Jul 312014
 

The first time I made fresh coconut oil at home I was amazed at how easy it is to make! I’m talking VERY EASY!!! And you don’t need any special tools or equipment, and nowadays anyone can get fresh coconuts (the mature brown ones) at grocery stores all over the world, and for cheap!!

In today’s video I show you how to make fresh coconut oil the traditional Indonesian way, this is how my mother-in-law makes it! Even today most households here still make their own coconut oil, and I have to say there is something quite special about having fresh, handmade oil to cook with (and use on your skin too!).

Below are the full instructions, plus a video demo taking you step-by-step through the process.

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Homemade Coconut Oil  (makes approx. 1 Cup / 250 mL)

Ingredients:
2 Mature Brown Coconuts (meat of)
6 Cups / 1.5 Litres Room Temperature Water
2 Cups / 500 mL Hot/Boiling Water

Tools:
Grater (to finely grate the coconut meat)
Nut Milk Bag or fine mesh strainer
Very large mixing bowl
Medium size cooking pot (stainless steel)
Laddle / Spoon
Heat-resistant bowl or container (something to put very hot oil in to cool down that won’t split under high heat. Examples: stainless steel bowl, pyrex glass measuring cup, glass or porcelain cookware bowl or dish, stainless steel sauce pot, etc.)
Glass jar or bottle with a lid (to store the oil).

Directions:
1- Open coconuts and remove coconut meat (click here for instructions on how to open a mature brown coconut).
2- Finely grate the coconut meat and place in a large mixing bowl.
3- Add 2 Cup / 500 mL of room temperature water and mix, squeeze and massage the grated coconut with the water (as you are massaging and squeezing the grated coconut with the water you want to be squeezing out the oil and juice from the grated coconut and also breaking up the coconut fibers). Do this for 5 minutes.
4- Add another 2 Cup / 500 mL of room temperature water and continue mixing, squeezing and massaging the grated coconut with the water for another few minutes.
5- Add the remaining 2 Cup / 500 mL of room temperature water and continue mixing, squeezing and massaging the grated coconut with the water for a few more minutes.
6- With a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer, strain all the liquids (coconut milk) and discard the coconut pulp.
7- Transfer the coconut milk to a large mixing bowl.
8- Add small amounts of hot or boiling water to the coconut milk until it is warm.
9- Leave uncovered at room temperature overnight (at least 8-12 hours).
10- The next morning there will be a thick layer of coconut curd and oil floating on the surface. Gently skim it off and put the curd/oil into a stainless steel pot to boil down and make the oil. Discard the remaining coconut water.
11- Put the pot on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil.
12- Once it starts vigorously bubbling, reduce heat to medium (you want it to continue bubbling and cooking out all the liquids, but you don’t want it too hot that it will burn the coconut curd that settles on the bottom. No need to stir or mix.
13- Cook for 15-30 minutes until the oil splits from the coconut curd and all liquids have evaporated (you’ll know when it is ready, it will just be clear or yellow oil remaining in the pot with the coconut curd on the bottom).
14- Transfer oil immediately to a heat-resistant bowl, container or pot to allow the oil to cool.
15- Once oil is completely cool, transfer to a clean and dry glass jar or container and seal with a lid.
16- Can be stored at room temperature.
17- Enjoy!


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Jul 292014
 

After yesterday’s video 3 BIGGEST MISTAKES I Made When Transitioning Off Of A Long-Term Raw Vegan Diet, Ep115, I was asked why I didn’t just return to a vegetarian diet to resolve my vitamin B12 deficiency instead of adding meat, fish, seafood and animal products into my diet. This is a great question, especially because I was a vegetarian for most of my life and while on a vegetarian diet I never had an issue with a vitamin B12 deficiency, it was only until I was on a raw vegan diet for a few years did a problem come up. In today’s video I explain why I so drastically changed my diet to reverse the vitamin B12 deficiency, and how where I live, what foods are locally available to me and how my health history had a huge influence in that decision.
 

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Jul 282014
 

Transitioning off of a diet you have been on for a very long time is never easy. I can definitely admit that!! As most everyone knows, it’s only been in recent years that I started eating meats, fish and animal products again. I was a strict vegetarian for 20 years and on a 100% raw vegan diet for almost 4 years following that, but because of a vitamin B12 deficiency I developed while on the raw vegan diet, I decided to incorporate meats, fish, seafood and animal products back into my diet to reverse the deficiency. That dietary change was massive for me, on all levels, and I can be the first one to admit that during the transition I fumbled and made mistakes. In today’s video I share the three biggest mistakes I made during the first 6 months of transitioning off of the raw vegan diet and what I learned from that experience.
 

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Jul 262014
 

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I am always asked what I am eating and what my diet looks like these days. Well, as a breastfeeding mother, I don’t stop eating!! I have more of an appetite than I did when I was pregnant! My lovely daughter Luna Ray is almost 10 months old and in order for me to keep up with her and have high energy, I’ve got to eat, eat, eat, and eat good quality healthy food! In today’s video I go over what my daily diet is like and how things have changed since before I was pregnant.
 

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Jul 242014
 

Over the years I have received quite a few requests for me to share my opinion of the 80/10/10 Diet by Doug Graham. Years ago when I was on an exclusively raw vegan diet I experimented with the 80/10/10 Diet a few times while I was living in Montreal, Canada and while travelling in Thailand. I personally need more fats and protein in my diet, I don’t do well on a super high carb diet whether it’s cooked food or raw foods, but as a health coach I’ve worked with people who do really well on a high carbohydrate diet– everyone’s different! So in today’s video I go over my opinion and experience of experimenting with the 80/10/10 Diet and what I’ve see work and not work for others.


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