Sunday, August 03, 2008

Coconut Oil and Cooking!!

I have multiple sclerosis and have been reading a lot of books targeting healthy lifestyles for people with chronic diseases like multiple sclerosis. It is very interesting to me how much food plays a role in your general functionality - your daily activities as well as your internal bodily functions and toxicity.

I am equally amazed at home much coconut oil has come up in my reading. I have read several books lately that deal with the impacts of multiple sclerosis on a holistic level and they all discuss coconut oil. It is great to be validated in your thinking -- especially when you believe something like coconut oil is a health elixir yet the general population and the medical community think of it as snake oil!!!

I appreciate a medical professional's opinion when they don't immediately try to solve all problems with a prescription. I really appreciate someone who wants use common things that don't cost much (foods, teas and yes, coconut oil) to treat health challenges.

I did something I have been meaning to do for a while. I bought coconut flour to bake with. It is a healthy flour that contains no wheat gluten (often a huge allergen for people) and is high in fiber. I am learning that when you bake and want to substitute regular flour in recipes, you have to combine alternative flours. I bought coconut flour and brown rice flour and I am going to see how it works in chocolate chip cookies, etc.

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