Diet. Ugh, I hate what the industry has done to that word. Throughout this experience, I will often use the word diet. What I mean is the food I'm eating. NOT a diet to lose weight, not a diet of constricting and definitely not diet in the way most people understand the word 'diet', as we know it. Literally, I will be using the word diet in reference to the foods I am ingesting.
Luckily, since this isn't a diet of constricting my food intake, I can eat as much as I need. I'm not trying to lose weight or gain weight, just staying in the normal range on the caloric spectrum for me. Around 1,500-2,500 a day based on my activity. If I work more, I will eat more. Not to say this couldn't be used in conjuncture with a lowered caloric intake for weightloss because it totally could be used in conjunction with a weight loss plan. If you doctors says so. I'm betting the mental and physical cravings would be hell though. Probably easing into this with a healthy vegan diet a few weeks before could help. Just as if you eat more calories than recommended of anything you WILL gain weight. Don't think this is a 'diet' of eat-a-load-of-calories-as-long-as-it's-alkaline-and-lose-weight, nothing in the world can do that. A human can gain weight eating excessive calories of the most healthy of foods. It's how human bodies work.
Now that bit is cleared up, the Alkaline Diet. Simply put it's not a diet-diet. It's more focusing on positive body foods. Alkaline diet has been touted with curing all the things our bodies do that we don't like, from cancer to acne. I have a number of human design complaints, oh the flaws of an ever evolving species. Of course, this is not scientifically proven that this diet will do any of those things. There's also no science saying it hurts either.
The main idea behind Alkaline foods is that your body needs to be more alkaline (and less acidic) in order to function correctly. Eating foods that are alkaline or cause an alkaline reaction means your body may not have to have to work as hard on 'fixing' the junk we fill ourselves with. That's my take at least. We can't change our body chemistry much, our body will correct it or we would just die. Human bodies work at a certain level and if eating bad was the only thing it took to take us down, we would have been extinct long ago. Of course, all that extra work is bound to take a toll on our organic system. We aren't robots, but I believe our parts can wear down almost in the same way with excessive abuse.
Humans, as a species, will eat just about anything. Sort of what makes us so unique. That being said, what we eat could most definitely cause damage. We drink alcohol for the super fun experience of our body screaming 'WTFFFFFF?!'. Those have impacts on our bodies, we can't see it or see the long term effects of it but it's there. It will be visible when it wants to. I'm excited to see if the alkaline based foods will make a difference for me.
In the end, Acidic foods are basically 'splurges' for me. I have seen some say 60% alkaline with 40% acidic and those saying 80% alkaline and 20% acidic. I'm really leaning more towards the latter. Sriracha as a seasoning being one of those splurges. I plan on coffee for the mornings as a splurge as well until my batch of fermented, cold brewed coffee is done. I guess not a splurge so much as it's the 20% I'm aiming for. Kombucha *sorta* counts as a splurge but not in some ways, same as apple cider vinegar. I'm still drinking it daily.
This is the list I stick to:
So, this will be a longer blog. I'll try to update daily, at least for the first week, but this is over the course of a month. How I feel, the ups and downs. I'm already vegan, so I understand the benefits of axing meat and dairy from our diets and how it has improved my health. I really appreciate that the person who researched this did as well.
Difficulties I see? I have a WICKED sweet tooth. I am always the girl that will accept most sweets (minus chocolate, I only can stand that in small, Normal servings.). Sugar, of course, isn't smiled upon. It's very acidic to our bodies. I also LOVE yeasty bread. Guess what? Another no-no. Generally, this ideal of focusing mostly on alkaline foods is going to be healthy. Basically it's like being vegan but avoiding those bad habit foods I used as a crutch. It's lacking soda, junk foods and more that are possibly detrimental to our bodies. I know candy is bad for me, this isn't a shock and I'm not mad about cutting it for a short month. It's just food and it's just a month, unless I love it.
What issues do I have? Not many really. IBS flare ups every once in a while if I eat badly, breakout prone skin if I used junk on my face, hormonal issues lingering around, horrible back (my chiropractor said it looked like I jumped off a 30 story building and landed on my feet) and sinus drama. I'm generally pretty healthy and take care of myself. Will going alkaline prove to be an improvement on my issues? Or just another cache that makes life harder than it should be? Let's see.
Of course I have to be sick when I decide to start this. Never fails, I feel like crap. Summertime cold has hit. Yippe. I'm exhausted from lack of sleep, being sick and just want to do nothing. I'm not one to sit around all day and moan though, so the show goes on.
