In the previous article, I wrote a short intro to intermittent fasting (IF). If you are already aware of IF, you may have read or heard of the controversy regarding women not feeling all that great when restricting calories in the morning. Some women report being too alert in the evening, impacting their sleep, adrenal fatigue, irregular menstrual cycles and other hormone dysregulation (1). Or you may be one of those people who attempt IF, but can’t deal with the feeling of becoming what I like to call “hangry” in the morning. Well no more!
This article is about a meal replacement recipe I designed that helps you stimulate IF, thereby reaping the all the great health benefits such as increasing human growth hormone, keeping your leptin and insulin sensitivity in balance, as well keeping your triglycerides optimal while fixing the other above-mentioned issues (2). The trick is to drink some easily absorbable calories in the morning during the time you generally would be fasting during an IF protocol.
Full disclosure, I can’t completely take credit for this creation. I sort of borrowed the idea from the BulletProof Intermittent Fasting Protocol Dave Asprey created at the BulletProofExec. If you haven’t heard of him, this is the guy who created BulletProof Coffee. Feel free to check out the provided link to read more on BulletProof Coffee, but in short, his special brand of coffee is tested for low-mycotoxins, mixed with grass-fed butter and MCT oil. A lot of people are going crazy for this coffee and don’t get me wrong, it’s tasty, I just can’t handle the caffeine. And sure, you can make decaf bulletproof coffee, but I like the idea of substituting the coffee out, allowing your adrenal glands some rest, and using an assortment of gentle herbal teas as a coffee replacement.
The current blend of teas I use consist of rooibos and nettle.
Rooibos is a nice caffeine-free tea that imparts a lovely red color to your beverage. Its contains a wide assortment of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, which help eliminate free radicals (3).
Nettle tea is a nutrition powerhouse. The herb comes from the plant stinging nettle. Although the plant normally contains stinging hairs, once harvested the hairs begin to lose their potency within minutes.
Nettle is used to treat arthritis, gout, rheumatism, and other soft tissue conditions such as fibromyalgia and tendonitis. This herb has also been found to help counteract allergies such as asthma, hay fever, hives, and other allergic dermatitis (4).
Here’s how to put it all together:
- 1 Tbsp of raw, organic cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp of grass-fed butter
- 1 pinch of stevia (Find a brand that uses Whole, Green Leaf Stevia)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 6 oz. coconut milk
- 1 tsp MCT Oil
- 2 tsps Herbal tea of choice
- Brew tea
- Add tea to blender
- Add other contents to blender
- Blend and Enjoy!
Due to the fats, this tasty tea blend will keep you energized and satiated up until lunch time, while still providing the benefits of morning calorie restricting.
Try it out. Feel free to experiment with whatever teas you wish!