GUEST BLOG – Alkaline Lifestyles by Julie of The Alkaline Sisters

I am a firm believer in eating an alkaline diet.  Fortunately eating a plant-based whole foods diet tends to be an alkalizing diet.  I know that this is a new concept for a lot of people, so I contacted my favorite alkaline blogging expert for a better explanation.  I am thrilled to introduce today’s Guest Blogger, Julie of the The Alkaline Sisters website.  Julie stumbled upon this way of life in an attempt to fix a back injury that despite her best efforts (chiro, physio, acupuncture, aqua therapy, osteopath, surgery, cortisone shots, on-line exercise programs and some serious medications for pain) would not get better.  Through the recommendation of a friend she went to a local alkaline lifestyle facilitator and her life was forever changed.  

I really enjoy all of the posts I receive from the Alkaline Sisters.  The posts are always packed with valuable information and Julie’s photography and styling is amazing!

I hope you take the time to read today’s post thoroughly…your body will thank you.

For more information please visit The Alkaline Sisters by clicking here.  

~Gretchen


You may wonder “what the hey” is an alkaline lifestyle? Maybe you ARE familiar with it but don’t know the specifics.  I call it a lifestyle cuz it’s NOT a diet, it’s a way of life.  Alkaline living is getting a lot of press lately and a Google search yields pages and pages of results.  But thinking back just a year or two, no one even knew “what the hey” I was talking about.  Now there’s alkaline water in grocery stores-amazing!  So it’s high time we spread the word about how to live this lifestyle and how to enjoy delicious food while you’re at it.

It’s pretty simple, really.  Essentially the goal is to bring your body’s pH –acid versus alkaline– into balance by consuming a higher volume of alkaline foods and fluids.  Ideally 70% to 80% of each daily meal should be alkaline foods combined with 2-4 liters of alkalizing water thru the day.  Super hydrating daily with water and adding powdered greens is very energizing and flushes unwanted toxins and is a super way to flush fat cells too.  The 70-80% portion for alkaline foods is basically vegetables, mostly raw-some warmed, either whole or juiced and low sugar fruits.  The 20%-30% acidic balance can be made up of cool or cooked foods such as whole grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, proteins-plant or animal-preferably organic turkey or chicken and the sweeter fruits in moderation. Some Alkavorians do consume a little tiny bit of dairy and eggs, many do not. The least processed food possible is key.  In a nut shell, one could easily transition to this lifestyle diet just by increasing their raw greens or gently warmed veggies to 70-80% on your plate at lunch and dinner and fresh veggie juice in the morning.

An Alkaline balanced body is healthy, vibrant, and energetic, free of sickness and disease. An Acidic body is one that is degenerating, breaking down, showing a myriad of symptoms of ill health from the simplest form being a cold or a rash all the way to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.  We all know 1-5 people or more that are ill or dying of these or many other terrible diseases that can be solved with a change in their lifestyle and diet.  High levels of stress, negative thoughts, lack of exercise and poor shallow breathing (which most of us do all day long) all play a key role in this lifestyle and are acid forming.  Changing your diet will improve your pH and reduce your symptoms to a certain degree, but you must also manage and balance these other pieces of the puzzle to reach optimal health.  The most amazing thing about this alkaline lifestyle is that it is measurable because it IS a science.  If you have a live blood analysis done by a trained microscopist (where you can see your blood cells actively moving on screen) before you begin this lifestyle change, after as little as 30 days, you will see a change in your blood cells and the fluid that they live in.  It is utterly astonishing to see the yeast, parasites, (we all have them to some degree if you eat meat), stress indicators, pre-cancerous crystals, and many other unhealthy organisms floating around in your blood and how they change or disappear with only a diet adjustment and further more, with a healthy lifestyle.

I see the trend toward alkalizing growing in leaps and bounds because there is such a great awareness of how SAD the typical North American diet is.  Made up largely of meat, dairy, sugars, alcohol, saturated fats, highly processed foods and caffeine, we have become a very sick nation looking for quick cures from pills.  With the ever increasing rate of grim diagnosis’s of disease that we are surrounded by, I believe many of us are at a cross road.  Change your Diet …..or Die.The number of books being published on healthy eating is at an all time high and many of them are slamming the typical diets that many of us thought were “healthy”!  Instead of maintaining what we thought was a healthy body we have created a hostile acidic environment within our body that now needs correcting before we develop disease or before we die from one we’ve just been diagnosed with.  The beauty is that you CAN reverse the negative effects of an unhealthy diet if you sincerely have the will to do so.

There’s no doubt about it, change what you eat and the way you live to more alkaline choices and your symptoms will diminish and slowly disappear.  I am living proof and so are many others who have even reversed cancer and are living a vibrant life, well into their late nineties with very little degeneration.  It’s really been more than a 100 years that this model of healthy living has been buried due to the mainstream medical model that has been blind to it but finally….. the awareness of how to live a life of health and well being, free of disease, is surfacing.  I challenge you to try it for 30 days and see how much you like the gain of energy and the positive changes that happen.  A food chart to help guide you, showing the value of alkalinity or acidity, is right here.

