In trying to eat clean, and keep weight under control, it’s hard to know the right thing to do all the time. Easy is choosing between water with a squeeze of lime, and a Coke. Or a Snickers Bar and some raw trail mix. And really, keeping it simple, and making good choices may be just enough to keep your spirits and energy high.
But what happens for those who may be a little less concerned with simple weight management, and more concerned with actually maintaining/achieving optimal, via diet. Well, for these courageous few, a little more digging is neccessary. it doesn’t have to be hard, but indeed some work is neccessary to add this next level of foodiedom to your repetoire. Just this little investment of time and focus (and fun experimentation!) could pay off in dividends though for years to come if you are able to successfully protect your health. Salvation comes in the form of easy to use reference guides, like the one I recently came across comparing Alkaline and Acidic foods. Caution! Here comes the math. I’ll keep it easy (as if I have another option, evident by my math grades growing up…right. Let’s just say, if I can do this, ANYone can!).
So on any given day, to have balanced body chemistry, you should consume 4 times the Alkaline foods to 1 Acidic foods. So, that’s a ratio of 4:1. Why is that important? Alkalizing foods are cruicial in healing your body, and protecting you from disease:
All foods are “burned” in the body–more commonly called “digested”– leaving an ash as the result of the “burning”, or the digestion. This food ash can be neutral, acid or alkaline, depending largely on the mineral composition of the foods. Some foods leave an acid residue or ash, some alkaline. The acid ash (acidosis) results when there is a depletion of the alkali reserve or the diminution in the reserve supply of fixed bases in the blood and the tissues of the body.
It is, therefore, vitally important that there is a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in the diet. The natural ratio in a normal healthy body is approximately 4 to 1 — four parts alkaline to one part acid, or 80% to 20%. When such an ideal ratio is maintained, the body has a strong resistance against disease. In the healing of disease, when the patient usually has acidosis, the higher the ratio of alkaline elements in the diet, the faster will be the recovery. Alkalis neutralize the acids. Therefore in the treatment of most diseases it is important that the patient’s diet includes plenty of alkaline-ash foods to offset the effects of acid-forming foods and leave a safe margin of alkalinity.
Ok, now that we know the science, here’s the fun part:
|Most Alkaline||Alkaline||Lowest Alkaline||FOOD CATEGORY||Lowest Acid||Acid||Most Acid|
|Stevia||Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup||Raw Honey, Raw Sugar||SWEETENERS||Processed Honey, Molasses||White Sugar, Brown Sugar||NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet ‘N Low|
|Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Papayas||Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Raisins||Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados||FRUITS||Plums, Processed Fruit Juices||Sour Cherries, Rhubarb||Blackberries, Cranberries, Prunes|
|Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic||Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob||Carrots, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu||BEANS VEGETABLES LEGUMES||Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans||Potatoes (without skins), Pinto Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans||Chocolate|
|Almonds||Chestnuts||NUTS SEEDS||Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds||Pecans, Cashews||Peanuts, Walnuts|
|Olive Oil||Flax Seed Oil||Canola Oil||OILS||Corn Oil|
|Amaranth, Millet, Wild Rice, Quinoa||GRAINS CEREALS||Sprouted Wheat Bread, Spelt, Brown Rice||White Rice, Corn, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye||Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta|
|MEATS||Venison, Cold Water Fish||Turkey, Chicken, Lamb||Beef, Pork, Shellfish|
|Breast Milk||Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey||EGGS DAIRY||Eggs, Butter, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese||Raw Milk||Cheese, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream|
|Herb Teas, Lemon Water||Green Tea||Ginger Tea||BEVERAGES||Tea||Coffee||Beer, Soft Drinks|
Let me know what you guys think! As we move into a new season, it’s a great time to experiment with new foods and learn to stay in the “green”! …At least…for errr…80% of the time! So now I’m 80% Raw, working toward 80% Alkaline…is that 160% of something?? I have too much time on my hands 🙂