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Happy Camper

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Your diet needs enough fat to carry and transport certain vital vitamins and minerals in your system. Keep that in mind. You can get that through nuts and beans, among other things.

On a side note. There have been many many people through the decades that eat a high oil and it high fat diets and lived long and healthy lives. Genetics pay a big part in how your body feels with what you consume.

You might consider getting genetic tests done to see what your particular situation might be. That way your efforts are directed in the best way possible.

One thing you might want to do is read up on people that are long lived. After reading up on a number of them, they all have their own 'thing' that they think keeps them young and going. But they are all different things. Some have smoked all their lives. Others ate well and did moderate exercise. It really varied.

Just do your research on your own background. That way you can maximize and tailor your efforts to your own body.

One size does not fit all. No matter what the studies say. They give a strong indication of what works for most people in general. Since you are really committed to this, and seen to have the resources, I would really work to find out your exact needs.
 

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Eating does not have to be viewed as a pleasurable activity anymore than brushing your teeth, combing your hair, getting dressed, doing laundry, vacuuming or putting gas in your van.

These -including eating- are all things we are FORCED to do.

I get your point but think these are false equivalents. All of those other “musts” don’t require your body’s internal cooperation. Digestion is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), specifically the “Rest and Digest” part (parasympathetic) vs. “Fight, Flight, or Freeze” (sympathetic). It is autonomic, yes, meaning it happens whether we pay attention or not, but it is highly affected by our attitudes and emotions. Digestion depends biologically on the production of saliva, and long, slow, thorough chewing of food, to make good use of all that really good nutrition you’re getting. That’s more likely to happen if your food is enjoyable. It would be a pity to make such efforts to eat healthfully and then not get maximum benefit from it.

I’m not suggesting becoming a foodie type gourmand, but looking for what one of my friends calls the Minimum Effective Dose—for you that seems to be a little bit of oil. I would imagine, with everything good that you’re giving it, your body has the resilience to take that teaspoon of oil in stride.

I hear what you’re saying about puritanical approaches, too. I am wary of them, as I have observed more of an inclination to binge in those who try to be most restrictive. But I don’t have those “gateway drug” issues with food. Perhaps limiting the oil to a measured quantity would fit the bill for you.
 

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I take sort of a Paleo approach to fats and oils. Could my ancestors of 10000 years ago have procured this somehow - melting, churning, squeezing? If not, I won't eat it either.

Dressing: if you're just avoiding added liquid oils: blend an avocado. You can thin it with plain yogurt for a ranch-style dressing, or add things to make more of a guacamole-style. Both will stick just fine. If you're totally no-fat, then no fat yogurt or plant based "yogurt" with added herbs / garlic, salt etc.
 

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Hate me if you most, but I just can't help this.
Replace the oil in your salad with chocolate sauce and replace the 'salad' with ice cream. Ya only live once so enjoy it.
(I do love a good salad too sometimes).
 

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Hate me if you most, but I just can't help this.
Replace the oil in your salad with chocolate sauce and replace the 'salad' with ice cream. Ya only live once so enjoy it.
(I do love a good salad too sometimes).
Well, in this case I definitely prefer butterscotch dressing over chocolate... :)
 

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In all seriousness, have you thought about adding olives to your salad and crushing them between a couple spoons? Then you get the flavor and possibly the properties of olive oil without "adding" oil to your salad. That's a win win.
 

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In all seriousness, have you thought about adding olives to your salad and crushing them between a couple spoons? Then you get the flavor and possibly the properties of olive oil without "adding" oil to your salad. That's a win win.
Does it count as eating oil if you eat food with high oil content?

 

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Without some oil/fat in your diet, you will die. Period. Animal or vegetable, there's going to be fat/oil content in just about everything you eat.

Wanting to minimize oil added to a diet is reasonable. Trying to eliminate then completely? Deadly. The body relies on fat to transport certain essential nutrients.

But then you don't have to worry about those long term issues, I suppose.

 
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