Friday, December 5th, 2014

The Truth About Fat By Dave Asprey of BulletproofExec.com

by Kristen Suzanne in Bulletproof Coffee, MCT oil
Improve your life with Fat

Improve your life with Fat

Fat is your friend, my friends. Today, I share why you should have this deliciousness in your life with a guest post by an expert in biohacking and optimizing human performance, Dave Asprey. I was honored to be a guest on his top-ranking, popular podcast which I wrote about here.

The Bulletproof Diet Book

The Bulletproof Diet Book

Well, this is a special week for Dave Asprey because he launched his much anticipated book, The Bulletproof Diet. All of Dave’s followers are excited to finally have this book in our hands, and I started it last night. I immediately jumped to the chapter on supplements and learned a few things such as which quantities of Vitamin K2 to take of each (not vitamin K1), as well as appreciating his story on sinus infection and high dose vitamin C. I am also going to biohack with his advice on supplemental iodine. Although I haven’t read the whole book, I expect it to be great.

In support of this book launch, I’m sharing a guest post by Dave where he details the truth about fat. I selected this topic because I’ve been wanting to cover it myself but just haven’t had the time. So, I’m happy to have an expert like Dave Asprey come on my blog to share some wisdom on FAT. Enjoy….

The Truth About Fat by Dave Asprey

Diet.

It’s a key component of a healthy lifestyle. It has dictated the existence and extinction of many animals on our planet. In the human world, diet – although geographically unique – all have focus on nutritional value. So why for so long have there been so many hapless attempts from diet fads to teach us the right way to eat healthy. More importantly, why do most dieticians and nutritionists diminish the role that saturated fat has in making us healthier, happier and more efficient as humans.

In 1950 a scientist by the name of Ancel Keys rocked the world of nutrition by claiming, with some pretty convincing research, that saturated fat caused heart disease. The low-fat diet craze immediately stormed the scene and has unfortunately stuck around ever since, despite the fact that we later learned Keys threw out data that didn’t fit his model. More simply put, Keys manipulated data to corroborate his theory. He lied.

This might very well be one of the biggest lies in diet history. A lie which not only warped our nutritional understanding of fat, but resonated for over a half century to this day, where the fear of fat is still common in even some of the most educated, healthy people.

Due to faulty research, fats have gained a bad reputation, but the right types of fats are healthy and essential for life. All nutrients are converted inside the body before being used. The right fats are a clean burning, nutritious, and satisfying energy source that keeps your body and brain functioning at maximum capacity.

Firstly, fat contains more energy per gram than any other food, so it is most effective at delivering energy to the parts of your body that need it. Compared to protein or sugar, fat also has the lowest impact on insulin levels. Low-fat foods containing sugar spike insulin levels in the bloodstream, which leads to energy crashes and weight gain. Furthermore fat – unlike protein or carbohydrates – doesn’t raise the stress hormone cortisol, which increases blood sugar and suppresses your immune system. Eating fat increases the stomach’s bille production, which in turn allows it to release more toxins. This can be compared to a car having an oil change. To put it simply, healthy fats are an important component of the human body. It’s what we’re made of. The healthy female body is comprised of about 29% fat, while men are about 15% fat. Portions of every part of our bodies are made of fat, including our brains. This means that low-fat diets starve not only our stomachs but also our brains.

A large amount of people who quit their diets owe it to the waning of their will power. One of the main reasons people fail on so many dietary goals is that they feel like they’re being tortured and simply give up and go back to eating the foods they actually enjoy. Humans are like psychological misers, we have limited attention and willpower and once we meet our threshold we are likely to break. Saturated fats not only improve your bile turnover which as previously mentioned allows your body to excrete toxins more effectively, but it is also prevalent in some of your favorite, most delicious foods! This is music to struggling dieters ears. Rather than struggling through the fat-free agony, you can instead reap the health benefits of a high-healthy- fat diet and wake up every morning thrilled about the food you’re going to eat that day.

Like many big decisions in our lives, dieting deserves careful research before jumping in.
The reality is that saturated fats are both healthy and key for dieting. They balance hormones, help in excreting toxins, and are found in some of the most delicious of foods. Doing your research on incorporating saturated fats into your diet, will not only make you feel better in both mind and body, but will allow you to conserve your willpower and make your dieting experience more effective and tolerable.

Fat is the foundation of The BulletProof Diet, an incredibly in depth dietary guide created by bio-hacker and best-selling author, Dave Asprey.

Dave Asprey

Dave Asprey

Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $300,000 to hack his own biology, losing 100 pounds, upgrading his IQ, and lowering his biological age. He runs the No. 1-ranked iTunes health podcast and The Bulletproof Executive blog about using biohacking to increase human performance — and he invented Bulletproof Coffee.

You can find more about biohacking, the art of changing your environment and your biology so you perform better in his new book The Bulletproof Diet, and also on The Bulletproof Executive website, Facebook and Twitter​.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Recipe: Wild-Caught Sweet-n-Sassy Sockeye Salmon on Salad w Honey Avocado Mustard Dressing

Wild-Caught Rosemary Lime Spicy-n-Sweet Sockeye Salmon

Wild-Caught Sweet-n-Sassy Sockeye Salmon on Salad w Honey Avocado Mustard Dressing

I admit, 6 months ago I wouldn’t have had the courage to cook wild-caught salmon whole, but, today, I do. And, guess what? It’s wonderfully easy. Easy. Easy. Easy.

