My Earthing Journey Day 20

Whew! It has almost been 3 full weeks of Earthing for at least 13 hours per day. I have also made a point to get outside for about an hour per day to walk barefoot. There were a few days that I didn’t make it a full hour, but some days I was walking barefoot for over an hour throughout the day.

The only health benefit that may be related to Earthing is an absence of seizures. I’m going on two months seizure-free, but I have been seizure-free for much longer in my lifetime. Peri-menopause hit and my seizures seemed to increase in frequency, so I’m hoping that the Earthing has helped to balance out my estrogen/progesterone levels and keep them under control.

My energy is pretty good. I have enough energy to do the things that I want. I still procrastinate a bit, but that is more of a mental than a physical thing.

Now, I can’t say for sure that the rash on my feet is due to Earthing, but it arose during the last three weeks when I was making an effort to walk barefoot for an hour in the morning. The slight rash on my feet seems to be reduced in size. It doesn’t itch. It seems to be getting better. I’m not sure if it is from barefoot walking or insect bites, but my skin did get a bit irritated for a while.

Today, I decided to listen to Earthing Live with Clint Ober as he answered questions on Earthing. I like to hear his positivity and optimism about this therapeutic intervention. It definitely makes me hopeful to hear the stories of people who have had success on it.

I’ll share the link to the video that I watched today.

Earthing Live with Clint Ober

Main things I learned: 

  • Earthing is very beneficial for Lyme disease.
  • Earthing can improve fertility.
  • Grounding quiets the nervous system.
  • Grounding improves meditation by quieting the mind.

Earthing is definitely not an overnight solution for your health. It apparently has helped many people with a variety of ailments. It may take months to see results. My experience so far is that it takes a while to start seeing results. I’m still waiting for results with a positive attitude.

The great thing about Earthing is that it is simple, easy, and free. It feels great and doesn’t really harm you, so there isn’t any reason not to try Earthing. Try it today!

Earthing Day 16 – Itchy Feet

I have been walking barefoot in the morning for about an hour every day for almost a month now. I like to think that it is helping me connect to the earth and heal. That’s the theory behind Earthing. But I may need to start wearing the Earthing shoes. My feet have become itchy and slightly pink. Not terribly itchy. We’re talking about a 2 on a scale of 1-10. I almost don’t even notice.

At first, I thought it was chiggers or some insect. But I’m not so sure now. Some of the areas of break-out look like they could be an eczema-type skin condition. I had eczema when I was a child pretty badly, but it has gone away and hasn’t come back since.

I’m actually very disappointed to report this. I was so hopeful that Earthing would be the answer to all my health problems. But it isn’t. I’m seeing some slight improvement in the varicose veins that I had, but that is about it.

I get my hopes up high when I read the testimonials of others. This happened with the ketogenic diet and how it was so helpful in curing all kinds of things. It may be that I’m not patient and give up too quickly on dietary and lifestyle interventions, but since I try a lot of them I have pretty good overall health.

It’s just those dang autoimmune conditions that are bugging me. They aren’t even painful.

I have been keeping up with the 16 hours per day of staying grounded, or “earthing.” I’ll continue on with the experiment for a full 90 days. Remember, there is a 90-day guarantee on the product that I purchased, so if I’m not seeing progress, I can return it.

One thing that I did notice was great today was my digestion! It was smooth and easy. I had a bowel movement yesterday and another one today. This is great news. It means that I am effectively eliminating waste and by not holding it, I’m not recirculating excess estrogen that could throw my hormones off balance.

I did not have any seizures today, so that was wonderful! I hope to keep the seizure-free period up for a very long time.

What is Earthing and How to Do It

This is a great video that describes how the negative electrons flow into the body and help decrease free radicals and reduce pain. She demonstrates how to use the Universal Mat. It is very easy to use for sleeping and yoga. Check it out if you want to learn more about Earthing.

Earthing Improves the Leak Gut

Laura Koniver, MD discusses why sometimes you don’t heal leaky gut with even the best diet. This can explain why I didn’t see any improvement after so many different diets. The gut was still in an inflammatory state and it just wasn’t going away because I wasn’t discharging the excess electrons in my body. 

