Try Pulling Oil

Any guesses on the meaning of the title?  Because if you think about it literally, it would be incredibly, you could say impossibly, hard to actually pull any type of oil!  I mean, it’s so slippery and….oily!

What does it mean?  Once explained, the term makes sense but still isn’t totally obvious to the world.  Oil pulling is a process in which the person doing it puts 1-2 tablespoons of oil in their mouth and swishes it around for 20 minutes.  People do this all the time for fun.  Haha, that’s absolutely not true.  20 minutes seems like a long time, but it’s really not if you do something else while you are swishing.  Call it multitasking.

The real reason anybody would stick oil in their mouth for any length of time is for their health.  I found this idea on the internet when looking for natural ways to get rid of cavities.  Last time I went to the dentist, I was told that there was a “watch spot”, which means if I don’t keep my mouth SUPER clean and healthy, I’ll have a drill waiting for me next time I drag myself to the dentist.  Being that I already loathe going to the dentist without the added stress of a cavity, I began looking for simpler(and less painful) options.  One of the first things I came across on Google was this thing called “oil pulling”.  At first, I was just reading “this works great as a natural teeth-whitener, blah, blah, blah”.  Not helpful.  Then I read further.  Oil pulling works as a natural whitener because of what it does- it detoxifies your mouth.  The oil “pulls” bacteria and toxins from your mouth, and as we all know the mouth is one of the most bacteria-filled places in our bodies.  In pulling toxins out, the overall health of your mouth increases as well.

That was where I really began to like that idea.  Detoxing, getting rid of my semi-cavity, and natural teeth whitener!  I’ll take it.  So, about a month ago I began the process, and one of my sisters did as well.  She of course has healthy teeth, but she liked the sounds of the other benefits.  We have noticed some minor differences, but a major difference is how clean our mouth feels every day!  After doing our little ritual, our teeth feel clean all day long, no matter what food we eat.

I feel like I should share the cons of this little venture as well.  There is only one as far as I can tell(other than using 2 tablespoons of oil a day, but that’s really not that much).  The only bad thing I have found about oil pulling is the first 5 seconds of putting the oil in your mouth.  My sister and I use coconut oil(that was the best recommended), and while I enjoy the “taste”, the texture is gross.  I know, I’m really making you want to try this aren’t I?  If our house is warmer, the oil that sits on the counter is melted and no problem to put in your pie-hole.  That’s the way it was when we began.  Since it has gotten warmer outside, we have turned the air-conditioning on though.  The coconut oil became a solid.  I very nearly spat the whole thing out when I tried it as a solid the first time.  Imagine putting a tablespoon of shortening in your mouth, with coconut flakes in it.  That is exactly how it felt and tasted.  But after about 10 seconds, it melted and was fine.  I’ve kind of grown accustomed to it.  It’s really not all that bad for the health benefits that are gained!  Maybe I’m the only one with texture issues….

Added bonus: my sister and I do it first thing in the morning when we wake up.  The “plus” of doing this is I don’t have to talk to people for the first twenty minutes of my day- a win-win for everyone.  I will be the first to admit that I am not a morning person.  So ta-da!  Yet another benefit of oil pulling.

If you aren’t sold on at least trying it, that’s okay.  I don’t work in sales anyway.  You won’t hurt my feelings.  😉  But I just thought I would share this with you!  Should you decide to try it because of my amazing nonexistent persuasive skills, please let me know!  I would love to hear how it works for you.

Now you are aware- the term oil pulling is actually the oil pulling toxins out of your mouth.  Not a whole bunch of lumberjacks playing tug-of-war with oil somehow (that was the mental picture I got when I thought about it).  While that is an amusing idea, it seems very improbable….

Oil pulling!  Who knew, right? 😉

Have you tried anything new in the past month?  Maybe a little more exciting than swishing coconut oil around in your mouth?  As always, thank you for reading, and have a great day!

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Colonel Mustard or Miss Peacock….

Thankfully, there was no murder as there typically is in the case of ‘Clue’. However, there was a mysterious disappearance of our food. It was the sweets that we had baked the night before, and left on the dining room table.

The only time it was really mysterious was the first time.  My dad and I got up at at 6:30 to go to work, so nobody else was up at the time.  Both of us noticed as we passed through the kitchen that the pile of sugar cookies(like 100 cookies….it was a pretty big pile!) that had been made the night before had significantly decreased, in a rather strange way.  My mom deals with insomnia sometimes, so we thought she must have gotten up in the night, and decided to do something with them.  It seemed like a logical conclusion at the time.

When my mom woke up, she thought we had done something with them.  Hm….Well, there goes our theory.

After some examining, my mom found cookie crumbs on the floor pretty much everywhere (that doesn’t say a whole lot for my observance skills!).  Our English Mastiff, Buttercup, had consumed all those cookies!  Surprisingly, she didn’t seem to have even a bellyache, let alone other effects that I’d rather not go into…. She just laid there, innocently looking up at us from the doggie mat as if she hadn’t done anything.  She ONLY ate fifty 6-inch diameter cookies!!!

