There will be many changes on Friday. First and foremost, my Candida Diet experiment will be over. That means I can eat the Morbier cheese in the fridge. It also means there will be some bacon crisping in the frying pan. Finally, it means I can have coffee. I’ve never been a huge coffee drinker, but this week especially, I have needed it. I have been waking up at 4 AM every morning, and while I appreciate the extra time to get things done, I am struggling early in the afternoon. A boost of energy would be most welcome….. Welcome Bulletproof Coffee, my next experiment.
Bulletproof Coffee is the invention of bio-hacker specialist, Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Exec (Here is an interview with him) . At its most simple level, it’s coffee with added fat. That fat comes in the form of butter and MCT oil. I’m sure there are many questions or confusions swimming around in you head, like “Butter with Coffee, how is that good?” Do not worry, we will get to that.
Why Again I Am Doing This
Here a few simple reasons-
- I want more energy and clarity during the day
- The website mentions that it helps with fat loss- why not?
- I want to drink coffee without it affecting my stomach
Butter and Coffee?
First, let us address the concept of mixing butter and caffeinated drinks. Asprey tells the story on his website.
I learned about the power of butter at 18,000 feet elevation near Mt. Kailash in Tibet when I staggered into a guest house from the -10 degree weather and was literally rejuvenated by a creamy cup of yak butter tea. The biohacker in me asked, “why?” and that was the genesis of my recipe below, which is widely heralded as a cognitive enhancing recipe.
It’s been almost 2 weeks since I completed my 7 day cleanse / detox. Lost in the confusion of having such a difficult week of essentially fasting, was the actual purpose of the cleanse, which was to prepare for the Candida Diet. So let’s tie a nice bow on the fast and get into the real experiment.
Finishing the Cleanse-
Overall the cleanse was good experience in that it taught me that I could survive without food. I really mean this in more of an emotional experience than physically. I have a enough stored body fat that I could probably survive a while without food. It was the mental anguish of not eating that was the most difficult. I was hungry 30% of the time, and no matter how angry, sad, depressed, or frustrated I became, I could not return to food for comfort. As a result, I was bitchier than normal. READ MORE
I can’t remember exactly when I first started loving food, but let’s say that it started when I was 8 years old. I had an Italian momma who fed me well growing up. I remember family gatherings centering around big meals. I remember seeing all my relatives working together in the kitchen to make the meal happen. I remember getting excited about prime rib or lobster.
I wasn’t a big kid, but I wasn’t one of the athletic ones. I viewed myself as fat. As I grew older, I took a paper route which afforded me luxuries like a regular slice of pizza or large bags of Lays potato chips. Fortunately my growing body did not afford me the embarrassment of being obese. Unfortunately, I was laying the groundwork for the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance that would plague me later in life. READ MORE
I’ve had my share of incoherent thoughts over the years, but this post might be at the top of the list. This time, I have a good excuse. I’m in the process of starving myself. For the past 2 days, I have consumed psyllium husk drinks, liver flush drinks (water, EVOO, garlic, and ginger), tea, and vegetable broth. I’ve never in my life thought a vegan diet seemed so good and wonderful, but I would take anything to end this hunger. Needless to say my concentrations levels are at a low. My will is breaking, and this blog post is a feeble attempt at some sort of accountability.
Why am I starving myself?
That is a good question. I’ve asked myself that at least 35 times a day for the past 3 days. I am not trying to starve myself. I’m just trying to clear myself out a little. I’m in the process of a 7 day cleanse. The cleanse is the first step in the Candida Diet, which is my health and nutrition goal for January.