Free Coconut Oil Just for You

Coconut oil has slowly made its way into the main stream, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  Admittedly, I live in my little Bay Area food bubble, and things I see as commonplace are “weird” or “crunchy” in other parts of the country, but I challenge you to check your local super market and see if there isn’t at least one choice for coconut oil on the shelf!

Better still, if you haven’t yet experienced the joys of having this delicious, healthy source of fat and flavor in your kitchen, I challenge you to get yourself a free jar

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Yes, a FREE jar of coconut oil

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But first, let me tell you about why you might want to try it out (if you haven’t already).

Coconut oil has historically been demonized for its high level of saturated fat. But the fat in coconut oil is different. (The saturated fat debate in general is fodder for another separate discussion, but if we’re in search of the “good” saturated fats in the world, coconut oil is at the TOP of the list!)

The main type of fat present in coconut oil is medium­-chain triglycerides (MCTs), fats that the body can burn off quickly for an instant burst of energy. The body doesn’t tend to store MCTs in adipose tissue (fat) in the body, so many prominent paleo bloggers, biohackers, and other nutrition experts are touting coconut oil as an aid for weight loss.* I will put a little asterisk there, because while I don’t advocate counting calories, calories do count. If you start adding a big scoop of coconut oil to your daily diet but don’t change anything else, chances are you’re going to be consuming more calories than usual — not the best weight loss strategy. But eliminating inflammatory, processed oils and replacing them with coconut oils could do wonders for your waistline.

What I WILL say is that lauric acid, an MCT found in coconut oil, is akin to a miracle substance (I won’t say drug). It’s anti-everything: microbial, viral, fungal, and parasitic. It’s an amazing compound that doesn’t harm the good bacteria in your gut but can help take care of the bad stuff in and around you. It’s certainly great for problem skin and for all sorts of homemade products for your body and household.

Check out an amazing guest post by a good friend of mine and coconut oil evangelist, Dana Gelsomino, to learn 9 reasons you should have coconut oil in your life.

Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is not just great for cooking — although yes, it is great for cooking. It’s a high-heat oil that can be used for frying, baking, roasting and grilling.

Here are the ways I use coconut oil nearly every day of my life:

  1. Facial cleanser (check out my Vibrantly Healthy Skin protocol)
  2. Skin moisturizer (either alone or in homemade hand salve or lotion bars )
  3. Cooking breakfast (I love it with eggs. Some people don’t. Give it a whirl.)
  4. Scooping into smoothies
  5. Calming my dog’s rashes (and trying to prevent her from licking it off)
  6. Roasting
  7. Sauteing vegetables
  8. Stir-frying shrimp (last night I made shrimp with coconut oil, coconut aminos, and top-quality fish sauce. They were perfection.)
  9. Make up remover

Other less daily uses include:

  1. Gunk remover
  2. Baking
  3. Oil Pulling
  4. Deep hair conditioning
  5. Fatty Coffee
  6. Pancakes
  7. Chocolate bark

It’s clear I could go on forever. Coconut oil is really an amazing ingredient to have in your kitchen.  

This week, Thrive Market is offering all first­-time members a FREE full­-sized (15 ounce) jar of Nutiva organic, fair­ trade virgin coconut oil! 

Claim your jar before they’re gone! CLICK HERE.  The free coconut oil applies to new members only, but if you are already a member like I am, you can get 10% off your purchase at this link (and pick up some of those coconut aminos while you’re at it). Full disclosure: There is a $1.95 shipping charge for the coconut oil. This still ends up being about 13 cents per ounce, which is an amazing deal.

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6 Surprising Natural Acne Remedies You Already Have at Home

As a woman, I’m the target of ad campaigns for every beauty product under the sun. From the aisles of Walgreen’s all the way to the fancy counters at Macy’s, I’m being sold moisturizers, cleansers, masks, balms, spot treatments, scrubs, and the list goes on and on. There are products for every imperfection I could possibly have – especially the ones on my face. One time, I even had someone at one of those kiosks in the mall grab me by the arm and spray something on me before I even had a chance to protest, promising that it would clear up my skin. That seriously happened.