In her defense, they had been left on the corner of the dining room table.  And we had(notice- that is no longer a practice of ours) been leaving her out on her mat instead of putting her in the kennel, because she loves her mat.  Our Lab, on the other hand, loves her kennel.  To each their fuzzy own!

A couple weeks later, when we had forgotten to have Buttercup go to her kennel, my dad and I woke up to the few(and I mean few) remains of 7 double-chocolate banana muffins that had been in the *middle* of the dining room table.  The tablecloth was just slightly messed up from her exertions to get the muffins, if you can imagine.  Sigh….We were a little more concerned about her health because chocolate is really NOT good for dogs….and she got some of the muffin cups mixed up with the muffins and ate those too.  But this dog has an apparently strong stomach!

Now, we tease her about getting big hips(the mental picture is rather amusing, is it not?), and keep anything tasty off the dining room table!  Lessons learned….hopefully.

Just to bring my almost non-existent ‘Clue’ theme to an end….It was Buttercup, in the dining room, with….her mouth.

I hope you are having a lovely day, thanks for reading!

Making Cookies!

I made cookies.  From scratch.  Before you start picturing just plain chocolate chip cookies, remember to include some oatmeal bits in your imagination!  That is the type of cookies I make- chocolate chip *oatmeal* cookies.  It makes them slightly healthier, right?  Adds a little protein, and other healthy thingys.  It doesn’t affect the flavor a whole bunch, but I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison either.  Feel free to try it yourself and let me know how they compare!  ***Make sure both are homemade- comparing store-bought and homemade would be like comparing….um….. something that isn’t very comparable.  FYI, I am not good at making up examples.

Pros of homemade

Warmmmmm Cooooookies……….  They are SO good.  There are probably some really fancy hoity-toity desserts out there (that all require refrigeration!) that blow chocolate chip cookies out of the water, but a fresh-baked cookie is hard to beat in my book.  The warm, slightly crunchy-gooey cookie part, with the hot, melted chocolate chips.  Melt in your mouth type.  Good luck getting that from ‘Chips Ahoy!’.

Homemade cookies are probably healthier than your average store-bought cookie.  AND, you know exactly what you put in them!  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I speculate on exactly who or what has touched what I am putting in my mouth….

You can stick them in adorable cookie jars!  Not that we have one, I just thought I’d throw that out there.  Well, you can do that with store-bought cookies too….maybe this will just be a neutral point. 😉

Cons of homemade

Fingers are *not* in the recipe, and yet they always find their way into my cookie dough.  Mind you, they are not MY fingers…The cookie dough is minding it’s own business in the bowl where I left it, when some passerby decides that warm cookies just can’t come fast enough- so they swipe some dough while I am turned around.

Another con of homemade is that they are hard to stop eating, but the same can be said of store-bought. 😉  Those are the only cons I can think of.  Oh!  Nope, there is another.  It is far more time-consuming to make your own cookies, rather than pick up a package at the grocery store.  True dat.

Homemade cookies also don’t come with a container- you have to get your own, and try to fit all the cookies in it properly.  Sigh…. And if they don’t all fit, you just have to eat the extras!

Pros of store-bought

Store-bought cookies still taste good.  I’m not shooting down the poor little cookies that were mass-produced.  They get plenty of love too. 🙂  I have only one met one type of cookie that I do not enjoy getting acquainted with- oatmeal raisin.  Since I make chocolate chip oatmeal, it’s perfectly logical of you to assume that it is the raisin that I discriminate against. You would be right.  I do NOT  like raisins.  Anywhere or anytime.  I am an equal-opportunity raisin-disliker.  It’s a texture thing.

Another pro is that purchasing cookies, instead of making your own, is potentially cheaper.  I’ve never done a comparison.  So I don’t know.  But it seems like making your own of almost anything costs more.  Thanks for encouraging do-it-yourself-ness!

Cons of store-bought

If you give cookies to someone, it’s a much more personal gift if you make them yourself.  Like I said earlier, a cookie is a cookie- most all of them are yummy.  But still, it means a little bit more when you can say, “Here, I made these for you!”, rather than “Here, I went to the grocery store and picked these up for you”.  I’m having a hard time exactly phrasing the difference, but it’s there…. whatever it is.  At least that’s how I’m hoping my brother feels about it when a certain package filled with enough sugary stuff to rot some teeth, gets to Iowa for his birthday…..(Shhh, it’s a surprise!)  He is certainly not a picky eater, but it makes me happy to think that he would pick my cookies over a store-bought….especially when they are warm out of the oven.  This blog post (#2 so far) is dedicated to him, for his birthday.  Just in case cookies aren’t enough. 🙂

Store-bought cookies are all fairly uniform.  There are almost always none with more chocolate chips than the others…. This can be a pro sometimes, but it makes them less unique.  And you can’t make a ‘custom’ choice when taking a cookie out of the container.

Those are my pros and cons for cookies of both kinds.  Maybe you enjoyed reading it, or maybe you’re just really hating me right now because you want a cookie and you don’t care what type it is.  😛

I won’t put a picture on here, just in case you haven’t eaten yet!

Have a great day, and thanks for reading!!!