The Alkaline Diet – Eating in Moderation

StrawberriesSeveral recent articles argue the function of an alkaline diet. At Alkalife, we have to agree with some of their thought process.  We would argue, however, that the alkaline diet has been clinically shown to improve conditions where metabolic acidosis is present. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20861823

Where we do agree is in the broad requirements of nutrition. Alkalife founder Sang Whang describes this in his book Reverse Aging, when he writes:

All foods give energy and nutrients in order for us to function and grow. Different cultures offer different foods and we all live.  The distinctions between the good foods and the bad foods are the types and the quantities of waste products that those foods generate. The better foods are those that generate the least amount of acidic waste products and the greatest amount of acid-neutralizing byproducts. However, because 97% of our food is carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen and only 3% could be alkaline minerals, no matter what you eat, the waste products are acidic in the final analysis.

 

If we can help our body dispose of 100 percent of its daily waste products, we can eat any food that we enjoy and still can maintain good health. This is much better than having to worry about what to eat and what not to eat and miss out on some valuable enzymes that exist only in certain kinds of food.  Some the health diets are so complicated and confusing, and require tremendous willpower to stay with. And some diets are boring and unpalatable. I don’t recommend overindulgence in any food but I think that forced total abstention of any particular food is much worse.

Disposing of 100 percent of the daily waste becomes the real issue. Our bodies do not process certain foods well. Long chain proteins, simple carbohydrates, processed sugars, fructose, saturated fats, trans fats, and some genetically modified foods are some of the dietary challenges that can contribute to acidic waste.

Our goal is to provide an increase in acid waste removal, but dietary awareness and balance is extremely beneficial to a healthy body.

Top Ten Tips for Eating in Moderation

  1. Eat slower – It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you are full. Most people exceed what they need before they know it.
  2. Eat your food in order – Eating fruits and vegetables before meats and carbs, increases your fiber intake and can make you feel fuller faster.
  3. Eat smaller – Portion control can be tricky if you are used to supersized meals.  To start, divide your plate half with fruits and vegetables and the other half with proteins and complex carbs.
  4. Stay hydrated – Your brain can confuse thirst with hunger, and water can make you less hungry between meals.
  5. Know your fats – Good fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. They come from vegetable oils like olive, sunflower, canola, and soy. Bad fats come from processed foods made with trans fat from partially hydrogenated oil as well as red meat, ice cream, and butter.
  6. Choose your carbs – Refined or simple carbohydrates and starches digest rapidly. This causes blood sugar and insulin to spike, increasing hunger.
  7. Get enough protein – Take your weight in pounds and divide it by two. That’s about how many grams of protein you should have daily.  Enough protein can curb your appetite.
  8. Pick your protein – The cleanest protein sources will be beans and nuts combined with a complex carb. Fish is typically better than red meat, but some fish may be exposed to high mercury levels.
  9. Flag the fructose – Fructose is totally metabolized by the liver. It is directly linked to Type 2 Diabetes. Fructose leads to increased belly fat, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome. Most people are unaware of how much fructose they are consuming.  Some hidden sources include cottage cheese, salad dressing, canned soup, bread, and yogurt.
  10. Schedule your snacks – Find healthy snacks and plan to eat them the same way you eat your meals. Nuts, fruits, a boiled egg, whole grain pita with hummus are just a few good things to try.