Olympian Bree Schaaf: Staying Bulletproof at Sochi

VIDEO | Dave Asprey

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00:00:00 > everyone welcome to bulletproof executive radio today's cool fact of the day is that Russia is the world's largest country it spans 6.6 million square miles and nine time zones Canada where I live is the second runner-up the reason I'm talking about Russia today is that our guest is bree schaaf who is on the show to talk about how she was able to stay bulletproof at the 2014 winter Sochi Olympics she was the 2010 bobsled Olympian who is transitioning from athlete to commentator and was the NBC skeleton analyst for the 2014 olympics I have to say Bree I have no idea what skeleton is least I didn't until you called us like oh my god I like bulletproof coffee let's talk so what is skeleton first at all first of all just because it's kind of a yeah skeleton is

00:01:03 > yeah it's one of those sports i mean the Winter Olympics are just filled with all sorts of crazy different brands everyone accusing each other of being more crazy than the other but skeleton is face-first on your belly on a sled on the bobsled track so all the sliding sports are on that same track and depending on what vessel per se that's going to determine how you how you steer and the speed that you go so a skeleton your face first and you're essentially just steering with your body your body is your sled and it's all about being one with that sled and manipulating the g-force down the track to accelerate so if I think back to Calvin and Hobbes you know the little tiger guy the cartoon this is like way worse than when he's writing on his little sled like flying things kind of the most terrifying of all the sports yeah well I mean think of how much you're hitting 5 to 6 g's in each of these turns because a turn is a wall on a bobsled track so now imagine taking that with your face that's the first thing like you hit g-force and you feel it in your body but for me I've got a massive head and so that was part of

00:02:05 > the reason I transitioned over to bobsled is because my face would get planted in those turns and I couldn't see anything not that you really want to see necessarily because you're trying to feel for the pressures to steer but yeah the times you can see it's almost it's not worth it wow that sounds terrifying and I want to try it you can you can park city in Lake Placid both do schools and we can talk about that later and get you out there this March they're still doing skelly schools and it is so much fun you only go from halfway down so they try and prevent you know people from really damaging themselves cuz I mean you sign a waiver so whatever I am so gonna try this yes you are okay that just sounds like even more fun than the high-speed downhill mountain biking stuff I used to get into before I got so old yeah then we'll get you the back of a bobsled and you'll really feel old cuz that is punishing it's that yeah it's like it's hard because people always ask well what's bobsled like and you really can't describe it I mean if you go watch and you stand next to the track you can feel

00:03:07 > a Bob's of like a train going by so when you ride in the back the brakeman essentially their hands and their feet or in the same position so they're bent over head is between their legs and they're taking the g-force that way and it's really like climbing into a washing machine setting it on spin kicking it off a cliff and hitting boulders the whole way down you're gonna don't wanna try this you know it's it's quite violent I've had people say that it's taken them sometimes a week to recover just from a passenger right off the top of Lake Placid oh wow I'm so doing it yeah now one of the reasons that I wanted have you on the show is that you're a bulletproof ambassador and you actually carried butter and brain octane oil yes who's Russia with you what happened at TSA cuz it Oh No among other things but TSA specifically I brought so much crazy stuff like honest-to-goodness a checked bag of 50 pounds plus of food that I had made in preparation for the Olympics and not knowing what kind of food was going to be over there making

00:04:09 > sure you know that everything I could at least have a solid stash of bulletproof food but the thing that TSA seem to take issue with was the the brick of breath of butter that I brought in my bag and I had all these things that i had read i was ready with all the food i made thinking okay i love it enough i can let it go if tsa takes it but the butter was one thing that had this huge inspection sticker on it which I don't know if it's because chances are might have been because the grass fed cream that I tried to bring over exploded all over everything so I had even more butter really all over my bag from that cream it was uh I'd call it a success still regardless the butter made it that was important mm c2l if that if that had broken I might have cried yeah mct oil is strong stuff and because it's such a short chain it it can penetrate plastics like pudding yeah putting it in a plastic bottle I had to be really careful in the science because I found plastic that it sticks to the plastic and just stays there like a protective layer but most plastics any fat will