Stop the madness!

Stop buying all those expensive products that promise you the world. Remember, you shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. You’d be surprised to learn how many remedies are already at your disposal right now that can replace all the fancy skin care products you’re told you need to buy. 

In the bathroom/medicine cabinet:

1. Toothpaste (the paste, not the gel)

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While I wouldn’t recommend putting toothpaste all over your face, you’d be surprised how effective it can be for an occasional spot treatment. Be careful of super minty flavors though, which can be irritating to some skin types. The effective ingredient is baking soda, so you could always create your own paste with the baking soda in your kitchen for a similar effect. (source)  

How to use it: dab a small amount on the affected area at bed time and rinse in the morning using warm water.

 

2. Pepto Bismol (liquid)

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Pepto has two active ingredients in it that are similar to ingredients found in over the counter acne treatments: salicylate (similar to salicylic acid) and benzoic acid (similar to benzoyl peroxide) (source). Salicylate works to reduce inflammation than can cause redness and pain on the skin. It’s also a gentle exfoliator to help clear the skin of dead cells that could clog pores. Benzoic acid is antimicrobial and works to remove any microbes that could cause infection on the skin. (source)

How to use it: swab a cotton pad of Pepto over the affected area at night and rinse with warm water in the morning. It’s fine to use Pepto on your entire face.

3. Milk of Magnesia (liquid)

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Traditionally used as a gentle laxative and bowel soother, milk of magnesia (MoM) can also work as a facial mask for acne prone and oily skin. Magnesium hydroxide is the main ingredient, but MoM also contains zinc, a natural acne fighter. The soothing effects that MoM have on the bowels can take place on the face in the form of reducing inflammation and excess oil. (source)

How to use it: using your fingers or a cotton pad, apply a thin layer to the skin. Let sit for 10 minutes and remove gently with warm water.

 

In the kitchen:

4. Coconut Oil

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I’m sure you’ve heard and read so much about the healing properties of coconut oil at this point that nothing would surprise you about this miracle oil. Use it as a daily moisturizer, and wait for the magic to happen. Coconut oil is antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. It works to create a healthy barrier for your skin that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. Just use a tiny bit – it goes a long way. For me personally (and for a few folks who’ve shared their stories with me, including my sister), coconut oil helps bring blackheads to the surface, loosen the pores, and allow for extraction and eventual elimination.

How to use it: as a daily moisturizer (either in the morning, at night, or both), apply a tiny amount to the entire surface of your face. Coconut oil also works GREAT as a make up remover.

5. Bone Broth

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click the image for a link to my bone broth recipe and more info about why it’s great for your skin

If you’re familiar with my personal acne saga, then you knew this acne remedy would be on this list. You might not have homemade bone broth laying around in your kitchen, but I can assure you that it’s worth every minute of time it takes to make if your ultimate goal is clear skin and a healthy gut. There’s a very real physiological connection between the health of the gut and the health of the skin.

How to use it: drink a coffee mug full of warm bone broth every morning for two weeks. After two weeks, assess your progress and consider dropping back to 4 times per week based on the health of your skin and digestion.

6. Raw Honey

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I love this one and use it very regularly. When used as natural facial cleanser or mask, raw honey can do wonders for the health of your skin. It works well to keep the pores clear and offers natural bacteria-fighting properties to combat the bacteria that causes and inflames acne. Raw honey is fantastic for daily use as a cleanser and can even be used as a gentle exfoliator if you use one with sugar crystals in it. (source)

How to use it: as a daily cleanser (I find that it’s best to use in the shower to avoid unwanted stickiness dripping down your arms), take about two teaspoons into your fingers and apply to damp skin as you would any other cleanser. Rinse with warm water. As a mask, apply to dry or freshly toned skin, covering the affected area and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

 

7. Plain Yogurt

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You’ve likely heard about the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt. These bacteria aid in digestive health by replacing potentially harmful bacteria that could be causing problems in your gut (and therefore your skin). They help restore a proper balance in your gut flora. Similar (if not the same) bacteria are also found in other places in and on your body, including your face. Applying a yogurt mask to your face can help restore the proper balance of healthy bacteria on your face as well. Restoring this balance can reduce the inflammation caused by “bad” bacteria and improve the health of you skin. It also works as a gentle exfoliator, removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, which can clog pores. (source) Using plain yogurt ensures that you aren’t adding any unnecessary sugars, flavors, or additives to your skin that could be irritating. 

