Coconut Care -The Benefits and Uses of Coconut Oil

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For years coconut oil had a awful reputation for being “unhealthy” due to high levels of saturated fats, but what research has found is that coconut oil is immensely beneficial and packed full of nutrients, vitamins, trace minerals, and poly-phenols. Close to one third of the worlds population relies on coconuts for food and or their economy to survive. The healing properties of coconut oil are far beyond any other nutritional oil and has been used broadly in traditional medicines, mostly in Asian and Pacific populations. Being as a rich food source and medicine, coconut tree’s have been given a majestic name of “The Tree of Life”.

With coconut oil being as powerful a medicine as it is a rich food source, coconut oil assists a wide variety of health troubles and cures many detrimental illnesses.  A short but varied list of these aliments are as follows Asthma, baldness, bronchitis, burns, colds, coughs, ear ache, fever, irregular or painful menstruation, kidney stones, nausea, rash, prevents tooth decay, prevents weight gain, scurvy, sore throat, swelling, tooth ache, tumors, upset stomach, weakness and many more. Coconut oil is also excellent for expelling unwanted parasites, bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Many people use coconut oil specifically for their skin, hair, and nails as it strengthens them and prevents protein loss which can cause hair loss, broken cuticles, or flakey dry skin.  It is difficult to list everything coconut oil is good for because it has so many benefits inside and out. Coconut oil is truly a remarkable food source, medicine, and topical treatment making it an all around health booster.

 

 

 

 

Shake Up Your Morning Routine

Shake It Up

We constantly hear about the importance of breakfast for getting your day started right. The right type of breakfast helps kick start the metabolism and give you lasting energy. Unfortunately, many breakfasts do just the opposite of this. Kick your old breakfast to the curb and choose a new breakfast that will leave you feeling full and ready to tackle your day.

 

The Problem

 

Many breakfast foods are full of ingredients unhealthy ingredients. For example, toast and cereal is full of sugar and refined grains. Many other breakfast staples are highly processed. Such foods cause dramatic blood sugar spikes and dips that leave you with headaches and hunger pains.

 

Conventional breakfast meats like bacon and sausage at least give you a dose of protein in the morning, but are full of chemical preservatives. These chemicals have been linked with increasing the odds of diseases, including cancer. Not a good way to start the day!

 

The Answer

 

The answer to a healthier breakfast is easier than you may think. Simply mixing up a smoothie in the morning can give you a quick dose of protein, fruit, vegetables, and more—all in one cup!

 

How To

 

It is difficult to make a mistake on a smoothie. Choose a few healthy ingredients and the blend button. Bananas make a good base because of their creamy texture. Avocados can provide a similar, though less sweet, effect. Berries of almost any variety add a sweet taste and high antioxidant content.

 

The next step is adding dark leafy greens like spinach or kale. For those who don’t care for the texture that these greens add, organic kale powder can offer a nutrient-dense and convenient alternative. Simply add a couple scoops to your morning smoothie for kale’s anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, cholesterol lowering, and anti-aging powers.

 

Be sure to avoid putting any added sugars or artificial ingredients into your smoothie and you will be all set.

 

Why Choosing an Organic Protein Powder Matters

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People consider a variety of factors when choosing a protein powder. Ability to help meet the desired goal, compatibility with any dietary restrictions, taste, and cost are a few of the top factors people look for in protein powder. One important factor that cannot be overlooked is the quality of ingredients used in the protein powder. One of the best ways to ensure that ingredients are of high quality is by selecting only protein powders made from organic ingredients.

Avoiding Chemical Pesticides

Conventionally grown crops are sprayed with harsh chemicals to encourage growth and prevent pests and disease from getting the crops. These powerful chemicals are designed to resist being washed away by the elements. This means that even a thorough washing cannot remove all chemical residue from crops. There is little to no data to support the safety of long term human consumption of these pesticides and fertilizers, but plenty of questions about the risks.

Organic crops are held to higher standards. They can only be grown with the aid of natural products. The result is the sources used in organic protein powder never come in contact with the harsh chemicals that conventional protein powders do.

Avoiding GMO Crops

Corn and soy are among the crops most commonly grown from genetically modified crops (GMOs). While the connections between soy protein powders and genetically modified soy crops is obvious, genetically modified corn crops also have a tremendous impact on protein powders. Most conventionally raised cows are fed a corn-based mixture, and most conventional corn is genetically modified. Therefore, dairy protein products from cows fed GMO crops are also impacted by GMOs.

Opinion on GMOs is divided, but many health experts advise people to avoid them as much as possible. The governments of dozens of countries around the world have such concerns about GMOs that they have banned their use. By choosing an organic protein powder, people assure themselves that they are not exposing themselves to GMOs in any way.