00:05:10 > eventually break them down but just the shorter chain fats do it faster yeah a one on my way back my MC to actually broke and all the labels on my stuff it's uh it broke the glue bonds yeah many of the labels it'll it'll do that you ever want to get gum out of your hair you can use mct oil same kind of thing or gum out of your intestines just drink a bunch haha yeah a disaster pants so you made it with your butter intact to rush it now ok how many athletes actually bring their own food to the Olympics you know it depends on who you talk to you have of course those athletes that are theirs and I have a few of those teammates that are fueled on McDonald's or the you know the ones that seem so evolved that they can turn garbage into gold and yet you have those other athletes that know what a huge part nutrition is to their performance and so most people at that level know their bodies you know just in and out to a tee and and recognize how important it is for nutrition because like you get to the athlete's village in Vancouver you

00:06:12 > don't know what's going to be there and so there was quite a few people the problem is that you're coming off of a full tour especially in bobsled and skeleton so you've been in Europe for a couple months so you know a lot of times people people are having their families ship stuff to them overseas and and there was quite a few athletes there's that we're making sure that they stayed bulletproof and bought stuff with them one of my Lauren Williams who ended up winning silver with elana meyers she was my brakeman at our big trials this year and she travels with the Vitamix like not in her carry-on well I mean vitae mixes are important so I could see why you take that in your carry-on yeah absolutely that's like the thing I miss most when I leave home oh wow did you bring a blender like a little stick blender because you were eating so much so the problem that I um the thing I had before so I had two things I had a little frother like a latte frother but that didn't work as well as this this mug this bulletproof contigo mug was unbelievable I put in a protein shaker

00:07:15 > ball yeah and I would just like shake waited every morning and it was perfect I mean in this thing doesn't spill at all it's like those old dairy queen blizzard commercials I've never used a shaker ball in mine but I i often times on the road i carry the frother and I carry the bulletproof mug and then I'll shake it in the mug in hotel room or I'll go to like a starbucks but could have some hot water to brew my own coffee and then I'll add my butter and I'll profit in a little cup but the shaker ball does it get better foam that way like it's all done it foams up exactly instead then you get to enjoy that little bit of foam and then I'll put the lid on and take it for the day and I actually had one of the Russian security agents at the track because you had to go through security everywhere you went for some reason he didn't like my my bulletproof mug like try to tell me that was illegal but then gave me a business card and said if you send me your thoughts on sochi will let you go oh how can i maybe it is gunmetal gray the colorful if he realized it as obviously something that could be ballistic yeah I don't know and it was

00:08:16 > empty but I was not about to let that sucker go I was ready to bargain what anything at that point you had a unique challenge at this olympics in that you you didn't just have to be ready for competition but you also have your brain on because you're a commentator so for 12 hours day you had to be able to pay attention and talk and what were the challenges of balancing like the I'm ready to go kick ass in a minutes notice and I have to just be conscious all the time and you know look good and feel good enough so we speak coherent how did you do all that like that's all for me challenging well the beauty is I had everything so well honed from athletics that you know and as an athlete you stick to your routine religiously like I know that I have to work hard to sleep because I know how important you know I try and get nine hours a night because that is going to make you know recovery better that's such a huge part of it and so for me you know making sure that that same routine of all technology is off two hours before bed I don't have food in my stomach even that I got to try the bulletproof acupressure sleep mat that

00:09:19 > thing is awesome did you take it with you no I didn't because I sacrificed food for I would take butter before the mat but I often travel with both okay I got it okay it came down to the tough choices at the end and I brought food but it was it was weird because you know my whole career has been about when my mental energy as an athlete goes into physical output and paying attention to my body and being so physically aware that it training in at practice it's all about connecting my mind and my body and so here I was in a situation where it was all mine it was all mine and motor mouth you know so it was the same kind of high-performance zone that I had to find and use a lot of sports psych techniques and for me like I know it's managing energy and making sure that you're not too amped up but you're not too low and so like I know that if I can take a 10-second slow deep breath before a run or before announcing I know I'm in the right spot if I can't the in my you know my lungs are clinching up a little bit but I know I need to stop and really you know gather myself so that I'm not

00:10:20 > expending too much energy energy and weird directions now you follow a low-carb like a ketosis Bates diet you're essentially bulletproof I'm no one I know is only green all the time because if so like you're a psycho but you're greenish on the bulletproof diet it is that accurate I'm kind of guessing here um what greenish being being like on the book of died the higher fat little toxin sorts of foods yeah yeah so it started out like and this is actually part of the cool story of going bulletproof I had had a hip surgery and really struggled to come back from it and yeah masses like labral tear went and pulled the hip out you know baton that labrum down shaved the bone and just had a horrible recovery and then and you know sport got worse everything felt I get it bottomed out and then I had to make a decision that that you know to dive back in really to find myself as an athlete and as a person and one of the first things my trainer did was prescribe a bulletproof diet and yeah

