Remember the good ole’ days of early Saturday morning Tom & Jerry? The Road Runner? Bugs Bunny and his gang? And it wouldn’t be complete without a big ole box of Fruit Loops, Cap’n Crunch, and oh, we can’t forget everyone’s fav: Frosted Flakes with Tony the Tiger. Why? Because he’s Grrrrrrrrreat! Not!
Sorry, Tony, but I’m now onto your game. You and the others are just wolves in sheep’s clothing, preying on small children and UNinformed adults. You know you wrong. Hanging out on the eye-level shelves in every store, and even at the ends of the aisle–with all those bright, inviting colors on your box. You’re just grinning as kids are grabbing you or if they’re locked up in the cart, they’re acting a fool crying and screaming for you. Shame on you: Tony, you silly wabbit, Scubby, Fred & Barney, Cap’n, you lil’ ol’ leprechaun, and others!
Even some adults act a fool over CEREAL. Yes, I loved me some cereal. Ate it any time of day. Years ago, I saw an interview with Barbra Streisand, where she said she didn’t cook. So on the days her private cook isn’t at her house she and James Brolin eat cereal and ice cream. I said, “Yes! I knew there was another reason I loved her.” (Remember, I did say that was years ago. I would NOT be cheering on those choices today.)
Then one day, I read some stuff and found out the TRUTH and it set me FREE! I found out cereal is one of the biggest scams by food manufacturers our country has ever known! Word!
We were ALL hoodwinked on this zero-nutritional household staple, thanks to those Sat morning commercials. I remember when my children were young, my very close girlfriend (whom I shall leave nameless, so she can save face) had seven–that’s 7– boxes of different cereals in her pantry at any given time for her and her two children!
Even the so-called “healthy” cardboard tasting grown-up cereals I graduated to in the recent years are far from natural and good for you. The ingredients holding those clusters together sometimes have more sugar content than what Count Chocula serves up! That’s why they are potentially worse for your body than junk cereal. Sure, they contain more high-protein grains, but those grains have been ultra-processed.
Information about the dangers of cereals is all around us, yet folks are still hooked on it big time–sometimes to the tune of $5 and $6 per box! I’ll have to write more about these dangers in my next book. In the meantime, read about it yourself here and promise to your body you’ll honor it more and make some changes. http://www.rd.com/slideshows/healthy-cereal-makes-you-fat/
Well, the other morning, with my hankerin’ for cereal, I created my own. I found some yellowish pellets in the fridge. I knew it was something Keidi had hydrated but wasn’t sure what. I smelled it to make sure it wasn’t turning into a science project (that happens often in our fridge full of non-preservative packed goodies). It passed the test; I used it as a base. I later found out those tiny yellow puffy pellets were a type of bulgur wheat–referred to as white or light bulgar.
My little creation was sooo good that I had it a second morning with slightly different ingredients. It is so easy to be creative AND healthy at the same time!
Ok, click the image to see what’s in this new cereal of mine.
Here’s what you need:
hydrated white bulgur wheat
fresh diced apricots
almond or coconut milk
Here’s what you do:
Hydrate 1/2 cup bulgur wheat by soaking it in filtered water for about an hour or so. Drain any excess water. Place unused portion in the refrigerator for additional servings. (It will keep for about a week cooled)
Mix or match these or any other similar dry ingredients in a bowl. Whatever nuts you like–pecans, dates, etc.
Place your favorite diced up fruit in the bowl, i.e. bananas, strawberries, blueberries, apricots, peaches, etc
Squirt in some honey to sweeten. Pour almond or coconut milk over the mixture and ENJOY!
About two weeks ago, I wrote an article about coconut oil – an awesome tropical oil with many health benefits.
A few people commented that they use coconut oil for something called Oil Pulling – which is kind of like using an oil as mouthwash.
Apparently, there are quite a few studies that support this process and a lot of people swear by it.