The food is filling, easy and tasted amazing. I made two soy flour muffins in a cup and had some lentils for dinner, with only 100% alkaline approved ingredients. Not that hard actually. I'm already used to twerking recipes to fit my life. Lentils were the left overs of my big batch of pre-made meals I have for the week. I can see how switching foods could be expensixe but this week I'm living on lentils (many of you will see on MANY lists that lentils are 'acidic' but a college of mine and I agree with the others that say it has alkaline effect), Lima beans, various veggie sides for dinners, soy flour and melons. Lunches will be mainly alkaline smoothies with snack and filler options. Breakfast isn't my favorite meal but I have quinoa if I decide I have to eat something. The most expensive thing I bought was the soy flour, I'll be making my own chickpea flour this week. So I'm actually spending less money on food than I was. The Smart Guy was happy to get out of the house, grab some alkaline foods off the list and was around $10 for all the things I needed to supplement what I have to make it through the week with no coupons or anything. Score. Budget-friendly alkaline foods for the next month is my goal.
Full blown snot fest this morning. Sorry about the possible TMI. I'm congested and head is heavy feeling. I'll be amazed if this doesn't go on to full blown sinus infection, as it always does.
I tried to drink my morning coffee made with cashew milk but it just tasted horrible. Too sweet which is NEVER something I say. Ever. So, saved it for The Smart Guy and opted for a glass of vegan green tea jun I make. Fermented green tea with black strap molasses. Really enjoyed it but hate that my coffee was almost an instant turn off. I love coffee and have been having it often for about 3 weeks. Hopefully the fermented coffee I'm brewing won't give me the same bleh feeling. Because come on, coffee is great.
Lunch, I chose a green smoothie with a base of jun and water, Used a green powder that was all alkaline fruits and veggies, watermelon and dandelion greens, both of which are high on the alkaline list. Made enough for 4-5 days of smoothies for lunch.
Too bad it's the hot of summer so wild dandelion greens have been hard to find and WINTER IS COMING. So I'll have to freeze and stock up on watermelon and wild dandelion greens. Anyway, this was filling, yummy and got me through until dinner.
Dinner was kimchi lentils. Really want to test soy flour crepes, yas. I would be so much happy. All the happy. Almond butter crepes... oh man.
Snacks through the day were not necessary, as I just feel so yucky. But watermelon is a great snack item! Dehydrating melon for quick snacks for if the mood hits. Always when I read or chill with my Xbox. Always. Best to be prepared.
End of the day, I don't particularly have many sugar cravings, like I normally would with an elimination diet or cutting calories in an effort to lose some pounds. I actually feel totally full, I'm always hungry. Cool. I have been on Pinterest a lot. Just oogling yummy alkaline ideas for meals, prep or torture? Both.
Middle of the night I even wondered why I decided to do this. I wasn't hungry, I was just crav-y, which is just plain annoying. I saw some dark chocolate and thought 'One piece...' and resisted. Awesome job, me.
I am not feeling as sick. Still pretty tired but less so. Think I may have kicked this cold already! *Literally knocked on wood* I didn't do anything different. Diffused some oregano oil in with my night time blend all around the Smart Pants House But other than this alkaline diet, nada. Didn't even get to making a new batch of Colloidal Silver. Which I really need to do...
Here's my diffuser btw. I don't like plastic and essential oils:
Morning, I just drank water, even though I was tired I didn't want Kombucha. Just water. I made the big mistake of adding too much baking soda to the big batch of charcoal filtered water I make... I was burping for DAYS (not literally). Thanks baking soda...
Lunch, was half a tomato with pink salt, thyme and basil and my watermelon smoothie, which I made about 4 days worth of lunch smoothies. (really freaking big tomato, I have it on my Instagram https://instagram.com/thesmartgirlinpants/) And a cup of Kombucha. For some reason, that fills me up or makes me feel like the meal is done.
Dinner, I slow cooked the BEST alkaline veggie soup I ever imagined. It was worth peeling those huge Lima beans. Full of all the veggies, smells amazing. I have about 2 dinners worth left after The Smart Guy caught the scent of it and horded half. So good. Attempting all soy flour bread to go with it, no wheat. Of all of this I miss bread the most. I'll keep you updated. It looks like... dense corn bread but smells great and... TASTES AMAZING. I'm addicted.
Easy Soy 'Bread:
-1 cup of soy flour
-Dash of Cumin
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Water as needed to make it 'dough'. Not too water but still sticky.
Made 5 3" long by 1" thick bricks.
I just tossed this in the microwave for 4 minutes. Electromagnetic radiation, nothing to due with nuclear radiation... at all... Is known to be less likely to corrupt food nutrients due to shorter baking time, the more you know. It is... dense. Obviously it didn't rise because it has no ingredients that cause that reaction. But does it taste like a good bread? Oh man yes. I'm happy. Soup dippers divine. 5 minutes of my life and worth it. Like tougher tofu, but with a nutty, divine flavor.
Woke up, jumped out of bed at 5am! Slept like a champ and, while still a bit stuffy, feeling AMAZING. My skin is clear but since I'm not having my 'monthly' hormone swing and I have been taking great care of my skin, I didn't expect any.