As she discusses in this video, grounding, or earthing, boosts your metabolism, centers your awareness and decreases pain. You are mindful of the food that you are putting in your body. You don’t put excess food into your body. She recommends eating grounded outside. I may try it. I have been grounding after breakfast with my archery practice. However, I do not overeat and have eliminated all processed foods. 

Challenge yourself to eat one meal a day for the next two weeks outside and grounded. Picnic lunches! 

Update on My Grounding Day 4

I am not noticing any real differences. There may be a slight increase in energy, but other than that, I’m still struggling with hair loss. I still have some allergies causing me to sneeze a few times per day. I occasionally question whether I’m having an aura or thinking a seizure may be just around the corner. 

I would like Earthing or Grounding to work, so I will be continuing this experiment for a full 90 days with the hopes that my hair will grow back. In the meantime, I’m learning as much as I can about how to effectively do grounding. I hope you enjoy the updates and learning about Earthing! 

New Earthing Practice

I have been incorporating Earthing by walking for an hour barefoot while I practiced my archery skills early in the morning. I have added a walk on a nature path in my neighborhood for the last two days for about 20-30 minutes barefoot. I feel that the outdoor Earthing is probably more effective than the grounding mats that I purchased. 

I am still trying to stay grounded for at least 16 hours each day with 8 hours being at night and 8 hours during the day. 

Earthing Movie Review

The Earthing Movie is an interesting documentary featuring the journey of Clint Ober as he discovers the scientific phenomenon of healing the body through standing barefoot on the earth. The idea behind earthing is that the earth has negative electrons that transfer to the body and help it to function properly. 

The movie follows a few people and their experiences with earthing including Mariel Hemmingway, Amy Smart, and Deepak Chopra. They each share their stories about how earthing has impacted their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

The healing has helped everything from pain to calming children with autism. It has increased the healing of wounds and reducing inflammation.

The great thing about this documentary is that it is easily accessible on YouTube. You can view it and share it with your friends free! 

Watch The Earthing Movie on YouTube

My Opinion of The Earthing Movie

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this documentary as it provided me with an alternative health outlet that was simple, free, and easy. I recommend viewing this film with friends and family. Earthing has improved the skin on my feet in just about 2 weeks. I started going outside barefoot and my athlete’s foot cleared up, and a wart healed. This movie sparked my curiosity and motivated me to get outside and get healthier. 

The movie contains inspiring and hopeful stories surrounding the topic of going barefoot. It also explains the science behind Earthing and a variety of ways that it can benefit your health. I hope that many people will view this documentary and start getting grounded. 

My Earthing Body Band Experiment Day 2

Although my barefoot earthing experiment started a couple of weeks ago, my earthing product testing started yesterday. I felt great with the large earthing body band. It didn’t seem to bother me while I wore it. I made a point to keep it on at night for 8 hours and during the day for 8 hours. 

My allergies are still around, so I didn’t heal from that in 2 days. I still found myself sneezing five or six times a day. But over the course of 24 hours, it really wasn’t that big of a deal. 

My hair has not regrown at all in 48 hours. Boo hoo. This is the main thing that I want to improve from Earthing. 

I didn’t have a seizure, so that is great. I don’t have them on a daily basis, so it is difficult to tell if this is an improvement or just the same thing. 

I may have had some pain relief! While sitting at a desk, I used to get intense shoulder pain the longer I sat at a desk. Yesterday, I noticed after about 2 hours that it was coming on. I did some stretches and continued to work. In another hour, I was fine. I didn’t notice an increase in pain. In fact, my shoulder was about back to normal! The shoulder pain has been debilitating at times in my past, so I am very grateful for this slight improvement. I’m hoping that it is not a coincidence. 

After only two days, it is difficult to tell if this will continue. I’m hopeful and optimistic! Stay tuned as I continue my own Earthing experiment! Earthing Movie review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44ddtR0XDVU

The Alopecia Universalis Causes

In order to cure a disease, you need to address the causes that created the disorder. Not much is known about the Alopecia Universalis causes because a very small percentage of the population even has it. It is somewhere around 1% of the population.

