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Saturday, December 25, 2010

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Well, after a conversation with my dad concerning the pH balance of the body, I have done some looking into it and Jay even got me a book. For those of you not familiar, the basic overview is this: The body's pH effects a lot of things, anywhere from weight to general health. Cleansing the body of too much acid and restoring its alkaline preference will help in its own ability to stay at an ideal weight and have optimal health. The book that Jay got me is called, "The pH Balance Diet", by Bharti Vyas and Suzanne Le Quesne, and it is set up in 3 stages. It is broken down to give the 80 best alkaline forming foods and 20 best acid forming foods, which makes it seem really manageable.

Personally, I am not looking to gain or lose any weight, but a better balance within the body is never a bad thing, right? One of the nice things about the pH diet is how a lot of it is simply things we already know, like potato chips are not good for us and roasted potatoes are the better choice. There is also a lot of discussion about how everything we eat usually contains a small amount of protein and that we actually don't need such large portions of protein that a lot of recent diets have pushed. Protein is definitely necessary, but most solid protein is acid-forming, though some better than others, and that it ought to balanced out by things like roast and/or raw veggies, with the protein, such as chicken, as a much smaller area of the meal. It would make sense to me that if the body is not balanced and working well within its pH, it may not be able to utilize all of the nutrients that we put into it, regardless of how wonderful they are.

I am looking forward to getting this started, for sure, and I am hoping to do this along with my dad, though he is 1200 miles away. My main goals when I got turned onto this particular diet change was to have more raw fruits and veggies, as they offer more enzymes to help digest. I am currently taking digestion support supplements and hope to, some day, get off of them. So if that means more raw foods and fewer things that my body has a rough time breaking down and using, no matter what my taste buds say, then so be it. My stomach is NOT the boss of me and food is my healthcare, so I had better not scrimp! I hope to update as time goes on, so check back in to see how it goes. Step one, talk it over with my dad and maybe we can try to start around the same time and offer each other support (though Jay and Kat will be mostly doing it, as well, based on living with me) and it will be baby steps, but I think we will manage.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, by all means, please feel free :o)

2 comments:

Marfa said...

Do you have "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon? She emphasizes using the natural enzymes in raw foods, fermented foods and wild foods...
I hope to hear how it goes! Give us an example of breakfast, lunch and dinner, please.

H West said...

Party on with the pH balanced diet. I got it from the libe. Great book. The Body Ecology Diet is also good- same basic idea. And I concur with Marfa about Nourishing Traditions. Now, if I could only stand to eat raw foods. . .