Coconut Oil, The Miracle Oil

 Coconut Oil is one of the best popular health food trends in years.

Coconut oil is not just hype, it really does what it claims.

Coconut oil contains MCT (medium chain triglycerides) which the body readily uses as energy and does not store as fat.  Great news for anyone wanting to lose a few extra pounds.

Farmers wanted to fatten up their pigs and thought using coconut oil would do just that, but instead it leaned them out.  haha!!!

I love fried foods and now that I have coconut oil, I don’t have to give any of up any of my favorite food. I use it for frying liver and onions, over easy eggs, fried veggies, fried chicken, popcorn on the stove and more.

This is why I never feel like I’m on a diet because coconut oil is part of my  healthy lifestyle.

Give coconut oil a try, if you haven’t already, you’ll LOVE IT!!!!

What can it do for you?

  • Thyroid issues; used therapeutically each day will help nourish and heal the very important thyroid gland.

This video does a very good job of explaining why and how: http://youtu.be/6wpsik0W4NU

  • Bodybuilder’s have been using MCT oils for years because they have known for a long time that this very special oil does not get stored as fat.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/265886-bodybuilding-coconut-oil/

  • Increases Metabolism:   Bruce Fife, author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle,” states that “coconut oil not only increases the metabolic rate soon after its consumption, but the metabolic rate stays elevated for at least 24 hours after eating.” This is phenomenal news for people wanting to boost their metabolism.

Read more: Coconut Oil & Metabolism | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5399810_coconut-oil-metabolism.html#ixzz2C73cUmME

Other Coconut Sources

Coconut Milk: contains many vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, including potassium, calcium and chloride.  Coconut milk is a great alternative and substitute for dairy.  It helps boost your immune system.

Coconut Butter or Manna:  
freshly made from whole coconut flesh (not just the oil) and puree’d into a fibrous, densely nutritious spread, while giving you the whole coconut nutrition: oil, dietary fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Coconut butter is good to use in baking and for desserts.  I haven’t ventured into this arena yet, but will now.

Here is a great recipe to try: http://kitchen.nutiva.com/cacao-kapows/

Coconut Cream: has a higher ratio of coconut to water content.  If you don’t shake it before opening the can, there are two layers.  The top thick white layer is actually coconut cream.  The bottom layer of gray/whitish watery liquid is coconut water. Coconut cream is also suitable for making curries and desserts. You can find this in the Asian section of Whole Foods and at Kroger in the Health Food Section and can make a modified whipping cream.  It doesn’t whip up quite the same but poured on fresh berries is amazing.

Here is a great recipe to try: http://nuttykitchen.com/2010/06/01/coconut-whipped-cream/

Great video from  on coconut oil…..

This is the coconut oil I use:

https://store.nutiva.com/coconut-oil/?gclid=CPHL09y5zLMCFYpFMgodXRcAlQ

Update on My Journey……

11/10/12
A little over 3 months into my journey.

I hated to make this post, but out of integrity I had to.

The good, the bad and here is the ugly……

I went from 23% to 25.5% body fat, gained 3# and lost 1# of muscle. What does this mean? I lowered my metabolism slightly by losing 1# of muscle; I did this by not eating enough protein, at 126#’s now, I need at least 150 grams per day.
My weight gain was in the form of body fat not muscle. Body fat is less dense than muscle so this is why I saw it in the mirror.

Summary:
I haven’t measured my body fat since mid-Sept and didn’t get on the scale either. I could feel the extra body fat and actually saw it in the mirror, it did creep up slowly. How I eat is my lifestyle so I stayed within my foods, but I can tell you I didn’t eat enough and too much of certain foods within these foods. I know it sounds crazy, but not eating enough can be just as detrimental in some people as eating too much.
I also, started drinking 1-2 cups of organic coffee per day. I know (for me personally) this always means extra pounds, usually 5#’s and I know this.

How do I fix it?
Eat more, add a high intensity cardio session 3x’s a week, follow my meal plan more closely and get off coffee.

Making these changes will turn this around in a matter of weeks.  I’ll let you know how I do!

Thank you for sharing my journey with me!
Jackie

Kefir Vitamin Water, a Key to GREAT Health

Kefir Vitamin Water

Kefir water is super easy to make and tastes great!
The perfect alternative to soda!

Kefir Water, also known as Tibicos is a fermented drink similar to Kombucha, these drinks are a natural supplier of probiotics to our digestive tract.

Probiotics refer’s to the healthy bacteria that usually feeds on the “bad” unhealthy bacteria in our stomach and intestines.

Instead of taking a probiotic each morning I just drink Kefir water because essentially it does the same thing.

Just a few things ferments and or Kefir Water can help with:
Fungi, yeast infections, indigestion, obesity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, skin disorders, diabetics and ads in cancer prevention etc.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a leading expert in the raw food community, writes in his book “Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine“:
Kefir grains produce right-rotating L(+) lactic acid, which is an important constituent of the human body. It is particularly important in the prevention of cancer and has been used experimentally with success in the treatment of cancer. In addition, right-rotating lactic acid may help maintaining healthy functioning of the heart. According to some researchers, the cells of the heart muscle obtain their energy primarily from right-rotating lactic acid.”

This is what Kefir grains look like…..

Learn how to make Kefir Water….

Basic Water Kefir Recipe:page1image1064

  • 4 to 5 tbsp sucanat, rapadura or other raw organic crystallized sugar
  • 1 tbsp water kefir grains
  • 1 quart filtered or spring water
  • 1-2 tbsp raisins or figs (optional)
  • I make my kefir plain at first then add all the fun stuff during the second fermentation.Make sure you leave an inch or so at the top to accommodate the carbon dioxide gas produced by the fermentation process and avoid explosions! Remember, kefir grains reproduce themselves.

