When I was pregnant, one of the many health experts I was privileged to work with told me to read The Better Baby Book by Dave Asprey and his wife Lana. I fell in love with it and was fascinated by the beneficial information inside about how to produce a healthier, smarter and happier baby with a lower risk for allergies, asthma and developmental issues.
Thankfully, my health regime was already on the right track, but I gained more valuable insight from the book. And I couldn’t wait to share it with friends who were trying to conceive or already pregnant.
I am very enthusiastic about the emerging field of epigenetics. Epigenetics theorizes that the way we interact with the world changes our DNA. So what you eat, where you live, who you interact with, when you sleep, how you exercise—all can eventually cause chemical modifications around the genes that will turn those genes on or off over time
Realizing that environmental factors interact with your genes and affect which ones are expressed or “turned on” will change the way you live. I wanted to connect with Dave and learn more.
He shared his bio-hacking story with me—a profound journey from which The Bulletproof Diet was born.
I asked Dave if he would write something for my blog, and I was so happy he said yes! Combining information from The Bulletproof Diet and The Better Baby Book, he shares his tips below on how to help your kids be bulletproof!
I’m so grateful to Dave, my new friend and kindred spirit! Take it away, Dave…
Top 5 Ways To Make Your Kids Bulletproof
With all the information out there on childhood nutrition, it’s easy to get confused about what will make your kids thrive. What should you feed them to make them happy and healthy?
The Bulletproof Diet (get the free roadmap here to tape to your fridge) applies to kids of all ages.
Kids are a lot like adults: they need some healthy carbs and thrive on fats. We now know the basics for a healthier diet: fats are essential building blocks of young brains and bodies, toxins are bad, and we should eliminate or cut back on sugar.
1. Eat more healthy fats.
Most kids love butter, and there are biological reasons for this: Humans as a species are designed to load up on fats whenever they become available.
Having your children eat a higher fat diet is actually much better for them than eating high amounts of just about any other food. Your kids will behave better than their peers at school who ate a bowl of sugary cereal and milk for breakfast and they will be able to pay attention for longer periods of time. Healthy fats can be found in a variety of foods, such as coconut or MCT oils, grass-fed butter, grass-fed meats, and even chocolate.
Eating more fats helps kids in many ways. First, fats help bones absorb calcium to build a stronger skeleton. Second, essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA are important for normal brain and nerve function. (A diet low in these fats robs the brain from building blocks that are critical for brain development, repair, and function.) Third, saturated fats like the ones found in coconut or MCT oil boost the immune system.
2. Load up on veggies.
Almost all vegetables are healthy, as long as they haven’t been tampered with in any way, including canning or frying. You should avoid genetically modified veggies. Growing your own vegetables is the best way to ensure freshness, but you can also go to your local farmers market to buy local and organic veggies. Cooking them in butter and sea salt sure doesn’t hurt, either.
3. Cut out gluten and sugar….
Some people worry that their kids won’t survive without gluten or juice, but my kids have been following Bulletproof from a young age, and they love the foods on the plan. Once you break your kids’ addiction to sugar, they’ll love how they feel. And you’ll love how calm and focused they are throughout the day without those sugar spikes and crashes, too. Make it delicious with these meal ideas and fun recipes off the Bulletproof blog. (My daughter Anna even asked for a stick of grass-fed butter for Christmas last year!) My kids’ favorite Bulletproof dishes are sweet potato fries and creamed cauliflower with lots of grass-fed butter.
4. …but keep healthy carbs.
Adults trying to lose weight may dramatically reduce their carb intake, but kids still need healthy carbs: yams, white rice, sweet potatoes, and other Bulletproof starches off the Bulletproof Diet Roadmap.
5. Embrace biohacks.
Biohacking is transforming the environment around you and inside of you so that you can feel and perform better. Who wouldn’t want that for their children?
Dr. Lana and I love using tools and “biohacks” to help our 5 year old and 8 year old gain better control of their emotions and thoughts. We give them deep breathing exercises, fish oil supplements, small amounts of Bulletproof Coffee in the early morning, and have them play brain training app games to help them grow and succeed.
We call that Bulletproof parenting!
Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof and author of New York Times bestseller The Bulletproof Diet, is a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who spent two decades and over $300,000 to lose 100 pounds, hack his own biology, and learn how to upgrade every aspect of human performance.