Sunday, September 27, 2009

Youngest and Oldest

I love these photos of Hannah and Mikey. I love how Mikey is looking at the camera instead of away. His eye contact is better and he's improving a lot lately.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Coconut Oil

My blog would not be complete if I didn't get on my soapbox about coconut oil!
Coconut oil has really helped my low thyroid problem and improved my energy level. I try to get around 2 T. a day of the oil and other natural coconut products. I originally found out about the benefits by reading an article in Above Rubies and through the Weston Price Foundation.

I think the coconut is one of God's greatest gifts to us (in the way of food). It's funny because I never liked coconut when I growing up because it was the fake kind! Once I tried the real thing, I loved it! My latest love in coconuts is the young coconut. They are super good for you. They different from the "old" ones. The young ones have more juice and the "meat" is soft. My younger kids fight over the "meat"!

Coconut oil is also great for losing weight because it speeds up your metabolism. The people in the world who still eat a lot of coconut and their traditional diet are some of the healthiest people on the planet! No cancer, heart problems etc.

My favorite way to eat coconut lately is with a little lemon or lime with salt. "Put the lime in the coconut ..."
Here's a recipe from Nourishing Traditions which I have used many times for an easy pie crust so I can get a good amount of coconut:
Coconut Pie Crust
1/2 C. melted coconut oil
2 Cups dried unsweetened coconut meat, finely shredded (I buy the bagged organic kind)
Mix coconut with the oil in a small bowl. Transfer to a buttered, floured 9 inch pie pan and press firmly and evenly against the bottom and sides. Bake at 300 for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool.
I fill it with homemade chocolate pudding. Yum!