By Donna Gates, as seen on:

Often, creating a positive outlook is difficult for people even when doing beneficial activities like meditation and affirmations. If you struggle to maintain focus, confidence, balance, flexibility and perseverance, you might want to look at your diet.

In order to have a winning attitude, we must support the mind and the brain with healthy, nourishing foods. The most important are high quality essential fats.

When we eat high-quality oils and fats, this contributes to a positive outlook. Did you know that fats make up 60 percent of the brain? Fats are essential to brain function. Healthy fats promote:

  • The ability to learn.
  • The ability to retain new (and old) information.
  • Emotional stability.

What are healthy fats? Well, first of all, forget about everything that you may have learned during the low-fat craze that began several decades ago. Unfortunately, all the effort that was put into removing saturated fat from the diet has done more harm than good.

The body uses either sugar or fat as fuel. Which is why people turn to sugar when they are on a low-fat diet. Unfortunately, this is a mistake. Fat is a more stable source of energy and does not generate blood sugar highs and lows. When we do not burn sugar for fuel, this excess creates triglycerides that contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

What is a high-sugar diet? In addition to sweet foods, a high-sugar diet would include cereal, breads, pasta, white rice, and other processed foods that contain hidden sugars.

Saturated fat is not responsible for heart disease. The research shows just the opposite! Saturated fats promote mental and emotional wellbeing because they nourish the hormonal system. Saturated fats are accompanied by several other vitamins and micronutrients that are essential to your overall health.

Where can you find healthy saturated fats?

  • Milk, butter, and cheese from pastured animals.
  • Ghee, which is clarified butter, is generally safe for those who are sensitive to milk proteins.
  • Organic Meat, poultry, and egg yolks.
  • Unrefined palm and coconut oil.

The other important fat that you want to make sure you get into your diet is long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body. When the body is inflamed, it is under stress. Research shows that omega-3 fats help to resolve issues like depression and acne, both of which can be traced to inflammation and physiological stress.

The best way to get omega-3 fats into the diet is to eat cold-water fish or spirulina. Both are excellent sources.

Some days it can be harder for us to think positive or feel good. Just as your car won’t function properly without gas in the engine, your brain needs the right fats to run the way you want it to. You may find that when you nourish the brain with high-quality fats, you experience new levels of joy, productivity and purpose!

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