I’m Brandon Wilson. I am constantly working toward improving my mind, body, and spirit using various ancient techniques and cutting-edge biohacking tools and devices. I want to be healthy, but not at the expense of being happy. This simple idea is what it means to be wellthy.
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What do people mean when they say they are “on a diet?” According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first definition of diet is “food and drink regularly provided or consumed.” We all eat and drink every day. Aren’t we all on a diet? Of course, when people say they are “on a diet,” it usually means restricting what they are consuming.
In one of his newsletters, Dr. Peter Attia described the framework he uses for nutrition summarized in the form of three types of restriction, which he calls “levers.”
Dietary restriction - What you eat or don’t eat
Caloric restriction - How much you eat
Time restriction - When you eat
Dr. Attia asserts that virtually all dietary schemes use these three elements in some combination. The trick is figuring out how hard and often to pull the levers to suit your goals and individual needs. Most people focus on dietary restriction, so let’s discuss that one today.
How do you know what to eat?
Every time I turn around, I see stories that coffee is good for you and bad for you. Eggs are good for you; eggs are bad for you. Eat kale, don’t eat kale. There’s so much information to weed through. It can be exhausting. Many people say, “Screw it. I’m going to eat what I like and what tastes good.” I tried that approach for many years. Spoiler alert: It didn’t work out that well.
No one diet is best for all human beings. You have to do the leg work to determine the ratio of macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) that works best for your biology and health goals. You also have to research the foods themselves.
Everything you eat falls on a spectrum from really good to really bad. All foods have three components:
Energy in the form of calories
Nutrition in the form of vitamins, minerals, etc.
Harmful content such as anti-nutrients, toxins, etc.
Rather than say that a food is “good” or “bad,” we should consider where the food is on the spectrum relative to calories, nutrition, and anti-nutrients and toxins.
The good news is that Dave Asprey, creator of the Bulletproof Diet, has done much of the leg work for us. He has refined this diet over ten years based on his own experience and feedback from many people who have followed these guidelines, lost weight, and gained energy. This roadmap provides an excellent one-page summary along with a checklist for grocery shopping.
There are three categories listed on this roadmap:
Bulletproof foods are the least inflammatory, lowest-toxin, and highest-nutrient foods.
Suspect foods might be fine for you, but they can trigger inflammation, cravings, bloating, and other health issues for many people.
Kryptonite foods - Just as Kryptonite took away Superman’s powers, these foods will take away your powers. These foods are likely to cause problems for most people.
You can customize foods on this roadmap to suit your tastes and lifestyle. For example, even though pineapple and green beans are Bulletproof, they will never be in my shopping cart or on my plate. And sometimes I want something with peanut butter even though peanuts are kryptonite. You don’t have to be perfect. After all, being wellthy means enjoying life, including lavish meals with some suspect or Kryptonite foods. Just make those meals exceptions rather than everyday affairs. And don’t forget to take some activated charcoal.
If you are curious about why Dave classified certain foods in the roadmap, he provides all the details in The Bulletproof Diet. (Note: These are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Just remember whatever you do, don’t accidentally slip and fall next to an open package of Oreo cookies, or it just might ruin your diet. 🤣
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