My daily regimen for this experiment didn’t go as planned, but I got the results I was looking for.
Here were some things that held me back for the first week.
- I didn’t receive all of my coffee making supplies until last week. That included an “Aeropress” coffee maker, immersion blender, and coffee bean grinder.
- Instead of adding just 3 tbsp of butter, I’ve been adding half a stick each day. It helped me stave off hunger for up to 7 hours (8am to 3pm) and kept my mind focused in class.
- Trader Joe’s ran out of Kerrygold Unsalted butter, so I waited several days for them to restock. Then I bought 5 bricks of butter.
I started off using instant coffee that tasted bitter, and tossed in some butter and coconut oil. Even with cheap ingredients, this concoction was powerful.
When my supplies arrived (week of 04/08/13), I could finally make the perfect cup of coffee. Words cannot describe how sharp my mind felt just minutes after finishing my drink. The room turned brighter and my mind hummed at 100x its normal speed. Examples follow.
I usually take a long time (30 min to an hour) to write just one email, mostly because I lose interest half way through and want to come back to it later. But the morning I had bulletproof coffee (that’s what coffee + butter + MCT oil is called), I couldn’t stop typing. Words flew from my mind to my fingers. I was prepared to hit send before my conscious mind knew what happened.
My sense of smell also became more acute. When I walked into the kitchen, I knew exactly what my roommate had consumed. Some juice blend and shrimp bao from Trader Joe’s. Unfortunately, I had little control over my enhanced nose so I couldn’t avoid my towel’s manly scent.
I procrastinated a lot less. Typically when I start on homework, I’d find it mentally draining to pull out notes from my folder. On bulletproof coffee, this no longer became a concern. I didn’t even notice that I pulled out my notes until I was already sifting through them! That’s a good kind of weird.
I put in effort even when I don’t care. Work feels less of a burden. I leave 3 hour labs feeling ready for more. Homework doesn’t leave me feeling saturated. When I ask questions in class, I don’t fumble my words as much (this was a big problem for me as I usually have to put in a lot of effort to be coherent).
It has been less than a week of taking the prescribed bulletproof coffee, but I’ve had more benefits than drawbacks at this point.
This post took me about 30 minutes to write up. I had the words floating in my head, so wrote I wrote it down by hand this morning.
If you want to try bulletproof coffee for yourself, go here. This is Dave Asprey’s recipe, so I take no credit for coming up with this strange concoction.
My next experiment is eating more salt (specifically, consuming a teaspoon of salt every morning). Stay tuned.