As I research the causes of Alopecia Universalis, I have taken into consideration the causes of Alopecia Areata as well. Alopecia Areata is the milder form of Alopecia Universalis and is often how the disease presents itself in the initial phases.

Hopefully, understanding the causes of Alopecia Universalis will help me achieve my goal to treat alopecia universalis naturally.

An unknown cause

Alopecia universalis is the advanced form of alopecia areata. Alopecia areata starts with round patches of hair loss. The most commonly accepted cause is an autoimmune condition. This means that a person’s immune system is attacking the follicles, but it doesn’t explain why.

Genetic studies have discovered that Alopecia Universalis and Alopecia Areata are associated with several immune-related genes. This makes perfect sense to me. My sister and I both have multiple autoimmune conditions. The presentation of AU and AA are ultimately a combination of multiple genetic and environmental factors. Genes create a predisposition to the condition, but it doesn’t mean that it will develop.

In my case, my alopecia did not even show up until my thirties. Some factors that may contribute to the onset of hair loss include a viral infection, changing hormones, and emotional stress.

Vitamin D deficiency

Some studies have found that there is a correlation between Alopecia Areata and vitamin D deficiency. Whether dietary intake of vitamin D will alleviate the symptoms of alopecia is still relatively unknown.

I have read some patients who report online that they were able to regrow their hair within a short amount of time by adding vitamin D to their diets. While this is difficult to confirm, it is something to take into consideration as there are many publications associating vitamin D deficiency with hair loss. My own blood tests have indicated a vitamin D deficiency and I’m working on correcting it.

Biotin deficiency

Biotin is an important coenzyme for carboxylation reactions. In some very rare cases of deficiency, patients may develop hair loss. Genetic abnormalities or malabsorption caused by excessive intake of avidin, which is rich in raw eggs, can result in a biotin deficiency.

Biotin supplementation has been helpful in the treatment of brittle nails, or onychoschisis. A study including biotin supplementation administered zinc, topical clobetasol, and 20 mg of biotin a day showed more complete regrowth in the treatment group (33.3% of patients) compared to the control group over a year-long period.

Unfortunately, combination therapy prevents any conclusions about the efficacy of supplementing just biotin.

A zinc deficiency

Zinc is a trace element that has an integral role in the hair growth cycle. Hair follicles must have zinc to produce new hair shafts during the growth phase of the cycle. When a person’s zinc intake is low, it can cause poor immune function and hormone imbalances including hair loss.

This type of deficiency triggers the temporary hair loss Telogen Effluvium. This hair loss presents as shedding all over the scalp compared to the circular patches of alopecia areata. An Egyptian study shows that zinc levels may also influence Alopecia Areata.

The study examined fifty patients compared to healthy control subjects. Twenty-five of the test subjects were newly diagnosed with alopecia areata. They measured the serum zinc levels and compared the mean results with the control groups. The study found correlations between zinc level and the extent of AA in all patients.

Patients with AA had significantly lower zinc levels than the control group. The patients with resistant alopecia areata showed significantly lower zinc levels than the newly diagnosed patients.

My conclusion

After reading up on the causes of alopecia universalis and alopecia areata, I realize that it may not simply be a vitamin D deficiency that is causing my disease. I probably have a few different micronutrient deficiencies that I need to correct. I don’t wish to add more supplements to my diet. I prefer to eat whole foods, so I will look for some whole food sources of zinc and biotin to add to my diet.

3 Things You Should Eat Every Day

After much experimentation with elimination diets and studying nutrition. I have come up with a few things that you should eat everyday for good health. These are foods that are nutrient-dense and provide you with the vitamins and minerals that sustain life.

I understand if you don’t have access to some of these ingredients or if you have to settle for lower-quality products from the grocery store. These are just some ideas of how to get the best possible nutrition for your body.

Cod liver oil

This is probably the supplement that has created the best results for me. It not only raised my vitamin D levels, but also decreased the number, severity, and intensity of the few seizures that I was having. Studies on the effect of vitamin D have linked vitamin D deficiency to autoimmune conditions, epilepsy, skin breakouts, hair loss, and even MS.