00:11:22 > which was huge i mean i was all you know sad and chubby and soft after surgery and after five weeks i had lost about 13 pounds just on fatty coffee and kind of regular run-of-the-mill bulletproof diet it wasn't until later that we really started experimenting with ketosis and that's when things really like start to blow my mind because admittedly sliding sports or like it's semi concussion every run like you're beating your head down the hill and so and I'd slap inciting for 12 years so for me there's a fogginess that I was fearing was never going to go away and after you know just a month on the bulletproof diet I felt sharper than I had it since I started sliding in the keto diet especially is when I finally felt like my old mind you know coming back and I wasn't taking naps anymore I used to take two to three hour naps during the day and I found myself just with energy that I almost couldn't contain and which was great for training ya know it was it did your

00:12:24 > trainers say you eat of ultra diet or just say eat a paleo diet and it's okay either answer no it was bulletproof I like the diagram that we were looking at your diagrams in our handbook um you know everything pulled off of your website and it was the perfect guideline and I've always been obsessed with nutrition especially for performance because like for me I wasn't I came from volleyball I wasn't made to push a bob said you know I can't squat 400 pounds like some of my teammates can females by the way so yeah so it was all about maximizing like I got very good at feeling pressures and driving a sled and then on the other side physically I had to just maximize my talent and in the diet was a huge part of that and what was interesting was then the keto experiment a solid three weeks of no more than 30 grams of carbs a day and I stuck to it religiously and it was a really fascinating transition because I'm sprinting every day I'm lifting every day for roughly five hours total and and it was the strength actually started to fall off a

00:13:25 > little bit during the strict keto adaptation but then after the three weeks when we started adding in some starchy carbs post lift that's when things really took off and it was incredible to see it was really kind of funny is all of the as my hormone profile change and I started losing all the lady fat it turned out that I never actually activated my glutes in my life because my ass just disappeared so then it became like this massive butt cheek operation and I was yelling at my trainer every day about building butt cheeks back is one of my teammates said keep it up bring you're working your ass on oh that's funny so you actually discovered like the shape of your body underlying kind of the layer of fat that's so common yeah yeah and I'd been so quad domin as a volleyball player that really wasn't activating my glutes which are a huge tool to pushing a bob so that sleds over 400 pounds and you're accelerating it from a standstill not only that you have to keep accelerating downhill so top-end speed is really critical to and so the big thing is i think my trainer kind of looked at my

00:14:27 > lady fat deposits you know the typical triceps hips and said okay we're let's try Kido to see if we can adapt those hormones and then then I won the big prize of ended up postmenopausal in my estrogen levels throughout the entire actually training season and bob said season now you did that on purpose though for performance right right because as a female like the whole goal was actually to get rid of our cycles because it's proven as a female when you're on your cycle you're not quite as strong or as explosive and if you can keep that consistent as well as you know get the right it's not as necessarily I mean if you can increase testosterone great but it was more about decreasing estrogen it's not like my tenth my testosterone jumped up a whole lot but estrogen plummeted which was it was awesome because then I could consistently train and really keep track of my body and how the food was affecting it that's some serious biohacking I mean you actively took control of what in most people that they assume is a just something that happens to their body that they have no control

00:15:28 > over so you use nutrition but not drugs to change your hormones yeah it's crazy what you know carbs and you know it kind of goes to show what what a drug almost that carbs and sugar can be because after I always call it the post-apocalyptic Slyke after our Olympic Trials of course it was like you know you had such a build up so much adrenaline and then this huge letdown and so as I say I had a very merry christmas and that's when my cycle came back so now I've kind of found that if i say i eat a higher carbohydrate diet for more than a week that's when my cycle will come back and i know then if I if I go back into ketosis that I can keep things pretty regulated it's a fascinating thing to find yourself in control of it's got to be fascinating my first book was about fertility and what do you do remember women so I've looked a lot at these things and my wife does

