The latest trend of consuming your morning Cup of Joe is receiving praise from butter lovers and integrative health and fitness guru’s. The concept is simple, but so different than what we Americans have been taught. Most of us should start our day with a heavy dose of FAT versus the typical carb-heavy American breakfast staples of cereal, toast, bagels and donuts. Keep reading for a recipe!
Butter coffee maybe new to America. But, people from the Himalayas, Ethiopia, Nepal, Vietnam and Singapore have been drinking and enjoying the benefits of it for centuries.
This latest American trend begets the question – WHY should we start the day with butter in our coffee? Well, put simply, when the fat-free craze engulfed America in the 1970’s with the Pritikin Diet obsession, the fat was replaced with added sugar for taste (foods without fat don’t have much flavor). Guess what happened next with more sugar . . . obesity and diabetes! Starting your day with “healthy whole grains” such as cereals, breads, even fruit, causes your body to burn SUGAR for energy and can lead to hunger pangs or that mid-morning “crash” (you know – when you go to the vending machine for a carb snack or must have another cup of Joe to make it to lunch)!
On the other hand, starting your day with a healthy amount of “healthy” fat depresses your appetite, especially for those who eat a low-carb diet. This also elevates ketones in the blood, increases energy and provides abundant fuel to the Brain to focus and concentrate on the task at hand. Wow, how wonderful. Your productivity increases whether you’re a CEO of a major corporation or a CEO of a household!
Butter coffee also makes you happy, less hungry with substantial energy throughout the day. So, how does it make you happier? Well, when your blood sugar level crashes, so does your mood! People get short in temper and quicker to depression. The Brain truly prefers to burn FAT as a fuel source as it keeps blood sugar levels steady as she goes. No peaks and valleys which is so typical when we begin the day with a high carb breakfast, then “re-fuel” with more carbs at 10, then again at lunch, and again at 3 pm just to stay awake so our head doesn’t hit the desk! I know, I’ve been there when that 3 pm slump hits and my head feels like a cannon ball! With healthy fats your blood sugar levels stabilize and you’re able to maintain a happy mood and outlook on your day.
So, what should you eat when you get the munchies? How about some protein such as avocadoes, nuts and seeds? NOT the typical candy bar, bag of chips or some other carb snack.
As with anything, Butter Coffee isn’t for everyone. Some people cannot metabolize caffeine due to a gene called CYP1A2. Caffeine gives them the jitters or insomnia. There is also a subset of people who actually due better on a low-fat diet. But, for the majority of people, a low-carb diet and starting the day with a “healthy” FAT such as butter or coconut oil (MCT) could be very helpful in lowering inflammation, addressing auto-immune issues, improving brain function and even losing weight. And, don’t forget about the increase in happiness. Who wouldn’t be happier with less inflammation, increased brain function and losing weight? No one I know!!
So, how does this tie into healthy Breasts? So glad you asked! Some of the causes of breast diseases are due to increased inflammation, blood sugar problems, insulin problems and being overweight. So don’t fall for those low-fat, high-carb ideas. Put a little healthy fat in your coffee and jumpstart your day to feeling happy and healthy!
You can purchase Bullet Proof Coffee, but it is Butter Coffee. Much lighter on your pocket book to just make it at home. Here is a recipe that I use:
- 1-2 cups of organic coffee
- 2 T of unsalted, grass-fed butter (ghee for dairy-free)
- 1-2 T of MCT oil *or coconut oil
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend! You can add cinnamon or turmeric or cloves or whatever suites your fancy!
Start your day with a Healthy Fat in your Cup of Joe. Your body, brain and breasts will thank you!
* MCT is recommended over plain coconut oil as it is utilized easier and faster by your body. Work up to 2T.