Take the Coconut Oil Challenge

We’ve all heard of Super Foods.  They can help lower our cholesterol, reduce our risk of heart disease and cancer, help us maintain a healthy weight and can even improve our mood.  Pomegranates, blueberries, spinach and nuts are popular choices we read about regularly.  But there is one super food that rarely gets the attention it deserves.  Coconut. 

The great thing about coconut is that are so many delicious ways to incorporate it into our diets – some that allow us to experience the yummy tastes and smells of coconut and others that allow us to digest all of the wonderful health benefits without the taste or texture. 

I’ve written about coconut in various forms in the past so rather than rehashing old information I will simply link to past posts.  (This will either be really helpful or really annoying – hopefully the latter.)

As I’ve discovered the many benefits of coconut I’ve been working to incorporate more into our diets.  Here are a few ways we do that:

  1.  Coconut Flour – I haven’t talked much about this, but coconut flour is one of the healthiest flour options out there.  It’s gluten free and higher in dietary fiber than any other flour.  The breakdown of coconut flour is 14% coconut oil (see the Coconut Oil Challenge below), 58% dietary fiber and 28% water, protein and carbohydrates.  Coconut flour can easily be substituted as a flour replacement in baked goods.  To start out, I found that switching half the flour in a recipe to coconut flour was a good way to test the recipe and the final product with my family. 
  2. Coconut Water – I recently wrote about coconut water but the important point to note here is that it’s a natural energy drink free of cholesterol.
  3. Shredded Coconut (the meat) – Again, it’s all about the fiber.  Coconut dietary fiber has all the health benefits of other more common dietary fibers.  It lowers the risk of heart disease, helps prevent cancer, improves digestive function, helps regular blood sugar, etc.
  4. Coconut Oil – I’ve replaced all other oils in the house with coconut oil.  It’s all I cook with.  I keep the expeller pressed version on hand which has been steam deodorized to remove the taste and smell of coconut.  We cook eggs in it, put it in smoothies, use it to marinate/tenderize meat, cook our veggies in it and I use it in any recipe that calls for vegetable oil or some other oil.  When we first started using coconut oil I noticed that my energy and metabolism seemed to increase and I felt great!  About six months ago I learned that coconut oil could also be used as a moisturizer and eventually as a natural sunscreen (if you’re eating it regularly and using it as a moisturizer for six months to a year).   I’m working toward this and planning to test it myself as soon as the sun comes back!  Here’s a tip…I use the expeller pressed for cooking and I keep a jar of the Virgin Coconut Oil in my bathroom to use as a moisturizer.  I like the coconutty smelly for skincare and prefer the tasteless oil for cooking because it’s more versatile.

 Now it’s time to Take the Coconut Oil Challenge!  This was first introduced by Dr. Jana Joshu, founder of the Middle Tennessee Center for Alternative Medicine, at the Women’s Wellness Weekend.  It’s a great idea so I got her permission to duplicate the challenge here for all of you.  Here’s how you can participate via your blog or the comments section.

  1. Weigh yourself and note your start weight. (You don’t have to share it if you’re uncomfortable.  Just note it so you can share weight loss/gain at the end.)
  2. Take a picture of yourself without makeup.
  3.  Purchase a jar of coconut oil and work to incorporate about 4 tablespoons a day into your diet.  Here are some recipes to get you started.  (Dr. Jana and I both use Tropical Traditions b/c it’s handmade, organic and has not been altered using chemicals or other processes.  If you enter the code 5994919 you will receive a free copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil – How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours.)  
  4. Use your coconut oil to moisturize your face 1-2 times a day.  I use mine in the morning and at night.  
  5. After 30 days, weigh yourself again, take another photo without your makeup and share your results in the comments, on our Facebook Fan page or in your own blog post, which you can link back to here. 

 Please leave us a note in the comments section and let us know if you are taking the challenge.   You can also become a fan of Broccoli Cupcake on Facebook where we’ll be discussing the challenge throughout the month and sharing tips, recipes and results. If you write a post about your experience, share the challenge, etc, please link up below via MckLinky.

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  1. I’m in!
    Weighed in at 134 today and started the day with a smoothie which included 1 tbsp coconut oil and a moisturized face. :)


  2. Oh I’m definitely in on the challenge. I just had surgery today so I will have to wait until Friday to start but I’m in. Where do you get the coconut oil? Could I find it at like Publix or would it be better to get at Whole Foods? Also, the coconut water-Is there a certain max or min that I should drink a day? So excited about this!

    • broccolicupcake says:

      Hi Amy – Welcome to the challenge! Hope you’re surgery went well and you make quick recovery. You can get coconut oil at Kroger or Whole Foods, but make sure it says UNREFINED on the jar. I get mine onine at http://www.tropicaltraditions.com. They usually run great sales. Buy 1 get 1 free or free shipping. You can also pick it up at Middle Tennessee Center for Alternative Medicine in Cool Springs. They have it for a good price. The coconut water is just an added bonus. You don’t have to do that as part of the challenge so it’s just as you like it. I use it like a soda or bottled water. If i’m out I might grab one and throw it in my purse. If you’re working out it’s a good alternative to plain water. But shoot for 3-4 tablespoons of the coconut oil a day! Can’t wait to hear how it’s working for you!

  3. Hi Calie! I am definitely taking the challenge! I have 10-15 pounds to loose in 6 weeks! Eek! I’ve been using it on my skin for a long time now and use it in my skin care line but I’ve never taken it internally. Should I link up before or after the challenge? I’ll probably go ahead and blog about it now too.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics =-.

    • broccolicupcake says:

      You can do the link up either way. I was thinking it would be interesting to hear everyone’s results at the end, but it’s also interesting to hear why different people have decided to participate. Whatever works for you. Looking forward to reading your posts and hearing how the coconut challenge is working for you.

  4. Ok I’ll link up at the end. The last couple days I have melted the solidified oil mixed it with apple juice and chugged it! That’s probably not the best way of going about it but at least I’m getting it in my body! I’m going to check out some recipes for it though.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Introducing new organic baby wash refill sizes! =-.

  5. Ann Marie says:

    Hi, I just heard of this Coconut benefit challenge. I am pregnant with our 4th child and wondered if it is safe to incorporate the coconut products in diet & skin care while pregnant? Also, can you use the coconut products on children? Thanks for your help.

    • broccolicupcake says:

      Hi Ann Marie – Congrats on your new pregnancy! I want to start by saying I’m not a doctor or nutritionist so I would recommend you confirm it with your doctor first, but my children are 4 and 2 and I’ve been using coconut oil in our diets and on our skin for about a year now. Our chiropractor recommended it to us along with a nutritionist. I do know people who have used it throughout their pregnancies. Here is a link to an earlier post I did from Dr.Jana Joshu at the Middle Tennessee Center for Alternative Medicine. It explains why coconut oil is so good for you. http://broccolicupcake.com/blog/2009/06/i-heart-coconut/

      Hope this helps! Let me know what you think of coconut oil!

  6. Ann Marie says:

    Thanks so much, I cannot believe how many benefits Coconut oil has. I will ask my OBGYN today at my appointment. One of my daughters has little bumps on arms & face that don’t seem to go away I think I will try some oil on them. have a great day :0)


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