14 Steps To Eating The Bulletproof Diet

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Change of any kind can be hard, whether you want to lose weight or feel great and just plain kick ass every day – but it’s worse when you haven’t even started yet. It’s about to get a lot easier. Read this post to work your way to becoming completely Bulletproof. It’s best to follow the steps in order, and don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do it all at once.

A lot of people feel like they’ve failed if they don’t eat perfectly, so they decide to ditch the entire program – bad idea, especially since you don’t have to do it perfectly.  Maybe you’ve been able to get rid of grains, but you still haven’t been able to find grass-fed meat.

That’s why I’ve created a step-wise approach to getting started on the Bulletproof Diet. The Bulletproof Diet is (as any healthful diet should be) an abrupt departure from the Standard American Diet (SAD).

One of the most common questions I receive is whether or not the diet will work if you discard some of the principles and consume non-organic vegetables, conventional meat, farmed seafood, etc.

Basically, will a few of the Bulletproof Diet principles be enough to notice any difference? The answer is always the same: “Yes – but the more you do, the better it works.”

However, you’ll be healthier and stronger by making even the smallest changes. For some people, it’s easier to use a check list when making dietary changes.  This is the step-by-step guide to changing from a Standard American Diet to the Bulletproof Diet. This list does not include exercise or other lifestyle recommendations, which can be found here and all over the bulletproofexec.com blog.

I spent a lot of time getting the core Bulletproof Diet roadmap (get the infographic here free) into a simple format so you will know what to eat. But even then, information overload is always a problem, especially when you’re dealing with family, job, and the other things that make life fun.

These steps are cumulative; the farther you go, the more Bulletproof you’ll become.  Start wherever you are and move forward. All of these steps are built in to the Bulletproof Diet infographic too – sign up to get it via email – and stick it on your fridge so you can check how Bulletproof a food is.  It can be overwhelming to wade through all of the information on the Bulletproof® Diet (download the free infographic here), so I’m going to break it down into a few simple steps for you.

14 Steps To Eating The Bulletproof Diet

1. Eliminate sugar (including fruit juices and sports drinks that contain HFCS, honey, and agave) .

2. Replace the sugar calories with healthy fats from the Bulletproof Diet such as grass-fed butter, ghee, Brain Octane™,  Upgraded™ XCT oil, or coconut oil.

3. Eliminate gluten in any shape or form.  This includes bread, cereal, and pasta.  Do not make the mistake of resorting to gluten free junk food, which can be almost as bad.

4. Remove grains, grain derived oils, and vegetable oils such as corn, soy, and canola.  Also remove unstable polyunsaturated oils such as walnut, flax, and peanut oil.

5. Eliminate all synthetic additives, colorings, and flavorings.  This includes aspartame, MSG, dyes, and artificial flavorings.

6. Eat significant amounts of pastured, grass-fed meat from big ruminant animals such as beef, lamb, and bison.  Pair this with fish, eggs, and shellfish.

7. Eliminate legumes such as peanuts, beans, and lentils.  If you must have your beans, soak, sprout (or ferment), and cook them.

8. Remove all processed, homogenized, and pasteurized dairy.  High fat items can be pasteurized, but they should be grass-fed.  Full fat, raw, whole dairy from grass-fed cows is okay for most people.

9. Switch to grass-fed meat and wild caught seafood.  Eat pastured eggs and some pork, chickens, turkeys, and ducks.

10. Switch to organic fruits and vegetables.  This is more important for some plants than others.  See this site for details.

11. Cook your food gently, if at all.  Incorporate water into your cooking whenever possible and use low temperatures.  Do not use a microwave or fry.

12. Limit fruit consumption to 1-2 servings per day.  Favor low fructose containing fruits like berries and lemons over watermelon and apples.

13. Add spices and other flavorings from the Bulletproof Diet.  Favor herb based spices such as thyme and rosemary over powders. Use high quality ones, recently opened.

14. Enjoy your food.


Key Points

  • If you have to have some form of cheat/junk/fake food, have it, and don’t act like you’re “off the wagon”.  The more you venture from the Bulletproof Diet, the less you’ll benefit.  The more you stick to the Bulletproof Diet, well, the more Bulletproof you’ll be.  Small variations are fine and do not constitute failure.
  • If you experience allergies, acne, or other negative effects after consuming dairy, switch to ghee as your only dairy, and eat some coconut oil and animal fat too.
  • Do not count calories in an attempt to lose weight.  Eat until satiety and then stop.
  • Try not to snack.  Bulletproof intermittent fasting is encouraged, though not mandatory.
  • Limit fruit consumption to 1-2 servings per day to avoid high triglycerides.  There are other reasons to limit fruit consumption, but it won’t kill you.
  • High healthy fat intake is optimal.  General ranges are 50-80 percent fat, 5-30 percent carbohydrate, and 10-30 percent protein.
  • Eat as little polyunsaturated fat as you can.  Supplement with fish oil or krill oil if you don’t consume fatty cold water fish like salmon on a weekly basis.
  • If you can’t find grass-fed meat, choose the leanest cuts of grain-fed meat possible.  If you can find grass-fed meat – choose the fattiest cuts possible.
  • “I don’t have time” is not an excuse.  Nourishing your mind and body is not optional. Anyone can make soft boiled eggs and Bulletproof Coffee.

If you do this mostly right, you’ll set yourself up for a low inflammation, high performance, high energy lifestyle. If you don’t make time to take care of yourself now – you’ll have to make time to be sick later.  Eat Bulletproof.  Be Bulletproof.

And if you want to learn more about the science behind why the Bulletproof Diet has worked so well for so many people, pick up a copy of the new Bulletproof Diet book here!

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By Dave Asprey

  • As usual, your posts are terrific. Here’s my question. I KNOW that dieting doesn’t work to lose weight, keep it off, and improve your health. As a fellow Heartmath trainer, I know you know that you must also address the emotional eating and stress factor by dealing with stress factors which negatively effect fat storage and metabolism. My question is this: if you are doing this lifestyle change and still want to lose weight, do you recommend any limitations on amount foods to eat – other than fruit?

    • My two cents: With this lifestyle change you will lose weight. But if you are wanting to shed weight quicker on the diet, keep your carb intake low and stay in Ketosis more often. Exercise more. Dave doesn’t exercise much because of time constraints. But if you have time to exercise, it will help you burn fat. But even if you follow the principles above and do nothing else, you will burn fat. Also, with regards to weight: Don’t focus on the scale. I have seen people on a Paleo diet gain weight, but look like the lost 20 lbs. If you are gaining muscle and losing fat, the scale might not dip much but you are on the right track. Take measurements and measure body fat%. That will help you see progress.

      • Well said Sean. Thanks for you excellent answers 🙂

        In addition, I would say that to get to a healthy weight, caloric restriction is unnecessary. If you want to get to super low BF, you need to count calories. We don’t talk about that much because it’s not bulletproof.

        • Paleomom3

          So if your goal is to achieve a low BF% (12-14% for a 34 yr old female), what should your calorie consumption and macronutrient levels be? I workout first thing in the morning 6 days/week – 4 days of circut training and spinning 2x/week. I’ve been on a Paleo diet for 1 week – the scale hasn’t budged and my clothes are not getting any looser. I’m 10-14 lbs over my goal weight and need to loose about 5% BF. I had BP Coffee today for breakfast for the first time, and so far I haven’t eaten anything else today. However, I’m confused as to when to break my fast and consume protein, fat & veggies. It is ok to only have BF Coffee following morning workouts? I’ve always been told that it’s important to consume protein w/in 30 minutes of exercising to gain lean muscle mass…Please help and provide direction. Thank you!

        • moors

          I read a few studies yesterday that show a low carb and high protein diet may be more advantegous to lose weight, source was Dr Briffa’s newsletter. I’m new to this site so there may be some suggestion about it elsewhere.

    • Scotty

      Stop Being afraid of food is the first step to being healthy. Grains and legumes are not bad for you, neither are “high sugar” fruits. Everyone seems to have this backward logic surrounding carbohydrates. In real science although some statements can be made “in general” that never means they are “absolute.” In terms of insulin resistance, it is not hyperinsulinemia that is the problem; it is the receptor. The cells are producing enough insulin but insulin receptors elsewhere in the body become insensitive the circulating insulin. More often than not “events” have occurred to cause eventual down-regulation of the insulin receptor. And the events I refer to here are almost always a matter of genetics, lifestyle, and body weight. The truth is about 80% of people with type 2 diabetes insulin resistance are obese. 80 percent! The other 20 % are almost always genetically predisposed to genetic material coded for the production of an abnormal receptor-in other words they have inherited a genetic problem that does not allow the insulin receptor to work properly. As you can see this doesn’t even remotely tend to describe active individuals or more or less people of normal or regular body weight.

      The mistaken logic portrayed by the diet and fitness industry works like this: Hyperinsulinemia is a marker for several diseases. And carbohydrates ingestion causes the greatest release of insulin. Therefore the conclusion they jump to is that if you avoid carbohydrate intake or keep it to a minimum then you avoid hyperinsulinemia and therefore avoid insulin resistance. This is nonsense.

      The real truth is yes carbohydrate ingestion causes the release of insulin. But carbohydrate ingestion does not cause hyperinsulinemia. That is an unethical leap from science to agenda. The argument that X=Y and then Y=Z, does not mean X=Z. The problem is the insulin receptor, not insulin in and of itself. Stop the nonsense. The truth is high complex carbohydrate diets can lower insulin levels. And for athletes or anyone in intense regular training, a higher carbohydrate diet is truly the “correct” one.

      • Dave Asprey

        Scotty, I’m sorry, but you lose me at “grains and legumes are not bad for you.” If you can say that with a straight face, either:
        a) you have not read any of the posts about grains vs grass fed on this site
        b) you are dogmatically sticking to an obviously flawed assumption, which people do when they subconsciously believe they will cease to exist if their beliefs are wrong.

        Stop being afraid, my friend. Beans and grains really are bad for you, but you’ll still be your normal self when you start to realize that. 🙂

      • Love those references. Assertions without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

      • Stu

        Any thoughts from the BP people on this?

      • Redwana

        “The argument that X=Y and then Y=Z, does not mean X=Z.”

        Oh come on, wtf? You’re denying the zeroth law of thermodynamics. That alone invalidates your very long ad hoc hypothesis.

  • Marcelphilippe1

    Hey Dave,

    why is it that you wrote soft boiled eggs, is there anything in particular that one should watch for whilst cooking eggs (not too hard?)



    • Cooking the yolks in an egg oxidizes the fat. Oxidized fat = bad

    • the reason he mentioned them is because they’re easy to make. He’s implying that anyone can make them – so you don’t have an excuse not to eat well.

  • Chuck

    Could you elaborate on meat cooking techniques in a future post. I assume by frying you mean even low temperature stop top cooking in a, duh, frying pan.

    Thank you.

    • Yes. Stop cooking in a frying pan. We’ve talked about cooking methods a lot on the podcast. It’s better to cook your food without fat, and then add the fat afterwards when it’s cooled some.

      • Luke H

        So its not good to cook with butter or coconut oil? Sorry i havn’t heard of the cooking methods, what is the best way to cook a nice bit of steak?

  • Howard Lee Harkness

    I note that you diss pasteurizing, but soft-boiled eggs are ok? I pasteurize my eggs myself in my sous vide at 132F for 90 minutes, and use those in my morning whey protein shake (with coffee, cocoa, butter, MCT oil and coconut oil). I also use some stevia (with some glycerin, which I suspect you don’t approve, but it takes the ‘edge’ off of the stevia taste).

    • Now I haven’t read all blog posts here but I’ve listened to all the podcasts and the only “disses” on pasteurization I have heard relates to milk. Which the process kills all the healthy nutrients and enzymes in the process. I’ve never heard of the pasteurization process being applied to things outside of liquids, and it’s almost always referred to in processing milk.

    • Are you asking us or telling us something? Please see Sean’s comment below. Cooking eggs is VERY different from cooking milk in what it does to the food.

  • Do you think eating buckwheat is acceptable?

  • Jacob Haskins

    One caveat about #9:

    Because of radiation poisoning from the Fukushima meltdown, you may want to avoid wild-caught Pacific seafood for a while. Some of my Inuit friends have already noticed seals exhibiting the effects of radiation poisoning.

    • Interesting. Thanks for the tip.

    • Curt

      I would be surprised if there is any significant level of radiation from Fukushima in the ocean at this point. We’ve passed the half-life of iodine more than a dozen times (meaning it’s almost completely decayed) and the cesium isotopes are relatively few. At the very very worst, one might want to avoid apex predators as with mercury avoidance.

      I spent the last 4 months in Japan, and even though the population there is very concerned about health and radiation poisoning, this did not stop them from eating fish almost every day. At most, some would avoid fish caught in certain regions of the sea off Japan.

      But considering the immense benefits of Pacific fish such as salmon, and the scientific evidence that fish oil supplements have low efficacy compared to omega-3’s from fish themselves, I would do significant research to determine the real risks of radiation before I gave up Pacific fish.

      • jewels

        Fukushima has been an ongoing non-stop nuke leak into the pacific ocean from March 11 2011 with no end in site, so forget half lives of any isotope, including the pu that the bottom feeders are ingesting…

  • Matt

    I thought I read somewhere that with The Bulletproof diet one should not eat fermented foods. Is this because of mycotoxins or do you believe that lactic acid bacteria can cause problems as well. I make my own sauerkraut and kimchee and consume them for digestive support and GI health. Just a bit confused at this point…

    • The lactic acid is not a problem, the mycotoxins are a serious problem. There is no guarantee that fermented foods are safe, so it’s a good idea to take a well formulated probiotic instead.

      • Mryan4775

        Have you researched mycotoxins and raw saurkraut? Is that just a blanket statement regarding the deleterious effects of mycotoxins?

        • Dave Asprey

          Mryan, I have looked at sauerkraut and made some of my own. The question comes down to which yeast or bacteria with which genes is sitting on top of your fridge digesting cabbage. If it’s “good” stuff, you’re fine. If it’s “bad” stuff, you’re not doing yourself any favors. And without some heavy duty genetic testing, you’ll not know which.

        • I would love an answer to this as well. I drink homemade kombucha every day and it makes me feel great! Should I stop?

  • Chuck

    Thanks Dave! If stuck in a situation where you have only the option of farmed salmon or semi-lean grain-fed beef, which is the better choice?

    • I would say the semi lean grain-fed beef. Just remove any visible fat.

  • TimR

    Thank you for this site, I’ve learned a lot.. My question is OT, but I’ll hazard asking — I was thinking of checking out my Vit. D levels through blood work (via directlabs.com or similar) and maybe checking a full battery of things as well.. So the question is, assuming that would be useful, do you know of any good resources to help a layperson interpret such reports? And act on whatever they learn, whether through supplementation, etc.

    • Kristian Kornum


      This page has info on different blood levels, and has references to several studies under each recommendation.

      Vit-D should probably be twice the amouth of what your doctor will recommend.

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  • Susan

    Curious to know what you think of this post by Stephen Guyenet about a recent study showing that a high fat diet may injure the brain. Link is here: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2012/01/high-fat-diets-obesity-and-brain-damage.html#more

    • Dave Asprey

      Susan, good question! Guyenet is a smart guy, and his post shows that. The rat diet was all refined, and it had soy oil and casein, which are not Bulletproof at all. And the BPD is inherently *not* a fattening diet – it’s the opposite of that. Given the increases in brain function seen from grass fed butter and MCT oil, and the effects of MCT oil on alzheimers (see my Newport podcast!), I have no concerns that the BPD diet causes brain injury. In fact, I believe it helps with inflammation-caused brain injury, even including autism. Some aspects of the diet I originally tested because I was designing them to prevent autism in my unborn kids, given that I was at higher risk of having autistic kids, given my own asperger’s history (it’s gone), my family, and my wife’s age (42 for our 2nd child, 40 for the first).

    • Kristian Kornum

      The mice refined fatty-diet, can hardly be compared to the bulletproof or similar primal/paleo like diets, since the mice become overly obese in 3 months and the effect is very different from these diets.

      Could be interesting to have Dave’s Hypothalamos scanned for infection, to check the long term effect on it. Dave, have you had this checked by your many doctors?

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  • Mike

    I am having a little trouble locating “grass feed” beef in Denmark, the closest thing i can find in regulare stores are organic beef, and far out on the country side i found one place who sells partly grass feed beef, they are out on the fields all summer, but in the winters they are inside and are grain feed … i can’t figure out what to go with? Would lean organic beef be a fair alternative? does it matter wether i choose lean organic or this semi-grass feed beef?

    • Jespermino

      Living in Denmark too (Aarhus). Let me know if you locate anything good 🙂

    • Most European farms don’t CAFO and only grain finish their meat for 30-75 days rather than the full year that US and Canadian meat providers do. Most European meat can basically be considered grass finished; at least it is not anywhere near as toxic as US meat.

      • Dave Asprey

        Yes European meat is less toxic but even 30 days of grain destroys most grass fed benefits. ;(

  • Mike

    So pasturized eegs are okay? I prefer them because they last longer, are easier to handle and it gives me the option only to buy either the yolks or the whites, depending on what i need

    • No – pasteurized eggs are not okay.

      • David Rahbany

        Read number 9 again.

        • Christy

          pastured not pasteurized

  • andrea

    “I don’t have the money” is an excuse? The diet sounds fine, but i wonder how many people can afford those products…Grass-fed meat is expensive as wild caught seafood, not to mention organic vegetables and fruit. That’s not fair for the majority of people.

    • Dave Asprey

      Andrea, it’s not a question of fair. You can pay the farmer now or you can pay the doctor later. But honestly, grass fed meat is not expensive if you eat at home. It’s restaurants that are expensive. Look at the links on the site for sources of grass fed meat that cost about $5-6/lb for some common cuts. I eat a TON of ground grass fed meat because it’s affordable and easy to cook. I found it locally for $3.50/lb. You need a small freezer to buy and store 30-50lbs, but the one in your fridge will do if it’s not stuffed with junk.

      The staple food – butter – is $2.79 for 8 ounces. That’s one of the cheapest healthy foods on a per-calorie basis you can find. If you’re short on dollars, eat more butter. Seriously. You will be stuffed if you eat $3 worth of butter in a day. Eat it with a few eggs, the cheapest vegetables you can find, and this is not an expensive diet.

    • No one said you had to buy everything at first. Buy what you can with what you have.

      • moors

        This is a problem for me too, especially because I guess it is nearly impossible to find grass fed meat of any kind in big cities in Turkey and only a selection of vegetables/fruits certified organic are sold and are highly priced. But I guess chances of finding something organic without a certificate are bigger in Turkey and I generally use exsir sanitizer which claims to be the first and only
        100% vegetable-based vegetable and fruit purification concentrate of the world that does not contain any additive and purifies vegetables and fruits from agricultural pesticide, paraffin/wax, microbe/bacteria, insecticide, larva and fertilizer residues up to 100%.

        I guess I will be eating some lamb kidney and lamb or chicken liver without organic certificates also…

    • Sarah C

      I thought the same thing at first. But honestly I’m spending the same amount of money, if not less, eating Bulletproof. Yes, grass fed and organic items are more expensive, but there are a lot of items you are not buying anymore like cheese, ice cream or other sugars and even flavor packages for your water, etc.

