The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“What were you thinking?” my boyfriend exclaimed. He was referring to how I got myself in over my head with my last writing assignment.
I want the job – it’s a peachy plum of a gig / assignment. The opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime type of thing.
I want to be a professional.
But . . . my home business has barely gotten off the ground. I have months when it’s tough to pay the bills, put food on the table, pay the rent.
I may squeeze in training that I buy somehow — a writing-marketing program here, a subscription to a group there, where I get top-notch training in e-commerce. But I pay the price too!
That’s in the normal course of the year, and my life, in my home business.
Thinking it Over (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I took on a bigger-than-life writing assignment a couple of months ago – What was I thinking? is a pretty accurate question.
I’ll get the assignment done. But . . . I am in over my head.
I have all this inventory in my house. Santas and containers to use for baskets/ bundles for Christmas. Hundreds of dollars worth of stuff — some sitting here for a year just waiting for Christmas.
Forty-six jars of Nutiva Organic Red Palm Oil that I need to sell somehow miraculously. Amazon pulled rug — no selling liquid in glass jars over 4 oz. They were flying off the shelves at Amazon.
Items that normally I would be boxing and packaging up and sending into Amazon to sell for Christmas. Taking pictures, making bundles. Assigning UPC codes.
Man thinking on a train journey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What was I thinking? Honestly — all joking aside.
San Antonio College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Write to become a better writer. Read Larry McMurtry – for good storytelling. Use the Internet Writers’ Workshop (IWW) for good editing help.
Honor greats like Professor John Igo of San Antonio – book writer and beloved San Antonio College professor. Stellar San Antonio College with its wonderful journalism, chemistry, math and physics departments and teachers as well.
Want to volunteer? Try the Friends of the Library.
Stay healthy. Exercise daily. Jump on a rebounder. Get in and hour or two at least of walking, steps — count those steps, 10,000+.
Remember words of Seth Godin, “No niche is too small to own.”
RED PALM OIL
It’s not coconut oil – let’s make that clear right up front.
It’s a saturated fat like coconut oil is a saturated fat. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
There are many different kinds of saturated fats.
Organic red palm oil, as coconut oil, is sold in both health food stores and supermarkets. It’s a food. An oil used for cooking and in recipes.
Steven Acuff explains that red palm oil contains palmitic acid. Coconut oil is full of healing lauric acid. Whereas lauric acid is what is found in mother’s milk and is very healing, palmitic acid he says is the fat that makes up belly fat.
But compare this natural palm oil, with its abundance of anitoxidants and vitamin A carotene, the orange color, to other oils and it’s much better.
Vegetable oils soy, corn and canola are about as unhealthy as you can get Steven goes on to explain. They are highly processed. In order to squeeze oil out of these, they need to be heavily processed. And not only that … it takes hundreds of pounds to get small amounts of oils. Yet they’re cheap.
Why do we have these large crops of corn and soy? Cheap oil for one.
Red palm oil does have an issue in some developing countries of displacing the rain forests. But there are countries where it grows where this is not the issue.
Dr. Oz has sworn to the great healing qualities of red palm oil on more than one occasion. Catch his talks about the oil on YouTube. He says, it washes away plaque – it’s that healing he says.
Well, I’m not sold on Dr. Oz. I listen to Steven Acuff, Dr. Bruce Fife author of “Coconut Cures,” and Mary Enig, biochemist who exposed trans fats.
But red palm oil is an unprocessed oil that has been used by the people’s of South Africa and various countries for over 5000 years, Dr. Bruce Fife tells us. It stands up to heat way better than corn, soy or canola – which do not hold up to heat at all. They break down and go rancid.
Bruce Fife Declares Palm Oil a Deterrent to Heart Disease
Bruce Fife has recently written a book on Red Palm Oil, “The Palm Oil Miracle.” And one of the main selling points of red palm oil is not only the antioxidants, but he says his research shows surprisingly, even though everyone’s afraid of the saturated fat thing, that red palm oil is proving to fight cardiovascular disease. That is what Dr. Bruce Fife says and Dr. Oz as well.
But I personally would want to investigate this more, because Steven Acuff my mentor says that the palmitic acid in palm oil is the cause of belly fat, and he does not think it is so great, and that it may cause health issues if you imbibe too much of it.
As for me, I’m just relaying the research. And ….. I think Steven may be right. I am a coconut oil girl – with all its wonderful obvious benefits.
But soy, corn and canola oils are obviously not good. They are unhealthy over processed oils that turn rancid in the body.
