The next thing we need to take a look at is some of the foods that you are allowed to eat on this dietary plan and some of those that you need to try to avoid. Eating on this diet is so important. Your goal is to get rid of some of the foods that are higher in acid, and that therefore, risk ruining the balance of your pH. This may require some adjustment, and you may need to give up some of your favorite foods. But the health benefits that you can achieve when you do this will make a big difference as you feel good.
Eating with the alkaline diet will be a bit different from what you are used to with your traditional diet, but this is one of the things that will help you receive all the great health benefits that we talked about in the previous chapter. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best foods to eat with the alkaline diet and some of those to which you should be careful.
The best foods for the alkaline diet
First, we need to take a look at the best foods to eat when you want to follow the alkaline diet. First, let’s focus on fruits and vegetables. These should be consumed regularly, and in abundance when you are on this diet plan because they can promote alkalinity in your body. There are a lot of good options that you can choose to help you get the benefits.
If you are looking for some good ideas on the best products to consume on this dietary plane, go to the store and look in the hallway of fresh produce. Some ideas to help you include ripe bananas, figs, watermelon, red beets, celery, cabbage, endive, green beans, ginger, garlic, oregano, broccoli, wheat grass, jicama, cabbage, cucumber, barley, alfalfa, black summer radish, avocado, tomatoes, grapefruit, spinach, raisins, dates, and citrus to name a few.
The next on the list will be all raw foods. It is best if you can consume quite a few raw products when you follow this diet. The reason for this is that uncooked fruit and vegetables are known to be biogenic, or life-giving. Cooking foods is a bad thing because it impoverishes alkalizing minerals. You can increase your intake of raw foods, and go with the juice and slightly steam your vegetables and fruits.
I recommend drinking alkaline water, i.e., with a pH between 9 and 11 depending on how you do it. You can also filter the water with the reverse osmosis filter; this is a better option than purified bottled water or tap water, but it is slightly more acidic in terms of pH. If you want to use normal water, you can add some sodium bicarbonate or lemon to help change the alkalinity of that drink.
Following the same guidelines, you can also consume green drinks. These will be any herbal powder drink or green vegetable drink. I suggest you prepare them yourself, blending fruit and vegetables. If you prefer to buy from the supermarket, check that they are without added sugar. Drinks are easier for the body to absorb and will, therefore, help to alkalinize faster. Adding these drinks to your diet plan can help you make it more fun and even fashionable!
Fresh fish of all kinds can fit into this dietary plan. Fish is much less acidic than red meat and is full of the omega-3 fats your body needs. Ideally, you should put the fish in at least a couple of times a week. Your skin will lighten, your brain will become stronger, and you will feel much better in no time. Wild fish is the best choice compared to intensive fish farming.
You can also think of introducing a little white meat such as turkey and chicken. You can introduce this food once or twice a week. This will help you provide the protein you need to stay healthy. You can add them to a salad, have them in a sandwich (but beware of bread, try to reduce it) or even eat them yourself. Avoid fried chicken instead.
Eggs are allowed if they are prepared lightly. This means that boiled or poached eggs are the best. Some people think that eggs are slightly acidic and that they should be avoided in this dietary plan. On the other hand, they have so many health benefits that we will keep them in our diet. Yes, they are slightly more acidic than some of the other foods on this list, but all the healthy fats and proteins they provide outweigh some of the negative aspects.
If you are going to include eggs in this dietary plan, make sure you follow the right cooking methods. You should consider poached eggs as much as possible, although they may vary from time to time. Adding these to your breakfast and some other meals can sometimes make a nice change to which you are not accustomed.
Beans and other legumes are also part of the vegetable family, and they contain both acid and alkaline foods. The University of California, San Diego’s, acid-alkaline food chart indicates all or most beans and other legumes are acid-forming. The American College of Health-care Science’s acid-alkaline food chart also mentions peanuts, lentils, and garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, as acid-forming. There are a few alkaline legumes, including green beans, lima beans, soybeans, and peas. You can add them to your diet.
Natural walnuts are good (those with added salt or sugar are not allowed). This is a great snack that you can add to your day that makes you feel incredible. They’re full of many healthy fats you need, along with other proteins that help you feel strong and keep your muscles active. However, when you choose the natural nuts you want to eat, stay true to the simple nuts. Salty nuts can be more acidic and raise your blood pressure. And the sugary and candied ones will eliminate the positive health benefits you get from this.
Whole-wheat cereals such as pasta and rice. There are a few grains that you need to avoid when going on this diet plan. You cannot eat white and processed grains. These do not provide you with any of the nutrients you need, they can increase blood sugar and insulin levels to bad insulin level, and they are not just that healthy when it comes to the amount of acidity that is within your body.
That doesn’t mean you should avoid all the grains out there. Whole grains will be filled with lots of nutrients that your body shouldn’t lose, they can fill you up, and if you’re eating the right types, they’ll make sure you’re okay, and you’ll see your blood sugar stabilized. We all agree that these things are good and healthy for you. All right, whole meal pasta, rice, oats, grain coffee, quinoa, and wild rice.