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I Wish I Knew These Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil Earlier

I Wish I Knew These Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil Earlier

Coconuts, and more specifically their oil, have gained quite the reputation over the past few years – and it’s no wonder! Touted as one of the healthiest foods to include in our diets thanks to its high lauric acid (a medium chain fatty acid that supposedly positively impacts our cholesterol levels – don’t worry, I didn’t know this either!) content and its impressive vitamin profile, coconut oil also has a myriad of other uses in areas ranging from beauty and grooming, to pet care or house cleaning.

Thanks to its increase in popularity in recent months, this brilliant product is becoming more and more accessible, meaning that now is the perfect time to stock up and experiment with its numerous uses. If you’ve bought a jar but aren’t quite sure as to what to do with it, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are 100 amazing uses for coconut oil – we guarantee you won’t have heard of at least half!

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Cooking and baking

  1. A substitute coconut oil for butter or shortening in baked good recipes.
  2. A safe oil for deep-frying.
  3. Use instead of butter or oil to grease your cake tins.
  4. A delicious, healthy alternative to other coffee creamers.
  5. An essential ingredient for bulletproof coffee.
  6. An alternative to other oils in Asian-inspired dishes, such as stir-fries and soups.
  7. Add it to your food processor with your nuts of choice to make a deliciously smooth nut butter.
  8. Melt it with peanut butter, add sea salt and set in the fridge for your very own healthy peanut butter fudge.
  9. Add to cacao powder and honey and set in the fridge for delicious chocolate treats.
  10. Mix it with cacao and pop it in the microwave for an – almost – instant guilt-free chocolate and coconut microwave cake.
  11. Try a different take on mayonnaise by using half coconut oil, half olive oil in your next batch.
  12. Use it to elevate your winter vegetables (especially sweet potatoes) by tossing them in coconut oil before you roast them.
  13. Try an alternative salad dressing.
  14. Use it in a delicious, healthy granola.
  15. Use it on toast instead of butter.
  16. Substitute it for peanut butter in your oatmeal for a healthy and tasty alternative.
  17. Try it in a delicious Brain Power smoothie.
  18. Mix with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost.
  19. A different and moreish topping for your freshly popped popcorn.
  20. Use for seasoning your cast-iron pans and giving them a non-stick coating.
  21. Use for conditioning your wooden chopping boards.

Beauty

  1. An alternative to expensive hair treatments by whipping up a coconut oil and honey hair mask.
  2. Apply melted oil to damp hair and place under a heated towel for 40 minutes for a deep-conditioning treatment.
  3. Use it as an intensive overnight hair treatment.
  4. A great flyaway, frizzy hair tamer.
  5. A natural way to fight split ends.
  6. Apply to damp hair, let it sit for 2-3 minutes, and comb gently for detangling.
  7. Use it to shape and moisturise your moustache or beard.
  8. Whip up your very own lip balm to treat sore, chapped lips.
  9. Mix it with your favorite lipstick for a moisturizing lip tint.
  10. Mix it with some pigment or eye shadow for a fashionable, glossy look.
  11. A natural alternative to highlighter for a gorgeous, healthy glow.
  12. A wonderful way to soothe and heal dry and sore nostrils in the winter.
  13. Rub into your nails and cuticles to restore softness and shine.
  14. An excellent moisturizer for dry and cracked feet.
  15. Melt and mix with sugar for a simple, moisturizing body scrub.
  16. Swirl into your bath water for a moisturizing soak.
  17. Smooth over your eyebrows and eyelashes to soften the hairs and keep them in place.
  18. Use as a make-up remover..
  19. Use as a shaving and after-shave lotion.
  20. Preventing ingrown hairs by applying regularly to affected areas.
  21. For glowy, dewy skin, mix with baking soda and apply in circular movements onto your face before rinsing.
  22. Use as a facial moisturizer if you have very dry, sensitive skin.
  23. Use as an intensive night-time moisturizer.
  24. Got new ink? Apply oil as a DIY tattoo moisturizer/healer.
  25. A natural way of reducing age spots.
  26. A wonderful massage oil either on its own or with essential oils.
  27. A natural way of helping stretchmarks fade.
  28. An ingredient for making your own soothing coconut soap.
  29. Use as a (very weak) deodorant.

Health and wellness

  1. Simply mix with peppermint extract for a natural alternative to Vapor Rub.
  2. Helps fight diaper rashes.
  3. Helps calm eczema flare-up.
  4. Helps to reduce sweeling and itching for any bug bite.
  5. Repels insects very effectively.
  6. Very useful to help soothe burns and help them heal faster (this works for sunburns, too).
  7. Increase levels of “good” cholesterol due to its high levels of lauric acid.
  8. Its anti-viral properties make it super effective against cold sores.
  9. Melt and mix with honey and lemon juice if you have a sore throat for a comforting anti-bacterial drink.
  10. Try adding to ginger tea to alleviate heartburn or nausea.
  11. Great for repelling lice and protecting your children from any outbreaks.
  12. Protects your feet from athlete’s foot.
  13. Great for oil pulling.
  14. Has strong anti-viral, -bacterial and -fungal properties and will help boost your immune system.
  15. Soothes dry, scratchy coughs.
  16. Can be used in aromatherapy.
  17. Helps prevent cracked nipples during breastfeeding.
  18. Can improve calcium and magnesium absorption into your system, making it great for boosting bone health.
  19. Its medium-chain saturated fats are also fabulous metabolism boosters.
  20. Has also been proven to be an effective appetite suppressant.
  21. Significant evidence states that ingesting coconut oil regularly may help with Alzheimers.
  22. Helps ease arthritis.
  23. Helps wounds and small cuts heal faster.
  24. Helps with constipation by lubricating your digestive tract.
  25. Helps keep your digestion regular and looks after your gut.
  26. Mix with baking powder for a DIY toothpaste.
  27. Use it in tandem with sunscreen for a gorgeous, even tan, and protected skin.
  28. A great natural remedy for cradle cap in babies.
  29. Adding a little oil to baby’s bath is a wonderful way to keep his or her skin supple and healthy.
  30. Mix with 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil for an effective cellulite remedy.
  31. Mix with lavender essential oil and sprinkle on a pillow to encourage sleep.

Cleaning and housekeeping

  1. Replaces your traditional wood polish.
  2. Helps remove rust from household appliances.
  3. Apply to a rag and clean your shower to get rid of pesky soap scum.
  4. Lubricate door hinges with it to avoid irritating squeaky sounds.
  5. A super effective way to remove chewing gum from clothing.
  6. A great alternative to shoe polish – just remove dirt with a cloth and rub into your shoes using a circular motion.
  7. Use instead of gasoline as an all-natural fire starter.
  8. Use unstick zippers and keep them in good condition.
  9. Use to lubricate small motors, such as your blender – a little goes a long way!
  10. Very effective for greasing bicycle chains.
  11. Use to buff up metal and give it a healthy shine.
  12. Combine with lye, water and essential oils of your choice for an all-natural laundry detergent.

Pet care

  1. May help reduce hair balls: simply apply to your cat’s paws.
  2. Apply to your dog’s paws to help soothe cracked, painful skin.
  3. Very effective for repelling fleas.
  4. Rub through your dog or cat’s coat to give it a healthy sheen.
  5. Very effective for keeping your horse’s mane and tail healthy and shiny.
  6. If your pet regularly gets allergies, feeding him a little oil daily can help reduce itchiness.
  7. If you live on a farm and keep cows, it is a wonderful udder soother.

Phew, what a long list! I bet some of these amazing uses for coconut oil surprised you. Which ones did you already know of, and which did you discover today? Let us know in the comments!

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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