Figuring out the best way to feed your family, especially a large family, is tough these days. Most families deal with one or more food allergies/sensitivities. There are budget constraints, time constraints, food preferences, sensory issues related to texture and consistency, etc…
Gone are the days where families prepared and ate what they had because it was all that was available. In today's world of food, variety and options rule. Children are born with choices that continue to expand. What's for dinner is one of the most frequently pondered questions on Facebook even.
I personally would love nothing more than to go back to the Little House On The Prairie days where nourishing foods and simple, seasonal meals were the norm. You ate what the earth provided and what you were able to preserve and store. You didn't go to a store the size of a small city and try to navigate rows and rows of processed, ready to make food. The store was simply a supplement to what you could not raise, grow or barter for.
Even though our family eats simply (both by choice and due to food allergies), I still find it challenging to provide a nutritional balance at times. Sometimes I am simply uninspired to cook yet again. Other times we are all tired of eating what is in season. Other times my taste buds (and those of my family) are screaming for something we cannot have.
Feeding your family is a tough balance.
The one thing I have come to rely on when it comes to feeding my family is coconut oil!
In all seriousness, I believe it is important to pack as much coconut oil as possible into my family's food consumption. Why? Glad you ask!
Disclaimer time! I am not a licensed medical professional nor do I play one on this site so please do not take a single thing I write here to be bonafide medical advice. Whatever I share here is based on my personal experience, research, and possibly the experience of others. I am not making any medical claims. So take what I write and consult with your trusted practitioner before making any changes.
Here are my top 7 reasons for including coconut oil in my family's daily diet.
(Please note that I am NOT making any hard and firm health claims. Coconut oil may or may not have these same benefits for you and your family.)
Coconut oil improves digestion –The saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
Coconut oil regulates bowel function – coconut oil is very helpful in regulating your elimination patterns. It can help address several intestinal ailments such as IBS, Colitis, and Chron's, all of which can foul up your bowel function. Coconut oil is especially effective when used in conjunction with my affiliate partner, the Squatty Potty.
Coconut oil improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose! Coconut oil is great for both diabetics and non-diabetics who want/need to get their blood sugar stabilized.
Coconut oil provides a steady source of energy due to its medium-chain fatty acids content.
Coconut oil is an anti-microbial known for fighting infections with gusto. The medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother's milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.
Coconut oil is a powerful antioxidant and protects against free-radical formation and damage.
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial. By consuming it daily, it kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections.
There is no right or wrong amount of coconut oil to consume. If you have not been using it to cook with or bake with, you might want to start slowly while your body goes through an adjustment period. Some people have no issues and others experience “die off” which is basically when your body is ridding itself of toxins and making you feel kind of lousy. Coconut oil cleanses your system so if you use too much, too soon, it can make you feel a little blah. But once your body starts reaping the health benefits, you will crave coconut oil! Like seriously crave it!
There are all kinds of creative ways to add more coconut oil into your diet. I outline a few of those in my post, How To Consume More Coconut Oil. Additionally, you can try out some of my recipes in Cooking With Coconut Oil! This recipe eBook is chalk full of simply, nourishing, and family friendly recipes to help you consume more coconut oil! The recipes are all gluten free, many are dairy free, and plenty are vegan friendly!
What coconut oil do I recommend? Well, there are three brands I use and love and you can find them on my Products I Love page.
Looking to learn more about coconut oil? Then head over to my Coconut Health page and find lots of links to various posts about coconut oil!
Feeding your family is important. We need food to live. So why not boost your family's health with a little bit of coconut oil each day?