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Old 06-12-2013, 05:28 AM   #31
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CO had no effect on my cholesterol. My cholesterol was always in the normal range though ". Higher normal" for one blood test . I am experimenting adding co to my diet in larger quantaties. I am not concerned about saturated fat.
Mine too. Was always in normal range for me. Never got high, even when doing the coconut oil. I am not concerned about my fat intake as well. Heck I have done fat fasts quite often lately and have quite enjoyed them! I love fat Butter, sour cream, heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, coconut butter....bring it on
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I can`t claim it was CO that affected my cholesterol but I can say that saturated fat and the lack of carbs did. I eat a high fat (daily coconut oil included), moderate protein and very low carb woe and have been for almost 4 yrs. now. Prior to that I was described as having `high cholesterol`and was on a cholesterol lowering drug in combination with b.p. meds. Within the first year I was off all of those meds.

My doctor now describes my cholesterol panel as `fantastic`. He is not given to exaggeration. He always questions how I am eating now and when I tell him Atkins, he shakes his head and smiles. I don`t know what he really thinks. I do know he didn`t really think it was safe because he was seeing me every 3 months for the first 3 yrs. We have now agreed that 2 x a year is fine.

I have my own ideas of what my lipid panel was revealing and although I do think it was revealing that I was eating the wrong things for my body, I don`t think it was necessarily predictive of heart disease and certainly not for eating fat. I had been a low fat advocate for a long time by then. I do think that ldl was there for a reason and was doing a necessary job of trying to repair the damage that the seed oils and carbohydrates were doing. Once those types of foods were eliminating (or drastically reduced), the need for ldl was removed as well.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:26 AM   #33
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It has been a while. Not sure about time frames. I just mentioned this to my husband last night as he is battling a cold or worse. Have to get him to take some coconut oil without him knowing it
Isn't that a coincidence! Good luck with your hubby - I'm sure you'll find a way to sneak it in.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:39 AM   #34
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CO had no effect on my cholesterol. My cholesterol was always in the normal range though ". Higher normal" for one blood test . I am experimenting adding co to my diet in larger quantaties. I am not concerned about saturated fat.
Just a simple miscommunication. When you posted that your cholesterol increased and then went down when you began low carbing, I thought it was a segue into something regarding CO.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:58 AM   #35
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Hi Clackley! I posted in your thread about whether to treat CO as a food or supplement when tracking your daily food intake.

Congratulations on all the health improvements you've experienced as a result of the changes you've made to your diet. It must feel awesome to have found the balance that got you off meds.

So while you can't say for sure if CO helped lower your cholesterol, you do know that it isn't increasing it. Good deal! Thanks for your feedback.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:13 AM   #36
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I have had no effect on my cholesterol from CO. I have noticed that it keeps me regular and gives me a little zip of energy which I badly need because I'm anemic!
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1) Cooking at High Heat - Some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative.

2) On Toast Instead of Butter - Simply use coconut oil instead of butter on your toast.

3) Eat it by the Spoonful - Coconut oil is that delicious and healthful. Enjoy one spoonful each morning.

4) Smoothies - Add one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy with the oil's MCTs.

5) Fry Eggs - Lightly coat the bottom of your skillet with coconut oil to create a non-stick surface and delicious eggs.

6) Popping Popcorn - A sweet twist on a classic snack! To make stovetop popcorn, you need a heavy-bottomed pan. First, add the coconut oil and popcorn to the pot. Coat the area of the pot with the oil, and use just enough popcorn to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot. Give the pot a little shake to make sure all of the kernels are coated with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat. Put the lid on the pot, leaving it slightly open so that steam can escape. It should take about five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely.

7) Popcorn Topping - Instead of butter, melt a little coconut oil and pour it over your popped popcorn. Then sprinkle lightly with Himalayan crystal salt.

8) Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips - Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice sweet potatoes to about 1/8” thick. Place slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with coconut oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until chips are lightly brown. Add salt to taste, and serve with salsa or dip. (Or just eat them plain – either way they’re delicious!)

9) Replace Vegetable Oil for Baking - Next time you make your favorite brownie recipe, replace the vegetable oil with coconut oil. Your friends will be begging you for the recipe.

10) Pan Frying - Next time you fry up a batch of sweet potato fries or a piece of chicken, use coconut oil.

11) Grilled Cheese with Coconut Oil - No need for butter the next time you are making a grilled cheese sandwich.

12) Coconut Oil Coffee - Adding a spoonful to your coffee is a delicious way to start your day with a huge energy boost!

13) Homemade Granola -

14) A Spoonful in Tea - Allow some coconut oil to melt and mildly flavor your next cup of tea.
15) Salad dressings
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Hi juliekaboolie! Love your before & after avatar. I don't think I'd heard of increased energy as a benefit. Good one!

Thanks for the recipe ideas Sadie Jack! Though I tasted it by the spoonful, I've been been adding it (1 or 2 tsp) to protein smoothies thus far. I was surprised to find them more filling given such a small change. Have you noticed any health benefits from incorporating it into your cooking?
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I'm not sure if this constitutes a success story but I've been doing low carb for over two months now. I started out at a modest weight of 157 and without the EVCO, I only lost 5 lbs. during that time and it would not go down any lower than that. Actually I teaterd between 152 and 155. Since incorporating it into my diet, I've lost an additional 2 lbs. (as of this morning I weighed in at 151 even).

I was very nervous about adding fat to my plan. But so far so good.

