First of all, let me start by saying I love coffee. I love how it smells, I love how it tastes, I love that warm feeling you get inside after the first sip. It has been a staple in my life for years and I can’t imagine getting through my day without it (especially my favorite coffee).
Bulletproof Coffee (AKA butter coffee or fat coffee or high octane coffee) is my favorite coffee, followed closely by Starbuck’s Pike Place Roast for non-butter days. If you’ve never heard of butter coffee, don’t worry, I will explain it below.
Because coffee is so awesome, let’s start with a few coffee facts.
Three Interesting Coffee Facts
Who doesn’t want to know more about coffee? Here are three fun stats and infographics on coffee, all from perfectbrew.com.
Drinking any coffee has short- and long-term effects on your brain. The short-term effect of coffee on mood may be due to altered serotonin and dopamine activity, whereas the mechanisms behind its potential long-term effects on mood may relate to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Diet
1. Coffee is the second most frequently consumed beverage in the U.S., right behind bottled water. Also, stop drinking so much soda.
2. Americans most frequently drink drip coffee at home.
3. Scientists and Lab Technicians drink the most coffee. I would have guessed physicians and nurses would be at the top due to their often crazy work schedules.
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
I learned about this coffee in the book The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey. The book has a ton of great information about how to live a healthier life. Some of the best topics include how to get better sleep, what supplements to take, the best ways to cook your food, and the best foods to eat.
Before we get to the coffee, I should explain that it is intended to be part of an intermittent fasting routine. If you are new to intermittent fasting, it means restricting eating to a shortened period each day, typically 6-8 hours, and fasting the remainder of the day. Intermittent fasting aids fat loss, prevents cancer, builds muscle and increases resilience.
While it provides a lot of great benefits, intermittent fasting is HARD. Even though you may eat the same number of calories in a day, you go a lot of hours without eating.
For example, when I do intermittent fasting, I eat an early dinner, sleep, and then skip breakfast the next day. This period without food can make for a hungry morning and cause energy to decline mid-workday.
The Bulletproof Diet offers an alternative to traditional intermittent fasting, called Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting. The idea is to drink Bulletproof Coffee in the morning while otherwise fasting. The coffee includes fats and oils to keep you full.
Because this coffee does not include protein, carbs, or sugar, your body stays in fasting mode while the drink satisfies your hunger.
Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
First, it is recommended that you use a mesh filter or french press to make the coffee. You can use any coffee, but Dave recommends the Bulletproof brand since it’s lab tested to ensure low mold toxins in the beans.
Next, in a blender, you combine 2 cups of the coffee with up to 2 tablespoons of grass-fed unsalted butter and up to 2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil. If you don’t want to use the butter, a good alternative is Bulletproof grass-fed ghee. The ghee tastes amazing – I prefer it over the butter. Blend these ingredients in a blender until there is a thick layer of foam on top.
This recipe is delicious as is, but you can also add in cinnamon or chocolate powder to flavor the coffee.
You should start with 1-2 teaspoons of the butter/ghee and Brain Octane Oil. Work your way up to the amount you need to stay full until lunch. I use about 2 1/2 teaspoons of each.
Dave claims that people following this diet have reported amazing energy levels, improved brainpower and weight loss. He says fat is the most important and least inflammatory macronutrient, and avoiding fat is a mistake. Of course, not all fats are good for your body, but he does conclude that butter is one of the “good” fats for your brain.
“For you, becoming Bulletproof might mean having more energy on less sleep, losing weight with minimal exercise, or simply feeling like the lights in your brain have turned on for the first time and you finally have the power to be your most awesome, powerful self.”Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Diet
What I Did
After reading this book, I decided to make a few changes to my diet (and supplement routine), but the strangest one was drinking the butter coffee. I went online and bought the coffee, ghee and Brain Octane Oil from bulletproof.com (they have a starter kit with all 3 items as well).
My routine included drinking the coffee 3-4 mornings per week for the first few weeks. I made the coffee, starting with only 1 teaspoon of each of the ghee and Brain Octane oil. I worked up to 2 1/2 teaspoons of each over a couple of weeks.
On the days I didn’t have the Bulletproof Coffee, I usually ate eggs or some other low-carb breakfast cooked with grass-fed butter and regular black coffee.
Initially, I had two issues. When I first started with 1 teaspoon of the ingredients, there was not enough fat to keep me full until lunch. I felt kind of shaky and super hungry. This went away as I increased to using a more of the ghee and oil.
The second issue was that I had some heartburn. According to the internet experts, this is normal as your body needs less stomach acid since there is no food to digest. If you smell or think about food while fasting, it can trigger the brain to tell the stomach to produce more acid, leading to heartburn. Luckily, my body figured this out after a couple of weeks, and I no longer experience heartburn.
After this initial adjustment period, I started experiencing the energy and improved brain function promised in The Bulletproof Diet. I even started saving my most difficult work tasks for the mornings when I drank Bulletproof Coffee. The tasks just seem easier and I can get through them more quickly.
I also lost a few pounds while drinking the coffee, and I notice I can easily go longer between meals without snacking. Like I said, I made a few other supplement and diet changes after reading the book as well, and one of them was trying to get more good fats into my diet. That may be the reason for the increased satiety, in addition to the coffee.
I recommend you read The Bulletproof Diet and try the coffee. There’s so much good information in this book about small things you can do to improve your health.
We only life this one life, and it’s worth the investment to learn about our bodies and health. This diet may allow you to live your most energetic and happy life.
If you are not a coffee lover, check out this post on coffee for people who don’t like coffee.
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