  • Reka

    Hi, I would like to ask about raw milk, I avoid pasteurized milk and drink only full fat raw but am not feeling completely safe. Whenever it comes to raw milk in my country people try to scare others with stories about getting tick borne encephalitis. These cases happened, though quite rarely, the goat had been bitten by a tick and people drinking the milk raw got encephalitis / meningitis. I know goats are more exposed to ticks than cows are, because goats move around more and go into the woods and bushes, while ticks cannot survive for long on the fields where the cows are pastured. But I want to try goat milk, too, sometimes, and anyway, I would like to get a realistic estimate about the risks. Of course, farmers who sell the milk at bigger markets provide regular vet tests for the animals but they cannot prevent everything. I have a strong immune system and robust health but I don’t want to fight such a disease. Still, I love milk and want to drink it, even if in moderation. So if you know some realistic info about the risks I would be very grateful if you shared.
    Thanks for the great blog.

    • Hey Reka,

      I’m writing a report on this right now. In the mean time, check out this site and the articles it contains:


      So far, the evidence indicates the risk of drinking raw milk is incredibly low. You’re far more likely to get sick eating spinach, or get injured driving to get the raw milk than you are actually drinking it. As far as I’m concerned, drink away 🙂


      • Reka

        Thanks a lot for your answer, I checked this source, and also the Weston A Price foundation says that raw milk practically kills all pathogens… I guess the people who died from that infection might not had been on the top of their health, and who knows how many others drank it raw without serious problems… but still looking forward to your report:)

  • Hi, I just have a quick question about pressure cooking? Got some short ribs and usually braise them long and slow, is pressure cooking better according to being Bulletproof?

    good work guys,
    Paul de Vassal

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  • Puppetjunk72

    I need to know how many times to eat a day and how to cook my meats? I understand the cup of coffee in the morning but when am I supposed to eat the other stuff? If its like Ori’s warrior diet then I know I am basically eating my dinner meal but if its not, then how do I get in all the servings throughout the day? Most of the “Eat” sections on the meal plan say to eat it raw or barely cooked, what about the meats? Thank you!

    • Dave Asprey

      Puppetjunk – You can eat as many times as you like, but if you are looking to lose weight, try the Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting protocols on the site. Otherwise, stick to the green foods, and it works! Meat is less inflammatory when it’s cooked less.

    • If you’re at a healthy weight, eat when you’re hungry.

      Cook meats at medium temps for a short period of time, the minimum amount possible.

      • Lee

        I have ~20 years of nutrition, exercise, bodybuilding experience and love health topics…
        What I’ve never heard ANY mainstream Paleo’ish person/author/advocate talk about, IS PARASITES/WORMS in meat/poultry/pork…

        This issue should be addressed, and I have YET to find it on ANY of the blogs, any of the books, anwhere really… feigning cutting-edge info on all these blogs and in all these books, where is the REAL cutting edge info like said above? If you eat 1-2-3-4-5 servings of meat per day, and like Armistead Legge just commented, COOK LIGHTLY OR AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE, with meat, this is a MASSIVE recipe for getting intestinal worms/parasites….

        Any input out there?

        • Dave Asprey

          If you eat healthy grass fed animals your risk is lower. I ate RAW meat and veggies only for 6 months. No parasites. Did tests for them in my gi tract too. There is also the helmintherapy process where you eat parasite eggs to trigger immune regulation. (yes I did that too. Pig whip worm eggs. Yum.)
          After 7 years of worrying about parasites (besides yeast) I have concluded that the fear of them is worse than the problem for most people.
          Weston Price found no parasites in his raw fed cats housed right next to parasite ridden cooked food cats.

        • April

          Pottenger did the cat study, not Weston Price. Just sayin.

        • blenderphone

          Most grass fed or small farm meat has been frozen already in deep freeze units
          (for logistical reasons mostly.) PROPER FREEZING KILLS THE PARASITES. The USDA has published precise guidelines for this. All sushi in the US other than tuna must be frozen to be legal to serve for this reason, most people do not know this. Freeze pasture raised pork properly and no worries about Trichinae in rare pork chop. It needs to go to zero degrees or below at time lengths depending on the thickness of the cut. I eat sashimi almost every day from small cuts out of my chest freezer (since I live in LA and have access to LA fish company… the wholesale place the sushi restaurants buy from.) Just put the frozen meat in a ziplock and drop it in a bowl of warm to moderately hot water and it will thaw beautifully with no quality loss. Freezing will not eliminate bacteria though so it is very important that the meat is from an exceptional source such as a very small grazing operation that uses a small processing plant and has the highest standards. Another reason frozen is better is that the meat will be frozen immediately after slaughter at the processing facility so there is no time for the meat to begin to spoil. I ran a small pasture based farm so I am very familiar with these issues. A word of warning though for you hunters out there… wild game is the exception to the rule and a high percentage carry a deadly freeze resistant parasite so cook your bear and deer meat to medium.

        • That’s a fair point Lee, but my point was to cook the meat the minimum amount necessary. I didn’t say not to cook it. As Dave said, the risk of parasites is far lower with grass-fed animals raised in sanitary conditions.

        • moors

          The cat study is really impressive. Maybe it’s better to eat bison/cattle/sheep/goat meat that was frozen long enough raw with antibacterial/antiviral foods added such as garlic or maybe even some high quality colloidal silver, I do not know(not to mention thiamin deficiency causing raw fish and pork with obvious risks that I do not check much because it’s not sold in my cities). Hopefully someone can comment on this…

        • mudtower

          You need to look into Paul Chek, of how to eat move and be healthy. Paul is a nutritional super hero.
          Also I would love to see him as a guest on the podcast.

  • Abhi

    Dr Kurt Harris has written Panu (now Archevore) long ago which has 12 steps that pretty much sum up everything you need to know. People keep asking Dr Kurt Harris why he doesn’t regularly update his site and i think the reason is he has already NAILED IT – captures the essence of almost everything. Then you get to see blogs like this – with 100 variations of Archevore diet: low carb, moderate carb, with starch, food reward etc etc …. but essentially boils down to what the Archevore diet already encompasses. Bloggers – stop wasting your time writing the same things. Readers – you too – stop wasting your time reading the same things. If there is one page anyone should read – read this

    • Dave Asprey

      Yep. Archeovore is a great blog and Kurt is one if the people I mostly agree with. But the Bulletproof Diet is no archeovore knock-off or variation; it’s been under development and refinement for a decade with higher fat recommendations first posted in 1997. Good news: Kurt and I agree on most things! It means both of us are more likely to be right vs someone like Ornish, but it does not mean either of us copied the other. Neither did Chris Kresser or Robb Wolf or Jack Kruse. It’s a good thing that experts can come to a rough consensus!

  • Ellen Shipley

    The microwave is our cooking method of choice. We cook all our veggies w/ a splash of water and they come out basically steamed. What have you got against the microwave?

    • Dave Asprey

      Microwaves denature proteins more than other methods of cooking. Many of them leak microwaves around the doors, and those are proven to be bioactive. See Robert O. Becker’s work on the effects of radio waves on living systems and how Russia used them against our embassies – at levels legally allowable by our own regulatory agencies.

      • NoonianAtall

        I guess you’d better stop using computers then, and probably need to avoid all populated areas, because wireless networks use the same frequency as microwaves. Oh, and so does radar, so don’t fly in airplanes or climb to high elevations. I know you sell coffee–do you also sell tinfoil suits?

        Microwaves are not cosmic rays. Their effect is heat. If you can’t feel heat from your microwave–that is, other than conductive and radiant heat from the food inside–your microwave isn’t leaking. A leaking microwave is a serious problem and should be disposed of.

        • Noah Zork

          I agree, how can anyone even think this is a problem anymore ever since they started handing out free leaky-microwave test kits at every grocery store. Its not like potentially hundreds of millions of people using a piece of shit microwave purchased at a garage sale (ect..) for 5$ are at risk. Your love of microwaves is apparent so why don’t you go stick your head in one and stop trying to mislead people just because YOU! have taken a stand! and decided that YOU! will not believe this hocus pocus! despite not having read a single thing about it! “why would I read any information about it?!?! I’m too smart for that!!!!.

        • NoonianAtall

          You make a lot of assumptions about me, sir.

          Here’s the bottom line:

          1. Microwave-frequency EMR is everywhere now, thanks to wireless networking, as well as radar.

          2. If your microwave was leaking enough to harm you, you’d feel the heat as a burning sensation when in the path of the leaked microwaves.

          If you’re not freaking out about using wireless networking, you shouldn’t be freaking out about microwave ovens.

    • gingerperth

      There is extensive scientific literature concerning the hazardous effects of direct microwave radiation on living systems. Imagine what that radiation is doing to the enzymes and nutrients in our foods. It creates not just dead foods, but chemically-damaged foods. Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel, who is now retired, worked as a food scientist
      for many years with one of the major Swiss food companies that do
      business on a global scale. A few years ago, he was fired from his job
      for questioning certain processing procedures that denatured the food. Dr. Hertel was the first scientist to conceive and carry out a quality
      clinical study on the effects microwaved nutrients have on the blood and
      physiology of the human body. His small, but well controlled, study
      showed the degenerative force produced in microwave ovens and the food
      processed in them. The scientific conclusion showed that microwave
      cooking changed the nutrients in the food; and, changes took place in
      the participants’ blood that could cause deterioration in the human
      system. The increase of leukocytes with the microwaved foods were more
      pronounced than with all other cooking methods. It appears that these
      marked increases were caused entirely by ingesting the microwaved
      substances. Leukocytes are often signs of pathogenic effects on the living system, such as poisoning and cell damage. See more: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/health-hazards-to-know-about/microwave-ovens-the-proven-dangers

  • Jacque O

    I am new here … but am already a fan! Looking forward to your blog posts and trying my coffee that I just ordered!

  • Seinterz

    Not new to paleo, but new to Bulletproof. Great information…and a lot more involved than just throwing some butter in your coffee as I had been told. 😉 So glad I checked out your site and looking forward to finding the time to listen to all the podcast, but in the meantime, I have a couple basic questions: do you recommend supplements? I see the protocol for your fast weight loss and the supplements recommended with that…but what about with the bulletproof Diet? Also, below you say if you are a normal weight the timing isn’t a factor. What if weight loss is one of the goals? Do meal times make a difference?

    • In almost every context, meal timing is irrelevant for weight loss too.

      Supplement recs are coming soon.

  • Joe

    My wife is a vegetarian (not vegan) for ethical reasons and I was wondering if there was a way to make the bulletproof diet work for vegetarians? Also are beans ok to eat?

    • Dave Asprey

      Beans are particularly bad. Try explaining to your wife that the destruction of topsoil and the crushing and slicing of field mice and rabbits and turtles by tractors contribute to far more suffering than ethically raised, local, grass fed beef. Less than one death per year, including field kills!

      • Ryan

        Why are beans banned from your diet?

      • Joey

        I have a best friend who is killing herself with her damn vegetarian diet for the past 20+ years. shes had a radical hysterectomy at age 33 and is suffering with debilitating arthritis now. she is so dead against eating anything with eyes and I have been wondering how i can tell her that its her damn diet that’s killing her. this suggestion may help me break the news to her without her getting defensive and flying off the handle like she usually does! dave, you are friggen brilliant. I have been studying this stuff for years and I keep looking for holes or misinformation in this blog and its just not there. You are so solid and spot on with this stuff I continue to be blown away. not to mention what a nice person you seem like! I wish you could have taken oprahs 4:00 slot instead of Dr. Oz LOL

      • NoonianAtall

        Let me see if I understand you correctly: you’re saying that I shouldn’t eat beans because beans destroy soil, and tractors crush field mice. On the other hand, cattle fertilize the soil and only rarely trample on small animals. Is that right?

  • Stephklop207

    So, I start my day with bulletproof coffee. Do I eat something as well? And how often during the day should I eat?

    • Dave Asprey

      Depends. BP Coffee all by itself is great for breakfast. If you add protein or carbs, even limited amounts, you’ll get hungry sooner.

      • Ms_Bliss

        Dave, I’ve read that apparently you don’t exercise much, but I (and many others) have to exercise to avoid depression. I am a naturopathic physician and have been healthfully eating at least 80% “paleo” for over 10 years, so I know diet isn’t related to my mental health, it’s the endorphins created with exercise that keep me mentally strong. Besides the fact that exercise is good for cardiac conditioning and detox, etc… You do agree with that (right?)

        I found your site by researching intermittent fasting (Verady, Morrison) in my constant quest to try out just about every food plan I can find to come up with options for my patients for weight loss.and general well-being. I want to try the BP diet but am struggling with how to complete high intensity interval training with an 8-hour fast. On the ATD and 5:2 techniques, the fasting days are intermittent so I exercise on feed days. What do you think about BP coffee, training and then a whey, MCT shake right after all within 90 minutes in the am and then not eating for 8 hours, following BP guidelines and stopping before 8pm? Grateful for your thoughts and looking forward to passing this plan on to my patients!

  • Matt McClard

    Ok, so no snacking. Does that mean just a typical 3 meals a day kinda thing? So if I am reading this right.

    Eat until satiety during meals and the try not to snack in between. And I am guessing for sure no snacking after dinner. 🙂

    • Dave Asprey

      If you’re eating right, not snacking is easy and doesn’t require trying!

  • ji

    Why is MSG banned? it’s a sodium ion bound to glutamate… doesnt seem too unnatural to me

    • Dave Asprey

      Rattlesnake venom is natural too. Is it harmful? 😉

    • Mike

      Research Dr Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon. Has volumes of research on MSG’s destructive effects on the brain and the body.

      • Jon

        Dr Russell Blaylock also believes in chemtrails and plenty of other absurd BS. The man is a quack.

  • Hallie

    I listened to the Podcast with Jimmy Moore and your explanation regarding the grass fed butter in the bulletproof coffee. If I experience some allergies with the butter- are the benefits still the same if I substitute Grass Fed Ghee?

    • Dave Asprey

      Absolutely. Grass fed ghee is better than butter from a health benefits perspective. (only slightly)

  • Coulteranna

    The most micronutrients are in veggies not in meat. Why not being a bit friendlier to great veggies?

  • Ben

    I am new to this bullet proof diet. I caught you on Jimmy Moore. Been doing low carb/paleo for a while. I understand minimal cooking. I am wondering about the rejection of the microwave. Is there real science to back this up or is something that feels right. I have seem a lot of paleo’s take that position but I have seem a real science behind it

    • Alexi

      The reason behind no microwave is because taking cold food and making it instantly hot in a minute kills a lot of nutrients in the food. Same reason why you should slow cook food.

  • AnnieBananna

    Had heard about you before but just heard your podcast with Jimmy Moore, so I thought I’d take a look. Everything about the diet looks sensible. I do have one questions. Looking at the protein section, you rate poultry in the yellow zone even if it’s pastured. You also rated chicken fat as in the yellow zone. I am lucky to have several sources of pastured beef close to me, but I was wondering why poultry is a less than optimal choice for protein? Also, where do organ meats fit in?

    • kalidestroyer

      chicken is mostly mono unsaturated which when cooked renders oil unhealthy. if pastured and no fat then its bulletproof i assume. pastured organic free range no fat chicken is much more expensive and less available than grass fed beef.

      • Zach ‘Glix’ Glickson

        ^ yep. they also have omega-6 fats as opposed to omega-3’s. chicken is basically just a source of protein with not-so-good fats. 4 legged animals are always better than 2 legged animals… it’s backwards and hard to explain that to vegetarians and “health nuts”.. 🙂 and yeah this is like 2 years later and you probably know this by now, but just plugging it in here for you!

        • Is this why I get so tired after eating turkey and chicken (much like when I eat avocado and nuts) vs when I eat beef or pork? When I eat coconut oil (high in saturated fats), I have a ton of energy.

    • Wendy

      its not a Diet. its a way of life

      • kathyw

        Don’t be so picky; a “diet” is what you eat, plain and simple.

    • Blade

      if you see the diet above you don’t need MCT or bulllet proof anything weight loss will happen on a biblical portions…..quality of life will be zero however…

    • Joyce

      lots of poultry is raised in crowded conditions in just a feeding frenzy house, overcrowding, & they aren’t chickens like I raised on my farm in the 40’s & 50’s. those were healthy! keep looking around,more answers will follow.

    • Paul Meyer

      If you’re going to go with chicken, Dave’s book says to limit it to twice a week at the most. I only buy free range, young, air-chilled chicken…It tastes great and has a lower omega-6 amount than chicken that is water chilled

    • carpenter

      I currently get paid something like 6,000-8,000 bucks /month working from home on the internet. If you are prepared to finish simple computer-based tasks for 2-5 h every day from your home and make decent benefit while doing it… Then this invitation is for you… KORTA.NU/NDe

  • retrainyourbrain

    You say “Also remove unstable polyunsaturated oils such as walnut, flax, and peanut oil?” How come walnut is one of the preferred oils on the graph? Should I return my walnut oil? Also, I’d like to see a recipe section when you update the site. So far, I’m improving greatly after just a few days, but not sure I’m on the real Bulletproof Diet yet. I found a good 85% cacao bar at Trader Joe’s for a buck fifty…

  • retrainyourbrain

    I’ve been frying burgers on medium low heat. That’s not allowed? What’s the alternative? Also the comments about soft boiled eggs in the shell is confusing. That’s okay, right? Thanks so much for all the responses. BTW, the brain re-training is a la Annie Hopper.

  • retrainyourbrain

    I’m still plugging along with the BP diet. I was disappointed to learn I’m allergic to BP coffee, chocolate, avocado and butter, but I seem to be okay with beef, raw milk and yogurt…I’m not quite 2 weeks into the diet. I heard apples are good for you and prevent cancer. What about the tart ones? Would they be okay?

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  • Eric Stosur

    I’ve been bulletproof for around 3.5 months and have lost above 50lbs. I’ve recently seen a taper in my weight loss I haven’t’ re-gained anything, just a slow down. Do you think my body is reaching its natural weight and thats the cause? I’m at 210lbs. I’m 5’9. I also recently came into a masticating juicer which I’ve been using. I haven’t been making fruit juice only heavy green drinks based off the BP chart. Do you think this could be causing the taper? My body holding excess water from the juice?

    • MikaelaVida

      Fruit or veg juice will slow down weight loss according to Robb Wolf.

  • Garrardbama

    Based on all the info I’ve read about the Bulletproof Diet…besides putting butter in coffee, this sounds a lot like Paleo to me. How is it not just a copycat?

    • Dave Asprey

      Mycotoxins, biogenic amines, and not being based on paleo in the first place.

  • Tom Esch

    i feel terrible 1 day on this high fat diet – about 1/4 stick kerrygold butter, coconut oil, some berries, yogurt, kale, whey protein so far prob about 1000 calories – im 155 lb male late 20’s coming from experimenting with CR. I’m hungry and lethargic today and not sure what to eat next . i got lot of green veggies im about to cook up now :/ . looks like im gonna have to cave in and get some meat later.

    cool shake i eat a lot – mixed frozen berries, kale and orange juice – after coming here, switched the orange juice to yogurt.

    no o.j. right?

    • Dave Asprey

      Fructose in oj, and casein in yogurt are not doing you any favors! ?

      You feel unwell because your body forgot how to digest fat. You will probably go through an induction period (aka carb withdrawal, carb flu, etc.) for a few days, and you MUST take betaine HCL and lipase enzymes for at least 6 weeks so you can digest the fat properly. Go slowly on the butter; you’re not ready for ¼ stick. ?

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  • Isn’t your bullet proof diet Paleo? I mean I can call it the Tracey diet but it would still be Paleo…LOL

  • Timbo

    Hi Dave, do you have any recipes or food plans? or could you point me in the direction if you have, I’m just starting the BP diet and have been cooking in my usual way, but it would be great to have a few great meals to get me started, thanks!

    • Mangodoll

      I too would like a meal plan. I think the information available on the site is a great foundation, but coming into this completely new, it would be helpful to have a starter meal plan to get ideas. Even just a few days worth would help to paint the picture.

