It's that time of year again. you've overindulged and about now you are swearing to never eat sugar again! Oh how I remember those days! I have family and friends asking me left and right what to do to detox their bodies. It is really hard to find a plan that works for everyone and that's because the same thing doesn't work for everyone...... most of the time! The good news is that if you reduce your intake of acid forming foods you'll have a better chance at winning the battle. The good, good news is that alkalizing foods are the same for all people. I thought I would give you a cheat sheet of alkalizing foods and acid forming foods. If you stick to the alkalizing foods you will reduce inflammation and be that much closer to more energy, less bloating and maybe we'll drop those darn holiday pounds : )
Your goal should be to have 80% of your diet alkalizing and 20% acidic. Top choices are marked with a *.
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Figs, dried and raw*
GRAINS and LEGUMES
Rice Protein Powder( I use Vanilla Protein Energizer from Rainbow Light)
Vega Protein Supplements ( Personal addition here. They have great alkalizing products.)
Yogurt, plain, sparingly
Cottage Cheese, sparingly
Pumpkin Seeds, sparingly
Sunflower Seeds, sparingly
SPICES and SEASONINGS
Sea Salt (or himalayan salt)
Tamari ( or Bragg's Liquid Aminos)
OILS and FATS
Coconut Oil (raw)*
Olive Oil (Cold-pressed)
Almond Butter, raw
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Apple Cider Vinegar*
Fresh Fruit Juice
Probiotic Cultures( Xymogen ProbioMax is my top choice)
Soured Dairy Products
Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalizing effect in the system.
For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Meat leaves a very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.
ACID FORMING FOODS
GRAINS (People respond to grains differently so I would eliminate them to begin with and add the whole grains* back in slowly and see how your body reacts to them.)
Bran, oat and wheat*
Bread, white or wholemeal
Flour, wheat* and white
Hemp Seed Flour
Milk (especially processed milk)
Sugar, White or Brown
Wine, sorry : (
This is a general guideline and you alone will be able to gauge which foods make you feel and perform best. I would eat as many of the vegetables in their raw form as you can but feel free to cook them if that's easiest for you. I hope this gives you the jump start you need to start your New Year right!!
The above comments were written from my personal opinion and should not be in any way considered medical advise. I urge you to discuss these ideas with your physician and make sure they are beneficial for your own personal situation. Thank you!