Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DOES THE BRAVE METHOD SUPPORT ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES AND STYLES OF FASTING?
While many styles of fasting may leave you feeling hungry, tired, foggy and sluggish, we’ve got you covered, cue the Brave Method. All our products are designed to follow three key Brave Method principles – under 50 kcal, low carb and low sugar - that cleverly work alongside many styles of intermittent fasting, time restricted eating, ketogenic diets and fat fasting diets. The Ancient + Brave products deliver key nutrients such as hydrolysed collagen peptides (or our Vegan Collagyn alternative), MCT oil, botanicals adaptogens, natural caffeine and specific vitamins and minerals, with a serving size that’s formulated maintain fasting while encouraging satiety and alertness.
Whichever fasting strategy you choose, the Brave Method supplies targeted daily nutritional support and nourishment, during the times when you’re likely to feel the most challenged. By providing you with an extra layer of TLC during your fasting and eating windows, you become more able to reach your targets and achieve your desired goals. The Brave Method helps turns the hardest of fasts into a walk in the park!
IS IT CONSIDERED UNHEALTHY TO SKIP BREAKFAST?
No! If you consume a healthy balanced diet, you have nothing to worry about. Keep in mind that the old saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ was created by a breakfast cereal company, it’s not based on scientific evidence. In fact, there’s a new wave of thinking that people with a sedentary job or sedentary lifestyle may only require two meals a day for healthy weight management. Of course, it’s the nutritional quality of the foods you consume across the day that’s of primary importance for your general health and wellbeing. If you’re interested to learn more, read the brilliant book by Dr. Terence Kealey Breakfast is the most Dangerous Meal of the Day.
HOW DOES THE BRAVE METHOD DEAL WITH HUNGER WHEN I AM FASTING?
When you start a new diet, reduce your calories or alter the ratio between carbs, fats, proteins and fibre in your diet there’s likely to be a settling in period when you experience a few hunger pangs and cravings. This is all perfectly normal and indicates that your body is getting used to the changes. Most types of fasting protocols involve drastically reducing sugar and starchy carbs right down to a minimum while increasing good fats to encourage the switch to burning stored fat for energy. With the right level of nutrition support hunger pangs and cravings for unhealthy foods and starchy carbs should naturally start to dissipate.
The Brave Method encourages the use of MCT oil and hydrolysed collagen peptides (or our Vegan Collagyn alternative) during the last few hours of your fast, to help provide a feeling of satiety (fullness) and nourish and sustain you through the last challenging part of your fast. You’ll soon see that with the support of products like our True Collagen, Coffee+Collgen, Cacao+Collagen (or our Vegan Collagyn) and True MCT that you don’t need to muster up extreme willpower or enormous levels of self-discipline in order to succeed, which is why the Brave Method has become the go-to support for so many popular styles of fasting.
HOW DO THE ANCIENT + BRAVE BLENDS AND VEGAN COLLAGYN SUPPORT FASTING?
Some people find that the last few hours of their fasting window, which is typically the first few hours of their day, to be the most challenging. This is where the Ancient + Brave blends and Vegan Collagyn come in handy. Coffee+Collagen and Cacao+Collagen both contain a natural source of caffeine to help kick start your morning, and hydrolysed collagen peptides (units of protein) for nutrition sustenance to help you extend your fast to the finish line. If you are following a plant-based diet, then the Vegan Collagyn contains vegan sourced key amino acids as an alternative to our bovine collagen. Coffee+Collagen, Cacao+Collagen and Inspired Collagyn also contain botanical adaptogens which help build stress resilience offering up support during busy and demanding mornings. Adding a teaspoon of True MCT oil to Coffee+Collagen and Cacao+Collagen provides a source of fat that helps you feel fuller for longer and which cells can readily converted into energy and ketones.
COULD ADDING MILK OR MYLK TO MY COFFEE+COLLAGEN, CACAO+COLLAGEN OR VEGAN COLLAGYN INTERFERE WITH MY FAST?
Full fat, semi and skimmed cow’s milk all contain too many calories to keep you in fast. But if you use an unsweetened plant mylk, avoid ones that come fortified with extra protein and if you’re not adding half a cup at a time, then a little plant mylk shouldn’t make a big difference. As a general guideline, keep the total calories (of your brew + mylk) within the 50kcal limit, so we recommend no more than 50mls of any milk providing the nutrition information states:
- Under 28 Kcal per 100ml
- Under 2.5g of total carbs per 100ml
- Under 2.5g sugar per 100ml
- Under 0.5g of protein per 100ml
In a nutritional analysis comparison of lots of different brands and types of plant mylks we found that it’s Alpro’s fresh unsweetened: almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, coconut and almond milk plus Califa’s fresh almond milk that all fit these criteria.
DOES ADDING EXTRA TRUE COLLAGEN TO MY BREW AFFECT MY FAST?
Taking hydrolysed collagen is becoming a popular daily youthful skin ritual so we totally understand why you would want to add extra True Collagen to your brew. There’s a limit to how much you can add before you end up disrupting your fast. It’s generally considered that anything over 50 Kcal is likely to take you out of a fast and True Collagen contains 18Kcal per 5g (approx. 1 tsp).
- Coffee+Collagen contains 35 kcal so you could add just under a teaspoon of extra True Collagyn
- Cacao+Collagen contains 32 kcal so you could add an additional teaspoon of True Collagyn.
- Adding True Collagen to water, then you can add 3 teaspoons (15g) before you hit your 50kcal fasting limit.
