Go Loco for Cocos!

You’ve heard it time and time again, coconut water is good for you. But don’t get confused between coconut water, and coconut milk – they have different benefits for you!

Coconut milk is higher in fat and calories, and it has a great source of potassium. It’s also lactose free, so if you’re not a fan of dairy or are lactose intolerant, coconut milk is a great substitute. With this substitute, you can also further eliminate dairy from your diet by implementing the use of coconut milk into your preparation of meals.

And maybe you’re sitting there worried that just because coconut milk has roughly 552 calories per serving , I’m here to remind you that it’s okay!

According to research done by Dr. Bruce Fife, “those who get an adequate amount of fat in their diets generally eat less than those to try to reduce fat intake”. In other words, it’s okay to include some fatty nutrients in your diet, because it will ultimately balance out your diet and make you feel better.

Some other benefits of coconut milk include protection of the immune system, prevention of heart disease, and healthier skin and hair.

If you aren’t convinced yet, try it out yourself. If it tastes good, and you’re still skeptical, do some more research on your own. But don’t be afraid to give coconut milk a try, especially if you are already loco for coco water!

The Power of Choice

We all have choices to make, whether its which outfit to wear to work the next morning, what plans to make with friends for the weekend, or which classes to take the following semester. Choices affect us in every way, shape or form – with some choices having a greater impact on our lives. Picking out an outfit for work will probably have less of an impact on our day than deciding on what to eat throughout the day.

Eating healthy is not a chore, nor should it be viewed as one. It is simply a choice, and an impactful one (if I may add). But eating healthy is hard, I can’t lie about that one. If I don’t have a set plan of the meals and snacks I want to have throughout my day, I’m more likely to either binge eat or treat myself to something I normally wouldn’t choose if I planned it.

Now, I’m not advocating against indulging in life’s treats and eating a burger or cupcake once in a while. Hell, go to an All-You-Can-Eat Sushi restaurant and stuff your face until you can feel your stomach about the burst (okay, maybe I’d advise against this one, but I’m only mentioning it because I’ve been there, done that).

I’m simply suggesting that planning your meals is the proper way to make choices about what food you are going to eat throughout your day. There are plenty of benefits that come with planning your meals and snacks before your day starts. Of course, most importantly, you will eat healthier  – because you will avoid the many unhealthy options thrown at you when you’re forced to buy food.

Planning your meals may be difficult if you’re a traveler or you’re planning a vacation. But bringing snacks with you like the RXBAR or Greek yogurt can help eliminate purchasing unhealthy snacks, and it will allow you to focus on choosing the right breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Say to yourself before you start your day, – “OK – for breakfast I’m going to have an egg omelet, and for lunch I’ll have a salad with chicken/fish/tofu, and for dinner I’ll make sure to include some complex carbs & some more protein”. It is ultimately up to you to decide how you want to plan your meals, and if you need assistance – contact a nutritionist.

But to make life easier & more healthy, plan your meals & figure out some snacks in between! You will feel a whole lot better about your choices, and maybe even make some better ones in other aspects of your life!