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?
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?
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.
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.
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! :-)
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.