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MEAGANLORD's Photo MEAGANLORD Posts: 157
2/2/09 6:49 P

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I'm not overly fond of the taste of coconut, so I'm not sure I will ever get "there," lol.

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1/28/09 11:28 P

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I haven't really noticed weight loss, but DH says it can do that for you. I DID notice myself having more energy, though. It is really good for you, and DH says if I ate at least a Tblsp each day, I would notice more weight loss. He puts it on toast instead of butter, but I haven't quite gotten "there," yet.

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MEAGANLORD's Photo MEAGANLORD Posts: 157
1/28/09 3:26 P

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I love coconut oil for my skin! I've never taken it for weight loss, but I am taking safflower oil for it. A friend reccomended it to me. She claims that it flushed the fat out of her body (she went from a size 16 to a size 10 in six months). She was already eating well and exercising, but she says that this just helped things along. Apparantly I won't see results in terms of weight loss for three to four months, but so far I have noticed that it gives me a bit of energy. Online in a few articles I've read, it is said to support weight loss by regulating your thyroid and helping to boost it up a bit. It didn't have any bad side effects, so I figured, why not try it?

I'm going to start using it in my cooking, considering all the praise it has gotten!

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1/28/09 11:47 A

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@KELLKAT, has using coconut oil helped you to lose weight? I've read that it helps you to burn bodyfat, but I am skeptical about such things. But if it does help at all, I can use every extra edge I can get. I'm considering getting some organic unrefined extra virgin coconut oil. I know Whole Foods has it, but I'll see if Trader Joes has it cheaper. I might try using it instead of Smart Balance and I checked out The Coconut Diet from the library and it has a whole bunch of recipes.

What do you think?

Edited by: QUASAR7 at: 1/28/2009 (11:47)
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1/25/09 11:48 P

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I just started a new job a couple weeks ago, and I'm just now trying to catch up on what I've missed. Sorry I didn't see this one a lot sooner, because ever since I met and married my DH, I have been a daily user of coconut oil - both in cooking and topically.

DH actually likes it even more than me and will spread it on toast and add it to soup and just about anything he eats. I use it to cook veggies in and to flavor things like beans.

Topically, I use it on my skin: after I shower, I spread on a little natural lotion, then I seal it in with the coconut oil. I even use it on my face, and DH and I both put a little dab in each nostril before we go to bed at night. DH says I used to "snore" (I'm sure I was just breathing heavily...), but I no longer do. I even saw him putting it in his nose this morning, and he says he breathes better throughout the day when he does! I've also rubbed it into a tiny area on my scalp that gets flaky.

During the summer, we both put it on our skin before going out to work in the sun. Sounds crazy, I know, but it works!

Anyone interested in coconut milk, too?

Edited by: KELLKAT at: 1/25/2009 (23:49)
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1/16/09 10:07 P

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sorry but that sounds like a lot of work to get a few zzz's. I think I would rather take OTC medicine
I think my family would think I was crazy(er) if I wrapped myself in plastic wrap and smelled like coconut



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1/16/09 9:21 A

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wow! that's very interesting. I'd like to try that. Would not be able to wrap my head. That would probably keep me awake. I could put it all over my face and neck.

I slept great last night. I even fell back to sleep between 5 until 6 as I had to get people up. That is a miracle! It is amazing how good you feel after a good night's sleep!
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1/15/09 10:52 P

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Thanks for the info, and welcome!

I used it for a while for thyroid/hashi's issues, and did lose weight, but I made many other changes too, so I don't know how much it contributed.

I still use it occasionally but it is too expensive to use every day (plus I forget I have it)! As much as I like coconut, I don't want everything tasting like it, so I use Olive Oil mostly. It is good in french toast, and I've used it in baking...but it doesn't go over well with my family on savory dishes.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO TRY IT FOR THE FIRST TIME...make sure you are getting unrefined virgin coconut oil. The heat refining process turns it into a trans-fat nightmare by changing the structure of medium chain fatty acids, and will be more harmful than helpful. Some health stores sell the refined coconut oil in the cooking section so watch the labels before you buy.



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1/15/09 10:36 P

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Where is Kondurikstan? I did a google search, a wiki search, and also searched encarta, and cannot find anything about a country called Kondurikstan. I have heard about the benefits of extra virgin coconut oil (Dr Mercola has info on his website) and I do use it, though not consistently. It does give a delicious, slightly coconut taste to meat and veggies cooked in it.

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FITNESSGREG's Photo FITNESSGREG Posts: 28
1/15/09 11:15 A

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also cures insomnia according to one source:

Dr Amy Booker:
I'm a medical doctor in the small nation of Kondurikstan. Devoting the last 17 years of my life's work to the
study of the coconut.
The results of my most recent scientific experiments confirm that VCO [virgin coconut
oil], when applied topically, cures insomnia. Participants on controled experiments were instructed to apply
12 ounces of VCO to their cranium and aria surrounding the ears. test subjects were instructed to wrap their
heads in food grade plastic wrap and cover with a knit wool hat before going to bed. The results were nothing
short of astunding. Several test subjects who had previously experienced less than 2 hours of sleep per night
over a one year period, had a full 5 hours of RIM sleep the first session, followed by 8 to 9 hours of restful
sleep each consecutive session. Many test subjects reported experiencing more pleasant dream cycles. Test
subjects having a history of sleep dificulties related to stressful dreaming, reported a marked increse in
pleasant sexual dreams and dream realms involving restful or erotic tropical inviroments. The sleep related
benefits of VCO are no less than a modern miricle of sientific discovery.

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1/15/09 9:10 A

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I had a conversation with my friends MIL not too long ago on this subject. She a hippy-type always serching for the new "thing". I did the research but never actually bought it. I think I'll go buy some now that you reminded me.

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emoticon and thanks for the info on coconut oil. It was interesting. I'm gonna put that on my list to buy!
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Thanks!


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1/14/09 11:32 P

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I have used it for a couple years in my hair.. on my lips and as a dry skin lotion.. all you have to do is run your hands over it and it will melt, it is really wonderful.

I just started cooking with it lately.. it is very clean and really does wonders for stir fry veggies.. I pretty much used only virgin olive oil, mustard seed oil and sesame oil but coconut is very high on that list now and first when it comes to cooking my veggies.. I have a girlfriend who uses it like butter too..

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Hi Everyone,
I'm new to this SparkTeam and in the spirit of eating clean I wanted to post on the health benefits of coconut oil. I was flipping through the recipes on this site and came across a funny albeit tasty vegan ice cream recipe that uses coconut oil.

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
tail.asp?recipe=473082

I was intrigued so I took a trip out to my local Vitamin Shoppe and purchased some organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil.

As it turns out, coconut oil has many benefits when incorporated into a healthy lifestyle:

Promoting your heart health
Promoting weight loss when and if you need it
Supporting your immune system health
Supporting a healthy metabolism
Providing you with an immediate energy source
Helping to keep your skin healthy and youthful looking
Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland

I am interested if anybody uses coconut oil regularly in their diet or as part of their skin care regimen, and has seen a dramatic improvement in their overall health because of it.






Research links:
http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils
/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-o
f-coconut-oil.html

http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/


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