A Better Way to Drink Coffee?

Coconut_oil_coffeeBy Ali Wetherbee

A new trend is sweeping a nation of groggy office workers and tired stay-at-home moms alike. You might hear it called “Buttered Coffee” or “Rocket Fuel” or “Bulletproof Coffee,” and if you’re like many of us, you’re probably a bit skeptical of this strange idea of putting butter — yes, butter — in your morning cup ‘o joe. But those who have tried it swear it not only tastes good, but also gives you more energy and a better ability to focus. Even Dr. Oz recommended buttered coffee to improve and stabilize energy and fight burnout.

While this trend is new to the U.S., adding butter or other oils to hot drinks is a long-standing tradition in some cultures. Yak Butter Tea, for example, is a Tibetan drink made from tea, water, yak butter, and salt, and is enjoyed daily as well as served to guests. Many claim that buttered coffee boosts their metabolism, helps them stay full longer, and can even replace breakfast, and most agree that it provides a steady stream of energy — without the crash. If you are avoiding coffee, you can make your drink with tea similar to the Tibetans. I enjoy mine as cocoa (about 1 cup hot water plus a tablespoon cocoa powder), and it works great for powering through energy slumps or tackling a mentally demanding project. Coconut oil adds healthy medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which amp up your metabolism, and grassfed butter is packed with nutrition. Whichever ingredients you choose, the basic recipe is simple:

  • 1 cup of freshly brewed organic coffee (or tea, or cocoa)
  • 1 tablespoon grassfed butter, such as Kerrygold
  • 1 tablespoon Perfect Coconut Oil
  • Sweetener of choice: i.e. stevia, maple syrup, honey, or no sweetener
  • Optional: add a teaspoon of vanilla or a pinch of cinnamon for a flavor boost

Make sure your coffee is hot enough to melt your butter and coconut oil. Blend all ingredients in the blender for 30-60 seconds, until frothy. That’s it! You can start with just a teaspoon of butter and coconut oil to allow your body and taste buds to adjust, although many find this drink quite tasty, even decadent. Omit the butter and double the coconut oil if you are dairy free or vegan.

Recommendations from Dr. Oz Part 2: CLA for Weight Loss

By Ali Wetherbee

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This is part 2 in a 3-part review of recent Dr. Oz recommendations. If you missed part 1, click here to find out about the supplement that can reduce the effects of stress and fight fatigue. Stay tuned for part 3, Dr. Oz’s Natural Remedies.

Part 2: CLA, Dr. Oz’s Weight Loss Recommendation

Dr. Oz has recommended CLA many times over the past few years. Recently, in his “Weight Loss for Every Body Type” episode, he and Dr. Rovenia Brock once again promoted CLA as a healthy fat burner. CLA is particularly ideal for “apple” shapes — those who tend to hold most of their excess fat in their midsection — because it reduces belly fat and increases lean body mass. There is growing evidence that CLA may be able to:

  • boost metabolism
  • increase muscle growth
  • increase lean mass
  • decrease body fat
  • support the immune system
  • lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • prevent atherosclerosis
  • reduce blood glucose level
  • decrease insulin resistance
  • reduce food allergies
  • fight cancer

Dosage: Dr. Oz recommends 1000mg of CLA daily, taken at lunch, with typical doses ranging from 1000 to 4000mg a day.

What is CLA?

Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, is naturally occurring in dairy and meat. It is a polyunsaturated fat that must be obtained from food and supplements because your body cannot manufacture CLA. CLA levels are highest in grass-fed meat and dairy, with products from grain-fed animals containing only a third to a fifth of the amount of CLA in grass-fed animals. You would have to drink more than four glasses of raw, grass-fed milk a day to obtain the amount of CLA in one supplement capsule — and all those extra calories would hinder your weight loss efforts.

What foods are high in CLA?

While there are many isolated CLA supplements, there are also real food supplements that are naturally high in CLA, and also have lots of other beneficial nutrients. Walkabout Emu Oil is naturally high in CLA, but is also a good source of Vitamins K, A,  D3, and E. This is a good way to get multiple benefits from your supplements.

What else can “apple” body types do?

Dr. Oz and Dr. Brock suggest eating dessert for breakfast. This prevents cravings and overeating, and gives you plenty of time to burn off the calories throughout the day. Women who eat this way were found to lose 11 pounds in just three months. For apple shapes, it is important to balance protein and carbs. An ideal breakfast would be a bean, egg, and cheese burrito in a whole grain tortilla, with a cookie on the side. A turkey sandwich with avocado and olive oil, along with a dose of CLA, would make a great fat-burning lunch. Combine CLA with two cups of green tea a day for a “powerful one-two punch” to melt away more belly fat.

“Pear” shapes

Pear body types tend to have narrow torsos and wider hips, with the widest point below the waist. Today Show’s Hoda Kotb explained that 5 ounces of red wine a day can aid in weight loss for this body type. Dr. Oz says that red wine can stabilize and balance estrogen levels. Dr. Oz and Dr. Brock also suggested that these women eat 2% dairy at every meal. This can include yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, and cheese with each meal or snack. The calcium helps cells burn fat.

“Box” body types

Box shaped women are a combination of apple and pear shapes and tend to have little definition in their figure. This body type is associated with a high risk of several severe health problems. For these women, Dr. Oz and Dr. Brock recommended a daily multivitamin, which will increase metabolism and destroy fat cells. A study found that women who took multivitamins were thinner and lost more weight than those who did not take multivitamins.

For all body shapes:

Dr. Oz’s final recommendation was to brush your teeth after every meal. A fresh, clean mouth sends a signal to the body to stop eating. This reduces snacking and helps women and men of all body shapes to shed more pounds.