Here is what Fife tells us about red palm oil and cardiovascular disease, paraphrased, so I don’t get it for plagiarism:
For the last 20 years, painstaking research has been done on palm oil’s effect on heart disease and heart health. Researchers are surprised, in spite of being a saturated fat, that red plam oil protects against cardiovascular disease.
Palm oil studies show that it can remove plaque from arteries when added to the diet, and actually reverse atherosclerosis. This has been shown in studies in animal and also in human.
In one study in 1995, two equal groups were formed out of a total of 50 participants diagnosed with atherosclerosis who also had had at least one stroke ….. half were given a placebo and served as a control group, the other half took a palm oil supplement every day.
The degree of plaque levels was monitored with ultrasound scans over 18 months.
The palm oil subjects showed 23 of the 25 people had their atherosclerosis halted. Seven of the people’s atherosclerosis didn’t only stop but regressed.
The placebo group instead showed no improvement, in fact, the condition in 10 of them worsened (Tomeo, 1995).
This study, says Fife, and Oz says so as well, demonstrated that palm oil can not only stop, but even reverse atherosclerosis.
Well, it takes more than one study. But these are big names – Oz and Fife, and they have the nerve and verve to write books and say this stuff on TV. And health food stores and even Amazon.com sell Nutiva Organic Red Palm Oil ….. and so do I.
I sold Red Palm Oil on Amazon in July and August of this year, and if flew off the Amazon shelves. I could not keep enough in stock. Then Amazon decided they did not want to take the chance with glass jars of a liquid oil. So they told me no more. But by then I had 45 jars left of this oil in stock in my home warehouse.
If you live in San Antonio and are interested in buying some, I have gift wrapped boxes, and will include a 12-page booklet on good oils and bad oils, and why ….. and show the scientific benefits of coconut oil, and why both coconut and palm oil are especially good cooking oils and coconut especially is exceptional for health.
A 15 oz. jar of Nutiva Organic Palm Oil with a gift box and 12-page booklet is only $7.00. Free delivery for orders of 5 or more jars to Northwoods area.
Call or email right away, before all the jars get bought up.
P.S. I know Bruce Fife and Dr. Oz love red palm oil. Just to say, I’ve been using coconut oil liberally for 6 years, with great results. I’ve not used palm oil over a long period of time. But I know for a fact it is a better oil than vegetable corn, soy and canola oils.
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San Antonio, TX
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As many of you know, this site has a history of health blogging, as well as our main topics.
Today, we want to make a mention of how much we love coconut and coconut oil. Out of ignorance and greed, coconut oil received a really bad rap in the U.S. for many years. And this spilled over into the Philippines, where a coconut industry of decades was toppled for a few decades.
Thanks to a doctor named Bruce Fife, and a biochemist named Mary Enig, this devastation has been reversed. And today we find organic and cold pressed lovely coconut oil sold in Whole Foods, health food stores and supermarkets across the country. And we see the country of the Philippines back in business.
To read more about this I invite you to read the story of Bruce Fife on his website and how he got to the bottom of the lie. And knowing that no publisher in their right mind would publish his book on the research he did on coconut oil, he and his family pinched and saved, while he scraped up the money to self publish at first, before the publishers finally took the books.
His research is remarkable, as I have read his book, “Coconut Cures.”
Almost single-handedly, he found that there was no research ANYWHERE that backed the claim, “Coconut oil is a saturated fat and causes heart disease,” …. but the research, clinical studies and medical papers were everywhere about the health benefits of coconut oil — used in IVs, healing to heart patients, diabetics. An antimicrobial. The research goes on and on and is impressive.
Once a person reads the books or even his story in the article on his website, it’s quite obvious that something went terribly wrong there for awhile — when the food industry dug in and took over with its artificial and packaged and sugary foods. Those foods are still rampant now.
But Dr. Bruce Fife did make a difference. Go to his site, and see him in a photo with the thankful woman President of the Philippines.
Mary Enig of the Westin Price Organization is a biochemist and she took on the lonely journey spoke the truth about the junk food industry trans fats, and good oils, and good saturated fats. She too is responsible for making strides, as she was one of the major voices in exposing trans fats.
Once she was giving a lecture about the bad processed oils rampant in the food in the U.S., about trans fats and the lack of evidence or research that condemned saturated fats and oils such as coconut oil. After the lecture a man approached her and told her she could make a lot more money, if she changed her story — to make the food industry look good, and to cease and desist on telling the truth about trans fats.
Obviously, she preferred telling the truth and helping people become healthy.