It’s that time of year again, and new year’s resolutions are in full swing. There is nothing like starting the New Year with the mindset of a fresh start. So, you have set your goals and decided that nothing will stop you from reaching them. Whether you are trying to lose weight, get fit, or just be healthier, there is no better time to start than today.
You are probably asking yourself, “what does it take to succeed?”
Perhaps the most important element to establish at the outset of this new journey of pursuing your goals, is finding some way to make it sustainable. It’s so easy to start on January 1st with guns blazing, pushing yourself to be perfect in your new routine of watching every calorie and working out 3 hours a day, 7 days a week, but realistically, it won’t be long before you burn out and end up on the couch binging on all the things you deprived yourself of for a few weeks before you decide to give up entirely and decide that it’s next year’s problem.
But you swore to yourself that this year was going to be different, that you would do this right…and well you ended up here. Congratulations! This is the first step to success. You being here tells me that you want more than unrealistic torture that has been tried and tested and simply doesn’t work. You want to change your life, and to do that you need to change your lifestyle. The best and easiest way to do that is to start living an alkaline lifestyle.
The principles are simple. There are acid forming foods and alkaline forming foods.
Your body wants to neutralize acidity, so when you eat acid forming/unhealthy foods, it uses all of its energy and resources to try and balance your body’s pH, which is why an unhealthy lifestyle makes you feel tired and sick. Alkaline foods, on the other hand will give your body a chance to stop fighting the bad stuff and start defending itself the way it was designed to. With all of these extra resources, your body will burn fat instead of gather it, and you will find you have an abundance of energy.
And the best part is these alkaline foods are probably already lying in your fridge. Here are some of the top alkaline forming foods that you can start incorporating into your diet:
Though these sour juicy fruits may come across as being acidic, once your body processes them, they become extremely alkaline lying at a pH of 9. Sliced in a glass of water, squeezed over a salad, or even thrown in a smoothie, these wonder-fruits are versatile and delicious and so easy to incorporate into every meal.
Kale, swiss chard, turnip greens and spinach: These deceptively simple leaves are packed full of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber, helping to improve digestion and even vision. The reason your body loves them so much is because the also happen to lie at 9 on the pH scale. Fill your plate with these wholesome greens.
Is there anything better than a slice of fresh, sweet watermelon to satisfy that sugar craving…not really. These giant fruits are not only made up of 92%water, but they are also alkaline forming. Just remember to keep it in moderation, as the high natural sugar content will still spike your sugar levels.
Enjoy liberally! Avocados sometimes get a bad rep for being a high-fat food, but these are the good fats your body needs, not to mention all the other amazing nutrients that have serious anti-inflammatory, heart health, cardiovascular health, anti-cancer, and blood sugar benefits. This high alkaline food is something you should be incorporating into your meal plan on a daily basis.
The perfect snack for any time of the day. Due to the variety of antioxidants found in cucumbers, they have been connected with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Packed full of vitamins K, C, A and B, as well as alkaline minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, iron and zinc, these delicious veggies will help curb the cravings and keep you hydrated with their 95% water content.
Changing your lifestyle and going alkaline is not as complicated as you might think. There is a wide variety of foods that out there that are not only alkaline, but enjoyable to eat, and that is the key to sustaining this change. Print out a food list and start shopping with the right food in mind.
Another key to sustaining this lifestyle is balance. You want to make sure that you are still enjoying life. Following the 80/20 rule is a good way to keep momentum.
Make sure that you eat clean and alkaline 80% of the time, but allow yourself 20% to enjoy the things you don’t want to live without, like your chocolate, potato chips, wine, etc……
A great and easy way to get that high alkalinity is to drink plenty of alkaline beverages.
Hopefully you are already drinking your 8 glasses of water each day, a vital element in giving your body the opportunity to function at optimal performance. Switching to an alkaline beverage means no sacrifice to you, but all the benefits of alkalinity for your body.