Not to lose weight, conform to a fad, or because I am depressed and need comfort. As Hippocrates wisely stated: "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." The reason we eat should be to keep us healthy - which makes us strong, beautiful, happy and confident. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy your food just because it's healthy, in fact, it makes it more enjoyable. Just look at some of the recipes on this blog and other whole foods blogs! I eat when I'm hungry, and stop when I'm satisfied. This means I eat whenever I want, and I eat however much I want. Since I am eating foods that my body loves, it's pretty hard to feel uncomfortably stuffed because my digestive system knows what to do with what I am feeding it. My smoothies regularly consist of at least 7 or more bananas. My dinners often include over 4 potatoes and 2 cups of rice. Keep it carbed! Keep it whole foods! I drink alkaline water throughout the day. Our bodies are 70% water, so we should replenish that water whenever we can, allowing it to wash out the toxins in our bodies and our cells hydrated. I filter my water with velaqua. That's about it! With these guidelines, my diet ends up being a diet of whole plant foods, a lot of them raw, and with a high-carb focus. Your diet will surely be different, maybe by a lot or just slightly; the important thing is that it works best for you.
Here's an article on WHY I drink Alkaline Water
Vegetables provide many vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Many today prefer their vegetables raw or lightly steamed rather than cooked to death. In years past, it has been the tradition to cook every bit of life out of the vegetables. This takes some of their benefits away, as vitamins are lost in the cooking process. If you like your vegetables steamed, you should also get some raw
during the day, along with them for the full benefits of the fiber they contain. A blender diet plan that comes with your blender is great way to get fullest benefits of nutrients. Along with their other attributes, some vegetables such as beans can provide you with protein. This is important if you are eating a vegetarian diet. Your muscles need protein to build mass and strength. Whole foods such as beans are an important part of any type of diet. Most fruits are excellent sources for vitamin C along with other nutrients. They can provide a boost to the immune system with their antioxidant qualities. Fruits are easy to eat without processing. You just need to wash and slice them to eat them, some need to be peeled, while others don't have to be. Whole grains are such things as oats, wheat, brown rice and more. These break down in the body slower than simple carbohydrates such as sugar, white bread, white potatoes and many processed grain products. Whole grains are a great source of complex carbohydrates, which provide energy for the body. Complex carbohydrates do not raise the blood glucose level as quickly as simple carbohydrates, which is even beneficial to those trying to lose weight or maintain healthy glucose levels. New recommendations encourage consuming more fruits, vegetables and whole grains every day. This is easily accomplished by eating terrific-tasting, nutrient-rich whole food meals made from whole unprocessed foods.
Buy a water ionizer. Water ionizers attach to your faucet and are very user friendly. The water becomes electrically enhanced (ionized) because the ionizer runs it over positive and negative electrodes. Doing this separates the water into alkalized water and acidic water. The alkalized water makes up about 70% of the produced water and can be used for drinking. Don't just discard the acidic water. Acidic water can kill many types of bacteria. You can use it for washing your body, killing some of the bacteria living on your skin. Purchase an ionizing water filter. These filters are easily transportable and cheaper than buying an electric ionizer. They work in a similar fashion to a normal filter. Pour water into the filter and let it sit for three to five minutes. While you are waiting, the water is being sent through a series of filters. Once it passes through the filters, it sits in a pool of alkalizing minerals. These filters can often be found with the kitchen appliances in home stores.
Add pH drops. pH drops contain potent alkaline minerals and are highly concentrated. You can purchase pH drops at health food stores or online. Follow the directions on your specific pH bottle to determine how many drops you should put into your water. Keep in mind that while pH drops increase the alkalinity of your water, they do not filter out any of the things like chlorine or fluoride that can be found in your tap water. Cut up one lemon into eighths. Add the lemons to the water but do not squeeze them--simply place them in the water. You can add one tablespoon of pink Himalayan sea salt to your lemon water if desired. Adding the salt mineralizes your alkaline water. Use baking soda. Add 1/8 tbsp baking soda to an 8 oz. glass of water. Baking soda has a high alkaline content. When the baking soda mixes with the water, it increases the alkaline properties of the water. Shake (if you are using a water bottle) or stir (if using a glass) the mixture vigorously to make sure the baking soda mixes in thoroughly with the water. If you are on a low sodium diet, do not add baking soda to your water. Baking soda is high in sodium.