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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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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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The switch from very Low Carb to Pro Metabolic eating Part 2 – The OUT list.

saladleavesSo last post I detailed all the foods I’m including in my diet to eat in a pro metabolic way, if you need a refresher of what they were, then click here.

Now here is the ‘perhaps they are not as healthy as we thought’ list.

Some entries may shock you as they did me… approach with an open mind…

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What’s your temperature? And what does it have to do with weight loss?

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Do you know what your resting temperature is?

How about 30 mins after you eat food?

Why does it matter anyway?

Well turns out your body temperature and heart rate are like a little window into your metabolic system and gives a good indication if it’s cranking properly or spluttering to a halt. Health professionals are using these measures along with blood work and checking a list of symptoms, to give a true picture of what’s working, what’s not and if your hormones and thyroid may be out of whack.

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Go metabolism go!

metabolism, bmr, slimbirdy, loose skin, weight loss, losing weightSo just an update on how this ‘Go Metabolism Go’ trial was working for me and what if anything, has tripped me up so far. The original story here.

So I’m about 2 months in and yes I have noticed some changes.

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Dr Ray Peat – fast metabolism & healthy hormones.

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Just reading some new information from Dr Ray Peat and it really interested me from a number of angles:-

  1. It encourages a healthy high metabolism
  2. It supports healthy thyroid function
  3. It supports healthy hormone function

There were stories of low carb dieters who had been low carbing for some years and their health had started to deteriorate.

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PUFAs and weight gain.

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You are probably thinking, “what’s she on about now!!”

Well it’s just amazing to me how these things are totally around out there, but they don’t sink into my brain until I am ready to listen to it.

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