Bulletproof Military / Athletic
BP Community, I need your help. I am trying to adjust to the BP diet but I am running into some problems meshing my lifestyle with the diet. I want to cover where I was to give you a frame of reference but also where I am now. Recommendations are welcomed but my job is a hard constraint (at least for the next 2 years). Thanks for reading.
So, I am in the Navy. I work from 5am to 5-6pm when I am in homeport and ~20 hours/day while I am underway. Iâ€™ve always enjoyed weightlifting and I lift about 4-7 times/week (only in homeport and depending on when I get off of work). The Navy does feed us although it is a "standard American diet" including frying with canola oil (both deep-fat frying and griddle frying), some baking, and lots of preservatives to allow the food to last underway. Diet is extremely important to me and when I am coming home every night, I have some control.
Before BP, I was on my own version of Paleo. I cut out sugars and bad carbs and focused on vegetables and protein. Life was simple â€¦ except that I enjoy drinking red wine, my kryptonite. I have sense bundled alcohol w/ working out. No gym, no alcohol. Normally alcohol is a glass-or-two type of thing vice a bottle or two.
The first thing I noticed after starting BP was that I was craving food by noon. I would save a salad and bring in a pound of meatballs and stuff my face ate 1:30pm ... because waiting until 2pm was unbearable. I also consumed 4-10 cups of BP coffee each morning in attempt to consume calories. It was excessive but I knew I was hungry. After work, around 6pm, I would be so exhausted that I would come home, cook, and fall asleep without lifting (an abnormality for me). I assumed that this was normal for starting the diet and that I needed to adjust. On week 2, I gave up on IF and starting eating at 1100. This extended my feeding window from 11am-8pm, which, according to the BP Diet, is no longer fasting. I immediately had the energy to lift again. In his book, Dave recommends adding Protein to breakfast for people who are heavier or weight-lifters.
1) I am contemplating throwing out BIF during the week to provide myself with energy but breakfast and lunch are now going to be added back in.
a. If I do eat, would eating canola-fried eggs be acceptable since thatâ€™s all I can get at work.
b. If I cook my own eggs, I am sacrificing sleep to wake up earlier.
c. I could add protein to my BP coffee but I used to eat 4-6 eggs every morning w/ bacon and peanut or almond-butter and I donâ€™t think this will satiate me.
2) I haven't done a single carb refeed day because I can't support them w/ my weightlifting regiment. Any thoughts are this are welcomed
3) If I am no-longer fasting, should I be drinking BP coffee all morning or should I drink 2-4 cups and switch back to black coffee?
Thanks again, community. You all are awesome!