We talked last week about adding lemons and cayenne pepper to your diet in your quest to develop an alkaline system. Hopefully, you now have a routine for how and when it works best for you add these two.
This week we are going to look at some other super foods that you can easily start adding into your diet if you are not already doing so. My own daily diet is based around protein, and the following are some of the foods that I have personally found to be the best at absorbing the acid in my system, and remember, we are talking fresh, not canned. Don’t forget to be free with that cayenne pepper as you season!
AND, be sure to use a fruit and veggie wash!
These are not in a ranking order.
1. Of course, keep your lemon and cayenne pepper routine.
2. Red Radishes- I must admit that I get lax on keeping radishes in my diet; however, the little red things are truly a super food deluxe in the fight against acid! I’ve recently been reading about dipping raw radishes in yellow mustard for even more benefits. The verdict is still out on this, however, as far as I am concerned.
3. Avacados- Another super food, avacados get a bad rap because they are high in calories; however, they are low carb, a source of protein, and VERY alkaline.
4. Tomatoes- Almost as alkaline as avacados
5. Spinach- Besides being packed with vitamins, fresh spinach is very alkaline.
6. Cruciferous Vegetables- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage
7. Fresh Garlic- There are all types of research tying garlic to good health. For best results, peel, slice into small pieces and let stand for at least fifteen minutes before adding to your food. If cooking, do not overcook.
8. French Cut Green Beans- Remember, fresh, not canned.
9. White (Navy) Beans, fresh or dried, but not canned
These by no means complete the list of “good” foods, but they do make a great start. I did not include beets and carrots on the list simply because the information that I provide here is what I have personally found to be effective for me.
Beets and carrots turn to sugar that can be detrimental to women past forty who watch their carbs. If this is not a problem for you, these two are very alkaline so go for them!
AND, here’s the bottom line. Unless you are extremely dedicated, (and I really hope you are) if we make this too hard, you will fall right back into your bad habits.
If nothing else, use this rule of thumb: If it comes in a box or a package, if it lists a lot of ingredients, don’t eat it. If you do nothing more than use the lemon and cayenne, get rid of the processed, and do a frequent UA, you will have made some big steps…probably not to the point to which you are trying to get, but huge steps!
I personally enjoy getting some of these vegetables in creamed cauliflower or in a Texas stir fry. Of course, the meat is acidic in the stir fry; however, I don’t see that it affects my alkaline level at all…maybe because I use a liberal amount of cayenne pepper to season my portion, and I make sure that I eat more veggies than I do meat!
I also get many of them in my homemade juice, but that’s a “whole nuther” article, are we are prone to say here in Texas.
Elaina Love, raw chef, appears in the following very short video as she weighs in on the “greens.”
*No medical advice is intended in any way in any part of this article. What I share with you is the result of a lifetime of personal studying and trial and error until I found what works for me. I severely limit flour and sugar in my life, and eating as I describe keeps my various levels in the great zone!