Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Difference Between a "Bulletproof Coffee" and a "Fat Black"

The difference between a "Bulletproof Coffee" and a "Fat Black"

Claire - Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I have had a few people ask, what is the difference between a Fat Black and a Bulletproof coffee and the answer is nothing, but it really is everything.

Firstly, I have to give credit where credit is due. . I first read about butter in coffee on Dr Jack Kruse's website, which lead me to Dave Asprey's work. The Bulletproof Executive, AKA Dave Asprey has been onto this combo of fat and caffeine for about 15 years. In that time his IQ has gone up 20 points. He is a fantastic bio hacker and is doing amazing things to help people regain health and vitality. I am not sure if he is the inventor of the drink, but he is definitely one of the most well known promoters.
The second credit needs to go to my awesome sister, Dr Linda Blythe and the lovely Courtney Cox (not of Friends fame) who coined the name Fat Black when choosing to put it on the menu in the cafe at Bonfire. It was this name that we have chosen to run with and for one really big reason.

Bulletproof on the surface is a really good name, it implies you become impervious to all that life throws at you. I am all for being resilient to the negative stuff that happens in life. But... When you start your day by making yourself "bulletproof", you are in actual fact telling your brain and body that each day is a battle and that is why you need to put on your armour. You can't go into battle without loads of adrenalin and cortisol (not if you expect to win any way). If your brain takes what you say literally, then being bulletproof means you are going to be shot at.
How stress stops the ability for learning, reduces immune function and decreases your potential for love and fun.

This is a mistake we make in so many areas of our lives as individuals and as a society. Battling the bulge, the war on cancer/obesity/drugs/terrorism, fighting for life. All of this leads away from health and the full expression of life, love, community. It is a path away from all the good things in life. There is no need to be bulletproof if there is no war.

So, I sit here sipping my Fat Black and prepare myself for a day of curiosity, abundance and love.

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