A few words on using oil:
It’s been a while since I decided to keep the use of oil to a minimum. I only use extra virgin olive oil and once in a while extra virgin coconut oil, but because they’re virgin, they have low heat points, which means they aren’t great for cooking with – It breaks down the oil, making it not as nice tasting, and I’ve heard a lot about how it can let out carcinogens. So I don’t use oil in my baked goods anymore, and I “healthy saute” my veggies over the stovetop with a bit of broth instead. Sometimes I’ll add in “raw” olive oil to salad dressings and dips, or coconut oil to truffles and treats, otherwise it’s rare. I know oil often makes things taste better or fuller, but it’s not a whole food, it can be potentially dangerous by being highly processed and cooked at high temperatures, and it’s really just calories and fats.
Also, a few words on fruits concerning teeth:
Many of you have heard how lemon juice can eat away at the enamel on our teeth so it’s best to rinse with water after eating or drinking something with lots of lemon juice, but this applies to most fruits, and is of concern to those who eat lots of fruit and snack throughout the day. I have read some information on how the constant contact of fruit, as well at sticky starchy and nutty foods, on teeth will deteriorate them if not rinsed or flossed out soon afterwards. I’ve also heard a handful of raw foodists who have issues with this. I guess the best way to deal with it would be to rinse and/or floss afterwards, and/or eating a little more and a little less often. Also, I came to realize an excellent remedy for those who are smoothie fanatics: Straws! By drinking your smoothie with a straw, you give your teeth less of a chance to come in contact with the fruits in your smoothies. I like eating my smoothies with a spoon though…
But in order to get you excited, here’s a giveaway you can participate in to get a certificate for some neat glass straws! Check out Just Audrey’s Giveaway. It’s for Glass Dharma straws. Although I haven’t bought from them, I think they are really neat! Simple and elegant, eco-friendly, non toxic-leeching with a lifetime guarantee.