00:16:29 > coaching for people internationally around fertility and how to have healthier kids during pregnancy and before pregnancy and all that so our dinner table conversations are often times around hormones fluctuating and things like that trying to figure out some strange corner case but a lot of the the bulletproof other women and the bulletproof forums are maybe recovering from a time when they did something like what you did or they went to become fitness competitors and lost normal regulation of their hormones and then they end up going on the bulletproof diet in order to just have enough raw fat in order to build the hormone levels back up and to deal with adrenal fatigue and all were you concerned about those things when you kind of did this pretty aggressive like taking over your hormones yeah you know it's all in the name of performance and for me I knew that I had nothing to lose because of hip surgery because I where I'd end up ranking on the team it was all in and the beauty of our training group was that you know when you find that that

00:17:32 > mentor that person in your life our coach stu macmillan that you trust with everything and so at that point it's a working back and forth relationship hey let's try this are you down yet let's try it and and you just you know kind of when when you're vibing with the unit first and everything else had just been working out so well that you know any experimenter idea that came up I knew if I was excited about it that it was definitely something to try and I've always been jealous jealous of other female athletes and Bob's its testosterone levels you know cuz they that you know the girl it's hard not to when you're training with people that can squat twice as much as you and I still got up to almost 300 pound squat but it's it's tough you know when you're surrounded by the strongest and the fastest in the world and so at that point it's all about you're buying in and you're living it and so every day is an experiment and a test to see how much you can get out of your body and that and how much you can trust your body so you had testosterone envy I'm sure Freud would love something some kind of coming

00:18:34 > around that that's my bag is dishing out accidentally accidental innuendos it's kind of funny but but you're looking at like if they can squat more than me so I want to change my hormones that is you know it's enlightening they said it's all about performance now you weren't too concerned and I've I've chatted with other Olympic athletes and when you interview Olympic athletes in fact this wasn't me I'm trying to remember the researcher someone asked the question of you know if you could do what what it took to be the very best in the world but you would die in five years would you do it most Olympians were like oh yeah would you look if you knew that you could dominate your sport for five years but after that like you're gonna go downhill very fast and die would you do it you know what's crazy is coming from a surgery and having felt like I lost everything and really learning so much about myself in the process of coming back it was it just I realized it was all about balance and so I it's hard

00:19:35 > because it might not cater to winning but at the same time I learned so much about the world and my spirituality and myself and recognizing that there are bigger things out there knowing that that's what I want and I mean even at the Olympics I'm they're announcing for NBC but admittedly would have traded it all to getting that damn sled and race in that race you know because you can't help it it's just it's so deep that that drive to compete but also I the key as a human is recognizing the balance factor of you know and thinking okay I you know I'm here for a purpose and I want to learn as much as I can for as long as I can and I medal them around my neck isn't going to necessarily set me up for the rest of my life I know a lot of very depressed gold medalists know so it's just a matter of you know your your lesson in that phase in that moment so that that wasn't a clear yes or no but it sounds like formally you would have but but now you probably really I would yeah asked me two years ago absolutely now no no there's there's

00:20:39 > it's all you know about perspectives so the injury taught you something about your values yeah yeah and about my body like I had to get so in tune with my body that now you know coming back from that our second race in Olympic Trials I lost by a hundred and a number like that can torture and athlete their whole life you know like everything you think we're like oh you know if I had gotten a haircut that might have been you know faster or if I had a little weight in the sled you know it's it's wild how that can torture you but I recognize it at the same time that showed me that I was there but it might be time to move on and stop bashing my head around and find a healthier avenue for for competitive spirit and it turns out that broadcasting like live TV I had no idea anything could touch competition but live TV is damn close no the gentleman in the rush and staying in tune with who you are okay now we're getting to a really cool conversation because I just recorded a podcast about the flow Genome

00:21:42 > Project was Steven caller talking about the flow state and he just isn't a woman stir this is what we're done with cycle talk sorry no we're gonna go back to ministration don't even worry about that but yeah not that kind of flow state good god no that's awesome you totally got me I was like wait so Steven collar the rise of Superman is really cool book but he looks at basically extreme sports and what it does to the brain and what combinations of neuro chemicals are there and one of the things that can also produce a flow state is public speaking and I'm like that like when I get up on stage and I'm like I know that I'm helping the audience or even when I'm doing these podcasts I I recognize that like almost 5 million downloads have happened that's like seven entire lifetimes of content people download it like what I do matters and so I want every word to count and so I find myself kind of getting in a flow state just

