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What’s In Your Coffee?

UPDATE June 2015: I am not trying to skip my morning meal any more. I am now adding only coconut oil to my coffee for the blood sugar balancing effect. I like it. Makes internal digestion run more smoothly as well. (Read: Never Give Up post for more updates)

Stage One – Radical

Bulletproof Coffee is one of those ideas you hear about and go “What?” Butter in your coffee? And what’s all this hype about coconut oil? Please, anything that professes to cure all these things has to be 90% magical thinking, right?

Well, this morning was my first shot of BPC and here are my initial reactions.

  • Not too bad.
  • 3 hours into my morning and I’m just deciding to eat breakfast.
  • Perhaps I need to look into what coffee I’m drinking again.
  • Sure is handy that I was given a NutriBullet blender for Christmas.

Of course that’s not going to be enough to sustain my interest. Here are a few of the things that I heard about drinking BPC.

  • You’ll lose weight like crazy.
  • It will eliminate blood sugar surges and drops.
  • It tastes awesome.

And on day one there are only two of those claims I have any data on. Here’s my take.

The BPC I made today was tasty. I know the blending is the key, and mine was quite frothy and tasty. I didn’t really notice the butter/coconut that much. I could tell there was something else in the coffee, but it was pretty much the same. So, butter in my coffee doesn’t taste bad… WIN.

And in my normal routine, I’d be looking for food and breakfast within an hour or so of starting my day. Usually two cups in and I’m switching to decaf (if I want more) and hankering for an egg or bowl of low-fat granola. This morning I never even thought about my energy or blood sugar. And three hours later I was interested in food, but it wasn’t from a jittery need, it was just time to eat and I was hungry. WIN.

Of course, the whole hubbub about it won’t be very interesting if the top reason, weight loss doesn’t kick in. But again, that’s more of a long-term result. Let’s just enjoy the ride so far, shall we. And I’ll keep you up to date on my journey.

Take the next step,

John McElhenney
@fitbytech

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reference: How to make bulletproof coffee – The Bulletproof Exec

image:  trying bulletproof coffee for the first time, cc 2014 john mcelhenney, creative commons usage

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My Chemical Romance – Sugar Sex Magic, Baby!

Blood sugar is the key. I know this. I don’t know enough about it to know how to manage it very well, but I get the concept. And I am acutely aware of the sugar cycle. If I have ONE sugary snack during the course of a day, my body then craves sugar for the rest of the day. I am guessing this is both chemical and mental. And I’m certain that it’s a bad cycle for me. Okay, so easy, right? Avoid sugar.

I probably had pancakes with plenty of syrup. And when the carbs and sugar ran out, boom I was sick.

Well, sometimes that’s easier said than done. When you look in your prepared foods around the house you’re going to find sugar added to most of it. Yuk. I was fond of a muesli mix from my local grocery brand. Fourth ingredient. Their granola under the same label, 2nd ingredient. If that’s not crap-tastic!

Okay, so it’s important that I am aware of all my sugar intake. I’ve started calling it “conscious sugar.” As in, I’m conscious that I’m eating sugar and I am making a decision to eat it or not to eat it. The hidden sugar in my diet is under surveillance and attack. I’m on a jihad against sugar in all forms.

sugar-applejuiceGuess what, it’s in a lot of whole foods too. A friend and I were talking about fruit and he said, “You know if you drink a glass of apple juice, you’re consuming about 5 tablespoons of sugar.” What? That’s not good. “But, when you eat the actual apple, the parts of the skin and the fiber slow down the metabolism and allow it to be absorbed in a more healthy way.” Still sugar, but not concentrated or massive amounts. As much as I love my honeycrisp for dessert right now, I can’t imagine eating five of them in a row. Besides these honkers are beasts that weigh in at nearly a pound each.

Orange juice is even worse. The “not from concentrate” versions are really no better for you. And that little swig of OJ in the morning, that I used to use as a wakeup jolt, a really bad idea for me.

What happens inside my body, in my blood, when I eat or drink sugar is not good. What happens afterwards, when I feel a little high and then a huge energy drop, is also toxic to my health and my fitness plan. Time to watch for sugar and hidden sugar and root it out.

We didn’t learn how to eat healthy in our family of origin. While my mom is a great cook, she’s also a bit on the round and jolly side. And it’s okay with her if I’m on the round and jolly side with her. That’s the household I grew up in. And she’s preparing whole meals. She’s working to be healthier, but she’s not shying away from the dairy and oils. And she does love the desserts. A dinner without dessert is an anomaly. Whereas, I think it should be an exception. That’s how I grew up.

I remember weekends where I would be playing tennis and the bottom of my energy would drop out. Not in a natural way, but like being dropped off a cliff. I know this was blood sugar stuff. I probably had pancakes with plenty of syrup. And when the carbs and sugar ran out, boom I was sick.

I know this about myself NOW, but as a kid, you have very little understanding or say in these kind of things. As I’ve grown into a middle-aged man, I still don’t have many of the answers. What I know is, sugar is bad. And managing sugar is an important part of my health plan.

I can study that old sugar thing too. I remember a book called Sugar Blues. And today I think there’s a new classic, The Blood Sugar Solution, by Dr. Mark Hyman.

Be sweet but kill the sweeteners.

Take the next step,

John McElhenney
@fitbytech

reference: sugar stacks – how much sugar is in foods and drinks

image: sugar loops, vox efx, creative commons usage