10 Uses for Coconut Oil That You Haven't Tried A google search for “uses for coconut oil” bombards you with intimidatingly lengthy lists for this multi-purpose substance. Most likely, if you have coconut oil in your cupboard, you eagerly sing its praises to whoever (whomever? Whatever.) will listen. Just in case your coconut oil creativity is running low, here are some unusual uses for the beloved traditional fat: It’s January. To shave legs with coconut oil, keep a small container of it the shower. Once out of the shower, pat your legs dry. Yes, if these Coconut Oil Berry Delights sound weird. Advocates of oil pulling, the process of swishing oil in your mouth, profess its powerful detoxing results. It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die! I’ve been brushing with homemade toothpaste for months now, and I’m a convert. It may seem like a job for Martha Stewart, but these homemade chocolate cups are surprisingly simple to prepare! Want to indulge in french fries? Here’s another way to substitute coconut oil for rancid, PUFA-laden vegetable oils.
Food Combining The discomforts of indigestion are so common in today’s society that indigestion is almost considered normal. The fact that over 2 billion dollars are spent each year on antacids is proof of this. Rather than using drugs to suppress symptoms, wouldn’t it be wiser to remove the causes of indigestion?Food combining is based on the theory that different food groups require different digestion times. Digestion is helped the most by using foods which have roughly the same digestion time. Food combining is the little-known secret to eating that enhances your digestion to give you energy and to help you lose weight and keep it off! I almost always have food combining principles in the back of my mind as I make decisions about my meals– both at home, and when dining out. Here’s a break-down of how certain foods combine: (*click on chart above to ENLARGE!) Now, what are you supposed to do with this chart?? Wait 3-4 hours between each meal, before switching categories. Happy combining!!
WaterWheel to ease burden on women | Mark Tran | Global development | theguardian.com - Iceweasel Girls and women carrying plastic jerry cans of water on their heads is a common sight in rural areas of poor countries. The WaterWheel eases that burden by storing water in a round 50-litre container that doubles as a wheel. Designed after consultations with villagers in the dry northern Indian state of Rajasthan, the WaterWheel is made from high-quality plastic that can withstand rough terrain. "Our goal is to distribute on a large scale, on small margins to 10,000-20,000 customers a year," says Cynthia Koenig, founder and chief executive of Wello, a US social venture working on ways to deliver clean water in poor countries. The idea came from an exploratory trip to India in 2010 to ask what people thought of the idea of rolling water, instead of carrying it. The designers played around with different sizes – 10-20 litres – before agreeing on 50 litres. "One of most exciting things is that men love using it, they see it as a tool," she adds.
LCHF for beginners To make a low-carb diet truly simple and enjoyable requires a few new skills. For example, how do you cook low-carb breakfasts that you love? How do you eat more healthy fats? Here are all the guides you need. Breakfast Breakfast is a great time to eat low carb. Another strong option is to just have a cup of coffee, as many people get less hungry on a low-carb, high-fat diet and may not need breakfast at all. This can save you plenty of time. There are many other options – both delicious and fast Meals So, what’s for lunch and dinner on a low-carb diet? Check out our recipes to learn to cook amazing low-carb meals Instead of potatoes, pasta and rice Who needs starchy sides when you can have cauliflower mash or cauliflower rice instead? In short, there are lots of great low-carb alternatives to carb-rich foods that are both tasty and healthy Eating out It’s very possible to eat low carb even when leaving your house, for example at restaurants. Snacks Bread How to eat more fat Low-carb cheating
The Vitamin Deficiency That is Written All Over Your Face Are wrinkles an inevitable fact of aging or could laugh lines and crow’s feet potentially indicate a vitamin deficiency or even a more serious underlying health issue? In 2011, researchers presented findings at a meeting of the Endocrine Society in Boston that revealed that women in their 40’s and 50’s who have extensive skin wrinkling are much more likely than their peers to have low bone mass. Researchers noted the relationship between wrinkles and bone density in every single bone tested which included hip, heel, and lumbar (spine). In addition, this relationship existed regardless of body fat percentage and age. Epidemiological evidence of Asian women offers further health clues to the wrinkle mystery. It is known that Japanese women have fewer wrinkles and less skin sagging that women of the same age living in North America. Diet and lifestyle factors for these three Asian groups of women are comparable except for one notable exception: the consumption of natto in Japan. Picture Credit
