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True Confessions….

My name is Venus Styles and I am a grocery store addict. I don’t recall when it all started, but if I had to guess I would say about 3 years ago. Yes, that sounds about right. It happened when I fell in love with Doctor Oz , Dr. Ian Smith, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Joel Fuhrman (all experts on eating/living well) and decided that eating healthy was not only trendy but it was key to overall good health. I’ve spent countless hours watching recorded episodes of the Dr. Oz show with pad and pen in hand like an eager college student.   Now here’s the thing, I hate to cook but after watching these shows I became an obsessed grocery shopper! Grocery shopping became my muse, my passion and my all-time favorite thing to do.  On any given day you may catch me wondering up and down a grocery isle, browsing farmer’s markets and drug stores. I am an avid reader of labels so I mostly shop during remote hours as I hate crowded places. I’m not terribly introverted but when I’m shopping I appreciate little interference.

Grocery shopping for me is like an archeological dig. I’m always looking for those rare, priceless nutritional finds that are not totally mainstreamed yet. Some of the interesting things that I’ve purchased are Red Palm Oil, Coconut Palm Sugar, Coconut Oil and Raw Honey.

Raw Honey Raw food specialists love honey for its exceptional nutritional value and its amylase. Amylase is an enzyme that is concentrated in flower pollen and helps predigest starchy foods like breads and pastas. Who wouldn’t want to eat something that can help with starchy foods?

Red Palm Oil– Reduces hardening of the arteries, blood serum cholesterol and blood clotting. It also increases vascular dilation. These effects may prevent heart attacks and strokes. It contains chemo protective effects, especially in the incidence of breast cancer cells. A super food I say!

Coconut Palm Sugar– One of the lowest glycemic index sweeteners on the market, organic coconut palm sugar is highly nutritious, ecologically beneficial and provides sustained energy with an inspired taste.  It looks like brown sugar but has only 20 calories per serving and contains 16 vital amino acids among other things.

Coconut oil-The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength.

So while the rest of America is shopping for the latest fashion, home furnishings, and cars, you’re likely to find me sitting in the grocery store parking lot, scanning my list, and checking it twice. I will probably have on an old pair of pants and shoes since fashion is not a priority, but I will have a designer grocery list!

3 Responses to “True Confessions….”

  1. So I use coconut oil in my hair…I am assuming this means to digest it. How do you ingest it??? Do you just take it like medicine or do you cook with it etc., please send your suggestions/advice.

    • I eat it. Two tablespoons is a serving. I use it as I would butter or oil. It’s heaven on toast, in oatmeal and I absolutely love it on a baked sweet potato. You can use it in a stir-fry instead of oil. Other people us it as hair moisturizer for your hair or a hair dressing. It’s great! I plan to start using it in my hair too!

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