Final Thoughts

Most people use protein powers on a daily basis. The frequent consumption of them multiplies the need for them to come from the highest quality organic sources possible.

 

Desiccated Liver Spaghetti Sauce

When was the last time you ate a heaping plate of liver and onions? Most of you are probably thinking ‘NEVER!’ but I hope at least a few of you are thinking ‘Not in a while.’ My point is, liver is a superfood that has disappeared from our modern diet. Once a weekly guest on the 1950’s dinner table; liver is rarely eaten in 2014. This, my friends, is disappointing for a number of reasons.

Grass-fed beef liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats. Beef liver works to correct numerous health problems such as anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency. It is also great for increasing energy and endurance, as well as helping your body build and maintain lean muscle. Grass-fed beef liver benefits anyone who chooses to eat it.

The problem with liver? It doesn’t taste very good. In fact, most people can’t eat it at all. Liver is definitely an acquired taste, and many people have never even tried it! This is where desiccated liver supplements come into play. Desiccated liver supplements are simply dehydrated or freeze-dried beef liver milled into a powder and then inserted into a capsule. This is a great option for anyone who cannot stomach the taste of actual liver.

Another great way to use desiccated liver is to empty the capsules into your favorite recipes. Desiccated liver powder can be added to soups, stews, and sauces like the one below.

Desiccated Liver Spaghetti Sauce
4 medium sized tomatoes
4 cloves fresh garlic
1 medium onion
3-4 tbsp of desiccated liver powder
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Chop tomatoes and onions into 1 inch chunks. Arrange tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a shallow baking dish, season with salt and pepper, and roast for 1 hour and 30 minutes. When the veggies have finished roasting, puree all of the vegetables and desiccated liver powder in a food processor until a sauce forms. Add water or broth if sauce is too thick. If necessary, gently reheat sauce at a low temperature before serving.

Easy Bulletproof Latte

You may or may not have heard of Bulletproof Coffee™ but it’s basically the idea of putting healthy organic oils in organic coffee. This type of coffee boosts energy, mental focus, and metabolism. I make my own variation based on Bulletproof Coffee™ but I call it my Easy Bullet Proof Latte. This latte is delicious and can be easily whipped up in the comfort of your own home or office in under 10 minutes.

Easy Bulletproof Latte
8 oz hot organic coffee
1-2 tbsp organic coconut oil
1-2 tbsp organic protein powder
1-2 tbsp raw honey

Directions: Combine all ingredients in your blender and whip until frothy. Enjoy!

My Easy Bulletproof Latte is perfect for keeping me full until lunch. I usually have this latte and piece of fruit or some hard boiled eggs every morning for breakfast. Sometimes when I’m fasting or accidentally forget to get up in time for breakfast, I have this latte alone and it is enough to keep me full and focused until lunch.

Coconut oil boosts brain health as well as metabolism. It works to keep you full and focused. When this latte is combined with a healthy snack for breakfast, the coconut oil helps you burn the calories more efficiently. Coconut oil is also anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, so it is great for your immune system.

Protein powder is a great way to stay full until lunch. Even a tablespoon in the morning is enough to keep me going. I’m not a nutritionist by any means, but I have heard that diets high in healthy protein help you build lean muscle and maintain a healthy body weight. When it comes to coconut oil, protein, all of the other supplements, and the food I consumes, I choose organic whenever possible.

I fell in love with South Africa eight years ago and I’m never going back!

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In 2006, I moved from the United States to South Africa in search of a healthier lifestyle. If you didn’t know, the United States is one of the most chemically laden and corrupt food supplies in the world. It was nearly impossible to live a healthy life in America because it was nearly impossible to find organic food. I’ve since visited the United States and learned that they have put more effort into local and organic food, but the food supply is still vastly corrupt and genetically modified. Besides, I fell in love with South Africa eight years ago and I’m never going back!

I now follow a Weston A. Price inspired diet that consists of whole and organic foods that I cook myself. I try to buy local and organic whenever possible. I eat plenty of healthy protein and fats from grass-fed dairy, pastured meats, and wild caught seafood. I also eat plenty of vegetables and fresh fruit. I try to avoid gluten, and all processed foods- ESPECIALLY processed sugars.

When I moved to South Africa, I got a gym membership and I’ve had one ever since. I try to work out 3-5 times per week but I am always sure to give my body at least two days of rest. I like to do a lot of functional movement training- my own special blend of crossfit and traditional body building. My favorite exercises are dead lifts, lunges, and squats! For cardio, I prefer to get out of the gym with nice long walk on the beach or an adventurous hilly bike ride. Ellipticals are lame!

I will be using this blog to keep myself on the healthy track and to help others join me a long the way. It took a huge change for me to get healthy, but I’m going to use this blog to share the little, everyday changes you can make in order to live a healthier lifestyle.