  • High in vitamins A – 90% of the RDI of vitamin A
  • High in vitamin D – 113% of the RDA of vitamin D in a teaspoon
  • Reduces inflammation – the omega-3 fatty acids in the cod liver oil help to suppress proteins promoting chronic inflammation.
  • Improves bone health – the vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium
  • Cod liver oil has been shown to reduce joint pain.
  • Improve eye health – vitamin A protects against eye disease.

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Grassfed Beef

Beef is a powerhouse of nutrition. There is more nutrition in beef that has been pasture-raised on the grass. If you have a budget and a source for great grass-fed beef, include it as one of the things you should eat every day.

Some of the health benefits that grass-fed beef promotes:

  • Supports healthy blood sugar levels
  • Contains electrolytes including sodium, potassium, and magnesium
  • Fights cancer with twice the amounts of conjugated linoleic acid.
  • Six times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef.
  • Helps to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis and depression.
  • Decreases your risk of heart disease with the increased consumption of CLA.

Pasture-Raised Eggs

Farm fresh eggs are the highest quality eggs that you can get. Don’t feel bad about substituting the store-bought eggs if that is what you can afford. You can still see some of the great health benefits from them. Unfortunately, you may be supporting big agriculture and bad farming practices.

Eggs are very convenient for breakfast or a snack. There are many ways to cook eggs. You can even mix them with olive oil and vinegar to create mayonnaise and consume them raw.

The following health benefits can be achieved with eggs:

  • Eggs contain vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium, and zinc.
  • Eggs provide your body with 6 grams of protein.
  • Eggs give you 5 grams of healthy fats.
  • Eggs raise the HDL or “good” cholesterol.
  • Eggs are a source of choline which is used to build cell membranes.
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • They contain lutein and zeaxanthin which benefit eye health.

 

Consistency is key

Eating highly nutrient-dense foods every day will lead to overall better health. I was very inconsistent for many years taking cod liver oil. I saw inconsistent results. It wasn’t until I committed to taking it every day and had my blood levels tested that I was able to observe a good improvement in my overall health and well-being. Not only did the number in my lab result reflect a healthier body, but I felt better.

These are foods that can easily be incorporated into your daily diet. You can have eggs for breakfast and a hamburger patty for dinner with a cod liver oil supplement at lunchtime. Ground beef is one of the most versatile foods and can be made into a patty or used in a casserole. These are nutrient foods that you should eat every day for great health.

 

Day 26 of the Whole30 Diet Plan

I am in the home stretch with the Whole30 diet plan. I have made it past the initial food cravings that happened in week one. I conquered to side effects from detoxing in week two. I feel pretty great and I am looking at only four more days of avoiding butter, grains, sugar, and dairy.

Honestly, I will probably keep going with this diet but there is half a pound of high-quality butter from a local dairy in my freezer. I froze it in order to start this diet. I also have some grocery store bacon to use up. But after consuming those things, I will probably return to the Whole30 way of eating. It is pretty good.

My Whole30 Best Recipes

I think the best whole30 recipe that I created on this diet was a breakfast hash that included butternut squash, fatback, and hamburger. I seasoned it up with onion and garlic powder. It was amazing. I may even like it more than bacon. Not to mention, it didn’t stick to my cast-iron skillet as eggs do in the morning.

The second best recipe that I had on this way of eating was salmon patties. I took canned salmon and mixed it with pork rinds and an egg. Then I fried it up in lard. Oh my! It was flavorful.

Finally, the third-best recipe that I made on Whole30 was a simple hamburger. It was easy enough to cook up at the drop of a hat since I keep frozen patties in my freezer. It paired well with any vegetables that I wanted. And my Foreman grill always cooked it perfectly.

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Whole30 Pitfalls

It was fairly easy for me to get in the habit of only eating whole foods. The biggest whole30 pitfall that I faced was eating foods that I didn’t think had added ingredients. I forgot to check the ingredients of the pastured raised bacon and the olives. Turns out, they did have some of the preservatives in them that I was supposed to avoid.

