Okay, so we’ve covered how to get started on your journey toward a more alkaline system as well as some foods that you need to add to your daily diet if you are going to get your body onto the alkaline side of your testing strips. If you haven’t already begun these, you will find it much easier to go back and start at the beginning.
Today, we are going to look at some of the foods that you need to eliminate (or at least cut drastically) from your diet. You knew there had to be some of those, didn’t you? However, cutting acid means cutting inflamation, and any nutritionist will tell you the dire things that can happen to a body filled with inflamation!
We are addicted to fast in this country, and that especially applies to our food, doesn’t it? Today, I’m not even going to touch on the foods that you eat when you are “out.” My hope is that as you systematically start actually realizing what you are putting into your body that you will make better decisions there yourself. No, today we are going to only look at what you bring into your kitchen.
1. If it comes in a box or a package, don’t buy it!
I’m talking about the packages that have a lot of ingredients, half of which you can’t even pronounce. Thankfully, my mom was a wonderful cook and while she never gave a thought to acidity or alkalinity, she did cook from scratch, and I never developed the junk food mania that gripped so many of my friends.
The prepackaged “foods” that I see filling so many grocery carts today didn’t enter our lives, and thus, I didn’t grow up to feed them to my own family. Thank goodness, since these foods really don’t share a lot of resemblance to food at all, and all are acidic…so leave them on the shelf!
2. Cut the white stuff!
Believe me, I know that this is a tough one, and I know that you will never completely take the sugar, flour, and other refined starches out of your life; however, you do need to be much smarter in the amount you allow into your body.
When I first began this healthy journey, I completely omitted the white. It was hard, but it was easier for me never to touch it than it was to touch it in tiny amounts. Today, I plan my life for the most part, allowing a couple of times a month when I eat some type of dessert, but on a daily basis I eat no flour or sugar, and I truthfully don’t think a lot about it most of the time. For me, eating a few almonds completely takes care of my sugar cravings.
Oh, and I’m sure you know it and if you get rid of the packages there won’t be a problem, but just in case…fructose, sucrose, lactose…they REALLY have to go.
3. I’m sorry, but the artifical sweeteners have to go!
If you are reading this blog, I have to assume that you are interested in your health, and people who are interested in their health have almost always at some point put themselves on a “diet.” Unfortunately, most diets seem to include the fake stuff, artificial sweeteners.
I will relate my own personal story with aspertame on a different post, but suffice it to say that I don’t consume it EVER, and I try to keep all of the others at bay as well. If you do just a little research, you will find that sugar itself (while acidic) is less acidic than artificial sweetners. The exception seems to be Stevia and, as luck would have it, I don’t like it; however, you might give it a try.
4. Out with the old, in with the new…oil, of course!
This is a change that I LOVE! Basically, I use two oils, and I use at least one of them pretty much every single day: extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. I love the flavors that these give to our food so this was a wonderful change for me from the vegetable oils that I was always told were so good for us to the oils that really are.
5. Most will tell you to cut the dairy.
I must admit that because I do so many things correctly when it comes to my diet, I have not eliminated the dairy from my life, and I cannot tell that it affects anything from my PH levels, to my cholesterol, to my blood pressure, to my blood sugar. Of course, I don’t eat dairy in large amounts…unless I have a string cheese craving!
Just be aware that dairy products are acidic, and according to how many of these you consume, you probably do need to cut at least some of your consumption. Since I only share what works in my own life, I am not the person to speak on this category of foods.
And I think this is enough for one day. Obviously, we haven’t covered all of the “bad guys,” but we’ve made a ton of progress, and if you have followed step 1, step 2, and now step 3, you have made more than a ton of fabulous progress!!