I want to take a few minutes to talk about the coconut. Most of us hear the word and we have visions of a tropical paradise, or a pina colada…there are two types of people in this world. I am going to say that I would probably find myself somewhere in the middle. Coconut flavor is a touchy subject for me because I don’t really like the artificial flavoring most coconut flavored items come in. Most of the time it is overpowering and you are left with a lingering taste in your mouth that you just can’t seem to get rid of. So when my husband and I started looking into ways to get ourselves to the better versions we know we can be, we started looking to the uses for Coconut Oil.
Did you know that coconut oil has a laundry list of things it can be used for?
*Cooking/Baking/Eating in general (lot’s of benefits here)
*Diaper Cream for babies
*Nipple Cream for nursing moms
*Bug Spray/Bug Bite Soother
Stretch Mark Relief
Just to name a few. I am going to focus more on the eating and body care uses. But if you want to know more there is a ton of information out there. Look into it and see what you can find.
Early in the summer last year is when I would say we started using it for little things. Well I was using it as a moisturizer and my husband was noticing how it was making my skin look. It gives the skin a vibrant, radiant glow, with a natural looking sheen…you basically sparkle like a diamond! My husband loves when I wear dresses in the summer, he’s a leg man, and when I started using the coconut oil he really took notice. I also decided to make my own body scrub with sugar and essential oils. This was probably one of the best decisions I could have made. It makes a wonderful exfoliate and it gets rid of all the gross dragon scales you get when you live in Wisconsin. Comparable to the Sahara Desert let me tell you!
By the fall I was reading more information into how we could start implementing it into our diet. I had already used coconut milk in most of my shakes which would usually consist of some kind of frozen fruit and spinach or kale, maybe chia seeds (I hadn’t found the Protein Powder or my Amazing Greens yet!) I would use it in my oatmeal from time to time as well. We would go to the grocery store and flirt with the jar of oil in the baking aisle, always telling each other we will buy it on the next shopping trip. Then we would over-analyze everything we have heard about it, convincing ourselves that it was ok for us to wait another week.
So I am finally happy to announce that we got over all of our doubts and we jumped into the world of coconut oil! Took us long enough. Since we bought it we have been using it every chance we get! I used it to make some chicken fajitas the other night and they were delicious! One of my concerns before getting the oil was that it would change the flavor of our food, but it actually improved it. I don’t know how to explain it other than to say the food tastes…cleaner. Sounds dumb but I swear I can taste a difference!
We have also started looking into coconut palm sugar. It is found in the baking section next to the sugar supplements such as stevia and agave nectar. One of the things I have to keep an eye on is my sugar intake along with the carbs. It all comes back to the PCOS and fertility issues for me. The coconut palm sugar is a low glycemic product and a little goes a long way. To me it tastes just like brown sugar!
I can’t wait to see what we can do with all the new exciting products we are using. If there is anything you are looking forward to trying, and you are trying to make up your mind on what to do, I would say just bite the bullet and go for it! My husband and I decided the worst thing would be that we wasted a few dollars, but we would gain knowledge and be able to say we are risk takers! I encourage you to try something new and see how you like it, what is the worst that can happen??