My Alkaline Food Plan

Our minds and bodies are in a constant state of transformation. We aren’t (or we shouldn’t be) the same as we were yesterday or last week. We are constantly growing in newness of life. Whether we take on a life challenge or we’re cleansing our bodies, our minds, and our life, we change a little bit each day. These next seven days are all focused on my Alkaline Food Plan

Today is Day 8 of my 50 cleanse. I’ve found that I needed to change a couple of things about these next seven days because well, I really don’t like the taste of grass.

 

Plus, I added a cup of lemon water (juice of 1/2 lemon) with 1 Tablespoon of raw, organic unrefined coconut oil to my morning regime to help with a smoother move in the morning.

6th – 12th day: Add two alkaline veggie juices to your day along with all the electrolyte water or Sole Water you want a day. Notice you are having veggie only juices. The only fruit that’s helpful at this point is lemons and limes. You can also heat up some water with the juice of one lemon in it first thing in the morning. This will also help when not fasting as it will alkalize your system.

The fruit I added to my juices are apple, to cut down on the sugar I only use the apple peels and the juices taste amazing. My favorite is carrot, kale, and apple peel. I also decided to add a scoop of organic plant-based protein (absolutely NO SOY or GRAINS!) Sunwarrior makes the Warrior Blend that has all the essential amino acids in it. The vanilla flavor goes well with the veggies.

In researching alkaline veggies and fruits for this post, I ran across several websites talking about the importance of eating an alkaline diet. But it was interesting to note just what they considered to be alkaline and what they did not. Sometimes I think this is to confuse us about alkalinity and what we should and should not be eating. For instance, one website listed oranges as non-acid building, but for me, they create a lot of painful acids and another website I looked at said to stay away from oranges because they are acid building. The same is true for tomatoes. Tomatoes are an acid veggie, which is why when I worked in the restaurant industry all cooked tomato sauces had a bit of baking soda added to them to cut down on the acid. With some trial and error, I’ve come up with a list of alkaline veggies and fruits to I am going to focus on for the rest of the cleanse.

Alkaline Food Plan

Enjoying good health can only come from the work we do to have good health. This alkaline food plan will help everyone just as this 50-day cleanse will. Just like when we take a car in for an oil change, the mechanics don’t put good, fresh oil on top on what’s already there. No, they drain the old oil from the car. This is what this cleanse is all about. It’s helping us clean out so the good, vibrantly fresh organic raw foods can nourish us.

Please join me and others who have joined in to make their lives healthier.

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My Fatsimplistic Plan

I am in love with simplicity. If a plan isn’t simple, I won’t do it. My fatsimplistic plan is so simple, that it keeps me wondering why I have not tried this before. Everyone should jump on the fat bandwagon because it’s the best and healthiest way to eat. Believe the scientific evidence and the doctors who are proclaiming the benefits of eating fat, the right kind of fat.

A high fat diet can boost your brain power. Why? Because our brain is made up of 60% fat. When we cut the fat out of our diet, like we did for so many years at the insistence of the research back then we end up with more people with brain disorders, cancers, and other life threatening issues.  Now we know that fat doesn’t cause heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, that’s all sugar and carbs.

Sugar is not an essential nutrient, but Fat is a well-deserved and needed nutrient in our body. Sugar is the common denominator to most if not every illness. Good fats like extra virgin organic coconut oil, grass-fed butter, cold pressed olive oil (never used for cooking), avocados and oil, almonds, walnuts, seeds, seed and nut butters, high-fat fish, bison, organic grass-fed beef not only help our bodies heal, but also help us to lose weight.

Here is my fatsimplistic plan.

Upon waking: Himalayan Sole Water

Followed by hot lemon water

Then for the next four hours I drink dandelion tea (no sweetener) and water.

Around 11:30 I have my first meal: High-fat protein shake made with coconut milk (1 can full fat organic coconut milk mixed with two cans spring water), 1 avocado, 1 raw (yes, I said raw) organic farm-raised egg, 1/2 cup frozen berries (no strawberries), 1 cup packed spinach/kale/ or other leafy greens, 1 scoop Sun Warrior: Warrior Blend Protein Powder and my essential mix (ground up seeds, future blog post.)

At noon, I also have a cup of rocket coffee.

Then as a snack around 3pm, if I am hungry, I have a couple of almonds dipped in sunflower butter.

For dinner: I make the usual Paleo meal: Organic Animal Protein: Steak, chicken, wild caught salmon, bison,  cooked with coconut oil and non-starchy veggies and a nice leafy green salad topped with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing.

That’s the Fatsimplistic plan I follow. It’s simple. It works for me.

 

MY JOURNEY WITH COCONUT OIL

I’ve been using coconut oil for years, even before it’s become as nutritionally accepted as the best oil to use. I turned to coconut oil eight years ago because I’m allergic to dairy. Since then my journey with coconut oil has taken me on a path of real health and helped me to see that this highly saturated fat is one of the most important building blocks in my arsenal of alternative health therapies.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil used to get a bad rap because it is a saturated fat which was said to raise cholesterol, blood pressure and can cause heart disease. Heart disease, something I’m all too familiar with. My father, my mother, two uncles, and an aunt died from it. All because they bought the claims that saturated fat caused their heart problems, so they ate margarine and anything else that was artificial.

I used to use only Promise margarine in the tub. Then one day, one of my sons forgot to put it back in the refrigerator after he used it on a piece of toast. In the morning, while the margarine sat at room temp overnight, it became as solid as a rock. You couldn’t get a knife into it. When we turned the container over it fell out of the plastic tub like a solid piece of plastic. That was the last time I used margarine because my inquisitive mind kept thinking that if margarine turns solid at room temp, which in our house was 68 degrees, then imagine how much harder it became at 98.6 degrees.

I tried refrigerating extra virgin olive oil. I used it on toast but it wasn’t the same. So I headed off to the health food store and researched other oils. That’s when coconut oil entered my life and changed it forever. I tried coconut oil on my toast (when I could still eat bread) first, and I loved how it tasted so good and light. Coconut oil also became the only oil I used in cooking.

Then I started using coconut oil for my skin and my hair. I use a tablespoon to wash my face every morning, no need to use soap, or makeup remover, or even any other moisturizer. I also use it on my hair as a deep conditioner. Since I dye my hair, (I know it’s not good for me, but I’m just not ready to stop yet), I deep condition my hair and scalp every 6 weeks. I also use coconut oil for oil pulling.

Today my journey with coconut oil took on another turn. I added it to some Vietnamese coffee, which I love, and it tasted like a cappuccino. It’s a great way to get coconut oil without having to resort to heating it up in the microwave (I’ll talk about how dangerous microwaves are in a future post).

I’ve heard all the stories of coconut oil helping with diabetes and blood sugar issues, fights aging, reverses dementia, balances cholesterol, aids in healthy thyroid and adrenal function, unclogs arteries, and aids in weight loss. I didn’t start my journey with coconut oil because I wanted to address a health issue but these are definitely some perks that have made this a life long choice.

Below are some articles and videos that you might find informative.

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/surprising-health-benefits-coconut-oil

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dckWiJ5x6K4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxR24JMAE0c

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

http://wakeup-world.com/2012/09/05/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-of-coconut-oil/