My New Secret for Everything
Let’s just talk hair for a second.
Sometimes you have to cancel a hair appointment because you realize it was made for the first day of school. The same first day of school on which you like to drop your kids off outside their classrooms and hold back tears. Or honk goodbye to your teenagers to the tune of “We Fell In Love in a Hopeless Place.” This is no time to get your hair did, yo.
But then there are times when you call and cancel and said hairdresser doesn’t have an opening for four weeks. FOUR WEEKS.
So you go visit the worlds leading expert on coconut oil, who happens to live just down the street from your house, snap a pic, and your hair looks like…well. The above photo says it all.
So then you get desperate, grab scissors, and start snippy snapping away at the split ends and crackly hairs until you have inadvertenly chopped off two full inches, and looking vaguely similar to zombie Meg Ryan.
I’m glad we got that cleared up. I need to not be alone in my hair misery. Which will heretofore be referred to in it’s conjuctive form…hmisery.
Okay, on to coconut oil.
(above: Homemade Vegan Tamales)
My new nutritional guru, Thor and I sat down last Wednesday with Dr. Bruce Fife, leading expert on all things coconut oil and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle. I was there to research an up and coming cookbook idea, Thor was there to get his geek on with Dr. Fife. He’s kind of a big deal in the world of nutrition.
It wasn’t ten minutes into the meeting before I could see why.
Dr. Fife is passionate about coconut oil, having delved into the deep science of it all with wreckless abandon. But, he has the remarkable ability to translate all of the p’s and q’s of molecules and medium-chain fatty acids into human speak. He talked at length about the benefits of taking up to three spoonfuls a day of coconut oil, but you don’t have to get all cray up in the hizzy to enjoy some of the remarkable antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant effects of coconut oil.
You can slather it on your skin to clear up acne (I’ve been doing it since last week and hello clear face, I knew you were under there somewheres!). You can spread it on your bod instead of lotion (smells deeelicious!). And you can even use it as an afternoon energy booster (waaay betta than Red Bull, darlings).
There are so many things coconut oil can be used for, according to Dr. Fife, that I gathered some of the nitty gritty details for Babble and put it in an easy-to-read slideshow. Check out Clear Up Acne, Remove Warts, and 13 Other Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil.
And let’s not forget the beautiful coco-buttery flavor that coconut oil lends to food. Because coconut oil is a largely shelf-stable, heat tolerating oil, you can get the same benefits from it when baked into foods as you can spooning the stuff straight onto your tongue. Of course, if you spoon it straight, you don’t have to gnaw through pounds of chocolate chips as you would these Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, but who’s to complain about pounds of chocolate chips?
I mean. Really?
Also featuring coconut oil is these purty lil’ batch of Vegan Brown Sugar Blondies
And the crust in this Vanilla Bean Vegan Cheesecake will make you go gaga, since it’s ever so slightly kissed with the goodness of coconut oil.
Did someone say kiss? You know how we liiiiiike our lipsssss? Coconut oil keeps ‘em smooch worth in my recipe for Homemade Kiss Gloss.
Folks. The weekend is long. My hair is short. Coconut oil is da bomb fabu. There are pounds of clothes needing folding at the foot of my bed. I watched Mean Girls in entirety tonight while writing articles about grilled chocolate. And that is a whole lotta stuff you should feel slightly violated to have been told.
Sorry. Hmisery makes me overshare.
Three weeks until the hairdressing appointment. Hang in there wit me.