Monday, August 31, 2009

Coconut Oil Update

Lat week, I posted about how our family has added coconut oil to our diet and that we were beginning to see some of the purported benefits in our lives. In the week since that post, we've begun to see even more benefits to our health. These benefits include fewer food cravings, fewer mood swings, more energy and I even think it may be helping with allergies!!

Hubby and I put coconut oil in our coffee (did you see my pretty new cup?). Earlier this week, I just stopped putting sugar in my coffee, cold turkey, and I don't miss it one little bit :o) Yay!! Love, love, love coconut oil! For as long as I can remember, I've struggled with carb addiction, with all of the accompanying mood swings and food cravings. The coconut oil really has helped cut out the cravings and the mood swings. I still have to pay attention to what I'm doing or else I might find myself mindlessly eating, but as long as I catch it before I do it, avoiding unnecessary eating is not difficult, though it used to be very difficult.

Thanks to the coconut oil, I'm eating less and I feel great! I have more energy (I have the energy to do something physical every day, which I didn't just two weeks ago), less stress (I cannot get over how calm Bryan & I both feel), we are sleeping better at night and I think it is even preventing some allergy/ sinus issues. When we visit our hometown, we usually come home with sinus issues that are allergy related and that take about a week or so to clear up. We just got home yesterday and none of us have any congestion. The only thing that was different about this visit was the coconut oil. Could that really be what kept us from getting sick?

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor am I a nutritionist. I am just a mom who reads a lot, both on the internet and in books. Don't take my word for anything. Do your own research and talk to your health professional so that you can make smart, informed choices concerning your health and that of your family.


motherhen68 said...

Though I wouldn't doubt the coconut oil has something to do w/the allergies, I'm betting cutting the sugar/carbs is the reason. Once I went low-carb/no sugar, my allergies disappeared. I had terrible oak pollen allergies and mold allergies. My eyes would be so itchy, so red, incessant itching. Since Jan 08, no allergies at all. It's amazing. I can only attribute it to low carb. Redd used to have crusty eyes, where his eyes would be crusted shut each longer. He also used to get terrible ear infections, mostly not even associated w/a cold, but if he did have a cold, it was a given he'd get an ear infection. Not any more. He hasn't had an ear infection since 1/08.

I was thinking of you this morning when I added my coconut oil to my coffee. Since we've stressed out here lately, I figured I needed to remember to add the oil every morning! :)

The Book Lady Online said...

This morning I woke up with an awful headache and stuffy nose. I sneezed all morning and nothing would get rid of the headache. I could not figure out why, all of a sudden, I had a headache when I hadn't had one in weeks.

Then I read your comment and I slapped my forehead - duh! Yesterday, one of the boys didn't finish his brownie, so I did. This was the first large amount of sugar/ grains I'd had in weeks, and today, I have a horrid sinus headache and am stuffy. It all fits.

So now I have two reasons to stay away from grains/ sugar/ carbs - I love that I'm losing inches (and probably weight, too) but I also loved not being stuffed up and achy.

How are you guys? We're thinking of you guys and praying for y'all.