Fasting and Coffee add ins?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 01, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I drink coffee/tea all day long, not for energy but because I really really LOVE the taste. I've tried drinking black but it tends to upset my stomach. So I usually put a 1/4tsp of MCT/coconut oil and 1/4tsp ghee and sometimes a splash of coconut milk or cream--in EVERY cup. Does this negate the benefits of fasting. I try to fast 12-15 hours --I know shd be longer but I have thyroid issues. Any one have other suggestions for what to put in my coffee/tea?

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on January 01, 2013
at 08:32 PM

If you want to be in a truly fasted state, for any reason other than insulin sensitivity, you cannot use oils or cream in your coffee. More than 10 or 15 calories and you are, technically, no longer fasting. If your goal is to promote insulin sensitivity or not consume calories through proteins and carbohydrates then what you're doing is fine.

Typically, if I want to fast for 14 or more hours, I'll put in some stevia but otherwise drink it black. Artificial sweeteners won't break your fast despite not being the healthiest thing in the world.

Also, a 15 hour fast is decent. While I enjoy a 24+ hour fast sometimes it's by no means necessary to enjoy the benefits of intermittent fasting.



on January 01, 2013
at 08:14 PM

I don't see a problem as long as the caffeine isn't affecting your sleep.

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