How to use it: apply a small amount of plain yogurt to the surface of clean skin and let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

BONUS: A great way to combine remedies and increase your effectiveness is to make a mask with yogurt AND raw honey together. You can mix them with each use or create a batch to keep in your fridge for a few weeks. Use between 2 and 3 times as much yogurt as you do honey in your mixture, and either whisk with a fork or mix in a blender.

 

9 Reasons You Need Coconut Oil In Your Life

I am SO excited to share a guest post today written by my long-time friend, Dana Gelsomino, RN. She’s been a force for good in my life for over a decade, and I can’t say enough about her medical knowledge and personal wisdom. I’m thrilled to see a  conventionally trained nurse ready to profess the wonders of coconut oil in her new book, Coconut Oil Made Easy: Answers to the 102 Most Frequently Asked Questions. Check it out on Amazon — TOTALLY FREE through May 17th at midnight.

Take it away, Nurse Dana!

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Hi, I’m Dana, and I’m a coconut oil devotee. I discovered coconut oil about 6 months ago, and the radical changes to my health that have come as a result are truly hard to believe. But first, a little background on me …

For years I suffered with severe, chronic depression — to the point that I was hospitalized for it twice. I was also diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which means my hormones had gone rogue, and I was prone to acne flare-ups, irritability, weight gain, and painful periods. You can also add chronic back and neck pain to my list of complaints.

Like most people with chronic pain and health challenges, feeling sub-optimal had become my new normal. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I didn’t try to feel better—believe me, I tried everything. Over the years I have been on Accutane, a handful of different anti-depressants, prescription pain killers and muscle relaxers. I’ve gone to chiropractors, massage therapists, doctors (was even physically carried into urgent care once for debilitating pain), physical therapists, herbalists, nutritionists, live blood cell analysts, Reiki practitioners, acupuncturists … You name it, odds are I tried it.

My First Teaspoon Of Coconut Oil

I first tried coconut oil at the behest of a good friend from Columbia. He said that he mixed some into his coffee every morning, and it really helped increase his energy. In no way was I expecting an effect on any of the health challenges I just mentioned.

The idea of oily coffee both disgusted and intrigued me — I had to try it for myself. After adding that first teaspoon of coconut oil to my coffee, the physical signs and symptoms of every one of my health challenges began to reverse, and now they are completely gone. I have no more chronic pain in my back or neck, no more severe PMS, no more depression and no more low energy. I don’t even take an Advil for cramps, because I don’t have cramps!

If I hadn’t experienced this first hand, I wouldn’t believe it. I began researching coconut oil and learned that my experiences are not unique! Thousands of people swear by the healing properties of coconut oil and have so many amazing stories to tell. Fascinated by Coconut Oil Made Easywhat I was reading, I decided to commit to using coconut oil for thirty days and recording what happened. Over those thirty days I learned more about coconut oil than I ever knew existed on the topic! I cooked with it, I used it on my body and face, I drank it in my coffee, and I replaced a few beauty products with it. I also  began telling anyone who listen about my experience and found myself answering the same questions over and over again.

And thus a book was born!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the information you’ll find in my new book, Coconut Oil Made Easy: Answers to the 102 Most Frequently Asked Questions. I hope you enjoy exploring this amazing, healing food as much as I have — it just might change your life.

