Some days I feel like Wonder Woman, with bullets bouncing right off of me. This is how I want to feel all the time, but there are days when I feel weak, tired, and cranky. Our 15-year-old son was born with a condition call Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, this is a big fancy word for minimal sweat glands, only having 6 teeth, and thin, sparse hair. He is really the reason I became so interested in creating a salon whose main concern is what we put on our skin. The other day, he came to the car line from school completely frustrated with himself. He didn’t realize it, but he was struggling with brain fog and it was causing problems at school. I immediately went into Mama Bear mode. This lead me to The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Aspry.
I’m not even sure how I stumbled upon it, but reading just the first chapter, bells began ringing and other facts and truths I had heard from various natural experts started to line up. After a month eating “Bulletproof” I asked my son how he felt. His response is very typical of him,”Well… I hate the diet (because it’s a lot of vegetables!), but I feel great, so I’m in.” Logical, concise, and to the point. That’s my boy. My husband had lost 10 Lbs and I had lost 8 bringing us both back to our college weight. I had thought that at 42, my weight was just something I would fight forever, watching every calorie and going to bed slightly hungry every night.
I love science, I always have. Hair color is largely chemistry and I love knowing exactly what I’m going to get when I mix two components, no guess work, just facts. Dave Aspry, the author of Bulletproof, I believe, feels the same. His story has much the same elements as clients tell me every day, how they don’t feel good or strong, don’t know why, and are on a search for health. He just had every resource at his disposal. (Read the intro to his book, his whole story is there. We are selling the book at Verde Salon).
To put it very simply, it is an anti-inflammatory eating program designed to emphasize quality of food rather than quantity. I usually understand and retain information fairly quickly, but I must say, this book was so full of facts and information, that I completely read the book 3 times and although I know what it says, I would never presume to explain it better than Dave himself. I am including this first link regarding coffee…
My husband and I drank only Bulletproof coffee for two weeks and one day, he switched out the coffee to a different brand, unbeknownst to me. All day, I was tired and dragging to the point I told my assistant,”I just don’t know what the deal is, I’m exhausted!” My husband experienced a mild headache all day. We were convinced.
The diet is fairly simple. Grass fed meat and fresh fish with loads of veggies cooked in fats and sea salt. No fruit besides berries, no dairy, grains, or sugar. We incorporated high quality fats. Now for a woman who has watched every calorie for 10 years, it took every bit of determination to A) put butter and coconut oil in my coffee (say what?!), and B) add oils and fats to every day meals, while incorporating grass-fed beef and lamb and loads of fish. We also were eating dessert every night. My favorite is Green & Black’s Dark Cocao Bar 85%. It tastes fantastic without the powdery or bitter flavor some dark chocolate bars can sometimes have. Bulletproof Get Some Ice Cream is definitely a treat and I have been known to eat it unfrozen! I was eating again. It became a fun challenge to see how much weight we had lost each morning. Some of you will say, I eat like this anyway, or, we already know about that. But how many of us do it?
So the weight loss was fun, I’ll admit readily, but it wasn’t the main thing we noticed. My husband was remembering numbers better at work, I wasn’t struggling for words when talking to clients, and our kids were doing better in school. The mind is truly a terrible thing to waste. I read Dr. David Perlmutter’s book The Grain Brain. It supported everything I had learned in The Bulletproof Diet, but from a much scarier perspective. This is from a neurosurgeon who is seeing a definitive rise in memory disorders (Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, and ALS) as well as behavioral issues in children. Through his own research, he found many to be controllable with food! However, when it reaches a certain point, some things become irreversible. What wouldn’t we do for our kids? Let’s start with our own health. Here is the link to Dave’s article on food and the brain.
I hope you find my research helpful, it has certainly worked for us. We have copies of the book at Verde Salon as well as Upgraded Chocolate Powder, Upgraded Collagen, Brain Octane Oil, VanillaMax, Coffee, and Bulletproof Roadmaps, a small poster that effectively breaks down what foods will make you Bulletproof and what foods are Kryptonite. Love that! So, until we meet again… Up, up, and AWAY!