For those of you who have read some of my previous blogs pertaining to the Alkaline Diet, this may be a bit redundant. Those of you with O blood type, this will really apply to you. The O blood type is the original or first blood type. Therefore, when you think about what types of foods were around in the very beginning, (what we could catch or kill,and what we could gather: nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, and berries) that is what we ate. It is the Garden of Eden concept. As we started farming, domesticating animals, preserving and altering our foods things began to change.
Because of the length of this blog, I will keep the history brief and get into the specifics of the diet/lifestyle. First and foremost, you don’t have to live a 100% Paleo lifestyle. If your health is in peril or you have decided to change your health status, then this is for you. Start easy and develop something that works for you. Even decreasing the amount of wheat and dairy you consume, eating more vegetables and drinking more water is a great start.
The Paleo lifestyle is an Alkaline lifestyle. Consuming alkalizing vegetables, high quality fats and clean protein is a recurring theme that you will see in the literature and in almost all my blogs. The 80/20 rule will promote vibrant health and not only longevity but quality of life. 80% of your plate will be alkaline vegetables and 20% protein, fat and grains.
For those of you that are vegetarian or vegan, the grains and beans can be mixed for a complete protein. Other sources of protein will be soy and specific grains that are high in protein and alkalizing at the same time. There are many references for Acidic/Alkaline foods and I would suggest doing a web search to get a better idea of the specifics and possibly a chart that can give you ideas at a glance. Generally speaking:
- Most protein (meat) will be acid forming
- Most grains will be acid forming, except for amaranth, millet and quinoa
- Most beans will be acid forming, except for lima beans, fresh peas, fresh snap peas and most soybean products
- Most vegetables will be Alkaline forming, therefore eat ALOT of vegetables, especially the green ones
Because we are in the midst of winter….this is a great time for alkalizing soups. With a base of vegetable and some protein and high quality fat your diet can be complete and the weight that was acquired over the Holidays can be gone by spring.
In addition, you can freeze the soup for future meals and lunch time. Two books I would recommend would be:
- Alkalize or Die by Dr. Theo Baroody
- The pH Miracle by Robert Young
There is also a free app you can download for your phone or computer….awesome! Go to paleodiet.com. The staff at Fresh and Natural can be of assistance in answering questions regarding reference books and foods. If you have any additional questions you can contact me directly.
Yours in Health,
Paul A. Westby DC, DACBN