Morning Keto Rocket Tea

So, what happens when you spend an evening scarfing down carbs like there’s no tomorrow?

chaiWell, if you WERE in ketosis, you probably won’t be in the morning.  Perhaps trace ketones, if you’re lucky, depending on how many carbs you devoured.  Which means you won’t be getting any of the benefits of ketosis, like appetite suppression.

But all is not lost.  I’ve been experimenting with this on/off for a couple years.  Keto-adapted, not keto-adapted, etc.

And it’s possible to recover from a rough night out pretty quickly.

This is the key concept behind the popular craze of Bulletproof Coffee (grass fed butter, MCT oil and coffee – blended).  Which was made mainstream by Dave Asprey, who got it while trekking in the Himalayas where they gave him tea with yak butter for recovery / sustenance.

I’ve tried my fair share of BP Coffee.  On an empty stomach in the AM.  But had several problems, it was too stimulating and seemed to drop my blood sugar after a couple hours.  Then I’d be ravenous.  But the biggest issue was I kept having significant sinus problems.  And this blended coffee made it much worse.  It really stuffed me up.

Finally I figured out the culprit behind the sinus infections was dairy, specifically seems like dairy fat.  Which is really weird.  Cause normally it’s the lactose or the milk proteins which can cause problems.  But I tried ALL the different butters (grass fed, organic, organic grass fed ghee, Irish, Austrian, New Zealand, etc.).  None of these were working for me or my sinuses.  They’d cause swelling (and post nasal drip), then it’d get chronically inflamed, then backed up and infected, etc.  I’d be stopped up in one or both nostrils, and would be clogged and have a hard time breathing at night, etc.  It sucked.

So I stopped eating butter / dairy entirely this year.  Haven’t had dairy this year, that I can recall.

And no more sinus infections.  Voila!  Problem solved.

But since I’ve been an amateur ‘biohacker’ for more than 2 decades, I can understand, relate to and certainly appreciate Asprey’s magical BP coffee solution.

Personally, as of late, I am more a fan of BLACK tea, flavor-wise.  Although I do like oolong as well.  More so than green tea.  Tea (camellia sinensis) has polyphenols and in a recent study been shown to help insulin resistance.  I also don’t get as jacked up on it like I do coffee.  Sometimes I enjoy that hyped up feeling, but just not every day.  Also black tea with milk doesn’t seem to have the same healing effect as without milk, according to studies.

For me, black tea seems to be a more moderate approach, with much less caffeine vs coffee.  And I haven’t tried this with oolong, but that’s next.


Morning Keto Rocket Tea – Dairy Free

Suggested Ingredients:

8 – 12 oz of good water

1 bag of Numi Organic Breakfast Blend Black Tea (PLUS any Chai tea bag) – steeped 4 to 5 minutes.

-OR – If just using a plain tea bag (with no chai bag), then add the modified organic Chai Ingredients: pinch of cinnamon, pinch of black pepper, 1″ fresh or 1/8 – 1/8 dried ground ginger,  1/8 tsp turmeric, pinch of Black Cardamom (optional) to taste.

1 Tblsp Organic Unrefined Coconut oil

1 -3 Tsp MCT Oil (MCT, XCT or Brain Octane)

1/4 tsp Sunflower Lecithin or non-GMO Soy Lecithin

1 Packet of Stevia (optional)

Directions : Blend & Enjoy.  (Stirring is not the same).  If quick ketones are needed, then I’ll drink this on an empty stomach first thing in the AM.

Notes:  Why do I blend/do all this crazy stuff?

Black, Oolong or Green Tea – contains polyphenols, have anti-inflammatory effects, helps improve insulin activity.  All the different types (green, black, oolong) come from the same plant (camellia sinensis), but seem to vary in polyphenol activity.