I have lost weight. Not exactly my goal but what ya gonna do. I'm still in the healthy range for my height. I'm sure once my body gets a hang of this I'll gain it back or maybe my natural weight will just sit at a new number. No biggie. I haven't been eating much under 1,500 calories a day but ya, a few days were short. Those darn sick days.
Breakfast was Kombucha and a sample of my dehydrated golden honey dew. I hope I can dry and freeze a ton of this! It's so so good!
Lunch, more tomato with smoothie and a treat of a few pieces of dehydrated melon. The honeydew is by far my favorite but the watermelon is good too. I'm going to make some dehydrated zucchini tonight for a 'chip' replacement. I haven't had salt and vinegar chips in a LONG time, probably 5-6 months, but they are my most favorite food. Gotta mock that asap.
Dinner, alkaline stir fry veggies and lentils. I love a sweet bite after the savory but love the dehydrated melon so much, I hate to think of what life will be like when it's gone. 😱😭
Up and at them this morning! Feeling AMAZING all day. Not sick at all! So happy about that.
Breakfast was water. Out of Kombucha until the next rotation is done. It was suppose to be but it's not quite fizzy enough yet. Still on the no coffee band wagon. I love coffee but I just don't want it.
Lunch, zucchini and sweet potato chip samples (amazing) and veggie soup with soy bread. Pretty darn filling. I do find myself wanting sweet things (like this dark chocolate in the fridge and glazed pecans someone brought in) but I just find something else.
soup and last of the soy bread with a side of veggie chips. Love love love. Sad the soy bread is finally gone but it didn't take much to make it, so good news there. Got some spelt flour today so going to make some lemon lavender bread soon because YUM. Drying some apples for apple chips, I have rediscovered my love of dehydrated veggies and fruits as chips. Autumn and apple crisps are just grand.
Feeling grand, full of energy. No complaints. Not sick! Over it!
Dehydrated apple chips. I didn't really mean for this to be breakfast. Just meant to sample a few... needless to say they were amazing. No Kombucha, coffee or any other caffeine!
Dehydrated veggie chips of turnip, beets, zucchini, sweet potato. Was on the the go so this and a little water, not my normal
amount. Note: it effected snacks later on, don't skimp on lunch.
Soy flour breaded cauliflower in alkaline approved sauce I made, soy flour and spelt flour lemon and lavender bread (2 slices), Lima beans as the main and two squares of chocolate. This is where I messed up my day, the damned chocolate. Considering everything else was posh, I think that's not too bad of a mess up. I was still craving after but chugged a cup of water and TADA! Too much water can wash your system of vial minerals, not good but not enough can cause hunger like sensations, for me at least. I usually drink about 8 cups a day, give or take. Depends on the day. Just drink when I'm thirsty.
Busy day! Took a few pieces of bread with me in my cloth bag. Was perfect. Came home with the craving of smelling pumpkin butter in the crock pot, here's the recipe for that.
The rest of the soy breaded cauliflower, side of zoodles and pumpkin butter bread. For a late night snack, because I stayed up late, some dried honeydew and beet chips! I hate beets but I'm craving them so bad! Beer chips= way better than straight beers.
One Month Later...
I did great! Don't get me wrong, had a few slip ups (chocolate! I don't even LIKE CHOCOLATE THAT MUCH!) but still stayed in the 80/20 area!
Pretty proud I made with, through what Shorts calls 'Vegan 2.0', which I thought was amazing! So funny and TRUE. This was easy enough for me to get used to but definitely harder than just 'being vegan'. Some days (the days above) I ate around 1,200-1,500 a day. Other days, I was closer to 2,000. I even made a vegan, alkaline pizza! The alkaline bread was a life saver for days I was on the go. That was absolutely amazing!
In the end, I really do feel like my diet being high in alkalizing foods has benefit me. Will it prevent cancer? Will it erase years of abuse on my insides from past sugar and junk? Will I suddenly become the perfect alkaline vegan? The last one is a hell no but the rest? Who knows. What I do know is I feel great.
Would I recommend it? Due your own due diligence as far as research and check with your doctor. Stay at a healthy, honest caloric intake and prepare for it. Making meals ahead of time saved me the frustration of finding something to eat. That never goes well for me as easy things to eat aren't good things. Staying around the 80-20 specs was easy, the only thing I craved was chocolate but starting my magnesium lotion again (stopped for summer because I'm the opposite of EVERYONE and get REALLY dry skin in the summer and magnesium lotion doesn't help that) and that literally took care of those cravings the next day. Thank goodness.
So, check it out if you want! I'll be posting a lot of creative alkaline recipes! If I can figure out the perfect alkaline macaron I would be satisfied with all things!
Alkaline... what rhymes with that?
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