I am among many who have tried to eat a small amount of coconut oil before each meal, ala Eat Fat, Lose Fat. Here’s what I wrote on October 13, 2009. I am not currently keeping this practice up, but I am thinking of starting again.
I am taking 1-1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil before each meal ala Eat Fat, Lose Fat, the book by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig. The coconut oil provides “vital nourishment to every cell in your body…” but also makes me feel satisfied, decreasing cravings and persistent hunger. I can’t stand taking coconut oil plain. I tried it in tea, but it is not always practical to make and brew and let cool a cup of tea 20 minutes before a meal. So I made myself some coconut bark, which is a frozen coconut “candy.” My two favorite ways to make coconut bark are: Peppermint Pattie and Almond Joy.
In spite of not keeping this up, I have been making sure I eat and feed my family plenty of healthy saturated fats with every meal. I recently finished rendering all the tallow from our last year’s grass fed beef half, and I love using that for frying eggs, hashbrowns, and refrying grains. We use alot of the Kerrygold sweet jersey cream butter from Trader Joe’s, which is amazing on our sourdough bread.
The family gets to enjoy the bread and potatoes more than me, as I have been cutting back on grains and sugars for the most part. I’ve been doing this for weight management. Even though I am at another plateau, I have managed to lose 10 pounds since the beginning of the year. My weakness has been that I make homemade ice cream and for my family, and even though I intend to refrain, I end up having some.
I kept a food journal for two days to share in Shannon @ Nourishing Days series: What Real Food Bloggers Really Eat. So far, you can also see what these bloggers really eat, too: Ren @ Edible Aria, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, and Ann Marie @ Cheeseslave.
Well, this post is supposed to be a Q & A! Here’s the question, asked by Kelli in a comment the other day.
I would love if people gave tips on how to get down 2 tablespoons of coconut oil before meals for weight loss. I literally can’t stomach it!
How Do You Eat Your Coconut Oil?
My answer to this question is almost the same now as it was on October 13, 2009. Eat the coconut oil in tea or in coconut bark. Another way is by making Avivah’s almond/peanut butter cups using a minimal amount of honey. I have been using less than 2 tablespoons of honey for each layer, and I think they could be even less sweet.
An update to the bark: in January, I came across an idea to cut back on the honey. Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home mentioned that she made my coconut bark with stevia. In a followup comment, she said it was about 30 drops of liquid stevia. Having tried using 100% green leaf stevia powder before (I don’t have drops), I knew I wasn’t a big fan of the total stevia flavor, nor did I get the amount right when I tried it. After Stephanie’s inspiration, I used a pinch of my stevia in place of half the honey, and the coconut bark tasted wonderfully yummy, and half as sweet! This could also be done with Avivah’s almond/peanut butter cups.
Want more ideas? I gathered these from comments and other posts:
I have been using organic coconut oil for years and I start every morning with a heaping tablespoon in my breakfast smoothie… Makes it extra smooooth and you don’t even know it’s in there! YUM!
I put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in my black coffee each morning. It’s an odd texture, like bouillon, with the fat floating on top, but it tastes ok, and actually softens the bite if the coffee happens to be a tad “burnt.” I’m not sure how I’d tolerate it in just hot water or mild flavored tea, but it’s just fine in coffee. Start with just a teaspoon and see how you do.
I just melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil from Tropical Traditions in hot water, add a pinch of sucanat or maple syrup (literally a pinch) and drink a nicely flavored coconut tea. It’s quite tasty.
And last but not least, Peggy @ Local Nourishment shared how she made lip-smackin’ coconut oil treats by combining combining her favorite food, butter, with coconut oil. Click on over to her post to see a picture of her treats!
Although I like the flavor of coconut oil, it is difficult for me to eat plain because the texture just doesn’t feel right. One thing I can always eat plain, though, is butter! Yum! So, I melted equal parts of butter and coconut oil, washed up [a] mold and poured the delectable solution into the little hearts [mold]. … Can I eat two of these a couple times a day? Oh yes, I certainly can!
What about you? Do you have other ideas of your own or from other websites? Please do share!