Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Bulletproof Diet Plan
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I already talked about preparation being the key to implementation of anything. I think this is particularly important in a dietary change or even physical fitness routine. Human nature is that if something new is too difficult for us to accomplish, we are often less likely to do it at all. With this in mind, Dave Asprey has tried to make this plan as simple as possible by providing the above infographic, and a 14 step way to get yourself into the Bulletproof plan.

He recommends that you start where you are and add new habits, obviously, he also says the more you add the more successful you will be with his plan. Some of the changes are easier to implement than the rest and some of them, you can start right now and start seeing a difference immediately. Unfortunately, the one aspect of biohacking that is very difficult for me to process is the slow step implementation. I have always been an all or nothing kind of girl. Usually, when I dive into something new, I jump in headfirst with all that I have or I often give up quickly. This flies in the face of biohacking, as, you need to give each thing time to work, in order to track its desired affect and to ensure you are not only getting a synergistic affect. While the synergistic impact is optimal, you can not know for sure, which item is giving you the most benefit, or if something needs to be tweaked  a little, if you implement everything at the same time.

Since some of the upgrades will require additional products to implement, it is much easier to start with the ones that do not require any additional effort or expense. Dave offers a step by step implementation guide, however, I am going to implement a little bit differently as I am going to start what I can start without making any additional purchases, save for the Bulletproof Brain Octane supplement, as I got that when I ordered my book.

So, the easiest way to implement this, in my estimation is eliminate stuff first, then add the stuff that is easy to buy and finally, add the Bulletproof specific brands. I have also read, where some people tried bulletproof and then tried other brands and could see the difference. Of course, in order to be your own biohacker, you have to try this for yourself. Dave cannot tell you, nor can I, if one is really superior to the others, Dave says they are superior, because he has spent thousands of dollars and many years experimenting on himself. So, of course, you can try his or try some other brand and get your own results, or go with what he says is tried and tested. The great thing about biohacking is that you can be your own scientist and find out what works best for you.

1. Switch to organic fruits and vegetables.  I have chosen to put this one first because I already get organic produce delivered every week from local farms. Sadly, a lot of this produce goes to waste because I do not plan my meals around it the way that I should. So this is a priority for me, I want to east the organic produce that I am already paying for. I think I am going to switch from the fruits and veggies mix to mostly veggies, to get the most benefit in my diet and to accomplish number two on my plan, which is to eliminate the sugar.

12. Limit fruit consumption to 1-2 servings per day.  I do not eat a lot of fruit to begin with, so this one is pretty easy for me to implement.

2. Cook your food gently, if at all.  Incorporate water into your cooking whenever possible and use low temperatures.  Do not use a microwave or fry. I do not fry and I rarely eat fried food, although you cannot tell by looking at my waistline.

3. Add spices and other flavorings from the Bulletproof Diet.  Favor herb based spices such as thyme and rosemary over powders. Use high quality ones, recently opened. Easy, add flavor to your food to make it taste better.

4. Eliminate gluten in any shape or form.  I am not really a huge bread person, but I do love sandwiches. I love rice and couscous and eat them with almost everything, unless I make mashed potatoes, which are another starch that need to be avoided.

5. Remove grains, grain derived oils, and vegetable oils such as corn, soy, and canola.  Also remove unstable polyunsaturated oils such as walnut, flax, and peanut oil.

6. Eliminate all synthetic additives, colorings, and flavorings.  This includes aspartame, MSG, dyes, and artificial flavorings.

7. Eliminate legumes such as peanuts, beans, and lentils. If you must have your beans, soak, sprout (or ferment), and cook them.

8. Remove all processed, homogenized, and pasteurized dairy.  Grass fed dairy products.. I do not even like milk, so this one should be super easy for me. I am going to change out my butter for grass-fed butter and switch to organic grass-fed milk for cooking with. I really wonder if my kids will notice the difference..

9.  Switch to grass-fed meat and wild caught seafood & Eat significant amounts of them: from big ruminant animals such as beef, lamb, and bison.  Pair this with fish, eggs, and shellfish.

10.  Eat pastured eggs and some pork, chickens, turkeys, and ducks.

11. Eliminate sugar - Yikes!! This step is going to be like crossing the grand canyon for me. I am a sugar addict! I am addicted to Mountain dew, as a matter of fact, I drink so much Mountain Dew that I am pretty sure, I could lose a significant amount of my weight simply by kicking the soda habit! One thing I know for sure is this will be essential to any dietary changes that I make because I know the sugar is making my waistline big and the caffeine is killing my sleep. Ironically, as I said above, I get fresh, organic produce delivered weekly yet I waste much of it, if I don't plan my meals around it. I do know the week before what I am going to get in my produce box and I can change it to my preferences.

A lot of this can be done almost immediately, with a few changes in my shopping habits, buying organic, grass-fed dairy and meat instead of regular, using Raw vegies as often as possible and steaming them when they need to be cooked. I already use a lot of spices to add flavor to my food.
This is generally in line with a raw food, paleo-style diet, which I have been curious about for some time now. Obviously, eliminating sugar is going to be the most difficult one for me to accomplish, so I put it last on the simple to implement list. Lastly, once my products arrive, I will ad the coffee (which I find difficult to drink, I usually have my Mountain Dew in the morning, not coffee, I do not like the taste, but I really want to give this diet a shot, and the coffee seems to be a really big part of it so, I am going to add the vanilla stuff sold on the website and hope it tastes like my really fattening French Vanilla cappuccino, which I purchase at the gas station every morning.

12. Replace the sugar calories with healthy fats from the Bulletproof Diet such as grass-fed butter, ghee, Brain Octane™,  Upgraded™ MCT oil, or coconut oil. Yes, he has made a business out of this diet and claims that his items are superior to those sold elsewhere. I cannot yet vouch for this but, I d know that you get what you pay for and if I am going to do this, I might as well do it right. That and my all or nothing temperament makes me want to rush out and buy everything this instant, so I can try it out right now! However, with this step-by-approach, I can start making the change that make the most sense for my lifestyle and my budget sooner rather than later.

 So, this is the way I am going to implement my High Fat Low Carb diet, hopefully, I will be successful.


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