Coo-Coo for Coconut Oil
From the desk of Stacey Nussbaum, HHC ...
Coconut oil has been falsely labeled as a “bad” fat and touted to raise blood cholesterol levels since the 1950’s. This is because it is in fact a highly saturated fat, meaning it is solid at room temperature. BUT, not all saturated fats are created equal! Coconut oil is composed primarily of medium-chain fatty acids that are burned almost immediately for energy production. This makes coconut oil a favorite for athletes and other weight conscious individuals. And it is an exceptionally healthy fat especially for vegans who are lacking medium-chain fatty acids. Coconut oil is one of the few plant sources of lauric acid, which enhances brain function and the immune system. It is also a proven antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agent. It does not clog your arteries or cause heart disease. Coconut oil is lubricating in nature and helps nourish your skin and hair. In addition, coconut oil does not produce free-radicals upon heating like other vegetable oils do.
So how do you use this miracle food?
The good news is that coconut oil is equally beneficial when applied externally as it is taken internally, and can be used for both skin and hair. The most common use for coconut oil is to eat it. You can stir-fry or roast just about any food with coconut oil. My favorite is to roast sweet potatoes using coconut oil and cinnamon, tastes almost like a dessert. And you also can substitute coconut oil for butter in baking, just reduce the amount by 25%.
Externally, coconut oil can be used as moisturizer for your skin and hair. I recently had a massage in Vancouver and the therapist used coconut oil during my treatment. It was great because it absorbed so quickly into my skin and didn’t leave me feeling greasy. According to a recent study, coconut oil treatments on your hair reduced protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair. You can make a great hair mask by applying a few teaspoons of melted coconut oil to your hair, letting it soak in for a few hours or overnight, and washing it out. It will leave your hair very shiny and smooth!
And lastly, you can apply coconut oil to cuts and it forms a thin layer that protects the cut from dust and bacteria. When applied directly to bug bites, it can stop the itching sensation.
You can find coconut oil at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and most local grocers.
Contact Stacey for more ways to incorporate coconut in your diet!
Stacey is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor certified by the Academy of Healing Nutrition in New York City. She provides nutritional counseling in a variety of areas including women’s health, weight management, athletic training, and gastrointestinal disorders as well as other chronic health conditions. She specializes in women’s health conditions including PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, severe PMS, and other gynecological issues.
Stacey left her highly successful career in law and finance in NYC to focus on her passion: educating her clients on the benefits of living a healthy, balanced life through proper nutrition. Over the years, and through training at the Academy of Healing Nutrition, the C.H.E.K. Institute, and the Metabolic Typing Education Center, Inc., Stacey has gained extensive knowledge and developed a deep understanding of nutritional choices and how they can lead to longevity and happiness. As her client, you will be empowered to live the life you adore!
Stacey will guide you through her food and lifestyle protocol to naturally fuel and heal your body by addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms. She will help you to view food as your body’s fuel and medicine and show you how to incorporate specific medicinal foods for optimal metabolism, health and energy.
Since there is no one diet that works for everyone, Stacey will provide you with menu plans developed specifically for you based on your metabolic type and food exercises. Stacey will show you how to adapt your eating and lifestyle habits to align with your health goals. You will explore new healthy and flavorsome ways of eating and cooking that will allow you to enjoy life and feel fabulous!