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Drinking coffee correctly for pro metabolic benefits

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I’m back on coffee!

What??!!!! I hear you collectively scream.

What the hell?

I know, I know. I’ve written more than once, here and here about how coffee gives me migraines, listed all the bad effects it has and have sworn off it dozens of times. But in my new pro metabolic direction, I’ve read a few articles now listing the benefits but also describing how to drink it properly to receive those benefits; things that I totally didn’t know.

So my past fight with coffee may have been a result of my ignorance and drinking it incorrectly, rather than it being universally bad for us. (A theme incidentally which also applies to sugar, but more on that another time.)

So here’s how it works:-

  • it should be taken with or after a meal
  • or if not with a meal, it should be with real sugar/honey and milk/cream/coconut milk
  • adding gelatin to it is high beneficial
  • ideally it shouldn’t be the first thing you have in the morning as it raises cortisol in the body (stress hormone) which adversely affects many bodily functions including weight loss. So food should be before coffee.

So the reason behind having it with a meal and/or sugar and milk, is that it then provides the fuel required to match the increase in metabolism that coffee generates.

So in the absence of adequate fuel, that’s when it raises cortisol in the body (stress hormones), basically to break down your muscle tissue for glycogen that it needs to fuel the increase in metabolism.

Ever get the jitters after too much coffee? That’s what it’s all about – not enough glycogen fuel and basically your body is highly stressed, desperately working hard to do this conversion thing, just to get enough fuel to survive and not blow up your adrenals!

So all those who drink a great big double shot whatever and then put in stevia or some other artificial non-sugar that your body can’t use, are just asking for trouble.

Then those who do that and go and work out?

Great way to cause thyroid damage, and slow down your metabolism long term.

And how do I know this is true? Because I used to do it myself – if you’ve read my first book, where I describe going for an hour walk on an empty stomach no less, then stopping at the coffee shop to have a great big chai latte without sugar and then walking for another hour after that. It’s no wonder that my body temperature ended up at a low 35.2C (95.4F) waking temp and weight started to come back on – because I was constantly activating my stress hormones, which eventually trashed my thyroid.

Also I couldn’t drink coffee because it would smash me down with a massive migraine every few weeks. However now 6 months back on drinking coffee the right way and guess what? No migraines. No jitters.

Live and learn and coffee’s back baby!

How do you drink your coffee?

Buzz, buzz,


Kristy x


No matter what I, or anyone says about coffee, you know your body best. Some people are just naturally more wired, sensitive to stimulants and have a million things racing through their minds already, and so coffee would tip them over the edge and not be beneficial at all, no matter how they drink it. So no matter what, listen to your own body.


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Low fat custard (Ray Peat Inspired)

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So given my latest direction of Ray Peat inspired eating, custard would have to be one of the most perfect dessert foods. Milk, sugar, maybe eggs, maybe gelatin – they’re all on the preferred foods list for optimal health in Ray’s book. So it’s not like you are cheating in any way when you eat this – you’re supposed to be!

So perhaps I should put ‘guilt free’ in the title?

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Mushroom Cottage Cheese Dip (or Sauce)

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While I am exploring all things Ray Peat and now low fat in particular, one food I needed to make peace with is Cottage Cheese. (Note on dairy intolerance at the end.)

Real cheese is fine, but the fat content really blows your daily limit of fat in one mouthful, so it needs to revert to ‘a taste adding condiment’ of 1 or 2 tablespoons only, not the half cup or full cup normally added to a dish.

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The Full Thyroid Panel & other blood tests – the easy way.

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As readers of my ramblings know, I am interested in my health, that’s why I read about it, write about it and see how things work for me by testing it out and gauging how I feel.

I can also measure if things are working by taking temperature and pulse, see how my weight is tracking, how energetic I feel as well but sometimes, you need a blood test to reveal more – like your cholesterol levels, iron levels, B12 levels and things like that. And only then, it reveals a complete and more accurate picture of what’s really happening in your body.

Hands up all those who have a cooperative doctor who will 100% test everything you would like to test? Or who doesn’t try to talk you out of it or have an argument about why you don’t really need it.

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Applesauce Four ingredient Brownies – Ray Peat Inspired


I am slowly working my way through my recipes and tweaking them to be less full of nuts, less fats and introducing more Ray Peat friendly ingredients to offer maximum nutrition, even if it is a sweet treat.

Good fats are great like cacao butter, coconut oil, even grass-fed normal butter, however when the fudge you are eating is equivalent to a tablespoon of fat each mouthful, well ‘the too much of a good thing’ rule may very well apply.

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Chewy Milky Fudge (Nut Free)

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Given that we know that balanced sugar is actually fuel for all cells in the body – so long as it’s accompanied by adequate nutrients – I set out to make a fudge that ticked all the boxes. (And left out nuts – see previous post.)

The Indian Burfi sweet treat was actually an inspiration for this; it seems to be made in many different ways – including nuts, but one version with milk powder started the creative neurons firing. (In some cases it’s also called Barfi however that’s not such a great word in English to associate with cooking and eating!)

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Nut Free Bliss Balls

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We healthy types are a bit bonkers!

(I hear my friends saying “I’ve been trying to tell you that for years!” Bahaha.)

While the heart is in the right place – just trying to be healthy, and help others attain this mystical level of nirvana – this pursuit of health kind of sneaks into extremes very easily, and before you know it, you slip into ‘not healthy’ because of it.

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Holiday eating and accidental Rrarfing (a kind of Carb loading)


So I’m back from the wilds of Iceland and Scotland!

Seriously, if you’ve ever thought you may like to visit Iceland one day, please do yourself a favour and do it.

It is totally like another planet with variations in landscape that are mind-blowing. You can drive 5 km and see green rolling hills with waterfalls, trees and mountains, then jet black bare volcanic dirt as far as the eye can see, then the jet black dirt has rocks on it, then the rocks have tufts of grass, then it’s these round rocks with fluorescent green thick moss all over them. But the strange part is – it’s one or the other – there is never a mixture. Really bizarre. And ice lagoons, and the black beach with chunks of ice on it and of course the aurora – just wow!

Anyway, to see some stunning photos check out my hubby’s instagram page here.

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