For those who suffer from Adrenal Fatigue, coffee is not optional, it’s an emphatic no. Coffee has a distinct flavor and for many, creates a morning quiet time that is incomparable. There are few things more pleasurable than sitting in a quiet house in the early hours of the morning, drinking a hot cup of coffee, listening to the birds singing as the sun rises while reading the Bible or your favorite book. When you have Adrenal Fatigue, this moment is not optional. 


A substitute is necessary.

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On Full GAPS, weak coffee is GAPS compliant. Weak coffee is classified as coffee you can read the paper through. Dr. Natasha herself enjoys coffee every morning. She says, “I love coffee! I drink one cup of coffee a day, with cheese and honey and raw cream.” (Certified GAPS Practitioner Q & A, Weston A. Price Conference Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2017).

When asked if she puts the cream in her coffee, she says, “No, if you put raw cream in your hot coffee, you’re pasteurizing the cream. What’s the point? If you put honey in the hot coffee, you’re damaging the honey. I have cream in one pot, coffee in another, honey in another. We always have cheeses on the table, French, Italian cheeses and honey. We just eat cheese with honey. I like my coffee black, with nothing mixed in it. But people mix it. They take it mixed.”

For someone with Adrenal Fatigue, drinking coffee can cause negative effects as it strips the adrenals further. Click here to read more about Adrenal Fatigue. For folks who have suffered from Stage Four Adrenal Fatigue, one cup of coffee in the morning can cause dry heaves with easy physical exertion in the afternoon. When you love coffee and that quiet moment in the morning, there is another option – Nourishing Plot Coffee or the GAPS Bulletproof Coffee, a take off from Bulletproof Coffee, in a liver supporting manner. 

When used with an intermittent fasting regimen, only eating in a six hour window such as from noon to six, we see loads of parasites, yeast, biofilm and gallstones flushing. 

To make Nourishing Plot Coffee:

Put 1¼  cups (295 ml) of filtered water in a pot

Add one tablespoon (14.8 ml) dandelion root granules, tied up in an unbleached coffee filter or tea ball

Boil for three minutes

In your coffee cups, add 1/4 of a cup  (59 ml) of grass-fed butter (this is the one I like best in this mixture), one tablespoon (14.8 ml) of MCT oil and two drops of stevia.

Pour the dandelion root granule tea into the cup so that is half full.

Whip the tea, butter, MCT oil and stevia with a coffee frother. Fill the rest of the cup with the dandelion root granule tea and froth again until combined. If you fill the cup with the butter, MCT oil and stevia, then fill the cup with the dandelion root granules, it will splash out while frothing

Dr. Natasha says liquid stevia, like this, is, “OK when diarrhea and other serious digestive problems are gone.” 

Campbell-McBride, Natasha. “Re: book questions, case study” Message to Becky Plotner 4 July 2018. E-mail.

The truth is, dandelion root granule tea is a powerhouse of support for the liver and the body.

Dandelion root granules are highly supportive to the liver. The Review of Diabetic Studies says, “Dandelion has been considered a key anti-diabetic plant because of its anti-hyperglycemic, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties. This is due to the various bioactive components present in dandelion, including polyphenolics, sesquiterpenes, triterpenes, and phytosterols. ”

Oncotarget reported a studying finding, “Dandelion root extract promotes the expression of programmed cell death genes.”

PLoS One showed another study showing, “In conclusion, Dandelion Root Extract has shown selective efficacy in inducing two forms of programmed cell death in highly aggressive and resistant CMML cell lines.”

The International Journal of Molecular Sciences found, “Diet-induced hypercholesterolemic atherosclerosis is associated with an increase in the oxidative stress and that dandelion reduced the extent of atherosclerosis by reducing oxidative stress and serum TC, TG, LDL-C and raising serum HDL-C. Dandelion is beneficial in preventing hypercholesterolemic atherosclerosis and reducing risk factors for coronary artery disease.”

BioMed Central performed a test using dandelion root granules with HIV patients and found, “The dandelion extract showed strong activity against HIV-1 RT and inhibited both the HIV-1 vector and the hybrid retrovirus replication. These findings provide additional pharmacological information on the potential therapeutic efficacy of Taraxacum officinale. This could represent another starting point for the development of an anti-retroviral therapy with fewer side effects.”

