thanks to Flickr user Pseph for this source image, which I’ve amendended
When I found myself having three different conversations about the Bulletproof Diet this past week I knew I needed to write to you all about my take.
The diet is an interesting one with lots of great arguments on both sides. It is essentially a Paleo diet that is built on lots of healthy protein and organic produce, plus high saturated fat. Dave Asprey
, the author of the book, also talks a lot about keeping the diet free of toxins, which as you know I am all about, and “intermittent fasting,” which basically means adherents eat only during a certain number of hours a day– say 2pm-8pm, and then fast the rest.
A major part of the diet is Bulletproof Coffee, a blend of Bulletproof author-approved special coffee plus coconut oil and pastured butter, all blended together into a creamy drink that tastes like a latte made with totally unhealthy non-dairy creamer. Seriously, it is so good!
Bulletproof Coffee offers lots of good saturated fats that are used to keep drinkers full and satisfied during fasting times. (The author also has a line of products he sells, including an organic, toxin-free coffee, his own coconut oil blend, and some other things.)The Bulletproof Diet promises a pound a week weight loss and tremendous energy. My own experience as a coach, an eater, and a reader of research bears out that a high fat low carb diet can indeed result in better energy and nice weight loss, for a time
. There are some huge caveats, though. For one, it is not sustainable for most people. It is definitely not for nursing mothers, pregnant women, or women who want to become pregnant. Or for anyone with any hormonal issues to navigate. So it turns out that intermittent fasting is NOT a good solution for women. It can result in low energy, anxiety, wrecked metabolism and hormonal issues
. For these reasons, I can’t broadly recommend the diet to you. Nor can I recommend unfettered coffee consumption because I would hate to see you burn your adrenals out completely, subsisting on coffee all day.
But I can offer you a great recipe that gives you the saturated fat benefits of Bulletproof Coffee with an extra bit of collagen protein and without the jitters and shakes. Make it with coffee and my additions (make sure to add the cardamom that mitigates the caffeine effects of coffee, according to Ayurvedic theory and corroborated by my Ayurvedic doc), or make it like this for a healthy alternative that tastes delicious:
Dandy Bulletproof, serves 1
1/2 -1 Tablespoon Pastured Butter (I use Kerrygold, unsalted, from Trader Joe’s)
1 Tablespoon high quality Gelatin Powder (I use this one.)
Add ingredients to 8 ounces of almost-boiling water. Add to a blender or use an immersion blender. Blend everything (adding taste variations like a shot of vanilla extract, a drop or two of stevia, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, etc. as you like them) and mix until it’s frothy.This drink is so delicious, and the dandelion is fantastic liver detoxifying support. The gelatin gives you a good collagen boost for healthy digestion, smooth skin and strong hair. The butter gives you fat-soluble Vitamin A and D, and the coconut oil gives, among other benefits, boosted immunity and sustained energy.
You can work your way up to higher amounts of coconut oil and butter as time goes on, up to 2 tablespoons each. But be careful– coconut oil can have a laxative effect if you’re not used to it in high doses like this. So start slow. And enjoy it with some protein and veg for breakfast, not instead of breakfast.
Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonal Craving-control Real Food Reboot is for anyone who wants a happier brain and a body that feels and looks its best. She also offers holistic skincare and coaching for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin from the inside out. Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.