You probably already know that I’m a huge fan of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee and the Upgraded Self product line. In fact, I’ll be reporting back to you with all sorts of upgrades for your mind and body from his conference next month. I chose it for my Fall conference because it will provide me with the most actionable research and clinical findings of all the conferences I considered.
But… Dave’s promotion of intermittent fasting just didn’t work for me. In fact, it generally doesn’t work for women. When we don’t eat, it wreaks havoc with our hormones, raising cortisol, and setting us up to be more stressed, more hangry, with more belly fat. BOO on that! (Note: Women can do intermittent fasting IF and only if they have fully healed their metabolism. Otherwise, stay away!)
So I am happy to share the solution, which isn’t strictly fasting, but is a great alternative.
If you’re eating a balanced breakfast that keeps you focused, energized, and nourished for 4-6 hours, you may not be interested. For instance, you can make my porridge recipe, a protein shake, or some eggs from free range chickens with a big mess of veggies.
But I love to offer my community LOTS of options, so here is another to consider: you can endow your coffee – or tea – with SUPERPOWERS!
How? I still blend in a tablespoon of pastured KerryGold butter, and 2 tablespoons of MCT oil (or, in the Bulletproof lexicon, XCT or Brain Octane – available from my office or Upgraded Self). Then I also add a teaspoon of maca powder, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, empty in 2 capsules of Cucumin, 20 drops of Vitamin K, and a tablespoon of Collagelatin or Collagen (also available from me).
The result is coffee with a little of protein, plenty of healthy fats, amazing nutrient uptake, and virtually no carbs. An excellent, tasty, filling breakfast.
The BIG Bonus: Curcumin is one of those super-nutrients that gets lots of press for its performance in the lab, where it shows potent anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits, but it doesn’t absorb well in the human body, and usually results in an intolerance within a few weeks of supplementation. As far as I can tell, it just doesn’t repeat the lab performance in humans, when taken in capsule form.
Blending hard-to-absorb nutrients with fats for increased uptake is a strategy I learned from Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, in working with Lyme Disease protocols, and it works splendidly elsewhere too, especially when your goal is enhanced brain function.
But I also believe that having it in a HOT preparation mixed with healthy fats is key. After all, that’s the way turmeric has traditionally been used: in cooking, with ghee, along with other synergistic spices, as in a curry.
This trick of blending it with butter in your coffee seems to eliminate tolerance and absorption issues altogether – YAY! I’ve been doing it for months without a problem, and honestly – I crave it this way each morning.
If you try it your own mix, let me know! I love to hear from you. You can leave a comment here or on my Facebook Page
Full Disclosure: My protein shake keeps me full and focused for at least 6 hours. SuperCoffee lasts me about 4. Your results may vary based on the health of your metabolism. Remember: your metabolism is not slow or fast. It’s healthy or damaged. If it’s damaged, you can heal it. Need help with that? That’s what I’m here for!