Advances in Hematology did a study with dandelion root granule on liver function and found, “Experimental study of hemoglobin in the control groups with experimental groups showed significant increases in mean hemoglobin in group 1.”

They go on to say, “This could be due to the positive effect of dandelion on the liver [] and increased secretion of erythropoietin (a substance that regulates the amount of red blood cell) per. As research, phenolic compounds in dandelion such as: chicoric acidact as an antioxidant by preventing the oxidation of collagen and cells and inhibits the penetration of viruses in cells, and chlorogenic acid is cholagogue: its regular ingestion helps the flow of bile and thus reduces the adverse effects of bile stagnation.”

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. becky.nourishingplot@hotmail.com

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8 Responses to Nourishing Plot Coffee – GAPS Approved

  1. Karen Feldner says:

    thanks for another great post! I’m curious about the MCT oil. I don’t mind the taste of coconut oil. Can I use raw, unfiltered coconut oil instead? what’s the difference? Thanks!

    • Becky Plotner says:

      MCT oil is most specific for brain function. I would use MCT instead of coconut oil, it’s different.

  2. Ali says:

    Just wondering…if you were to use this ‘coffee’ in an intermittent fasting regime you would drink it during your fasting time or only during your 6 hour window where u are eating? Many thanks

    • Becky Plotner says:

      This is a debatable topic indeed. Some say that in order to be truly fasting, nothing goes in but water. The Greek work used for fast in the Bible literally translates to no eat. Dave Ausprey, when he invented the Bulletproof Coffee, did so after eating the yak butter tea in the Tibetan mountains. He saw that it instigated intermittent fasting. I drink Nourishing Plot Coffee in my fasting window to get through the fasting period regularly without going crazy. The great majority of folks use fat to get through intermittent fasting when they are doing it for health reasons.

  3. Joshua Cook says:

    Im actually drinking my “coffee” with pastured butter and honey as i read this. It seems to be an effective elixir for me.

  4. Emily says:

    Is this “coffee” okay for pregnant or nursing mamas?

  5. Aaron Schanzer says:

    Dare I say I’m only leaving this comment here (as opposed to something it’s infinitesimally more relevant to from years ago) because it’s your latest post? I dare and so @%$# more. You need help and you’re getting it.

    You’re silly. I’m silly. Life as we know it is obsolete. I just got a spare brain delivered from Cramazon. In any case, I can eat a stale ersatz GMO soy doughnut with no adverse effect ’cause I synthesize like an ant, and my form of life’s got 9000-year-old homeostasis, not like you new types, the type you can go “boo” at and kill, or look at funny and knock over. Ok, I’m seriously not serious, but really you’re too easy to make fun of, and not ’cause you’re sickly, ’cause you’re mentally warped. I mean, everything you say could be true about your kind, but are you oblivious to projection or what? And if you’re wondering, yes I’m a human being, like Ernest Hemingway. I don’t watch bullfights or volunteer to kill Fascists, but I’ve been known to drink flammable solvents and smoke cigarettes. At the same time. Death in the afternoon looks good on me. But Hitler would want me killed at least as much as you, my mother’s bipolar, I got some trick blood on the other side too, and I’m Jewish as the night is dark. By extraction, anyway, you could imagine my spiritual orientation. May as well go all the way. Humans are such vermin, the only reason they go on is it can be amusing. We’re disposable. If the master loses every pair, he can make more.

    Has it even occurred to you that some of us can handle grains or coffee or a pickle with tartrazine for the same reason that others can’t? Because we weren’t made for it? Some of us can handle things better than if we were made for them. In a way, we’re not supposed to be here, we make things that aren’t supposed to be here, we make the world a more efficient, peaceful and loving place than it was ever meant to be, and the patron gods of parasites, predators and humble commensals know better than to get in our way ’cause entropy’s as much on our side as theirs, and we got something bigger on our side in any case. Try setting fire to a book and contemplating that, I got a force on my side bigger than entropy, and it’s like the sister of the principle illuminated by entropy, like how human beings are the only earth-dwellers in sight with the nerve to start fires. The Norse god Odin gets little love or sympathy today, but he represents order of a sort, not like a fire giant. Order harnesses what it may. You may well rev up your green chakra and consider that.

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