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How to handle coffee during intermittent fast?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Hi all:

I am experimenting with intermittent fasting and I have no problems with skipping breakfast and other meals and going without food.

However, it is impossible for me to skip the coffee, especially in the morning. I need at least 1-2 cups (containing 2-4 nespressos in total) to get going. The problem is that the coffee on an empty stomach causes me heartburn, especially if i follow this regime over longer time periods. I try to live with it, as I dislike breakfast in general, but the heartburn is killing me.

Any advice or tips on how to drink coffee on an empty stomach without the heartburn? Any foods that do not affect the fast, but prevent the heartburn? Any recipes?

Thanks,

Philipp

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on August 28, 2013
at 07:25 PM

It's coconut milk sold in cans. I buy mine from Whole Foods but they're also avail at health foods stores and Asian markets. I call it cocnut cream to differentiate it from coconut milk sold in tetra paks.

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:29 PM

Thanks for the advice, I will definitely try it and report back, I just could not find the coco cream yet.

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:28 PM

Green tea is even worse. I live in Argentina and here people spend the entire day drinking maté, which is a tipical green tea here. Its really tasty and I love it, but green tea is much worse with respect to heartburn, than coffee. Especially because the quanteties that you drink when you drink green tea are much higher (at least in my case). Do you add anything to the tea?

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at 03:25 PM

Thanks a lot, Suzie. This was extremely helpful. I never knew you could put butter in your coffee. Tastes great. I could not get hold of MCT and coconut butter yet (not so easy here in Argentina), but I started with the butter and have also experimented with raw eggs. Really great ideas. The bulletproof coffee page is really interesting. I will keep experimenting and update you on the long term results. Thanks a lot!

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on August 14, 2013
at 11:21 PM

Have you tried a bulletproof coffee? Black coffee blended with grass fed butter and MCT oil. I have been informed by several sources that proteins and carbs break a fast but fats don't.

There is lots more info on bulletproofexec.com

You need to blend the coffee with the butter (otherwise it just sits on the top). It tastes great, just like a creamy latte. The MCT oil has not taste whatsoever. Make sure you use unsalted butter.

There are a few fans of this drink on paleohacks. The bulletproofexec forum also talks about using this coffee with intermittent fasting. I find it can keep me going till around 2pm.

good luck ps. don't overdo the MCT oil to start

Suzie

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:25 PM

Thanks a lot, Suzie. This was extremely helpful. I never knew you could put butter in your coffee. Tastes great. I could not get hold of MCT and coconut butter yet (not so easy here in Argentina), but I started with the butter and have also experimented with raw eggs. Really great ideas. The bulletproof coffee page is really interesting. I will keep experimenting and update you on the long term results. Thanks a lot!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I practice IF most days by having either coffee or green tea for breakfast. I add a tablespoon of coconut cream to the coffee or tea and have no stomach issues. Without the coco cream, I sometimes feel nauseous. Maybe it will help you with heartburn as well? I don't like the taste of coco oil or butter in my coffee.

305087ec03d8dd6accf8f2ef8f99b6c7

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:29 PM

Thanks for the advice, I will definitely try it and report back, I just could not find the coco cream yet.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on August 28, 2013
at 07:25 PM

It's coconut milk sold in cans. I buy mine from Whole Foods but they're also avail at health foods stores and Asian markets. I call it cocnut cream to differentiate it from coconut milk sold in tetra paks.

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on August 15, 2013
at 02:46 AM

Have you tried drinking green tea instead? Its an effective stimulant and contains antioxidants that improve mental clarity. That's especially important if you're fasting and running low on omega-3 fats and essential vitamins that regulate brain function.

305087ec03d8dd6accf8f2ef8f99b6c7

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:28 PM

Green tea is even worse. I live in Argentina and here people spend the entire day drinking maté, which is a tipical green tea here. Its really tasty and I love it, but green tea is much worse with respect to heartburn, than coffee. Especially because the quanteties that you drink when you drink green tea are much higher (at least in my case). Do you add anything to the tea?

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on August 14, 2013
at 11:40 PM

High five Suzie, bulletproof is awesome for IF. In absence of MCT oil I use coconut oil instead. Definitely takes care of the acidic feeling I get from coffee on an empty stomach. Also kerrygold is an easy grass fed butter to find for bulletproof (:

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