Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Alkaline Diet

Since I'm not running or training for anything I know that no one is ever going to read my blog hehe. Therefore, I am going to just keep on blogging for myself. I had great success staying on track with my training plan to run a marathon by blogging about it so I am going to do the same thing for my diet. This is not a diet to lose weight, it is a diet for me health and that is why I think I have such a hard time doing it. Plus, its not really a diet but a whole overhaul of the way that I have been eating.

Why the Alkaline Diet? My mother-in-law gave me a book that she received at a spa in Mexico title "Alkaline or Die", sounds scary right? It's based on the principle that we put a bunch of garbage in our bodies causing them to be too acidic which in turn causes every health problem that you can imagine. The theory sounds crazy but at the time that she gave me the book I was willing to do anything. I'm not sure if it was the diet or if I was just getting better, but for the month while I was following the guidelines in the book, I felt great. Almost 100% better. Since I have been off of it I have slowly deteriorated. It could be a coincidence or maybe there is some merit to Dr. Baroody's theory. Either way I feel that I should at least give it another shot. The problem is that you should basically only eat fruits and vegetables and the more raw that you eat the better. I have no problem eating like this in the Spring and Summer when it is warm, sunny, and I am generally happier. When the weather and time changes all I want to do is sleep and eat fatty, carb-rich foods.

My plan is to not go too extreme in following the diet but to simple do the best that I can. I can do most of the day raw and then I will stick to Amy's Organic soups, rice and veggies, some other veggie treats, and whole wheat noodles (fruit can only be eaten on an empty stomach 30-45 minutes away from other food). Our budget is tight but I can add some juicing into the mix as well. Hopefully I can stick to it and it works!!