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Jennifer Lawson, aka Mother Gaia

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Coconut oil

(Cocos nucifera)

You will find coconut oil in Mother Gaia's Lotions, Balms, & Candles

Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It has various applications. Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to six months at 24 °C (75 °F) without spoiling.

Due to its high levels of saturated fat, the World Health Organization, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Food and Drug Administration, American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association, British National Health Service, British Nutrition Foundation, and Dietitians of Canada advise that coconut oil consumption should be limited or avoided.

Coconut oil contains a large proportion of lauric acid, a saturated fat that raises total blood cholesterol levels by increasing both the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Although this may create a more favorable total blood cholesterol profile, this does not exclude the possibility that persistent consumption of coconut oil may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease through other mechanisms, particularly via the marked increase of blood cholesterol induced by lauric acid. Because the majority of saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, coconut oil may be preferred over partially hydrogenated vegetable oil when solid fats are used in the diet. Due to its high content of saturated fat with corresponding high caloric burden, regular use of coconut oil in food preparation may promote weight gain.

Nutrition and fat composition

Coconut oil is 99% fat, composed mainly of saturated fats (82% of total; table). In a 100 gram reference amount, coconut oil supplies 890 Calories. Half of the saturated fat content of coconut oil is lauric acid, while other significant saturated fats are myristoleic acid and palmitoleic acid. Monounsaturated fats comprise 6% of total fats, and polyunsaturated fats comprise 2% (table). Coconut oil contains phytosterols, but there are no micronutrients having significant content (table).

Nutritional Profile of Coconut Oil: Part of the reason coconut oil is such a powerhouse superfood is its unique nutritional profile. It was avoided and shunned for years because of its 92% saturated fat content but recent research is showing this stigma was unwarranted. Most of the fats in coconut oil are saturated but they are in the form of MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides, also called MCFAs), which affect the body differently than short and long chain fats.

• Saturated fatty acids: Most of them are medium chain triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well in the body’s systems.

• Lauric acid: It is the chief contributor, representing more than 40% of the total, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin. Lauric acid is helpful in dealing with viruses and diseases.

• Capric acid: It reacts with certain enzymes secreted by other bacteria, which subsequently converts it into a powerful antimicrobial agent, monocaprin.

• Caprylic acid, caproic acid, and myristic acid: They are rich in antimicrobial and antifungal properties

• Unsaturated fatty acids: Polyunsaturated fatty acids- linoleic acid, monounsaturated fatty acids- oleic acid

• Poly-phenols: Coconut contains gallic acid, which is also known as phenolic acid. These polyphenols are responsible for the fragrance and the taste of coconut oil. Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these polyphenols.

• Derivatives of fatty acid: Betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, fatty polysorbates, monoglycerides and polyol esters.

• Derivatives of fatty alcohols: Fatty chlorides, fatty alcohol sulfate, and fatty alcohol ether sulfate

• Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin E, vitamin K, and minerals such as iron.

Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) or Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)

Most of the fats we consume are long chain fatty acids that must be broken down before they can be absorbed. Coconut oil is high in short and medium chain fatty acids, which are easily digested and sent right to the liver for energy production. Because MCFAs are sent right to the liver for digestion, no bile or pancreatic enzymes are needed for digestion, making coconut oil a healthy food even for those with diabetes or those who have gallbladder problems. MCFAs can help increase metabolism since they are sent directly to the liver and give the body an instant source of energy. Most of the MCFAs in coconut oil are the highly beneficial Lauric Acid.

Benefits of MCFAs (MCTs)

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Tip of the Week

Need more time? Edited...

Here is an example of a typical day for Mother Gaia (aka Jennifer).

4 am - Wake up

4:15 am - Tai Chi, walking outside, or weight lifting

5 am - Make Tea 

5:15 am - working on computer (researching and writing articles, bookkeeping, printing, creating labels, developing website, etc)

6:15 am - Kids up for school (showers and such)

7 am - breakfast (yogurt and seeds, maltomeal, oatmeal, or sweedish pancakes)

7:30 am - Leave for school and work

8:30 am - Home care in Boulder

9:30 am - Small snack of an orange or apple; handful of dates or prunes

12:30 pm - Lunch of raw salad and apple cider vinegar dressing

1:30 pm - Off Work

2:30 pm - Pick up from school

3:00 pm - Snacks and homework, maybe some work

4:00 pm - Dishes and chores, filling bottles for shipments

5:00 pm - Preparing Dinner

6:00 pm - Enjoying Dinner

7:00 pm - Favorite shows

8:00 pm - Bedtime for kids (brush teeth and tuck in)

8:15 pm - Yoga or stretching

8:45 pm - Meditation/Contemplation/Deep Breathing

9:00 pm - Bed time 

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Recipe of the Week

Grain Free Swedish Pancakes

Ingredients:

6 large eggs

1/2 cup almond or coconut flour (oat flour can work but oats are a grain)

1/4 cup ground flax

1/2 cup Milk (dairy or plant based)

2 Tbsp butter or coconut oil

1 tsp Vanilla or Almond extract

Directions:

Heat nonstick skillet (clay coating is best) to medium heat.

