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  • Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    by Darryl Edwards

    Animal Moves

    • improve strength, speed and stamina
    • increase mobility, flexibility and stability
    • look, feel and perform better

    Find out more and details on how to purchase at www.animalmovesbook.com

  • Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    by Darryl Edwards

    "If you are looking for a simple way to better understand Paleo concepts, Darryl's Paleo from A to Z guide is the go-to resource.
    -Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple

  • Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner

    "This book is a useful reference to enable individuals just starting out on the Paleo path as well as those who want to explore more challenging, playful and interesting ways to move."

    -Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

     

  • 7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    by Darryl Edwards
  • The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    by Robb Wolf
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    by Mark Sisson
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp
  • Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    by Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Protein Power
    Protein Power
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Mary Deans
  • Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    by Christopher McDougall
  • In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan
  • Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    by Michael Pollan
  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    by L. Cordain
  • Vegetarian Myth, The
    Vegetarian Myth, The
    by Lierre Keith
  • The Second Brain
    The Second Brain
    by Michael D. Gershon
  • The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    by Loren Cordain
  • Eat Drink Paleo
    Eat Drink Paleo
    by Irena Macri
  • Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

Entries in Coconut Oil (5)

Friday
Aug022013

Paleo: Beef Tenderloin with Callaloo

 

Callaloo (Jamaican spinach), onion and garlic sandwiched between slow roasted beef tenderloin and garnished with sweet pepper, butternut squash and copious amounts of coconut oil.

 

Tuesday
Mar132012

Paleo Breakfast: A Wholesome Start To The Day

 

Roasted organic naturally-reared turkey breast

Organic avocado, mixed leaf salad, sweet peppers and onions with extra-virgin coconut oil dressing.

Monday
Feb272012

Rant of The Day: Charlatans

Rant of the Day: 

A leading "self-appointed" cutting-edge nutritionist posts a comment on their Fitness Page about "refined coconut oil" being the real deal. Their justification? Because it doesn't taste or smell of coconut and because it doesn't contain cellulose which can irritate the lining of the gut.

I replied with a few statements: 

  • If cellulose is a carbohydrate (polysaccharide) and therefore does not exist in coconut oil.  An 100% oil i.e. fat does not contain carbohydrate;
  • If cellulose irritates the gut, that's a lot of vegetation we need to avoid immediately;
  • Refined (pure) coconut oil is usually heat treated, uses toxic chemicals (such as hexane), is filtered, bleached and processed to produce a much cheaper and less nutrient-dense product than extra-virgin or virgin coconut oil;
  • In the majority of cases the less that is done to food, the healthier it is likely to be.

Her fans ask for clarity and a response based around my points.  They ask who is right, as one No reply from her.

I then gave more details depending on the question - with a caveat to do their own research, to use some (un)common sense judgement and not just to take my word for it.

The nutritionist's response? To delete all my comments and all questions relating to my comments (about 20 in total). Nothing like asking your readers to stop questioning and to give advice without any consideration for those who are actually genuinely interested in making better decisions about their health. 

It's not about being correct it is about wanting your audience to be better informed.  
If I change my opinion from a previously held view due to improved information this is a blessing not a curse...

If it is important to you, always question, never just accept.

If you are teaching take note of the following:

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn" -John Cotton Dana

Saturday
Jan212012

Paleo Dinner: A Wholesome End To The Day

My Paleo dinner last night (and lunch today).  Consisted of: 

The full recipe will be published in future as part of a Paleo recipe guide.