12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About There are plenty of reasons to eat more meat-free meals: They’re nearly always cheaper, lower in calories, and better for the environment. It’s easy to get enough protein without eating animals, but the doubters often have another concern: Are these meat-free protein sources complete? The term "complete protein" refers to amino acids, the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids that can form a protein, and nine that the body can’t produce on its own. These are called essential amino acids—we need to eat them because we can’t make them ourselves. Yes, meat and eggs are complete proteins, and beans and nuts aren’t. Still, some people want complete proteins in all of their meals. Photo: Tattooed Martha 1. Protein: 8 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked A food so healthy that NASA hopes we’ll grow it on interplanetary space flights, quinoa looks a lot like couscous, but it’s way more nutritious. Go-to recipes: 2. Protein: 6 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
The writers guide to making a digital living - Australia Council for the Arts - Iceweasel The writer's guide was developed through the Australia Council's Story of the Future project to explore the craft and business of writing in the digital era. It includes case studies from Australia's rising generation of poets, novelists, screenwriters, games writers and producers who are embracing new media and contains audio and video content from seminars and workshops, as well as extensive references to resouces in Australia and beyond. Read it online via the left-hand chapter navigation or download it as a PDF from 'The writer's guide PDF' link under the Quicklinks menu. New writing universeIs the literature game over or about to begin? Watch 'The writer's guide' video Watch this short animation for an introduction to 'The writer's guide to making a digital living'. “In one of the more backwater galaxies of this particular universe, resides the rather unremarkable planet earth....”
welcome to christinas blog Every week I help run a cooking session at Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service (check out Bullinah’s site out here). Last week we trialled some non-alcoholic summer drinks that went down very well! I wanted to share one of them – a Watermelon Cocktail Recipe – that I loved (and everyone else did as well). Its’ really easy, pretty cheap and refreshing Watermelon and Strawberry Cocktail Recipe Continue reading Have you ever watched friends or family eat and noticed how much they really enjoy their food? Have you noticed they don’t seem too worried about the calories or really what kind of food they are eating? Somehow though, they seem happy, healthy and quite positive? source: good to know recipes THIS SALAD IS NOT YOUR NORMAL BORING SALAD (enter limp lettuce and soggy tomatoes). Well the SOL Herb of the Month is Parsley! I would love to highlight some super good nutrition stuff about this very well known herb. Do you love Summer? Problem is. So without further ado… Continue reading Aaarrgh!
For Clued-in Moms, Fever is a Friend Put down that Tylenol. Hang up the phone to the pediatrician’s office. Don’t touch the analgesics. You can do this on your own! Fever is not a bad word. In fact, it’s the mechanism that the body has intuitively designed to cook off illnesses such as the flu, colds, ear infections and the like. Did you hear me? Then why eradicate the cure by administering a synthetic drug, such as Tylenol, aspirin and the like? Certainly, we don’t want our child to suffer needlessly, but by employing meds to suppress a fever, we’re chemically forcing the body to stop treating itself with its natural promise of resolution. What Some (Good) Doctors Say In the words of my all-time favorite pediatric hero, Dr. Even Dr. Dr. I know, I know. Ok, So How Do I Do This? When a fever appears to be debilitating, what’s a parent to do? Four pills is a dose, regardless of the age of the child, and it can be offered directly into the mouth every 4 hours for as long as the little one is sick. Yeah, me neither. But That’s Not All
10 Amazing Health Benefits of Lettuce Lettuce has been called “the perfect weight loss food” and “rabbit food,” but it is so much more. With amazing healing benefits and calories comprised of 20 percent protein, it could be called “gorilla food” instead! Discover all the benefits and history of this amazing Powerfood, and a few dietary concerns. Suggestion: Choose romaine lettuce if you can instead of iceberg. Romaine vs. Romaine has:Less sugars and sodiumTwice the proteinTwice the calciumThree times the vitamin KFour times the ironEight times the vitamin CSeventeen times the vitamin A (Nutritional data originally from USDA SR-21) The general rule is: Choose red, green and dark colored foods over whites. 10 Health Benefits: 1. Lettuce has only 12 calories for one shredded cup. 2. Lettuce contains fiber and cellulose. Fiber also helps remove bile salts from the body. 3. Lettuce’s vitamin C and beta-carotene work together to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. 4. Romaine lettuce has a two to one ratio of omega-3 to omega-6.
