I appreciate this concoction as it keeps me going when I teach into the afternoon. I hope it will do the same for medics who can’t get to lunch, etc. Let me know if you try it!



1 Tbsp Brain Octane Oil

Brain Octane Oil is not cheap, but it’s the one I pick. One bottle has 64 Tbsp. At one cup a day, it lasts me 2 months.

Brain Octane contains one special medium-chain triglyceride: Caprylic Acid. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are championed as being more readily converted to ketones than long-chain triglycerides. Long-chains are more likely to be stored away as fat. There are other MCTs, but caprylic acid is the one I want. Coconut oil contains a lot of Lauric Acid which is a medium-chain triglyceride that acts like a long-chain. Launch your own research from here.

Start with a teaspoon of this stuff and work yourself up over a few weeks as it will make your GI tract very active as you adjust to it.


1/2 to 1 Tbsp Kerrygold Butter (Unsalted)

Kerrygold tastes good. It’s made from the dairy milk of grass-fed cows. I haven’t studied the nutritional rationale for why grass-fed is better.  I do know it makes for very good tasting butter and I can get it in bulk at Costco. Make sure you use unsalted unless you like salty coffee. When I’m at a coffee shop, I use whatever butter they can find.

Ruta Maya Coffee

Ruta Maya is roasted in Austin. Not sure how widely distributed it is, but our local Costco carries it.


Here’s how we put it all together:

First, you can instantly do this better than me by using a french press. 😉

The drip coffee is our one short-cut. We set the timer the night before and wake with happy noses.

Fill up your coffee cup HALF way. This is key.

Add Brain Octane and butter. Blend with a milk frother. We have had the one in the picture at the top for over a year and it’s going strong. We killed our first one by setting it up on the end and the coffee drained into the battery compartment.

Fill up the remainder of the cup and drink.

Here’s how it makes me feel:

Smart, creative and satisfied. I get the cognitive enhancement without the food cravings that used to come on full-force when I drank coffee with added sugar and cream.

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