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Making The Alkaline Shift

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This summer has been super busy and in the past few days I’ve started to feel a little run down and not quite myself. I really don’t like taking a bunch of meds, so I took a look at my diet, I’m a firm believer, we are what we eat.  While in Florida I wasn’t able to eat quite the way I wanted and since I have returned I haven’t gotten back into my food groove.

So now it’s time to make the shift back to the alkaline side. On a ph scale from 0 to 14, the human blood should be 7.35 – 7.45 on that scale for optimum health, below or above this can throw our bodies into symptoms and disease.

Our bodies can be thrown into an acidic state from, an acidic diet, emotional stress, toxins, and when our cells are deprived of oxygen and proper nutrients, the body starts to use the alkaline minerals in the body, and if the body doesn’t have enough there will be a build up of acids in our cells.  This will result in the body’s inability to absorb minerals and nutrients and decrease the energy production in cells and the body’s ability to repair damaged cells and detoxify the blood.  When our bodies are in an acidic state we are more susceptible to fatigue, illness and cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment.

The best way to correct an acidic body is to clean up your diet. To restore your health you should have a diet consisting of 80% alkaline and 20% acid foods. To maintain health the balance should be 60% alkaline and 40% acid.  Below is a list of the top alkaline and acidic foods, from Kris Carr’s book, Crazy Sexy Diet, one of my favorite books, it’s loaded with so much valuable information about eating for optimum health. To test your bodies ph levels, you can purchase test strips from any health food store, I purchase mine from Whole Foods.

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Today’s What I Ate Wednesday, journals my eats from Tuesday and I’m taking it back to the alkaline side.

It was an early rise at 5:45 and I started with a warm cup of lemon water. Citrus fruits are acidic, but they have an alkalizing effect in our systems. After the warm lemon water I had a banana before heading out for an early run to beat the heat. After my run I prepared a super Alkaline Green Protein Smoothie.  I loaded the smoothie with kale, collard, chard, frozen bananas, fresh lemon juice, hemp protein and two pitted dates. So yummy and loaded with nutrition, a great way to start any day.

Alkaline Me Smoothie

My morning snack was a bowl of fresh blackberries.

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Lunch was a fully loaded Kale-Romaine salad.

Kale Romaine Salad

Afternoon snack was carrots and yogurt dip, this was my first time trying this dip, I like it but next time I will add a little red pepper to spice it up.

Oikos Dip with Carrot Chips

I ended the day with Eggplant Lasagna topped off with a little kale. Although eggplant is not on the list above, it is an alkaline food and cooked tomatoes are acidic, while fresh tomatoes are alkaline.

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Make the alkaline shift with me, add a few more foods from the alkaline list to your diet and consume the acid foods in moderation for balance health.

Don’t forget to check out Jenn and the others over at Peas and Crayons for some more WIAW.

Have a great Wednesday!

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MIMM Weekend Snapshot and Eclipse Earring Giveaway

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a Marvelous Memorial Day.  Here are some snapshots of my Marvelous weekend.

Browsing in Williams-Sonoma.

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Lunch at Panera Bread. Forgot to snap a photo, sorry.

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Stopped by Whole Foods to pick-up some fresh fruits and veggies.

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Recipe testing and Oh My Gosh it was good.  Sweet potato fries topped with kale, garlic and carrot saute, drizzled with a spicy tahini dressing. I’ll test again before giving the complete recipe.

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Papaya and pineapple smoothie, made by me before heading off across town to see friends and family.

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Some backyard hula hoop competition fun between my nephew, Zachary and my daughter, Taylor.

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I love these earrings and they were hand crafted by Kimberly Irvin of Tomboy Pretty Jewelry Company.  I am happy to announce one of you can win your own pair. For a change to win enter below.  Check out Tomboy Pretty web site and leave a comment about the jewelry piece you like the most and if you are the winner, where will you wear your beautiful earrings.

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Click below for entries.

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Be Marvelous In Your Monday and check out other MIMM’s at Healthy Diva Eats. Thanks Katie.

Questions of the day.

When was the last time you used a hula hoop?

When was the last time you or someone else purchased a really nice piece of jewelry?

WIAW and Spring on Holiday

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Happy WIAW!  Spring took a little holiday Tuesday here in Texas. Just the night before I was running in Nike shorts and a sleeveless top. Tuesday it was cloudy, cold and windy.   I started my day with a banana protein smoothie and when I arrived at work I had one cup of coffee, (not pictured).  I made a rice paper veggie wrap tucked inside romaine lettuce with a side of baby carrots, grape tomatoes and lemon pepper hummus.  During the afternoon I snacked on blackberries, chopped mango and a banana with lots of water.  For my dinner I made a kale, baby bellas, vegan cheese and ground flaxseed scramble, scooped inside lettuce. I spiced it up with red pepper flakes.

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Before bed I did 8 minute arms and 8 minute abs

 Feels like the longest 8 minutes during both of the workouts.

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Have a great WIAW and visit Jenn at Peas and Crayons for a peak at more WIAW eats.  Thank you Jenn for being a great host.