I love a coffee, I have one double shot, black Americano/Long Black a day at around 11 am and I really look forward to it. I love the buzz, the kick start it gives my creative juices and it makes me happy. But, like with any substance that picks you up and lifts your mood, you have to come down off it. I was starting to become aware that by mid-afternoon, as my body came down off the caffeine high, my blood sugar levels started to drop. My energy levels were slumping, my mood was dwindling and I was craving sugar.
Spiking your blood sugar levels is a really unhealthy way to treat your body. There are many benefits to caffeine in moderation, but when it’s combined with cravings for more caffeine and more sugar, all the health benefits are eradicated.
I was finding it really hard to ignore my insatiable desire for cake and biscuits, and it was becoming that I needed the sugar or another shot of caffeine, in the form of a cup of tea, to lift me back up again.
One day, as an experiment, I didn’t have a coffee – *gasp.* I missed the mid-morning opportunity and by lunchtime, it was too late – personal rule, no coffee after 1200 – and so I went a day without caffeine, and I was surprised at how much energy I still had by 1600. Was I willing to give up my beloved morning coffee in order to feel so much better in the afternoon?
It was a dilemma, a big dilemma, and then I happened upon an article about Bulletproof coffee, phenomena in the States. Developed by Dave Asprey and inspired by the restorative yak butter tea – I kid you not – that he drank in Tibet. By adding fat to your coffee, he reckons you suppress hunger cravings, improve mental clarity and promote weight loss.
His Bulletproof coffee is a 450 plus calorie laden breakfast substitute, consisting of two tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter AND two tablespoons of MCT oil – coconut oil to you and I. The fats are whizzed up in a blender with coffee made from low mould coffee beans – yes, there is such a thing – to create an almost latte effect end result. So popular is this calorie-laden fatty coffee, that Mr Asprey has opened a Bulletproof coffee shop in LA and there are plans for more.
I really couldn’t stomach that amount of fat in my beloved coffee, you would surely lose the coffee taste?? And so I decided to have another experimental day, and I popped a teaspoon of organic, virgin coconut oil into my Americano. I could barely taste it and my lips were beautifully moisturised – dry coffee lips a thing of the past. The buzz wasn’t as instant as it usually is, but instead, it was a gentle slow release and by 1600 I wasn’t totally knackered, desperate for sugar or a little bit grumpy.
It’s a revelation! It’s healthy, it’s very doable – I carry a teaspoon of coconut oil in a little plastic pot in my bag – and it works! No spikes, no cravings and loads more energy. Weight loss yet to be proved, but if I’m not reaching for a hobnob every afternoon, it’s a given.