Quite frankly my first experience—captured on video by the soundtrack providing six year old—led me to believe I’d never try again:
Two years later, however, I’m still coconut oil pulling and here’s why:
I turned my oil yellow! Id say I’m crazy, but this whole venture is whackadoodle. The first few times I pulled I neither lasted long enough (hardcore folks go TWENTY MINUTES ) nor was my oil yellow upon “release” into toilet. Yellow supposedly indicates all toxins have been pulled (spit! spit! never swallow!). Once I hit the yellow—I was committed.
I’m motivated by potential for long-term gum health/Alzheimers prevention. As with weight-loss and skinny jeans Id have quit long ago if this were solely for whiter teeth. I don’t have great oral or Alzheimer genetics. My gun is loaded . I’ll try anything.
My teeth are whiter? Yes, that IS phrased as a question. Quite frankly, I can’t tell. All I know is the Tornado has ceased asking me: Mama, will my teeth turn yellow when I’m old?! so there’s that.
I do it my way. This may be the worst “guide” to oil pulling ever. I don’t always pull for 20 minutes. I never do it first thing in morning/before coffee. I only do it 3-4x a week. I do what I can when I can.OIL PULLING is like FITNESS. It doesn’t MATTER what the “ideal” is . What matters is what I will consistently do!
The Tornado knows I find it icky. Each time she sees me pull she *still* sings her theme song. Each time I pull she *still* interrogates me. Was that gross? (yes) Did you want to spit it right out? (yes) Ew. I dont like coconut. Do you? (no) Im never doing that! Why do you do it? (insert same rambles as last time). I think it’s GREAT for her to see me doing something I don’t love in the name of long-term health.
It rocks for canines, too! OK this isn’t so much the pulling (wouldn’t that be a trick!), but the fact coconut oil is great for Charming as well. From preventing Giardia to freshening his dog-breath our new family member has leaped on the oily wagon as well.
(note the joy on his face.)
And now I look to you.
If you are one of the many who joined me in pulling two years ago—are you still? why or why not?