So as it turns out high stress levels, international travel and eating out for two months can cause some problems in the ol' bag of bones. Trever and I are trying to remedy those effects, which are played out by high acid causing painful stomach cramps. Drama.
Everyone is always talking about how we have these crazy high acid diets due to overly processed foods with added sodium, too much caffeine and alcohol, low nutrients in plant foods from modern farming practices and blah blah we’re giving ourselves cancer. I cook really healthy but when you’re trying to heal from the damages of an unbalanced pH you gotta get crazy with the alkaline diet, as in not just green salads but green salads and no lemon or vinegar for the dressing. yummmm. Of course lemons and vinegars are ok in a normal balanced diet and over the long term assist in pH balance, but when trying to reverse some acid effects those things are out, aka flavor is out, aka a month of rabbit food.
So here’s what I’m learning:
First, our calcium/magnesium ratios are generally off (too much calcium) which plays into high acid levels. You can take supplements but a great way to absorb magnesium is by taking Epsom salt baths.
Stress adds to an acidic levels. Do yoga. Or say no to things. Or don’t renovate a house.
Drink alkaline water and not coffee. Or maybe replace coffee with a turmeric latte if you’re a real bad ass. Trever and I tried those and lordy are they somethin’ else. It takes some serious commitment to develop a liking for that (1 tsp. Tumeric // 1 tsp. Honey // 3 parts Water // 1 part Almond Milk) Although I haven’t tried it with fresh turmeric only dried, so maybe that will help. Not likely. Another healing option is licorice tea - blerg.
Peanuts are acidic, switch to almond butter. Also avoid dairy, switch to almond milk.
Almond milk is soooo easy by the way. It’s a 1 to 4 ratio of raw almonds to water. Soak the almonds overnight. Drain, then add almonds to water and blend it up real nice. Filter it through cheese cloth and there you have it. To add sweetness, soak dates for an hour and blend them into your milk with a splash of vanilla. This way you don’t have all those weird additives they have in store bought almond milk.
Avoid cereals and grains other than plant-based proteins like quinoa, which is obviously the grossest of all the grains.
Eat any raw fruits and vegetables.
Don’t eat sandwich meat. Actually don’t ever eat sandwich meat, ugh, murderers.
Of course with balance things like lemons, berries, vinegars, eggs and wine (quality of life) can all be added back in. But for now we’ll be having quinoa with avocado and a sprinkle of salt, apples with almond butter, broccoli salad with creamy almond dressing (recipe to come), and I’ll be giving a lot of my sourdough bread away.
If we’re lucky Trever will drop another ten pounds, per his usual response to diets, and our fat cat Grey, Colette and I will keep putting them on. I hope you learned something utterly fascinating from my health related antics, if only that I'm a total nut. Cheers.