Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bulletproof Coffee Review

Bulletproof Coffee is this new craze I've been hearing about for a while now, so naturally, I was curious. They sent me a pound of their Upgraded Coffee and the Brain Octane oil to try. I checked out the recipe and decided that I needed to tweak it a little. Being lactose intolerant there was no way I was going to use real butter in my coffee (even if it is grass-fed and organic). So, I searched the local grocery store and found Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, which are vegan, lactose-free and non-GMO. The part about only having this for breakfast is completely fine for me. I don't normally eat breakfast anyway.

Day 1:

My husband and youngest daughter were looking at me like I was crazy, not that that's unusual. "You're going to put butter in your coffee?" hubs asked with a scrunched up nose. "Well, it's not real butter," I replied. I used our french press to make the coffee. I cut off one tablespoon of butter and plopped it in a bowl I chose to blend in. I added one tablespoon of the Brain Octane oil. After pressing the coffee I added everything together and used my hand blender to blend everything. Since it was a hot day I added as many ice cubes as I could and started drinking. The texture was greasy and a bit grainy. It tasted bitter and creamy at the same time. The result? I was bouncing off the walls! My energy soared. I felt great, too. It wasn't the type of shaky, anxious energy you get when you drink too much coffee. However, about six hours later I crashed and passed out. That could just be me though. I tend to sleep too much.

Day 2:

Note to self - do not try to blend in the mug to save time. Major coffee mess. Ugh. I don't like the way the ingredients tend to separate if you don't drink it fast enough. I keep the spoon in my mug to stir before sipping. All of this pressing and blending seems like a lot of work for a cup of coffee, but I might just be lazy. I like that I'm not adding sugar to my coffee like I normally do, because I know how bad sugar is for anyone. However, the bitter taste leaves me feeling a little empty.

Tip - Do not use a plastic cup if you plan on having some iced Bulletproof coffee. I had to throw the one I used away because I could not scrub the oil and butter off of the cup. Ew.

Day 3:

Today I decided to add 2 tablespoons of butter instead of just one, hoping it would take some of the bitterness away. Instead of doing that it just made me nauseous. I choked down the last half of the coffee, forcing it to stay down. My body just wanted to have none of it. I don't feel the energy I felt the first two days, which is very disappointing. Oh, and last night - or morning - I was up past four in the morning! I don't know if it was the Bulletproof Coffee or the Brain Octane Oil (what the hell is that anyway?), but I was not tired at all. By four o'clock I read until my eyes finally shut for me to sleep a few hours. It's not unusual for me to having sleeping issues, but it is unusual for me to be up THAT late.

The thing that is really bothering me is that I don't know exactly what the Brain Octane Oil is. What's in it? So, I'm checking it out on the website where it states that "it 18x stronger than coconut oil". Under "ingredients", the website states that it "contains 8-carbon medium-chain triglycerides from coconut and/or palm kernel". Huh? So the triglycerides are taken from the coconut and/or palm kernel? It's unsettling. I want to know more about exactly what this is, but I guess it's not happening yet.

Conclusion:

So, I tried out Bulletproof Coffee for a week. My conclusion? It's not for me or anyone else who is sensitive to caffeine or other stimulants. I suffered horrible migraines for four days after I stopped drinking the Bulletproof Coffee with the Braine Octane Oil. It took me a while to pinpoint the cause of the migraines, but this is the only change I made at the time. I'm back to my regular Dunkin' Donuts coffee with cream and sugar, and the migraines are gone. Finally.

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