      • Agreed

      • Longhorn36

        the bulletproof plan is very similar to Paleo cooking. I have a subscription on emeals.com under the Paleo plan. They provide weekly recipes and a shopping list for the week ($50/year). You can always substitute a few ingredients here and there, and you can download the app to your phone and save your favorite recipes.

        • fearnot

          I can write you a shopping list for 49.99

        • Martha Fruehauf


    • Luke H

      Yeah a few basic recipes would be amazing, although there are a few recipes on the forum from other BP’ers 🙂

      • Antony Reed

        Go to the forum now and you’ll find a HEAP of great recipes. A lot has happened in the last year. 😉

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  • Ash

    In accordance with your link, whatsonyourfood.org, I looked up some things and water in particular caught my attention. On the site Water is listed as containing up to 59 Pesticide residues thought to be carcinogens, neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and reproductive toxins.
    What’s your take on this? Any recommended forms of purifying water and removing some of these residues?

    If what is on the site is true, water appears to be a major contributor to toxin accumulation in the body and that would very counterproductive.

    • Reverse Osmosis filter is the best method I know about, you can install one under your kitchen sink I believe. I don’t know how much they cost but you are looking at scientifically super-pure water with one of those. That’s what a very knowledgeable teacher in college told us anyhow.

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  • Chris

    This is probably the filthiest ‘diet’ I’ve seen in a long time. It’s amazing that a good portion of the links don’t work, and the ones that go to research papers and so poorly connected and interpreted, the majority of the statements are almost false.It bothers me how organizations like this will use these shameful tactics to try to sell anything they can to make a quick buck from anyone who doesn’t have a small background in nutrition or science.

    • Johnny

      Dave Asprey was it an oversight not to comment to Chris’ statement here??

      • Dave Asprey

        Most bloggers just delete stuff like this but my policy is not to delete criticisms, even vague ones like this. There is no point to discuss…how do we work to determine that this is not a “filthy” diet? What does that even mean?
        Yes, some links are broken. Working on those; the web changes constantly and I have a small, overworked and underpaid team working to maintain the site, supported entirely by product sales. I’ve never been paid from selling things on the site! We will get the links better…but even NY Times has them.
        What happened here is that I pissed off someone, probably struggling with emotional weight issues on a low fat diet, and challenged their dietary dogma. That’s ok; it means BPE is doing what it’s here for. I hope the poster fixes their diet, which will calm their emotional issues too.
        Sent from my nobile phone. You understand….

        • Sam mcinnes

          I got a feeling this guy hasn’t tryed the diet …. It’s easy try for 30 days then you can come from a informed point of view… Other wise your doing the same thing as your accusing Dave of ill-informing people

        • Andrew

          What is the basic outline of the diet? what does a day of eating look for you? Or an example of a meal plan?

        • moors

          Congratulations for not deleting criticisms, even vague ones. This means you may have opportunities to improve or personalise the diet in the long term.
          I experienced my posts deleted or not even shown many times in many sites, and I really think this is “the worst thing” an effort aimed for a thing like this can involve.
          Good luck !

        • Holly Jane

          I completely agree. All comments are relevant to the person posting and ‘food for thought’ however I wish there wasn’t always the constant ‘why, why, why’ – educate yourself people, don’t rely on someone else to do it for you & listen to YOUR body – one thing will work for one person that doesn’t work for another – and I mean that it terms of moral & religious beliefs but also in terms of how your body reacts to what you eat & when you eat it. The whole proposal of the Bulletproof diet is a choice that you can make if you want to make it. If you don’t then don’t. If you want the reasons why Dave believes in this then research it yourself and make your own opinion & then embark on the journey should you choose and should it suit your lifestyle, purpose, expectations and if it gives you the required result.

  • Itsfabyo

    Hey Dave, heard u on joe rogan and your diet def intrigued me. I put a lot of focus on trying to eat a healthy diet and have read countless books on the matter. The one I thought made the most sense was the blood type diet. Have u read it and if so, how do u feel about it? I think it makes a lot of sense that the key to the way our bodies react to food is written in our blood but I’m always open to new info. Thanks

  • Guest

    So I’m vegan, and find a very hard ethically to add animal fats/proteins in my diet..However, I’m very intrigued and interested in rewiring my system. Is there any way to do this process avoiding the inclusion of animal fats/proteins? I take a vegan omega 3-6-9 w/ DHA supplement now and eat raw walnuts. Any suggestions, please.

    • Guest

      If you are a vegan for ethical reasons, consider that eating enough grain to survive every year involves hundreds of smaller animals being run over by machinery or killed by chemicals, where you can survive on a fraction of a cow for a whole year.

      • Matt K

        Also consider how good krill oil is for you despite the fact that thousands of krill are killed for a few ounces of oil.

        • moors

          Press CTRL and F and write moors, then cycle between the results to find and read my own suggestion.

      • pat

        good point

    • Chris P. Bacon

      look at it this way…..if all you eat is vegan animals you’re a vegan by proxy.

      cpb-hope that helps

  • A pretty lil mess

    So I’m vegan, and find a very hard ethically to add animal fats/proteins in my diet..However, I’m very intrigued and interested in rewiring my system. Is there any way to do this process avoiding the inclusion of animal fats/proteins? I take a vegan omega 3-6-9 w/ DHA supplement now and eat raw walnuts. Any suggestions, please.

    • Diane

      “Is there any way to do this process avoiding the inclusion of animal fats/proteins?”


    • luke

      You should switch to a solely omega 3 supplement. Omega 6 and 9 are inflammatory, which is the opposite of the BP diet and one giant reason they recommend avoiding vegetable oils.

      • Matt K

        No true. Though it is correct to generalize about omega 6’s this way, GLA (Gamma linolenic acid – go ahead and correct me on the name, i’m not going to google it – YOU should google it though) is an omega 6 fat and is HIGHLY anti-inflammatory. Found in borage oil, evening primrose oil, and hemp seeds (to name the best sources), it has a long history use for promoting health. You shouldn’t generalize about omega 9’s this way either. Though they do tend to oxidize under heat, Omega 9 (Mono-unsaturated fat), from olive oil for example, is very healthy and is not pro-inflammatory. Note that It should not be heated though…

        • pat

          OMG thats why eveningprimrose oil makes my carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis act up!

    • Roxana Dora

      Well if you want ethics…think of this. Would you feed a lion a vegan diet? I’m hoping your answer is No, because not only will the lion not thrive on a vegan diet, he will die. Of course we’re not lions, we’re omnivores, but a large part of our evolution as human beings, our large and incredible brains, they all count on us eating animal fats (necessary for the absorption of key vitamins; google for fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, K) and animal proteins. A lot of vegans mention you can have enough protein by eating varied vegetables or grains, but truth is, unless you’re an expert chemist and know exactly how many amino-acids truly are in the different types of food, and exactly which ones you need at a certain moment, and how many of them your body is absorbing in certain conditions (because our gut can’t usually use vegetable protein to it’s full potential) then it won’t work. You’ll eventually miss something and that’s going to give a bad time. The only complete protein is animal protein, and that’s also the one that our bodies prefer above all other protein. This info is as far as I can tell very easy to find with a quick internet search so I won’t be attaching any links with proof.
      Nevertheless if you still don’t find it ethical enough, chew on this (pun intended) by investing in grass fed animal fats and protein you invest in the animals getting the life they deserve, a beautiful life on a farm, eating the natural food they were intended, living a rather long life too, along with their offspring. Ever been on one of those farms?

      • ethicalbarrier

        I have done some research on ethical farming and I keep running into undesirable slaughter practices, despite a lovely life roaming the range. Can you speak to this? Thanks.

        • Roxana Dora

          That’s a very political question. You give me nothing to go on. What’s ethical farming? Biological, organic, etc? And what do you mean by ‘undesirable slaughter practices’? Are you strictly referring to the US or other countries/continents as well? Did you find 1 out of 10 farms having these ‘undesirable’ practices or was it more like 1 out of 1000?

        • moors

          I’m afraid they can’t find any farm ethical enough for themselves.
          I also tried being a vegetarian before. To me it was harder because I couldn’t find good protein powders and supplements in Turkey and importing is restricted too much. If you still wanna try a vegetarian diet, in my opinion, supplementing with methylcobalamin and/or adenosylcobalamin, phosphatidyl choline and phosphatidyl serine(both of which may be both animal or plant sourced, generally soy), riboflavin-5-phosphate and including flaxseeds and/or chia seeds and some brazil nuts and some quality protein powders(my choice would be hemp protein and goat’s milk protein, stay away from soy or casein protein from A1 milk which is cow’s milk) in your diet may be helpful. Other than this apply the BP diet or at least remove gluten, cow’s milk, soy, corn from your diet. Avoiding raw cow’s milk may also be helpful, which I suggest the staff of the site to check. Also, if your blood sugar levels aren’t optimal and you include some grains in your diet, choose whole ones. One of the problems you may face even with this approach can be about inability to convert enough of plant based omega 3s to EPA and DHA, some people can’t.
          Please report back your experiences with this approach if you try, I wanna know.

        • you don’t need protein powders who ever heard of this? just eat whole raw food and you can do what you want, i think people can’t be vegan because they don’t eat right, there are plenty of athletes who do it, why don’t you just relax and eat whole plants, God never expected you to need a calculator to figure out what to eat!

        • Lisabeth

          I totally agree ethicalbarrier and I feel the same way. After seeing some of the more disturbing documentaries on the slaughter industry, I just couldn’t patronise it any more despite loving meat and having been a big Paleo supporter. I have successfully followed the Bulletproof diet since Easter and have lost 10 kilos. I do eat seafood though – an exercise in moral relativism I know! The trick is the intermittent fasting bit. I start the day with bulletproof coffee and basically don’t eat until early evening. This means that I can have egg based meals for dinner instead of breakfast (I used to have omelettes every morning). You are drastically reducing the amount you eat so with a little bit of flexibility with the carbs, legumes and dairy, rice, noodles, tofu, it can definitely be done. Brainpower and energy levels all good – as promised by Dave. I agree with all the comments in support of meat but I think it has to be said – this is the best way for a semi-vegetarian to have a healthy low carb existence.

        • moors

          I just checked the islamic way of saughtering because it’s claimed to be
          humane and even best, it did not convince me about it but you can check
          for yourself.

        • Bob

          Do the Islam’s slay their beasts the same way they do the infidels or anyone else they disagree with?

        • Guest

          To tell the truth, I don’t say I’m muslim in this nearly totally muslim country, I find all religion information I’ve ever received illogical and even often disturbing, but I also find that religions work like an additional layer of protection from injustice and etc., most people would probably live being a worse person if they had not believed in a religion. For a person living in USA or somewhere with very little muslim population, it may be easy to think like you wrote because the most sensational things about Islam they hear are generally about the actions of some ignorant and psychologically ill people that also claim things like they are muslim, they are doing the necessities of Islam and etc. while Islam has nothing to do with such; and it also may be flaring through both international and domestic politics and fundamentalism and etc.

          There have been times I thought religions appeared where it was most necessary, like the balancing system in an ecosystem, it’s a part of the balance. If things get too bad some people start to believe in things that are suppose to make things better for them, and it may be a religion also.

          Luckily most muslims are good enough people, and they believe in things that make them better people.

          What I read about slaying the ruminants in Islam was including cutting of the vessel that carries blood to the part of the animal’s brain that makes the animal feel pain. It may be better than most other ways, maybe even the best.


        • Mehmet Onur Sumbul

          To tell the truth, I don’t say I’m muslim in this nearly totally muslim country, I find all religion information I’ve ever received illogical and even often disturbing, but I also find that religions work like an additional layer of protection from injustice and etc., most people would probably live being a worse person if they had not believed in a religion. For a person living in USA or somewhere with very little muslim population, it may be easy to think like you wrote because the most sensational things about Islam they hear are generally about the actions of some ignorant and psychologically ill people that also claim things like they are muslim, they are doing the necessities of Islam and etc. while Islam has nothing to do with such; and it also may be flaring through both international and domestic politics and fundamentalism and etc.

          There have been times I thought religions appeared where it was most necessary, like the balancing system in an ecosystem, it’s a part of the balance. If things get too bad some people start to believe in things that are suppose to make things better for them, and it may be a religion also. Turks weren’t the people that needed it at the time, they became muslim much later through relations with the Arabians. Actually the Arabians’ massacres of the Turks may be the most bloody things in history in mankind, though it’s not discussed today even by Turks in general.

          Luckily most muslims are good enough people, and they believe in things that make them better people.

          What I read about slaying the ruminants in Islam was including cutting of the vessel that carries blood to the part of the animal’s brain that makes the animal feel pain. It may be better than most other ways, maybe even the best.


        • eve

          in theory this manner of slaying is best, yes. Mainly, if you only kill one or very few animals. With the mass slaughter of animals, this has turned out to be a massacre (watch Australian videos on you tube for news about life export of sheep/cattle if you can stomach it). With refrigeration, these days there is absolutely no need for Halal killing. Animals used to be killed (rarely) in a ritualistic manner to provide blood for the gods by Muslims and Jews (and the ancient people on the European continent), outdated, unnecessary bloody and cruel killing. Not to say that Western standards of mass slaughter are any better but if done properly may cause less panic and trauma to animal witnessing…

        • Marie Beckett

          Now this IS a topic worth discussing an exploring. I have no use for people who are authoritarian tyrants and demand that everyone live, eat, sleep, walk, talk etc the way they do. However, since we all eat differently for different reasons and I believe in SELF OWNERSHIP and a voluntyrist society….I would very much like to explore ways of lovingly and with gratitude….releasing the animal from it’s physical body so that others, if they so wish can consume it’s gift of life to us….along with all the other uses that the by-products of domesticated animals are used for.

        • Eva

          a rather racist way of asking. Don’t you think? Furthermore, the religion is called Islam and people who believe in it are called Muslims. The slaughtering practice is called “Halal” and it means bleeding the flesh as soon as its’ throat’s been cut. Same practice as the Jews. I find it outdated as it has its origin for hygienic reasons before refrigeration was possible.

        • Chris P. Bacon

          me too…speaking of, i think i would like my foreskin back.

        • Vi

          On circumcision. It may have been more than hygiene. Remember the times we are talking about and consider that the foreskin allows clitoral stimulation during intercourse. Removing the foreskin reduces female sexual pleasure. Add removal of the clitoris to the strategy and, voila, you are well on your way to disempowering women.

        • DubbyD

          Before you disparage an entire group of people, perhaps the largest on the planet I suggest you read American Holocaust. It’s about the gang of thieves and murderers who “discovered” America and commenced to turn the western hemisphere into a bloodbath, slaughtering in the neighborhood of 100 million far better human beings than were the invaders. All done in the name of Christianity, and far surpassing the activities of A. Hitler et al. And, by the way, wasn’t Hitler also a Christian? Nice people. And if Jesus dared come back to feed the homeless in America he’d surely be jailed, wouldn’t he? I don’t think Christians have anything to get self-righteous about — and no, I am not a Muslim. In fact, I’m a Jewish non-believer in patriarchal religions, but a believer in respecting the beliefs of others.

        • Chris P. Bacon

          relax, the indians were slaughtering each other long before the crakas got here. Christians just had slaughter down to a science compared to the red man.

        • ayahualpa

          wtf Chris Bacon, there’s a huge difference between territorial battles between tribes and genocide by an invading force of a whole continent. You people are crazy.

        • Chris P. Bacon

          not if you were one of the poor souls that got dead.

        • Lapis

          You’re still missing the point, and it’s not, “that got dead”; maybe try “were killed.”

        • Lapis

          Every culture, world wide, slaughtered and enslaved. I think she’s referring to the extreme degree of slaughter which toppled all others.

        • T

          Thank you, that was so beautiful what you wrote..

        • Lapis

          Well said DubbyD. Finally a person with a logical brain and obvious facts to back up. I respect everyone’s right to practice the religion of their choice but find them (religions) all to be flawed in extreme degrees. God is a creation of man. I’ll remain atheist and largely semi-vegetarian.

        • DubbyD

          Thank you Lapis. Ironic or aggravating? The fact that all these religions preach love and will kill anyone who disagrees with them.

        • pat

          go hunting. do it yourself

        • Curiouser49

          It isn’t humane at all!

        • JD

          Hi Lisbeth, I would be considered a “semi-vegetarian” as you state and Im interested in starting to eat bulletproof – would you have time to chat with me and share your experience? email me at jrdavies89@gmail.com

        • Mishel Perkins

          You’re right, most farms still truck animals to slaughterhouses however not all. I did some research and found some like The Wild Buffalo Co, Belcampo and others who slaughter in the field

        • Curiouser49

          Hello ethicalbarrier, I am so sick of these diets – basically a more evolved Atkins diet, although Atkins has come a long way. These diets support the unconsionable food animal industry and I cannot support anything that ultimately supports this horrific behavior toward animals or fish. Legumes are just fine in my book. If one is really interested in losing weight, they can do it on any diet and go for a walk 20 minutes a day! There are so many diets on the market now that I can’t keep up with them all. It’s tiresome and disingenuous. Weightwatchers is still the best program around. They have an online vegetarian site (I adapt many recipes as a vegan) and I’ve attended meetings where I was able to discuss vegetarian/veganism with full acceptance. I’ve even learned things from the group leaders and members. In terms of people being concerned about what is in the Bible or any religious text regarding animals as food, I think of it in this way. Would God want us to be treating his other creations the way we do? For any reason? Yet, we participate in unnatural, painful (both physical and mental) practices against animals that are beyond the pale, while we are in my opinion, supporting an industry that we don’t need to live healthy and happy. You can’t have it both ways. The term, dominion as stated in the Bible does not mean we have the right to do whatever we want to other species. And, the food animal industry is an abomination. So any “new” diet that exploits animals and ultimately supports the food animal industry is just another abomination. That’s my two cents!

      • Poos

        An actual fact is that monks train lions to eat veg and no meat google it ! So your wrong 😉

        • DubbyD

          Lions, like cats, are obligate carnivores. They can go blind from a vegetarian diet. Nor should we inflict our own belief systems on those who are built differently from us. It seems mean, but there’s a reason for carnivores. There’s a wonderful video on You Tube about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone Park.

      • Michael Mata

        Roxana Dora — know anything about apes: gorillas, bonobos, chimps? The whole part about those animals being our closest genetic match in the animal world? Most apes (chimps and bonobos eat bugs and, occassionally, small animals depending on the situation; they’re still mostly herbivores by a large percentage) are vegetarian. Those massive alpha male mountain gorilla’s that have 50 times the strength of humans–100% plant eaters. Elephants, hippos, rhinos, even buffalo and bulls, cows, etc. All pretty big and powerful, right? Probably the strongest creatures in nature; they’re all vegetarians/herbivores. Even most bears tend to spend most of their days as herbivore gatherers, unless they are living near a salmon river or something. Just pointing out the ridiculousness of your analogy. I actually agree that a little animal protein mixed in to a vegan/vegetarian diet is the best, but one can do (I’ve done it) a vegan diet successfully if they don’t get too strict or religious about it. Bulletproof and Paleo basically are the new versions of veganism; they built on the science and unconventionality of vegan/raw/vegetarian diets. No one was using things like coconut oil/coconut products, high quality chocolate, algae, phytoplankton, apple cider vinegar, kombucha, massive vitamin d, and all the weird supplements and niche foods in the mainstream diet space 10 years ago. I know that for a fact, because I was using those things, and I remember things very clearly. In fact, for the most part, these things were not well known, not “buzz worthy” even 5 years ago, some even more recently. The reason I was drinking coconut water and eating massive amounts of coconut butter, homemade nut/seed butter, fermented drinks, even something basic like avocados etc. is not because I’m so cool, but because I was plugged into veganism and raw foods, and those were the people that were way ahead of the game. And now all these things are staples in paleo, bulletproof, etc., so it was all part of an evolution. It seems like non-vegan people get freaked out about that word as much as the religious strict vegans who can’t even use fish oil, honey, raw eggs, whey, or insects. I eat almost the exact same way today as I did when I was a “strict” vegan: 70% fat, little simple carbs, little protein. The difference now is I use less hemp protein, less nut/seed butters, and more grass fed butter and collagen or whey; and I was actually, technically stronger when I was a vegan. But I think bulletproof diet (minus the coffee for me) is the best to date for the mental side of things; that is the great contribution that Dave and biohacking have made in my opinion. To the poster who asked the initial question. You CAN do it, for the most part, without animal products. But the question is, why would you? No need to be so strict that you can’t have some fish oil or grass fed butter or bone broth, etc. If nothing else, I think everyone owes it to their fellow man to not be so perfecting; and that goes for everything. Just my 2 cents, just ranting.