9 Reasons You Need Coconut Oil In Your Life:

  1. Lauric acid’s “Anti’s”
    Coconut oil is packed with over nine “powerhouse components” including perhaps the most important one, lauric (aka monolauric acid). This acid is anti- “bad” bacterial (fights off “bad” bacteria, while leaving beneficial bacteria alone), anticarcinogenic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial/infection fighting, antioxidant, antiparasitic, anti-protozoa, antiretroviral, and antiviral.
  2. Easy way to go chemical free
    Using coconut oil is an easy substitute for lots of chemical-laden products in our health and beauty routine. You can replace tens, if not hundreds or products  with a jar of $12 organic extra virgin coconut oil. There is no complicated labeling to decipher and no added ingredients—it’s just coconut oil. I’ve successfully rid my cabinet of eye make up remover, shaving cream, face and body moisturizers; all have been replaced with one jar of coconut oil.
  3. Few if any side effects
    Prescription and over the counter drugs often come with potential side effects. Some of these side effects are long-lasting, permanent, and can even be fatal! I’ve replaced my dog’s arthritis medication with coconut oil, and you won’t believe the spring in his step! The vast majority of people aren’t allergic to coconut oil, and those who are often find that any reaction they may have disappears with discontinued use.
  4. Saves money
    You can either spend hundreds of dollars on multiple products, or you can use a $12 jar of organic, extra-virgin coconut oil. The small list I named above are great examples from my own bathroom cabinet.
  5. Saves the planet
    By using one jar of coconut oil in place of so many other products, you are consuming less in general, which means less manufacturing, storing, packaging and shipping. Not to mention there is no toxic run off into the water table when you use coconut oil!
  6. Reduced transdermal exposure
    Our skin is our largest organ. Everything we slather on our bodies is absorbed to some degree. Most people find this fact interesting, but don’t take it as seriously as they should when it comes to choosing body care products. Lots of different medications come in a transdermal form — nicotine, birth control and pain patches as well as burn gels and creams, to name a few. Transdermal medications are just as effective as the oral medications or herbs that we swallow. Coconut oil can replace your chemical-laden moisturizers for your face and body. Good rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin.
  7. Easy way to simplify your life
    I live in a small house where storage space is a luxury. Using one product instead of tens or hundreds, is an easy way to begin simplifying your life.
  8. The refreshing aroma
    Most people love the smell of coconuts — it’s like summertime in a jar! I love to throw it in a pan for stir fry and fill the house with the smell of the tropics.
  9. Fantastic flavor
    I encourage you to try using coconut oil as your main cooking oil for one week. The flavor is a lot milder than most people expect — I was a skeptic at first myself! Some delicious dishes to cook with coconut oil are fried plantains and sweet potato fries. Just pour a tbsp of coconut oil in a frying pan, chop up the plantains or sweet potatoes, let brown and serve! YUM!

Author bio:

Dana Gelsomino is a Registered Nurse practicing and writing in Haslett, Michigan. Her miraculous experience using coconut oil to address her severe depression, low energy, hormonal issues and chronic back and neck pain has turned her from a skeptic to a coconut oil devotee. Dana recently published her first book on coconut oil, Coconut Oil Made Easy: Answers to the 102 Most Frequently Asked Questions. She has several other coconut oil related books in her writing pipeline, and is always open to any coconut oil related conversation and success stories! She is most easily reached through her Facebook group Real Coconut Oil or by email at dana@realcoconutoil.com.

 

 

Fatty Doesn’t Equal Fattening

I named this recipe Cranberry Brussels Sprouts with Turkey because the Brussels are the featured ingredient — the turkey is delicious and turns this into a one-pot meal (which I love for weeknights — easy setup, easy cleanup), but you can do this without the turkey and it will be just as wonderful as a side (and totally vegan if that’s your thing). I promise.

This combination of ingredients might seem weird (it did to my husband), but I can promise you that it’s delicious and totally not weird! We both wolfed it down for dinner last night, and I happily ate leftovers for lunch today. cranBrussels3I happened to already have ground turkey cooked in the freezer for this dish (a great versatile ingredient to have on hand, by the way!), but in case you don’t have cooked ground meat ready to go, I have quick instructions right before the main recipe to help you out. (it will add about 15 minutes to your total cook time).

