Modified Unicorn Fuel for Gut Healing

IMG_8696When I first heard about Mary Shenouda “The Paleo Chef” recipe, Unicorn Fuel, I HAD to try it ASAP! After all, I had all of the ingredients already. It takes your coffee up another level. Currently, I just started an H. Pylori supplement protcol and the Whole 30 Diet. My naturopathic doctor wants me to limit my coffee to once a day, and encourages green tea as it is gut healing. So the other day I made this with coffee, and I was crawling on the walls. I only used one cup of coffee, with one cup of almond milk. Here is the original recipe:

2 cups coffee (who really drinks only 1 cup?)
1 tablespoons MCT oil (optional, and if it’s your first time only 1/2)
1 tablespoons grass fed butter
1 teaspoon powdered maca
1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
pinch of cayenne

The taste is unique, and phenomenal! It’s a tad labor intensive, but worth it once in awhile. I am concerned that one cup of coffee gave me such jittery effects. After perusing a few YouTube videos on H Pylori and healing, I realize that it’s probably a much better idea if I give up the coffee for now. I can always come back to it later.

So my modified adrenal saving, no jitters Unicorn fuel is simply using 2 cups of almond milk for my liquid. I also need it sweet, so I add about 10 drops of vanilla stevia. Warm it up on the stove, and its like a hot drink. Now this is a lot of liquid, so you may as well make this a snack. So you need protein in it. You have two choices. A serving of beef protein powder like JJ VIrgin’s grassfed beef protein, or a serving of gut healing beef collagen powder. You can use this or this or whatever you like. So here is my modified recipe that gives you fat, energy, and protein!

2 cups non dairy milk
1 tablespoon MCT oil
1 tablespoon grassfed butter (Kerrygold is good, or ghee)
1 Teaspoon powdered maca
1 teaspoon raw cacao
1 serving grassfed beef protein powder or 1 serving collagen powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
pinch of cayenne
10 drops of Nunaturals vanilla alcohol free stevia, or your sweetener of choice

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Now go get em unicorn! 🦄 Save that gut and those adrenals!

 

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Why I decided to take my thyroid medication at night

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I forgot how annoying it was to wake up, take your thyroid med, and wait one hour before eating anything.  And basically I have to hold off on all other supplements to be safe because absorption can compete with this med. Mary Shoman has a great blog that explains all the details about how to take your thyroid med here.  I wondered if there was a better way. So I looked up taking thyroid meds at night and found a research study that demonstrated that when people took it on an empty stomach at night, they had higher levels of thyroid hormone in their body than when they took it in the morning. They did not show a significant change in quality of life however.  Mary Shoman’s blog to the rescue! I’d like to experiment myself and try this. I have a habit of snacking late at night which is not a great thing anyway. So I decided to make sure to stop eating two hours before going to bed.  There was no explicit instructions on what they did in the study to take the med at night, so I’m going to make my own executive decision to make sure I have not eaten in two hours, and then take it!

Bolk, N. Visser, T. et al. “Effects of Evening vs Morning Levothyroxine Intake: A Randomized Double-blind Crossover Trial.” Archive of Internal Medicine. 2010;170(22):1996-2003.

I hope that more research is done on long term benefits, if there are any, by taking these meds at night. This study was based on three months of taking it the morning, and three months of taking it at night for a total of six months. I decided to take it based on not having to wait to eat or take my supplements when I wake up in the morning.  Hopefully, I will see if this works for me. I think three months is enough time to determine this.