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Time for a Change

Day 30: Coconut oil and hormone health

on July 6, 2013

Today I met a nutritionist by chance and I was telling her about my endeavours to control my menopause symptoms through diet and she told me I should use coconut oil as it has wonderful health benefits including a hormone balancing action. I went home and did some research online and it is recommended for this along with its excellent antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antioxidant properties.

Coconut oil is a saturated fat however and we are continually being advised to avoid saturated fats. So why is coconut oil different? Is is because the fatty acids found in coconut are short and medium chain molecules which are easier for the body to digest. Most of the medium chain fatty acids in coconut are in the form of lauric acid which is present in human breast milk and has superb immunity boosting properties.

Coconut oil

How can you incorporate coconut oil into your diet?

Use coconut oil in smoothies

Cook using coconut oil – The oil has a high tolerance to heat, so it is one of the best oils for frying and cooking. Add it to baked goods like muffins and cakes instead of the

Use as a spread– Mix with raw chocolate powder and make your own chocolate spread, eat with fruit.

Use it as a body moisturiser

Here is an are two excellent articles from Wellness Mama and The Nourishing Gourmet on ways to incorporate coconut oil into your diet and advice on what kind of coconut oil to buy.

Food Diary Day 30:

Breakfast: Menopause Muesli – see breakfast recipe page

Lunch: Felafel, Cottage Cheese, carrots, olives, beetroot and alfafa sprouts, kiwi fruit

Dinner: Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Dahl – see dinner recipe page

Snacks and Drinks: Herbal tea, 2 squares dark chocolate


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