So we are at the stage in the Detox Challenge where I let them choose what they want to reintroduce into their diet… in a healthier way.
First on most folks list:
I always feel guilty about taking away people’s coffee. I have a coffee ritual that is painfully interrupted when I do a Detox. Painful for anyone who crosses my path. But, I find it beneficial to pause and take a close look at my relationship with Java and even elevate it a bit. 🙂
Drinking coffee is a personal decision. Some people argue that caffeine is bad (can be harmful for your adrenals) others argue it is good for you (my kids’ pediatrician swears by it as a ADHD treatment)… I’m going to let them debate… while I enjoy a cup of brew. Read the positions, listen to your body and decide for yourself.
While I feel strongly about drinking coffee I do have standards. Standards that I revisit and elevate typically around the time of my cleanse.
I only drink one cup of coffee a day. By one cup I mean 10-12 ounces, one container. Ha!
I only buy organic coffee. Non-organic coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides
I only buy fairly traded coffee. It is important to me that farmers are treated with respect.
I buy beans and grind them every morning. Well I buy the beans and my husband grinds them. Pre-ground stuff is a no-no around here. We wouldn’t even consider instant. The Thought makes me shiver! Coffee is an experience (I learned that from my days as a Starbuck’s barista) The best part of waking up isn’t Folgers in your cup but it is the smell of fresh cracked coffee brewing!
How I make it:
10-12 ounces of freshly brewed coffee
1 tablespoons of Pure ghee
1 tablespoon coconut oil
(you can use butter alone but only organic and grassfed or it is gross!)
A sprinkle of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
Blend in my Vitamix for 30 seconds.
Now let me explain:
I met the wonderful couple who make PURE Ghee at the Ancestral Health Symposium and they were sampling their product with coffee. It was delicious but I needed to do my research and determine a fit for it in my diet. Bear in mind this conference was for Paleo/ Westin Price type folks and they have a bring on the fat mentality. I haven’t quit made that leap but I do recognize the benefits of coconut oil and ghee particularly for auto immune peeps like me. As a matter of fact, I believe that many disorders we experience today have been aggravated by the low-fat diet craze days. Fat does not make you fat. Too much sugar does. It also causes inflammation and cancer cell growth. Am I Paleo? Not much. I eat primarily vegetables and fruit and I also eat legumes and beans. I am not big on grains although I eat brown rice and quinoa occasionally (typically when training hard). I eat meat (I reach for lean cuts of organic, cage free, free range and grass fed options) but not as a rule. I eat dairy occasionally: organic, full fat and raw when possible. I pull from vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and anti-inflammatory mindsets. I like to say that I am a pescaterian with Paleo tendencies. 🙂
Basically, I don’t eat crap.
My coffee fits into my plan because of this very important fact.
It is my first meal of the day and because of the fat, I am satisfied for at least 2 hours. I also have tons of energy (coconut oil is a known metabolism booster) and focus throughout my morning. I am not a morning person but my kids and clients don’t seem to care about that. So my coffee keeps everybody happy. 🙂
Coffee is not a dessert and therefore I do not add sugar. I know adding anything to coffee is a faux pas for a coffee
snob connoisseur; I live with one. He believes coffee should be served one way: black and in huge quantities. He also comes from generations of rancher stock. Cattlemen and women. I’m just not on that level.
Why put coffee in the Vitamix?
Because I when I mixed it with our blending I was left with clumps of the butter/ghee blend at the end. I realized that it needs to emulsify. Blending it also infuses the other flavors and makes it frothy. I also aprrecitate that the Vitamix keeps it hot!
So there you have it.
Oh and it takes me about 1 minute to make.
How do you take your coffee?