Confession time. This is a biggie. Anyone who knows me knows I love coffee. But my coffee reality for years has been ridiculed and the subject of memes. The reality is I gave up caffeinated coffee in 2004 when I was pregnant with my first child.
I started with drinking half caf/half decaf then eventually I weaned myself off it completely. So much so that if I was accidentally (or lazily) given full caffeine coffee it would make me sick, give me a headache, and the shakes. It was important for me to pay attention to the coffee I was drinking to make sure it was decaf. (ASIDE: did you know that blonde roasts have more caffeine than dark roasts? True story.)
My caffeine fears were about baby but mostly I didn’t want to be dependent on a COFFEE I MAY NEVER HAVE thanks to the selfishness (kidding!) of babies. The only thing worse than a fussy baby in the early morning is the coffee-deprived mama who has to care for said fussy baby. Because all she is thinking about is, “I need coffee. Someone bring me a coffee. Where the ^$@# is my coffee?” And you know who doesn’t care one bit about mama getting a coffee? Babies, that’s who.
So now that my kidlets are older, I am back in the coffee world but I can still only drink decaf. So what about the buzz that normal coffee gives you? How to get that buzz but in a healthy way?
I’d heard about the Bulletproof coffee craze earlier this year. Social media and YouTube were all about the benefits of this bulletproof coffee–basically coffee with grass-fed butter and coconut oil mixed into it. Ummmmm, I was skeptical to say the least.
Enter my Pushups to Pinups challenge with Aspire Fitness, and going Paleo. I thought, well, it might be a good time to try this bulletproof thing and see if I get some zing in my step. When I was at #BlissBiz in Toronto last month, an attendee started talking about bulletproof coffee and how doing nothing else, she’s lost 8 pounds in a month. Whaaaaaa, I said. Seriously? Ok, let’s give this a go.
The first time I tried it, I’ll admit I was not bowled over by the taste. I didn’t add any sweetener just straight up Bulletproof. I could taste the butter and it was earthy. Not bad, just a flavour I would have to get used to. But would it actually do what it said? BulletProof Coffee is low-toxin, high performance coffee and full of healthy fats to fuel you. This cup of mighty Joe was to supposed to leave me feeling energized, focused, and full for hours on end. Would it work?
I learned so much about coffee on my Bulletproof journey. For instance, I didn’t know that cheaper coffee can mean it’s been exposed to more mold toxins, and that when you drink this cheap coffee you are also ingesting the mold which can contribute to chronic health issues. Yikes. File that under, “The more you know.” Bulletproof® coffee beans are grown at high altitude on single estates in Guatemala, hand-harvested, carefully processed, handled and roasted to maintain maximum integrity and flavor. Then the final roast undergoes proprietary lab testing to verify that the coffee meets the Bulletproof quality and purity standards. OK, I like rigourous testing. I like quality control. I appreciate knowing what I put into my body.
Two weeks in to the Bulletproof journey, I do feel fuller for longer on days that I go Bulletproof. I’m able to go to the gym, rock out a kickass workout, and still feel like I have some fuel leftover. I will say too that this bulletproof coffee will definitely get things moving in your, ah, bathroom habits. BulletProof refers to this as ‘disaster pants‘. Here’s to natural remedies for bowel issues.
I’ve taken the InstaMix packets on the road and mixed them with Starbucks when I’m on the go. I definitely appreciate the energy boost (especially on gym days). The Bulletproof coffee regimen definitely fits in my morning routine. And with my fitness challenge, I don’t have to feel guilty because there’s no sugar in this and it’s very paleo-friendly.
I started off with 1 tsp. of the Brain Octane Oil (pictured above, left) and one packet of the InstaMix (pictured above, right). The instructions say you can build up to 1 tbsp. I’m not there yet so I will keep trying. If you’re looking for grass-fed butter in the Winnipeg area, check out Vita Health.
You might be asking, Why Brain Octane Oil instead of plain coconut oil like the internet advises? There is a whole science behind the Brain Octane Oil and I nerded out a bit learning about it. To put it in clear, bite-size terms (NERD ALERT), Brain Octane Oil is a purified form of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. MCTs have carbon tails that come in various lengths, from C-6 to C-12. The shorter the tail, the faster your body can absorb the MCT and convert it to ketones, little molecules that can fuel your brain instead of glucose. Brain Octane is pure C-8 MCT – it has 18 times the C-8 of coconut oil. This means your body can still convert it to energy quickly, speeding up your metabolism and giving you a cognitive boost. One other cool factoid: It takes just 3 steps to convert Brain Octane to ATP (cellular fuel for both your body and brain), but it takes sugar 25 steps. Bottom line: easier for your system to process and put to work in your body.
I plan to continue my BulletProof experiment for the rest of the month and see how it blends with the Pushups to Pinups fitness challenge.
What about you? Are you tempted to go Bulletproof? We’d love to hear your experiences with Bulletproof!
Reminder: This is a sponsored post for Bulletproof coffee. I was provided the product for free and asked to provide my unbiased feedback. This is not an affiliate site and I do not sell this product. Personal experiences mentioned above should not replace medical advice. All opinions are my own.