Where to Start and What to Avoid
Identifying WHY you want to alkalize is a good place to begin.  What’s your motivation?  Is there a pain strong enough to make you stick with it?  How badly do you want to be healthy?  Are you choosing this or is someone else?  Are you craving energy and vibrancy?  Aren’t we all?  Then give it a go for 30 days and see how you feel, see if you are addicted to the feeling?  You might be pleasantly surprised and change your life forever!  I did!  Forever, no lie!

So a good way to begin is to decide- would I choose cold turkey or a slow go?  Cold turkey if you are not chronically ill can do wonders and work out the toxins fast which means you may feel lousy until they flush thru and then you’ll be ready to change the world.  A slow go means less pain but slower gain.  Either way, you will be WAY better off than not doing anything different at all.

I recommend reading a few books before or while you begin because knowledge is POWER.  It will inspire you to keep on trucking and you will develop a lifestyle habit that you will become addicted to.  For further reading I recommend picking up a soft cover copy for under $10 of the pH Miracle by Dr. Robert O. Young.  As a scientist with over 40 years of research, exploring and uncovering he shares the steps to gain control of your health again.  Another recently published book that I am devouring is Crazy, Sexy, Diet by Kris Carr who is a cancer survivor who alkalized to heal and has brought together a wealth of knowledge thru her own experience and that of many health experts that will inspire you to take the plunge.

The following is a list of things to begin eliminating or dump right off the bat.  After skimming the list it may seem to you like there’s nothing good left to bother eating but you’d be surprised.  If you haven’t looked at my recipe page then check it out cuz there’s some incredibly mouth watering ways to nourish your body that will leave you craving more and feeling more energetic after a meal than you ever have before.

Foods that Acidify:

  • Sugar
  • Dairy Products
  • Meat (aside from occasional coldwater fish)
  • Caffeine
  • Tobacco
  • Wheat (aside from sprouts or wheatgrass)
  • Fruit (apart from those mentioned above)
  • Bad fats (saturated, transfatty acids, hydrogenated)
  • Junk/ Processed foods
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Peanuts and Cashews
  • Pasta and White Rice
  • Condiments
  • Fermented Foods

If you really want to kick it up a notch the best way to kick the acid is a juice feast where you nourish and flush the body at the same time in order to alkalize and regenerate healthy new cells.  It’s possible to put you one year ahead in the healing process by beginning with a juice feast cleanse.  For the full details and recipes on a great way to jump start your alkaline journey see this post here.

All living things exist because of a balanced pH level.  In nature some “plant varieties” thrive in an alkaline soil where as others prefer a slightly acidic soil.  When these conditions are not ideal symptoms begin to occur.  Most inexperienced gardeners would head to the garden center and purchase a product recommended to cure the ailing plant and spray it on the leaves and the plant would perk up but shortly there after it needs another application.  However a well seasoned gardener knows that an adjustment to the soil in which the plant grows is what will improve the health of the plant.

The Alkaline Sisters

Our bodies that are all identically designed to function as the “human variety” require the same pH balance and treatment.  The terrain in which our cells exist is the environment that must be pH balanced just as the roots of the plant growing in soil.  Our inner terrain is everything.  When it is out of kilter we are out of kilter.

If we can clean up our systems, pair it with a healthy outlook on life, manage our stress levels, and incorporate daily fitness we can experience optimal health and a life of longevity and vibrancy.  THIS is how we were meant to exist on this planet and we should settle for nothing less.

If you require an alkaline coach to make this shift possible, I get it.  If you are seriously ill it’s the best way back to health and I highly recommend you reach out for support and guidance on this journey.  It’s a life changing path and having a coach will bring greater success and a confidence that will drive you to become the healthy You that you deserve to be.

Please contact me (click here) for further info and references for Alkaline Coaching so I can guide you based on your needs and your geographic location. If you desire live blood analysis Google it for your area or contact me in case I can help you locate a qualified professional.

If you’ve made it to the bottom of my long winded message for alkalizing I congratulate your earnest desire to make a difference in your health!

A BIG Green Smoothie Cheer to YOU!

Julie

Images courtesy of AlkalineSisters.com

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15 responses to “GUEST BLOG – Alkaline Lifestyles by Julie of The Alkaline Sisters

  1. Sirica

    That is so funny, I just stumbled upon this blog a few days ago from a link off of Roost…have you seen this woman’s blog Roost? It is like crack for me…every picture is beautifully taken, the raw desserts & almond meal muffins looks amazing and don’t get me started on her style…gotta check it out!!!
    http://www.roostblog.com/roost/a-housewarming.html

  2. A timely article on alkaline foods for me as I have just started researching this area recently. The food chart is one of the better ones that I have seen – it actually has numbers on it which makes me more confident. I’d love to know what the source for this data is – how is the effective pH actually calculated? Is it based on ash pH, mineral composition? Is there a database somewhere like the USDA National Nutrient Database?

