since i've been talking about food blogs lately, i wanted to be sure an introduce you to one more gem- the alkaline sisters. if you're new to an alkaline diet, it's basically one step up from being vegan. in a nutshell, it focuses on whole foods that are alkaline and avoids foods that are acidic. why, you ask? well, a whole host of diseases including cancer, coronary disease, diabetes and strokes cannot thrive in an alkaline environment (it is literally impossible for cancer to survive in an alkaline environment). they need acid to survive, so by avoiding acidic foods you're nearly eliminating the risk for these diseases. you can hop on over to the alkaline sister's article why alkaline and not just vegan or vegetarian? to learn more.
though i don't eat an entirely alkaline diet, david and i do try to eat as much alkaline as possible. i first really got interested in it after reading thrive, where the author really brings the subject to light and helps it make perfect sense. to me, if these foods are greatly contributing to our risk for serious diseases, and we have the ability to avoid them, then why are we eating them? surely, the momentary satisfaction isn't worth giving up years of our lives. right?
here's a little list of some alkaline foods vs. acidic foods.
vegetables: asparagus, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chicory, cucumbers, dill, green beans, leeks, leafy greens, onion, parsley, parsnips, peas, sea vegetables, all sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini (and more)
pseudograins: amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, wild rice
fruit: grapefruit, lemons, limes, mangos, melons, apples, avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, cherries, dates, figs, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapple, pomegranate (and more) *acid fruits turn highly alkaline once digested
oils and nuts: flax seeds, hemp, pumpkin seed, almonds, coconut, macadamia, walnuts
grains: commercial breakfast cereals, pasta, refined wheat flour, white rice
meat: cold water fish, venison, wild game, beef, pork, poultry, shellfish
dairy: milk, butter, cheese, cream
other: white sugar, artificial sweeteners, candy, coffee, margarine, soft drinks, prescription drugs, whey protein isolate.
when you think about the typical north american diet, it's easy to see why disease and poor health is so prevalent. everything a typical american eats from pizza to burgers is highly acidic. not all foods you eat have to be highly alkaline-forming, but for optimal health it really is important that most of them are alkalizing.
so, you can imagine how excited i was when i discovered the alkaline sisters: yvonne & julie who are here to show us how amazingly delicious alkaline eating can be! to give you a quick look at their blog, i've picked out a few of my favorite recipes to share with you here. i hope you enjoy browsing them and learning a little more about eating alkaline!
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