Coconut Oil – I’ve heard that those who have nut allergies may still be able to use coconut oil because coconut is a technically a seed.

This was one of the FIRST items I bought when I started my new “foodstyle” .

My health team (A+A Wellness – Fitness and Nutrition) taught me that olive oil – cold pressed, extra virgin – is only to be used cold, like on salads.

For ALL heated items for which I normally used vegetable or olive oil, I now use coconut oil. The intense heat transforms the other oils into something your body doesn’t need. (If you want the technical reason, please Google it).

At first, we weren’t used to the taste; kind of like a popcorn – don’t know how else to describe it. Now I don’t even notice the difference at home but when I go out… oh my gosh… I can taste the oils and it isn’t good!

Items I heat up with coconut oil:

  • scrambled eggs
  • spinach
  • any veggies: broccoli, cauliflower
  • chicken, some lean meats, turkey burgers
  • spaghetti squash
  • broccoli sprouts
  • artichokes

Please let me know if you’ve found a recipe with coconut oil that you particularly like and share it in a comment below or on Facebook – Healthy Diabetes Management

FYI – Coconut Oil becomes a liquid in warmer weather and solid in colder weather. All of the major stores sell this now.

Helpful Link on Use of Oils: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/cooking-oil/faq-20058170

If you’re not sure if you’ll like it or not, buy the smaller jar instead of going for the Costco size. But, remember:

This health journey is about releasing your dependence upon all the other junk you’ve been using in the past.

Use positive phrases in your day to day. You’re changing YEARS of nutritional education. Some new, some you already knew.