Friday, February 22, 2008

Who wouldn't love a coconut tree?
DAY 8 JFP: Releasing Old News, Our Favorite Oil, Friday Night Movies.


Hello again! As you know, we got a day behind on our JFP, so this one is going to be short and sweet due to the double whammy blog writing day. Luckily for us, we have just recently written about the subject of the day, so we will very humbly refer you back to the previous posts.

New Life Practice
Here we send you back to read our previous posts. First one. Second one.

Kitchen, Bath, and Body

Enema Kit! Have you got your enema kit yet? If not, you will probably want to start looking for one! You can get one from The Raw Food World, where you have an excellent choice of three different kinds of kits, or you might try your local Walgreens. We have not had such good luck recently finding a proper enema kit at the local drug store, all they seem to have are the useless little Fleet kits (don’t get this kind!), but you never know, your drugstore may be more enlightened than ours!

Coconut Oil
Here is the skinny on this fabulous fat:
For use as a skin moisturizer, nothing compares to coconut oil. It not only makes you smell and taste good, like a tropical beach, but it prevents stretch marks, heals existing ones, has antiseptic elements that keep the skin young and healthy, and relatively free from infections. We also use it as a lip balm if our lips get parched and cracked from too much sun and dry heat, or cold and icy wind. It will make your lips very yummy and inviting! It makes a great erotic oil as well, provided you do not put it on latex. Thinking of giving or receiving a massage? Bring out the coconut oil!

I (Katrina) have used coconut oil several times to aid in the rapid healing of some epic scrapes and cuts. I can't imagine being with out coconut oil now. It is a multi-purpose wonder oil.

Coconut oil has been used as a food and a medicine since the dawn of history. Ayurveda (the medicine of India) has long advocated its therapeutic and cosmetic properties.

As you can see, on a Juice Feast, coconut oil has several uses:

1. for the skin; 2. for eating (up to 1 Tablespoon per day); 3. for use in lubricating the enema kit and yourself during an enema. Reasons number 1 and 2 are explained below. Reason three is because coconut oil acts as an antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti fungal agent, and is very resistant to rancidity, as opposed to olive oil or sesame oil, which are commonly used for enemas, but tend to photoxidize and go rancid. Stick with coconut for your enemas. You don’t want rancid oil down there!

(Sorry to be talking about enemas, eating, and skin care all at the same time here, but it really is the Renaissance Oil of all the oils!)

NUTRITIONAL VALUE: Unlike the high-calorie, cholesterol-soaked, long-chain saturated animal fats found in meat and dairy products, coconut oil is a raw saturated fat containing mostly medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) which the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly. By weight, coconut oil has less calories than any other fat source.

Lauric acid, the major fatty acid from the fat of the coconut, has long been recognized for the unique properties that it lends to nonfood uses in the soaps and cosmetics industry. More recently, lauric acid has been recognized for its unique properties in food use, which are related to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal functions. Now, capric acid, another of coconut’s fatty acids has been added to the list of coconut’s antimicrobial components. These fatty acids are found in the largest amounts only in traditional lauric fats, especially from coconut. Also, recently published research has shown that natural coconut fat in the diet leads to a normalization of body lipids, protects against alcohol damage to the liver, and improves the immune system’s anti-inflammatory response.
Easy on the Liver/Gallbladder
The shorter MCFA chains require less energy and fewer enzymes to digest. Coconut oil can be emulsified in digestion without burdening the liver or gallbladder. Thus, coconut oil provides more energy, more quickly. Anyone who suffers from poor digestion—and especially liver or gallbladder trouble—would benefit from eating coconut oil.

On the Juice Feast: Up to 1 Tablespoon per day, eaten plain. As needed for your skin, all aglow.

We were lucky enough to spend some time with a friend who grew up in India last night, and he had fabulous tales of growing up in a neighborhood where every family had a backyard coconut tree. It was a personal kitchen industry to create coconut oil for the families use until the tropical oils were condemned for being saturated fats, and were replaced by canola oil. We now know that coconut oil is FAR superior in many ways, and according to our friend, families in India are working hard to re-implement the kitchen coconut trees.

Supplements and Superfoods

Why not try some coconut oil? It is sweet, smooth, and yummy.


I don’t know about you, but it is Friday night so we are going to watch an oldie but a goodie (perhaps Saturday Night Fever? The Gods Must Be Crazy?)

What’s Ahead

Amazingly, the March 1 start date for the Global Juice Feast falls on a Saturday. This is perfect for those of us working Monday-Friday type jobs, as it gives us the ease of the weekend to move into Juice Feasting, without rushing out the door to go to work. This weekend we are going to encourage you to take some TLC energy and put it into your living environment; perhaps washing windows, cleaning out that old closet, the cupboard under the bathroom sink, clearing your kitchen of the foods of yesteryear, all in preparation for the birth of the new YOU!!! Remember, many of us find ourselves cleaning up our homes as we cleanse, reflecting on the outside what is going on inside!

Have a beautiful night! With peaceful steps, David and Katrina

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