Originally Posted by bekkers
I also wanted to see how/if you can add coconut oil to shakes, I want to add some good fat, but as the shake is quite cold wouldn't the oil be solid/chunky (ick!)?
I do not use shakes, so have nothing to offer there, but I do use coconut oil every day in my breakfast. So I can tell you what I know about coconut oil.
About 76 degrees is the melting point of the brand I have. I buy Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil in a 14 Fl. Oz. jar. Usually the price is under $10 - the jar I have next to me says $7.19. Most health food/supplement stores have it and I have also found it in one of the major chain super markets - can't remember which one. I was surprised that it imparts NO coconut taste (at least I cannot taste it) even though it will give off a coconut odor when cooking. Since I am eating supper, I tried some from the jar and found it not offensive at all. The texture is sort of like butter, but of course, with a different flavor. Actually I had a second taste as I sort of liked it. AND a third! With my last bite of ham, sort of like a condiment.
Back to your issue, the big thing would be how to stir the coconut oil in, especially getting it uniform through out the mix. Something like a blender would work, but that diminishes the convenience. Heavy oils, grease, dissolve in lighter oils so you might experiment with olive oil to see if it would make the coconut oil liquid enough to use in your shake. The BIG reason for using coconut oil is the medium chain saturated fatty acids, which is exactly why it is solid below 76 degrees. Coconut oil has a great percentage of those particular fats. Few others compare.
Personal side note; I have had toe nail fungus for many years, going back to an accident that smashed my big toe. It almost caused my big toe nail to come off. I am fine now. I have been using coconut oil for about six months now. About a table spoon a day. Last week after my shower when I was trimming my toe nails, I noticed that they looked different. It appears that they fungus infection is declining, noticeably! I have read that coconut oil has anti fungus properties, so this is one of the reasons for using it.
And I should add, welcome to the wonderful world of PP/PPLP!
Please get BOTH books and read and reread them. While the basics are simple there is lots to learn about the details like supplements, which ARE important. Also you will almost certainly need to "tweak" the way you do PP/PPLP as you age, PPLP gives you the principles of the program to help you with the "tweaking".