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I was wondering if anybody knew how much is too much good fat. I will consume 1 avocado, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. flax seed oil, 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter or hummus, and on some days, a small handfull of nuts. I know my body needs all of this essential fat but is this too much?
 

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How did you mean "too much"? What you describe isn't very high in calories.<br><br><br><br>
I'm just learning about the balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids- some say that many of us (omnis and veg*ns alike!) get too many 6s and not enough 3s. But the fats you describe are not too high in 6s, I don't think... though I'm not sure about avocado and peanut oil.
 

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Everyone is differant, course I can eat much much more than that specialy if that olive oil has garlic and oregano in it and there is some flat bread near <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:">
 

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I'd say that IS quite a bit of fat. An avocado has about 25 grams alone! There's another 14 each for each tbs of oil, and PB is another 10 grams. One serving of nuts tends to have around 20 grams of fat. So that works out to be about 80 grams of fat in one day.<br><br><br><br>
However, if that's all you're eating, then it's probably not too many calories per se. But my impression was the OP was just listing their daily fat intake.
 

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I had the same impression as meatless, and I agree with her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Oh, that's not all I am consuming. I have the tbsp. of flax oil in my strawberry banana smoothie for breakfast, 1/2 avocado in my sprout sandwich for lunch, and the other 1/2 of the avocado in my salad for dinner. The peanut butter goes w/ my carrots for a snack, and the hummus goes w/ broccolli or cauliflour for another snack, and the nuts come into play whenever I have them in my pantry which isn't too often because they're pretty expensive. Please excuse my lack of puncuation. Thank you for your input. I'll cut back to just 1/2 of an avocado a day and no olive oil.
 

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I don't know, that meal plan sounds very balanced and not over indulgent at all. But I personally think that it really varies from person to person. If you have a high metabolism, or exercise a lot, then you may need to be eating that much fat/calories or even more. However, if you are trying to lose weight, then I agree that may be too much fat in a day for doing that. In my opinion you'd have to be drinking glasses of olive oil or eating cans of nuts, or eating two avocados a day to be pushing it in terms of fat if you have a generally high metabolism. I personally use a generous amount of olive oil in most of my cooking, and I enjoy a good helping of peanut butter on graham crackers, and I always feel like it's good for me given that I'm a young women still growing. Bottom line, in my opinion, if you are healthy and active, and aren't worried about your weight, then I don't think you need to cut back on your olive oil or avocados if you really like them. It's not like you're indulging in cookies and potato chips all day.
 

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I do not think that it is too much unless you are gaining weight. Otherwise just think of how your skin and hair will just absolutely glow!
 

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Fat intake will react differently from person to person. Finding what works for your body is the key. For example, the amount of fat you listed would be fine with my body, I would neither gain or lose weight with that intake. Another person may find weight gain on the same amount.<br><br><br><br>
So IF you feel good and are not gaining, I think your just fine on fat intake.
 

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I eat lots of good fat as well. Lots of avocado, nuts, and flax oil. I have always been really skinny no matter what I eat. Even when I used to be a junk food non vegan.
 

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Well yes, of course it depends on the person. Since SeaSiren is a body builder and raw foodist, that would give her different needs than say, me, who exercises regularly but moderately, and can put on or take off weight relatively easily. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> But 80+ grams a day of good fat for most women is probably a little more than needed in general, although it's not as damaging as if it were bad fats.
 

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i'd just do an avocado every other day or every other 2 days and keep everything else the same. but also keep in mind that other items you eat do have fat, though it might be negligible.
 

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A general guideline that you'll find in a lot of nutrition literature is that you should not get more than 30% of your calories from fat - and quite a bit less than that if you are trying to lose weight by avoiding fat.<br><br><br><br>
So it depends on what else you are eating.
 

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Hey guys, I wanted to let you all know that flax oil is not a very absorbable form of flax seeds and you would be much better off grinding some fresh flax seeds and then storing them in the freezer. Then you could use the grinded flax on top of cereals and smoothies.<br><br>
Also, it does seem like you are consuming too much fat BeckySue. It really depends if you are at an ideal weight or not. If you are at a normal weight, aim for two to four ounces of nuts per day. An ounce is about a small handful. This amount of nuts with an avocado sometimes is all that you need. Any more than this might promote weight gain. If you are very overweight, I would say not to eat any nuts until you lose some weight.
 

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I don't think you should be eating avocados everyday, they are so high in fat. Also nobody needs any extra oil according to Dr. Fuhrman...... I never knew this either.
 

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Hey tiggybrown, Dr. F does not recommend any oil for people who are overweight. When you are at your ideal weight, you can use olive oil on occasion in cooking and in salad dressings. You are probably reading ETL right now, no? It is geared for people that need to lose weight. Same with avocados. If you need to lose weight, eat only half of one, once per day (this is in placement of a serving of nuts). However, if you are at your ideal weight or are highly active, than there is no problem with eating a whole avocado every other day or so.<br><br>
Hope this helps...
 

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I eat waaaay more than that and I'm a healthy BMI, not particularly active. So long as you feel healthy and aren't overweight don't worry or focus on it or it might lead to an ED.
 

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This is a slight possibilty...I wouldn't be eating too much fat in general though, be it healthy fats or unhealthy ones. One of the worst things you can do is overeat. Don't know if you are or not, but I will put it out there.
 
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