I have to admit – I was on the fence about giving this book a read. Lately I have been much more skeptical about reading any sort of diet book. Listening to the podcast Food Psych has been very eye opening to me (Go check it out! SERIOUSLY.).
But I was definitely curious to read his thoughts in defense of coffee.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for review. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
I actually first heard about Bulletproof Coffee over a year ago on the On Air With Ella podcast (a podcast which I used to be an avid listener of. I actually haven’t been listening to that podcast as much recently, but it definitely used to be my jam. I mentioned it in my post of my five favorite podcasts, which I should definitely do an update of because I have discovered so many more podcasts!!!)
But I digress- back to Bulletproof coffee. There are different ways to make it, but you blend coffee with a fat source. I’ve done it with coconut oil, but you could do butter, or even raw egg. I actually LOVE the Bulletproof coffee. Anything blended in my Vitamix is usually an instant love affair, and Bulletproof coffee is no different. It is totally frothy and absolutely delicious. BUT to be honest I rarely make it. Because I’m lazy and whipping out the Vitamix feels like a serious commitment sometimes. Ha.
Anyways, I haven’t read The Bulletproof Diet, but I was curious about diving into Head Strong. I mean, who doesn’t want to think more clearly, have an easier time focusing, and maintain focus for a longer duration?
This book gets into the science-y side of things, but the writing style is not overly scientific, which I appreciate (because if I am being honest, scientific writing doesn’t hold my attention the way good narrative does.) I love how he refers to his inner “Labrador”- I’ve heard it referred to as dino brain, or lizard brain.
This book sparked my interest in learning more about inflammation. I hear over and over again about how inflammation is basically the root of all evil and sickness. Head strong addresses inflammation of the brain, which is quite frankly, terrifying.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is science-minded and open to hearing some interesting theories on the subject of how nutrition impacts the brain.
About Head Strong
• Hardcover: 352 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (April 4, 2017)
From the creator of Bulletproof Coffee and author of the bestselling The Bulletproof Diet comes a revolutionary plan to upgrade your brainpower—in two weeks or less.
For the last decade, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest, most innovative methods for making humans perform better—a process known as “biohacking.” In his first book, The Bulletproof Diet, he shared his biohacking tips for taking control of your own biology. Now, in Head Strong, Asprey shows readers how to biohack their way to a sharper, smarter, faster, more resilient brain.
Imagine feeling like your mind is operating at its clearest and sharpest, and being able—possibly for the first time in your life—to do more in less time? What it suddenly became easier to do the very hardest things you do? Or if you could feel 100% confident about your intellect, and never again fear being the person in the room who just isn’t smart enough, or can’t remember something important? How would you treat people if the mood swings, short temper, and food cravings that disrupt your day could simply disappear?
In Head Strong, Asprey shows us that all of this is possible—and more. Using his simple lifestyle modifications (or “hacks”) to take advantage of how the structure of your brain works, readers will learn how to take their mental performance to the next level. Combining the latest findings in neuroscience and neurobiology with a hacker-inspired “get it done now” perspective, Asprey offers a program structured around key areas of brain performance that will help you:
- Power the brain with exactly what it needs to perform at its best all day long
- Eliminate the sources of “kryptonite,” both nutritional and environmental, that make the brain slower.
- Supercharge the cellular powerhouses of our brains, the mitochondria, to eliminate cravings and turn up mental focus.
- Reverse inflammation to perform better right now, then stay sharp and energized well into your golden years.
- Promote neuron growth to enhance processing speed and reinforce new learning—hotwiring your brain for success.
Asprey’s easy to follow, two-week program offers a detailed plan to supercharge brain performance, including: which foods to eat and which ones to avoid, how to incorporate the right kinds of physical activity into your day, a detox protocol for your home and body; meditation and breathing for performance, recommended brain-boosting supplements; and how to adjust the lighting in your home and work space to give your brain the quality light it thrives on.
A better brain—and a happier, easier, more productive life—is within reach. You just need to get Head Strong.
About Dave Asprey
DAVE ASPREY, founder of the Bulletproof Executive blog, is a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who spent fifteen years and over $300,000 learning to hack his own biology. Dave lost one hundred pounds without counting calories or doing excessive exercise; upgraded his IQ by more than twenty points; and lowered his biological age–all the while learning to sleep better in less time. Mastering these seemingly impossible things transformed him into a better entrepreneur, a better husband and a better father. Dave’s blog reaches 1.5 million unique monthly visitors, and his #1 ranked podcast has been downloaded 5 million times.