It is claimed to whiten your teeth, make your breath fresher and lead to massive improvements in oral health.
I have now been doing this every morning for about 10 days… and I am impressed.
What is Oil Pulling and How Does it Work?
Oil pulling involves swishing oil around the mouth and has been used for thousands of years as an Indian folk remedy.
In order to oil pull, you put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swish it around for 15-20 minutes.
The main benefit of doing this, is that it reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
There are actually thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth. Some of them are friendly, others are not.
The bacteria in the mouth create a “biofilm” on the teeth – a thin layer that they use to adhere to the surface. This is what we know as “plaque.”
Having some plaque on your teeth is normal, but if it gets out of hand it can cause all sorts of problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities.
The way oil pulling works is simple. When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria “get stuck” in it and dissolve in the liquid oil.
Basically, you remove a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this.
I Personally Prefer Coconut Oil
Traditionally, the Indians used other oils such as sesame oil or sunflower oil.
Oil pulling should work with pretty much any oil you choose, but I prefer coconut oil because it has many health benefits.
The Lauric Acid (one of the fatty acids in coconut oil) is also proven to be antimicrobial… it can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi (1, 2).
The taste of coconut oil is also fairly pleasant compared to other oils. I found it rather disgusting at first having my mouth full of oil, but I got used to it after a few days.
Now let’s look at a few studies on oil pulling…
Oil Pulling Can Reduce Harmful Bacteria in The Mouth
Streptococcus Mutans is one of the main bacteria in the mouth and a key player in plaque buildup and tooth decay.
In a study from 2008 with 20 boys, oil pulling (using sesame oil) caused a reduction in the number of Streptococcus Mutans in the plaque in as little as 2 weeks (3).
It was not as effective as a Chlorhexidine mouthwash, but much cheaper and MUCH less nasty.
Oil Pulling Can Reduce Plaque and Gingivitis
Gingivitis is caused by inflammation of the gums and happens when the immune system starts attacking the bacteria in the plaque.
Another study compared oil pulling and chlorhexidine in adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis. Both oil pulling and chlorhexidine mouthwash were effective against gingivitis (4).
Oil Pulling Can Reduce Bad Breath
Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is in many cases (not all) caused by the smell of chemicals and gases produced by bacteria in the mouth.
It makes sense that if you get rid of some of these bacteria, you reduce bad breath.
In a third study of 20 adolescents, oil pulling therapy significantly reduced all markers for bad breath and was just as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash (5).
How to Oil Pull
Oil pulling is incredibly simple and effective.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
2. Swish the oil around your mouth for about 15-20 minutes.
3. Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth.
If you use coconut oil like me, then you may have to chew on the oil for a minute or so to let it melt, because it is solid at room temperature.
It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth. I prefer to do it while I take a shower in the morning.
I put the oil in my mouth, swish it around while in the shower and try to “push” and “pull” the oil between my teeth.
When I get out of the shower I spit out the oil into the trash or toilet (not the sink… it can clog), rinse my mouth with water and then brush my teeth.
There is no need to use a lot of force here, if oil pulling causes pain in your facial muscles then just relax a bit. Try using less oil next time and don’t swish it around too forcefully.
What to Expect
I’ve been doing this for about 10 days now.
I’ve definitely noticed that my breath is fresher and my teeth look a lot cleaner… both whiter and more shiny.
I’ve never had any dental problems, but I c
an see how this could have benefits for people that have them.
There are a lot of wild claims about oil pulling online and I don’t believe all of them.
However, oil pulling IS effective at reducing the harmful bacteria in your mouth and improving oral and dental health.
Given that inflammation can cause all sorts of health problems, it does make sense that reducing inflammation in the gums and mouth could lead to benefits for overall health as well.
Perhaps this is the reason why many people report improvements in health issues that really have nothing to do with the mouth.
Anyway… I have to say that I am really surprised at how effective this is. I plan to continue doing this for a long time.
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