The Healthiest Coconut Oil – Miracle Substance

Coconut Oil — Miracle Substance / Healthiest Type of Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is so good for us if it is the right type! In a Google Search of ‘coconut oil anti’ we find coconut has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and an antibiotic properties.

Coconut oil comes in many varieties and calibers. Differences range in texture, color, flavor, refined or unrefined, virgin or extra-virgin, cold-pressed or expeller-pressed?… I’ve already lost you, right? I’m boring myself too, but it gets better, I swear. ;P

I love this article from #foodrenegade giving ALL of the information on various coconut oils, leaving the decision up to the consumer, but when it comes to holistic nutrition, sometimes I’m like, “Just tell me, please! Don’t make me research, think, distinguish or decipher.”

Cheers to the passive learner in all of us! [Link] Little blog, by little blog, and one insightful Instagram post at a time, we create or morph our realities and ourselves. It’s incredible!

So, short and sweet:

Experts across holistic nutrition fields agree the most medically beneficial type of coconut oil is: drum roll please….

Organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil. Unrefined is said to be a synonym of ‘virgin’ and ‘extra-virgin’. This is the best option whether used for hair, skin, cooking, oil-pulling, raw consumption and everything in between.

I especially love organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil when it is in a reusable glass jar instead of plastic!

Here is easy access to buy online one of my favorites! I love reusing their glass jars. 🙂

 

Here is a link for buying organic coconut oil in bulk to save money.

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Matilda A. Juliette

Matilda began introspection and soul work several years ago. She fell in love with yoga during a miserable low point in life. Job sucked, relationship sucked, and when push came to shove she didn’t like herself all that much. She felt she was on the fast track towards a mundane life. Searching for something positive to be a part of, Matilda impulsively purchased six months unlimited at the yoga studio. There she found something she didn’t realize was lost… herself. Yoga— something so simple, yet so complex changed everything.

Matilda is a sultry storyteller. In addition to silly blogs, yummy healthy recipes and reviews, Matilda is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Follow her for more beautiful short stories, compilations of risky and seductive encounters paired with tasteful karma.

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12 Ways To Change The World This Spring Break

Every year many people escape from the bitter cold to sweet sweaty relief on sandy beaches. One of the most common countries of destination is where I now call home.

Over 1.5 million tourists visit Mexico each year. Whether it’s water or alcohol, if each person has on average five drinks per day, that’s seven and a half million single use straws, cups, or bottles. That is just Mexico! With that many people traveling, very small adjustments in how each individual vacations can be enough to change our lives.Featured Image -- 174

We all know there is a trash crisis floating in the ocean. Plastic is killing animals rapidly. These paradises and many other polluted areas are places where many species of birds rely on annually for migration. Sea turtles don’t use just any beach to lay eggs, these beaches just like many other areas are special. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System located in the Mayan Rivera is the second largest reef in the world supporting millions of creatures that we also rely on.

We can do our part to make sure the trash we create is disposed of properly or recycled, but once it leaves our sight, we really don’t know what happens to it. Let’s stop waiting for legislation on climate change, and take the problems into our own hands! Wherever we go, and whatever we do, with simple adjustments we can change the world.

At first being mindful of things like how much trash we create per day takes extra thought, but in no time it becomes fun. Start by just noticing every time you throw something away, or someone throws something away for you. Globally, this is where we can make the biggest difference; not creating trash in the first place. I’ve compiled an “Every Little Bit Helps” list of eco-friendly life hacks that often save money, protect the planet, and don’t spoil any of the fun. Have other ideas? Please add them to the comments below!trashybeaches