40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - A Sheep No More - Iceweasel If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and info graphics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head. If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out ChartsBin.com. 1. Map by Google 2. Map via Wikimedia Commons 3. Map by Stuart Laycock (via The Telegraph) 4. Map by eatrio.net via Reddit Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. 5. Map by Business Management EU 6. Map by The New York Times 7. Map by Teepr on Reddit 8. Map by ChartsBin.com 9. Map by Phoenix B 1of3 10. Map by Carna Botnet via Reddit
Every Other Day Diet The Every Other Day Diet (EODD) involves one day of normal eating alternating with one day of very light eating where dieters consume around 300-400 calories. It was designed by Jon Benson as a way for dieters to lose weight without dieting. Creator Jon Benson Before/After He highlights the fact that our ancient ancestors never knew how much food they would get to consume on any given day, so they always varied their caloric intake, which kept them thin and healthy. Jon struggled with his weight all his life until he discovered this method of eating, which transformed his life for good. The Every Other Day Diet Basics By eating normally every other day, Benson that dieters will be able to avoid the metabolism reducing effects of low calorie diets. The SNAPP Method The Every Other Day Diet uses the SNAPP Method as the basis of the program. Jon Benson says the SNAPP Method basically consists of the following: EODD claims 3x Faster Fat Loss than traditional low calorie diets. Recommended Foods Pros
Antioxidant Coffee Body Scrub with Coconut Oil | The Coconut Mama Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It absorbs 60% – 80% of what it comes in contact with. When you use commercial cosmetic products, lotions, perfume, oils and scrubs, all of the ingredients in those products absorb right into your blood stream. The ingredients in these products can be toxic and are even known to attribute to allergies, cancer and birth defects. That is why I love to make my own beauty products. I know exactly what I am applying to my skin. Several years ago I worked for a Bath and Body company. I recently found out that it is the caffeine in the scrub that supposedly helps reduce cellulite. This coffee body scrub also smells amazing! Ingredients 1 Cup Ground Organic Coffee1 Cup Organic Sugar or Salt - Where to buy Organic Sugar and Salt1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil - Where to buy Coconut Oil1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon (optional)1 Tablespoon Vanilla (optional) - make your own Directions Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify.
Top 10 Destructive Nutrition Lies Ever Told By Dr. Mercola There is no shortage of health advice out there, and no shortage of bad advice to go along with it. Lie #1: Breakfast Is the Healthiest Meal of the Day, and You Should Eat Many Small Meals a Day How many of you had mothers who would not let you leave the house without breakfast? Lie #2: Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease The dangerous recommendation to avoid saturated fat, which arose from an unproven hypothesis from the mid-1950s, has been harming people's health for about 40 years now. "Saturated fats and dietary cholesterol have no known beneficial role in preventing chronic disease and are not required at any level in the diet." Similarly, the National Academies' Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get 45-65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 20-35 percent from fat, and 10-35 percent from protein. Lie #3: High Omega-6 Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good for You Lie #5: Soy Is a Health Food Lie #6: Whole Grains Are Good for Everyone Now for the #1 Truth...