You might read this recipe and think to yourself “This sure seems fattening.” It’s true that there’s a lot of fat in this recipe. Between the coconut oil, macadamia nuts, and the olive oil, it adds up. However…

Fatty doesn’t equal Fattening

Dietary fat doesn’t necessarily lead to body fat. In truth, excess carbohydrates (especially the refined, high-glycemic ones) are more likely to lead to fat storage over time, according to a number of studies. It’s also true that some fats are better than others, and this recipe is jam-packed with some of the best fat there is. In fact, coconut oil has been shown in a host of studies to promote fat LOSS. And macadamia nuts are rich in Omega 3s, the heart healthy fat that most of us don’t get enough of. Olive oil is a delicious, monounsaturated fat that brings another awesome set of nutrients into your system to promote fat loss.

Of course, adding excessive calories to your diet won’t help you maintain your weight, but replacing refined carbohydrates, sweets, and/or grains with highly beneficial fats, proteins, and veggies most certainly will. (And please note that I add the extra virgin olive oil after cooking, not during. Avoiding the heat keeps all the healthy attributes intact.)

As someone who has trouble moderating sweets, I have noticed that I often crave them right after a meal. It’s almost this primal feeling within me that I won’t be satisfied until something sweet hits my tongue. Fat is a great source of satiety in food. I’ve personally found that when I replace carbohydrates with healthy fats in a meal, my need for sweets at the end is all but gone. This is, in part, due to a hormone called leptin, which tells the brain that we have had enough and our fat stores are sufficient. Don’t just take my word for it though, Dr. Ron Rosedale and Dr. Mercola have a good bit to say about leptin that reflects the advice I’m giving here:

“The solution is to … eat a diet that emphasizes good fats and avoids blood sugar spikes — in short the dietary program … [that] emphasizes healthy fats, lean meats and vegetables, and restricts sugar and grains.”

After this meal, I didn’t even think about dessert. And coming from me, that’s a pretty big deal.

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Cranberry Brussels Sprouts and Turkey

Serves 4 or 3 very hungry people

If you need to cook your turkey, start here:
  1. Heat your skillet
  2. Add ghee or coconut oil
  3. DON’T salt the meat, just throw it on (about 1 lb)
  4. Cook until browned and most of the liquid has cooked off, then add in whatever herbs, spices, and salt you’d like – for this particular batch, I used garlic powder, onion powder, and fresh parsley and oregano from the garden.
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, roughly chopped and rinsed
  • 1 lb cooked ground dark meat turkey (as always, shoot for organic here)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries (this is the part Loren thought was weird)
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts (I just pulsed them a few times in the food processor to break them up)
  • 1-2 tbs coconut oil
  • aged balsamic vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • REAL salt or sea salt
  • black pepper
Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 500F
  2. Heat a large skillet
  3. (Cook meat here and then remove if you haven’t already done that, no need to clean the pan, just go to step 4)
  4. Add coconut oil and cranberries and cover on medium high until they soften
  5. While that’s cooking, chop and rinse your Brussels
  6. Add in the Brussels, stirring until coated
  7. Drizzle the aged balsamic over Brussels and stir in (shouldn’t be more than a tablespoon, but use your judgment) until coated
  8. Cover for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally
  9. Stir in salt, chopped nuts, and cooked meat (if you’ve already salted the meat, go easy on the extra salt)
  10. Place skillet in the oven for about 15 minutes
  11. After removing from the oven, drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons EVOO over the top
  12. Serve piping hot

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Not-So-Healthy Health Claims

As a health and wellness advocate and self-proclaimed foodie, I pride myself in keeping my finger on the pulse of food and nutrition trends. For me, doing this serves multiple purposes: 1) it reinforces the good things I’m already doing, 2) it provides new information that might contradict what I’m doing and prompt me to research it further, 3) it informs me of the garbage that’s being propagated as health food or healthy supplements.

This little bag of lies lives in that third category:

A few weeks back, I attended a party and saw these on the counter. Being the huge coconut fan that I am, I picked them up to take a look.

