Tag: Diet

Acid/Alkaline Balance in the New Year

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this is your best year ever!
I have lots of news and the first is about a book I just read on pH balance. I have been watching my pH for years with the pH strips that I sell on the site because I have long been aware of how calcium is pulled out of your bones to escort the excess acid out of your body, mostly at night.

So every night I take the baking soda drink; half a teaspoon of baking soda, juice of half a lemon and water in half a glass of water (to allow room for it to fizz up). Then I test my urine in the morning with the strip and see if I’m close to 7. Some people say that 7.4 is the optimum but I never seem to get there.

But this book, The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet by Felicia Drury Kliment had a lot of information that I was not aware of. First of all she is a believer in metabolic typing for nutrition. If you have a certain genetic structure, mostly blood type O, then you are a meat eater and to try and live without high protein in your diet is not in your best interest. It doesn’t have to be meat but you have a higher requirement for protein. Then Type A is the grain eater and they do well on grains. Type AB can live comfortably on cheese, milks and breads, like the Swiss, who have those at almost every meal.

I have tried almost every diet or eating plan out there including raw and fruitarian and some worked at some times of my life and not others. We go through cleansing cycles and building cycles. So I retook the free Nutritional Typing test on Dr Mercola’s site here to make sure I was remembering correctly that I am a mixed type. Which is probably why I felt pretty good on every eating plan I tried. I have more leeway in my diet than type O or A.

But what makes this book so interesting is that Felicia ascribes pretty much most disease to acid waste in the body. If you have too much acid waste from not eating according to your type, or eating the terrible American diet or drinking sodas and coffee etc. etc., then you will develop problems of all kinds that will become chronic. I wish I had been smart enough to pay attention earlier when I was setting some of my chronic issues in motion. But it’s never too late and I have improved my health enormously by eating a less acid diet in the last ten years.

The book doesn’t read like a novel, you will have to go over the chapters that apply to you a couple of times before it all sinks in, but the information is presented in a way that really got my attention. Check it out. It would be a shame to walk an hour or more with the weightvest every day and then sabotage your bones with your taste buds and bad dietary habits.

And that brings me to an email I got this week from a happy customer:
Dear Pam,
I thought I’d write with some good news. I am 71 years old. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my spine (40% bone loss) and osteopenia in my hips in 1998. I took Fosomax for 10 years from 1998 – 2008. Luckily I have had no bad side effects although I suppose that it is possible that something will turn up in the future. Over the years, with medication and exercise, my spine improved into the osteopenia range. My hips remained the same. In February 2013, I began wearing your weighted vest when I walk, 5x per week for 1 hr. 15 min. each time. I started out wearing 6 pounds of weights. I am currently wearing 9 pounds. At the beginning of December (2013), I had a dexascan. My hips are now normal, with just a 13% chance of having a hip fracture over the next 10 years. My doctor was astounded.
I haven’t taken any calcium supplements over the past year as my doctor told me to stop as they may cause heart problems. I do take a multivitamin each day, and I eat tons of dark green and leafy vegetables as well as other veggies and high nutrient fruits such as blueberries.

Thank you for all of the good work that you do. Happy New Year!
Marianne Price

I love it! That’s a huge improvement in less than a year and Marianne is like many of my customers, she eats well already. So right diet, a few supplements and walking every day will do the trick, not just for your bones but for your overall health.

Ok, that’s enough for now. I’ll tell you about my new fitness tracker next time – it has definitely changed my exercise patterns.

I wish you all you could ever hope for in 2014.

Walk in Joy,

Pam

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Update on the Rawfood Diet

March 23, 2009

Hello there,

It’s been almost 4 months and I’m still on the raw vegan 80-10-10 diet although I’m not 100% raw right now. I got really tired of the limitations of the diet. You can eat all of the raw fruit and raw leafy greens you want and pretty much everything else is not allowed.

I thought I would never get tired of fruit but I did. Breakfast is fine. I make a fruit soup of papaya, strawberries, kiwis, pears, whatever I have, and I also have a grapefruit. Snack at mid-morning is two bananas and lunch is a fruit soup with lettuce, spinach and celery added. That tastes surprisingly good and is a change from the sweetness.

It’s dinner that is the problem for me. I just don’t seem to be able to face another fruit-based meal. I could have salad, and often do, but without dressing salad is pretty boring. So I’ve been making green soup out of steamed broccoli and veggies. I just steam them for 5 minutes and then blenderize them but they are cooked.

The truth is I am feeling less ebullient on the diet now I have added back some cooked food. I seem to be maintaining the health benefits. I am totally off the thyroid and adrenal medication and I’m weaning off the stuff that stops my blood pressure from going too low. My pulse is down to 75 from over 100 before. My brain is clear and I’m exercising well, doing some fun bodyweight exercises.

People have asked about my Omega 3 levels, protein levels and B12. I downloaded Cronometer for free and check all that stuff and the fruit and leafy greens give me all I need in the way of nutrition, 10% fat, 10% protein and 80% carbs. Vitamin D has to come from the sun or a supplement but B12 I think is sufficient. If not I can always do a sub-lingual once a week. This way of eating has got to be really good for my bones because of all the natural calcium and magnesium that I’m getting. It’s truly the best source of minerals because they are fully assimilated by the body, unlike supplements.

I think the diet is hard for me right now because the winter fruits are not as abundant and varied as summer fruits. When the apricots and cherries and figs come in I will be happy to eat them all day long.

I still have abundant energy and am working on remodeling my house instead of sitting in front of the computer all day. There is a great support forum for the 801010 diet and I think I would have given up before now if not for them. It’s here in case you are interested.

So the bottom line is that I’m really glad I found the diet and it has been life-changing but the cons are that it is very limited and kills my social life. I just can’t peacefully sit and watch people eat cooked food without wanting it, depending on what it is. That day will come but it’s not here yet.

I read a great article about what happens in your body when you drink a Coke – or any other soft drink. It is pretty mind-blowing. You can read it here as contrast to my diet news.

Take care
Pam

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