If you are starting out with the Whole30 diet, remember to check the labels! Making the assumption that there are no additives in your food is dangerous. I still feel pretty successful at managing to stick to this diet 95%.

My Whole30 Supplements

I know you aren’t supposed to take supplements on Whole30. They are not whole foods. However, I strongly felt that the cod liver oil that I had been taking had raised my vitamin D levels to the point of preventing seizures. My levels were over 50 and I could tell that my brain was functioning better. I also didn’t have seizures, so I felt that it wasn’t worth it to risk having one and break my streak just to try out the Whole30 diet.

I continued to take Carlson’s cod liver oil and the ion biome supplement (once called Restore) that Zac Bush created to combat glyphosate in our food supply. Both I had on hand. I will continue on with the cod liver oil for certain. I don’t know about the ion biome supplement. Neither of them produced any hair regrowth in the last three months. But I digress…

Whole30 Weight Loss

The Whole30 diet plan encourages you to avoid looking at the scale. I have no idea if I lost weight during this diet or not. I can say for certain that I stopped bloating. When I started the diet, my PMS had kicked in and I was rather bloated.

During this menstrual cycle, I did not experience the same amount of bloating that I did at the outset of the whole30 diet. Whether it is a coincidence or not, I can’t say for sure.

My pants do fit perfectly now. Only the high-rise ones seem a bit tight, but I’m not used to wearing high-rise jeans. They are cut a bit differently. My regular jeans don’t seem too loose or too tight, so I’m pretty content. I’m unconcerned about whether I gained or lost weight.

Conclusion

The Whole30 diet rocks! I’m so glad that I have done it. I still want to tweak it a bit more to see if I can’t cure my alopecia universalis (whole body hair loss).

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Best Electric Vegetable Steamer

In my mind, the best electric vegetable steamer will always be the[easyazon_link identifier=”B0002YSVEQ” locale=”US” tag=”mcurle08-20″ cart=”n”]Black and Decker HS800 Steamer and Rice Cooker[/easyazon_link]. I purchased two of them and they both lasted over 5 years. Unfortunately, it is no longer being produced. You can still buy it for $250 on Amazon. But I’m not going to consider it the best electric vegetable steamer at that price.

Instead, I decided to research and test some other steamers to recommend. I looked for simplicity in design, ease of use, low price, and functionality. I wanted to find something that mimicked the convenience of my lovely Black and Decker Steamer and Rice Cooker.

Name: Oster 2 Tiered 5 Quart Food Steamer Review

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Website: Available at Amazon

Price: $23.06

Owners: Oster

Overall Rank: 88 out of 100

Oster Double Tiered 5 Quart Food Steamer, Product Overview

This is a food steamer that can be used for meat, fish, eggs, and poultry. The steaming retains nutrients. It eliminates the need to cook in oil. Oster’s double-tiered designs enables you to cook multiple dishes separately. You can cook your salmon and broccoli at the same time.

The transparent steaming bowls allow you to see the cooking progress of your foods. You can watch as your asparagus softens with the steam.

The Oster food steamer has a 5-quart capacity with two transparent steaming containers. It also features a 60-minute timer to ensure that you don’t forget to turn the food off. It will automatically shut off when the water is empty or the cycle is complete.

 

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

 

  • Automated timer
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 5-quart capacity
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • 2 tiered system for cooking multiple dishes at once

The Bad:

  • Thin plastic
  • Some customers reported leakage
  • Baskets are small

I love using a steamer to cook my eggs. Since I didn’t have complaints, I referred to the negative reviews on Amazon to find the bad aspects of the Oster double-tiered electric vegetable steamer.

Who is Oster Vegetable Steamer for?

This is for the busy person who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. A vegetable steamer is much less expensive than the other popular kitchen gadgets like a pressure cooker or an air fryer. It provides you with a healthy method of cooking with the convenience of a timer to shut the food off when it is done cooking.

An electric vegetable steamer is perfect for people who are starting the GAPS diet, the Whole30, and the paleo diets. Many of those foods should be cooked at home instead of in vegetable oils that are often used in restaurants.