        • rlwilliams

          I have never understood this argument. Look at the digestive system of a gorilla versus a human’s. Also look at their teeth and jaw muscles specialized for masitcating raw, fiberous leaves. They spend all day chewing, and have a longer, more complex gut for breaking down plants. We have a relatively short, simply gut of an omnivore that has been eating cooked food for hundreds of thousands of years. The fact that other apes have a lot of muscle is irrelevant.

          The brain is the most energetically expensive organ in the human body. In herbivores, it is the gut. Humans are not herbivores. This is very obvious from a glance at our anatomy. We need saturated fats from animals to function optimally in the way we evolved.

          Just thought I’d point that out as I’ve seen this many times. We are not gorillas, and we’re definitely not cows or hippos.

        • Bulletproof Vegan

          We actually have a very long digestive system which was not made to eat meat. Animals carnivores that eat meat have digestive systems that are maybe 5 feet long. Humans digestive systems are approximately 25 feet long. Meat sits in our digestive system for days and rots, which is one reason meat eaters are more sluggish than people that eat a proper vegan diet. We also do not have sharp canines, like our animal carnivores.
          You should probably know what you are talking about before you go about spouting off things about our anatomy that you obviously know nothing about.

        • Josh

          When I compare my body and health to my friends or poeple I know that are vegan, it reminds me to keep eating meat.

        • scottmercer

          “Meat eaters are more sluggish than people that eat a proper vegan diet.” You have any studies to back up your wishful thinking? Didn’t think so. “We also do not have sharp canines, like our animal carnivores.” Right. Humans are not carnivores. They are omnivores.

        • noddy

          Bulletproof Vegan your comment is what I was going to reply ie our digestive tract is not designed ideally for eating meat and we even endanger our health (and of course that of the animal we are eating looking at the ethics of how humans treat animals they consume mainly) by over indulging. We can be very healthy with no or very little meat I feel sure given the science.

        • Amh123

          Were humans eating meet as of the earliest known record of humans existence? …. Yes…. So, we’re coming up on about 6000 years of known meat eating in human diets, right? How does removing good meat from a diet sound remotely logical? We are not vegetarians, we never were, eat what makes you feel healthy and happy. Plain and simple.

        • pat

          does the bible mention chicken? it seems to focus on beef the uncloven hoof animal as food or fish versus chicken.

        • Longhorn36

          The bible also mentions that we shouldn’t avoid eating meat (except for the Old Testament Jews were to abstain from eating pork)! Of course, God made certain animals to to be eaten and their milk to consume.. goats, lamb, cattle are a few obvious examples. But… to each is his own. I tend to think more fruits and vegetables than meat is definitely better for the body!

        • Michael J Cartwright

          God did not make anything. There is no god. Get over it.

        • CheeMiss

          The bible is big on goats too. Their hoof are cloven.

        • Michael J Cartwright

          Who cares what the bible says? There’s no science to be found there.

        • Antony Reed

          Michael, maybe this is why we humans out-shined them?

        • tmagina

          Um, but they’re not vegetarians. We used to think they were, but they actually eat an extraordinary amount of bugs and grubs.

        • Stephan Hawking

          Ummm. Except the fact that they’re not? Chimps hunt bush babies with sharpened spears, and even hunt and kill other chimpanzees from different groups. Chimps and bonobos are the most genetically linked to us (we are more closely related to chimps, than chimps are to orangutans or gorillas – which, by the way, aren’t vegetarian either). Poor, sad, malnutritioned, brainwashed little vegan. Open your eyes to the world, if they’re still functioning well enough to see and rationalize because of your stunted diet.

        • Rob B

          actually the “RAT” is closer to our DNA spectrum then any other creature or “APE”. The fact you compare us to apes is insulting. We did not come from them, there are just similarities. So because our DNA resemblence is much closer to a “RAT” does that mean we were once Rats? get your brain in order and quit following the science fad of evolution and just think! The point of bulletproof diet is to do everything opposite of what you been told and it “WORKS” it’s been proven to work! without a doubt there is no disagreement there. So ask yourself WHY does it work? better yet, ask your self “WHY WERE YOU LIED TO?”…then go ahead and tell us about how we came from apes. Maybe you did.

      • Michael Mata

        By the way: scoop of hemp powder, teaspoon of spirulina, 2 tablespoons of nut or seed butter (homemade blend of pumpkin and sunflower, or almond, walnut etc.), anything else you want to add. Throw it all in a blender and … complete protein, easily absorbed into the body, zero animal by-products. You can easily get enough protein as a strict vegan. But from my perspective, why not ramp up that healthy approach with some healthy animal by-products as well–best of both worlds.

      • lol that is the dummest thing i ever read! omg, check current research you are so wrong, sweet person above, Stay Vegan, you will live the longest, people lie to themselves because they don’t want to change but they are not as healthy as their vegan counterparts by far!!! check the research it is well known just not well disseminated! it doesn’t make as much money to sell brocolli as to sell meat or milk!! Don’t be fooled! the research tells, and these animals do Not live a beautiful life on grass lands, they live a SHORT life where they are only used and murdered just like the rest of them!

      • Derek

        You are literally retarded.

      • Ryan Michelle Jacobson

        DoNt turn this into a pro-con battle like religious freaks. Let the OP have their right to choose and answer the question of you have something to contribute. Otherwise, move on trolls.

      • Donna Dzinski

        I try to stick with this diet for the most part but do not eat red meat, poutry or pork. I eat lots of eggs and lots of wild caught fish.

      • Whitney LS

        The notion of ‘complete’ vs. ‘incomplete’ proteins has been disproven over and over again. You don’t need to be an ‘expert chemist’ lol to be a vegan and get enough protein, you can easily live a very healthy and very long life eating like a gorilla versus a wolf. The reality is that humans have incredibly adaptable physiology and we can survive on a myriad of foods and different macronutrient ratios, thats obvious to anyone with any general knowledge of nutrition. What you choose to eat and what will make you feel your best is a highly personal decision dependent on your ethics and your body, its as simple as that. Not everyone will ‘thrive’ on a HCLF vegan diet, HFLC diet, etc etc.
        Roxana Dora you sound very defensive and rigid in your beliefs- often a sign of low intelligence and lack of critical thinking skills. Comparing a human digestive system to that of a lion is absurd, and no one would ever suggest feeding a carnivore a plant based diet so why even make the comparison? You embarrass yourself. We are not carnivores. Eating meat the way it is currently produced in the industrialized world is unethical on virtually every level imaginable. If you can’t face that reality then you’re numbing yourself to the ecological and ethical consequences of your actions.
        The only plausible way this form of macronutrient intake is somewhat defensible is if all animal products consumed are grass fed, humanely raised, organic, and as minimally processed as possible. End of story. Otherwise you’re simply part of the problem.

    • EmilyD

      To get as close as possible, if you can be a ovo-vegetarian you can include coconut, avacado, lots of nuts, coconut oil, eggs (if you can) and full fat raw dairy.

    • pat

      face it your body is not vegan it needs meat to eat.

      • Leslee Bean

        My 90 year old father says differently.

    • Ryan Towell

      the human body was made to eat meat.. All vegans look really unhealthy. you’re tearing your insides up by not consuming some meat.. Meat has kept the human race alive and going since the beginning of time, why should it be bad now? Cause animals are cute? really? sacrificing yourself and your health over an animal that God created for us to consume for our health.. doesn’t make sense to me.

      • Leslee Bean

        All vegans? Have you seen them all?

    • Ralph Boas

      To challenge your arguments I would suggest
      reading The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith. She was a vegan for 20
      years till she took the time to really examine how food is produced.
      She says
      “Certainly, most people who consume factory-farmed meat
      have never asked what died and how it died. But frankly, neither have
      most vegetarians. The truth is that agriculture is the most destructive
      thing humans have done to the planet, and more of the same won’t save
      us. The truth is that agriculture requires the wholesale destruction of
      entire ecosystems The truth is also that life isn’t possible without
      death, that no matter what you eat, someone has to die to feed you.”

      Eating pasture raised cattle and other animals can arguably cause less
      death than the plowing of fields, clearing of forests and growing of
      plants (especially vast monocrops like grains) which causes the death of
      birds, rodents, bugs, worms, and trillions of microbes in the soil, as
      well as fish from the waterway destruction to irrigate.

      • T. Nelson

        Mr. Boas you are the only one who had something logical to chat about on this spin off subject.
        Devastation of key stone species, healthy land by mono-grains like wheat & corn worries me so for my own childs future.
        Couple that with oil, gas drilling & tainting of natural H2O sources, it seems our #1 issues that need addressing are out of focus.
        Leading to difficult like for our children in my mind.

        & just to mention my own stance on meat vs veggie-grain diet.
        Removing wheat, corn & oat, organic or otherwise has benefited my 6 yr old ten fold.
        *Treat them like junkfood, once or twice a month.

        Feeding my little carbotarian grassfed beef, lamb & buffalo 4-5 times a week has up her energy & mental response
        *She is no longer having digestion issues bc she doesn’t like veggies or favor meat or fish.

        Her proteins come mainly from greek yogurt & grassfed cow milk & then adding some high quality grassfeds meats & then 1 veggie swiss chard(all other veggies & spirulina are snuck into her diet via smoothie, etc)

        Her carbs that she loves are now replaced with brown rice & spelt & some buckwheat(she has not warmed to my millet dishes)

        But I think removing the GMO wheat addictive products opened her palette up to enjoy the grassfed beef, lamb, rabbit & buffalo.
        *Her eczema is suppressed, no need for RX allergy meds, etc…

        *Thinking that ones needs the mass produced grains in their diet…is just an addiction that in my mind does more harm to the body & land.
        Eating proteins that the body can assimilate easily without to much effort & waste… pays off ten fold.

        We are proof
        I eat more green food@the moment… but this mommy doesn’t feel her best without wild caught sea fish & lamb or pure amino acid supplements.

  • Luis P

    Hi there fellas…
    I have been pondering the raw meat issue for a bit now and was searching the site for some justification. My hang up is: didn’t we get bigger brains and smaller stomachs by starting to cook food?

    • yes and also we got it by standing up and using our hands, and are stomachs didn’t change

  • Christy

    I would like to hear more about your wife and her success with the BPD post babies. I am about the same age and had my kids in my early 40’s as well. Just started struggling with keeping that 5 – 10 extra pounds off. Been Paleo for about 6 months, been in light to moderate Ketosis for most of it. Have decreased cronic cardio, but really haven’t picked up heavy weight training. Ride my horse 1 – 2 x per week and walk 30 minutes 2 x per week. Still clothes are not fitting the way I would like and I don’t think my health is optimal. Thanks for your response.

  • jamesmirjy

    can i have a protein shake with bulletproof coffee in the am while in on the fast?

  • BPG

    Getting a runtime error from your server when I follow the link you sent me for confirming my email addy…..

  • Liz H

    Hi I love the diet but I am getting heartburn . What should I do?

    • Dave Asprey

      You are short in stomach acid most likely. Try 600 mg if betaine HCL in middle of meal.
      Sent from my nobile phone. You understand….

      • moors

        Also using lots of vinegar will help for low stomach acid and it’s highly suggested in BP diet 😉

    • I had the same problem… keeping hydrated resolved it.

      So make sure to always drink a lot of water throughout the day.

  • hey, thanks for all the advise. just wondering what you thought of hemp oil?

    • Dave Asprey

      Too high in omega 6 to be a good primary source of fat.

      Sent from my nobile phone. You understand….

  • Ian

    What does intermittent fasting mean? It is pretty vague. 6 hours? 12 hours? 18-24 hrs? What interval should I implement fasting? I feel great most of the time doing this diet, but I’d like if there was more specific numbers about how to make it work better for me.

  • Asriel

    Sir Dave,

    An issue with mycotoxins!

    Not sure if this qualifies as relevant to this topic, but I’ve had a rather interesting development with mycotoxins recently. I bought an office chair about 1.5 years ago that I’ve used consistently ever since, and about 4-5 months into owning it I noticed a strange (horrible) smell in my desk area. Eventually I figured out it was coming from the chair, but assumed it was just the material (fake leather), and so wiped it down with a bleach wipe and thought nothing more of it. Fast forward 1 year later (still owned it, sat in it almost daily since, despite moving to 3 different cities) and the strange smell has intensified, and I notice it really only immediately after sitting down. So, today I scoured the surface of the chair and found a long slit along one edge where the leather was cut into and the foam of the chair was exposed. My face over the hole, I pushed down on the top cushion and blasted a big puff of the horrible mystery smell up my nose. I grabbed a knife and cut open the area around the slit, and lo and behold, the entire under-surface of the cushion was covered in some kind of mold/mildew (assuming mildew because of the material). Needless to say, I tossed the chair, but just wanted to say thanks because had it not been for your articles/podcasts on mycotoxins, I would’ve never made the connection. Now to see if any of the weird health issues I’ve developed over the last year clear up. Any idea on what kind of mold/mildew it could have been? Ever heard of it living in office furniture before?

  • E.

    Cant wait to get BP. I have gout should I try this? Because right now nothing seems to be working for me. I’m desperate, is the BP diet gout friendly? I’m still try the BP diet, just wanted your opinion. Thanks for the info.

    • Dave Asprey

      If you believe fructose and fungus are primary gout causes, then yes. But keep protein moderate; healthy fats don’t cause gout!
      Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

  • Emily

    What are your thoughts about goat or sheep cheese?

    • moors

      IMHO, better than any sort of A1 milk cheese.

  • Nate

    Wait, why should we not eat legumes? What’s wrong with lentils, or black beans? You don’t say anything about evidence for not eating legumes, so I’m assuming it’s BS. Also, what about quinoa?

    • Roxana Dora

      There’s plenty of evidence on this website on why legumes are bad for you, this is just the list of key steps to implement not the whole explanation. But to nevertheless answer, just like grains, legumes should be avoided due to the anti-nutrients they contain and cannot be digested. Ways to avoid this are by
      soaking and fermenting, but the process takes awhile and the phytates
      never truly disappear.

      • moors

        What about fermenting them with Bacillus Subtilis, the natto fermenter ? I think it can ferment beans other than soy and maybe also other legumes, I’m experimenting with some nayv beans right now, they are in the process of fermenting.

        • moors

          It really fermented navy beans like natto but it doesn’t taste good, though I will use it in small amounts. I bet it has big amounts of vitamin K2 and nattokinase.

      • toni v

        i am not so sure I buy into “plenty of evidence” I come from “poor” immigrant stock and my parents and grandparents literally lived on beans (not fermented). They all lived VERY long lives with VERY FEW if any health problems, and all their teeth. I am sure if I spend a few minutes I could come up with evidence to the contrary. Don’t be so quick to buy into these fads, they may work but at what cost to you and your health long term? I agree get rid of processed foods, sugar, etc. But healthy foods like fruits and beans? Not so sure about that.

        • Agnes

          I agree!
          I was actually thinking, what if Dave is mistaken about few things…
          After 10 years, he may just say sorry… that’s it, IS HE AWARE that leading people, many people with his ideas IT’S A RESPONSIBILITY…
          on what base he thinks he is 100% right?
          it’s just my precaution, I like lot’s of his ideas, I eat only organic, I do not take any medicine, but certain food when I am ill,
          but I also know, that soldiers during the wars were fed mainly with beans and split peas for one reason: for MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND RESISTANT, otherwise they could have depression and other mental health epidemic


      • guitarfan29

        Aren’t greens filled with anti nutrients as well (as well as most nuts) like oxalates?

    • Tekshow

      There’s plenty of paleo evidence everywhere on why not to eat legumes. They contain lectins which if I understand right binds to nutrients in your gut like a sticky substance and prevents their absorption. I could be wrong on the factoid but just look for any kind of information on thousand you’ll see it’s accurate to remove legumes.

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  • R

    Why does it say eat as little polyunsaturated fat as possible, don’t we want this type of omega 3?

  • Hungry Hippo

    Hi Dave I was wondering what your recommendations on daily water intake and fibre intake are? Do you have any suggestions for foods that are high in fibre and low in sugar?

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  • Someone who thinks for himself

    Hacking? What a joke…this isn’t hacking, this is just copying millions of other diets, nothing new here. Just eat less, exercise and make sure you have a diet with veggies included. Don’t waste your time and money on this stuff

    • Ms_Bliss

      Did you even read the diet? He’s saying eat more, don’t need to exercise unless you want to lose weight and eat a lot more fat than veggies. Why do you bother trying to influence other’s when your comment so obviously shows you’ve read nothing.

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  • MrMullet

    Sounds expensive. I ‘m not sure I can feed my family of 5 like this. I can barely do so by buying the cheap food.

  • Guest

    Hi Dave! No doubt many of the principles of your diet are controversial begining with the high red meat intake which even when organic is believed by current nutrition science to be wrong only a small weakly dose is supposed to be necessary.
    Where do you stand on organically farmed salmon consumption? Here in the UK there is in suppermatkets like tesco this type of salmon farmed in ireland.
    Thanks 🙂

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  • Fran

    I am a vegetarian can this still work for me?

    • moors

      I also tried being a vegetarian before. To me it was harder because I
      couldn’t find good protein powders and supplements in Turkey and
      importing is restricted too much. If you still wanna try a vegetarian
      diet, in my opinion, supplementing with methylcobalamin and/or
      adenosylcobalamin, phosphatidyl choline and phosphatidyl serine(both of
      which may be both animal or plant sourced, generally soy),
      riboflavin-5-phosphate and including flaxseeds and/or chia seeds and
      some brazil nuts and some quality protein powders(my choice would be
      hemp protein and goat’s milk protein, stay away from soy or casein
      protein from A1 milk which is cow’s milk) in your diet may be helpful.
      Other than this apply the BP diet or at least remove gluten, cow’s milk,
      soy, corn from your diet. Avoiding raw cow’s milk may also be helpful,
      which I suggest the staff of the site to check. Also, if your blood
      sugar levels aren’t optimal and you include some grains in your diet,
      choose whole ones. One of the problems you may face even with this
      approach can be about inability to convert enough of plant based omega
      3s to EPA and DHA, some people can’t.
      Please report back your experiences with this approach if you try, I wanna know.

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  • Dds

    Why are polyunsaturated fats bad for you?

  • masters01

    Break your fast in the morning with water
    Deserve your breakfast by work or work-out, else wait to 11:00 to eat
    Eat less with age. Your body is getting more efficient by the year
    Watch and fix your pH. Type A’s tend to be seriously acidic, with consequences
    More good salt, not less.
    Be kind to your now changing gut flora, no pharmas unless your life depends on it
    Astaxanthin, Selenium and more Vit C, Omega 3 for the greatest changes in your future health
    Stay bulletproof, world needs more people who want to realise their full potential

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  • Candrasana

    Would Essene breads be an “allowed” alternative? (From spelt, kamut, or wheat berries) Or germinated brown rice soaked in green tea?

