Coconut everything

March 14, 2016

Let’s see….we have added organizing, journaling, water, probiotics, fermented foods, and breakfast to our daily routines for #1Thing2016. One thing every week for the whole year.

Permanent change, here we come!

These are comments I have heard about last week’s blog:

“I had no idea I could eat something different than what the paleo craze tells me because. I found out grains worked great for me in the morning!”


“I made your smoothie every day for breakfast and now I am not hungry until lunch time and I had energy all day long.”

These things work! And the fun thing is that no one person fits the standard mold. Everyone’s blueprint is different and as we have begun to pay attention to our bodies, we are learning to give it what it needs.

Are you ready for this week? It will be short and sweet.


If you have been following us at Living Tree, you know we are crazy about COCONUT! To make your reading short and sweet (and the “add” in for this week even shorter and sweeter) we will direct you to the benefits of coconut here. We could go on forever about the benefits, but here are some things to look for when picking out COCONUT water and then COCONUT oil.

We are all suckers for the latest crazes and COCONUT is at the top of the list! You can pull up all kinds of information on COCONUT: pros, cons, do this, don’t do that… so let’s get to the bottom of some of the information and make it simple for you.

What we should look for when buying both COCONUT oil and water?


Coconut oil:

1- Virgin. This term is in regards to processing. The least amount of processing keeps integrity of the coconut closer to the original state.

2- Glass jars. Might not be a priority, but plastic is just not a good choice.

3- Organic. Free of harmful pesticides.

4- Cold pressed. This is the processing method. Cold pressed means the company is not using high heat and destroying some of the good properties that the original whole food offers.


My two favorite companies are Nutiva and Skinny & Company. Both of these companies are GREAT, but my favorite is Skinny & Company. They have an amazing product and their story is worth the read. Check them out.

Now for coconut water.

There are so many out there that claim health benefits, so if you are going to spend your money on them, let us show you how to pick the best ones on the market that actually produce what they claim.

“Young” coconuts have the most nutritious water in them. When they are picked and you drink straight from the coconut, you are getting the most nutrition possible. When coconuts are picked fully grown they are used for coconut oils, coconut milk and other coconut products. Why you ask? As the coconut matures, the waters seeps into the coconut and by the time they are picked the nutrients lies in the coconut meat itself. If you are going to spend your hard earned money (usually around $3.00/bottle) you might as well pick the ones that are the most nutritious.


Look for coconut waters that have these qualities:

1- Refrigerated. These are less likely to be overly processed to be put on a shelf. Anything that is put on a shelf has gone through high heat processing that allows it to last longer. NOT so good.

2- No sweeteners or added ANYTHING! When a mature coconut is picked the water inside actually tastes acidic. So the company usually puts a sweetener of sorts to make the water tastier after it has been heated high enough to take out the bacteria. There is another way that companies can keep the integrity of the coconut and kill the bacteria. It’s called HPP (high pressure processing.) When there is nothing added to the water, you can almost bet it is from a young coconut.

3- Organic. This one is our favorite of course. When you choose organic you are assured that cancer causing agents are not being used on the coconuts for shipping, growing and picking.


Here are some of our favorites and why:

1- Harmless Harvest. This the favorite at Living Tree. It is NOT CHEAP and use it as a treat from time to time, but worth it. The flavor is fantastic and they use the HPP process. The coconuts are shipped to the US frozen, so there is no chemicals added.

2- Suja. This is a local company here in San Diego. We love supporting local companies and these juices are also processed by HPP. This particular juice is only sold at Whole Foods.

3- Vital Juice. The cleanest of the three, you can order this one only online.


These are the tops but if you must choose others, just follow our guidelines. We are not out to make enemies, but if you have questions about which ones NOT to choose. Email us at: and we can give you a list of for sure..don’t do!


So here is what we are going to do to add these lovelies into our diet this week. Buy yourself some coconut oil and get some in somehow every single day. here are some suggested ways:

1- In your tea in the morning. And if you must have a cup of coffee, add some there as well.

2- On your skin. Use the oil as a lotion. You will be surprised how much your skin loves this. AND…you can use it on your face as well. try it!

3- Take a scoop at night and just eat it! Yep. I said it. You can do it. Your brain, digestive system, and your sleep cycle will like it. Start small and work your way up to a TBS. let it melt in your mouth and down the hatch it goes.

4- Oil pulling. We will be talking about that next week for our bedtime routine section.

5- Cook with it. This oil does well at high heat, so feel free to cook away.


How about a recipe or two with coconut in it?

Most people love coconut flavor, and how great to include it in your diet if you can navigate healthy choices when you use it? We love smoothies and will be talking about those in the weeks to come. Here is a yummy one for you with coconut in it! This recipe follows the blog from last week about fermented foods. This is a GREAT recipe if you are looking for a great probiotic, a substitute for dairy, and tastes great!

Thanks for joining us on our journey. If you are just checking in for the first time, take a few minutes and go back through the different weeks of what we have added to our lives. Easy, simple, and making a difference in your health. you can even start with this week and when the year is over, add in the things we have talked about previously.



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Thanks for visiting our blog this week.

Peace and Love.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment rendered by a qualified medical professional. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing and always check with your doctor before making any dietary change or trying any over-the-counter product. The contents of this document was based on information available at the time.


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