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Is Coconut Oil Really That Good For You? Is Coconut Oil Really That Good For You?

11th July 2017

I have been advising the use of coconut oil for years, but recently there have been many articles in the media ‘debunking’ the health properties of coconut oil. Here is my opinion, as well as link to a couple of articles on the subject which I think is well balanced and based on scientific research.

When choosing an oil/ fat to cook with I do advise using cold pressed coconut oil, it has a high smoking point which means it doesn’t become toxic like olive oil during cooking. it also has a delightful taste and other health benefits such as NOT containing omega 6 fatty acids which leads to heart disease as well as being a good source of medium chain fatty acids. read the below two paragraphs and the links to their sources for a more detailed explanation.

‘The smoking point of olive oil corresponds to 280 degrees Fahrenheit, which is relatively low and implies that olive oil should not be heated at high temperatures. The smoking point of coconut oil is 350 F, making more appropriate for cooking at moderate temperatures. Cooking above the smoking point of an oil is not recommended and can lead to the formation of compounds that could be harmful for your health. Olive oil is usually liquid at room temperature but becomes solid in the refrigerator, while coconut oil is hard when kept in the refrigerator and can be either solid or liquid at room temperatures because of its melting point of 76 F.’

which is better: coconut-oil-or-olive-oil – LIVESTRONG

You may have heard that coconut oil is high in saturated fats, artery clogging and dangerous. The truth is, the medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) found in coconut oil are rare in nature and highly health beneficial. MCFA are digested by the body in a different way than the common long chain fatty acids (LCFA) found in most other foods. MCFA are quickly digested, producing energy instead of body fat and arterial plaque like LCFA. About 50 percent of the MFCA in coconut oil is lauric acid, which strengthens the immune system and is also found in human breast milk. Caprylic acid and capric acid are also present, contributing to coconut oil’s antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.

medium chain fatty acids – LIVESTRONG

Coconut oil has been touted as a superfood, but is coconut oil just a health fad, and actually bad for us, it is after all very high in saturated fats, traditionally believed to have been the major cause of heart disease. Well, here is my opinion; saturated fats are not necessarily the culprit of heart disease. More and more research now reveals that heart disease is caused mainly by refined & processed foods as well as trans fats and sugar. Humans need some saturated fats, but as with everything we need to keep balance in mind. When choosing coconut oil instead of other vegetable oil such as sunflower oil, canola, corn oil etc, you are still making a healthier choice, click on the link below to see some of the reasons why this is true.

Perhaps it is wise to use coconut oil in small quantities when cooking, and occasionally add it to a coffee when doing intermittent fasting, or add it to a smoothie before a workout. The jury is still out on whether or not it can be labeled as a superfood, but when it comes to eating a clean balanced diet I still believe that coconut oil can most definitely play an important part in living your healthiest life. Quality over quantity is once again true here.

In dedication to your best health

Marlien

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On being brave with RialHeim Secret Supper Club

14th June 2017

https://www.rialheim.co.za/blogs/news/bravery-in-transformation-by-marlien-wright

To make positive changes and live a ferociously happy & meaningful life, change needs to happen. But shifts and transformation are uncomfortable. If you want to transform, adjust your expectations and prepare yourself for a time of discomfort. If you expect it and allow it, you have a far better chance succeeding.

Choose quality over quantity, for me this means being mindful of what I choose to put in my body, who, and which habits I allow to take root. Food choices for example should be delicious and nutrient dense, every single mouthful at every meal….even when you are eating on the run. Don’t settle for just filling a hole with whatever is available. This may mean a bit of planning ahead, but your food choices needn’t be complicated or time consuming. Often the simple things are most delicious and satisfying. A bowl of perfectly made guacamole with some crunchy vegetable sticks and perhaps a few natural corn chips can be a fabulously satisfying and nourishing affair. Similarly, when choosing how to spend some you-time, be picky of who and what you let into that space. Only positive people and nurturing activities allowed!

Allow some creativity and playfulness back in. For me this means some silly dancing in the kitchen with my girls whilst cooking, or taking a mouth-watering picture of a new recipe. This is where I can play and be creative, and at the same time nourish my family and self. Sometimes it simply means taking 20 minutes out of a crazy day to flow through some of my favorite tension busting Yoga Postures. For you it could be a brisk walk or drive somewhere beautiful, or even just sitting in a coffee shop with your hands wrapped around a comforting hot drink, daydreaming happily. Whatever rocks your boat, make it happen…. and do it often

 Be brave and ruthless in your pursuit of your best, healthiest lifeSwitch off your devices, fast a little, become quiet, do whatever it takes to screech this life that you are unhappy with to a halt, get off the bus and start walking in the opposite direction.

For me it meant switching off the television and tablet, and instead spend my evenings and free time writing and plotting my first cookbook. Being brave meant diving into the deep end of possible rejection and failure. It was a time of intense energy and creativity channeled into one project.

If you want to live your best life, start with what you are choosing to eat, clear out the kitchen (throw away any product your great granny wouldn’t have recognized). Re-arrange your kitchen and make it a beautiful space where you want to hang out. Spoil yourself with some gorgeous bowls and platters that will inspire you to fill it with delicious and nourishing food. Find some time to plan ahead, count colours on your plate instead of calories and make some time to awaken your senses.

To stimulate your creative juices, hang out with the right folks, feel inspired by the beauty others create and celebrate it. Recently I was lucky enough to choose some super sexy ceramics out of the new RialHeim range for my new cookbook. I love working with their sensual and often playful designs. To me it says ‘eat from me, lick me…make a romantic, yummy supper for your lover’.

Clear out your old tired habits and create new ones. Join an evening class, or Google a ‘How To ’and start a new project at home. Choose a positive community to surround yourself with and allow them to inspire you, let go of the ones who are dragging you down. It may mean saying; ‘fuck this shit’ (swearing can be very therapeutic)’ and being ruthless in your pursuit to change the landscape of your life. Clear out some of the old to make room for the new. And above all, be brave.

Marlien Wright is the author of the Cookbook’ The Yoga Kitchen – 100 Easy Superfood Recipes’, blogger, yogi, mom & bozo. She enjoys eating real food (and is highly suspicious of those who dislike food & cooking). She loves creating healthy foodporn and swearing silently. She believes that being healthy is sexy, insists on living authentically, honestly and diving in at the deep end. Keep an eye out for her next cookbook filled with gut health recipes on & in sexy RialHeim Ceramics and her The Secret Supper Club, where she will be sharing bi-monthly tips, recipes, nutrition news and health products: http://www.yogakitchen.co.za/secret-supper-club/