  • Amanda Rose Hohan

    Hi Dave & Bulletproof folks-
    I have been listening to your podcasts and visiting you blog for the last two months… Problem is I don’t really know where to start?? I don’t like coffee, no fast food, only drink water, just placed myself on no sugar challenge which cuts out the wheat. Exercise at least 4 times a week. I do have trouble with my thyroid. Will this diet help with my thyroid? Eat organic fruits & veggies. Grass-fed & wild caught seafood is something I am will look into. Where do I go from here??? Not drinking coffee mean I can’t do this lifestyle change?

    • RSS

      You can get good decaf coffee if caffeine is the issue. You can also make BP hot chocolate, BP green tea, or something like that. From what I read on this site and others hormonal problems can be addressed with diet and exercise. You can also post in the forums and get some advice from people more familiar with the diet.

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  • Wildroo

    Hello. Just wondering where wild meats sit on the Bullet Proof protein scale. I am in regional Australia, so specifically I am thinking of wallaby which we love as it’s delicious, affordable, and a very sustainable food “harvested” from the wild. Not really a large animal, but not small either. No idea if it’s a “ruminant” although roos and wallabies definitely eat mostly grass and foliage. I am also curious about wild caught rabbit and things like venison, also easily available. Thanks for all the great info.

    • moors

      I wish I could find such… Animals eating their original diets in their original habitat… Would be like an oasis in a desert…

  • btemp

    Where can I research for myself? I use Pubmed and other databases but are there better places?

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  • Stacey

    Hi Dave! I just discovered you. I’ve been eating paleo for about 2years now and I love how you call this diet paleo 2.0! I was ready for an upgrade! I tried the bullet proof coffee and it is amazing. Do you recommend eating it with a little protein? How long did it take you to lose 100 pounds that’s incredible! Congratulations! How long have you kept it off? I’m a health coach and I’m interested by people that have long term success with weight loss. What would you say is the most important thing for you? What keeps you on track? I think its having a “tribe” and I am trying to figure out how to package that as my program….would love to hear your thoughts!


    P.S.- I’m sorry if I’ve asked questions that you have answered elsewhere. I plan on reading more about you but literally just found this today. Have a great week!

  • Sleeper_6

    No reply yet to the Vegetarian thing….

    My wife is a vegetarian on an ethical basis. Can we include her in this somehow without torturing her conscience? Everything else is fine it’s just the meat part of it. She’s fine with the grass fed butter and fresh vegetables, it’s just…the meat. So far, when I cook I’ve been giving her the vegetarian meat replacements from morningstar and gardein. Any thoughts?

    • silver

      Organic grassfed beef and meat is from animals that had a good life, and grazed land farming causes less animal life loss per kilo of protein, than its vegetarian substitutes.
      I buy my meat from a farmer that lets his cattle graze in small wildlife parks here in the netherlands. Its cheaper than regular worn out milk cow meat from the butcher.

    • moors

      Press CTRL and F and write moors, then cycle between the results to find and read my own suggestion.
      (Sorry if writing this again bothers)

  • Brad Duckett

    Hi Dave and community,

    I’ve got a very important problem that I’m hoping you can help me solve.

    I’ve read a lot of information on your site and I have the Better Baby Book. My wife and I are following the Bulletpoof Diet. I have been following for a while but my wife just started a week ago. We are trying to get pregnant also and my wife may actually be pregnant now.

    I just read in TBBB that she should avoid caffeine completely. I cannot find on this site or in TBBB specific advice on how to still follow the basic plan but replace the Bulletproof Coffee in the morning. There is lots of advice about what to and what not to eat but no specific advice about how to replace the morning BPC since she is advised to not have caffeine and I see it is not good for her to intermittent fast.

    I hope this question is clear and has an easy answer.

    Thanks for your time,.

    • Brad Duckett

      To answer my own question…upon further study I see that upgraded decaf would be acceptable since it is free of mycotoxins AND caffeine. In the book Dave says his wife had 1 cup of green tea a day. I wonder how that would be done Bulletproof?

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  • Johnny E

    Hi Dave,

    You mention in your shopping list to never buy omega 3 enriched eggs. Why is this?

  • Brett

    I am just starting this and had a quick question. I notice you list fish in the steps on the good to avoid scale you as fairly close to avoid. I am assuming you mean this when it comes to farm raised correct? I live blocks from the ocean and love to spear fish and thought of it as a good way to supplement the cost if I could. The problem I see is the majority of fish I bring home almost daily is not as rich in fats as say salmon and tuna. Is this a problem or is there something I can do to make this work?

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  • I love what you say about not beating yourself up too bad if you divvy from the path.

    It seems to me that if someone were to make the first 5 steps their MUSTS and be flexible with everything else, they’d be sitting pretty and be highly impressed with their changes occurring in their body.

    I also like how you hammer home that “I don’t have time” doesn’t cut it as this is excuse that puts the blame on something other than yourself. Managing time is not an issue; managing ourselves is.

  • Bev Hamilton

    Do you recommend continuing with cholesterol medication (like Crestor) and blood pressure medication when starting the diet? I understand that medication might not be needed after losing the weight but do I take it when starting the diet or will the medication interfere with the positive aspects of the diet?

  • shosh

    hi there, what will my main sources of protein be as a vegetarian. i love ghee and butter…i like foods cooked with the animal but nt the taste of its flesh…

    • moors

      Press CTRL and F and write moors, then cycle between the results to find and read my own suggestion. I believe it will be much better than a regular vegetarian diet.

  • krisB

    This site is too confusing. Too much info. I’m just looking for a basic link on how to do this diet. Do I eat? Do I not eat? How often do I drink the coffee? What is this 18 hours thing? Whats the intermittent part? Coffee one day? No coffee the other? When not eating, doesn’t my body start storing food? This site needs to be simplified and/or have a message board so the topics can be organized or specific.

    • Skeptics

      Read up on Low Carb. This is a ‘Clean’ Low Carb, no dairy way of eating.

      When you eliminate eating sugar / grains / legumes / starchy stuff, your body switches to burning Fat for fuel instead of Sugar (glucose). So during the fast, your body will consume its own fat instead of the Intermittent Fasting (IF) causing the ‘starvation mode’ in your body. The IF is simple; don’t eat breakfast, eat lunch at 1 and dinner at 7 (6 hour window, some people do better with an 8 hr. window) and then nothing until lunch the next day (there’s the 18 hour ‘fast’), except you can drink the bulletproof coffee instead of breakfast (I do it once a day).

      FYI, I got all of this info from this site.

      Below is a link to a cheat sheet I made from Chris The Kiwi. It is a very similar way of eating except Chris doesn’t talk about the mycotoxins.



      • moors

        This is just too much dread from carbs in my opinion unless your goal is maximum weight loss and not reaching/keeping optimum health. Tubers except regular potatoes are quite healthy for example and there are very healthy tribes eating high-carbs of some sorts including tubers. Also add soaked raw nuts and seeds and yerba mate 😉

        • Skeptics

          I’d bet those tribes aren’t eating any processed flour and sugar! Also they are most likely very active, unlike the sedentary lifestyle most modern carb gorgers have.

          The lower carb lifestyle is all about optimising health. The sheet I posted states that it is a more extreme low carb w.o.e. aimed at max fat loss and will add back more carbs once the fat loss has been accomplished.

        • moors

          You’re right about the tribes.
          Then I say that diet can be considerable but I do not think people on a S.A.D can make a transition to it, if they can that will be hard.

  • CJ

    I have a question on what you mean by Serving size. They aren’t clear cut. Could you just give an example in each of the food groups as to what you mean?

  • Sneha

    if you’re using ghee in your bulletproof diet, does it need to be grass-fed, too?

  • Laura McCue

    I am confused about the intermittent fasting guidelines and wonder about its necessity since this is hardly mention in your guide. In fact I cannot find where I read it first. While I am certainly not hungry after drinking a couple of cups of Bulletproof coffee in the morning, I am used to eating pretty quickly after waking up and hate waiting for some delicious eggs and bacon. I do not eat after 8 pm and usually get about 6 hours of sleep.

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  • Lorri Hunter

    Question: Are nuts and seeds okay on this diet? Thank you for any help.

  • moors

    I read “High fat items can be pasteurized, but they should be grass-fed.”
    What does heat do to high-fat items ?
    Why they should come from grass-fed animals ?
    Do they include animals’ bodies’ fats in addition to their milk’s fat ?

  • Marie A.

    I want to try the bullet proof diet so bad BUT the thought of having to drink coffee that’s going to stain my pearly whites for 7 per week is NOT inticing

  • Guest

    What on earth do you eat? Knowing this will be a lot more useful than what not to eat. You basically just encompassed everything I consume and what I thought was healthy in what not to eat.

  • Dominik Mikula


    Where on the site is the info about the refeed day? I’m on day 4 of the diet and down 6.2lbs woho! But I can’t find the info about the cheat/re-feed day and I know when you do this right you can’t go all out.

    What is the link to the right blog post?


  • Tara

    What can we eat?

  • Eslanda Freeman

    Hi everyone,
    I don’t agree with this BP diet of meat eaters! I work with people of old age everyday in an ophthalmology office. These elder people have the most energy, have their eyes in perfect condition, little diseases of the eyes and are the most mentally active. While caring for their eyes I have been doing research about their longevity. Mostly, the OLDEST patients that I treated were vegetarians. I am talking old people over 80 year of age. This people besides being almost 100% vegetarians were very mentally and physically active. I think you should look into the diet of centurions better than follow some ideas of someone out there that has very little research to prove it. Besides our guts are made to digest mostly fiber which stimulates peristalsis, absorbs toxins, and excess cholesterol, not MEATS!

    • El Cid


    • Daryl Hornbeck

      Why did you post here? Did you come here just to throw out an argument?

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  • sara

    OK, I see the ratio that is recommended for daily consumption of fats, proteins, and carbs; however, how the heck do you figue out these ratios if you do not count calories/track foods?? Also, will I have energy to weight train 4 days a week? I am a weight junkie and love to train the posterior chain- cannot get enough. I eat this way already almost to a T, except I eat beans… but once a week, I eat some “forbidden” foods in a meal which keeps me on track and from jumping ship. Sorry, I love dark chocolate and berries. :-/

  • dbswriter

    I’ve just started the bulletproof diet. But I can’t seem to find the Bulletproof Diet Book. It’s on amazon but not available to order. Anyone know where I can get a copy? Thanks.

  • This is a very welcome health information for people who are still undecided which diet or lifestyle to take. I am so glad you have modified the original concept of Paleo. I myself follow more of a paleo template, rather the strict paleo diet that requires us to eat only red meat most of the time. We know exactly how our body responds to some foods. My benchmark is, if it makes my body feels good, for as long as it is in the list of healthy foods, then I take them. Thank you for the valuable insgihts you shared in this post.

  • LarryCohen2014

    What an insane diet. So basically don’t eat anything.

    No one can stay with this insanity for long.

    Also, this Paleo crap has been DEBUNKED so many times… I find it amusing that all these self-help “gurus” are still pushing they crap.

    • Joonyaboy

      Millions stay with this “diet” Its simple and delicious. I fell like I am eating gourmet food all the time and lost 50 pounds in the process.

  • Brenda

    How about using Yerba Mate instead of coffee, it has many more health benefits than coffee?

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  • Ahmad

    So is it OK to have breakfast (like a boiled egg) with my bulletproof coffee? Or would it be better to wait. I guess I am not sure how to fit in my bulletproof coffee into the mix. I thought that after drinking bulletproof coffee that I should not consume anything else with it. Any info here guys would be much appreciated.

    • Joonyaboy

      Preferable to go without the egg. But you can add it in. Google Mark’s daily apple and bulletproof egg coffee

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  • oldorange

    remove grains? like whole wheat sprouted grain bread? whole wheat berries? barley? whole grain oats? quinoa? I thought these were heart healthy and fat burning foods?

  • onewitness

    If gluten and grains are left out completely, how do we get folates? I realize that most of us eat far too much of these, but wouldn’t moderate be better than abstinence here? Forgive my ignorance.

  • Natalie

    What is the best way to cool meat?

  • j

    Seek Jesus and HE will solve all of your problems, nothing else will. God Bless.

    • Joonyaboy

      But He won’t force you to eat healthy. It’s up to you to make the right decisions.

  • AL

    In regards to Grassfed foods and organic foods. Would you say that organic is good? With organic, you know there have been no artificial hormones or supplements used. However, with organic products, often the animal can eat shedloads of corn etc. From what I understand, grassfed products come from the animal which was only fed on grass, however there is no regulation to say you can’t call e.g a cow grassfed even if you have used hormones etc.
    I ask because, where I am – It’s really hard to find grassfed meat but no so hrd to find organic. What’s your take on this? Thanks.

    • Joonyaboy

      Buy grass-fed beef online. Cheaper too. Plus the benefits are night and day. The grass-fed variants have better Omega ratios among other benefits.

  • Crandall

    How important is it to eliminate gluten?
    I think it might be a little out of my price range…

    • Joonyaboy

      Critical!! Visit Dr Tom O’Bryan’s website to find out about the dangers of gluten.

    • Letha Hansen

      If you aren’t buying bread, rice, cereal, etc. you have that money to put into what you do want to buy. It’s just a shift in thinking.

  • scottie

    I’m okay with eating my red meats very rare but how do you “gently cook” pork and poultry?

    • Joonyaboy

      low heat, thoroughly

  • Nancy

    I am doing all of this except you cannot find raw dairy here in Western, NC. I try to use organic butter and any others that I can find- Organic Valley, etc. It is also very hard to find any grass fed meat here. You can find only ground bison, which is $ 10.00 per pound. I am feeding a family of 5-8, depending on who is home . We are on a really tight budget fro now, with no eating out, or other extravagances either. Any ideas to try to keep us healthier here?

    • Joonyaboy

      Search online for grass-fed beef. It can be purchased in bulk and cheaper.

  • Dr. Gazdacka

    This sounds contradictory – please clarify.
    If you can’t find grass-fed meat, choose the leanest cuts of grain-fed meat possible. If you can find grass-fed meat – choose the fattiest cuts possible.

    • HungryinTN

      In grain-fed meats, the fat is where the toxins and inflammation get stored and then transmitted to us when we eat it. In grass-fed meat, that’s where lots of the nutrients are, plus fat = awesome.

  • Pam

    Hi! I just heard you on The Gluten Summit with Dr. Tom O’Brien. Your info was amazing!! You mentioned that you have a list of physicians that work with your diet. I can’t seem to find them here. Could you direct me to that list? Thank you for all this great info! Looking forward to putting these things into practice.

  • wes

    so what the hell am I supposed to eat? You dont allow anything that is fast…. and I work. This might be an “ideal” plan but surely not a “realistic” one. SHould I grill Steaks every night for the next day? I eat bread…. I have to. Otherwise I dont eat anything. I just limit it to 2 slices a day. And forget Avacado…. we dont have them here.

    • Joonyaboy

      You can do this man. Its just a complete mind shift from what we’ve always done. But look around you. Do you want to remain fat and sick like the rest?

    • Letha Hansen

      We really like using cabbage leaves instead of bread or tortillas. Shredded zucchini instead of pasta. It really just takes some thinking and testing to see what you can do differently.

  • guest

    I would love to see a sample of what Dave eats each day for one or weeks. I’ve reviewed the shopping list, 14 steps and diet infographic; and I’m having a hard time coming up with meal ideas so that I don’t end up eating the same thing day after day. Also, what are the serving sizes for each food group? Is a serving of fat 2T of butter for example?

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    • Christina Chain

      Stephanie, I see you posted a year ago. How did this end up working out for you? I started just over a month ago, and I’m still doing great, even with Thanksgiving and a second trip home, where mom tries to cook the right things, but they’re not quite spot on.
      My sugar cravings are out the window, though some desire does sneak in there sometimes.
      What really made me want to reply to you is that you said, “this is my last diet and I’m going to do it.” It struck a chord. To me that sounds like you’re girding your loins and you’re gonna do it because you need to do it and dang it, you’re gonna do it. I used to feel that way about diets, and I don’t know what happened, but something triggered a light switch flipping moment for me, and now I WANT to do it. I’m over a month in and still excited, still reading the books (BBB and BP), still sucking up as much knowledge as I can. I wanted to share that with you, because if you can find that light switch moment for yourself, I promise it’ll make all the difference in the world!
      I’d really like to know how this has worked for you. Please respond.

  • Erynn Wahlgren

    Hello, I’m looking for studies that explain why raw dairy is better. I’ve found a lot of evidence on both sides, however, the pasteurized milk proponents link to studies about the potential risk. None of the articles I’ve read have given any reputable scientific information to back up the claims. I currently drink raw milk, as I enjoy it’s flavor and texture and since I come from a rural community it’s what many people in my family were raised on, I believe that it is safe.

  • Penny

    Great intro, will keep me on track. Have you considered sources of nitrates in water? I’m sensitive and drink distilled with gerolsteiner splash. I thought it was just me but look what happens to animals if water has too much or overgrazed. Lots of people have well and septic plus their neighbors. One good rain and I was sick.

  • Kiki Tiki

    I don’t agree with eliminating flax oil. Why is that necessary?It’s very difficult to eat and keep the proper omega 6 to omega 3 ratio. Flax oil, flax seed, chia seed all can help along with butter, ghee and grass fed meats if you can find them.

  • gameman

    I’ve been doing Atkins on and off for years and was wondering if genoa and hard salami is allowed on the Bulletproof diet as it is on Atkins. Also is grass fed meat absolutely necessary as it’s hard to find in my area and when it is it’s very high priced?

  • I always thought oats was a great source of low GI carbohydrates, I consume oats with my whey in a fruit and dark leafy greens smoothie every morning.

  • MarieMarie

    your thoughts about rice protein powder? I heard it can cause less inflammation than whey protein.
    Thanks guys.

  • karen p

    The 85% dark chocolate is killing my weight loss. How do I stop this?

  • JD

    Is it possible to do the bulletproof diet as a pseudo – vegetarian, ie. Without consuming any beef or poultry? (wild fresh seafood okay)

  • Moe

    What if i workout alot? I crossfit 3x a week and i am a long distance runner. Should i add more carbs and protein so im not malnourished? How can i get fuel into my system while running over 2 hours?

  • Beej

    So this “fasting” is done everyday? Can you drink more than one cup of coffee in the morning?

  • Ishi

    wow. i would like to disregard all the political, vegan whatever arguments I just came across when reading “How to begin BP..” We, as a collective society have lost our minds. Yoga is very good for me, I enjoy it, yet if the teacher lapses into some meta-spiritual yakety yak, I tune it out and focus on my practice, my breathing. Why does everything have to be a pedestal for everyones opinion? This crap is exhausting. People, if you disagree, then disagree and move along. Stop clogging up the airwaves with your ego.

  • Chaz

    Hi, I’m a little confused. I want to do the bulletproof diet but how do you get 50-70% of your calories from good fats by putting a couple of tablespoons of butter in coffee and a couple of spoons of MCT oil? What have I missed?

  • Karla mcKinlay

    For meat, as an AustralianI use Kangaroo. Shot in paddock, probably more humane than transport to slaughter house. No antibiotics, hormones and only grass fed. Slice thinly, stir fry in coconut oil, serve as you like but nice in salad, with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and Himalayan Sea Salt, plus some chilli or pepper to your taste.

