Well, technology and I are becoming friends again. It was a tough, but we worked through it. Lets just hope we stay friends.
So there’s my technology update. Lets talk about my Amazing Grass 2 week challenge update. I’ve really enjoyed all the wonderful emails and nutritional information. As a Nutrition Manager, I am bombarded with health fads, diets, etc. so it’s nice to finally see some real ingredients in their products, which is REAL FOOD, REAL WHOLESOME FOOD! But how does real food “balance” us out? Have you ever wondered that? Today’s key point in my 2 week challenge talked about body balance, PH Level balance in fact!
As a wife of a professional athlete (aka the hubs), I’m always looking for foods that might balance his training, keep him nourished, and well recovered! So many factors play into this. Lets take a look at how we become “off balance” and what we can eat or do to get back “in balance.”
Common factors which disrupt the alkaline balance:
“Our thoughts, emotions and stress-levels are very strong factors that are often overlooked when trying to reach alkalinity. They physically create large amounts of acid in our blood when being experienced. Your thoughts are creative and will have a physical manifestation. This is a saying that is very true. Stress can cause serious breakdowns and problems within your body no matter how healthy you are eating. That is why stress-management and deep-breathing exercises are so important and can change the state of your body.
All natural foods contain both acid and alkaline forming elements. In some foods, acid-forming elements dominate and vice versa. Such acid-forming foods include animal proteins, cooked oils, alcohol, pasteurized dairy, caffeine, refined/processed grains & carbohydrates, and most cooked nuts & legumes that have not been soaked and/or sprouted first.
Other prevalent factors that induce an acidic state within us are: tap water, most bottled/spring water, distilled water, smog, radiation, pesticides, chemical preservatives, food dye, and additives.
Lastly, over-exercising your body can actually create an acid state in the body. When people are so concerned about losing weight and go to the gym 2-3 hours daily and are not losing the weight, they get frustrated and stressed. This state of being can create too much acid (lactic acid) in the body. Exercise regularly but moderately.
Identify choices to create a target balance of 65%-80% alkaline-forming food; 20%-35% acidic foods; and a minimum of half your body’s weight in ounces of alkaline water.”
Example categories of alkaline-forming foods and beverages include:
- All organic fresh fruits and vegetables
- Sea vegetables such as kelp and nori
- Fermented foods such as Kombucha Tea, miso, tempeh, unpasteurized yogurt
- Raw, sprouted nuts & seeds (almonds are the most alkaline)
You can refer to the Acid-Alkaline Food & Beverage Chart below:
Alkalizing Foods – Goal 70-85%
Honey, Raw & pure
Flax Oil, cold-pressed
Raw Nuts-Soak 1st
Young Coconut meat
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk (Raw/un-pasteurized)
Young Coconut Water
So what’s a wife to do for this hard training hubs? Make a good balance snack but of course! I use this snack for post workout for him and/or along with breakfast.
What foods do you use to keep “in balance?” Name one food from the list that your willing to try, if any? I have yet to try AGAR but I think I’ll pick it up next time I am at Natural Grocer.
Alrighty, stay warm out there!!!! Oh and HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY! Please, no more winter Mr. Punxsutawney Phil.
Don’t forget enter the Amazing Grass giveaway. I’ll announce the winner Friday along with a workout, YEA!