00:22:43 > chatting with you because people are learning and like we're sharing knowledge so did you feel like jazz that way when you were doing the ax commentating the the second best thing I've found to standing on the line at the Olympics with that with the USA on your back and having this crowd deafening noise around you was my first live throw if the games is on the last race and I got to do the whole and we'll send it up to bring at the start and then you know I say my bit back to you Lee and after that that was the closest I had felt to competing in the Olympics and in your right now that I think about it the more the better I got it competing I found this weird obsession with karaoke my god I cannot sing I am a terrible singer but I got give me that microphone and get me on a stage and i will just belt a song out we'd no matter how many blank stares I've got in the audience I just love it and you're right it's that sense because that same

00:23:44 > chemical that is hilarious and I've never before connected karaoke with flow state but I love it it makes perfect sense all right let's go back to that other flow state just in abrupt transition there yeah I was just thinking about this now the other thing that that women are capable of is having kids right is that something that you're maybe thinking about some day and did you consider that as part of like the training regimen turning off your cycle and all the other sort of aggressive things that you've done with your body or is it sort of like it'll happen or won't happen you know I've always just kind of whenever I have a project I'm so hell-bent on it that you know I'll have those paths sing thoughts of huh wonder if this could affect things later but like when I want something there's nothing that's going to get in the way and so I feel like if at some point something in my body turns on that says bake a baby now you know at that point then I'll do my best to turn my body into a safe haven

00:24:46 > and switch I'm sure it's obviously not right now when you lose your cycle but for my purposes right now it's perfect and so I've never yeah I love kids but it's just never really occurred to me to keep one that sounded weird key point is buy on ebay no problem yeah it's funny maybe that says I shouldn't be apparent not at all that that attitude though that you know I'll take care of it when it happens is or if it happens or when I want it to happen it's so common and it was my wife and I were the same way you know when when she was in her early 30s she was diagnosed as being infertile and we're like oh no we'll reverse that and so like that was why the better baby book came about it was what we did to turn off her PCOS and then have kids at 39 and 40 to despite you know some significant problems so yet it's totally hackable for the vast majority of people and so I don't object to your position

00:25:48 > there I'm sure some people are probably horrified because it's some sort of like natural thing that's supposed to happen but it is natural and it can happen but you sure have a lot more control than people think and so it kudos to you for just being like I'm gonna do what I'm doing now and you know I'm gonna hopefully not burn any bridges but you know things will be as they'll be yeah I've always been kind of I'm I'm Bree Schaaf i do what i want so then on South Park summer yeah yeah exactly and knowin something I really wanted to tell you about with those blood tests and you know with my estrogen levels being like postmenopausal and awesome my cholesterol and a lot of people talk about this and the thing you hear a lot with a bulletproof diet is concern over over cholesterol and my first blood test I think right when i started quito my cholesterol was at 350 for its which the training center they'll i was i got my blood work the Olympic Training Center and they were freaking out everyone was like shaking me saying you're killing yourself but I discovered later that and

00:26:50 > this happened to a few of my other teammates we had been we turned it going hard going so hard on the diet that if you eat all the world's healthiest foods what's one mineral that's common with them all is selenium selenium I'm not sure how you pronounce it and I'd lost it took me about four months and about half of the hair on my head gone before I realized that I was full selenium toxic because I'd been eating grass fed liver every day Brazil nuts every day cacao nibs is when it really cuz I would come back when we started sliding I'd come back from the track and I would just stuff my face with cacao nibs and that's when it like hair loss started trucking and is a female you always think oh I'm stress I realize no I haven't been doing a damn thing different like how how could this be so bad and then finally had that tested in levels were off the charts and so even a month after I stopped eating selenium rich foods it took a long time yeah selenium at even Brazil nut site I don't put them in the Green Zone on the bulletproof diet not because of excess

00:27:52 > selenium it's because they're almost always multi2 like they even kind of smell like it your taste and I knew my gut instincts on Brazil nuts is I've never liked him because they've always got something as a little bit oh yeah I would listen to that part of you I am a fan of supplementing selenium when you need it but taking that food no I would rather do the chocolate route and I've never measured the levels in my chocolate of like how much selenium is in it versus other chocolate because it's hard to measure the world's chocolate supply I don't know the selenium average for chocolate but there's some in there for most chocolates depending on the soil and the weird thing about Brazil nuts like the trees have very very deep roots so they go way into the Earth's crust and bring up other weird minerals I think I read something about cadmium or some other isotopes and yeah I'm a little skeptical on Brazil nuts as being like you know as well it's like hazelnuts or something yeah yeah that was definitely I'm it was only supposed to be like for night but then a little bit hungry a few extra you do that for three or four months and pretty soon your hair is gone luckily I