  3. -Gretchen, Thank you soooo much for the post and for including this long winded perspective. If it can help just one person than we have both made a difference!
    -Mark, to answer your question, I have studied Dr. Robert O.Young’s work and this chart is in my opinion the most accurate as it IS based on the ash which is left after the food has been burned. The higher the +number the higher the alkalinity value left behind to benefit your body. I believe Dr. Young personally tested and researched each and every food. There’s the odd thing missing like apples but they are similar to pears, less acidic if they are green. The pH Miracle Book that Dr. Young wrote is a great place to start as is his book called Sick & Tired. Good luck to you in your journey.

  4. Okay, I’m going to be somewhat critical because this reads like an infommercial and quackery. Unfortunately, the topic has value and is being cheapened by this marketing attempt.

    First, alkaline diets have been shown to be beneficial in double-blind placebo-controlled trials. It’s particularly well established that a higher plant balance greatly benefits the muskuloskeletal system. The basic clinical values studied are equivalent to eating seven to nine servings of fruit and vegetables. However, there is no research showing that they will solve all your health problems! Do not expect it to heal MS, cure cancer, or keep you from dying.

    In short, all you have to do is replace some of your meat and grains with fruit and vegetables. There are fruits/vegetables that have different acid/alkaline effects. You do need a wide variety of nutrients and antioxidants from many foods to be healthy. Eliminating an option merely because it’s alkaline/acid balance is not sensible. Furthermore, there are benefits to cooking many foods, so you can eat cooked alkaline foods while retaining the alkaline nature and even gaining nutrients that are less or not digestible when raw.

    Eating produce has many health benefits from the many different nutrients and compounds. Citurs may have vitamin C (acid), but you need vitamin C and there are additional helpful antioxidants in citrus. So, if you faithfully eat 4-5 cups of mixed produce per day, you will benefit from normalizing blood pressure, decreased risk for diabetes/better blood sugar control, potential prevention of weight gain and/or weight loss, healthier eyes, healthier skin, decreased risk of cancer, and less loss of bone and muscle strength. Is it entirely because of alkalinity? No, it’s because of the alkalinity, the potassium, the magnesium, the calcium, the fiber (yeah, eat the whole food not the juice), the reservatol, the limonene, the betacarotene, the catechins, the vitamin E, the lutein, the quercertin, etc. Those various compounds are why you want a variety of items. All colors, all plant parts, all flavors.

    BTW, to clarify, the “alkaline” and “acid” nature comes from the way the body digests your food, and the particles that enter your bloodstream. Protein, for example, is broken into amino acids which are acidic. Vegetables are typically digested into mineral compounds that are alkaline. Too much of either is difficult for your body to deal with because your body has to adjust the pH of your blood to stay within a narrow range.

    The ash factor, as it is typically used, it the non-carbon, non-water, non-carbon portion of the food. In other words, the total amount of minerals. Minerals can be beneficial (calcium, magnesium) in reasonable doses or harmful (lead, mercury). The lack of differentiation makes that number less valuable than it is given in this discussion. It does not reflect on the type or quality of carbon-based compounds, fats, or fluids which are also incredibly important. It does not consider whether your body can digest the minerals. (In some foods there are compounds that tightly bind minerals so we can’t digest the minerals from that food.)

    Switch your meals so that half your plate/bowl/meal is vegetables and your dessert is fruit. (No cheating by adding food; you must decrease the protein and complex carb sections.) Ta-da, alkaline diet. You may need some help making it into a habit, or ideas for how to prepare and enjoy produce, but an “alkaline coach”? Check out some blogs, keep a food diary, read your favorite vegetable cookbook. What matters in the end is that you EAT YOUR VEGETABLES. It’s not sexy, and it’s not well marketed. But it just requires that you grocery shop for them, prepare, and eat them.

    • I am truly sorry that you perceived this post as a marketing attempt because it wasn’t intended that way. I personally contacted Julie of The Alkaline Sisters and asked for this particular article to be used as a Guest Blog on my site because I feel that it provides my readers with a great introduction to the alkaline lifestyle…she in no way solicited this Guest Blog.

      This post was purely for educational purposes.

  5. Ground Cherry
    Thank you for your comment. Sounds like you have a clear idea of the Alkaline Lifestyle. The suggestion for an Alkaline coach is for those folks that are experiencing serious disease that require monitoring to ensure that they detox in a safe and careful manner. My intention is clearly to inspire a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for visiting Veggie Grettie.

  6. Very well written. It is very essential to take good care of our body and treat it right. Eating sweets and other acidic food is not treating ourselves at all. It is simply wrecking our body. The right way to treat the body is eating our greens and other alkaline food.

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  11. Hi Alkaline Sisters,

    My name is Anja and for school I am required to choose an alkaline recipe to make for a target audience. Could you please explain the dietary needs, requirements and restrictions for people who have chosen to be alkaline? What exactly is alkaline and how does an alkaline diet look like? I am required to interview a specific person which is why I am posting this comment 🙂 On the website http://www.alkalinesisters.com, the contact page has problems with cookies and sum answers!

    Thank you, Anja

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