Chai Spices (makes it taste good too):

Turmeric – shown to be anti-inflammatory
Cinnamon – shown to help with insulin sensitivity
Ginger – helps digestion, anti-inflammatory
Black Pepper – helps absorption of the turmeric
Black Cardamom – recent study

Coconut Oil – slowly converts into ketones = rocket fuel for the brain and body.  Contains MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) including caprylic acid, decanoic acid and mostly lauric.  But the body can convert these MCT’s to ketones.  Ketones are water soluble molecules formed by the liver from fatty acids.  Plus coconut oil has other health properties.  Plus ketones, like BHB, have been shown to be anti-inflammatory by themselves.

MCT Oil – quickly converts to ketones – fast rocket fuel for the brain – contains a more concentrated / distilled version of the coconut oil.  Various MCT products contain different ratios of MCTs,  For example, the brand Brain Octane contains mostly caprylic acid (c8).  I am using XCT oil these days, which seems good.  It’s a blend of c8 and c10 (caprylic and capric).  A word of caution about MCT – start off with smaller amounts, too much too fast = not good for digestion.

Lecithin – an emulsifier, which means it helps mixes the water with the fat, so that the all fat doesn’t just float to the surface and create an oil slick (which = not pleasant to drink).

Results : Typically after a night of carb excess, like ALOT, if keto-adapated (meaning I’ve been in ketosis for at least a couple weeks), I can still be back in ketosis in about 17-18 hours after eating a high carb meal.

For example, if I eat a very high carb dinner at 6 PM, by noon the next day, I can be back in ketosis.  But I seem to be able to shave an hour or two off if I drink this tea combo on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

However, I personally won’t be making a daily habit of eating high carb meal at night, as I do feel better just staying in ketosis more consistently.

These days I am experimenting with different frequencies (once a week, once a month, a quarter? etc.) of eating a higher carb meal while in ketosis.  If nothing else, then just for fun, taste, social obligations, bio-hacking, personal research, etc.

But that’s just me, every body is different and everyone has to figure out what’s right for them.

I actually don’t drink this daily.  Pretty much recreationally.  Mostly during the week I drink either plain green tea, black tea, yerba mate or coffee.  And I alternate which ones during the week/mood, etc.

One Response to “Morning Keto Rocket Tea”

  1. avatar Robert says:

    Of course, the variations are endless.

    This morning, I made this with oolong tea (which is a partially oxidized tea – somewhere between a green tea and the fully oxidized black tea). Just added some fresh ginger, about 1/8 tsp saigon cinnamon, fresh ground black pepper and 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric to the steep. Didn’t have any cardamom left. Then blended that with the coconut oil, MCT and lecithin. The fresh ginger adds a nice zip.

    If I were an ayurvedic type, I’d be the stereotypical kapha, and this strikes me as a pretty kapha oriented blend.

    But optionally, there’s really no limit to the variations. In addition to tea, one or more herbal components could be added. I was thinking steeping Reishi along with the tea might be worth trying.

    I’ve tried this method with the Numi Chocolate Pu-erh, which is decent, but very low caffeine.

    Of course, I’d start off small and make sure my body reacted well to the different combos. i would drink the herbal tea by itself to make sure everything was kosher first. And I would be very cautious if I were on any medications (which I am not).

    But I’ve tried this with steeped yerba mate, green tea, guayusa tea, etc. All have there different nuances.

    I could also imagine drinks or smoothies (with / without the tea), but things like no sugar added almond milk, or coconut milk, maybe even peanut butter (sugar free)? You could throw in some almond milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil, peanut butter, MCT, etc. Blend it up for a morning shake.

    I don’t use sweeteners, or stevia (don’t care for the after taste), but for those that do, then this might be luxurious even.

    For me, I would NOT do ANY of this with sugar added to anything. Eating high fat AND high sugar is a recipe for disaster. It’s how they induce things like atherosclerosis in lab rats real fast. It causes them to get fat quickly, and start having health problems in just a few weeks. High fat PLUS high sugar = Not good. And in general, high sugar seems to be never good.

    However, since I am keto-adapted = very efficient at burning fat, I feel comfortable adding extra fat (like coconut oil and MCT) to my daily routine.

    If anyone tries this or has a combo they like, let me know. Always up for new combo ideas!

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