00:28:53 > had a lot to begin with but what was funny is I when you're so focused on something for four months I just kept telling myself we'll deal with it after Olympic Trials we'll figure it out later yeah and I'm sure there's probably some quarters all involved but that's a little scary especially for a woman I mean I'm 42 everyone all the guys on both sides my family are like bald my dad make all my grandfather's I'm like I still have like there's no gap up here and I'm pretty stoked on that and I'm like managing my nutrition as best I can and you know taking my supplements and all but I think ketosis is probably helping keeping hormones where they should be yeah well let's chat a little bit more about this mental thing because i'm i'm kind of stoked on the fact we can just go there so we've talked about what you ate and yeah and you know about some hormone levels and all that stuff but what about what's going on up here in your head what what's your like you have a mantra or do you have some sort of mental training regimen that goes with the physical training yeah and this was really cool actually because my whole kind of rebuilding of self a lot of that is training that recording in your mind

00:29:54 > you know trying to get all of those thoughts that over years you start to deeply believe in the deep recesses the lizard part of your brain but they can be trained you know just like anything else and so for a lot of meat was training the recording of my head you know I live so much in my brain like it's like the wheels and the squirrels are constantly running in there and so for me it was just changing thought patterns and a technique that I used for that was uh during where I was staying at the time or training I'd have little cards with some keyword that I wanted to remember and focus on you know as far as my thought patterns ago and and it was crazy to figure out that that I'm in control of my thoughts everyone thinks that their victim to their emotions you know like oh I feel this way and now I'm so depress give me some chocolate you know and recognizing that you are you can make a choice about how that emotion dictates your thoughts and your behavior and meditation for me unlocked so much

00:30:55 > not just with like with my mental state but performance and everything just like started falling in my lap when I would medicine men make sure that I'd meditate every day in the morning when my head was clear and just kind of you know had set an intention and try and go at least you in just 20 minutes and and it was wild how just the the growth they came out of that you know in finding that that zone you know being in the zone you know they always talk about it with athletes but this it's the same with mental performance I had to be in the zone of the Olympics you know you put a microphone on me and I can't you know just be tired and so it's all it's all the same thing what kind of meditation like what flavor do you do uh well so when I really found myself broken in bobsled I made a last-minute decision and followed a shaman to Bali oh you did the shaman thing shaman things you do I Oscar and all that although they don't have that Bali did they have it there I I don't have I was just following I met other shamans and I went to all these like

00:31:57 > Balinese ceremonies and I really got to get in the thick of it and and watch amazing things happen and so you know my technique is just sitting cross-legged and you know tucking my chin a bit and and you know kind of looking towards the center you know looking towards that third eye and then watching color cycle said and I learned on my own to set an intention beforehand and then let it all go and and just try and sit and focus on love like you know you can feel when you're really vibe and you can feel like a glow in your heart you know just kind of focus on that glow and and it's amazing what that does for your day and how and how it sets you up and athletically to I mean my last two races our Olympic Trials actually what's weren't Milan services anyway I felt the best I've ever felt I was so excited to race and I push the best ever pushed I drove the best I've ever driven and then came up you know and came up short and you know at first I thought this is so unfair how can everything land in my lap

00:32:58 > and this one thing not work and then I finally figured out well maybe this is going somewhere and then I got a call from NBC and a realize okay we're going somewhere I think the life of a commentator is probably less harsh on your body and the life of you know five g's to your skull all the time II just it's not something you should make a career out of it and I might have learned so much but 12 years is thank goodness for the bulletproof diet I was so scared that I would be you know like I was afraid no normally if we had done this podcast a few weeks after the Olympics I might not even remember what had happened so so yay for bulletproof I'm I'm grateful that it's worked for you and that you just told me about that because it kind of did the same things for me and I was I wasn't sure when I started sharing the stuff that it would work the way it works for everyone who tries it and I guess it isn't for everyone but it works for an awful lot of people so thank you yeah what what do you do differently before you like before you get in the