  • KBG

    How many calories do you wnat to stick to per day. I know you shouldnt calorie count, but i need to have a rough idea for proportion size

    • gramavegas2010

      In my opinion, You can’t possibly count calories on this. The butter alone carries a huge calorie count. I’ve found that I eat much less on this diet anyway, simply b/c I eat until I’m full and walk away. Food just doesn’t have the same attraction as it did before this. And I’ve lost 10 lbs and not even working out much.

  • roger wonderbut

    Does smoking work with this diet?

  • Seenatrun

    Please please please publish your recipe book!

  • NatCat

    I find that having only bulletproof coffee with butter and brain octane oil in the morning has a tendency to give me a headache, upset my stomach or even make me light headed (one day I even started seeing spots-which stopped after I ate something). I’ve always been sensitive to the caffeine in coffee, which may be the problem (or part of it). However, I notice that if I eat something more grain or starch based with the (weak) coffee I don’t have these problems (eggs sometimes help, but I have a slight sensitivity to eggs so don’t want to do that everyday.) I was wondering if having some carbs in the morning is good or if there is a better solution that is more bulletproof.

    • gramavegas2010

      I do 1/2 decaf and that helps me. Also, when I start feeling lightheaded I know I need to drink more water. This diet has a tendency to do that.

  • Michael S. Verruto

    One thing I need more clarity on is “serving” which I personally HATE!!! And worse yet you say on the one-pager (which I LOVE) that the “servings are based on USDA definition” HAHAHAHA Try finding any of THAT on their website or anywhere else!!! Can you give us some better guide? On bottle of olives says a serving is 2 olives – another 6 ?!?!?!?!!?

  • Michael S. Verruto

    Oh yeah, and what about seeds? I love Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds….where and how do they fit in ( and I hope they do hahahaahah because I LOVE them too)

  • Eve

    I’ve been eating this diet for 4 weeks now. I probably did it 99% and there was a day or two where I “sinned” a bit, but not much. It was as if a veil was lifted from my brain after 2,3 days. I only got one issue: I got a lot of weight around my abdomen, I am very active, hike (with teenagers for a job), ride daily, exercise and I cannot loose this weight.

    • gramavegas2010

      You might try reading Skye St John’s book “No Fail Fat Burning for Women” which is a Bulletproof-supporting book. A lot of little things that are very helpful for women in there.

  • Ileen Carston

    I have just purchased your coffee with the MCT oil kit a week ago and i love it, I have really changed my diet and the amazing thing is that my food cravings are completely gone. And so much more but before i go on and rave about this stuff i had a couple questions that needed clarifying. First question is that i realized since starting this diet is that my body is extremely sensitive to wheat of any kind. Yes i broke down to my neighbors amazing fresh cookies today. if you ever tried one you would know why. Anyways after i had just one cookie i came home and felt so sluggish that i passed out. Is this going to be a normal side effect that i am going to have to wheat as long as I am on the bulletproof diet? Is there something in the coffee with the MCT oil combination that helps your body register what is good fat and whats bad? Because i was a sugarholic up in till a week ago now i have no use for the stuff. Why is that? I was also wondering about rice and the other kinds of cereal gains, which ones are we allowed to eat and which ones are taboo? I really don’t want to make another mistake after today. That’s all for now. Thank you Bulletproof you changed my life.

  • Dana

    If you can’t find grass-fed meat, choose the leanest cuts of grain-fed meat possible. If you can find grass-fed meat – choose the fattiest cuts possible.

    • Mark Whitelaw

      Grass fed meats have lots of Omega-3, as opportunity to the high saturated fat content of corn/grain fed meats.

  • Precious

    This whole eating healthy thing got my head spinning ! I mean we mind is well eat leaves and tree bark its like nothing is safe to eat. Even the things I ” Thought” were healthy are not its really starting to annoy me. Another thing is it seem like everything that is “good” for you is bland and not worthy for my taste buds I guess I have to train my taste buds to healthier things but it makes me want to gag just thinking about it . I want to eat clean but sometimes its to much it just so much you have to look out for and its like wtf!

  • Jacques

    what is the logic behind eliminating legumes like beans/lentils? also, what is the best way to cook vegetables? if steamed, is there a recommended product to do that with?

  • KeithB1980

    Is it ok to eat white rice during feeding time?

    • gramavegas2010

      no. Being a woman I rely greatly on the guidance of Skye St John’s book “No Fail Fat Burning For Women” which is a Bulletproof supporting book. You might find it helpful even if not a woman.

  • jean paul

    Has anyone tried a gut antibiotic called Rifaxamin? My gut is a disaster presently and even a low FODMAP diet is not working due to rashes and extreme bloating. I was told that a poor gut balance could be the reason and that this drug may help? Any thoughts?

  • Cath Vdh

    could anyone speak to if eating uncooked kale is still beneficial vs cooked kale?

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  • Sarita

    Day 4 of the bulletproof intermittent diet for me. I feel like I have throughly read your site but haven’t found the answer about exactly when to eat carbs during “feed” time. It looks like on the diet map to only eat them at night, so should I eat some right before 8pm? Or is one serving ok at any time throughout feeding time. Also I never saw an answer about quinoa and buckwheat. Please write back soon, i’m really really hungry. Lol

    Ps I found grass fed yogurt at Whole foods for $1.19 each, is that considered in the green zone?

  • kaaalee

    I have been eliminating gluten and processed food from my diet slowly over the past month (I’m pretty healthy and work out regularly) . I have been vegetarian in the past, and have read a lot about meat in our diets, especially red meat. Isn’t it harder on our digestive systems to process ( a week to go through our digestive system) and isn’t it an inflammatory? I’m confused why this way of eating is healthier. There is a lot of information out there and I’m just weighing which one is right for me. Thanks!

  • Henry

    No answers to any of the comments!

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  • Carly

    Im confused about fermented foods like homemade saurkraut are theses foods allowed. I want to add these foods but dont know which ones cause histamine and which ones are ok.

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  • nathannall

    To those who’ve done this (or are doing it now), I have three short questions I hope you can help me with:
    1. What would TBE say about raw meats? Any benefit over cooked (assuming the meat is safe to ingest raw)?
    2. What would a “starter pack” consist of if I wanted to focus solely on the diest aspect for now?
    3. Should someone who eats very poorly, like myself, fast for any lenght of time before beginning?

  • PaodeQueijo

    So, this diet must cost $2,000 a month…who can afford that? Organic grass-fed beef sells for $19 a pound.

    • gramavegas2010

      I have found this diet to be less expensive than a “normal” diet. All I have from morning until 1pm is coffee or tea with Kerrygold butter. That’s it. And Kerrygold is approximately 3.49 a package which last me several days. Then, at 1pm I can eat, but most of the time I’m not even hungry and don’t eat something until about 2-2:30 and then it may be a small piece of chicken/beef, etc. Later I’ll have my evening meal which is some type of meat (and no I can’t do grass-fed much of the time but it still works) and a good veggie. Sometimes I’ll need something else before my 9pm ‘shut off’ time, but it’s tiny. Now how expensive does this look? One meal – maybe 2 – a day?

  • Henrik


    i don´t understand why I should eat as less polyunsaturated fat as possible, since there are so many studies which underline that they work anti-inflammatory. Oils like Flaxoil and Fishoil are very good but here stands that flax oil should be avoided. Is there any evidence for this? Flax Oil for me is one of the healthiest oil available when cold pressed and used within 4 weeks after begin of using.

  • James K-Ling

    It would help greatly to have some ideas of what to do for meals. How do I incorporate butter and ghee, except to cook grass fed beef with it, since there’s no bread. It’s extremely difficult to find pastured chicken(any ideas?). MCT oil is difficult to consume as well, too much at once causes stomach pain agony, and again, what do I combine this with? My routine I started to have 20g grass fed whey in the morning, after room temp lemon water, followed by a smoothie with organic frozen berries, resistant starch, and galactooligosaccharides and a little MCT oil. After that though, I’m pretty clueless.
    – Some kind of meal Ideas?
    – Pastured chicken?

  • Janet

    I have been trying to go towards a diet like this for years and I can tell you it is very difficult to find many of the foods you subscribe and this is only for people with a lot of money. Trying to find something to eat that is satisfying is depressing and expensive. Not practical considering what is available to mkost people to eat. I find these diets very elitist.

  • Luke

    For anyone still drinking the vegan Kool-Aid, I strongly recommend you read this article by an M.D. about why he is not a vegetarian:


  • Derek

    If your diet is trademarked, you’re a gullible fool.

  • JNoe

    I noticed Olive Oil is on “marginal” or borderline suspect list. Why?

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  • Amberbamber

    Can you recommend a grass fed milk brand and ideas for where to find it ?

  • hinduphoenician

    Can I do this diet as a vegetarian? It doesn’t look like it…

  • Regina

    I am vegetarian by choice… and I already do all of the other steps… any advice on how to make it work without the meat?

    • gramavegas2010

      Not from anything I have read on this.

    • Sher

      could you tolerate eating ground up crickets?

  • Kaleena

    Hi Dave,

    I’m sure this was already asked – but for someone like me who came out of a 13 year vegetarian diet (i’ve been eating ONLY grass fed/ local chicken or turkey) – should i be limiting these animal consumptions to a certain limit/week? what else can i eat to help? I’m still transitioning and slowly getting used to consuming meat. i have BF coffee every morning with brain octane.

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  • Gy

    How disgusting and unhealthy- as a 30 year vegetarian I advise all to read widely and critically before this idiotic quick fix. Beware it will lead to death and cancers

  • catscratch

    It is so true: If you don’t make time to take care of yourself now-you’ll have to make time to be sick later. Take it from one who knows and who is now trying to fix herself!

  • Just got the book. It’s great. I especially like one part where it says, “you have always been on the bulletproof diet, you have just been choosing the kryptonite foods.” I am paraphrasing, but that hits home. Kerry Gold butter and Himalayan sea salt can make any vegetable edible!

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  • Lee Millwood

    “eliminate… honey, and agave”

    Yea… this is how you know this is a fad diet. Eliminate two of the most healthy substances known to man from your diet.

    I must say, I was just about to buy into your whole gimmick until I read that.

    If you’re willing to follow a fad diet, why not just EAT HEALTHY instead? It’s easier and you don’t have to “eliminate” healthy foods from your diet.

    • Christina Chain

      Read the book and try it before you speak. All you’re doing is showing your ignorance.

      I have never seen a nutritional plan so completely backed up by science as this one is.

      It’s just not the science we know. Let Dave teach you, then, and only then, are you qualified to make the kind of judgment that you have.

      • Lee Millwood

        …meanwhile, honey and agave are STILL the most healthy substances known to man.

        Psuedo-science is the term I think you’re looking for…

        • Marcel Jaques

          “honey and agave are STILL the most healthy substances known to man”….do you even read what you write?

          Do I just have to write it again?

          “honey and agave are STILL THE MOST HEALTHY SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO MAN”….

          still sounds a bit exagerated to me 🙂

  • LuppersMom

    Just a quick question for those who know more about Bulletproof eating: Is coffee required? I hate the taste. Is tea allowed? I drink tea all day. I love tea, but gag on coffee.
    Please let me know. It’s not about ideology; I just don’t like the flavor.

  • TracyS

    I started the Bulletproof diet 3 weeks ago; it’s now Christmas Eve. First, love coffee, loaded it with any kind of milk including rice, almond or a combo of same or just cow’s, and always had heart burn. Happily, I don’t anymore — using grass fed butter / MCT, vanilla, coco powder, cinnamon, and my tummy is a happy camper. Early 2014, was given steroids to control breathing during a surgery, an epidural for L5/L4, chronic back pain and my weight ballooned and would not budge in spite of being gluten free to the point of almost no grains at all, barely could tolerate rice anymore, and had been eating low glycemic/keeping my weight optimal for 4 years before that. Went up 2 sizes and the belly fat triggered more back problems. I was a mess. Now, I am on my way back down to the size I was in before the steroids, love the coffee/no heart burn at all, see the fat melting away and I am not all that hungry during the day. When I do eat, I am satiated much sooner. We have been eating organic/free range/grass fed for about 10 years, and I am a Type O Blood Type — so is my hubby — and we are both losing and feeling a lot better. For me, this is a lifestyle choice. Plus we are beekeepers / honey is organic and fabulous, and I love that honey is an acceptable sweetener. Thank you for bio-hacking yourself to help others. Has given me my life back again and a lot of hope.

  • Sher

    Day one, so far so good no headaches or upset stomach, just some good ol’flushing of the system. I generally don’t like eating meat except for a bit of poultry and fish every now and again and it’s not for a health choice… just never been into big slabs of meat. I know that my diet is light on the protein side with this particular eating plan. I’m excited for my new find and a great substitute for eating chunks of Grass-fed beef (which I don’t care to eat at all), so with the researching I’ve done I have found the ultimate source of protein and that my friends is crickets!!!! Who would have thought that little tiny critters pack way more protein(and heaps of other goodness) than a large animal! Just think of the environmental and sustainable impact as well it’s fascinating. Anywhoo just ordered 500 of them. I know I won’t be shovelling them in whole so I’m just going to grind them up and eat as many as can!! Bon appetite.

    weight 89kilos
    height 5foot 5inches
    age 41
    gender female

    • Sher

      P.S.Just found cricket protein bars online and cricket protein balls, this bulletproof diet is going to be great!!

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  • Beauty&Brains

    I just want to say, without looking like a total troller, that as a ”normal” person, who eats similar to the way that the rest of the world eats but tries desperately to eat healthy and make healthy choices from the foods that are available at the regular markets where I live In Alabama such as Walmart and at the risk of setting myself for stereotype….Piggly Wiggly 🙂 .
    The Bulletproof diet and the 14 rules on how to live the Bulletproof diet seem to an average someone like me to be an elitist diet. When I read it with hope I was quickly let down with despair when I realized that this diet is damn near impossible in my world, I felt overwhelmed even considering it. I’m from the North but live in the South, I make regular money working as a middle class government worker, I sit at a desk all day, I work an elliptical machine in the evenings and and I’m overweight by only about 20 pounds. I aspire to take the best care of my body and my family that I can and utilize the resources around me, but to live the Bulletproof diet in my world, is reaching for the moon.
    I have family, and they eat Southern. At gatherings, we bring southern food they all do even if I bring something wonderfully healthy. My son is an outdoors man and isn’t really a big eater of the fast food market but he is still an 18 year old kid and everyone he knows eats and lives the same way we do. When we shop, the choices in the grocery markets are not in our best interest.When they put coupons in our local newspapers it is for things that we don’t need to be putting into our bodies or lives anyway! If I sat down and really thought through every single isle of any of the grocery stores in our area, I could come up with maybe 10 products that are actually truly healthy for you and less that that if you go by Bulletproof. How can a person live on that? Again, it’s a wonderful thought. It may be something that someone could challenge themselves to do for a year or whatever but I don’t see it as able to be maintained over a lifetime. Sorry Dave. Not in my world anyway. I love your podcast and your personality. Its just overwhelming. COMPLETELY NO SUGAR, NO HONEY? NO DYES OR ARTIFICIAL COLORS, NO FRUITS, NO LEGUMES?EXCEPT FERMENTING? GROSSSSSS!
    ”ahhh, so that must be what its like in Canada ._.

    • sara

      How about not desperately looking for the bulletproof “products” but instead reaching for the actual Foods? It’s hard for me to believe you don’t have a produce aisle? No fresh vegetables in the grocery stores?

  • Bulgong forehead. Scary…

    I followed the bulletproof diet for 1.5 years. Three months ago, I decided to stop for the sake of my health and wellbeing. I felt exceptionally listless and bereft of energy, I developed a hypothyroid problem that caused my eyes to bulge, my bones felt brittle and weak, and worst of all, I developed frontal bossing (a condition wherein the forehead becomes a lot more prominent and starts to bulge, literally giving one a caveman-like appearance.) Interestingly enough, I have noticed friends who have also developed frontal bossing fairly recently – and they too followed the paleo, low-carb lifestyle.

    Horrified by such egregious results, I have decided to put an end to following this diet. I hate my new unprepossessing appearance. I literally look like a caveman.

    My question to you all is this: have you noticed any frontal bossing? Have you noticed your forehead getting bigger? Many celebrities and well-known individuals who have followed this diet also seem to have developed the prominent forehead as a result of said diet. Elliot hulse seems to be one. Megan fox another. Even the lady who wrote the virgin diet (I forget her name) has developed this prominent forehead.

    Check it out for yourself folks. This is serious.

  • smoorega

    What about pressure cooking foods? My understanding is foods retain more of their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Do you have an opinion on this? I’m thinking especially for my grass-fed beef (which I understand already takes less time to cook).

  • This is so spot on, I wish I’d found this years ago! After years of fluxuating moods and intermittent depression, I started interviewing wellness practitioners, hormone specialists, nutritionists, and DO’s. The cumulation of their suggestions is exactly your prescription (except for the legumes- I’ll look more at that). THANK YOU for concisely and intelligently presenting this high performance low inflammation way of feel good living!! It’s a blessing and gift to the world.

  • Ashley Frankland-Spicer

    Is this diet possible for vegetarians?

  • Aussie chick

    As I am over 40, a woman and have a lot of weight to loose, I am taking the collagen as prescribed. Is there a reason why it should be taken in the morning? I ask because it “breaks” my intermediate fasting which I believe has great healing propensities and with the bulletproof coffee in the morning I have absolutely no problem going 18 hours without food. So I would prefer to take it at lunch time to keep my fasting “intact”.

  • Scooter

    Why would this diet not allow microwaving? It retains the most nutrients in food and has been proven safe.


  • Intenseitalian

    I just purchased the book, and have read the whole thing. I am a bit confused about the fact that the Lunches for the most part do not contain much in the way of veggies. Why are veggies for dinner and not both meals?

  • Nelson Heaton

    Hello Everyone! i am not only new to this diet but today is my first day on Facebook,i hope i am on the correct page for discussions. I was wondering if others who Love this diet concept are in my situation. Basically..i cant afford the foods and supplements or even the Coffee it recommends. Am i just wasting my time with it in my case? I have been on the 14 day, for 4 days and its wonderfull but the only thing i bought is the Grass Butter. Hope you have some input, thanks everyone. Nel

  • Nelson Heaton

    Oh i am useing coconut oil but only the organic in a jar from Whole Foods

  • Tim

    Is there a way to do this if you don’t have time to buy groceries and cook? Chipotle? Other fast casual healthy restaurants and delivery places? Maybe even buying frozen meals online? I’m looking for the quick and easy way to get as close to bulletproof as possible

  • Simone

    I see shellfish listed above in # 6 of the 14 steps to eating the bulletproof diet process, but I do not see shellfish listed at all in the “bulletproof diet roadmap”
    Also, I ordered the coffee and the oil. but quick question, IF i wanted to just purchase “coconut oil”, what type would I get… there are many?? “refined, unrefined, organic,….. help??

  • Richelle

    Help what do I eat for my sweet tooth? ?

  • Ashley

    Hey ya’ll, I just finished the book and I have a quick question. If I do IF with the coffee in the AM, but decide not to eat the exact meals listed in the 2 week protocol, but still eat nothing but bulletproof foods, will this be ok? I definitely want to do things right, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Red

    why no flax oil?

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  • james

    I’m confused about the polyunsaturated fats – do they mean limit OILS that are high in polyunsaturated fats? Salmon, avocados, coffee, etc all are high in polyunsaturated fats…
    Eat as little polyunsaturated fat as you can. Supplement with fish oil or krill oil if you don’t consume fatty cold water fish like salmon on a weekly basis.”

  • Rene Caron

    This diet goes against all scientific data. The people that live the longest, happiest and most energetic lives eat beans, low glycenic carbs like sweet potatoes and plenty of fruits and veggies. They eat low protien and have fish.

