Many years ago, in a land far far away, there lived a fair maiden who learned of the marvelous benefits of coconut oil and decided to put some in her morning cup of tea.
Yeah, so that would be me and I still do to this day. If you by any chance follow me on facebook (if you don’t yet, what are you waiting for?), you will know that I often post what I eat/drink daily. You will also know that I like to put coconut oil in my tea. Ew, oily tea?, you say. Yep, oily tea and now I can’t drink my tea without it. It’s really quite yummy and much more satiating this way!
Here’s the deal, way back when I read the book; ‘Eat Fat Lose Fat‘. This was back when I still needed to shed a few pounds, I also was on a massive urgent mission to get healthy. Anyway, what I read about the benefits of coconut oil astounded me. I also read that consuming a large quantity daily was a great weight loss trick. So, what did I do? I attempted to consume copious amounts of coconut oil daily. I had to find creative ways to get it in, so putting it in my tea became my ‘go-to’ way to get a bunch in in one fell swoop. In just 2 short months the weight began to come off. Now, I want to disclaim that was not the only thing I did to shed the baby weight I was still carrying, but it was a nice boost that is for sure!
Recently, I’ve had many people ask me about why or how I put coconut oil in my tea. I’ve explained the why, now here’s the how. I simply put about 1 -1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil into my already brewed cup of tea, add some raw honey and that’s it. I didn’t start out with that much oil, I started out with much less and worked my way up. Truth be told, I really don’t measure, I just eyeball it. It also may vary how much I put into my tea depending on my mood.
I want to disclaim briefly that the quality of your coconut oil matters. It’s really not as beneficial to use just a basic expeller pressed oil. You really want the antioxidants that come in the coconut oil to begin with. Most coconut oils are refined to some degree. I recommend trying Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Gold Label. It is made in small batches and contains higher amounts of antioxidants than any other coconut oil out there. To learn more about their high quality coconut oil check out how they discovered this unique coconut oil. Of course you can use any high quality coconut oil out there, just do your research and make sure the method in which it is processed allows it to still contain those benefits.
In case you are not already familiar with the benefits of coconut oil, check out my post ‘The Benefits of Taking Coconut Oil’. Also, this post by Hybrid Rasta Mama includes 333 uses for coconut oil. And yet another post by Delicious Obsessions talks about the health benefits of coconut oil, and 122 uses for it.
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Lydia Joy Shatney is a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Additionally, she is the chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pa. (Find the group here on Facebook). Lydia is also a member of the Nourished Living Network. Lydia founded Divine Health From The Inside Out in March of 2010. You can find Lydia on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest. Sign up for the Divine Health From The Inside Out newsletter! Pick up a copy of Lydia’s eBook; ‘Divine Dinners: Gluten-Free, Nourishing, Family-Friendly Meals’.
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