Oster Vegetable Steamer Tools & Training

There isn’t much training or support needed. It does come with an instruction manual. But you basically fill up the water reserve, put the vegetables into the basket, and turn the timer to the time that you want.

Oster Vegetable Steamer Support

If you need it, you can visit the Oster website to register your vegetable steamer and access their support department.

Their experts are available Mon-Fri, 9AM – 5PM ET. You can Call 1-800-334-0759 for Oster Appliances.

Oster Vegetable Steamer Price

At $23.06, this vegetable steamer is a steal. I find myself steaming vegetables in the summer when I don’t want to stand over a hot stove. I also steam my eggs instead of boiling them to have snacks of hard-boiled eggs on hand. It is one kitchen appliance that is inexpensive, but it will save you plenty of time. I find that I use it often.

My Final Opinion of Oster Vegetable Steamer

The Oster vegetable steamer is one of the few kitchen appliances that I actually recommend and use. I find that it is easy to use, the parts go into the dishwasher, but I often just hand wash the steamer.

Oster is a trusted brand. It has received over 5,000 global ratings on Amazon with a 4.4/5 star rating. There are a lot of people who like this product.

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Name: Oster two-tiered 5 quart vegetable steamer

Website: Oster.com

Owners: Oster

Price: $23.06

Overall Scam Rank: 88 out of 100

VERDICT: Legit! I recommend it!

My Simple Whole30 Meal Plan and Grocery List

My strategy for surviving the Whole30 diet was to keep it SIMPLE! Simplicity makes life easier. I didn’t try to mimic my favorite foods without the essential elements. I focused on eating whole foods that just tasted great on their own. I’m on day 23 and it is getting super easy and my taste buds have adapted to the whole foods. In some ways, I prefer eating this way.

My meal planning is super simple. I have found that I can cook once and eat twice with many of the dishes that I make. Having a large salad and soup in the refrigerator ensures that I always have a fast lunch or dinner.

My Whole30 Meal Plan

The main menu gets rotated quite a bit. I do tend to have leftovers frequently. This week, I did not have pulled pork, but when I buy a pork shoulder, it gets eaten in a few different creative ways throughout the week.

Breakfast:

  1. hamburger hash with butternut squash and an apple
  2. boiled eggs
  3. scrambled eggs

Lunch:

  1. hamburger patty with green beans
  2. hamburger patty with salad
  3. soup

Dinner:

  1. roast beef with carrots and potatoes
  2. roast beef with salad
  3. salmon patty with butternut squash
  4. soup

Whole30 Grocery List

These are the things that I buy to make my Whole30 menu work. I keep the seasonings to a minimum with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

My Whole30 Grocery List:

  • 2-3 lb. chuck roast
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • value pack of ground beef
  • 2 16 ounce packages of butternut squash
  • romaine lettuce
  • 7 apples
  • 1 package frozen green beans (sometimes broccoli)
  • 1 lb. package of organic carrots
  • 1 bag of potatoes
  • 2 whole onions
  • 1 can of olives (to top off the salad)
  • 1 lb. fatback (I get local pork lard from the farmer’s market. It is great for cooking.)
  • 1 lb. liver (I eat an ounce of liver a day for vitamins and minerals.)

This shopping list will feed one person for a week. I do tend to have some leftovers. I cook a weekly roast and eat it with my brother and my folks. There are usually leftovers for another meal or two during the week.

Alt text: Whole30 grocery list from Delish

Caption: Delish created a Whole30 grocery list with some Whole30 favorites. Source: Delish

Soups

I cook up the leftover bones that I have each week to make a savory broth. I add whatever vegetables that I have on hand to the broth to make it tasty and filling as well as some extra ground beef or leftover roast. Having a pot of soup in the refrigerator takes the pressure off of meal planning. If I ever can’t think of something to have, I pull out my soup.

