So… What exactly is bulletproof coffee?
Here’s an article that gives you some idea.
I heard about it on Zuzkalight.com (my go-to workout site) a while ago and have wanted to try it, but have not gotten around to it until now. hmmmm…. One of the main criticisms about the bulletproof coffee is that it should not be used as a meal replacement and cannot replace a good balanced breakfast. Well, as it happens, all I usually have for breakfast is a cup of coffee mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with 2% milk. So I thought it would not hurt to give it a try and see what the hype is about.
I started to make this delicious concoction yesterday morning. And YES! IMO, it IS delicious! Butter? Yum!! Coconut oil? Mmmmmm! Smooth frothy coffee drink? What’s not to love? I don’t know about anyone else, but I found the bulletproof coffee more pleasant than I had anticipated. And the stomach cramps that some people talk about? I didn’t get it. Just to give it a fair assessment, I decided to keep a diary for the first 2 weeks.
My version of bulletproof coffee: 12-14 oz. of good quality coffee made with my stainless steel pour over; 1 TBSP of Kerrygold grass fed unsalted butter; 1TBSP of Trader Joe’s organic coconut oil. Mix all in a blender until frothy.
Day 1: The coffee was yummy. Since the fat content in the drink is way more than what I usually have for breakfast, I felt full and satisfied as soon as I finished the cup. About 30 minutes later, I worked out. It happened to be my light workout day. Throughout the morning, I thought my head seemed clearer than normal and I felt more alert. But maybe it was just in my head…. clearer head…in my head… get it? Ha! Rest of the day, I felt great with no complaints.
Day 2: Had my coffee first thing in the morning, then got my workout in with Zuzka. It was a tougher workout today and took me over 25 min. to complete. Again, I felt clear-headed and alert throughout the morning. Made my usual green smoothie at about 11:00 am even though I was not hungry at all. Met a friend for tennis at 1:00 pm. Played tennis for an hour, took a shower, and went to a birthday party. Had a glass a wine, one beer, and, as expected, overate. I think I will pay for it tomorrow. Ugh.
Day 3: Sunday is usually our lazy all-day-in-pajamas day. But I was determined to be active today, because I’m just getting back into a regular fitness routine after being somewhat inactive since my rotator cuff surgery in March. Got on the scale this morning and, sure enough, I had gained 1.5 pounds from all that eating yesterday. …that’s on top of the 4 pounds I had already gained since March. Ugh…. Drank my bulletproof coffee, watched some Olympics, and did a “stretch and tone” workout with Zuzka. Afterward, we went to the nearby driving range and practiced our golf swings for about an hour or so. The humidity was extra high, but I still felt pretty good. My husband decided he wanted some French toast for lunch, so I made it for him using the left-over baguette from last week with some blueberry compote I made a few weeks ago and froze. Five pieces for him, one piece for me. I also made some scrambled eggs for myself out of what was left of the egg in the bowl. My energy level was good throughout the day.
Day 4: I try not to weigh myself every day, because I don’t want to become a slave to the scale. But since I was so good yesterday, I just had to do it… and sure enough, I did lose a little over 1 pound! Yay! So I guess I’m 20% to my goal! haha. It was probably water weight from all the salty food at the party, though… Had a really tough workout today – JRCKX (Jump Rope Cardio Kettle Bell X – X means extra hard! lol). After my workout, we had our usual green smoothie, and we went to the courts to play tennis for an hour and a half. Possibly because I had such a tough workout in the morning, my energy level was low during tennis. I was also very hungry when we got back home. We had spicy cold noodles with lots of veggies and boiled eggs for dinner. I think I overate.
Day 5: Decided to take Murphy for a long walk instead of working out today. It was a beautiful morning, a welcome change from the hot humid summer we’ve been having, and the walk at the nearby park/trail was very enjoyable. We decided to go to the driving range again, and I hit a large bucket (100) of balls. By the time we finished, it was close to 2pm, and I realized I had not eaten anything today other than the bulletproof coffee. Being hungry is my weakness. We found a Hardee’s nearby, and I inhaled a Little Thickburger and an order of onion rings. Yikes! There goes eating healthy. Was it worth it? hmmm… No, not really. It wasn’t as good as I anticipated. I was just very very hungry. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.
Day 6: I’m finding myself looking forward to the bulletproof coffee every morning. Today’s activity: Stretch & Tone workout, 18-holes of golf with husband. Food: Smoothie and two hard-boiled eggs for lunch, salad with grilled salmon for dinner.
Day 7: Drank my coffee and had appointments all day long.
Day 8: After the coffee, I met my golf group and attempted to play 18 holes in the 94 degree weather. It was brutal and we had to skip 3 holes at the end.
Day 9 ~ Day 13: We were on the road on a trip, and I had to put my bulletproof trial on hold. One thing I noticed was that during my workouts in the morning at the hotel, I got my usual lightheadedness. I did not have that last week when I drank the bulletproof coffee in the morning. I will continue to monitor this when I get back home.
Day 14: to be continued…