What does my day look like using Coconut Oil
My life centres around homeschooling, home duties and working on my blog and in my husbands business. While it sounds like a lot it all seems to get done in the style of organised kaos!
My daily dose of coconut oil starts before breakfast
- Lemon juice, about 1/2 a medium sized lemon and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a glass filled with warm water. The lemon juice is a pre-biotic and the coconut oil gives me that first boost of energy for the day.
- This is followed by a product called Bowel Biotic that I get from my health food shop. It’s a mix of psyllium, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. My daughter has this as well.
- 20-30 minutes after my drinks I eat breakfast somewhere around 9am. Most mornings I have fresh seasonal fruit with kefir mixed with a tablespoon of coconut oil, a teaspoon of honey or a few drops of stevia with some ground flaxseed, shredded coconut and chia seeds sprinkled on top.
- I mention seasonal fruits here as I think it’s important to eat fruits and vegetables that are seasonally grown not manufactured to grow. I’m quite sure that if the creator of this world intended for us to eat everything at any time of the year then it would naturally occur that way.
On the mornings that I opt for something different then fruit and kefir I’ll have Buckwheat and Quinoa Pancakes or Quinoa Porridge. Sometimes I have eggs and bacon but usually when someone else cooks it (like my husband).
- About mid morning I’ll have a cup of Dandelion tea or Ecco and sometimes I’ll have 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in it.
I don’t eat again until lunchtime and sometimes later. Since using coconut oil as part of my weight loss program I have found that I don’t have any drops in my blood sugar and cravings are a thing of the past.
Midmorning to lunchtime I’m usually helping kids with school, working on my blog, cooking or other house work. Every few weeks I work on admin for my husbands business but I do make time to fit in exercise, a vital part to my routine and for anyone needing to restore health.
My Exercise Routine uses Coconut Oil
- On Mondays I usually take my daughter to do some lap swimming, the one exercise that we both really like because it uses so much of your body. We both put 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and rub through our hair before swimming. After a shower I use coconut oil on my skin as a moisturiser and to combat that horrible feeling of swimming in chlorinated water.
- Tuesdays I do water aerobics – great workout without too much pressure on the joints. Make sure coconut oil goes on afterwards.
- On Thursdays after a gym workout I use 2 teaspoons of coconut oil through out my hair and leave on for about 30 minutes as a weekly treatment. I then wash and condition it as normal.
- Fridays I’m swimming again – in case you hadn’t guessed I like water. Coconut oil goes on again just as you would put on a moisturiser after showering.
My daily dose of coconut oil with lunch
- Lunchtime meals in our house are usually left overs from whatever meals I’ve managed to make enough to have left overs from.
- Things like Bolognese, chicken curry, roast meats or homemade pizzas, roast potatoes with toppings or a “grain” dish using quinoa.
- Quinoa bread toasted with lots of salad greens and avocado. My daughter will probably eat the last piece of the gluten free pizza made with coconut flour. I usually add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the sandwich somewhere. Either spread it on the bread itself or melt and drizzle it over.
- Sometimes I cook eggs and vegetables or have tuna and salad.
- I also make nori wraps which are just like a sandwich or a wrap except not bread. Fill them with heaps of salad veg and sometimes meat or chicken. Full of minerals and antioxidants.
Afternoon snacks using coconut oil
- For snacks if I really need one (remember the coconut oil keeps your hunger at bay so I don’t often need snacks) we will have vegetable sticks with cream cheese or a handful of nuts or seeds with flaked or shredded coconut. I love roasted tamari sunflower seeds and pepitas at the moment. Sometimes I will grab a piece of coconut fudge.
- Dinners are either proteins and vegetables both raw and cooked or a grain or potato dish with vegetables both raw and cooked. And sometimes it’s just plain old eggs as I have no creative juices left inside me or have people who are all too starving to wait for something more elaborate than an omelette or scrambled eggs.
My daily dose of coconut oil with dinner
I haven’t reinvented the wheel when it comes to cooking dinners. I first try to cook dishes that I’ve cooked forever and convert them to incorporate coconut oil. Some of the meals that are regulars on my menu are:
- Casseroles and Stews
Then I have meals that are slightly more alternative which are:
- Quinoa and Red Potato Hash
- Stuffed Red Peppers with Buckwheat
- Coconut Pizza Crust with toppings
- Buckwheat veg burgers
- Onion Pie
- Salmon Fillets with coconut and tamari
I use coconut oil in all of these meals. Some I use it to cook the food in and others I pour it over the finished meal.
Either way I know that my family gets a good helping of the benefits of coconut oil.
If you have any questions or comments on how you use coconut oil I’d love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below.
Don’t take it for granted that we have beautiful food just waiting to be cooked and prepared and eaten that will give us energy and strength and life, and don’t forget the coconut oil!