Last year when my mom was in town she was reading The pH Miracle and asked me if I would eat an alkaline diet with her. Since she also offered to prepare all of our food and I was already familiar with the concept from Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet (see her video on being pH-abulous below) of course I agreed!
Basically, the theory is that your body functions best when it reaches the correct pH balance. To get all science-y, pH is the hydrogen ion concentration in a solution. But as Kris Carr says, “all you really need to know is that the pH scale runs from 0-14. Neutral pH is 7.0. The higher the pH (greater than 7) the more alkaline, while a pH lower than 7 is acidic.” You want to eat the right balance of acidic and alkaline foods to keep inflammation at bay. Inflammation is said to cause a vast array of health problems, some of which you can read about here. In order to reach the proper pH balance, you should aim to eat approximately 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods (you still need some acid). Here’s a handy little chart from pHresh Products to give you an idea of which foods are alkaline and which are acidic (click to enlarge):
Although the first couple of days were pretty hard, by day five I was feeling incredibly light, clear headed, and full of energy. I want that feeling back! I’ve been doing pretty well on my Spring Cleaning Challenge (kind of, the grains thing has been hard), but as tomorrow marks the last week until Easter, I’ve been feeling like I want to kick things up a notch. In doing some more reflection on when I’ve really felt in tip-top condition, I think it is when my mom and I were eating alkaline. As I mentioned in the Spring Cleaning Challenge post, I’ve noticed that I feel better when I eat less grains and dairy products, which led me to think that a Paleo-like diet would be best for my health. However, as I’ve been sorting through the facts over the past few weeks, I put together the pieces and realized that it has less to do with not eating grains/dairy, and more to do with eating a pH balanced diet. For example, yes, I feel better without grains/dairy, but I do not feel better when I eat a diet high in animal proteins. Or I feel great eating Paleo when I’m eating a lot of veggies, but eating more peanut butter tends to kick up my cravings. Looking at all of the foods/combinations, I’ve found the times I’ve felt best are when I happened to be eating close to an alkaline diet.
As a side note, this blog has also been a really interesting experiment for me in introspection. Although I’ve kept food journals before, it’s different when you’re putting everything out there for others to read – the level of research and reflection has been deeper and I’ve been able to make more connections and see more of my own contradictions. Putting in writing that, “I’m trying to eat Paleo” and then realizing, “Wait, this isn’t actually working for me” is much different than writing it in a personal journal and then kind of forgetting about it. I’m excited that I’ve made this connection and to be going back to eating alkaline!
Have you ever eaten an alkaline/pH balanced diet? I’m curious to hear how it went for you! And to see how it works for me this time around…