Diet

“Bullet Proof” Coffee

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I have become nearly addicted to “bullet proof” coffee. Don't know what that is? It is NOT a cuppa coffee in a Kevlar vest. (You will find a recipe at the end of this post.) My “bullet proof” coffee should not be confused with Bulletproof® Coffee, which is a registered trade name of Bulletproof Nutrition, Inc. (www.bulletproofexec.com), which markets their own special version of the ingredients. I’m sure their version is superior to mine, but this is all “homemade.”

I start with a serving of espresso coffee from my trusty Nespresso machine. I just love this gadget, but then I’m a confirmed tech junkie. I add butter (from a farm in France), coconut oil (organic from the Philippines), and mix 20 seconds in a blender. The result is unlike any coffee I have ever tasted—smooth, buttery, and delicious.

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I can hear you saying “Surely, that is a formula for gaining weight and clogging arteries.” Well, I can’t claim that bulletproof coffee is directly responsible for my recent weight loss (20 pounds in 3 months), but it hasn’t been causing me any problems either.

“Bullet proof” coffee is a part of a strange diet that Elyn and I have been on. It goes by the name Ketogenic, and she is much stricter than I am. Basically, I have cut out all grains, potatoes, rice and sugars, and voilá the weight just dropped off. (Unfortunately, no weight loss for Elyn!) I’ll have more to say about this in another post.

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What are the benefits of drinking “bullet proof” coffee? Well, that depends on who you are consulting. The anti-saturated-fat advocates claim it is a recipe for disaster, but David Asprey, President of Bulletproof Nutrition, Inc., claims that it aids mental function and can help with weight loss by satisfying hunger.

The first thing I drink on awakening is a cup of “bullet proof” coffee. That cup has some serious fat. I follow it with a breakfast of yogurt (organic sheep yogurt from a local source) laced with nuts, berries, coconut flakes, and seeds. This keeps me going until the 1:30-2:00 PM, Spanish lunch time. I never seem to feel much hunger, and when I’ve checked my calories I’m way down from what I used to eat.

We used to say: “Eat a better breakfast—do a better job!” For me, “bullet proof” coffee is an important part of my better breakfast. (Confession time: Elyn is the one who makes my “bullet proof” coffee in the morning.)

Elyn’s “Bullet Proof” coffee recipe:

One serving of espresso or good filter coffee (organic, if possible)

One tablespoon of grass-fed butter without salt

One tablespoon of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil

Blend thoroughly and enjoy.

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Menú del Día

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One of my great joys of living in Catalunya is the quality of the food we eat. We can shop for the freshest food in our local markets and our restaurants are known worldwide for the quality of their cooking. My usual strategy is to eat breakfast at home, then go out in the middle of the day to one of my favorite local restaurants where I can get what we call the Menú del Día, the fixed-price lunch that nearly all restaurants offer on weekdays. This is a generous three-course meal that includes an appetizer, main course, dessert, bread, and water or wine. All this for €10-€18—a real bargain. After a meal like this, I don't need to eat much in the evening, So I snack or eat some of the local ham and cheese, a bowl of olives, or whatever appeals to me. I have scouted out many of the local restaurants and have a list of a half a dozen that I cycle among.

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Even those of us with dietary restrictions can be accommodated at these restaurants. They have come to know us and what we can and can't eat, and make substitutions without complaint.

Since Girona is home to several Michelin-star restaurants, the quality of the cooking is exceptional. When we want to splurge we have our choice of three or four restaurants that aspire to be Michelin-star restaurants and offer truly gourmet fare. These meals will set you back €25-€50, but they are memorable.

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There are, of course, several tapas bars where we can select what we want from a huge selection of small dishes set out on the counter. The waiters collect the empty plates and keep track of your bill. Another option we enjoy is a local fish restaurant called Arroz Y Peiz, which translates as Rice and Fish. There is a large ice-filled table groaning with fresh seafood near the door and the server hands you a glass of the local bubbly while you make your choices. You choose the fish and shellfish in the quantity you want and they prepare it the way you like. You can add a salad, a paella, and dessert if you like. We come away very satisfied. These options are a little more expensive than the Menú del Día, but they are enjoyable for a change. We treat ourselves to meals like these when we want a little something extra but are not in the mood for gourmet fare.

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I can truly say that I have never been so well fed in my life, and with a little care about how much I eat, I’ve not even gained weight.

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