I’ve recently realized that to be truly successful with a Paleo life-style, I need to overcome my “fat phobia.” I understand intellectually that the right fats are good for me. I’ve also never gone really low fat (25-30% of caloric intake has been my norm for most of my life). Plus, I really enjoy eating some fats -cream, avocado and coconut milk are especially lovely! But I still have an aversion to fat, both emotionally and physically. For example, I don’t like the taste of “greasy” food, such as eggs fried in bacon fat or even bacon that is still dripping fat (although I do like bacon a lot). Maybe this is a personal taste issue, but it may just be a conditioned taste that relates to a deeper emotional aversion to “too much fat.” I have lived 43 years as a very health-conscious person who has been conditioned to believe that some fat is good, but too much fat is bad. I just can’t help having a gut reaction every time I eat the fatty part of my steak instead of trimming it away, or every time I let my sons pile on an extra tablespoon (or two or three . . .) of butter on their potatoes (or watch them just eat butter off the spoon . . . ).
What are your experiences with fat aversion? How did you overcome it, or are you still working on it? Is this something that just naturally lessons the longer you follow a Paleo lifestyle? How do you explain a goal of increased consumption of healthy fats to concerned parents/grandparents when you are still feeling emotionally adverse to it yourself?
Thanks for your thoughts.
EDIT: I want to re-stress that I have a very intelligent, analytical mind and I do intellectually understand and AGREE COMPLETELY with all of the good arguments out there about why we should eat less carb and therefore, more fat and protein. I'm not looking for more rational reasons to eat fat. What I need are strategies for dealing with or even assurances that the long-conditioned emotional reaction will eventually subside.