After posting that lovely bottle of “brain fuel” on my instagram story I got so many questions wondering wtf it was, and because my fingers hurt too much to type it out on my phone to each individual I thought – oh shit I have a blog now why not actually use it!
So you know I gotta say it. In no way, shape or form am I a nutritionist (I took a degree in enterprise systems for god’s sake) and everything I’m sharing is because I have personally tried it and actually saw/felt results, this doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. Just throwing that out there because I’m pretty sure I have to or I could get sued.
Why I Use It
Since I switched over to a higher fat/lower carb lifestyle I’ve found it a tad difficult to get my recommended daily dose of healthy fats, I can only eat so much avocado. I came across MCT oil from a few of my favourite MD’s – Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Will Cole and Dr. Jason Fung.
Another reason for the purchase was that I found myself constantly thinking about my next meal, what was it going to be, when, WHERE, etc. (I think we’ve all been there) Don’t get me wrong, your girl has a big appetite ask anyone. But it started to become straight up annoying, it was almost controlling my entire day. NOT COOL.
After trying basically everything under the sun to fix my obsessive behaviour I started doing Intermittent Fasting (IF) combined with a high fat and lower carb diet. Basically, I don’t eat for about 16 hours (yes that sounds insane but 8-10 of them are while I’m sound asleep) and the rest of it gives your body time to work on itself instead of constantly breaking down food. When I do break my fast (get it, breakfast?) on a good day it’s with lots of leafy greens, healthy fats like avocados/nuts, and protein from fish or eggs. (Still not on the meat train but I will get there eventually)
An easy way I like to think about intermittent fasting: say you scrape your knee, once you go to bed, you wake up and your knee has sort of magically repaired itself through time. This is basically whats going on with your insides. Your body starts repairing things you probably never even knew needed fixing for example memory/brain function, cellular repair, increases in energy and lowering shitty cholesterol. Think about our ancestors, they weren’t constantly snacking on packaged food, waiting for their 5th meal of the day, they hardly even knew when their 2nd meal was going to be. Hence the no need for 6 small meals a day which has been engrained into our minds.
MCT oil is just another form of healthy fat I can easily incorporate into my diet. IF + lots of fat have finally put me in a happy place with my body and most importantly my mind. Because of everyone’s fat phobia I would have never thought that I would be saying this but fat does not make you fat people! The mental clarity has been amazing and for anyone who has been struggling with finding a balance that works well for them, I highly suggest looking into it. I also never liked eating first thing in the morning either so this worked great with my schedule.
WTF Is It
“MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides . They are a type of fatty acid that is derived from coconut oil. Consider MCT oil as a super fuel for your cells, because it boosts fat burning and increases mental clarity. ” – (https://drhyman.com/blog/2016/02/04/the-secret-fat-that-makes-you-thin/)
How I Use It
I actually sort of cheat too ngl. Typically you’re supposed to drink water and tea/coffee without any additives like milk, cream, etc. But I actually put a couple pumps of this MCT oil in my coffee during my fast. It’s liquid ok. So say what you want, but this is what works great for me. This is just a great way for my body to stay satiated. I am not starving myself. This is NOT what intermittent fasting is all about, it’s about eating when you’re actually hungry and eating nutrient dense food to fuel it. It also comes in powder form, which I sort of hate. I prefer the oil over the powder because I like using mine in a salad dressing or a marinade.
With anything you’re about to randomly start putting into your body, I highly suggest doing your research on it. I’ve listed some great reads in my WTF do I eat post so go check that out if you want any suggestions.
Also, if you’re lazy and don’t feel like doing a ton of your own research, here’s a great guide to choosing the best keto supplement for YOU. You hear me say it enough but as you know we are all so different, what works for me may not work for you and vice versa, so here’s a little guide from my friends over at HVMN chatting all about picking the best Keto supplement for you, and for all of you people who just NEED to have everything backed up by science, I didn’t forget about you. It has lot’s of science-y facts for you (which I’m sure you’ll pick apart) so fill your boots people!
Where Can I Get It?!
I purchased my MCT oil over at trusty ol Amazon (link below) but you can get it in the natural section at any grocery store.