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I bought some extra virgin coconut oil yesterday, as well as some Kerrygold butter. Whipped it up with some heavy cream and coffee this morning. It was so delicious! It tasted sweet without any sweetener.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:57 AM   #41
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Hi raytamtay! I'd say that's definitely a success story. Cool beans! Did you make any other changes and how much CO have you been using?

Thanks for posting scintillady! I was just reading about your fabulous results with CLA. Please check back in and let me how adding CO works with it.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:48 PM   #42
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I bought some extra virgin coconut oil yesterday, as well as some Kerrygold butter. Whipped it up with some heavy cream and coffee this morning. It was so delicious! It tasted sweet without any sweetener.
I do butter, Coconut oil, HWC AND a dash of Splenda and to me it tastes like a white chocolate fancy, and expensive, coffee drink I love. I resisted trying it forever, thought it sounded terrible. Could not believe how yummy it is. I want to experiment w/a few drops of my Torani SF vanilla or carmel syrups instead of the splenda. It's just so darn good the way it is, I forget to try it. Note to self, TOMORROW MORNING, try it.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:22 AM   #43
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Thinking about buying some to mix it with a protein shake in the morning (q scoop no carb protein + 8 oz of unsweetened almond milk. Any recommendations? Should I start with 2 TBS and see how I react?
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:29 AM   #44
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I would start with 1 TBL and see how that goes. It CAN cause digestive distress if you are not used to it. It is very "cleansing" when you first take it because it is detoxing. But some have no reactions to it at all! I hope you fare well with it.
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I would start with 1 TBL and see how that goes. It CAN cause digestive distress if you are not used to it. It is very "cleansing" when you first take it because it is detoxing. But some have no reactions to it at all! I hope you fare well with it.
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Thinking about buying some to mix it with a protein shake in the morning (q scoop no carb protein + 8 oz of unsweetened almond milk. Any recommendations? Should I start with 2 TBS and see how I react?
Hi Dawn! That's almost exactly how I make mine.

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp flaxseed
CO - 1 tsp to 1 tbsp (depends)

The thing I noticed most is how much more filling it is with the addition of the CO. (I really have no explanation why lol.) I don't find the taste varies that much whether I use 1 tsp or 1 tbsp. It's good with the chocolate protein powder too but I've mostly been using the vanilla because it's 0 carbs.
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Ooops! Meant to say thatphdguy above!
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Southernbelle

That is a great recipe!
I just came back from Kroger and I bought the CO $14 bucks....
Tomorrow Shake time!
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I cook with coconut oil now & the amount I use varies day-to-day.

Several years ago, while doing the program Body Rx, I was mentored by the author and creator of the program. He had me add 6 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil ( as the best source of MCT oil) per day - one with each meal. I cooked with it & added it to my food. I had great fat-loss results. They used to be posted in a thread in the Muscle Matters forum but I don't think it is there anymore.
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I cook with coconut oil now & the amount I use varies day-to-day.

Several years ago, while doing the program Body Rx, I was mentored by the author and creator of the program. He had me add 6 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil ( as the best source of MCT oil) per day - one with each meal. I cooked with it & added it to my food. I had great fat-loss results. They used to be posted in a thread in the Muscle Matters forum but I don't think it is there anymore.
Really? Wow! Did you add other fats to your meals in addition to the CO? "Add" meaning not occurring naturally like in meats, dairy, etc.
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CO makes me feel like the energizer bunny. I always eat mine at breakfast. If I wait until later on in the day, I have a hard time sleeping.
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Really? Wow! Did you add other fats to your meals in addition to the CO? "Add" meaning not occurring naturally like in meats, dairy, etc.
I was using CLA, too, 6 of them, too.
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CO makes me feel like the energizer bunny. I always eat mine at breakfast. If I wait until later on in the day, I have a hard time sleeping.
If you do not mind me asking, how much do you take daily?
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southernbelle--I though you would be interested to know that I got my blood work back just yesterday. Coconut oil is the only oil in my home, I use that and butter ONLY to cook/bake with. My cholesterol could not have been more perfect. In fact, the lab had to retest a few numbers because they were just too good. WooHoo!!! Now, remember that I posted above that I have hypothyroidism. Not sure what that has to do with anything, but thought I would mention it. My HDL is so high, my triglycerides were so low, those were retested. So I am confident that coconut oil, for me, is something that I am going to continue. Oh, the other number that the doc was chuckling over.....my c-reactive protein (the marker of inflammation in your arteries) was super low it was practically undetectable. That means no inflammation in my coronary arteries!!! Go coconut oil!!!
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Fantastic Dawn! I just picked up "The Coconut Oil Miracle" book at the library (written my Bruce Fife).

I have a salad dressing that I love, but it uses some vegetable oil. I'm now going to use a combo of olive oil and coconut oil. The book states that when the two are mixed, the co doesn't harden as much in the fridge. We'll see. I'm going to make some for my salad today.
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I have 2 jars of coconut oil. I absolutely hate the flavor. I have to force myself to use it, and still I only use it once or twice a month to EAT... However, it does keep my feet soft. I am diabetic, and my heels were horrifically dry and cracked... Coconut oil fixed that right up!
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Garlic, you can buy c.o. that is flavourless. It is refined. Save the unrefined for your feet and buy yourself something that you don't hate.
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I was using CLA, too, 6 of them, too.
OK cool! I ordered CLA yesterday. There were so many choices that it was almost overwhelming but I ended up with a 1250 mg capsule with no caramel coloring and guaranteed to be no less than 1000 mg conjugated linoleic acid per capsule.

I am planning to take 4 per day based on a recommendation from another thread. (The lady's name escapes me right now.) Do you know remember how many mg your capsules were? Also, did you notice a reduction in your waist size?
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