    Demonizing sugar and attaching some magic to grass fed beef is a losing game. If you learn to eat healthy you won’t end up binging on carbs and hitting the vending machine.

    The reason most of these authors have pep is because they are successful. Being successful is incredibly good for you. Most people do not attain great success so they should learn to eat well and exercise in moderation as a consolation. Appreciating life and enjoying simpke pkeasures will get you way further than demonizing food groups.

  • fearnot

    looks like surf and turf is back on the menu.. the rest id BS.. who can cut out ALL types of sugar and who would want to?

  • Cindy Fanelli Kiley

    Even though I ordered supplies last night after seeing you on Mind Valley, I woke up this morning and headed right to the local coop and got the items for bulletproof coffee. When you were talking to Vishen, it was like you were telling my story. As a second grader, I got juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. After changing my diet, I went into remission. Unfortunately, for years I’ve been struggling with adhd and a serious case of leaky gut (even though I eat almost 100% organic, etc.). Everything you said made sense to me and today I started your program. I’ve been on the cusp of some major “awakening” and feel this is just what I need to see and implement. Thanks for putting this out there!

  • Denise Maher Hanbidge

    Hey Dave, I only just fell upon your website and I’m REALLY hoping your diet plan can help me. I suffer from an inflamed stomach and esophagus but it only flares up when I’m either stressed (REALLY) or anytime I’ve done a ketogenic diet (The New You, Lipotrim) This week I started a juicing plan which is strictly veg and fruit juiced 4 times a day. I have lost 6lbs in 3 days which i believe is only water weight but i feel that I’m starting to use my body fat for energy as my stomach has flared up again (I presume I’m in ketosis). I’m at my wits end, every time i try to improve my health and lose weight i hit a brick wall (In tears right now). I just want to be healthy and pain free. I strongly believe I’m gluten intolerant (figured out myself through process of elimation) Can your plan help me Regards Denise

  • Maureen Girard Civin

    I have been eating low carb, high protein very little fruit, dairy, lots of veggies, butter,-not grass fed I can’t afford it. Nor organic veggies, grass fed meats not to mention coffee which I hate!! I lost 26lbs. bot stopped losing for the last 4 months. How can I even try your program? Please help!!!

  • dietandweightloss

    Nice info James, thanks for sharing : )


  • Alison R

    Thank you so much for writing this book! I have studied nutrition and have biohacked myself for over
    20 years and hands down your book and fat burns fat makes perfect sense.
    Something my doctors have missed as have I for the past several years. Where I
    get frustrated with the Bulletproof Diet is statements like on page 236. First
    you talk about what to eat for breakfast, followed by instructing that women
    over 40 and who need to lose weight would benefit from adding 25-30 grams of
    protein. Do you mean for breakfast or for the entire day?

    Then the next sentence says to add grass fed collagen protein to Bulletproof coffee. Fantastic but be
    clear that provides only 16 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons.

    Another section of the book instructs to eat 20% of daily calories from protein or .325 to .75 grams
    per body weight. How is one to calculate daily percentage if there is not a total caloric intake goal?

    Personally I am shooting between 1200 – 1500 calories per day. Using that as a guideline 20% is 75 grams of protein, 70% of fat is 117 grams and the rest is vegetables around 10% 38
    grams. Based on your theory am I even doing this correctly?

    FYI the printable roadmap has pumpkin listed as a suspect and bulletproof food. Could not find this in
    the book but may have missed it.

    The biggest concern I have is the recommended supplements. People need to be directed to specific pharmaceutical grade brands. Just reading this book and going out to purchase everything on
    your list would be lighting money on fire. There is one sentence on page 127
    that directs people to your list of brands: http://blog.bulletproof.com/optimize-your-supplements/. I have studied vitamin companies for several years and have never heard of Life
    Extension. Most naturopathic doctors will recommend brands like NeuroScience,
    Thorne and Pure Encapsulations (on that list).

    While I love the book and 100% agree with this as a way to improve your health and lose weight there are
    many missing components for the average person who has no hacking experience. A
    perfect example is the recommendation to eat Smoked Salmon. You make no
    reference Or none that I could find in the book that you must read the label and confirm ingredients. Not only must this be wild salmon it should not have added dyes or nitrates. Even buying from Whole Foods does not guarantee safe products. I’m curious about what brand you eat because almost every brand I can find at the market has added junk. Also to get the good smoked salmon it runs about $15 for 4 oz. That’s an expensive habit!

    And everyone should also know it’s extremely difficult to find 100% grass fed chickens. http://www.lionsgrip.com/pastured.html

  • t

    I thought this forum was about health and wellness and being the best human you can be, not about race and religious hate..If your diet does not support you mentally,physically and spiritually then what are you doing here..


    Hi anyone has bpc plus high protein diet plan?

  • jeremy novak

    Be careful with spending a lot extra on “Grass Fed Beef” and “Organic Beef”. Here in Texas/Oklahoma virtually all of the cattle live on grass from ween to slaughter. Grass is plentiful and free to feed year round in the parts of the Great Plains with milder winters. The other thing is animals need a little medication sometimes. Unlike people these days, an infection will likely kill cattle if it sets in. It is actually one of the more common causes of loss.

    If you live in an area that produces cattle your best bet is to buy locally sourced beef. They are as organic as cows get and closest they came to a feed lot might have been a night at a sale barn.

    Humane slaughter is a tough one. I could probably become a wealthy man by convincing well meaning consumers to pay astronomical prices for my “hand reared grass fed organic” beef that I separate from the herd and shoot on a sunny day. You might be surprised how ordinary something like that actually would be.

    If you are going to go through the trouble you might as well learn the cuts and that there is nothing really special flavor wise from breed to breed. Beef breeds are usually picked for ease of handling, vitality and weight. Longhorns are very vigorous but can be cranky, they are pretty close to feral cattle. Angus are a pretty good all around breed, so they are popular right now.

    I feel a little guilty being “that guy” on the internet mansplaining this but some of the comments just reminded me that folks don’t know a lot about where their meat comes from. I encourage you to do a little research if you are at all interested beyond the shockumentaris on netflix.

  • Cindy Fanelli Kiley

    I’m curious how to calculate macronutrient ratios for my body type? Can yo suggest a online calculator?

  • TeeMaw

    I am being treated for adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism along with low ferritin and every hormone is low as well…..I had lost 65 pounds a bit over 2 years ago, but it is creeping back up (15 at this point). I REALLY want things to turn around. There was a point when I couldn’t even exercise, although I am SLOWLY getting back into that now. I am trending better as far as more energy and less fatigue. I have a clean diet, no sugar/gluten/dairy and EVERY person/doctor has so many different food rules that is CONFUSING!! Anyway, my question here is, do you think that this would be a safe alternative for me? I did hear in podcast #85 that a woman would need carbs every 7 – 10 days. Thanks!

  • Tim Steggall

    IF I have a bulletproof coffee 4:30am 5am lift weights can I supplement with carbs like dextrose, during and after work out – without effecting the Bulletproof chemistry too much? Suggestions welcome for heavy lifting early morning and bulletproof diet.

  • Meg Howe

    Loved the sound of the desserts etc in the Bulletproof Diet book, so where do I find your recipes?

  • erin44

    So eat meats and leafy veggies? Wow, have never heard that one before. LOL!

  • K

    Are there any changes you would make to the diet in the case of adrenal fatigue? I noticed the Bulletproof coffee and butter until 2pm doesn’t work. Even before adrenal fatigue I have to have protein every 3 hours to avoid blood sugar related exhaustion. If I add the Bulletproof whey protein once at 9am and once at 11 will i still get the benefits of the modified fasting or no?

  • 1Codfish

    I need some combination of the Intermittent Fasting and Protein Fasting plans, since I need to lose fat and also suffer from inflammation (athritis/auto-immune issues). What’s the best way to combine these two options on the “When to Eat” section of the Roadmap?

  • Kate Huddelson

    Thank you for these guidelines. I’ve been enjoying the BP Coffee for a few months now and am ready to go ALL the WAY with the DIET now. I live in a remote Northern MI area where ‘health food’ stores are not around. i have friends bring me grass fed butter and meats and wild salmon from Trader Joes because that’s about all I vcan find …thanks!

  • Venus Lipis

    I am afraid I am feeding my family too much Grass fed butter. We put it on our veggies and I cook with it. Any thoughts on this?

  • danibeso

    Question about intermittent fasting. I’ve read the book but need clarity. I am a 40 year old female. I have been making my BPC with Brain Octane & BP collagen protein & ghee. Love it! As I understand it- I am not intermittent fasting if I am adding BP collagen because once you add protein you are no longer fasting. So, my question is- If I want to get to a ketonic range – is it advisable or okay to drink 1 cup of BPC early morning which does not stop my fasting and then have a 2nd cup of BPC with collagen for breakfast.
    Ideally, I’d like to have BCP prior to my 6am workout. Then have another around 10am with collagen as a light meal. I love having coffee prework out since it helps me focus and stay energized during exercise.

  • Gina Vitamina

    Is dig inn bulletproof??

  • Diane Randall

    I have a question: what about disabled people who cannot do aerobics? I can barely handle doing resistance/strengthening exercises, in fact, altho generally prescribed, many with multiple sclerosis find these to cause more damage (not the muscle pains that subside and contribute to muscle mass) and deplete limited energy stores. MS is said to be an inflammatory dis-ease. The only meat I can digest and hopefully absorb nutrients from is baby food meat. Well, some seafood, but I take fish oil. I am making some changes and I do notice that high-fat, high-protein nut butters, eggs, and Greek yogurt work well for me. I eat too many “light” carbs and want to slow the progression of ms as best as possible. Mostly I want to be able to digest – meaning absorb nutrients and create a better elimination system. BTW – no dairy except yogurt/sometimes cottage cheese. MY MAIN QUESTION: WILL I GAIN WEIGHT ON THIS TYPE OF DIET IF I CANNOT EXERCISE? Actually, with some of the “changes” I mentioned – I already have gained! To the tune of about 20+ pounds in ONE YEAR. So please, I don’t want to gain anymore! PS I used to be very fit and loved exercise. But then again, “used to be” doesn’t help anyone, does it? Thanks to all, blessed be (wiccan blessing!), namaste’ (sanskrit blessing!), Peace to All.

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  • Ed Schindler

    Can I use organic grass fee heavy cream instead of the butter for the coffee?

  • Elisa

    Hi, I´m a vegan, so what do you recommend for me to eat? I´m using only mct-oil in my coffee so far.

  • bug

    how do I get in touch w someone about ordering. I cant get the stuff to go in the cart so I can buy it. what’s up w that?

  • Shannon King

    No, contrary to popular belief, God did not “create animals to be eaten,” as one commenter said. The earth did not continue in its Eden-like, fertile state, and growing enough food was difficult. Then, after the flood, man was allowed to eat animals. Obviously, the ground was saturated and most plant life destroyed. Even today, there are parts of earth too barren to grow enough plant-based food. The Bible talks about the time when earth will return to its original paradisaic condition, when animals will no longer fear man or each other. In the meantime, whether or not to eat meat is a personal choice, but we were not originally created to or even allowed to eat it.

    • Nino Giordano

      I do not mean to disrespect you or any religious person in this blog. But how any one can know what God will is for men? Have any of you seen and asked Him this question ?
      Just because one reads religious books doesn’t proves that He wrote books.
      Creation is the window to see the creator and his order.
      the fact is that we all kill some living plant or animal to charge our batteries. And so every think that lives.
      We do tons of massacre every day by driving our cars, walking on grass, mowing the lawn, washing clothes, dishes, etc.. We can’t escape killing is part of life all life in this planet lives on others has energy . We morally and ethically do not see proper eating other humans, and made laws against that. But there is no law against eating eny thing else if we deem tasty and if is good for us .
      My body works better eating less meat and more fruit and vegetable . So I am interested in bp diet plan.

    • Edith D Thurman

      First off the Bible is fiction! It wasn’t even written till 350AD!

  • Francine Amani Guturrez PBX

    This is a very interesting blog. I’m a first timer concerning becoming Bullet Proof. I ordered the books and bars and hopefully will get them soon. I am taking the Brain Octane and I have experience the difference. Now I do have a suggestion…we should keep these nutritional blogs about just that NUTRITION. not about religion or people… and we should not be so touchy about words used like the word DIET. What I have learned in my years of experimenting with my body is that though we are all humans we are all different species.. Just like our fingerprints. Some thrive on Veggies others on fruits others only on meats others need all food types… Concerning the word DIET.. if you remove the letter T you have the word DIE.. LOL concerning the slaughter of animals in Islam.. we pray and make sure the animal it at ease before death. We feed the animal water and show them we are grateful for them giving up their life for us to eat. Halal… “Bismilaah”.

  • Shawna

    I was wondering where and if Kombucha tea fits in cause it is made with sugar and have heard it is great to improve gut bacteria? Does anyone have more info on does it add carbs to your day cause of sugar and is it considered a bullet proof beverage?

  • Jasmine Puskarcik

    Hi I’m brand new and very interested in becoming healthier. I just read the basic run down of the diet but didn’t see how, why, or when to have the coffee.. I ordered the book and coffee and ghee some bullet proof snacks etc.. on Amazon but would like to know… Whats the deal with the coffee? I love coffee,; I’m curious how this is used, special, and when, why and how to have it? Thank you!

    • Suz

      The BP Diet Roadmap has a section in the top right hand side of when to drink the coffee. Basically anytime between 6am and 2pm, or 6am to noon, depending on the plan you are following. Servings? From what I read, 1-2 cups I guess.

  • LindaB

    Besides water and bulletproof coffee… what are other beverage recommendations?

    • Suz

      Green tea, diluted coconut milk. Download the free BP diet roadmap.

  • P Kan

    I know the book says to not snack, so when and why would I eat the Bulletproof bars? Are the bars a good choice when traveling and healthy food choices are not easy to obtain?

    • Morgan Allen

      I eat them for dessert or around workouts that are high intensity and long in duration. They’re also good for an on the go meal if your traveling or busy.

  • Suz

    I also had that question. Google explained it for me. You get butter when you whip cream, so what’s the difference, right? The difference is that when you whip cream you get butter and buttermilk. Buttermilk contains the protein and carbohydrates in the cream, which is then separated away from the butter, which is the fat. To get the best befits from BP coffee you technically need just coffee and fat, no protein or carbs. However, you can do the maths to decide. Cream is 37% fat, 3% carbs, 2% protein; butter is 81% fat, 0% carbs, 1% protein. So to get the same amount of fat from cream that you’d get from butter in your BP coffee, you’d need twice as much cream weight for weight, which will then come with more protein and carbs. I guess it depends on how strict you want to be.

  • Suz

    I have the same problem. I don’t eat beef, because where I live (Australia) it’s considered an unsustainable meat with high impact on the environment. Kangaroo meat on the other hand is sustainable. However, there is no info on kangaroo meat. Besides that, I also eat very little meat, mostly chicken.

  • Lisa McManus

    Hi I am new to the program and ideas, and was hoping for some guidance 🙂 I started making a matcha tea latte with Mct oil because I don’t drink coffee. I also add grass butter and coconut milk. I am wondering if that should be all I have for breakfast or if I should still be having my Protien like eggs and stuff I normally eat? Any help would be great! Thanks

  • M. Renee Orth

    Too bad these recommendations are inconsistent with a healthy planet. Hard to optimize for health in a dying ecosystem.

  • Patriot Legion

    It’s a good diet. But only if you are very active and have quite a bit of cash to eat all this expensive protein regularely.

  • Kat

    Hi Dave, I’ve just purchased your book and as the first step I increased my consumption of good saturated fats. I purchased grass fed organic butter and added it to my morning coffee for instance (I know this is not exactly correct but I’m in the UK and your products are not widely available here yet.) The first thing that happened is I started to have very loose stools and more frequently – by and large a very welcomed change considering I’ve been feeling bloated and constipated for weeks before starting bulletproof! Obviously I’ve seen difference in weight pretty much straight away and I am finally able to eat a normal meal without worrying how long this is going to be stuck in my gut. However I can’t quite figure out why the saturated fats have this lose stools/mild diahhrea effect on me and wonder whether you have encountered anything like this through your journey and research and could shed some light on the biology behind it. I’ve been browsing the net looking for answers but mostly (1) people see it as a negative thing and effect of gut not digesting these fats (2) suggest changing diet and I don’t want or believe either of these points. The truth is I feel wonderful feeling lighter and happier and would be great to know the biology behind this. Thank you!

  • JJ

    Oh, look. Someone renamed the Atkins diet…

    • Morgan Allen

      Except it’s a moderate protein diet which makes a big difference.

  • Joyce

    How in AZ. can I hear your broadcasts? I do not think az. knows enough about you,& we are your California neighbors. I have the book, & all your posts. Just need 26 hours for extra Bulletproof articles & a possible hunt for your podcasts!

  • Joyce

    In reading many of your posts, I am learning. A new member, still in the crawling stage.I think my grandma had home made sauerkraut in the barrel in her Michigan basement. she also served some type of sour red/blue cabbage. I suspect that falls into a category suitable for Bulletfoods?

  • Molly Smith Evans

    Hi, just started the 2-wk Bulletproof intermittent fasting this morning, & had my delicious combo of Bulletproof coffee, the Brain Octane & ghee at 7am. Around 9am, I was jittery, had a headache, felt nauseous & just felt flat out horrible. I have never been a coffee drinker (really just drink water), so I don’t know if the caffeine was too much or what happened. I really want to stick with this new ‘lifestyle’ but I honestly don’t think I can function well, if at all, with what I did this morning. I read that I could also try the green tea as a replacement to the coffee & see how my body responds to that. Any thoughts? It’s 2pm & I still feel very very ‘off’.

    • Morgan Allen

      It most likely is the caffeine. I would start with decaf or green tea as you suggested. Slowly add in regular coffee (half caf) if you are interested in exploring the benefits of caffeine from coffee.

  • nandakat

    I am reading the Bullet Proof Diet book,so just beginning. Have not introduced bulletproof coffee yet. I am gluten dairy sugar free, eating grass fed, (venison, antelope) and high quality fats: butter bacon ghee. Organic vegetables though not as much as recommended.
    Wild rice. Not overeating.
    My gall bladder has been removed. I am overweight @30 lbs. And the weight stays and stays.
    Will loss of gall bladder effect progress on this diet discipline?
    I would so appreciate a response!! Thank You .

  • asha durrow

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    made him vomit and also affected his mind. After one week at home we decided to do what we have done for many years, rely on

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  • Kitten

    Hi Dave! My question is regarding the blood type diets and Geno-Type diets. Do you believe this is valid? I am not supposed to consume coconut, according to the plans. I get hungry sooner if I put coconut oil in my Bulletproof coffee, and I do use the Upgraded Collagen Protein, so this makes me wonder. Thank you for a fantastic book, awesome coffee, and all that you are doing here!

  • Cindy Remillard

    Hi my name is Cindy and I am a little overwhelmed with what I need to do , I am on a tight budget for the next couple of months and want to know , what I absolutely need as far as the supplements , I was going to do thefasting rapid lost. But I changed my mind thinking I am hypothyroid and have hashimotos, so if anyone could help me that knows , I would so much appreciate your guidance.

  • Greg Lupus

    Bulletproof or not, you always can use Fitatu calorie counter, free app to control your macros and calories.

  • Claudia Ortiz

    Hi, Where can I buy raw, grass-fed yogurt, in NYC?

    • Jan Levine

      My daughter used to get it at the farmer’s markets. She recently moved to Texas.

