January 31, 2011

Coconut Oil. Snow.

Well, let's see if I can fit all this in one blog post without making YOU go nuts.

Hi all. I have been so busy I haven't had time to even think! Between finishing up a GED online program, working out, church, Bible study, practicing the piano, and playing around with food I'm swamped with business. Or not. Whatever you like to think, I feel busy and have been.

A young coconut.
Two weeks ago I listened to a talk radio show by David Sandoval on Coconut Oil....love him! He's a world-renown nutritionist, into disease prevention through whole foods, and an expert on all the qualities of coconut oil. Here's some things you may not know about coconut oil:

1. It does not make you fat. The fat in CO is a MCT (medium-chain triglycerides), which strengthens the immune system and gives a quicke energy boost. CO is a stable fat, and because it is not stored in your body & it doesn't turn into a trans fat, it will in fact burn fat & calories....resulting in WEIGHT LOSS! One year farmers fed CO to their cattle thinking it would make them fat...they had cattle so skinny nobody would buy their meat! I eat 1 to 2 tablespoons of CO a day, and lost 4 pounds when I started this.

2. Doesn't raise your cholesterol like other saturated fats. It's anti-viral & anti-microbial properties prevent heart disease. Increases your energy & metabolism. If you have an over-active thyroid or an under-active thyroid, it balances it out. Keeps fungus, mold & bacteria out of your blood, and rids the body of parasites. Only coconuts & breast milk have monolaurin, which is similiar to colostrum for disease fighting properties.

3. When you heat normal oils, they become trans fats that are unstable, prone to oxidation, the free radical production speeds up, and because of this, they are very inflammatory inside our bodies. Through this heating process, oils like canola, cottonseed, safflower, corn, soybean, and grapeseed cause problems like diabetes, heart disease, & other degenerative diseases. CO is very stable, resistant to oxidation; it is PERFECT for cooking and has a long shelf life. We use it in place of any cooking oil. Here's a recipe for a delicious, quick drink I made & lost weight drinking:

Vanilla Coconut Shake
by Ani Phyo from her book "Ani's Raw Food Kitchen"

1 cup pecans/walnuts                   1/2 pitted dates or sweetener of choice (I used honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla                       2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted works good)             3 cups water

Blend the pecans, honey, vanilla, coconut oil, and water until smooth. Tasted a little like cream! So yummy.

"Cereal": sesame sprouts, hemp seed, apple, cinnamon, honey

Tried sprouting....and then saw how it's similiar to Christian life & growth.
First you clean the seeds/nuts. This is Christ regenerating our heart, saving & drawing us to Him.. Then you soak them for a few hours. Remember as a new Christian reading your Bible for hours on end? (wish I had time for that!) Then you rinse them a few times, drain, and then put them by the light for 3-8 hours so they can grow. We must be rinsed of the worlds dirtiness and drained of our selfish desires, refreshed by Scripture reading & prayer, and walking by God's light to grow. Then the seeds must be continually rinsed, and drained, 3-8 hours later, rinsed and drained, etc. We will not grow as God's little Sprouts if we do not read our Bible and pray every day! What happens when we do? Even though others may not always see it, we will grow, grow, grow like sprouts grow.   :-) Thank-you Lord for earthly symbols...simple people may know You and grow in Your wisdom because of it!

Buckwheat sprouts

Allison & I shoveling snow

 Made "Chicken Wild Rice" soup....since the cooked soup is so addictive I had to think-up a barely raw recipe so I didn't feel guilty every time I ate it. Sauteed some chopped onions, celery, and carrots lightly in the skillet. Mixed hot water with chicken base and then added to un-sweetened nut milk with spices. Added vegetables, and then some soaked wild rice. (wouldn't use the rice again though) Great broth, not perfectly raw, gluten-free, but it was so delicious!! And quick too.  
Chia Pudding...1 cup nut milk with 1 teaspoon vanilla, pinch sea salt, honey/sweetener to taste, and ground or whole chia seeds. Shake everything together in handy little Blender Bottle, sit in fridge for 10 minutes. Enjoy this quick one!

Little raw dog Schatze. Here she is begging for her favorite food...walnuts. She also loves kale, flaxseed, lettuce, corn, coconut oil, greens, and fresh-picked blueberries. Constant source of amusement. What a funny, sweet little thing.

My family have been pestering me non-stop, and it's getting a little bit annoying. ;-) And I'd like to know what YOU think. They want me to start selling my Cookies to the world. Like Nature's Pantry the world. Scary, but cool. They're just a little chocolate dehydrated cookie filled with nutrient-rich seeds and superfoods that I dreamt up & for some reason my family raves about them & believes I could make a lot of money on it. What do you think? Is it worth a try? Or is my family stark-raving mad? ;-)

In Christ alone and striving to be a likeness of Him,

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21


  1. coconut oil boggles my mind. I hear so many good things and so many bad things about it. I have some, I use it, but... I feel like it's one of those things people just have to decide for themselves about... because the research seems so inconclusive because it's so contradictory. Sigh. I think it's that way with most food stuff. The more I research healthy lifestyles though, the more I notice a theme... eating more whole foods, less processed foods. Getting closer to what is natural... away from the refined.

    As far as selling the cookies go... I think it would be really interesting to try!

    Have you done any research about it? To do it legally, you'd probably need to get some sort of business license and certification... maybe even insurance, since food is a somewhat risky thing to sell.
    I don't know though? Research it and find out! One of my friends tried to get an online business going by selling natural/organic skin care products. I think she ended up closing it down just because of amount of money she had to invest in it... and didn't get enough sales.

    I'm not saying this to discourage you though. Sorry if it feels that way. :-)

  2. A lot of the research done on coconut oil wasn't done in the right way and in a way to make it look bad. Yes, more whole foods and less processed is definately the base. The simpler the better, closer to what the Lord designed.

    No, I haven't done any research but I don't know if I'd have a lot of time for it anyways. Yeah, that may require a lot of work. That's the thing, I want to make money, not just invest in it.