First red flag: The advertisement of how many mg of coconut oil were in each chew

Second red flag: Health claims in GIANT font accompanied by asterisks (the asterisks, of course, refer to the note on the back that says that these statements have not been approved by the FDA)

I flipped the bag over and continued reading.

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Ok, not terrible Supplement Facts. Yes, there are more grams of carbohydrates and sugar than there are in actual coconut oil (actual coconut oil has zero grams of carbs or sugar), but I am letting that slide for a minute. We’ll get back to Supplement Facts shortly.

And then I read the most important information on any packaged food item: the Ingredients list.

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By law, ingredients must be listed in order from highest to lowest percentage by mass. The first ingredient is the most prevalent ingredient in the product. So in this product, there is more corn syrup and sugar than there is coconut, and there is more dairy fat than there is coconut fat

WOW. So let’s go back to the health claims on the front of this package and do a quick ingredient reconciliation:

  1. Promotes Healthy Metabolism:
    Yes, pure coconut oil promotes healthy metabolism, because of the short- and medium-chain fatty acids that are present in it. However, corn syrup, sugar, and soy do just the opposite. Corn syrup and sugar (both essentially sugar) disrupt a healthy metabolism by spiking blood sugar and flooding the blood stream with insulin, a process that, when done to often and in extremes, ultimately helps keep us fat. Soy contains phytates, which disrupt the absorption (and therefore the metabolism and proper utilization) of important minerals necessary for proper sugar metabolism, sleep (essential for weight loss), bone health, and brain function. (These minerals are zinc, magnesium, and calcium.)
  2. Helps Control Appetite:
    Yes, the saturated fat in coconut oil helps control appetite. However, as I just stated, corn syrup and sugar do just the opposite by spiking blood sugar, which causes a flood of insulin and the return of your appetite (often more voracious than before).
  3. Natural Energy Source:
    This one I love, because it applies to basically everything we put in our mouths that contains calories. Calories=energy. Nothing about this product is special in terms of providing energy, except that coconut oil itself is a very dense source of high-quality calories. It’s true that coconut oil is great for our brain function, our memory, and our ability to remain alert, however that’s not the claim they’re making. In essence, they’re saying, “this product contains energy from calories” — indeed, a useless piece of information.
  4. Supports Immune System:
    Coconut oil is a wonderful thing — it contains lauric acid, which acts as an anti-fungal and helps keep problems like yeast and candida under control. It has antibiotic and antiviral properties. In that way, I suppose you could claim that it supports the immune system by helping it fight off invaders. However, GMO foods like corn, sugar beets, and soy are linked to total gut disruption and dysbiosis. They contain glyphosate, one of the active ingredients in Roundup, which destroys the bacteria in our gut responsible for the bulk of our immune system. So again, the ingredients in this product (2 out of 3 of which are more prevalent in the product than coconut oil itself), do exactly the opposite of this health claim.
    Dr. Mercola has some great things to say about glyphosate and GMOs in case you’d like to read more: “What’s worse, glyphosate preferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow and take over. At that point, your body also has to contend with the toxins produced by the pathogens. Once the chronic inflammation sets in, you’re well on your way toward chronic and potentially debilitating disease…”

Products like this infuriate me. It’s true what Michael Pollan says in his book Food Rules: “Generally, it is the products of modern food science that make the boldest health claims, and these are often founded on incomplete and often bad science.” — Put more simply, if you are concerned about your health, avoid foods with health claims.

This brings me back to the Supplement Facts. Don’t they seem pretty harmless? Only 2 grams of sugar, 4 grams of carbohydrates. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? It doesn’t sound so bad because it’s not real information. Supplement Facts tell us basically nothing except for reductionist information about a serving size of whatever’s inside the package. It doesn’t tell us anything about quality or substance; it simply measures macronutrients, and often inaccurately to how people will consume the products. Look closely on the right side of that picture again. Do you see the recommendation of how to eat these chews? “Adults enjoy 1-4 chews daily.” It makes it sound like medicine, and it’s SUGAR! It’s a farce! And if you consume the chews as directed, you’re potentially quadrupling those numbers! 2 grams of sugar and 4 grams of carbs increases to 8 and 16.

