Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing my personal rules, tips and recommendations for healing and wellbeing, starting with an alkaline diet.
Disease exists, thrives and grows in an acidic state which is from 1ph (most acidic) to 6ph. Disease can’t exist in a more alkali environment of 7.4ph or greater. So by eating the right foods and drinking the correct water your body can remain in an alkaline state a greater amount of time each day and prevent diseases from surviving. An alkaline diet will provide your body with strength and your immune system with what it needs to heal and be strong – a strong immune system that kills everything and protects from everything.
To keep your body in an an alkaline state you should aim for a diet with 80% ALKALINE foods and 20% ACIDIFYING foods.
The ph level of all foods vary – as a very rough guide most vegetables are alkaline. But avoid all sugars as far as possible. For example; kidney beans, turkey, a glass of red wine, peanut butter are acidifying foods, so these could be part of your 20% ratio. But it takes 20 parts of Alkaline to neutralise 1 part acidic.
Here’s a useful guide to food ph levels:
How to cook your food:
When following the alkaline diet, it’s best to eat your food with the least disruption to the nutrients so it’s always best to steam your food.
Cancer and disease also occurs from cell nutritional deficiency, so as well as alkalising the body, eating veg and low sugar fruit provides the body with a great source of natural nutrition which is vital to strengthen the immune system and this is ultimately what will starve the disease of its source, as well as repair other illnesses.
When you fry or boil food, you destroy a lot of the nutrition. By steaming you reduce this, therefore your body, and the cells that need it, get the vital nutrition and vitamins from the food.
Frying food also makes it acidic in the body and we are looking to alkaline the body as much as possible so steaming is the best way of cooking your food. Alternatively – eat raw!
Foods to avoid or cut out completely:
If you’re going strict on the Alkaline diet, for health reasons or to rid yourself of disease, I recommend you cut out the below things from your diet. Even if you just wish to sharpen up your awareness of what you put in your body it’s good to see the list below so that you can make conscious decisions about what you put into your body.
- Sugar (including alcohol) & aspartame (artificial sweeteners)
- Dairy. My recommended alternative: Koko Coconut milk.
- Red meat (which contains antibiotics, all sorts of terrible stuff due to what the animals are fed, usually hormone injected chemicals. Our guts can’t process this properly, so it rots inside and releases toxins into the body, plus red meat also makes the body acidic)
- Only eat fish or chicken if organic
- Processed food (take-aways, microwave meals etc)
- Table salt (switch to pink Himalayan salt) – contains 84 essential minerals
- Coffee/caffeine tea (except green teas etc)
- Nothing in packets, as contain artificial preservatives
- Tinned food as tins are coated internally with nasties, which leak into the food
- Nothing microwaved
- Try to eat only organic
- Bottled water (has contaminated plastic) – Any bottles labelled, usually on the base, with the letters PET or PETE should be avoided as these release harmful chemicals from the plastic into the water over time and as most of these bottles on the shelves in supermarkets have been sitting there in the warehouses for 6 months sometimes before they reach the shelves, the decay process is probably taking place in a lot of them already.
My top tip: Buy a PET free water bottle and take it EVERYWHERE with you. Add ginger or lemon or cucumber or mint to it to mix it up a bit. Get into the habit of having it with you, everywhere.Protein alternatives:
- Avocados – rich in vit c/healthy fats/ high protein
- Blackbeans – also kidney beans/pinto beans/lentils – high proteins that can be added to any soups or stews
- Peas – provides 10g of protein per cup
- Flax seeds – good for digestive system
- Pumpkins seeds – good to snack on
- Quinoa – a great rice substitute that gives 9g protein per cup
- Sunflower seeds – ¼ cup provides 6g of protein
- Tempeh – fermented soybean cake 41g protein per serving. (However as a soya product which are often GM I’m very conscious about how much soya I take into my body).
- Hemp Powder. Jem recommends: Brahma & Murray Good Hemp Powder added to Koko coconut milk.
I chose to cut out all sugars including fruit, but for those not going as extreme there are so many alternatives to sugar these days. Do be careful that you get them in high quality and raw form, not overly processed.
- Honey (Manuka!!!!)
- Maple Syrup
- Agave syrup
Jem recommends: Whizz up some dates to add to porridge or cakes for sweetness!