07 Apr Bulletproof Lifestyle
Dave Asprey of The Bulletproof Diet book fame has had a tremendous influence on me since I read his book and started following his podcast. If optimizing your diet and lifestyle for peak performance is of interest to you, then you might want to check out his material. His new release, Head Strong, just got stocked on our shelves and I am excited to dig in. This book focuses specifically on how to tailor our lives to support our brains to be sharper and more resilient, which in turn helps us to be emotionally stable and effective in our lives.
Asprey wants to show his audience how much we are influenced by our food and environment, how these elements of our lives are actually shaping our biology and how we express ourselves. To know how this process is happening gives us the capacity to make changes that affect all areas of our life.
One small example from his work is understanding how eating too many carbohydrates early in the day sets us up for blood sugar swings that can affect our moods, brain power, and food cravings for the rest of the day. The connection between our food, mood and level of cognitive functioning is so great to know.
I’ve made the relatively simple shift of having the highest amount of carbohydrates I eat mostly at night. From this change alone, I might now experience hunger during the day but I don’t experience food cravings or a desperate sense of needing food. And the most remarkable thing to me is that I had been living with food cravings and not knowing I was actually having them. It was only after I no longer had them that I realized how controlled I had been by the need to eat in an attempt to balance my blood sugar.
The good news is that our bodies are always moving in the direction of health and balance. We are blessed to be naturally self-healing and self-correcting. When we avoid adding unnecessary burdens*, our bodies can then begin to heal what has been standing in line to be healed.
Consider this list of nutrition and lifestyle practices that can enhance your experience of yourself and your life:
- Eat plenty of organic whole food (lots of vegetables!). When you eat organic, you do not add more chemicals that challenge the body.
- Eat fermented foods that support your gut microbe for optimal gut/digestive health.
- Eat in a relaxed, mindful way so that your body can effectively digest your food and obtain maximum nutrition.
- Avoid (or limit) inflammatory foods: sugar, gluten containing grains (wheat, rye, barley), vegetable oils, processed/packaged foods in general, pasteurized milk and milk products, alcohol.
- Avoid foods that you have an allergy or sensitivity to (so it is helpful to know what these are).
- Use organic and/or non-toxic household cleaning products.
- Use organic personal care products (remember that anything you put on your skin is being absorbed internally, just like food).
- Get plenty of clean air. (This often means using air-filtration in your home).
- Heal your emotional wounds with the help of a good therapist or 12 step group.
- Practice meditation to de-stress and learn to become steadier within the inevitable fluctuations of life.
- Get daily exercise and natural sunlight (walk in nature when possible).
- Work with a qualified practitioner to go through a heavy metal/toxin elimination protocol.
- Use good oral cleaning practices that support the microbiome of the mouth and address any oral infections (consider oil-pulling).
- Connect daily with your sense of purpose and reason for being here on the planet at this time and in this place.
- Get good quality sleep and get the amount that you need.
- Play, be creative, dance, participate in activities that bring joy.
The main theme here is to minimize the burdens that we place on our bodies, and increase the supportive elements so that we maximize our ability to not just avoid disease but to experience the joy of optimal health. Each day we can make hundreds of micro-decisions that can move us towards health and well-being.
* see next blog post!