Coconut Oil

I think I have mentioned in the past that I LOVE coconut oil. I started using it about a year or so ago. It’s been the past few months that I hardly ever skip a day not taking some, I live for the stuff. I can seriously tell a difference in how I feel when I take it vs. when I don’t take it. A big plus? It seriously helps with sugar cravings!!! I just feel so much better when I’m taking it! I also use it for many other things besides ingesting, I have a jar just for external uses. I use it as my moisturizer, makeup remover, and lotion, just to make a few.

So, whats the big deal? I ingest it and use it for other things, but why?

Coconut oil is….

·       Anti-inflammatory
·       Antimicrobial
·       Antifungal
·       Antiviral
·       Improves nutrient absorption

It’s also one of the highest in saturated fats which is good for us!! Did you know the fat around the heart muscle is highly saturated? The heart draws on this reserve of fat in times of stress.* So, consuming coconut oil is very healthy for our heart, and that’s just the beginning.

What else can it be good for? I like this article 80 Uses For Coconut Oil. She breaks the 80 uses up into Personal Hygiene/Body, General Health and Wellness, Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when taken internally), Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when applied topically), Cooking, and Other Uses.

If you’re looking for a good book I recommend this one, Virgin Coconut Oil by Brian & Marianita Jader Shilhavy. They have a lot of good information and testimonies.

Can I use any coconut oil? There are two different types of coconut oil, expeller pressed (refined) or regular unrefined coconut oil. Regular unrefined coconut oil has the coconut smell and taste but has all the saturated fats, etc still in the oil. Expeller pressed (or refined) does not have the coconut taste or smell BUT only has about half the saturated fats, etc in the oil. Both are good for you, just one better than the other. I used the expeller pressed when cooking and don’t want the coconut flavor in whatever it is I’m cooking/baking. I will say, in some goodies it is yummy, if you like coconut flavoring. Don’t ever purchase Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, there is no such thing, you’ll just be paying more for the name.

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My personal favorite coconut oil company is Tropical Traditions. They have three different types of coconut oil, Gold Label, Green Label, and Expeller Pressed. The Gold Label is where you are going to get the most benefit from coconut oil, it is made in a more natural way. You get the most benefits from the Gold Label because machines aren’t used to make the Gold Label. The Green Label is high quality machine-made coconut oil, still very good for you. You already know about Expeller-Pressed but did you know the modern way of processing coconut oil is by chemical extraction, using solvent extracts, which produces higher yields and is quicker and less expensive? Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil DOES NOT use solvent extracts.

There it is, I love coconut oil. I have actually gotten rid of all oils in the house (besides olive oil) and replaced them with coconut oil. I know my family is healthier because of it.

*Virgin Coconut Oil by Brain & Marianita Jader Shilhavy

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Let’s Talk Gelatin

I know what you’re thinking…”we need to eat more jello?”. Not exactly. Gelatin is my new favorite! I put it up there with coconut oil (yes, I know, I still need to blog about my love affair with coconut oil), I love coconut oil and now I love gelatin!! Here is why….

I first read this blog post, “Better Than Botox:…” by Mommypotomus, about 2 or more months ago. After reading it I was intrigued and wanted to buy some gelatin. Who doesn’t want nice skin, strong hair and nails, etc? Plus it can help joints and repair damaged digestion? Yes please. The joints would be for me, the damaged digestion would be for my husband. I really wanted to try this stuff, but then I forgot about it.

About a month later I came across this blog post, “Gelatin Health Benefits and Uses” by The Coconut Mama. She went into a little detail how gelatin helps gut health, bone health, joint health, and skin & hair health. After reading this post I immediately ordered some gelatin and couldn’t wait for it to get here.

It has now been over 3 weeks since I’ve been taking 2 tbs a day and the difference has been amazing! I read somewhere that it can take 2 weeks to 2 months to feel a difference but I felt a slight difference in one week. Now coconut oil (which I take everyday) can help curb sugar cravings, and it does. Adding gelatin to that? Not only do I not have sugar cravings, I don’t really have any cravings at all. When I start to feel hungry it’s actually a lot easier to reach for something that is healthy for me. That’s a miracle in itself! Haha! It was the lack of cravings I noticed at first, along with a just generally feeling better, I was loving it.

At about 2 weeks into taking gelatin I came across this blog post, “The #1 Reason to Eat More Gelatin” by Nourishing Joy. If I wasn’t sold on taking gelatin yet (which wasn’t the case), I was definitely sold after reading this. To back track just slightly, I have been dealing with heartburn for almost a year. It came out of nowhere and I absolutely hate it. It has kept me up at night in massive pain (yes, the first time I had it I seriously thought I was having a heart attack), and has put a damper on what I can eat. Ugh!! Well, the night before I read this last blog post I had eaten meatballs cooked in BBQ sauce, one of my family’s favorites. I knew better, it was the BBQ sauce that would do me in, but I wanted some SO BAD! Well, the next day as I was reading the blog post and reading the benefits of gelatin, and one of the benefits listed was “Gelatin reduces heartburn, ulcers, and acid reflux by binding acids with the foods”, I suddenly realized that I had not dealt with heartburn the night before. That was a first in forever! I called Papa Bear and couldn’t shut up about the stuff. I was so excited.

It has now been over three weeks since I’ve been taking 2 tbs a day. I add it to my morning shake. I buy this brand/kind because it dissolves well in liquid. The #1 reason the gal from Nourishing Joy gives for taking gelatin, is having a sense of well-being. That is totally true! I cannot begin to tell you just how good I feel, maybe even great. Seriously people, I love this stuff!

Besides helping with my cravings, heartburn and feeling good over all, here are a couple other things I’ve noticed while taking it…..I’m not as hungry, and I haven’t dealt with depression as much (the coconut oil has helped that too but by adding in the gelatin I’ve noticed even more of a difference). I do want to add more gelatin to mine and my family’s diet, those blog posts I shared also have links to make jello, fruit snacks, and more.

I highly recommend reading the blog posts I linked on here, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Now some say they can’t taste anything by adding the gelatin to their water but I disagree, I taste something, but I cannot taste any extra flavor when I add it in my shake in the morning. Everyone is different.

If you don’t read the blogs I posted (which you should, they give A LOT more info than I do, they’ve done all the studying) please don’t just go out and buy any old jello, you need grass fed beef. The brand pictured below is what I buy (which I linked to earlier and each blog I have linked each have links also). The green can is the gelatin that will dissolve in liquid. The orange can is the gelatin to make jello, fruit snacks, etc. with.

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