I practice the elimination diet and I now know better of what my body wants and likes. I have stopped lots of pain and inflammation sources in foods medicines and beverages. What they say is often slanted to the lobby of marketing. Pharmacy companies will promote a drug even thought people die from it. I gave up 90% of processed foods, wheat, corn, soy, citric acid, sulfur laden foods this includes cane sugar and vinegar, etc... I use coconut oil at the rate of 1-3 tablespoons per day. I never cook in oil. When my doctor does a full blood panel my liver tests are only getting better. This is so important for my efforts of weight loss.
Animal in CAFO grown farms are saturated oil that is higher in omega-9 fatty acids which act differently in the body from plant oils usually higher in omega-3 fatty acids. Hexane is a pollution in coconut plants and harvesting that has hit the open market and organic versions seem to be better to my system. The body can add on to a 3 carbon omega fatty acid but does a poor job of gleaning a diet too high in omga-9. Coconut oil and the avocado are my friends. The word saturated has had a bad image. I have evolved past processed and have gone whole food. It has assisted me in avoiding most of my fibromyalgia flu like body aches.
I also follow the research that limits certain vegetables due to their ability to reduce thyroid function. Yes we get mixed messages but my body does not lie.
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This isn't about oils or anything, but it was some health information I found somewhere.
I just read something or saw something somewhere (maybe WebMD or the Health Conditions section here, not sure) that eating small frequent meals is not recommended for people with hypothyroidism. I wish I could remember where I saw that, because I would like more information about that. I don't necessarily mind, I can't eat that way anyway, but I'm curious as to why it would matter.
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I have read about coconut oil as well. I think that you really need to weigh who is saying what. About .com and thyroid info. are both sites geared toward people with thyroid issues, so are probably more dependable. If you read what Mary Shoman(about.com), and some of the Dr.'s she interviews say , you'll find that they believe coconut oil is beneficial to hypos, because the fat chains are different then other oils - which somehow helps your body release fat. Another oil I have seen recently( on Dr. Oz) was sunflower oil, which may do the same thing. If you're curious about coconut oil, you could just try it, replacing another type of fat that you would normally use( olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine) it can't be any worse for you then those. I do understand the flavor is something you have to take into consideration when you use it. If you do try it, will you let us know how it works. I live in a rural town(no health food store) - I haven't been able to find it, but I am curious. I have tried the sunflower oil, it's expensive, but the flavor is nice .
I totally feel your pain. My grandmother gave me the book "Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit" by the pioneering guru Adele Davis when I was 14. I am 56 and I have been reading since that time. I have seen the "cycles" of what is good and not good come and go. It is so frustrating. For me personally, I have settled on a few people whom I trust and common sense. I am a believer in God and I look through that lens when discerning the truth. For instance, the egg. I never believed it was bad for you because He created the egg perfectly, yes with saturated fat and all, along with lecithin, a fat emulsifier. :-) Now the egg is good for you after years of criticism. My motto, eat what God made in it's most natural form, indulge once in a while and be happy. The internet is not our friend when it comes to this subject because anyone can write anything and sound like an expert and make money. Personally, I don't believe saturated fat is bad for you. Oh no, I said it! Butter or margarine? Butter, cream & salt. Margarine, refined vegetable oils and many unfamiliar ingredients. You get the idea. Some authors I trust are Sally Fallon's "Nourishing Traditions" btw, she promotes coconut oil, and Jorden Rubin, who came back from the brink of death through diet. You can google either one and find their books. Good luck on your quest. I hope this helps a little.
There is so much information out there around health issues:
1. Coconut is good fat for you vs coconut is a nasty unhealthy oil 2. It is better to eat 5 small meals a day vs eat only 3 meals a day 3. Low/no fat diets vs diets that incorporate moderate fats 3. Any amount of wine is bad for for you vs a glass now and then of wine is healthy for you .....ETC, ETC. ETC
Every day you read a study that says this is good for you and then within a week you hear of a second study that contradicts the first study and it goes back and forth and on and on. Take coconut oil for example: You read that it is an exception to the saturated fat belief and that is a healthy fat to consume that could support weight loss for hypos...but then you read that all saturated fats are bad for you and they should be avoided at all costs. How do you decide what is accurate and what is not when it comes to being a hypo and trying to lose weight? How do you know that whatever you try is going to be a healthy outcome or that it will be more harmful that good for you?
The reason I am asking how others decide is that I have been reading up on hypothyroidism and the possible benefits of coconut oil. On one hand it sounds good and worth a try but then you read something else and it could be the worst possible thing to take. I have read that many people have seen benefits to taking 3-4 TBSP of coconut oil a day and then I read that because it is a saturated fat that it should be avoided at all costs. And yet reading each argument makes perfect sense. So how do you decide what right. Inquiring minds really want to know.
Hope this made a bit of sense. Cheers all...Lori
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