Saturday, October 15, 2011
Dr. Fifeís Non-Stick Cooking Oil
Oils are added to foods to improve taste and texture. Another very important reason for using oil is for its non-stick properties. Oil keeps food from sticking to cookware. Whether youíre baking or frying, oil helps prevent food from burning onto the pans and helps make cleanup easier.
The primary drawback with using coconut oil in cooking is that it is not as good a lubricant as most other oils. Foods cooked in coconut oil often have a tendency to stick somewhat. If youíve ever fried an egg in coconut oil you know what I mean. You have to scrub the pan afterwards to remove all the egg. The same is true with baking. Baked goods like to cling to the sides of the pan even when coconut oil is used.
This caused me a lot of frustration when I was developing recipes for my cookbooks because I didnít want to use other, less healthy oils to coat my pans. I, however, found a solution to this problem. As I was developing recipes for my book Cooking with Coconut Flour, I discovered how to make coconut oil become a completely non-stick cooking oil and improve its nutritional content at the same time.
I am totally amazed at how well it works. With this oil, you have all the health benefits of coconut oil combined with the anti-sticking properties of the best non-stick cooking sprays. In my opinion, it is absolutely the best cooking oil available. It can be used for baking or frying. Foods donít stick at all. They easily slide out of the pan. Even breads seem to slide out of the pans with ease.
Since Iíve been using this new oil Iíve never had to scrub another pan. Because foods donít stick, pans are incredibly easy to clean. With a little soap and water you simply wipe them clean in a matter of seconds. Iíve never used an oil that makes clean up so easy.
This non-stick cooking oil is made from a combination of organic coconut oil and unbleached liquid lecithin. Unbleached lecithin has a dark amber color and when combined with coconut oil produces a rich buttery color. In fact, it looks just like butter. It could appropriately be called coconut butter.
Lecithin is a common food ingredient used as an emulsifier. Lecithin, also known as phosphatidylcholine, is gaining much recognition as a valuable dietary supplement. Because of lecithinís potential as a dietary supplement it has been extensively studied. Even in relatively large amounts it has shown to have no harmful side effects. All commercial sources of lecithin are derived from soy. Soy lecithin, however, does not contain the phytoestrogens or goitrogens associated with soy that have been scrutinized in recent years. It is completely harmless with many healthy benefits.
Lecithin is a source of choline, which is one of the B vitamins important to human health, particularly brain health. It has gained a reputation as a natural means of preserving and improving mental function. Choline is one of the few substances able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. It goes directly into the brain cells to produce a chemical, acetylcholine, that aids memory. A number of studies have shown a positive effect of phosphocholine on preventing dementia and improving cognitive function. Dietary supplements of phosphatidylcholine (lecithin) are sold specifically for this purpose. Evidence shows that it may be of help with patients with advanced Alzheimerís disease by improving orientation, learning, and memory. For these reasons, it is finding use among Alzheimerís patients and those who are concerned about preserving their mental function as they go older.
Studies have shown that lecithin provides many additional benefits.
Improves fat digestion.
Increases absorption of fat-soluble nutrients (e.g., vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene, etc.).
May help to slow the deterioration of the myelin (nerve covering), which is depleted in multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers.
May help prevent the development of hypertension.
Aids the liver and helps protect it from toxins, such as alcohol.
Increases the capacity of bile to dissolve and remove cholesterol and prevent gallstones.
The combination of the numerous health benefits of coconut oil with those of lecithin makes this one of the healthiest cooking oils you could use.
However, unless you were in my home you could not enjoy the benefits of this remarkable oil. But itís far too good to be kept a secret. So Iím going to give you the recipe here. Itís very simple. All you need to do is mix ľ cup of melted coconut oil with Ĺ teaspoon of liquid lecithin. Use what you need and store the rest in the refrigerator. It will last for months. In fact, I made a large batch two years ago that I am still using. ■
I hate using non-stick pans. I found this and plan on using it, would be great to be able to be non-stick and healthy too!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Honoring Life Changes
The Wisdom of Fear
Anything really worth doing in our lives will always have some fear attached to it.
Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. For example, having a baby, getting married, changing careersóall of these life changes can bring up deep fears. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.
Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us. Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in between the old life and a new one. Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as a harbinger of transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.
You might wish to converse with your fear, plumbing its depths for a greater understanding of the change you are making. You could do this by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes upóyour worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopesóis a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life.
Source: Daily OM email.
Hope you have a super Saturday!
Friday, October 14, 2011
"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open."
-- Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor
Love this quote, so true.
So glad it's Friday and hope to leave an hour early today. Have a good one!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Hi everyone, sorry I have to rant but read something this morning that ticked me off. Basically it said that women who take supplements get more diseases than those that don't. What a crock. First of all, you can swing studies to whatever you want. Who funded the study? What type of vitamins are we talking about - synthetic or natural source. What levels of vitamins. What type of diet are the women eating. They panic the public for no reason.
I take supplements and I research which I think are going to be good for me. I was just at the doctor the other day and he said I have the blood pressure of a teenager and I am 52. I exercise, I eat a low carb diet and have lowered my LDL cholesterol, raised my HDL.
Thanks for listening, have a great day!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
5 Tricks to Freshen Up Your Microwave
The microwave oven is a modern convenience of epic proportions. Itís an appliance that most everyone has and something that you likely use on a near daily basis to whip up a meal in minutes or quickly reheat last nightís supper. However, microwaves seem to get dirty and smelly just as easily and just as quickly. So, here are five ways to clean your microwave and freshen it up with natural solutions:
Harness the power of steam. Fill a microwave safe bowl with water and microwave it for about two minutes. The steam released will help loosen any stuck on food particles, making it easier to wipe clean.
Add a drop of vanilla to that steam. Using the same technique as above, simply add in a drop or two of vanilla extract (or almond, lemon, etc.). Set the timer for two minutes, but check every thirty seconds to see if the foul odors have sufficiently been wiped out.
Cook some tea to kill odor. If you donít have any vanilla extract on hand but do have a few tea bags you are willing to spare, boil them in the microwave to remove odors.
Make your own deep-cleaning scrub. If your microwave is in really tough shape, it might need some really tough cleaning. Skip the chemicals and go with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. This paste is a proven gunk-buster. Plus, baking soda will also absorb smells!
Finish up with a citrus refresher. Grab a lemon and poke some holes in it, then toss it into your microwave for up to thirty seconds. The citrus oil will release, helping to break down any remaining food particles for easy wiping. Youíll be left with a clean, citrus-scented microwave.
Source: Swanson Health Tips email
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