As I said before, if you’re considering food that comes in a package, look at the INGREDIENTS. Skip the Supplement Facts. You’ll be surprised what’s lurking in your cabinets. Hopefully it’s not Coconut Oil Chews.

 

Bulletproof Peppermint Mocha

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So I’m new to this “bulletproof” thing, and I’d hate to use the term incorrectly since I’m not using the beans sold on the Bulletproof Executive’s website, but I really like the concept, so I made my own version of it based on a few different ideas. That was one long sentence!

The main concept comes from the recipe on the Bulletproof site and an instructional video on the Fat Burning Man‘s site, which Abel calls “Fatty coffee.” (I guess “fatty coffee” is to “Bulletproof” as “cotton swab” is to “Q-tip.”)

I’m using really good, organic, fair-trade, small-batch coffee (and mine’s decaf using water extraction), but I haven’t tried the official Upgraded label yet. (I figure if I link to it, they won’t get too mad that I’m using the name for this blog post, and if they do get mad, I’ll rename it. No biggie. 🙂 )

To be honest, there’s so much commentary online that claims that it’s not worth the price, so I have been putting it off. But it’s really not that much more expensive than the coffee I buy, so maybe I’m just too impatient to order it when there’s great coffee walking distance from my house.

I’m still interested though and will probably get some sometime soon just to try it out — if they make decaf. My body just doesn’t do well on fully caffeinated coffee anymore. I start clenching my jaw, getting headaches, and my skin doesn’t like it much either.

So for those of you who don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, let me tell you about this awesome concept.

The whole idea behind bulletproof coffee (or fatty coffee) is to start your day with a healthy dose of saturated fats like those in coconut oil and butter (I use ghee to avoid the lactose and casein in butter). These awesome saturated fats are high in a type of fat called medium-chain fatty acids, or MCTs. MCTs have been shown to improve memory in as little as one dose for

peppermintmocha4those suffering from cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s also great for optimizing brain function in general, as it provides the brain with nutrients it needs to work at the peak level. My recipe uses coconut oil and ghee, but you can purchase pure MCT oil here — I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m told it’s tasteless, so can be added to salad dressings, smoothies, etc. (Yet another example of something I just haven’t made time to purchase online yet. That sentence started and ended with “yet.”)

The recipe for today is a holiday rendition of fatty coffee. I love it because it’s festive for the season, and also because I love love love chocolate peppermint flavored things (as evidenced by the recipe I posted yesterday on my other blog for a Peppermint Bark Smoothie). It makes my morning cup of coffee feel special and fancy, which takes the monotony of the morning routine and spins it into something fun. There’s a life lesson for you.

Bulletproof Peppermint Mocha

(makes 1 large cup of coffee)

You’ll need a bowl that’s big enough for you to whisk or blend your ingredients, or you can just put them in the blender. I use one of these nifty little things.

Ingredients:
  • enough coffee to fill 2/3 of your coffee mug
  • 1 tsp – 1 tbs coconut oil (start small and then start working your way up. If you start with 1 tbs right off the bat, you might have lots of visits to the bathroom)
  • 1 tsp – 1 tbs ghee (I use ghee instead of butter because the lactose and casein in butter bother me, but feel free to try butter if it doesn’t bother you. Just try to get either the butter or the ghee from pastured cows, organic at the very least.)
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (I like this one because it’s BPA-free and 100% pure with no extra thickeners or additives.)
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract (like this)
  • 1 to 1.5 tbs raw cacao (like this)
Optional Ingredients:
  • pinch of stevia or 1/4 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 to 2 tbs gelatin (like this)

Put all ingredients into a bowl and whisk or into the blender and blend until frothy. You want to make sure the oil has emulsified into the drink so that you don’t end up with a funky oil slick on the top of the beverage.

Enjoy your delicious Peppermint Mocha on its own for breakfast or with something small like an egg. You’ll feel clear-headed and full of energy as you start your day.

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