Buying coconut oil? Choose carefully


Unwilling to part with expensive prices. We had been using the cheap coconut oil on the right. We decided to start cooking with coconut oil because coconut oil is one of the few oils that is not damaged when heated to temperatures used in cooking, frying, and baking. Corn, soy, sunflower, canola, and safflower oils undergo detrimental changes when heated to cooking, frying, or baking temperatures . It smelt yummy to when opened while the cheaper one had no smell.

Refined Coconut Oil: A refined coconut oil is usually rather tasteless and odourless. Because it has been refined, it can usually withstand slightly higher cooking temperatures before reaching its smoke point. Refined coconut oils are excellent for cooking foods where you need lots of clean, pure, malleable fat without a dominating coconut flavour. (Think pie crusts or french fries.) Refined coconut oils do not offer the same health benefits of a virgin, completely raw coconut oil, but they are still excellent sources of most of the beneficial fatty acids. Things to watch out for: not all refined coconut oils are alike! Most are refined using a chemical distillation process dependent on lye or other harsh solvents, or they’re made from the rancid oil by products leftover from creating desiccated (dry) coconut flakes. Sadly, these are refined, bleached, and deodorized in an effort to create a palatable product that can be sold to consumers. Many coconut oils are even hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated! (Avoid these at all costs as the hydrogenation process creates synthetic trans-fats.) coconut without the addition of any

Unrefined Coconut Oil An unrefined coconut oil is typically labelled “virgin” or “extra-virgin.” In general, though, virgin and extra-virgin coconut oils are made from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconut without the added chemicals. Source :


Belly pouch ?!?

Pregnant and non-pregnant ladies, do you have an issue with your belly protruding or wondering how to work your core during pregnancy?

Before and during pregnancy you have heard me say I rarely work abs in the traditional way. I don’t think I will ever do a full ab crunch again to be honest.  As I have gained more knowledge I have come to understand the belly pouch I had after my first pregnancy was diastasis recti. Not everyone gets this and there are certain ways to train it correctly check out the video  by befitmoms on you tube to see one of the exercises I do.

What is your level of fitness? Everyone is different

At the beginning stages of pregnancy I did do things like planks and press up more often. If you see me do it now it’s for a very minimal period of time. I had a very strong core and if you are going to attempt these planks and press-ups please ensure you’re strong enough to do it and you have full control of your core muscles to hold up baby. I have said before in previous posts, pregnant or not  if you’re not drawing your belly button in towards your spine the exercise is redundant and you could be causing more damage especially in pregnancy with the growing weight in your abdomen you are putting extra stress there. So control it ladies or don’t do it.

I would also not recommend isometric contraction during 2nd/3rd trimester due to the fact it can raise blood pressure or abdominal trauma by falling due to fatigue so if your finding it hard don’t just push through the pain during pregnancy workouts trying to plank pick a regression for the plank (shown in previous post)

So ladies and a few men if you’re doing all the abs exercises in the world and its not’s working out for you do some research no need to crazy ab exercises DO the right exercises and as they say eat clean and clear up those gut issues.  Things like belly breathing is a good place to start. Even getting up out of bed the wrong way can be detrimental. Google away folks

Knowledge is power, I don’t know everything but learning more and  more each day and want to be a  PT who shares my success and help people reach goals not charge for every bit knowledge I pass on to you. Have a blessed day guys.


Do you really know what your eating?

Just an insight to why we use our protein shakes we use and not any other brands out there. We are not experts in nutrition but on our health journey have tried many products and learnt a thing or two about the ones we should avoid.  We urge everyone to research what that are ingesting and question its origin. Please don’t just assume these product are healthy because they are labelled so and have great marketing. Many of these products are the source of illness and cancers.

These protein shake companies have products filled with things we can’t even pronounce not to mention where the origin of where the products derive from. Some of the products ingredients have manifested from unnatural sources and places where you couldn’t imagine and not even fit for human consumption.

We are not perfect and still working on removing these things from our diet they are hidden in lots of everyday food so it can be very difficult to get away from it. 

One example of a nasty ingredient is SACRULOSE an artificial sweetener its quite common ingredient.

For example, there are reports of the following after eating sucralose:

  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Seizures, dizziness and migraines
  • Blurred vision
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blood sugar increases and weight gain

We counted one health protein shake have over 15 or more ingredients of what we are not really sure they are and it could take a whole day of researching. If we personally are going to use an artificial product that’s not in its natural form we try and use ones with as less ingredients as possible and ones we know of.   Here are the shakes we use.
7 Ingredients listed all natural sources
1 Ingredient listed good old fashioned hemp

If your interested in real clean eating and tidying up your nutrition and a more natural approach to life do some research. Check out our friends Facebook Page The Naturally You Coach  her website here.
Also this Facebook page has some good articles about natural health Lean Fit


Think of it this way, natural products derived straight from the earth are naturally in tune with your body and manmade products just aren’t in sync thus manifesting it self in abnormalities in your bodies though ailments and disease that you are unaware of that look like common sickness.  Its entirely up to you what you decide to put in your bodies but we are aspiring to get to a place where we are living a fit, healthy natural life.
Have a blessed day Fit Fam
Mr & Mrs Workout