  1. Say always “Without a straw, please.” or “Sin papote, por favor.” It is good practice to do this every time a drink is ordered! If you are at a place where they use disposable cups, ask for the refill to be in the same cup. “Puedes usar la misma vaso por favor?”
  2. Get coffee or tea in a mug ‘for here’ instead of the disposable cup, sleeve or straw, and lid ‘to go’. It’s fun taking it easy for a few minutes, people watching and enjoying your time!
  3. Bring your own travel mug and reusable drink cup. (The world is thanking you already!) Just those first three steps save tons of trash from going into our landfills and oceans.
  4. Bring a few of your reusable grocery bags from home. These are such great travel accessories! From shopping without plastic to using as a beach bag, or even for dirty clothes, cloth bags always come in handy!
  5. If you’ve purchased items for your trip with packaging, discard the packaging at home beforehand where recycling is more established.
  6. Bring your personal reusable water bottle. Buy a garrafón (about a five-gallon bottle) at a grocery or convenience store and fill up your personal reusable bottles. Garrafónes cost less than $30 pesos or about $2 USD, and may even last a whole week of refilling, instead of paying for and consuming many individual plastic bottles. The empty garrafón can be returned and exchanged for a full one at a cheaper price.
  7. Bring your own shampoos and soaps to avoid using the tiny plastic bottles in the room. Here is where legislation could do some good. Can you imagine if every hotel was required to offer their soaps in refillable hand pumps, instead of three little bottles with lids per person, per room? Bonus points if your personal hygiene products are biodegradable. Some areas actually require biodegradable shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens and bug sprays because the chemical stuff was killing animals. (If it kills other smaller organisms, what is it doing to me?)
  8. If you are a beer drinker, choose the glass you can exchange back for more beer! In Mexico, caguamas, pronounced ka-wa-mas, are similar size bottles to what we call a forty for forty ounces of beer. These are not only cheaper than 12oz bottles or cans, but stores accept the glass back, and your next round is cheaper!
  9. Pack it in, pack it out- Leave no trace. Whether it is a picnic and a hike, time at a park or a day at the beach, be sure to take everything you brought back out to discard it properly. Bonus points if you have the time and energy to pick up other litter, too! If applicable, keep very good track of your cigarette butts to be thrown away properly. The sea turtles love them. Packing it out is even more of an adventure towards the end of the day. Think of it as a fun drunk competition to each pick up as many pieces of garbage as we can in thirty seconds. The stories from these moments will last forever!
  10. Crush empty cans and keep them separate from other garbage. Chances are they will be found and recycled. If you are on the beach, young children with their mother will collect them from you. For some, turning in cans to be recycled is their only form of income. Having to dig through less trash is much appreciated and crushing them creates more space meaning less trips. They will appreciate your effort.
  11. Consider a different style of vacation all together. I was raised believing the sentiment, “You work hard, to play hard.” On holiday, if my toes were in the sand, a beer was in my hand. I often felt like I needed a vacation to recover from my vacation, and when I returned to work after a week of partying and being hung over, I wasn’t restored at all. One year, instead of consuming toxins all week, I went on a yoga retreat and detoxed. From now on, I think I’ll work hard to relax well.
  12. Consider camping, hostels, couch surfing, or renting a place instead of a hotel and restaurants. A less commercial experiences and eating in some meals saves money and has less impact on the environment.

*Bonus* If you want to take the mindful spring break one step further, try not to support animal exploitation. I know it’s super cute to get a photo with the baby tiger, dolphin or monkeys but they are sometimes drugged (sedated) and often mistreated. They have a very poor quality of life in a tiny cage when they aren’t being used for tourism. Instead of swimming with the dolphins, borrow a plastic floaty from a kid at the pool for your dolphin photo. These memories are just as great as if we would have supported an animal slave industry.DolphinPhoto

Matilda Juliette is a writer and yoga teacher spreading love through words. She considers herself an advocate for the planet. She loves picking up garbage, composting, recycling, upcycling, and all things green!  If you enjoyed this article, you will probably get a kick out of my book, Eeny, Meeny, Miney Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Check out my blog and follow me around. 🙂

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DIY Organic Toothpaste (Fluoride = Icky Eeww Gross!)

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stretchOne of my favorite parts of being a yoga teacher is that many people ask me for advice on all sorts of issues. (Some other professionals in other areas like doctors or physiotherapists dislike being asked for free advice. I LOVE IT!) Clients, friends and family tend to all ask the same root question in their search for peace, health and happiness.

“What steps can I take to be good to myself?” they ask phrased in a plethora of ways.

It’s that simple. Being good to ourselves results in happiness and health.

‘Good to ourselves’ doesn’t mean treating ourselves to shopping or bags of chips. In this sense it means actually giving your body the nutrients you know it needs regardless of money, actually giving your body the time it needs for rest and exercise, regardless of money, and to give your spirit the opportunities to let go of everything—…

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A Conversation With a Witch.

