Now, it's a big old read, especially on a computer screen, so I visited Asprey's site, bulletproofexec.com for an overview of some of the core principles.
And here they are:
1. Rid your diet of sugar.
2. Replace those missing sugar calories with healthy fats.
3. Eliminate gluten.
4. Don't eat grains or used grain derived oils. Other oils to avoid are vegetable oils such as corn, soy, and canola.
5. Eliminate additives
6. Eat significant amounts of pastured, grass-fed meat, as well as high quality fish, eggs, and shellfish.
7. Give up legumes such as peanuts, beans, and lentils.
8. Remove pretty much all dairy. If you're going to have it, go grass-fed.
9. Go organic when it comes to fruit and veg. Budget doesn't stretch? See for which foods it's most important here
11. Eat raw, or cook gently. Incorporate water into your cooking and use low temperatures. Don't microwave or fry.
12. Limit fruit consumption to 1-2 servings per day. Prioritise low fructose varieties like berries.
13. Add Bulletproof Diet approved herbs and spices
14. Enjoy your food.
You may have noticed, this diet is very paleo-esque, but with a stricter low carb, even ketogenic policy. So, the "what you eat" seems to be pretty identical to what I had up til now been doing, however with a couple of changes:
1. Asprey is a massive proponent of Bulletproof Coffee; that is coffee mixed with grass-fed butter, or other high quality fats. The recommendation is to have this instead of breakfast. Now, although in a very similar vein, that doesn't quite fit with the IF approach I have been following (generally means I break the fast about 2-3 hours earlier than planned), but I certainly notice an instant feeling of satiety and boost in energy when I drink it. Testing ketone levels with Ketostix has also confirmed that drinking Bulletproof Coffee in the mornings really accelerates my return to Ketosis, should I have been knocked out of it by any reason. For a quick guide of how to make a Bulletproof Coffee, check the gallery at the top.
2. Asprey covets grass-fed meat products. The paleo diet does too, but at the moment, I just don't have the resources to buy it. For my report on the Bulletproof Diet however, the awesome team over at gourmetfleisch.de sponsored me a nice big package, to see if I noticed a change in my health and wellbeing when eating top quality meat. Be warned. A wander through their site is only recommended if you've just eaten. Otherwise your credit card will be taking a bit of a kicking.
Given its massive similarities to the diet I opted to follow myself, I shall be continuing with the Bulletproof Diet until my checkpoint date of 25. May. Wish me luck!