The Importance of Eating Alkaline Foods

What are Alkaline Foods?

An alkaline diet emphasizes alkaline foods such as whole fruits and vegetables and certain whole grains, which are low in caloric density. Healthy Alkaline Diet Foods involve the ideal balance between acidifying and alkalizing foods.

The body includes a number of organ systems that are adept at neutralizing and eliminating excess acid, but there is a limit to how much acid even a healthy body can cope with effectively. The body is capable of maintaining an acid-alkaline balance provided that the organs are functioning properly, that a well-balanced alkaline diet is being consumed, and that other acid-producing factors are avoided.

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Here is a list of high Alkaline Foods: Examples of Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach

Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon

Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu

Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt

Here is a link with a list of Alkaline Foods and important information to go along with each one.

Danielle Walker from Against All Grain has three cookbooks, an app, and tons of recipes on her website that are a great balance of alkaline and acidic foods. Majority are alkaline which is why she is having such success with her recipes. The whole30 is another great source for a balance lifestyle. I eat the way these two women cook and eat.

Andrea

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Ama/Intermittent Fasting

Ama is unique to ayurveda; it builds up in your GI track when food is not digested properly. When our ability to digest food becomes impaired, the body can no longer absorb essential nutrients. Undigested and partially digested food lingers in the body, leading to the formation of ama. Ayurveda views ama as one of the most threatening opponents to good health, linking the majority of health disorders in some way to the presence of this substance. Simply stated, ama is undigested food that begins to eat you which causes inflammation and disease.

Causes of Ama:

Overeating
Eating before the previous meal is digested
Not making lunch the main meal; eating large meals at night
Ice drinks and cold-food meals
Food that isn’t fresh, pure and organic – old food, stale food, packaged foods
Eating without full attention on the meal; watching TV or reading
Eating too quickly
Eating while emotionally upset
Not taking the heaviest parts of the meal first when the agni (digestive fire) is strongest
Not engaging in light, enjoyable exercise daily whenever possible, or a few times a week
Intermittent fasting is an important part of your health as much as eating is. Allowing the body to fast is important to allow the GI track to eliminate and regenerate ready for the next meal. Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week. Humans have actually been fasting throughout evolution. Sometimes it was done because food was not available. There are a few different ways to fast but the one that is natural to me is the 16/8 method. But I don’t do this often it actually happens naturally. I don’t force myself to fast nor will I ever.

The 16/8 Method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.
Benefits of intermittent fasting:

reduces stress and inflammation
lose weight and belly fat
changes the function of cells, genes and hormones
beneficial for heart health
various cellular repair processes
what’s good for your gut is good for your brain
longevity
reduces insulin resistance, lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
All about AMA

Shattering the myth of fasting for women

Mark’s Daily Apple

Ama: The Antithesis of Agni

I can’t stress how important is it to live a balanced life! A holistic lifestyle is a gentle way to treat your body which in my way of thinking is the natural and best way.

Peace ~Andrea

Welcome!

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I’m Andrea – a mom, an entrepreneur, an avid writer and researcher, a book geek, a genealogist, photographer, an animal lover and a perpetual explorer. I am an Ontario girl through and through, born and raised but I moved to Alberta in August 2010 making my permanent home in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Managing 4 autoimmune diseases is a challenge but finding homeopathy and biofeedback literally saved my life. Creating a holistic lifestyle that works for my body so I can lead a healthy and normal life was utmost important to me. Life is about ever changing, growing, learning and evolving so I take with me what I have learned to this point and utilize it on a daily bases. In moving forward with the knowledge, good habits, and routines I have in place, I feel confident in sharing with others suffering with incurable autoimmune diseases.  In hopes of changing the way disease is viewed in the western medical world by proving that healing naturally will saves lives, and doing away with prescription drugs and surgery is possible for the majority, if not all, of the fellow IBD suffers.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia having all 18 trigger points at age 17 in 1989, diagnosed with Graves Disease (HYPERthyroid) at age 29 in 2001, diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia in 2012 and diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis at the age 43 in 2015. Although, I had been living with CD and UC for decades unknowingly. I look back and understand why I struggled so much for so long. I finally found help with a homeopathic doctor who uses biofeedback, sho tai and holistic remedies with her patients. Join me as I tell my story of how I avoided prescription drugs and surgery by healing naturally with holistic modalities and diet change.

Want more information how I live with Crohns in a holistic way send me an email here or comment below.

~Andrea

Doing the work

IMG_8495I’m on my way! We have to do the work! We have to push through those obstacles no matter how long they are in our lives. The quote: the universe will keep giving you the same lesson until you learn it. Is so damn true. I wasn’t listening. I kept walking into the same situation. Abuse. Emotional abuse.

There is no blame. There are no mistakes. Those people are brought into your life to teach you something. Stop and let the lesson be heard. Ease into what we’ve been suppressing to let it rise up to the surface to become the lesson. Heal. Heal yourself and carry on. Strength is in you. Strength is the work. The work we have to do, its creating the person we are becoming.

The work takes time. It’s every minute of every day. Sometimes it feels like it will never get better. Most often it’s like a curse, like the perpetual motion you once had is gone and highly doubt it will ever return. Will this transformation be complete? Is this a thing? Is this what’s suppose to be happening? Is it ever going to end? Why is this happening?

Working at my life to get to this point has been incredible. I can say that now that I’m here. A year ago or even a couple of months ago it wasn’t incredible. It was painful, hard, complicated, confusing and defeating.

I still have uncertainty, but then again who doesn’t, at this point it’s not as damning. There’s no panic or doom to it. There seems to be a good possibility there is an end. That end is good. That end means the crisis has passed and I am out of the woods. That this crisis is almost behind me.

Be Free.

~Andrea