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I never really gave witchcraft much thought, and even scoffed at it, until eight years ago someone buried my picture in a Mexican Cemetery. It was eye opening, bone chilling and crazy. I was quickly involved in several unrelated freak accidents. I also caught dengue fever, was fired from my job along with eleven others without reason and was left stranded in Mexico without money or a home. The dark energy hit me hard. I felt it, and it’s weight pulled on me like quicksand for months. Nothing like these events had ever happened to me before, so I began to believe in the ability of manipulating energies.

Hopefully everyone had a fun and safe holiday this last weekend. This year dressing up just didn’t happen in my world. No partying either, really. My Dia de Los Muertos was spent talking with a Witch.

The playground where magic takes place is in darkness, just like tonight. Lola, a beautiful Latin American woman, spoke of her enchanting past. She began learning magic from her ancestors. It started with black and white magic. Alchemy resulted in a balance of practicing the two. The intuitive skills, sensitivity towards energies and ancient knowledge has been passed down through generations.

Black magic entails casting spells. At times, it is with the intention of causing harm to someone, but not all black magic is bad. It is often used in ceremonies to aid in the transition from life to death. It is also utilized in calming chaos and purifying spaces. Both spells for black magic and white magic have consequences. Practicing both forms can parallel the balance of loving both the light sides of our existence as well as our shadows.

White magic is generally practiced for healing and health, to find or strengthen the bond of friendship, and to find truth. (Who’s the fairest of them all?) Other uses of white magic are for defense, to decode dreams, to manifest peace and to ward off other spells. Lola’s supernatural practice is for self-healing and to purify her own space. Alchemy is a tool to dig into deep layers of one’s self, finding the root of illness and stress. If she heals her surroundings (her body, her home) people on the same frequency are attracted like magnets and subconsciously also healed.

Our conversation led me to think about things I’ve never pondered before. Here’s inspiration from a witch.

All Energy Can Be Applied to Amplify Life

What does it mean to apply all energy towards amplifying our lives? How much energy is all of it? Lola exists and makes moves very conscious of her actions and the possible reactions or consequences. She describes a bedtime meditation involving visualizing goals and aspirations before falling asleep. Through this, she manages to maintain complete consciousness throughout the sleep cycles. It’s as if she observes herself rest. She can wake up at any moment and even choose the level of restoration she receives overnight. She also visualizes the things she wants to bring to her life in the future, dedicating herself to searching for spiritual advancement by focusing on abundant positivity in her life before sleep.

The Universe Is Where Our Wishes Materialize.mudralotus

In the beginning, Lola wondered if she was crazy or super cognizant. When she realized with practice she could refine these skills, her life was flooded with meaning and purpose. “When someone recognizes they are a force of power they can choose their life’s meaning.” She explained. “We create our realities as bizarre as they may flow. We can be anyone and we can do anything.”

Information Has Historically Arrived Through Space Teaching Us How To Continue Life.

Ideas come and go in our minds and we often think nothing of where they come from or where they go. These little messages are the universe speaking to us. One example is the cosmos saying long ago ‘be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 9:7) because that was what was needed at the time for life to continue. Today, many women no longer feel the ‘ticking clock’ or internal drive to be a mother. The world is overpopulated and over polluted; right now we don’t need to multiply, we need to conserve and live lightly. Lola believes this shift is the universe’s great wisdom infiltrating our minds as a necessary step for continuing life as the human race.

We Are The Architects Of Our Own Destiny. Allow Self-Change.

“The divinity inside of your heart could be from a shooting star, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Allah, etc. They were all great teachers that taught love and unity, not separation. Yoga, like magic, is an instrument to guide our path towards the light.” The words she spoke gracefully spilled into our space. This information, like all information, is available for the taking if we want the learning path that accompanies it.

Through the evening air, sweet smell of incense moved from the glowing ember, flowing in around us. Lola, sat at the handmade wooden table across from me, her eyes twinkled in the candle glow. We both sipped hot mugs of chamomile tea with Yucatan honey pondering the strength of our divine power— the divine power inside of all of us.

Lola’s Dia de Los Muertos advice for us: Direct your energy towards amplifying life, use the universe as the space to make your dreams come true. Listen to the subtle voice within, and allow yourself to change while creating your destiny.


standoutMatilda fricking loves sharing interesting things she stumbles across. Floating through life like Forrest Gump’s feather she moves from place to place. Happily she finds herself in Mexico often and can’t et enough of the culture — the people, the food, the language, the traditions — it’s so beautiful! If you dug this article, you will probably get a kick out of my book, Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe — Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi.