Exercise is a huge part of my life and for very good reason. In order to be the best version of myself I need exercise consistency. Summer time brings a change in schedules and not just for the kids but for me too and in a big way. Not that this change is unwanted or bad, it’s just different and I don’t like change. The same feelings hold true at the end of summer when our schedules change once again. In order to continue my workouts during the summer, I jump out of bed early before the rest of the people in my house and with no time to eat breakfast. However, I’m the type that needs nutrients to fuel my activity.
A while ago, I read Dave Asprey’s book, “Bulletproof” and tried his Bulletproof Coffee recipe, which is 2 cups coffee, 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter, and 2 tablespoons MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil blended to a frothy warm fat bomb. The flavor is amazing and I loved the jolt of energy I received. The idea is to practice intermittent fasting while eating a low carbohydrate diet. I wanted to try this not to lose weight but to feel the best I could. It was so easy in the morning and possibly addicting. But, a few months into this new easy way of having breakfast, I did not feel well. I no longer felt strong in my workouts, my sleep suffered, my heart rate increased and I started having cravings for sweets late in the day. So of course I looked into why?
According to the Bulletproof Diet, women in their forties should have protein along with Bulletproof Coffee in the morning. This is to prevent stress on the body and adrenal fatigue. So I did it wrong. Through testing, my cortisol levels were high. I was wired and tired. However, when I gave it more thought, it makes sense to me that just adding protein in the morning was not the fix my body needed. I felt the real issue was not consuming enough nutrients. Prior to Bulletproof Coffee, I was eating three nutrient dense meals a day and then dropped that nutrient intake by a third when I replaced breakfast with a Bulletproof Coffee. This process was not fun but I love experimenting with nutrition. It taught me something new about myself. That’s exciting and empowering if you ask me.
So now, I like to have this Invigorating Coffee as a “snack” before my morning workout and refuel with a nutrient dense breakfast after. It’s a win-win if you ask me. A delicious, warm and frothy start to the day with a jolt of energy!
Not a coffee fan? Try hot tea instead and if you prefer decaf, that works too!
- 1 cup hot, fresh brewed organic coffee
- 1 Tbsp collagen peptides (hydrolyzed)
- 1 tsp ghee or butter, unsalted
- 1 tsp mct oil
- ¼ tsp L-glutamine powder (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until frothy… then drink.
- “Add ½ tablespoon of collagen to your coffee or tea. It’s been shown to improve skin elasticity in women thirty-five to fifty-five over eight weeks. For the guys, I wonder if it might help your joints as we get older together?” – Dr. Sara Gottfriend
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