    Instructions:

    *Dissolve sugar in water, when it is cool add to jar.

    *Add water, leaving 1″ from top of jar.

    *Add Kefir grains.

    *Close the jar with a good firm lid or I like to use a thick piece of fabric with a rubber band around the mouth of the jar then leave it at room temperature to ferment. Stir after 24 hours, and as often as you like.

    *Let stand until the raisins float to the surface and the liquid is a bit fizzy. This might take about 48 hours, but might be a good deal faster when the weather is warm.  I always taste it, if it is sugary I know it’s not done yet. It will have a slightly sweet taste.  I also use the shell of an organic farm egg (rinsed off thoroughly) the grains like the calcium from the shell.

    *Use a strainer to separate the water kefir grains from the liquid. Rinse the kefir grains thoroughly under cold water, but not tap water.  Kefir grains hate tap water and they won’t grow and multiply.

    *This is where you add recipe variations to your Kefir Water, making it Kefir Vitamin Water, you can leave it to ferment (secondary fermentation) for another day or so at room temperature, before moving it to the fridge to chill for drinking.

    Note: further fermentation will increase the alcohol content of the drink, depending on the amount of sugar in the liquid. In any case, water kefir drinks seem to be only very mildly alcoholic – like home-made ginger beer.

Recipes Variations:

I like to make, add frozen or fresh berries, real vanilla and sliced lemons to make Vitamin Water out of it. I don’t like it plain.

Raspberry Vanilla Soda
After 24 hours of fermentation, strain the kefir, take the liquid and add 1/2 TBS vanilla extract per quart. Add a couple of lemon slices (outer rind peeled if non-organic). Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge. Tighten the lid for more fizz!

Get creative, have fun and ENJOY!!!!  I hope you love Kefir Vitamin Water as much as I do!

You can order your kefir grains here……
http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir-grains.html

Typically Water Kefir grains have a mixture of healthy (friendly) strains such as : Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus casei rhamnosus , Lactobacillus alactosus, Lactobacillus casei casei, Lactobacillus pseudoplantarum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Streptococcus lactis, Streptococcus cremeris, Leuconostoc mesenteroide, Saccharomyces florentinus, Saccharomyces pretoriensis, Kloeckera apiculata, Candida lambica, Candida valida and possibly others. Lactobacillus brevis has been identified as the species responsible for the production of the polysaccharide matrix that forms the grains.

Cacao Chia Pudding…The good for you dessert


A healthy snack for a change.
Chia seeds are packed full of omega 3’s, full of antioxidant and good healthy fats.
This is one dessert you can really enjoy and at the same time improve you health.

Cacao Chia Pudding:
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
1-1/2 cup Coconut milk (add more until you get the right consistency after it gels)
2-3 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds
2-3 Tablespoon Whole Flaxseeds (optional)
2-3 Tablespoon shredded Coconut flakes
1/4 cup Chopped Walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup local honey, coconut nectar or raw cane sugar (adjust for taste)

Wisk all ingredients together. Put in refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.

Whipping Cream:

8 oz. Heavy Cream
2 Tablespoon raw cane sugar (from Health Food Store)
Splash of real vanilla
Use a hand mixer on high until it makes whipping cream.

Layer:
1. Pudding (two layers of pudding)
2. Fresh or frozen berries (I think fresh are better)
3. Pudding
4. Top off with Whipping Cream
5. Sprinkle with cacao nibs
6. Top off with a berry

Enoy!

Chia Pudding for Anti-aging, Weight loss and the perfect Pre-Workout snack…..

My favorite new Super Food!

Chia is the Mayan word for strength and has also been called “Indian Running Food.” The Aztec running messengers used chia seeds to run 200 miles per day going from one village to the next over 3,000 years ago.

A few fun facts about Chia:

Chia seeds are jam-packed with protein containing around 15% and help keep you hydrated, making them the perfect pre-workout snack.

Chia seeds have the perfect omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, containing 8 x’s more Omega-3’s than salmon
5 x’s more calcium than milk
15 x’s more magnesium than broccoli
High in antioxidants
1 Tablespoon contains 1 quarter of the fiber you need per day.
The seeds when mixed with water makes you feel full for hours helping to control your appetite.

In the video below Dr. Perricone does a good job explaining just how Chia seeds aids in weight loss and energy.

I always try to get as many antioxidants in my diet as possible and I think this recipe does a good job of that.

Super Foods Chia Pudding:

1/2 cup Coconut milk, Hemp Seeds milk, Raw milk or Almond milk (coconut is best if you’re trying to lose weight)
1 Heaping tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 dropper liquid stevia, local honey or Coconut nectar (to taste)

(these ingredients are all optional; I use what I have on hand)
1 TB Hemp seed
1 TB Cacao powder
1 TB Whole flaxseed
1 TB shredded coconut
1 TB cacao nibs (I like the crunch from the nibs)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (for taste, but only use real vanilla not an imitation)
Soaked Gogi berries
Sprinkle with Cinnamon
Add fresh or frozen organic berries

I mix all the ingredients together except the milk in a jar then 15 minutes before I plan to eat my pudding I add the milk, shake it really hard then place in the refrigerator about 15 minutes until it gels, then I add the berries.

*find the consistency you like best by adjusting the coconut milk to chia seeds ratio.
I like mine a little thicker in consistency.
This is one serving size, double the recipe for each person that will be eating the pudding.

*I also throw this same recipe in a protein shake after my workout.

For more information on Chia Seeds…..