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How do you take your daily tablespoons of Coconut Oil in front of others at the office/in public?

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Created September 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Hi,

This may sound like a weird question but how do you guys take your daily 3+ tablespoons of coconut oil in front of others/at the office/in public?

I wish I could take it throughout the day at the office after breakfast or lunch (to regulate my appetite and to get my fat intake) but I'm a bit self conscious of eating straight up fat in front of my coworkers. I can't really take 3 tablespoons in the morning before any breakfast because I always get nauseous (did this for a few weeks). I guess this is more of a social-how-to question about how to eat coconut oil in public. Or should I just take it all at night?

Your advice is really appreciated :)

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YES!!!! Best answer I think. I tried to up vote it but I don't have enough points to do that ;)

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346 · March 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM

How do you add it to salads, given that it's solid at room temperature? Just heat it up beforehand?

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2028 · November 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Fascinating. Someone just downvoted this one, several weeks later. Why?

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135 · November 15, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Hah I thought of this thread as I was gnawing on a pastured lamb neck bone in the office kitchen. Some silly biddy gave me a weird look while she popped a Kashi pizza in the microwave. #suckstosuck

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1659 · November 15, 2011 at 5:10 AM

In your tea? Hmmm...that's something I should do with my coffee, but I mix mine with whey protein, raw crunch almond butter, and almond milk and make a little porridge out of it.

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8270 · November 15, 2011 at 4:16 AM

Pre and post Paleo, some of the odors of the fish they microwave at work really turn my stomach.

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19479 · October 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM

You can absolutely eat it straight. I enjoy coconut (some people don't) so I usually mix coconut oil with an equal amount of coconut butter (sometimes called creamed coconut). 2-3 tbsp is usually my limit, it's pretty hard to eat more than that without feeling like you want to stop anyway.

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45 · October 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Just bought me one. Can I really eat it straight from the jar? how much should I take? thanks!

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78422 · September 27, 2011 at 3:50 AM

And make it look SO good that they all want some!

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25467 · September 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM

all the time. I have jars stashed everywhere.

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178 · September 27, 2011 at 12:22 AM

I'm within smelling distance of the microwave at work and I get shifts of some awful stuff! I was silently cursing the unnatural odor one day and cubie says "Yum! Mac and cheese!". I asked "Does that smell like mac'n'cheese you'd like to eat?" "yup!". "oh...". I guess my sense of smell and taste has change since I started eating real food.

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11152 · September 27, 2011 at 12:03 AM

And then lick the spoon.

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8757 · September 26, 2011 at 10:30 PM

no, I get whatever I can find organic on amazon or nutsonline.com, because I live overseas. I got some coconut cream (aka coconut butter) and its also amazing in this mix.

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19479 · September 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Yup. People don't care if it doesn't involve them. They might think you're weird, but then again, you probably think that they are weird, so it all evens out.

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163 · September 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Omg that sounds so good! I have trouble eating the oil straight. Do you have a source of good coconut oil recipes?

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2682 · September 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Follow that up with a hungry, wicked grin.

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3244 · September 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I like to add a little 'wink'...

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163 · September 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Well I guess as most of us do...

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163 · September 26, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Haha I wish I had that much confidence when it came to eating coconut oil. I guess I just feel like a Paleo-ish person, in a non-Paleo environment :\

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19479 · September 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Agreed. Maintain direct eye contact and spoon away.

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1932 · September 26, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Your office co-workers will care what you are doing for about ten seconds or less. Once you get past that, they'll go back to preoccupation with themselves, and you'll be home free!

Trust me: people really just don't care, past the novelty of the moment.

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19479 · September 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Yup. People don't care if it doesn't involve them. They might think you're weird, but then again, you probably think that they are weird, so it all evens out.

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358 · September 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

... With complete confidence and an unwavering eye.

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163 · September 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Well I guess as most of us do...

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3244 · September 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I like to add a little 'wink'...

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19479 · September 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Agreed. Maintain direct eye contact and spoon away.

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11152 · September 27, 2011 at 12:03 AM

And then lick the spoon.

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163 · September 26, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Haha I wish I had that much confidence when it came to eating coconut oil. I guess I just feel like a Paleo-ish person, in a non-Paleo environment :\

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2682 · September 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Follow that up with a hungry, wicked grin.

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78422 · September 27, 2011 at 3:50 AM

And make it look SO good that they all want some!

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283 · September 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I just add it to things I'm drinking or eating. It goes really well in coffee (though I've never attempted iced since I'm afraid it'll solidify, but hot coffee for sure) and I love it on salads..

And actually.. if people are staring and looking odd.. then do it right back when they're eating their bags of cheetos and microwave Lean Cuisines.. because in my mind THAT is far stranger.

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178 · September 27, 2011 at 12:22 AM

I'm within smelling distance of the microwave at work and I get shifts of some awful stuff! I was silently cursing the unnatural odor one day and cubie says "Yum! Mac and cheese!". I asked "Does that smell like mac'n'cheese you'd like to eat?" "yup!". "oh...". I guess my sense of smell and taste has change since I started eating real food.

