Time certainly does FLY
when youre gagging over clumpy bit of oily goodness in your mouth having fun, huh?
And, while the phrase love affair may be a bit of a stretch, Ive stuck with it.
I am sticking with it. You may now officially call me Long Haul Oily McGee.
- I gots my oil yellow! Id laugh and say Im crazy, but in a sense this whole venture is a bit whackadoodle. The first few times I pulled I neither lasted long enough (hardcore folks go TWENTY MINUTES) nor was my oil yellow upon, uh, release. The yellow color supposedly indicates youve released all yer toxins (spit! spit! never swallow!). Needless to say I was pretty damn excited when I spat me some yellow.
- I’m doing it for long-term gum health/Alzheimers prevention. Im sticking with it because unlike, say, doing this solely for whiter teeth I may never know if the pulling helped or my gun simply never went off. Which brings me to….
- My teeth are whiter? Yes, that IS phrased as a question. Quite frankly I cant really tell. All I know is the Tornado has ceased asking me: MAMA WILL MY TEETH GET YELLOW, TOO, WHEN IM OLD?! so there’s that.
- I do it my way. Completely. This may be the worst “guide” to oil pulling ever. I dont do it for twenty minutes. I most certainly do NOT do it first thing/before coffee. I do what I can & in a way I know I will actually keep doing it. OIL PULLING is like FITNESS in that way. It doesnt really MATTER what the “ideal” is. What matters is what I will actually, consistently do!
- The Tornado knows I find it
ickyless than lovely. Each time I pull she insists on singing her theme song. Each time I pull she interrogates me afterward. Was that gross Mama? (yes) Was it like super yucky and did you want to spit it right out? (yes) Ew. I dont like the taste of coconut. Do you Mama? (no) Im never doing that. Why do you do it Mama? (insert same rambles as they last 50+ times shes asked). I think it’s GREAT for her to see me doing something I dont love all in the name of HEALTH.
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME.
Many of you reached out after my last post to share *your* oil pulling experiences.
Some of our thoughts are the same.
Many are different.
Similar to you I have a considerable concern about Alzheimer’s (although not sure on my genetic predisposition). After reading your post I did some looking up to see what the “world” thought about oil pulling and definitely was surprised to see so many people in support of it. I think what actually compelled me more was the healthy gums potential (hate the dentist).
My sensory experience
I know I did under a full tablespoon and figured that sitting in front of the TV would be the best option. During the experience I didn’t mind too much. There is no way I could have gone 20 minutes without a bit of swallowing because I did 7 minutes and probably got a little into my stomach. I like the taste of coconut oil so that isn’t a big deal. I think it was the sensation in my mouth to be honest. I didn’t expect it to bother me so much. The reason I stopped at 7 minutes that as the oil got warmer and presumably more contaminated everything in me just wanted it gone. So I stopped.
I don’t know how people do it on an empty stomach –the thought of it makes me queasy.
I’d read that oil pulling can pull toxins out of your body and is an ancient ayurvedic practice, so it’s probably just good for you in general. The thing I really didn’t like was the texture of the coconut oil. Those semi-solid pieces made me feel like I was chewing on lard for the first 30 seconds or so. Once it dissolved it wasn’t so bad. I’d just swish and chew during my shower. It also put me off the taste of coconut for a bit; but, my teeth seemed whiter! I switched to sunflower oil, which is much milder in flavour and doesn’t require dissolving.
I love me some oil pulling. Have done it for years and well I’ll let my mouth speak for itself (pun intended). In the last 30 years I’ve gone to a dentist 3 times to get my teeth “professionally” cleaned. Periodontal disease runs in my family but yet I have healthy gums, healthy teeth. Is it from the oil pulling? Dunno but I still do it! plus I love me anything with coconut!
A number of you chimed in—both seriously and not so—over on Facebook:
Tricia Minnick I’ve been sporadic with it (in and out of town and not traveling with a jar of oil) but-is it weird that I don’t think its gross? I like it. It tastes…nice. And doesn’t feel like normal oil-y grossness. And my teeth feel GOOOD afterwards like I’ve just been to the dentist without the pain. But Dash always asks me to “make a funny face Mommy” when I do it because he watched your video about 8 times. 🙂
Jack Sh*t I’ve been using it on my back hair; I’m happy to report that it’s never been softer or shinier!
Elle Erixon Okay I tried this Saturday morning BEFORE my coffee and found it kinda pleasant, actually. The taste of the coconut oil is good. I wonder if it set me up for craving it the rest of the day though… had coconut flour crepes at breakfast, a cocoroon at noon and a snack size Almond Joy after dinner! Hmmmmm
Dick Carlson “Pulling”? Shoot — I thought you said “pudding”! I’ve had this awful taste in my mouth all week! Yuck!
Im still pulling.
I shall keep at the pulling.
I am, thus far, not messing with the pulling and adding PEPPERMINT or anything to my coconut oil.
Im staying OLD SCHOOL with a twist of misfit—but Im keeping at it.
- Have you tried oil pulling yet? If so–what did you think?
- If NOT are you sufficiently curious now & ready to cram a spoonful of oil in your coconut-hole?