It may come as a shock to many of you that we don’t eat coconut oil very often anymore. And by very often I mean I can’t even remember the last time I cooked anything with coconut oil and since I’ve given up on caffeine while healing my adrenals, I’m not even having a Frothy Coffee the morning anymore.
This wasn’t an abrupt decision, but a gradual shift as we’ve continued on our journey.
What I’m about to explain to you isn’t coming from a doctor or scientist, it’s the outlook I have on the fats that we eat in our home. And while explaining why we don’t eat coconut oil, I’m not in any way saying that it’s not an amazing healthy fat, it’s just not something that is for us. The primary use of coconut oil in our home is for burns and topical first aid applications.
I want to be very clear that I am a “real food” (Paleo, Primal, WAPF) enthusiast. I do not eat low fat, I do not eat canola oil, soybean oil, vegetable oil, etc. I eat a diet rich in organic, pasture raised, saturated animal fats. I not going to cover WHY saturated fats are healthy or WHY you should eat them. This is simply a discussion of a common-sense approach to a way of eating that’s healthy for our bodies and planet. If you are looking for more info on fats please click HERE and check out the links I’ve included in that post.
I guess the idea of avoiding coconut oil started with the idea of what my “grandparents” would recognize as food… My grandparents were born in 1910-1920’s and were the first generation of their families born in America (my heritage is Polish & Lithuanian). Although they ate some traditional foods, they also adapted to american foods as time went on, they ultimately knew what twinkes and crisco were. For my family I go back a generation further and use my great-grandparents as the standard for recognizable foods…
My great-grandparents would have eaten foods that were locally grown and seasonally available. They wouldn’t have had bananas, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, avocado, or coconut as a regular part of their diet since they wouldn’t grow in their area – and if they were transported from tropical regions they were WAY too expensive to eat more than as a holiday treat (oranges were a typical christmas gift).
Compound the idea of ‘old-fashioned way of eating’ with the ideals of local-seasonal-sustainable Fats like coconut oil and avocado just aren’t foods that we can source locally or grow ourselves here on our land. The growing season and climate here in Pennsylvania is very similar to what my ancestors had (not identical, but similar) so it’s very easy to understand how my ancestors eating would be like if we just take the transported foods out of our reach now.
What if our food system collapsed right…. NOW?
Ok there’s no coconut tree in your back yard, no avocado farm down the road… where will your fat come from? We raise our own chickens, hunt for wild game and buy local raw dairy, beef, pork and lamb – that’s where our fats would come from — just like my ancestors would have eaten for generations while experiencing vibrant health free of cancer, heart disease and autoimmune conditions!
How can I be sure that these ‘healthy’ foods that are NEW to my specific genetic makeup are really good for my body? For generations my ancestors ate fats that came from animals, not tropical plants. And, again these tropical fats are food items that have to be transported here from thousands of miles away, using all those fossil fuels isn’t good for the planet, duh.
Of course all of our heritages aren’t the same and some of you do, in fact, have a long familiar history of eating tropical foods. I just wanted to share my common-sense approach to naturally eating and hope to get you to think a little deeper about the foods that you eat.
Oh – I do have one final point, Who can argue? An egg fried in butter/ghee or bacon dripping is so much yummier than when cooked in coconut oil any day! 🙂
Where did your ancestors come from and what were their sources of fats? Are you following in their footsteps? What fats do you eat?