Why you could totally eat crap on Christmas day
By: Dave Asprey
If you read the blog very much, you know that I am totally opposed to the Tim Ferris style re-feed day where you eat whatever kind of crap you want once a week. The toxins, gluten, and bad fats in that will sabotage you for at least four or five more days, so you never really feel bulletproof.
Your cognitive function will suffer, even if you do manage to lose weight. My last post was about how to avoid temptation over the holidays. This post is a little bit more radical.
What if you did eat crap once a year? It turns out that there is a good reason to do that if you are already Bulletproof, or even if you’re only part way on the way to having huge amounts of energy and focus at your beck and call. And there is good reason to do it on Christmas Day. I recommend that when you wake up, start with Bulletproof coffee so you can have an amazing morning opening presents with family and doing family activities. But then, if you are going to go off the rails at all, it’s time.
Eat the waffles. With the fruitcake. Douse it in canned whipped cream food product. Smear some margarine on something. Eat the supermarket cake. Make sure you get enough mycotoxins by drinking beer, red wine, and maybe some eggnog made from a mix of industrial chemicals. Make sure that at least one item has MSG and another item has NutraSweet or aspartame. I’m actually not kidding about any of this, believe it or not.
Be sure to pay close attention as you’re eating. Does it really taste as good as you thought it would? Probably not, unless it has MSG in it. How do you feel while you’re eating it?
The reason you may want to consider doing this comes the morning of December 26, when you wake up, and you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. A truck full of zombies. The word zombie won’t even begin to describe how you feel, especially compared to how you felt the day before you ate all that crap. This is a slap in the face to your biochemistry and your nervous system, and it will serve you for months as a reminder about why you eat the Bulletproof diet on a regular, daily basis.
Because you don’t want to feel like this anymore.
It is so easy to get used to feeling good and having lots of resilience, that sometimes we forget how bad those once tempting foods actually make us feel. After a few “give in to temptation” days like this, you will teach your reptilian brain that those items you used to salivate over are not actually food.
And that will be the end of cravings for bad food. You will have a headache, you will feel bloated, you’ll probably clear the room with the gas you produce from your formerly healthy digestive system. All of this is just fine because you’ll learn a lesson and the lower level parts of your nervous system will also learn the lesson. No one craves getting beaten with a baseball bat, and that is how poor diet will make you feel.
Christmas is the best time to do this because you usually have downtime between Christmas and New Year’s when you don’t have to be that productive, and many people will feel like crap for several days after abusing their biochemistry this way.
And best of all, Christmas is right before New Year’s, which is when you make your New Year’s resolution. It’s so much easier to stick to a resolution to eat Bulletproof when you know what it’s like when you don’t!