Alkaline diet

Bonjour,

“Alkalise… or die!” as some nutritionist experts say. I know it sounds a bit extreme but most biochemists and medical physiologists have recognised pH (or the acid-alkaline balance) as the first major line of defence for optimal health and vitality. We are not talking about an acidic taste in food here but what makes your pH body acidic or not.

Forget about the amount of calories, proteins, carbs or fat we put in your bodies, focus on alkalising your diet and lifestyle and you will feel so much better. 

If our society is getting sicker, more tired and overweight by the minute, it’s partly because almost everyone suffers from acidity. It’s all about whether what you eat and drink (and to some extent what you think and how you exercise) is alkalising or acidifying to the body.

Good news! Getting back on track doesn’t even have to be painful or boring. It actually can be very delicious and … effective: some people experience amazing weight loss when they go for an alkaline diet.

 

Alkaline diet: why is it so important?

AlkachartThe body is able to assimilate minerals and nutrients properly only when its pH is slightly alkaline.

The more acid in your blood, the more fatigued you will be due to diminished oxygen supply, and the more acid waste you’ll keep in your body, making you fat.

The problem is that our western diet makes is way too acidic, resulting in a range of ‘modern lifestyle diseases’ including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and other issues such as cell damage, demineralisation of bones, depression, nervousness and dehydration. If oxygen and nutrients are not being properly delivered to your cells, how can you operate at your optimal?

Alkaline diet: what foods to eat?  

 Here is the list of food from super alkalising to super acidifying, which will help you make your selection.

SUPER ALKALISING:

  • Leafy greens are critical to alkaline diet!Leafy green vegetables (celery, spinach, endive, bok choy, watercress, mache, kale), herbs (parsley, basil, coriander) and sea vegetables
  • Rainbow-coloured vegetables: asparagus, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, daikon, garlic, capsicum, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, mushrooms
  • Fruits such as all berries, kiwifruit, mangoes, bananas, dates, figs, papayas, pineapple, watermelon, apples, apricots, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, grapes, goji berries, avocados, olives.
  • Miso, ginger tea, apple cider vinegar.
  • Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil.

+ activities such as sweating, moderate exercise, walking, yoga, meditation, relaxation.

SUPER ACIDIFYING:

  • Not for an alkaline diet.All animal foods
  • Sugar
  • Coffee
  • Refined vegetable oil

+ activities such as over-exercising (which also makes you age faster!) and external factors such as chronic stress and pollution.

What about grains and seeds? Well, it depends:

  • Brown rice, lentils and beans are neutral.
  • Amaranth, quinoa and millet are all slightly alkaline-forming.
  • Nuts are slightly acid-forming

 Alkaline diet: how much do you need?

IDEALLY, to help reclaim health and to heal we should aim for:

  • 9 cups for an alkaline diet.3 cups of leafy greens +
  • 3 cups of coloured vegetables and fruits (beetroot, carrots, berries, peaches, watermelon) +
  • 3 cups of sulfuric vegetables (cabbage family, broccoli, onions, mushrooms)… every day!

I agree, nine cups a day is a lot, but if you can do it, get ready to see fantastic results very quickly! Especially if you want to lose weight.

For many of us though, nine cups a day could be totally out of reach. Once again, we don’t look for perfection but for improvements that make you look and feel your best.

So try gradually: three cups a day is a very good start.

Alkaline diet:  3 of my easy and delicious tips

Follow 3 of my tips, most of them inspired by the French diet and you’ll feel better very quickly:

TIP 1:  Like the French, start (or end) your lunch and/or dinner with a huge green salad, every day.

All my clients wondered why I always include a green salad with almost all their lunches and dinners. Well, this is a time-tested habit that French adopt to alkalise their diet without compromising their love of dairy and meat.

Most of my clients find it boring at first, but once they learn how to enjoy it, they are hooked quite quickly and then can’t do without it. A green salad, which pairs wonderfully with cheese and meat, will wash away any heavier dishes, leaving you with a feeling of freshness and lightness.

The greener the better: chicory, rocket, spinach, mesclun, wild greens, with a super healthy/delicious dressing: olive oil, Dijon mustard (optional), lemon juice or/and apple cider vinegar. Eat your salad at the end of the meal if you suffer from IBS.

One green salad a day is a fantastic start. So easy and so versatile!

TIP 2: Like the French, have a vegetable soup a day (or more if you want to!).

Green soups for an alkaline dietThe French love their soups, especially those made of the most alkalising vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Brussels sprout, mushroom, onions…

In winter, it is not odd in France to have a soup at every dinner, sometimes followed by a green salad: a double alkalising shot! In summer, cold soups are also very popular.

However, don’t eat your soup too quickly. If you enjoy it slowly, it will keep you feeling full for a long time.

So, if you’re not tempted by the green salad option, try the soups! 

TIP 3: A glass of lemon juice in hot filtered water (or apple cider vinegar, one of my great grandmother’s favourite!).

lemon for an alkaline dietIt is the best way to start on a high-alkalising note every morning. You also can have it throughout the day for an optimal

You also can have it throughout the day for an optimal alkalising boost (and liver cleansing!).

So, ready to alkalise your diet? Start now!

Have a beautiful end of the week.

Yves

2 Comments
  1. Hi Yves,
    Can you tell us a bit about Cerra water?
    Thank you
    Lily

    Reply
    1
    • Hi Lily
      Great question!
      Experts don’t agree when it comes to alkalising water and can have different views.
      I wrote an article about my take here: http://nutritionbyyves.com.au/?p=4174
      I hope you’ll find it useful.
      Have a great weekend.
      Yves

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