I’m Coo Coo for Coconut Oil
by Rochelle Griffin
About a year ago, I was introduced to the wonderful world of coconut oil. For many years, I stayed from any oil in general because I grew up with the notion that oil was bad for you…for your heart, your cholesterol, and most definitely your weight. Turns out, I was wrong.
Coconut oil can be used in a multitude of ways, but I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. Let’s talk about the oil itself first.
Not all coconut oils are created the same, so do your homework. The more inexpensive brands are typically not made from fresh coconuts. They are made from copra, the dried meat of the coconut, which must then be refined, bleached, and deodorized. If you’ve tried coconut oil before and had a less than pleasurable experience, it was probably oil made from copra.
I prefer virgin coconut oil, which is made from fresh coconut meat (non-copra.) Chemicals and heat aren’t needed to refine this oil because it’s so pure and stable.
Coconut oil is extremely versatile. I love that you can safely cook with it. When it’s heated, it doesn’t become hydrogenated and toxic as other oils do. It remains stable even at higher temperatures needed for deep-frying. My child, who knows what he likes and doesn’t like, will vouch for the yummy flavor it produces in our foods.
There are many health advantages as well. Here is a short-list of researched benefits that may occur when using coconut oil:
- Kills candida (yeast)
- Kills fungus
- Kills parasites
- Improves insulin use in our body
- Increases digestion
- Helps fat-soluble vitamins absorb
- Improves skin diseases including acne, eczema, and psoriasis
- Promotes weight loss and preserves muscle mass
- May reverse some effects of Alzheimer’s disease
- Boosts metabolism
You may be thinking Ok, Rochelle, I want to add coconut oil into my life but HOW?
Honestly it’s much easier than you think.
With cooking or baking, use it just like any other oil. We use it for all of our cooking and baking. I use it to make homemade oil/vinegar salad dressing. I love to drizzle it on my veggies. I even like it in my morning coffee!
**Please know that at room temperature the oil is a solid. It totally freaked me out the first time because I wasn’t expecting that. Once it’s heated, it turns into a liquid.
There are plenty of other uses for coconut oil besides in the kitchen. It’s fantastic as a hair conditioner…and you get the health benefits of the oil because it absorbs in the scalp. You can also use it for things like:
- Skin moisturizer
- Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
- Eye makeup remover
- Chap stick
- Reducing insect bite or poison ivy itch
- Diaper cream
- Massage oil
- Soothing psoriasis
We use so much of it in our home that I buy it in gallon containers. I have a feeling we may graduate to 5-gallon containers very soon. I’m often asked where I buy it. Personally I don’t purchase from the local grocery store because it’s not the quality that I desire. I purchase the Virgin Coconut Oil from a company called Tropical Traditions (no I don’t get a kickback for mentioning them) and have it shipped to me.
In short, remember that you are your best advocate. Be pro-active and do your research with any of your food choices. Based on everything that I’ve read and researched, I’m very comfortable, confident, and happy to have coconut oil in my life and in my family’s.
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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