Monday, July 19, 2010

Adventures of the Palate

I need to be more adventurous. No, wait -- I WANT to be more adventurous. Life is short, too short to wait around for others to help, to short to wait for "things to get better", to short to live a repetitive life.  This week, the students at my school received the somber news that one of our classmates passed away from pneumonia. Yes, apparently the developed country we live in still lets its citizens pass away from pneumonia. How depressing. I had pneumonia when I was 7 or 8, and I remember the doctor cautioned me that if I were to get sick with it again, it could be fatal.  My classmate and I were discussing how we would feel if we had spent the last two years of our lives in law school, only to pass away right before the third year began -- miserable and pissed.  There would be a million ways I would rather spend my time if it knew it was so limited. 

This year has been filled with more than enough reminders of life's brevity. Please make the best of each day, live life to the fullest ( albeit responsibly and safely) and experience new things.  One small way I want to do this is by trying new food/health products. For example, coconut water is supposed to be an awesome source of electrolytes. 

Here are some of the benefits the website attributes to young coconut water:

- Excellent for replacing lost electrolytes from exercise or illness
- An all-natural sports/energy drink
- A natural isotonic beverage – contains a similar level of electrolytes found in human blood.
-  May help promote smoother, more hydrated skin
- Non-allergenic
-  Rich in potassium. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and heart function
-  Effective oral rehydration medium and keeps the body cool.

I personally found the drink to be refreshing, it did have a very slight " thickness" to it. It was probably just mere awareness that it was not traditional water. The touch of Guava was the perfect addition to give it a refreshing taste. Admittedly I felt a slight bit of energy afterward as well as the feeling that I had just put something clean and beneficial into my system rather than typical processed foods.

I do have some plain coconut water in my fridge which I havn't tried yet, slightly worried about the flavor, or lack of flavor, but I will get to it soon and report the results.


  1. Great post! It is important to not get stuck in a boring routine (which is my tendency for sure!) I've been wanting to try coconut water...maybe I'll pick a carton up tomorrow!

  2. I've always wanted to try this stuff. Does it have a strong coconut taste, or is it mild?

    Also, gahhh law school. I think, even without the reminder that life is short, being in law school reminds you how much else is out there that we take for granted. I always had to make sure I put down the books and left the library and did something fun, crazy or just new for a change.

    And I'm so jealous you actually cook. I did sometimes, but I ate a lot of reheated pasta and cereal and takeout.

  3. No, it doesn't have a strong coconut taste at all -- I think because it is from such a young coconut ??

  4. great post, I agree live life to the fullest and you are in an exciting time in your life right, future your excitment!!


  5. I love coconut water - so refreshing, naturally sweet and delicious. I've even been told that it promotes hormonal balance naturally! Don't know if it's true but sounds good.

    Sorry to hear about your classmate. I think it was Dexter Morgan who said "Life doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be lived". Makes all the sense in the world to me.

  6. Hi,

    New reader to your blog. Hello :)

    I just grabbed 3 kinds of coconut water today. I'm going to do a taste test and review about it. I used ZICO coconut water during my half marathon training and I loved it, especially served cold.

    I'm biased though, because I love anything coconut.