Day 29-Product Week-Coconut Oil, Butter, Cinnamon

Sorry about last night’s post everyone. I was so tired and sick feeling, my brain was fried and it showed. I say let’s move on to today’s post and fuggetaboutit.šŸ˜‰

I have a theory about why I got sick in the first place while on vacation, could be wrong but here it is. I didn’t have a way to make my bulletproof coffee and my body missed those important ingredients like coconut oil, butter and cinnamon. I’ll tell you a little bit about each product and why I think it might have affected me.

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As some of you may know from previous posts, bulletproof coffee is my morning staple and uses the ingredients mentioned above, the most important being coconut oil. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. The body converts this into monolaurin which fights viruses, and bacteria like herpes, influenza, and even HIV. It also fights listeria, H.Pilori and giardia lamblia. So, without my immune system strengthener, I was vulnerable to infection. It is also a misconception that coconut oil is bad for the heart and makes you gain weight. In all actuality, it isĀ beneficialĀ for the heart because of the lauric acid it contains. This acid helps prevent high cholesterol, and reduces injury and and damage to arteries therefore preventing artherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

I could talk about coconut oil and its uses and benefits all day but let’s move on to the goodness of grassfed butter, the second important ingredient in my coffee. I useĀ Kerrygold brand butter because it is grassfed, pure creamery butter.

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Grassfed vs regular butter- Grassfed butter contains loads of Vitamin K2 which helps keep calcium out of the arteries, therefore also preventing artherosclerosis. Butter, egg yolks and goose liver are good sources of this important vitamin. It also is full of an anti-inflammatory fatty acid called butyrate. Since it fights inflammation in the arteries, it reduces heart disease. In countries like Australia where the cows are grass fed, people who ate the most high-fat dairy products have over 50% lower risk of death compared to those who ate the least. That’s why I use only Kerrygold in my diet. In coffee, on my baked sweet potatoes and my baked goods.

Lastly, cinnamon.Ā imageĀ One of the oldest spices in the world, it has been used for centuries in countries like China and Egypt for its medicinal benefits and culinary enhancement. Of the two types of cinnamon, Ceylon and Cassia, Ceylon is preferred and offers a multitude of benefits. It is anti-microbial and and anti-clotting and can Ā boost brain function and helps keep a healthy colon, due to it’s richness in dietary fiber. One of the main reasons I use it, besides the great taste, is because it may stop the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi such as candida (which causes yeast infections).

The other reason I drink this coffee daily is because one cup sustains me all through the day because of the good fats it contains. I’m not picky about my coconut oil, as long as it’s unrefined, pure virgin, cold-pressed, I’m cool with it. I tend to go with the least expensive because I use a ton of it! I’m currently using Tropical Life Organic coconut oil because I can get a large container for ten or eleven bucks. It is unrefined, virgin and smells fantastic. I use Organic Ceylon cinnamon and I’ve found that at Sprouts.

So, yeah, I covered three products in one post because I felt I had to explain all the benefits of drinking bulletproof coffee. I’m positive that missing my beloved morning starter somehow contributed to this double whammy I have going on. After seeing the doctor this morning it was decided that I had a UTI or a possible kidney infection and an upper respiratory infection as well. Luckily, the medicine they gave me will knock out both of them!

I do hope you are inspired to try one or all three of the products mentioned here. Let me know if you do and how you use them in the comments. I look forward to hearing about it! Until tomorrow, when we talk about another product I love and swear by-Stevia. See you then!

 

sources: organicfacts.com, authoritynation.com, livestrong.com

 

Day 28- Free Day-Random Thoughts

I’ve been up since 4am and I’m super tired, so my thoughts are scattered and I’m struggling with what to write about. While on the subject of writing though, I recieved another rejection letter sometime last week while on vacation, that’s what I came home to. It was a story for The Sun and I was really hoping they would pick it. It was a creative writing attempt, not a business project and until last night, I thought I had to choose one of the two to focus on. After reading a post from QE, I feel better about thinking it’s possible to do both. See, some of you know that I started this whole process wanting to become a copywriter. Somewhere along the line, through all my study and research, I figured out there are other ways to write online and make money, so I took a stab at those first. This blog is kind of a middle ground in the sense that it’s a way to write creatively and practice writing daily (the only way to get better) and also can be used as a gateway to money making opportunities. My still undeveloped writer’s website is supposed to be for business, a place for future clients to find me and serve as a place to showcase my work. Problem is, if I never get published, I don’t have much to show, so I keep on trying….writing material and submitting it to various contests and/or publications. Ā This might explain why I still Ā haven’t gone live with the website yet. I can’t design it is the other. I’m at an impasse and considering scrapping the whole thing and starting over.

