fat adapted yet. It can take weeks to acclimate the body to utilizing fat as the main energy source or it can take days if you utilize morning intermittent fasting in conjuction with HIIT. What brand and type of coconut oil are you using?It's interesting how our bodies are so unique when it comes to food adaption. Coconut oil was really the only fat that helped me avoid sluggishness as my body was transitioning from carb adaption into fat adaption.

Medium avatar
188 · June 25, 2014 at 2:38 AM

Again with the macadamia nuts, I gotta try these. Thanks for your 2 cents.

Medium avatar
188 · June 25, 2014 at 2:36 AM

I appreciate your response, I found it useful.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f
1197 · June 25, 2014 at 2:31 AM

my genetic make up is hispanic - Puerto Rican and Mexican with both branches of the family originating in Spain, so I'm basically Mediterranean as well. I do very will with fish and meats, olives and nuts, cheese and pickles ... I'm a snacker more than an eater

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57
1005 · June 23, 2014 at 7:58 AM

For context, I do a fairly high fat / fiber diet where I'm in decent ketosis through the afternoon, and never overdo protein with eggs. On would-be IF days, I'll occasionally feel like something small and do eggs, where 8hrs pass until I think about food again and ketones are surprisingly rock solid. With fish, I most often go overboard and blow through tons of protein post-workout. I tend to think of energy as the sum of meals than an ingredient. (eg. stir fry with chicken would be about the same energy for me as a stir fry with anchovies.)

80% european (british / irish) and 18% japanese.

Medium avatar
188 · June 23, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Interesting...so anchovies provide less energy for you than dairy fat and eggs which would be the opposite for me. Now that may have something to do with the fact that our bodies are better adapted to certain foods due to genetic makeup for example my recent ancestors are predominantly from the mediterranean where the majority of protein comes from fish which I thrive off of but I wouldn't know for sure, I guess I should partake in the national geographic geno project to discover a bit more about my earlier ancestors to be clearer on this interesting topic. Anyways, thanks for your response.

Total Views
887

Recent Activity
618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

Last Activity
124D AGO

Followers
5

Get Free Paleo Recipes Instantly

4 Answers

7a777966a2b7f30251c358b6fe35936f
0
0 · June 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

One of the healthiest fat that you can get is from bones and bone marrow, which may be added while making stews. This also energizes a lot. Other good sources can be salads drizzled with macadamia or homemade or virgin oil.

Dipping food in guacamole or homemade mayo. Adding avocado to your salads etc. are good source healthy fat in Paleo.

Medium avatar
188 · June 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Thanks Elli, wish I had access to grass finished bone marrow and Macadamian nuts here in Peru. I envy you guys!

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f
0
1197 · June 25, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Coconut oil makes my heart race and gives me a feeling that is like anxiety - very unpleasant. Same thing if I eat too much olive oil. I can't eat as much fat as other paleo eaters seem to, it either gives me a racing heart or makes me sluggish. I can only eat 2 eggs tops. I seem to tolerate dairy fats better, and fatty cuts of meat. Go figure. I've wondered if what I feel as "anxiety" is what others feel as "energy". Bulletproof coffee would probably send me into a full-fledged panic attack.

That's my n=1.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f
1197 · June 25, 2014 at 2:31 AM

my genetic make up is hispanic - Puerto Rican and Mexican with both branches of the family originating in Spain, so I'm basically Mediterranean as well. I do very will with fish and meats, olives and nuts, cheese and pickles ... I'm a snacker more than an eater

Medium avatar
0
598 · June 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

When eating eggs I tend to avoid the whites. The yolks hold almost all the fat and micronutrients and are easier to digest and less likely to bring down your energy levels.

Sardines canned in olive oil is great.

Macadamia nuts seem to be an incredibly powerful calorie source. Not very micronutrient dense but they fill you up fast and provide lasting energy. I eat about an ounce or two per day.

Avocados have a similar effect and are more micronutrient rich but also contain a lot of omega 6... same story with egg yolks, of which I eat 4 on most days.

Medium avatar
188 · June 25, 2014 at 2:38 AM

Again with the macadamia nuts, I gotta try these. Thanks for your 2 cents.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57
0
1005 · June 23, 2014 at 6:03 AM

For a cup of roasted macadamia nuts, you're looking at close to 1,000 calories at 62% fiber for < 7 grams of net carbs. A while back, I ran a sort function over a nutrient database spreadsheet and was surprised to finds nuts / seeds having a much better fiber / sugar ratio than lettuce.

I find eggs to be a great source of energy, but I don't like eating more than 4 or so at a time, which is fairly limited calorically. The other day for breakfast I did scrambled eggs in ghee over crumbled bacon fried in coconut oil inside a couple round zucchini bowls that were baked with cheese along the inside, then broiled with cheese on top, then topped with guacamole and eaten with a couple side salads with nuts / fruit / cheese / assorted veg and a few long drizzles of olive oil. I get great all day energy with those 1,000-2,000 kcal meals, compared with say.. anchovies.

Medium avatar
188 · June 23, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Interesting...so anchovies provide less energy for you than dairy fat and eggs which would be the opposite for me. Now that may have something to do with the fact that our bodies are better adapted to certain foods due to genetic makeup for example my recent ancestors are predominantly from the mediterranean where the majority of protein comes from fish which I thrive off of but I wouldn't know for sure, I guess I should partake in the national geographic geno project to discover a bit more about my earlier ancestors to be clearer on this interesting topic. Anyways, thanks for your response.

Answer Question

Login to Your PaleoHacks Account

Get Free Paleo Recipes