  • Lndzrc

    I eat healthy and have no illnesses. Also I take no prescription drugs. I do take supplements. I am a senior citizen and have tons of energy and strength. My brother is ten years older than me and eats crap. He takes a ton of superscription drugs. It takes him a very long time to just go up stairs. I told him that something that he was eating had trans fats and he told me he did not care and eats whatever he wants.
    He would call me every morning and night and say things like the economy is going to collapse and mobs will come for you. I had to tell him to stop calling me.

  • Robin

    Are bananas to be avoided? And, please share why microwave cooking should be avoided, I could use a citing or reference to back up any claims about nutrient destruction to convince my partner. Thanks.

  • Karella Dugarte

    Hi Dave,
    Am I able to eat walnuts, raw cashews, raw almonds and dark chocolate? I love he coffee from Bulletproof, the taste is amazing. I only take one american coffee per day with cinnamon and splenda on it, is that ok?

    • Karella Dugarte

      Another question, why we need to avoid snacks in this diet?

      • Jan Levine

        My answer would be, it’s not good to have to insulin going up and down all day.

    • Edith D Thurman

      I’m doing ketosis diet I eat nuts and dark chocolate that I make with no sugar in it and do not have a problem!

  • RedMeatState

    when it says 1-2 serving of fruit , just exactly how much is a serving??

  • Jim

    Hi Dave… I am concerned about cholesterol and high fats. Could someone explain to me why it should’t be a concern. I just need some clarification… it would be most appreciated. Thank you.

    • Edith D Thurman

      Yes there have been medical studies done that prove fats do not cause higher cholesterol.

  • Taylor Jimenez

    What if you are a pescetarian? Is there anything I can substitute more of to still achieve optimal results of this diet?

  • PsyleXx Light

    Fats dont work as a main source of energy, they should be kept secondary. Fruits are a lot better: no reason to avoid them: they can replace most cereals and starch. Glucose and fructose are a lot easier to digest.

    • Xavier

      Lol, Glucose is Fructose.. It’s just a different name.. Also, your body only needs about a teaspoon of Glucose a day to feed the cells in your body, the rest if not burned is turned into “fat”. You’re telling people that what the body itself does, to store energy..is less efficient than what it’s doing naturally. Please stop. Easier isn’t always better. Nothing in life that comes easy, will be worth it.

      • PsyleXx Light

        Not everyone relies on the same source of energy. Most use starch and complex carbs, some actually do manage quite well with simple carbs as i said (fruits, raw food diet) and others use fats…

        I tried the ketogenic diet and it totally screwed my system.

        The point is you *cannot* impose a unique diet for everyone: we don’t all have the same metabolism, genes and overall structure.

        Some people can even life off just water and light.

        The poison of one can be the medcine of a other. Also depends on one’s lifestyle and state of being.Thats to show how the human body can function in many different and diverse ways.

        • Edith D Thurman

          I’m sorry but processed food and carbs are what is causing the cancer outbreak and heart disease in this country! Try reading “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” by Volek PhD & Phinny MD, PhD. It’s really funny when they explain why the government still tells us to live off the crap they know is killing us. Of course there’s always the pharmaceutical companies drugs that can help!

        • Montana Jack

          You need to qualify “carbs are what is causing the cancer outbreak and heart disease in this country!” MDs such as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Joel Fuhrman are reversing heart disease with “carbs”…objectively confirmed in peer-reviewed jourinals. Dr. John McDougall and Fuhrman are halting/reversing cancers. The Blue Zones documents societies globally who outlive the US and other western counties subsiding on low fat/high carb diets. In Okinawa, prior to to the introduction of the US’ way of eating, heart disease, cancer, et al, were virtually unknown eating diets low in fat and protein, high in carbs including rice.

        • Edith D Thurman

          I’m sorry, but there have been numerous studies proving that fat does NOT make you fat, sugar does aka carbs are sugar. Plus since the 1800’s doctors where prescribing low carb diets for diabetics. The problem lies in the way the medical community likes to NOT change their belief in any way. Plus to be in a peer reviewed journal you actually have to agree with the doctor who approve what goes into them. Just like if you want to do research you have to get funds, and if you try to change things you are not going to get them. Funny how the Inuits, the Plains people of the US all lived on a very high fat, moderate protein and no carb diet for thousands of years with absolutely no signs of diabetes, heart disease, and all our modern diseases. Plus the carbs we used to eat back pre US diet were also complex carbs, whole grains, and we also soaked them. This was no different than eating bone broth, there was always a pot on the burner cooking bones, with what ever meats and veggies were available. Yet processed food changed the way we eat carbs, rice real rice the brown kind that has the nutrients in it, is a seed. Along with all other seeds it has a protective enzyme coat in on it, so that if an animal eats it it still has a chance of coming out and growing. It also stops us from being able to absorb nutrients from this enzyme, which causes gas and bloating for most. The ket soak it overnight, all that goes away, in an acid that is. So if you want research papers try starting with “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” by Volek & Phinney. They disprove most of the research papers that bash low carb diets.

        • Montana Jack


          The whole fat does not make you fat/sugar claim — not directed at you, btw! 🙂 — has been disproven multiple times, most recently in a study that was funded by (of all people) Gary Taubes via his low carb scam group, NuSI (he’s made millions from it). The gentleman that did the study, Kevin Hall from the NIH, noted “We think that the reason why people tend to do better on low-carb diets in the real world is because they chose to eat less food, less calories. Why that is, I think is a very interesting question. But what we’ve basically shown in this study is it’s not some fancy metabolic advantage of a reduced-carb diet, if anything, the advantage seems to belong to the reduced-fat diet.” Again, a recent study funded by NuSI. Second, there’s now excuse why all of these MDs who are making millions on book and supplement sales can’t fund some real research…is there?

          On the Inuit? That is a myth perpetuated by the low carb authors who haven’t done their research. That is, the evidence has been called weak, at best. Bjerregaard P, Young TK, Hegele RA. Low incidence of cardiovascular disease among the Inuit–what is the evidence? Atherosclerosis 2003;166:351-7. And another poster child for low carb, the Massi? Science has shown CVD is rampant amongst this population.

          If you’re referring to nations such as the Sioux, Dakota nation, etc., the information from your sources is 100% incorrect. Buffalo and wild game are much leaner animals than those raised domestically, and, their fats are generated by grasses providing higher amounts of Omega 3 vs even range-fed cattle (which are typically slaughtered at locations where they’re fed grain prior to being killed/processed). That is one of the bogus claims that people like Taubes, et al, have perpetuated sitting in front of a keyboard in some office. Taubes has never been hunting in the wild, fishing in the wild–otherwise, he (and his peers) would know those animals don’t provide the fat they claim. I’ve had moose while living in Alaska and they are far leaner than most “meats” sold in grocery stores or Whole Foods.

          Therefore, roots, grasses, made up foods like pemmican, not just meat and fat. If anything, these nations ate much closer to a Zone style of diet, as was pointed out by a PhD in a discussion with Dr. Barry Sears several years ago.

          Finally, there are zero–nada, zilch–diets like Bulletproof, etc., that have any objective evidence of the reversal of cardiovascular disease. MDs such as Dr. K Lance Gould (not a vegan MD) and Caldwell Esselstyn (vegan) have objectively shown how their programs halt the progression of CVD and reverse it. I have asked ‘experts’ to show PET scans, angiograms or any peer-reviewed evidence backing their claims and none can back their statements. A couple have cited CT scans–sorry, that is not the same as what a PET scan, for example, would demonstrate regarding arterial blockage.

          In fact, Dr. Garth Davis,MD, explained to Dave (Asprey) during a webcast that they did a test with Bulletproof Coffee and showed that blood flow was horribly impacted using a recognized method to validate their findings. Dave could not refute the scientific findings…

          And with Volek and Phinney? Are they simply citing work by others like other authors or did they do the actual work. There are countless books that make the claims…Hyman, Dave, etc..but none with the research.

        • Montana Jack

          Sorry, wrong.

          Find ONE diet that you’re claiming is our historical eating approach reverses coronary disease. The fact is, there’s none. And no, doctors were NOT using low carb diets for diabetics…more fiction. And the Inuit? More misinformation. If I can post without being deleted would be happy to cite the correct information.

        • Edith D Thurman

          You’re an idiot! I already mentioned two, and a damn book that disputes all your ignorant claims. Plus it’s not even just a book, it’s a 270+ page research paper, who also site a bunch of false claims. So if you ate too ignorant to do your own research, because it’s not like the book and other research hasn’t been out for YEARS. Then that’s your problem. Hell all you have to do is Google “KetoDiet” but if you’re too lazy to do that, I’m surely not going to sit here and give you all the answers! Do your own homework for a change. Personally I don’t give a damn what you believe. So stay ignorant most people do! Good bye!

        • Edith D Thurman

          PS I’m blocking you. Good bye!

        • Edith D Thurman

          “The Art and Science of Low Carbahydrate Living” Phinney & Volek. Most “research, peer review papers” are crap! If you want to have them published or get grants to fund your research you have to go along with what the doctors handing them out agree with. Which is why in the last 70 plus years all research proving fat does NOT make you fat, or cause heart disease, or any other of the lies they’ve been shoving down or throats for years, were not published. The very reason Dr. Atkins wrote a BOOK about it. He knew a peer reviewed paper would go directly in the garbage! They are just st like the government, they do as the pharmaceutical companies tell them to, otherwise they don’t get funding or kickbacks from the drug companies. Which is why SO many doctors have turned to writing books, which are actually 270+ pages or research papers! Just like the the one I mentioned. We do not need carbs to live. You could spend the rest of your life not ever eating another carb and NOTHING would be wrong with you. Now try that with ANY other food group, it doesn’t work. Plus we did NOT start living on carbs eating 300+ grams a day till the food companies started pushing these lies in the 60’s. Funny all these crap diseases we are hearing about did not exist them! PS try looking in to the Inuits, or Plains Indians diets! They’ve been living on FAT for hundreds of thousands of years, and they were always healthy!

        • Montana Jack

          I’ve to reply but my responses are being deleted by someone. I have actual validated objective information, not books citing other papers and I’ve been a hunter so I know what you stated about the Native Americans — they’re NOT ‘Indians’ –is completely wrong. I’d be happy to response more completely if given the chance since you’re citing complete misinformation. Much like Goebbels’ statement if you tell a life enough, it becomes the truth.

        • Edith D Thurman

          I know their not Indians you idiot I happen to BE ONE!!! I am siting FACTS. So since your too stupid to google the crap, because it’s everywhere theses day then just GO AWAY! The fact that science and medicine has been researching the diet of Inuits, and the plains Lakota people for over a hundred years, because THATS WHAT THEY LIVD ON!!! So please go read!

      • davetdds .

        Glucose is not fructose. Entirely different chemical structure

    • Edith D Thurman

      There is NO difference between them! They are both SUGAR! I’ve been living off NO FRUIT NO VEGETABLES all meat and fat for two months and feel great! You ever heard of the nomadic tribes? Like the Lakota who lived off buffalo fat, or the Inuits who live off whale fat, or African tibes that did up till the 1940’s? We do not NEED fruit just like you don’t NEED a candy bar! Same difference!

    • Mariah

      Whoever is on or wants to follow Bulletproof should know that this comment is basically the opposite lol. Agree with Edith. Sugar is definitely a fast way to store fat. Eating a lot of fats, like in this diet, is definitely a great main source of energy. I love this diet for the fats that keep me satiated and more healthy carb allowance vs. a strict ketogenic diet.

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  • Marissa Uhler

    Just read through this article plus the first page of comments, and I’m not finding anything about nuts such as almonds and walnuts. What’s the bulletproof stance?

  • Jennifer Carslake

    Q: what if I am not a big meat eater, I eat eggs a couple of times a week and grass fed beef maybe once a week. Also, are hard boiled eggs ok?

    • Xavier

      Hard boiled at high temperatures will kill what you’d eating them for. Slow cook, low temp and you’ll be good. Also, the shells are an excellent source of calcium.

      Once a week is okay. You don’t need much to be healthy, just consume the right things.

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  • M D

    Hi, so raw is better than cooked but what about the fat on top of my bone broth I made in my Instant Pot from grass-fed bones? Is this fat cooked as it has been pressure cooked for 2 hours? How about the fat on top of grass fed bone broth made in slow cooker crock pots over 24 hours? Should I throw it out and replace with MCT, ghee, etc or would that be throwing out the best part of the bone broth?

    • Xavier

      Check the temperatures at which your fats boil.. Once they boil, it’s useless. High temperatures kill nutrients. I’d assume a slow cooker doesn’t get much use on high temperatures, so it should be good.

      • M D

        Thank you!

    • Edith D Thurman

      For Gods sake DO NOT THROW THAT OUT! Forget MTC and eat coconut oil. MTC does not have the lauric acid in it, and THATS what makes it SO good for you!

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  • Xavier

    Link is contaminated, shocker.

  • Xavier

    It depends on what you’re whole lifestyle is, and you may have health issues that are preventing you from living cleanly.

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  • Kristen

    I’m interested in trying this program. We already eat grass-fed/wild/organic. However, I’ve never made the bulletproof coffee. The website doesn’t seem to offer a cut and dry “here’s what you do day 1, etc…” page…so here are my questions:

    1) Is there something I need to buy to make the coffee?
    2) Am I correct in saying that I need to buy a ton of supplements and take them for the first 5 days?
    3) Where does the fasting fit into the program?
    4) Can you give me one good reference to figure out how to do the program, as a whole?

    Thanks in advance..

    • Karen

      Hi Kristen, I have been doing the Intermittent Fasting for one week and going into week two and feel great. That being said, to make the BP coffee (based on the book) I brew (or the machine does) two espresso’s. To that I add one Tbsp grass-fed Ghee and 1 tsp MCT oil. With a hand held “aerolatte (because having to clean your blender each time is a hassle) give it a good mix. Once nice and frothy I add a small about of PURE stevia (NOW brand is good) and top it up with boiling water. If you do not have an espresso machine just brew coffee using good quality organic coffee beans. Preferably, purchased from a coffee place where they roast their beans in small batches on a regular basis. To answer questions 2,3, and 4 I would definitely suggest you purchase “The Bulletproof Diet” book. This will answer your questions, and give you all the information you need to be successful. Hope this helps.

      • Betty Repine

        Yes, read the book.

      • Lindab

        Love that advice! So many people here feel qualified to answer other people’s questions with NO idea, because they have not read ANYTHING about the Keto Lifestyle. If they read the books (so many, but stick to the creator to begin with – Dave Asprey, Bullet Proof), or even looked things up on Google, they’d have a clue. It’s all out there, folks!

    • Edith D Thurman

      I don’t know why they make it so complicated. I use a French press sorry but I think coffee taste like crap. Unless it has tons of cream and sugar. So I use 10 water, Gevalia vanilla coffee, 1/8 cup heavy cream, 1/8 cup half & half (which is milk & heavy cream) I warm it up and use a frothier on it. Press coffee with stevia, one TBs butter, one big tablespoon ( organic cold pressed unprocessed coconut oil) MTC oils DO NOT have lauric acid aka the best part of the coconut oil, only other source is breast milk then that’s only 10%, coconut oil is 50% lyric acid THATS WHY it’s good for you! Yes it looks really greasy till you put the frothed milk in then you can’t even tell it’s there! Good stuff. Only difference than my regular coffee is the coconut oil, since butter is hard cream!

    • Jim Kurtz

      Read the book Bulletproof Diet or listen to the audiobook. It answers your questions. I found a copy at my local library.

  • Hayley

    Hi. If I workout in the morning (6am), when should I consume the Bulletproof coffee? I usually have protein powder with water after my workout (at 730/8am) does this interfere with my ketosis? What should I consume post workout? Thank you!

    • Rita Panagiotou

      You can have your protein shake. Just make sure it’s low carb!

  • Edith D Thurman

    Fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does!

    • davetdds .

      Well. I see what your trying to say, but fat can male you Fay if you eat too much. Fat is 9 kcal/yr. And those excess calories can cause fat deposition

      • Edith D Thurman

        Yes. Anything overly done, is still overly done. Eat organic self grown foods and if all you do is eat you will gain weight. That could also be a amino acid, vitamin, or mineral deficiency. There are several that cause people to crave, sweets, salts, or just food. Hell my cat loves to eat plastic, but that does not mean it’s good for her. We are supposed to be intelligent beings, using our brain helps a lot!

  • Edith D Thurman

    The fact that the government knew carbs and processed food wasn’t good for us but still recommends it is even better! Of course if a Doctor or PhD want to do research or have papers published then you better not rock the boat or they will kick you out! Which is why Dr Atkins, who had his own private practice and started all this in the 70’s wrote books not research papers. They’ve know about the benifts of low cabs since the 1800’s. I love reading about all the studies they don’t want us to know about!

  • LA

    Sooooooooo ridiculous

    • Stephie

      What the hell do you eat?? Other than grass fed meat?? I don’t get it

      • LA

        Not the bullet proof diet but similar is my way…Protein(such as meat, eggs, beans) and cooked seasoned vegetables eaten until full-3 meals a day. I Limit sugar to low glycemic fruits(melon,kiwi,apple…),two servings a day. I eat avocado, coconut oil and olive oil without measuring the amount in all my meals and usually eat about 3 to 5 ounces of cheese like Havarti, or cheddar a day. Drink About 60-80 ounces of water from morning to night and a cup or two of coffee throughout the day(not the bulletproof kind) is my way. I use organic ingredients almost 100%, am 5’6 and 135 healthy lean lbs. Once a week I will eat “healthy carbs” but not more than 100-150 grams on that one day(usually Saturday)…add Exercise! Even ten to fifteen minutes of walking 3-5 days a week will really get you feeling energized no matter what age or physical condition you are. To your health!

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  • Rita Panagiotou

    It would probably be much easier for you then! You’re already low carb, which is fantastic. You can easily eliminate the 2 snacks and you wouldn’t have a hypo, if that’s what you’re worried about. Just do some research and you’ll find that fat isn’t scary.

  • Viv

    I’d like to try the program but I really don’t like eating meat. Can I substitute it with tofu for example? How would the vegetarian version be like?

    • geigster

      By removing meat, you remove one of/the most important part of the diet. Fat and protein. You might as well go vegan because it makes no sense.

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  • Heather Williams

    So I have started today, drank my bulletproof coffee with a ghee/coconut oil from grass fed cows. It was delicious! The coffee is high quality and I loved the satisfying texture.

  • Catalin

    You don’t mention alcohol, how bad is that?

    • Steve

      Catalin, I’m new to “Belletproof-ing” but have been reading as much as I can. I’m not a heavy drinker but enjoy a sociable beer, glass of wine or whiskey from time to time and don’t want to give them up. The diet guides against grains, sugars and gluten so, strictly, I read alcohol as “out”. I’m going to go as strictly as I can on the diet and then reintroduce things I especially like but, irrespective of diet, limiting alcohol is a good thing to do, anyway.

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  • Mariah

    Anything in excess can make you fat.

  • Seungjin Kim

    I’m sorry how can food be delicious and edible if you follow these guidelines. It’s almost like you want me to eat.. grass..

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  • Jord

    Why would you eliminate grains?
    And limit fruit to 1-2 pieces?

    There are multiple studies showing the benefits of these foods, even in diabetics

    • Chris Phelan

      Agree 10,000% on grains. Just one example: A 2016 Harvard University study found that eating 3 or more servings of whole grains each day can cut the overall death rate by 20 percent. Grains also provide valuable soluble fiber. No need for such grain-o-phobia for most of us.

    • Brian

      Yeah, but all of those studies were funded by the food industry!

  • Wamuyu Gatheru

    This is exactly what a diet for autoimmune disease looks like! Interesting. I have almost cured rheumatism with this diet and no meds (info from Dr Mark Hyman)

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