According to Quintessential Editor’s post last night on “Eating Your Greens”, one can equate greens with non-fiction writing which excercises the analytical side of your brain, while “desserts” (fiction) exercise the creative side. So why can’t I write copywriting projects some of the time and stories or poems or this blog, for example, the other part? I’ve been writing both non-fiction pieces and fiction, I just need to work out a plan of attack because it’s all starting to drive me a bit crazy. Some days I think I have it all together, then I read some article or blog post and I go off in a totally different direction. I read so much conflicting information, and I read so many great stories on other people’s blogs or sites like Medium and Tumblr, I struggle with which type I want to do more of. I want it all and the want it now type of thing. The struggle is real people! Right now, the thing I need most however, is sleep. So off to bed I go, but before that, I welcome any suggestions, so comment below if you have something to say. Peace out and pleasant dreams everyone. šŸ˜“

Day 27-Time To Chill

We are all home safe and sound, I feel blessed to have had such a wonderful vacation week. Now I need a vacation from my vacation ha! I have to share a parting shot from this morning before we finished packing and loading the truck. A sort of goodbye to the beach.

This is from the Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas. We were about three minutes past sunrise, didn’t matter because the clouds blocked the view anyway. We were lucky to get these and a couple more.

It has been a joy to share our vacation through pictures this week. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I did having the experiences.

Now we are home again and it’s time to chill and prepare for the work week ahead and dream of the next time we get to have a new and fun experience. I want to thank Flip Key Rentals and couple whose condo we stayed in, Ā Justa Good Beach Condo. Although it was not within beach view, it was clean, quiet and had all of the promised amenities and was very comfortable for our group of four people.

Feel free to share your best vacation with me in the comments and if you have any questions about mine, I’ll give you the answers! Til manana, see youĀ on the patio.

Day 26-Vaca Day 7-St Jo and Beyond


Ahhh, the last day of vacation is always bittersweet. We either try to cram as much activity in as we can or get to the things that we never did, but wanted to. Today was a combination of the two as we explored uncharted territory on St Jo (the island across from Port Aransas), followed by souvenir shopping around the quaint little shops in town.

First, a few pics of the beauty found on St Jo-at least through my eyes. Click on each pic to enlarge.

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Here is where we offload from the jetty boat onto the island.

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Storm clouds threatened, but actually made for a nice morning of beachcombing. Sometimes I take pictures seeing a certain kind of beauty in their simplicity.

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The attraction of St Jo is the fact that it’s deserted and has no kind of amenities whatsoever. This makes for an excellent adventure in exploration everytime, however, you have to bring whatever you think you will need for your trip-however long you choose to be there. Just don’t miss the last boat at 6pm, or you’re there for the night!

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Out to sea, down one direction and then the other, splendid solitude.

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For a little while, I took photos of interesting life among the rocks that make up the jetty. Here, I spotted some Quartz. Others, were moss covered or lichens growing on them.

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Next, Connie rescued a small sand crab from some fishing line.

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He was happy as you can see.

Next is a shot the length of the jetty (ocean direction) and then, I always have to have my bird shots, and these were taken in the opposite direction, the jetty goes almost the length of the island.

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We were way to busy in our exploration of the other end of the island negotiating dangerous rocks and debris to take more pics-besides-we were sure we’d be in trouble when the guys found out, they cared nothing about it as it turned out. Luckily, there were no mishaps or injuries (save a sore knee) or we would have been for sure.

After a delicious lunch with the guys, our next quest was shopping for souvenirs, we took a couple of humorous photos while we were out.

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Coming back to the news it was time to get stuff ready to leave tomorrow was sad, but necessary. Cleaning, packing and washing is all part of the deal. Ā All in all its been a fantastic week and as usual, it’s sad to leave this place. Although it is our favorite vacation destination, we haven’t been in about six years, we’ve so enjoyed being back. Someday, I’ll tell the story of our very first trip here, that’s truly one for the books! šŸ˜‰

 

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Day 25-Vaca Day 6-Deep Sea Fishing

My favorite part of the trip, besides fishing of course, is going out. The sunrise was beautiful, pink and blue in the buttermilk sky that surrounded the sun.

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As we boarded our boat, I noticed how the sun reflected on the water as we slid onto our bench seats for the long ride out to our destination.

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As we passed by my dreamboat stationed in the marina, I took a couple of quick pics of my family, Bubba and Connie looking thoughtful and my hubby Dave, looking fine with the breeze in his hair. This is truly his element and we are both so happy when we’re near the water.

Believe it or don’t, I was the first to have a fish on, I wish I could say I kept it! It was a big shark and before it could beat me, he broke the line and got away. I made up for it with a 13lb red snapper, unfortunately, it’s not snapper season and it had to go backšŸ˜”

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What a beauty it was though! It was super busy for everyone after that, as one after another caught shark, mahi, king mackerel and my hubby caught a black fin tuna!

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Here I am with the whole boat’s take and then my hubby and sister in law with our group’s haul. Not a bad day on the sea at all! And the water was some of the bluest I’ve ever seen!

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As you can see, there’s an oil rig in the distance-and that’s where it stayed! We never went to one this trip, since that is mainly for snapper fishing, however, they put us on fish everywhere we went.

I love watching the waves crawl across the sea as the boat slices through them, the sun glisten on the undulating ocean as we glide smoothly toward another legendary fishing trip.