Homemade meat stock is very healing. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has it as the main part of her GAPS diet. Dr. Kellyann Petrucci created a whole [easyazon_link identifier=”1635650259″ locale=”US” tag=”mcurle08-20″ cart=”n”]Bone Broth diet[/easyazon_link] for weight loss. I try to eat a cup or two of homemade soup every day. My batch of soup usually lasts about six days.

Conclusion

A Whole30 diet plan does not have to stress you out. Simple meals and eating leftovers make meal planning and grocery shopping a snap. When you eat enough calories for each meal, you are full until the next meal and don’t have to worry about snacks. If you do need a snack, you can quickly grab a few almonds or a boiled egg. I keep a lot of boiled eggs on hand for quick breakfast protein or an addition to a salad. Sometimes I will eat an egg as a side dish for my soup meals.

The meals that I prepare are good on their own. They don’t need a starchy side dish or a creamy dairy dressing. Often we get in the habit of smothering our foods with seasonings without realizing that they have great flavors by themselves. My whole30 meal plan focuses on whole foods. Keep it simple for your best chance at success!

Whole30 – Coconut Aminos Review

Better Body Foods Coconut Aminos Review

Name: Better Body Foods Organic Coconut Aminos

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Price: $9.97

Owners: BetterBody Foods

Overall Rank: 70 out of 100

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Coconut Aminos are a natural, non-GMO, soy-free option to soy sauce that is Whole30 approved. It is created from the rich sap of the coconut palm, aged naturally, and blended with salt. Coconut aminos are a sweet source of the umami flavor that is used in many Asian dishes.

Coconut aminos are also gluten-free and paleo-friendly. It is an acceptable soy sauce replacement. This Coconut amino product is USDA certified organic, so almost everyone can enjoy it.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

  1. It is organic! You don’t have to worry about pesticides in this condiment.
  2. Whole30 Approved. Not a lot of foods meet the Whole30 criteria. This is one supplement that you can add to your dishes to jazz them up if you are following the Whole30 diet, the paleo diet, or are trying to go gluten-free and soy-free.
  3. No added sugar. This condiment can be used on the ketogenic diet without raising your blood sugar. It provides your foods with a sweet and salty umami flavor without spiking your glucose.

The Bad:

  1. The taste. It does NOT taste like soy sauce. It has a slightly sweet flavor rather than tasting salty.
  2. The cost. I feel the cost of $10 for a bottle was pretty high.

Who is BetterBody Foods Organic Coconut Aminos For?

This product is marketed to people who are on elimination diets. It is great because it doesn’t have any added sugar. It is also gluten-free, soy-free, and MSG-free. It is an alternative to soy sauce for people who don’t mind substitutes for their favorite foods.

This product is good for people who are just adjusting to an elimination diet and still want the flavors that they had on the standard diet. It is great for people who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen with healthy recipes.

Coconut Aminos Uses

Coconut Aminos can be used in savory recipes with some tweaks. You may want to add some vinegar or sea salt to offset the sweetness of the coconut aminos. Here are some fun recipes to try if you want to use coconut aminos:

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BetterBody Food Organic Coconut Aminos Price

The cost of the BetterBody Organic Coconut Aminos was rather expensive for a condiment. It was $9.97 for 16 fluid ounces of the coconut aminos. While you don’t use a ton of seasoning for each recipe, most condiments are much less expensive.

When compared to other coconut amino products, it is competitive. It was the least expensive one on Amazon at the time that I ordered it.

My Final Opinion of Organic Coconut Aminos

Thumbs down. I do not like substitutions. I was optimistic that I would enjoy the taste of the coconut aminos, but it did not taste like soy sauce to me at all. There was a lot more sweet flavor. It did not taste salty at all to me as I think of soy sauce tasting.

I have used it a few times and added vinegar to offset the sweetness in stir-fry dishes. It doesn’t really mimic soy sauce or tamari. It may be useful in a dish with other seasonings to mask the sweetness.

BetterBody Foods Organic Coconut Aminos at a Glance…

Name: Organic Coconut Aminos

Website: Available at Amazon

Owners: BetterBody Foods

Price: $9.97

Overall Rank: 60 out of 100

VERDICT: NOT LEGIT – Does not taste like soy sauce. Poor substitution.

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