Benefits of Coconut Oil

A lot of my recipes call for Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.  Coconut oil is so good for you!  I feel like it is one of the things that has helped me with my inflammation and pain.

Ideally you should eat about 2 tablespoons a day.  That may sound like a lot but as you start to cook with it you might be surprised at how often you can put it in your diet.

Here is a list of some of the benefits that I feel are important.

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Do you want to live to be 100?

A few years ago I was asked if I wanted to live to be 100 years old.  The answer is simple.  Yes, if I am healthy.  Will I live to be 100?  Be healthy?  Have disease? Cancer? Diabetes? Arthritis?  I don’t know for sure, but one thing I do know.  My chances are pretty good that I will be healthy.  That I will not have these diseases.  When I die I want to die healthy.  I don’t want to be sick and miserable.

Does the food we eat really affect our health?  I believe that it does completely!

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Wild flower hike

Last weekend my husband and I went on a wild flower hike at Brighton ski resort here in Utah.  It was beautiful!  They had 4 levels of hikes, beginner, easy, intermediate, and advanced.  We decided to try the advanced hike.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do an advanced hike. But the advanced hike went to the lake and I really wanted to hike to the lake. I don’t know that it was really advanced but it was a beautiful hike.  And I was able to do it!  I feel so accomplished every time I do something like this.

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I want to talk a minute about the food we eat and nutrition.  There are so many “diets” out there.  You hear eggs are good for you.  No, eggs are not good for you.  Gluten free is the way to go.  Grains are healthy.  Meat is unhealthy.  Butter is good.  Butter is not good for you.  We can go on and on with the things we hear and the contradictions we hear.

This is how I feel about nutrition and the food you eat.  First, is it natural or man made?  Anything natural is good for you as long as it has not been altered or processed.  Basically, is it in it’s whole form.

I have fibromyalgia and arthritis.  I have been able to put it in remission for over 6 years.  You can read about how I started on this path here.

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My Journey to Eating Healthier

In the summer of 2007 I started feeling pain all over my body.  I thought it was my thyroid being off kilter again.  After blood tests we determined my thyroid was fine.  My doctor told me to go to a rheumatalogist.  My doctor’s mother had fibromyalgia and she thought maybe I could have it too.

After a lot of tests I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Arthritis.  The arthritis was in my back.  Of course the doctor wanted to prescribe medication for the pain and inflammation.

I am not a huge fan of medication because of the side affects so I chose not to take any medicine.   As the years went by the pain got worse.  My back and neck always hurt from the arthritis.  My whole body hurt from the fibromyalgia.

I could not stand at the sink and do dishes with my back the way it was.  The all over pain was not a picnic either.  My husband would give me a little love pat on my hip and it felt like he hit me.  I did not want my children to snuggle with me or touch me because I hurt.  That was not good for my family.

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