The caffeine man

I grew up in a house full of coffee drinkers. My Dad for example, would drink an entire pot before work and then another one at work. It’s a habit I also got into once I acquired a taste for it — I can actually remember my first cup! It was from an unattended coffee tureen at a party when I was eight. Nasty stuff but boy was I wired! My second was given to me from my acting coach when I was 11 — blue mountain. That was more like it.

2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day

Caffeine is everywhere and pretty much everyone drinks it. It’s not until you take note of how much you’re consuming that you realise how much of an impact it has on your body and waking mind. Ever since I started tracking what I put into my body with a nifty little app called LifeSum I’ve been super aware of how much I’ve been relying on caffeine to keep me going and have slowly been cutting it back.

Cutting caffeine out all together

I haven’t tried this, but my wife has. And her body totally revolted. For 3 weeks my wife didn’t have any caffeine as an experiment and her sleeping went haywire — she’d get up at 4 am and not be able to go back to sleep. And she said she couldn’t think straight, and her work was suffering. She’s now back on the caffeine, albeit in small doses, and says she feels normal again. Anyway, caffeine is good for the brain and reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s so don’t stress yourself too much about cutting it out completely.

Make that morning cup last longer

My friend and kickboxing instructor introduced me to ‘bullet-proof coffee‘, which at it’s simplest is high quality coffee mixed with grass-fed butter. It sounds weird, and it is. But after having my first couple of cups I found my caffeine high lasted for up to 6 hours, instead of one or two. This enabled me to cut down on the tea I’d have during the day. Now I’m on two cups of coffee in the morning and that it’s.

Bullet-proof for the lazy

Maybe one day I’ll get into cold-drips and coffee stands and roasting my own beans, but for now I’d rather just focus on other (more fun stuff), so here’s my recipe for making those morning cups last all day.

  • 1 cup of home brewed coffee
  • 1 tea spoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter (from any supermarket)

That’s it. Mix it all together, and enjoy a six hour, stable buzz.

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