Whisk eggs, milk, melted butter/coconut oil, and extract in bowl.

Add Flour and Flax, mix until clumps are gone.

Pour approximately 1/4 cup onto pan and roll or smooth liquid around pan until thin, uniform layer forms.

Flip cake by working spatula gently around edges and under, cook a few more seconds and remove onto plate.

Repeat until gone. Makes approximately 8 thin cakes that are much like crepes.

Fill with your favorites like peanut butter, almond butter, yogurt, honey, fresh fruit, maple syrup, preserves, etc.

Roll up and enjoy.

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Relieving Migraines Naturally

Migraine vs Headache – It is important to know the difference between a migraine attack and a headache.

Headaches can vary a great deal in how long they last, how severe they are, and why they happen. They may not occur in a recognizable pattern as migraine attacks do.

Migraine attacks will present as moderate-to-severe headaches on one side of the head that occur with other symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. Migraine and non-migraine headaches are different and can indicate different causes.

To help identify a migraine headache, it can be useful to keep a diary of symptoms noting the time of onset, any triggers, the duration of the headaches, any noticeable signs or auras leading up to a migraine attack, and any other symptoms.

A headache diary should ideally be used for a minimum of 8 weeks and record:

• the frequency, duration, and severity of headaches

• any associated symptoms

• all prescribed and OTC medications taken to relieve headache symptoms

• possible triggers

• the relationship of headaches to menstruation

The International Headache Society recommends the “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” criteria to diagnose migraines without aura. This stands for:

• 5 or more attacks with a duration of 4 hours to 3 days

• At least two of the following qualities: Occurring on one side of the head, a pulsating quality, moderate-to-severe pain, and aggravation by routine physical activity

• At least one additional symptom, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, or sensitivity to sound.

During the initial diagnosis of migraines, the doctor may suggest a range of tests to exclude any other causes of a headache. These can include electroencephalography (EEG), CT, and MRI scans, or a spinal tap.

And what exactly is a migraine?

It’s a disabling disease that causes an extremely painful headache that is accompanied by nausea or vomiting, and sensitivity to lights and sounds. The head pain that occurs with migraine is usually a severe, pounding headache that can last hours or even days. Migraine is much more than just a headache however. Other symptoms vary from person to person, but you may see spots, have blurred vision, or smell strange odors. You might be sensitive to light, and feel sick to your stomach, even vomit.

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Product of the Month

Mother Gaia's Sanitizing Spray

 ZERO Water with Lavender, Tea Tree, & Sweet Orange essential oils.

Prevent the flu without alcohol or petroleum. Naturally antibacterial. 

Boosting immunity and killing bacteria.

Perfect for cleaning windows, counters, and pet cages.

Find yours here.

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Subscriber Promotions

Offers only for subscribers of Mother Gaia's Newsletter

November: BUY ONE GET ONE - Christmas Memories Spray. The wonderful aromas of a real Christmas tree covered in Candy Canes. 

Find it here.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

 

Dancing Gaia: The Nature of Movement & Meditation

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for anyone that wants to get fit without hurting themselves. 

Dancing Gaia offers seated versions for those who are less capable.

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, main floor community room, the first Saturday of each month @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.

 

Group Classes Mother Gaia Brings to You

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything? Or just a fun way to learn and experience the benefits of natural healing with friends and/or family? Mother Gaia brings all the supplies and information needed for a great educational experience.

Combine classes for a more complete experience and save $10 per person. Host a class and get your first complete set for free! Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space. Mother Gaia is fully insured for your protection, references can be provided upon request.

Aromacraft  

Learn about and experience essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits, create up to seven (7) of your own products to take home including a ZERO water based spray, moisturizing lotion, aroma body/bath oil, natural skin toner, deeply cleansing mudd mask, strengthening tooth powder, and nourishing mineral milk bath. 

Herbalcraft 

Learn about and experience herbal remedies, their amazing benefits and simple uses, and blend up to six (6) products including an herbal tea, naturally scented herbal sachet, moisturizing herbal infused mineral milk bath, infused body/bath oil, cleansing mudd mask, and strengthening and antibacterial tooth powder.

 ***Every participant receives a handout booklet packed full of useful information.***

Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

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