My Personal Experience with Coconut Oil

If anyone knows me personally, they know that I, Heather Johnson, absolutely love organic virgin coconut oil. I think its one of the most healthiest things you could feed your body. The components of coconut oil have made many say that it is the closest thing in nature to breast milk.

A lot of people ask me why I take it or how they should take it. I tell them my own story, which is that I started taking coconut oil six years ago to help control my appetite and give me the energy I needed throughout the day. In the beginning I took a tablespoon at a time, but I found that made me experience nausea. I lessened the dosage to a teaspoon in the morning and at night and felt a lot better.

I noticed my energy was a lot better, but I wasn’t loosing weight like my family members that were taking it as well. I researched and read on Tropical Tradition’s forum and in their book Virgin Coconut Oil, that soy sometimes interacts with weight loss. I stopped snacking on soy nuts and drinking soy milk and found myself surprisingly 15 pounds lighter within a month.

In a 18 months time I had dropped 45 pounds just by taking coconut and changing my diet to more natural products. I noticed when I took coconut oil I didn’t crave sweets or junk food. Instead of sweets, my biggest cravings were for spinach!

In general I take coconut oil to control my blood sugar level so I don’t crave food or am constantly thirsty. I take it twice a day and I also cook with it. A lot or my friends always ask how and what I cook, so I decided to write this article to guide you through some ways you can take the coconut oil besides by the spoonful.


I have never tasted such a pure clean taste on an egg until I fried it gently in coconut oil. Just put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in the pan, melt the oil if its still a solid and add your egg. Its important not to overcook the egg so you don’t look essential nutrients the egg has to offer. When the egg is cooked, use the left over oil to drizzle it on your toast instead of using butter.

On a side note, if you want to learn more about what kind of eggs and chickens to purchase you should read Benefits of Free Range Chickens and Eggs on the Hubpages by Jennifer

Coconut Meat also known as Coconut Manna or Coconut Cream Concentrate

A lot of people enjoy eating the coconut concentrate that you can purchase as well. Some people use this in their smoothies or on their bagels. Many of our patients prefer to eat the coconut meat instead of the coconut oil. You can spread it on a bagel, toast, or use in in a coconut vegetable curry for added richness.

Coconut Milk from Coconut Meat

Besides coconut oil, you can also purchase coconut meat, which is also called coconut manna or coconut concentrate sometimes. You can make the milk by mixing the coconut meat with water. It is a less expensive way to enjoy coconut milk, since one jar of coconut meat will yield many cups of coconut milk. Try this recipe from Tropical Traditions, that makes Coconut Milk. Basically, you heat the coconut cream concentrate and water to make it a liquid and mix it in a blender. You can also buy Tropical Traditions coconut concentrate from my online herbal shop. Tropical Traditions has a whole page of coconut meat recipes available on their site.

More Recipes Online

You can visit Tropical Traditions’ Recipe Site for more more good eating.

Disclaimer: The information here is not intended to diagnose any aliment, but rather for academic purposes.  This website and conditions listed are not a substitute for proper evaluation and treatment. If you are sick you should seek the medical advice of your physician or go to the emergency room.

About Dr. Heather Johnson, D.O.M.

Dr. Heather Johnson, D.O.M. graduated from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin with a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine. Her practice is Johnson Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Oriental Medicine, LLC in the heart of Paxton, Florida. She has an herbal pharmacy online
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13 Responses to My Personal Experience with Coconut Oil

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  2. Joyce says:

    I’m not sure when I see “coconut milk” as an ingredient in a recipe if they mean the canned/condensed variety or the one with water added. Also, coconut manna is called different things by different companies. I think it compares to coconut concentrate by Tropical Traditions, right?

    • Usually they mean the coconut meat/manna/concentrate with water added in these natural recipes.
      You’re right about the different names. The condensed coconut meat is called Coconut Concentrate by Tropical Traditions and Coconut Manna by Nutiva.

    • Joyce says:

      I find they usually mean to canned variety without additional water added. In fact, I sometimes asked the creators of the recipes, and that’s the answer I get — they used the canned kind. I do wish they’d have a standard way of writing this though so that we’d know — like 1 cup of canned undiluted coconut milk and something else for the other kind.

  3. alicjusia says:

    I was wondering if I can mix coconut oil with lemon?

  4. Christine says:

    The effect that soy has on the thyroid is detrimental and and acts like a slow poison. Many of my clients are finding they now have an allergy to the smallest soy ingredients. There is a brand new Soy-Free Vegenaise (by Follow Your Heart) that uses pea protein instead of soy protein as an emulsifier.

    Warmest Regards,

  5. Terri Rogers says:

    What is the difference in using coconut oil versus coconut manna for weight loss? Is the oil or manna better for weight loss? I am also trying to lower my cholesterol and wonder if one is better than the other for weight loss and lowering cholesterol. Thank you.

    • Terri,
      Thanks for your comment.
      From my experience it doesn’t matter if you take coconut oil or manna. I have patients that use the manna for controlling their blood sugar and weight and only use the manna for that. I have other patients that use the oil for the same thing. Children seem to like the manna better.

      From what I can tell from my clinical experience it’s more of a texture or taste preference that makes one choose manna or oil. If our patients say, “Oh my word, I can’t eat a tablespoon of oil everyday,” we suggest the manna and they have a better time with following instructions.

      You may get different advice from another source, but this has been my experience so far.

      Thanks for reading my blog! ~Dr. Heather

  6. Kayla says:

    Thanks for mentioning the soy! I recently started on a soy lecithin mixture, and have wondered if my sudden added 2-3 pounds were related. I will now be looking for sunflower lecithin to replace the soy.
    I had trouble with the coconut oil making me nauseated at first. But I’ve learned that if I put the coconut oil in hot tea or coffee or soup – anything hot and liquid – I have no nausea, and can even handle a heaping half tablespoon at a time. I can also eat it in oatmeal or other hot cereal. And yes, I cook everything in it, and have done that for years. But if I’m eating something cold with it, it will be a problem. Thought it might help you or someone else to try it in a hot drink.
    And by the way, for anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or even failing memory – coconut oil can make a big difference. There are lots of good stories about it (do an online search), but from a personal perspective, what a difference it has made for my husband’s thinking! I was afraid I was beginning to “lose” him, but now he’s “back.” Just be sure to get 3-5 doses daily, as it wears off quickly.

    • Joyce says:

      MCT oil, which is derived from coconut oil, is always liquid and is great for anything you want cold — or like for salad dressings.

  7. Shepard Montgomery says:

    I have had a very similiar experience when I started taking coconut oil about a month ago – a total cessation of sugar cravings, replaced by a craving for spinach. I usually don’t eat breakfast – I consider the coconut oil my breakfast – but I realize that I do need fiber,so sometimes what I do is take some shredded coconut and put it in a bowl of coconut milk and eat it like a cereal or ‘broth’…try it, it gives great results, only boosting the effectiveness of the oil.