00:33:59 > bobsled versus before you go on camera like like what is your game day prep look like what what's the difference for those two this tube yeah um still honing it i mean because I you know for being just in an I'm 33 years old and all I've known as being an athlete and so I've got that performance so honed in that for a while it was the same thing I was sitting in the announcing booth with my bulletproof coffee and that actually almost made bobsled it was weird being bulletproof bobsledding is almost I was too sharp for it he's gotta go by feel you gotta go by gut instinct and when you had too much time to think as I suddenly found myself having I had to work backwards from all that awareness and just kind of dull it down and so now announcing you know I'm still kind of going with the same it's all high performance you know so I've got the bulletproof coffee I've got my protein shake and and go from there and for me I think I'm finding that's like everyone's kind of got there like feels later if

00:35:01 > you've got a spirit animal you've got your spirit food it seems to be sweet potatoes like if I have some sweet potatoes before that seems to give me a lot of edge but it's got to be in the right balance of ketosis so other than that being making sure that I'm in ketosis then I feel really really sharp okay so you're balancing that getting just enough carbs where you still mostly in ketosis or at least you've got the ketones left and you're burning glucose and ketones at the same time yeah yeah so I've been experimenting with going out of ketosis I have this blood glucose meter somewhere here on my desk that also measures ketones in blood oh I find that as long as I have the brain octane oil which goes straight to ketones the way it breaks down in your metabolism I can eat like 150 grams of carbs and I don't get hypoglycemia I don't I don't I'm not in ketosis but as long as I'm putting brain octane on them or I'm doing bulletproof coffee in the morning well that I still maintain the mental focus

00:36:03 > as much as I want so my amount of acceptable carbs goes up and of course you get water weight when you eat carbs so you get a la finess but it's interesting because it's inconvenient to be in ketosis all the time especially like China I'm like okay I'm probably eat like white rice and I'm gonna carry my own butter and just the food quality that I found in China like grass-fed beef no way yeah yeah I'm just not going to eat industrial meat because I always don't feel good when I eat that and I want to feel good usual when I'm on the road so have you experimented with having more carbs but making sure that you solve enough ketones to to focus um something that I've been toying with as of late via something I ran across the tim ferriss online was playing with cinnamon to try and control the blood sugar a little bit and so now for the last couple weeks I'll drink I make myself a little hot cinnamon beverage like I'll dump a ton of cinnamon and glass pour some hot water over it add some may be heavy whipping cream or almond milk and a little stevia and have

00:37:06 > that before a meal and see you know there how it affects like if i want to have extra extra veggies but it's hard because i'm super thrifty so i use minimal amounts of mct i'll just because to me that stuff is gold so you're right though but I've also learned the value in in nutrition and investing in yourself so I i will say right now that i'll try using my heart when i do that oh i'll send you some brain octane because it's about three times more three times stronger than normal mct oil and yeah it's kind of a big difference because when you get just just the the one fatty acid that we use that vs mct which can have up to four different lengths it goes to ketones faster and better so it wow it's basically 18 times stronger than coconut oil versus mct oil which is about six times stronger so i'll just send you some i'll get your address and i just want to I just want to know if you can keep your mental edge if you eat more

00:38:07 > sweet potatoes and usually male me that's all I were okay no that's a great extend what I'll do is I'll kick it off with like another like a week of super ketosis no more than 30 grams of carbs a day and so that way I'll know because then you can feel when you have a carb after that you feel that kind of the rush and in your bloodstream and so it'll be that'll be really fun to toy with actually especially because I've got so many I got really good at post-workout meals between like developing recipes for plantain pancakes and sweet potato puddings and stuff like to me everything can be dessert oh yeah when you do it right like when you have enough fat everything tastes good right yeah yeah exactly so that will be a really fun experiment alright i'm i'm stoked on that and please make sure i have your shipping address when we're done just talk to me and we'll give you the experimental experimental stuff we're coming up on the end of the show but there's a question and you're probably expecting it but top three recommendations for people want to kick

00:39:08 > more ass so not just as an Olympian but just from your whole life all of the lessons you've learned if you could share three of them with the world for people want to perform better what are they yeah um as I get in tune with your body feel good first thing is do what it takes to feel good and in the right way you know just start start tapping and experimenting and in finding your ways that you feel good mind body spirit second thing just try bulletproof coffee I mean everyone listening of course is rip done it because I think I came back to our trials and I look the transformation was so drastic that all of our coaches went to our trainer and said what are you doing and they all got on bulletproof coffee so I mean you know first things first just play with some some intermittent fasting in that you know the broader sense there is play you know be be willing to experiment with your body and and see what fuels you and the third thing is compression socks what is up with that

