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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.

Eggplant Lasagna

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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Hello, I hope everyone had a great week and are finding exciting ways to enjoy your weekend.   I must say my weekend is off to a great start. I went for a run on a bike/running path near my home,and  for the first time since being sick I had a good run!  I call it my FREE run.

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 I usually run with Jog Log open on my iphone to track my pace and mileage, but this weekend I decided to run app free.  Just me, my music and my thoughts.  It was also the first time in a very long time that I did not have to stop take a puff of my inhaler mid run.  Lately even after taking a breathing treatment before running, I still have to stop and take a puff.   It felt so good to be free of apps telling me how fast or slow I am running, depending on how you look at it, and free of having to stop and take a puff.

After my run I made a protein shake using Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Complete Protein and Vitamin shake mix.

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  It’s a protein shake that’s made to address the needs of women, and the flavor choices are vanilla or chocolate. Currently at Walgreens you can buy one and get one half off, the everyday price is $16.99.  The directions say to mix with 8 oz. of water, but I  recommend using a dairy free milk to give it a much smoother taste.  Of course, you know me I added two handfuls of spinach, a frozen banana and some Spirulina powder.

What’s your favorite way to recharge after a workout?