Week 1 – How to identify the foods that are robbing your energy

This is the first week of eight, of my blog series - 6 weeks to hack your potential - where I’ll be sharing some of the things that I talk about in my new Book Limitless.  At the end of the blog post I have set you a challenge for this week and an opportunity to win a prize.

We are all aware that we need to consume a balanced diet and there are some obvious foods that we know we shouldn’t be eating such as trans fats, sugar and processed foods.  However, many people can have an adverse reaction to some foods, not in an allergic way but in a way that robs them of their energy and brings on brain fog.  These reactions are stronger for some people than others.  That’s why I stand by the principle of n=1 – you are unique. Remember that – it’s important.

For example, I know that I suffer an inflammatory response and become bloated if I eat any grains, dairy or sugar products and these are usual suspects for man people.  However, I also suffer the same symptoms and lethargy when I eat tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, aubergine/eggplant and chillies.  This is because I discovered that I am sensitive to lectins, a protein found in plants from the nightshade family.

Here is an extract from Limitless:

 ‘What you eat and drink each day is essential to your energy levels and how you will perform. I come from a background in systems implementation, so I can relate to the analogy ‘rubbish in, rubbish out’. What you eat and drink is directly linked to how your body makes energy in your mitochondria.

A rule of thumb that many people use when hosting a dinner party is never to discuss religion, politics or sex. I’d like to add nutrition because it’s become as taboo as sex, politics and religion. There are so many different types of diets including vegetarian, vegan, low carb, paleo, ketogenic and 5:2; there is too much debate on what works and what doesn’t.

If you are focusing on what you eat and drink, then the chances are you’re already in the top 5% of healthy people, and please don’t think of it as a diet but as your unique lifestyle.

Listen to your body during and after you eat because all the information you could need is already there; you just aren’t looking for it. You need to eat what makes you feel great, and if after a meal you don’t feel fantastic and highly energised, there was something in your last meal that you shouldn’t have eaten. If you have eaten something your body doesn’t like, then you are likely to experience bloating in the stomach, brain fog and fatigue. If before and after you have eaten you record your pulse, it can help you to understand if you have eaten something that you may be sensitive to because your heart rate will increase by more than sixteen beats per minute. It’s best to check your heart rate every 15 minutes.’

So, for week one I would like you to pay particular attention to what you are eating and drinking and how you feel after it.  Use the technique to check your heart rate with your Fitbit or Apple Watch and if you don’t have one then you can go to your favourite App Store and download the free Food Detective App from Bulletproof:

You can measure your heart rate after you’ve eaten, and you will know if it’s spiked.

If you want to take this up a level, then look into doing a gut microbiome test with Viome.  They currently have 50% off.

Let me know how you get on by leaving me a comment in the section below or drop me a message on any of our social media platforms:

This week I will select 3 people who have shared this blog post on Social Media and I will send them a copy of the Bulletproof Diet, which I used to lose 3 stone in 3 months and kept the weight off.

Week 2 is going to cover “Why putting butter in your coffee makes you mentally sharp”.

I’m grateful for you taking the time to read this.

Have a great week!

Nick