Plus, bonus, buying a whole wild-caught sockeye (or king) salmon is cheaper than buying it in pieces. I buy my wild-caught sockeye (and king) salmons from Vital Choice. I opt for the boneless with skin-on. They have an amazing product and fabulous customer service. I called them recently to ask them what to do with the prawns I bought from them. The gal on the phone told me step by step. Awesomeness.

Whole Wild-Caught Rosemary Lime Spicy n Sweet Sockeye Salmon

Whole Wild-Caught Sweet-n-Sassy Sockeye Salmon

This recipe doesn’t require much work at all. The hearty crisp romaine lettuce is tossed in a delectable creamy avocado dressing that is both sweet and savory, which pairs well with the salmon, having it’s own sweet and spicy elements. My 4-year old loved it. My husband loved it. I loved it. Say no more.

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Pesto Freezer Cups – Keep These On Hand For Amazing Meals

Frozen Pesto (#HerbalMedicine)

Frozen Pesto (#HerbalMedicine)

I never thought of pesto as herbal medicine, but indeed it is.

Pesto has earned a spot in my diet (and my freezer), fairly regularly as a result. I mean, think of it, it’s chock-full of herbs. Herbs are medicine. Pesto = Powerful Herbal Medicine.

The thing about pesto, for me at least, is that I don’t relish the making of it. I have to lug out my food processor and wash lots of herbs (I like to keep them varied for optimal nutrition). The other issue is that sometimes you don’t want a lot of pesto… you want just a little. Well, that’s not a problem when you’re smart and make pesto ahead of time.

When you realize you want (or need) some pesto, it’s great to have it on hand. It requires thawing, but I find that I usually know if I’ll need pesto a day in advance so I put it in the fridge to thaw overnight. I like to make a good sized batch and freeze it in jars of different sizes as shown in the pictures. I especially like these baby food storage jars because the amount frozen is perfect for adding a little of pesto flavor to any dish where you want herbal flare but not a pesto-heavy result.

Pesto (#HerbalMedicine) going into little cups for freezing.

Pesto (#HerbalMedicine) going into little cups for freezing.

When I go to the farmers’ market, I see what lovely fresh herbs the farmer has, and I buy a lot. I go home and get to making some pesto straight away so I can be done with it. It feels good to have a freezer stocked of different things that can quickly be thawed for food. If you haven’t seen my post on Real Food Fast Food, please check it out. I share lots of ways to make really fast meals that qualify as Real Food (healthy stuff).

Pesto goes wonderfully served over a grass-fed steak, grass-fed burgers (I buy from Alderspring), pasture-raised chicken (I buy from Good Earth Farms), wild-caught salmon (I buy from Vital Choice). It’s also delectable slathered over some fermented organic sourdough bread, drizzled over mochi, dumped on top of gluten-free pasta, and stirred into organic goat cheese for the best goat cheese ever. You can also add a spoonful of it to the next dressing you make. Holy moly, you’ll be licking the bowl and begging for more salad when you do.

See? Many ways to enjoy pesto, when you have it on hand. Don’t forget…

Pesto = Powerful Herbal Medicine.

Pesto is pretty easy to make even if it’s not my favorite thing to do. However, I am not going to give you much of a pesto recipe because it’s so forgiving. You only need fresh herbs and a couple of other ingredients. I list many herbs below and you can use one or a combination of many. I also prefer hemp seeds instead of other nuts because they’re nice and small, soft, and offer some better nutrition than many other nuts.

  • Fresh Organic Herbs: basil, oregano, dill, thyme, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, mint, dandelion, arugula
  • sea salt (to taste, but don’t be shy)
  • a few pressed cloves of garlic (more if you’re Italian) I love the Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher
  • 1/2 to 1-cup hemp seeds
  • hard raw cheese like parmesan (if vegan, omit the cheese and add extra hemp seeds)
  • 1/2 to 1-cup quality organic raw olive oil (or a mix of olive oil and Upgraded MCT oil for a brain boost)

Place the herbs in a food processor, like this one I have, fitted with the “S” blade, along with sea salt, garlic, hemp seeds, and cheese. Pulse it a bit until it’s nicely chopped. Turn on the food processor and add the olive oil in a steady stream until it’s incorporated. Set some aside to eat, if desired. Transfer the rest into glass storage cups of different sizes to be frozen. Be sure to label them with “Pesto” and the date.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Recipe: Strawberry Banana Brain-Boosting Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Brain Boosting Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Brain-Boosting Smoothie

Enjoy this mega brain-boosting smoothie for your next breakfast or lunch. Warning: if you have a little one around, especially a little girl who loves pink, be sure to double the batch or she’ll drink all of yours.

Strawberry Banana Brain-Boosting Smoothie

Blend everything in an awesome high-speed blender. (You don’t really need a high-speed blender to make this… but life is better with one.)

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