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8270 · November 15, 2011 at 4:16 AM

Pre and post Paleo, some of the odors of the fish they microwave at work really turn my stomach.

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346 · March 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM

How do you add it to salads, given that it's solid at room temperature? Just heat it up beforehand?

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2028 · September 26, 2011 at 7:16 PM

The same way your co-workers confidently snarf down KFC and a bag of Doritos - without shame!

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2028 · November 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Fascinating. Someone just downvoted this one, several weeks later. Why?

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8757 · September 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Mix your coconut oil with some almond butter, add a bit salt and cinnamon if you like.

Mix well and put into a jar. Great crumbly treat great on apple slices.

Avocado is another great source of good oil. You can cut an avocado in half, put a bit of Dijon mustard (antique kind is best if you ask me), drizzle with olive oil. I just mash it all up inside the skin with a fork.

People are going to get weird-ed out anyways, mainly because they don't understand it. No worries.

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163 · September 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Omg that sounds so good! I have trouble eating the oil straight. Do you have a source of good coconut oil recipes?

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8757 · September 26, 2011 at 10:30 PM

no, I get whatever I can find organic on amazon or nutsonline.com, because I live overseas. I got some coconut cream (aka coconut butter) and its also amazing in this mix.

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15003 · September 26, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Me, I just have a jar of Artisana Coconut Butter in my desk, and I just eat it out of the jar.

But if that doesn't work for you, why not put it in something you're eating or drinking? Put a tablespoon into a mug, add a little hot water, and then chug or sip it. Or maybe put it in/on whatever you've packed for lunch?

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5629 · November 15, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Easy answer: Don't work in an office. Ugh.

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369 · November 15, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I dont. If I cant use it to cook, it doesn't get eaten.

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1659 · November 15, 2011 at 5:09 AM

You're probably more fit than most of the people at your work so I wouldn't worry about it. They're probably curious because they are suffering from auto-immune issues and are borderline obese and what to know what you're doing right.

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961 · November 15, 2011 at 2:37 AM

take the spoonful out of the jar, put it in your mouth and say mmmmmmmm......:)

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190 · September 27, 2011 at 4:23 AM

Right out in the open! Wink and a smile :)

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85 · September 27, 2011 at 12:12 AM

I just put it in my tea every morning. Others in my office look at my like I'm crazy too, but really, there's no shame in taking care of yourself.

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1659 · November 15, 2011 at 5:10 AM

In your tea? Hmmm...that's something I should do with my coffee, but I mix mine with whey protein, raw crunch almond butter, and almond milk and make a little porridge out of it.

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3219 · September 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I keep my coconut oil in my desk and add a tablespoon of it to every cup of coffee I drink. When someone asks what's up, I tell them and why. :)

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19479 · September 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Just keep one of these full of coconut oil on/in your desk. It would basically be a paleo/primal version of the proverbial office candy jar.

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45 · October 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Just bought me one. Can I really eat it straight from the jar? how much should I take? thanks!

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19479 · October 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM

You can absolutely eat it straight. I enjoy coconut (some people don't) so I usually mix coconut oil with an equal amount of coconut butter (sometimes called creamed coconut). 2-3 tbsp is usually my limit, it's pretty hard to eat more than that without feeling like you want to stop anyway.

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0 · January 18, 2014 at 4:32 AM

When people question me and don't mind their own business (colleagues etc) I sometimes politely say something like... "oh, I'm not really into being questioned, sorry, but it's only because I'm not interested in the opinions and comments of others, ya know what I mean"

Then put your attention back into enjoying your meal in peace.

Sometimes I just say "um, I'm trying to eat, can we talk later"

Said in a polite confident tone, should go down ok. Just being real with ya!! (I say that a lot too) ;)

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2291 · November 15, 2011 at 5:25 PM
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8239 · November 15, 2011 at 5:21 PM

The thought occurs to me that your coworkers may view your "odd" food choice as a display of public piety. ("I'm superior to you because I eat well.") That vibe doesn't come through your question, but we all know how defensive we humans can be about our choices - heck, even about the idea that we have choices. For myself, I make it a practice to not let most people "in" on the extent of my experimental approach to living. Not because I'm shy or lacking in confidence. I just don't like dealing with other people's negativity. I freely confess that that's their problem not mine, and, no, I won't go out of my way to "hide" who I really am. Yet at the end of the day (or the end of the lunch hour), I prefer to eat in peace. And to be left, blessedly, alone. When the alternative is the gaze of busybodies. I don't like saying to anyone, "Go away you meddlesome dork." I prefer such people never to notice my existence.

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0 · January 18, 2014 at 4:41 AM

YES!!!! Best answer I think. I tried to up vote it but I don't have enough points to do that ;)

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95 · November 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Not trying to be a smartie-pants, but right out in the open and use it as an ice-breaker (or coconut-breaker) to let people know about paleo! :-) I LOVE it when people ask me where my bread, candy, chips, etc... have gone (sadly that is what I was famous for eating). I heated up some soup I made and it smelled so YUMMY, which drew some comments. It had chicken, carrots & green onions in it. Simple yet delish. Soooooo many people were baffled about the lack of noodles! :-)

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