Adding extra True Collagyn could give you that extra nutrition to help you feel full and satisfied until your next eating window and it could be a useful tool to help avoid snacking during your eating window.
WHY IS MCT SO IMPORTANT AS PART OF THE BRAVE METHOD?
True MCT is a key part of the Brave Method as it contains special fats that cells can readily burn and convert into energy and ketones. Providing the body, muscles and brain with an energy supply during fasting which helps contribute to curb hunger, sustain alertness, energy, mindset and physical performance.
WHY DOES THE BRAVE METHOD RECOMMEND ADDING MCT INTO COFFEE + COLLAGEN AND CACAO + COLLAGEN?
By blending True MCT into either of our blends you add another layer of fuel to your day. You gain all the nourishing benefits of the hydrolysed collagen with the fuel and ketogenic potential of MCT. In the case of the Coffee+Collagen and Cacao+Collagen it could be that when the caffeine wears off the MCT oils may still have you covered./p>
IS MCT BETTER THAN COCONUT OIL IN TERMS OF FAT BURNING AND KETONES?
Yes, MCT is vastly superior as it comprises only the key medium chain fats C8 and C10, which are readily converted into energy and ketones that help facilitate a state of ketosis. As a general guide you would need to take 6 tablespoons of coconut oil to gain the same amount of those helpful C8 and C10 medium chain triglycerides found in one tablespoon of MCT.
IS IT WORTHWHILE USING MCT IN BETWEEN MEALS?
Yes, a tablespoon or more of True MCT is useful between meals during your eating window, as this could help generate a feeling of satiety, distracting you from unhealthy snacks and may also help to bolster energy until your next mealtime. This is one of the reasons why MCT oils is so popular with some endurance athletes who carry MCT oil on their long rides and runs.
CAN I EXERCISE WHILST FASTED?
Absolutely! When you exercise in a fasted state it dramatically increases fat burning and muscle growth as you produce up to 300 times more growth hormone. Without the glucose and glycogen to pull energy from during your workout, your body is forced to adapt and pull its energy from fat. Since your metabolic demand during a workout is significantly higher than at rest, you will be burning more body fat during your workout. This leads to a much more efficient and effective workout giving you amazing fat burning results!
WILL I LOSE MUSCLE MASS IF I PRACTICE INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Studies show that 16-hour fasts create a 1,300% increase in human growth hormone secretion in women, and an astounding 2,000% increase in men! This statistic alone is a definitive reason to drop what you’re doing and incorporate intermittent fasting into your lifestyle immediately. HGH, commonly known as your fitness hormone, plays a huge role in your health, fitness and longevity. It actively promotes muscle growth and even further boosts fat loss by increasing your metabolism. The fact that it simultaneously aids in muscle building and fat loss explains how HGH can help you get lean and lose weight without sacrificing the beneficial muscle mass you’ve worked so hard for. Many bodybuilders are now incorporating fasting into their training cycles in order to build bigger muscles.
I THINK I HAVE ADRENAL FATIGUE – SHOULD I FAST?
If you suspect you have adrenal fatigue then you want to remove all caffeine from your diet. Use our Cacao + Collagen blended with MCT and butter, but fast for no more than 12 hours. All our blends contain Siberian ginseng, which is a fantastic adaptogen for adrenal stress. We recommend you engage in the Brave Lifestyle by spending more time outdoors and getting your required daily dose of sunshine, ideally with your shoes off. Eat nourishing and warming seasonal foods and try to reset your circadian rhythms by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR OUR COFFEE TO BE MYCOTOXIN FREE?
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of moulds and coffee is easily one of the largest sources of mycotoxins in the food supply. Some types of coffee have more mycotoxins than others. There’s no benefit to mycotoxin exposure, and even tiny amounts within regulatory standards may impact the health of some sensitive individuals. The main mycotoxins are Aflatoxin B1 (a known carcinogen) and Ochratoxin A. We have taken the extra measure to ensure our coffee is not just organic and free of pesticides, but also free of undesirable moulds.
CAN YOU DRINK ANCIENT + BRAVE BLENDS EVEN WHEN YOU’RE NOT FASTING?
Yes, they’re so delicious why wouldn’t you want to keep drinking them! All our products can continue to be used throughout the day, even when you are out of fasting mode as they deliver key nutrients. Coffee+Collagen, Cacao+Collagen and Inspired Collagyn contain botanical adaptogens which help build resilience to stress so these products may be helpful when your to-do list is looking pretty stacked up. The vegan Collagyn range also contains essential vegan nutrients that are hard to achieve through diet alone, this range provides an excellent daily supply of vegan vitamin D, and choline.
WHERE IS YOUR COLLAGEN SOURCED?
Our True Collagen is sourced from grass fed cows in South America.
IS YOUR PRODUCT PACKAGING RECYCLABLE / ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
The vast majority of our packaging is recyclable and our cardboard is all FSC certified. Read on for specific product packaging details.
Our true MCT oil and our True Collagen both come in recyclable glass bottles. Their lids are made from food grade plastic and so should also be recyclable, as is the plastic scoop.
Any cardboard used for our products (i.e. boxes and tubs) is FSC certified cardboard and is recyclable. The inside bag that houses the Cacao + Collagen and Coffee + Collagen is currently recyclable in two centres in the UK. So, although limited, our advice would be to put it in with your other recycling.
Unfortunately, our True Collagen sachets are not yet recyclable, but we are obsessed with packaging and are continually working on new solutions to make everything recyclable where possible.