I get inspiration from all over the net, mostly in small, homemade hangouts like this one. I tend not to be attracted to the slick, super-refined websites that are selling a methodology. I like the sites with real people, lost in the throws of their own process/progress/success! I only hope I can be that sort of inspiration for others.
I'm not one of those super-affiliate sellers that drive around in a hybrid car, paid for from commissions off vitamix sales. I can't even afford a car...yet. But, yes...some of these are affiliate links, to companies I really love and support. I earn a small commission if you purchase through the links, and I thank you graciously for any support you can give. Helps a little to keep this blog viable.
North Bay Trading Co. for all sorts of freeze and air dried fruits and veggies - Great for prepping or camping adventures!
Not all coconut oils are created equal! Not by any means. You can do all the research online (pro and con), or just take my word for
it...cold-process, raw, organic, virgin coconut oil is the healthiest oil you can consume! It's not simply the lesser of many evils, it's actually down-right GOOD for you!! I do suggest you research the benefits, if you're not familiar with them...too many to list, but in general: healing for anything from Alzheimer's to dry skin. It lowers bad cholesterol, it's one of the only foods that's anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. Best of all it's super safe. You can't overdo it. You can slather it all over your body, ingest it by the spoonful, use it in all your cooking and baking...spoon it into smoothies, your morning coffee...smear it on toast (fermented sourdough of course). There's no end to it's uses!
When I can afford it, I buy a gallon of TROPICAL TRADITIONS GOLD LABEL. I know I'll be doing okay for myself when I can afford the 5-gallon bucket!! Soon!
Now - seldom would know anyone buying butter, margarine, Crisco, or even EVOO in 5-gallon amounts, but if you know anyone that's into coconut oil - this is not at all uncommon. What the hell does someone do with that much coconut oil? We'll, first of all it basically last forever without going rancid. Second, it's the base ingredient in most healthy, homemade bath and body recipes. 5-gallons gives you enough to be generous with...lip balm and salves as stocking stuffers? Hell, just spoon it into a recycled glass jar, and put a bow on it! It's that good, just as it is!!
My god, can I go on enough about the stuff??
Tropical Traditions has it's own wonderful line of products - none will disappoint.
I especially love their organic hair oils! You have to check out their website, bcuz there's too much to list.
The best thing about Trop. Traditions is they ALWAYS have the best sales going on - all the time. You absolutely want to sign up for their emails!! Like this week for instance, they have their Organic Gold Label VCO gallons on sale HALF PRICE!!! Plus BOGO on their safe natural deodorant. They also have a listing of blogs on their site, where you can catch amazing giveaways and contests for free product! I should be one of them, but........................I've been distracted for a while. :/ Soon.
Can't leave off without saying that Trop. Traditions is the end all be all when it comes to COCONUT RECIPES! Literally!! Make sure to bookmark that page!
MY SUGGESTION IS - GET TOGETHER WITH YOUR HEALTHY FRIENDS OR FAMILY AND PURCHASE A GALLON OR 5, WHEN IT'S ON SALE!! Split it up on delivery, and give your group something new to rave about! Coconut Oil is just plain fun & exciting!!! CHECK OUT THEIR HEALTHY BUYERS CLUB FOR BULK SAVINGS!!!
After you sign up as a new customer (using this LINK so I get credit) - Get your own affiliate link and start using it to refer friends and family - You'll earn $25 store gift certificate for each new customer you refer! ALL FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS RECEIVE A FREE "VIRGIN COCONUT OIL: HOW IT HAS CHANGED PEOPLE'S LIVES AND HOW IT CAN CHANGE YOURS" BOOK.
This is one of those companies I wish were mine! Bcuz a millions ways to Sunday - it's nothing but GOOD GOOD GOOD for your health!!! It stands side-by-side with VCO. Actually, it's MORE important, and...........for the most part it's FREE! Fermentation that is. Cultures for Health are there to get you started on the right foot. They deal in "Cultures", and they know everything there is to know about them. And, they've got amazing video tutorials, books, and all the gadgets to really dive into fermentation!
If someone was to ask me, "What's the single most important thing I can do to be more healthy"? I'd honestly say - EAT FERMENTED FOODS EVERY DAY!!!!!! I can get into a RANT here if I'm not careful, but fermented foods is seriously - our #1 weapon in our arsenal against sickness.....thanks to the SHIT that being pumped out nowadays, and so-called "safety standards"! It really makes me angry when I think too much about it. But, there's no reason to get angry, bcuz we've got options!!!!
Talk to your grandparents, or anyone you know over the age of 60, and they'll tell you all about fermentation! Either their Uncle Joe making corn-mash in the barn, or grandpa's pickled vegetables, or Aunt Sue's sauerkraut , or Grandma's sourdough bread, with homemade cheese. Fermented foods were a staple, a treat, and a know source of good health!! These are NOT the same items you buy in the grocery store today!!! There's absolutely NO health benefits to pickles, sauerkraut, or sourdough bread from the store. In fact...they actually degrade good health. Research that...and I'll shut up!!
Don't say that you don't have the time. 15 minutes every couple of days, and you can have a host of tasty fermented, health tonics constantly on hand! Buy a Kombucha SCOBY, and some milk & water KEFIR grains to get started on this new, fun hobby!!! There's very little to it, and it's hard to do it wrong. The best part about the hobby of fermentation is - it's the GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!!! That really says so much about it! How much DEAD food-stuff do you have in your pantry?? All of it most likely. You're going to change that, and have LIVE foods growing in your kitchen. No land, no tilling, no weeding....no snaps of frost. And.....slowly.....every shelf, every cupboard, every inch of space will have some wonderful, strange, creature growing in it!! That's when you start getting your friends and family into the hobby!!!
Yes, you'll be known as "that whacko" that carries around Kombucha mother's and alien Kefir grains in zip-lock baggies, and pushes them on everyone in sight....that never stops talking about the health benefits of fermentation! You'll be passing off jars of sourdough starter too, and in the end...............everyone will LOVE you for it!!!!!!!!!