Like that Saturated fat is good for you. It doesn't make you fat. It helps you lose weight. It helps you absorb the nutrients in your food. It makes you feel fuller and more satisfied with your meals. Let's not forget that it also TASTES BLOODY AWESOME.
At first I couldn't quite believe it. It went against everything I had been told about healthy eating. I was pissed off. With doctors. Researchers. Dieticians. Everyone who we thought we could trust.
But when you think about it. It totally makes sense. The low fat revolution began after some dimwit in 70's published faulty research about saturated fat. His research found that Saturated Fat make us fat. But it was all dodgy and was not a comprehensive study. Soon word got out and the low fat revolution began. But woah! Wait. What a surprise. We all got fatter. Like. DERRR. Of course we did. He was wrong.
I've tried eating low fat before. Like all the time. I would avoid the fat as much as I could. I've bought the low fat butter, low fat cheese. I've spent hours cutting the fat off meat. Being stingy with the butter in baking. Buying Skim Milk. Passing on the cream. Skimping on the oil. Skimping on the fat means you lose a lot of the flavour.
And remember Low fat is almost always paired with a higher sugar content which makes it even worse.
So this is how I have come to discover Coconut Oil. Extremely high in Saturated fat and very good for you. I have the Niulife brand which is Organic, cold pressed, raw and unrefined. Open the jar and you want to swim in it, it smells delicious.
I eat a tablespoon a day straight out of the jar. The texture was a bit weird at first but I got over it. I started putting it on my skin. Putting it everywhere and anywhere and then I had a lightbulb moment.
I have struggled with the kids skin. Harry has had terribly dry skin since birth. It gets really bad in Winter when he itches and itches and draws blood all over his body. It's horrifying. I have bought EVERY SINGLE GODDAMN lotion at the chemist that has the "Dry Skin" "Eczema" buzzwords on it to no avail. Nothing really works. His skin just doesn't seem to absorb anything.
Tilly's Eczema seems to have gotten worse since she got older. She has dry patches and lots of redness around the skin folds. I flat out refuse to use anything the doctor will prescribe. (Since becoming Sugar Free I am suspicious of everyone and their motives. Perhaps I've been brainwashed).
I ran quite a hot bath for the kids the other night. I was all out of their normal QV wash. What could I use? Hmm. Any commercial soap will flare up their skin. So I grab the magic jar of Coconut Oil and scooped a tablespoon out of it and let it melt into the hot bath. They sat in the bath for a good half hour. They got out and I could instantly feel their skin hydrated. I've done this every night and the results are ASTOUNDING.
Harry's skin feels soft and supple to the touch. He's stopped itching. There are no dry patches. All the dry patches on Tilly's skin have gone. She still has a little redness but it has definitely improved and I would expect that the disappear as we continue with the Coconut Oil baths. Afterall, it's only been a week.
So I'm writing about this in the hope that it will also help somebody else. Because having a blog kind of helps with that.
I know, I know... I'm such a giver.