The Food You Eat

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Eat well to live well. Work to maintain a balanced diet that leans heavily toward alkalinity.

What is a healthy food? There is a lot of confusion and controversy about what is and what is not good for the body, and we have many people debating over who’s right and who is wrong. So research, experiment, and decide what is right for you. I will tell you what I have discovered; what is right for me.

You are what you eat.

Our bodies constantly grow and change as we age; nothing is static. This allows you to control how your body is shaped, and how it functions. Much of what the vessel does and portrays is the direct result of what you put into it.

Here is what one Surgeon General had to say about food:

For adult Americans who do not smoke and do not drink excessively, one personal choice seems to influence long-term health prospects more than any other: What We Eat.”

Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.”

After food is processed by the stomach it goes into the small intestine. From there, it is absorbed and transformed into red blood cells. These blood cells then head for the torn muscles and replace the torn tissue (this is why it is important to get your liquid proteins (like whey) and carbohydrates (like dextrose) within the first hour after a heavy workout). If you are eating fatty foods, then you will have fatty food cells and thus, fatty food muscles. All food that is digested in our bodies metabolizes down to an ash residue. This ash residue will be one of the following:

  • Neutral
  • Acid
  • Alkaline

When we eat too many foods that are acidic, we bring the body out of balance, which in turn, leads us to sickness and disease. So to make use of this concept, you simply do your best to avoid foods that are acidic while increasing intake of foods that are alkalizing. Here are a few examples of acidic and alkalizing foods:

Acidic Foods (those that create an acid residue)

Fruit Juices

High-sugar fruits


Flesh proteins


Dairy products

Yeast breads

Yeast products

Fermented foods


Black tea

Soft drinks


Notice the first two items on our list because they used to be what we ate to stay healthy. Through research, we now understand that some fruits break down into an acid.

Alkaline Foods (those that create an alkaline residue)

  • Vegetables – greens of all kinds:
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Grasses
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Soaked and sprouted seeds (even mung beans)
  • Almonds (Not peanuts or Cashews)
  • Grains (like oatmeal and quinoa)
  • Avocado
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Tomato
  • Bell peppers

Obviously the best choice would be to cut out everything from the ACID list and eat only what you find on the ALKALINE list. However, it may not be that easy for you to adjust. Make sure that no more than 20-30 percent of your food is cooked or acidic. Or to create that positive spin:

Make 70-80 percent of each meal alkalizing.

If you must cook your foods, try to steam them so that they retain some nutrients. Also note that eating a cooked bell pepper is not the same as eating a fresh whole bell pepper.

Just know that being alkalized is going to assist you in achieving the energy level needed to stay active and productive, therefore successful. Obviously, the opposite will happen if you are full of acid. Personally, I also need (or want) something to snack on and crunch. Raw almonds do the trick – yummy.

Also, it must be noted that there are a lot of health benefits from different foods. Including eggs, and yes, even coffee. The alkalarian diet is a great detox and strategy to lose weight and improve your energy level. But, once you get back on track, you will want to experiment with a large variety of foods. I love blueberries, salmon, red wine, dark chocolate, coconut water and eat muesli on a regular basis. A simple guide to foods that will help you learn more about what you might want to eat is called, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden. It is a good read and will help you bring the joy of eating back into your life. A simple rule is, eat real foods.

It is not necessary for you to go to any extreme to live by these rules. I say, “Avoid dairy products,” but this does not mean that you cannot have an ice cream every Sunday. There is not a lot of talk going around about the dangers of ice cream. I love ice cream, and I am not afraid of a good pizza. But at the same time I avoid dairy products most of the time; I don’t drink milk, I rarely eat cheese, and if I can use a cheese replacement (Almond Cheese), I will. Try to follow these principles at least 70% of the time. Consider non-soy milk alternatives (like coconut milk or almond milk) and do a lot of taste testing to find healthy foods you will eat on a regular basis. Chances are excellent that you will feel so good from your new eating regimen, you won’t want to eat more unhealthy foods.

When I was a teenager I suffered from acne. So much so, that it did more scarring to my self-image than it could ever have done to my face. As a young warrior-in-training, I believed that the TV commercials that told us to drink milk and saying, “It does the body good,” were based on facts and in-depth scientific study. So, I drank a lot of milk. When I learned that milk wasn’t exactly doing my body good, I cut it out of my diet and drastically reduced my acne problem. If you suffer from this killer of self-confidence, one quick strategy is to decrease your dairy intake and increase your water consumption.

The following quotation illustrates that a healthy diet is not a radical new idea:

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
-Thomas Edison

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Think about your current diet regimen and how you can alter it for a healthier body. Make a shopping list, relying heavily on the list of alkaline foods. Clear your pantry and refrigerator of unnatural products and foods that are acidic.

About the Author RICK TEW

I will do the splits for you too. I provide edutainment events that help you to be a Ninja in what you do. I offer Martial Arts Therapy Retreats on Samui Island in Thailand. My unique Winjitsu Mind-Body system of coaching inspires you to BE more fulfilled and to DO more to KickStart your ideas.

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