00:40:12 > that's that's a you went after more than a hundred episodes I tell me more about compression socks and why I should care I'm absolutely obsessed with compression socks and and it had been since the last Olympics and when you travel a ton like you know as an athlete you have to do that agonizing first workout after 10-hour flight to try and you know it's called a shake out in the difference when I wear compression socks is unbelievable and you have to get really good ones you can't just you can't go on amazon and buy the cheapest ones they should be around fifty dollars because they have to be graduated compression because if it's the same compression throughout the sock it actually does the reverse and it pulls the blood around your ankles so really good compression socks and especially for people that sit at a desk all day I got a head my dad get some some good ones and or if you're on your feet like you come home and you're so much more refreshed I I come back from a workout sometimes I training them because they have different ones for for training as well and but immediately like post-workout compression socks are on and for me it makes a huge difference it looks I even

00:41:13 > have ones without toes and you can wear sandals with them and it looks weird but do they have compression socks like with a seam up the back and things like that maybe that'll help be my next I'll make sexy compressions oh yeah don't there's after that comment there's probably demand for them that is so intriguing because I've experimented with compression socks and I've got these size 16 feet they're like wow my mother was invited to the to be an Olympic swimmer because she has flippers to right and the the problem is that the mentals the the compressions looks like squeeze my feet until they like fold sideways so I'm so intrigued that they make fifty dollar like high-end graduated ones i didn't know that cuz i just bought mine at walgreens so I mean you know what you need is i have i think ii c 3d is a canadian company that gave me some that i've been wearing they make a toeless 10 cool all right i said that would be perfect for you um yeah I it would be a really awkward like if I phone around to show you my feet right now

00:42:14 > feel free yeah yeah I'll have to I'll find them and send you the link because especially for your foot size that makes that a non-issue cuz yeah those things would be so uncomfortable but but high end you have to go classy when it comes to compression socks alright and i will put the link that you send me into the show notes as well so people can check it out on if exact read that is the most unexpected top 3 i've ever heard and it's so super cool so Wow never have I whatever have predicted that toe socks would make this list yes now where can people find out more about you like what do you want them to to go anywhere to like follow you on twitter or anything like that uh yeah twitter at Bree Schaaf bre esc Haaf and i try and keep things like my social media rules are at either needs to be for a good cause we're needs to be funny otherwise it's not going on there and you know don't bother the airwaves with it and so I for a long

00:43:16 > time I blogged for Team USA org those are still on there and I did one quick one for Entertainment Weekly but I think it's time to grow up move on from athletics and set up my own blog because I'm doing so many kitchen experiments and I document them for myself it'd be fun to document them for everyone else too and there and there won't be tons of photos of food on there it'll go straight to the recipe nice yeah keeping social media where it's constructive is an ongoing challenge so it's not a diary it's not a damn diary yeah it's work but it's fun as long as you know it's all people and recipes the good ones that make you feel good yeah those work great thanks again for being on the show I I totally appreciate it was a lot of fun and I'm actually kind of touch just to hear that bulletproof coffee like did that that feel that good right like that because that that's why I kind of lead with it is I just want people to feel really good once so they'll work towards it like should play with it so you totally like emulate this stuff and you get it and I appreciate that yeah

00:44:17 > sustained energy alright well thanks again thank you so much everyone listening you've enjoyed the show please do me the favor of going on iTunes and telling other people that you like it but give leaving us a good rating and if you haven't checked out the bulletproof forums yet now might be a good time check out forum bulletproof exact calm to get in on the discussion about the things we just talked about it's a really good place to just take the things you heard here a little bit further and learn from some people who are super bulletproof have an awesome day hi David thanks so much guys I'm so excited to share with you anything and everything you want to know about skin healthy skin and any kind of ways to enhance that aging process because I'm right there with you Dave I'm 52 this year and so I'm like constantly looking at what can we do to make it healthier without counting calories or using exercise I lost a hundred pounds and I've kept it off for ten years I raised my IQ by more than 20 points I lowered

my biological age and I learned how to thrive on a lot less sleep