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  • Getting breakfast or lunch while out today? Say “no” when you’re asked if you’d like to add gravy.
  • Eat a salad for lunch? Try it without oil today. I always add ingredients to my salad that have natural juices like tomatoes, avocado, cucumber,  and grapes. With a squirt of lemon, it all combines and makes a great taste.
  • Cooking dinner this evening? See if you can cut the amount of oil you use in half. You’d be surprised how little oil you can actually use to accomplish the same purpose.

Comment below and tell me:

  • What is your biggest concern about not using oil?
  • What will be the hardest part about not using oil for you?
  • Did you succeed or struggle? How?

From Forks Over Knives:

“We are baffled that certain oils are presented as “health” foods. Olive oil is not a health food. Neither is coconut, grapeseed, flaxseed, or any other oil you’ve heard you must endeavor to add to your diet because it’s good for you. Sure, if you replace some or all of the butter in your diet with vegetable oil, some of your cholesterol numbers may look a little bit better, but that’s not at all the same as doing well. Oil is a bad idea because it is highly refined and its nutritional package is inadequate.

How is it that we know that processed sugars are junk foods, yet we’ve allowed ourselves to be convinced that certain oils are somehow good for us? Oil follows essentially the same model as processed sugar, which is also pressed from plants. Think about what oil is: fat—and nothing but fat. All the nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water, have been thrown away. Oil of any kind has more calories per gram than any other food we know. And without any fiber or water in it, oil lacks the bulk to convey to your senses how many calories you have eaten; this virtually guarantees you will consume more calories at the meal than you need.”

Drs. Pulde & Lederman from Forks Over Knives

Their full statement on oil is located here

How to Cook Without Oil – Tips from Chef Darshana Thacker

  • Sauté or Stir Fry – Place food in hot pot or pan. Add only 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time to stop the food from sticking and to not steam the food. Continue tossing or stirring until the food is cooked or browned.
  • Frying – Bake instead of deep-fry – She has a great method to get a crispy texture.
  • Baking – Fruit purée, nut flour, and nut butters can replace oil, butter or shortening.
  • Roasting – You don’t need oil to roast food in the oven. Coat the food with vegetable stock or a water-soy sauce mixture and spices.
  • More tips or detail? Here is the original article. https://www.forksoverknives.com/plant-based-cooking-how-to-cook-without-oil/#gs.jF2cHYA

Don’t forget to comment below! I want to know how you feel about not using oil and if you’ve been able to remove it from your diet.

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