If you’re not familiar with Bulletproof™, it’s one of the leading companies specializing in human performance. Dave Asprey, the founder and CEO of Bulletproof, has an interesting story: he’s a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who used to weigh over 300 lbs; he spent a lot time and over $300,000 “biohacking” his biology (basically optimizing his body and environment). Dave lost over 100 lbs and designed his diet and products, such as coffee, to be low in mold toxins, as he’s a toxic mold survivor. People often become biohackers when they have things like mold illness, because conventional medicine often fails them and they’re on their own to try to get their health back.
Like Dave, I’m a toxic mold survivor and biohacker.
After becoming sick from toxic mold exposure in my workplace and being diagnosed with environmental illness, I eventually had to quit working. I practiced extreme self-care, spent countless hours researching health protocols and nutrition, saw many doctors, and went all over the country seeking treatment and tried just about everything.
But I still didn’t get better.
At the same time, I was also dealing with the question of what to do with my life. Would I be able to work again? I was told by doctors that I was incapable of doing any kind of work, because of memory problems and sensitivities to mold and chemicals. Plus I was too fatigued to do anything but lie around in bed.
I knew I wanted to help other people who were sick like me, but how? I thought the answer was learning more about nutrition, but I eventually decided that although food is important, it needed to be more than that. I had always eaten healthy and exercised, but it didn’t prevent me from getting sick.
Then I learned about coaching, which was something I could do from home and help people at the same time.
The Bulletproof Coaching Program
When Bulletproof™ announced the new 9-month Coach Training Program in August 2015, I immediately signed up. I had been a fan of the company for several years and loved the podcasts, diet and products. Compared to the other programs I’d been researching, it seemed much more substantial: a small class size, science based, and led by a physician, Dr. Mark Atkinson.
The following month I got to meet many of the students in the program when we met up in Pasadena for a two-day workshop. Many were from overseas, some from as far away from Australia. They were really excited about learning to be coaches and helping people. Some took the course not to become coaches but for personal development, and I can attest it was great for that.
Here are some of the subjects we studied:
- The Bulletproof Diet™ and lifestyle hacks
- Physical Activity – the most effective ways to exercise
- Supplements – minerals, vitamins, nootropics, and adaptogens for better brain health and energy
- Sleep – sleep cycle, lucid dreaming, ways to improve sleep with diet, light, tech and supplements
- Energy – methods to upgrade mitochondrial health, thyroid and adrenal health, breathing methods, avoidance of toxins, and energy management
- Stress and Resilience – strategies to deal with cognitive, physical, emotional, and sensory stress and tools to build resilience
- Mindfulness – an 8-week training covering the 8 pillars of meditation/mindfulness
- Brain Health and Cognitive Performance – neuroplasticity and the science of how brain, gut, and heart are connected
- Hacking Happiness – the latest research by positive psychologists to improve well-being and performance
- The Psychology of Success – motivation, productivity, emotional intelligence, and how the most successful people achieve their goals
- Coaching Skills – active listening, presence, the right way to ask questions, critical thinking
What is a Bulletproof Coach?
This is the official description: “Bulletproof Coaching is a consciousness transforming process that inspires and supports clients in achieving their goals, realizing their potential, and upgrading their body, mind and energy.” It helps them discover their superpowers while minimizing their kryptonite (anything that keeps them from reaching their potential).
This presence-based coaching method helps people optimize the following four areas of life:
Physical: diet, self-care, exercise, energy, sleep, supplements
Emotional/Social: resilience and stress reduction, coherence, emotional intelligence, relationships
Mental: clarity, focus, values, mindset, productivity
Spiritual: presence, mindfulness, purpose, practice, letting go
The coach training course consists of over 125 hours of training, 26 guided coaching practice sessions, a 2-day workshop, 35 weeks of virtual training, and an 8-week mindfulness training program.
If you’re interested in becoming a Bulletproof™ Coach, check out The Bulletproof Training Institute to find out about the curriculum and upcoming courses.
In order to become a coach, you first have to do the work yourself, which I did; my life was really transformed because of it.
I applied the principles I learned in the coaching program to my own life and am happier, healthier, calmer, and even look younger.
However, I’m not going to say it was easy–the coursework was rigorous at times.
At first, my husband didn’t really understand what I was getting into with the coaching program, but one day he came home from work and told me that he got it—he noticed a lot of women at his work who were complaining of having no energy, motivation, or joy, and had symptoms that their doctors couldn’t figure out; he saw where coaches could bridge the gap.
These are the people I relate to most and want to help, as that was me. I didn’t listen to what my body was telling me and thought symptoms were just part of getting older. Although I think deep down I knew something was wrong, especially when I looked in the mirror. It took a long time to realize my job was literally killing me.
I really believe now that having radiant health and happiness come from inside, and we have it within ourselves to heal. It’s more than healthy food, supplements, and exercise (but they are important, of course).
Although I’m still dealing with the effects of toxic mold and may never be one hundred percent again, the journey I’ve been on gave me a sense of purpose and compassion for others who are suffering; I regained my passion for life and am pursuing meaningful work. If I hadn’t gotten sick, I’d probably still be at the same job—unhappy, stressed out, and not living up my potential.
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