Why Alkaline and not just vegetarian or vegan?

by Julie on January 14, 2010

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To eliminate disease is the reason! Can you imagine feeling confident that you could completely avoid disease?  It is possible-take a gander!

When I converse with vegetarians or vegans it is interesting how many of them still suffer from illnesses such as crohns disease or diabetes even cancer and have regular bouts of colds and flues.  Talk with an alkavorian and all these ailments are virtually non-existent.  Why is an alkaline diet sooooo much more effective in eliminating disease?  It is simple.  Consume a high ratio of foods that are clean & alive with energy (veggies & sprouts) and take out all the things in ones diet that rot and ferment inside the body and you have a perfect environment for regenerating brand new healthy cells that will take over and reverse the damage that cancer and other terrible diseases like coronary disease, diabetes and strokes that are the leading killers in 95% of all deaths these days.  I find it astonishing to over hear conversation after conversation in the grocery store, the airport or coffee shops of people sharing concern for themselves or a loved one who is plagued with ailments of one or more of the many debilitating diseases that most North Americans are suffering and dying from. These overheard discussions always include the drug, medication or surgery scenarios and dilemnas.   I want to shout “STTOOOOOOPPPPP” from the top of my lungs and tell them that the suffering is unneccesary and teach them how to be healthy again.  It IS possible! I am living proof and thousands of people have changed their destiny by adopting a healthy alkaline lifestyle and in turn, vastly extending their stay on this planet by perhaps doubling their life span!  We have become accustomed to thinking that we should retire at 55 or 65 and that declining health should be expected by say 45 or 50.  We attribute such things as poor eyesight, creaky bones, weight gain, memory loss etc. to ” getting old”.  This is so deeply engrained in our thinking that people look at me like I am a crazy woman when I say that we don’t need to fade so young.  Don’t you want to live a longer vibrant life?  Well…. after reading John Robbin’s book “Healthy at 100″ it certainly reinforced my beliefs on health and diet.  Robbins writes of incredible examples of great grand parents who are 100 years old still enjoying  a good game of soccer with their great grand kids – they aren’t watching the game they are the center forward on the team!!  Our health wasn’t meant to disintegrate.  Living with a healthy vibrant body for the duration of our time on this planet was our creators plan.  When our body has been well used it will quickly throw in the towel, not offer years or decades of agony as it falls apart leaving it’s owner to deal with the ailments, discomforts and the inability to enjoy life as it degenerates.  This was not the plan.

So this is why an alkaline lifestyle is an empowering choice over just being a vegan or a vegetarian although I do recognize that vegan or vegetarian diets are far superior than typical meat eating diets, they could use a little tweaking to optimize ones health.  What defines an alkaline diet is the next question I am sure you are wondering, right?  To put it simply, it involves eating a whole lot more vegetables which are the main source of alkaline foods and eliminating the things that ferment and rot in our bodies.  As this blog grows I will share and educate optimal ways to alkalize your body.  As Dr Robert O. Young says, “Our bodies become infested with certain bugs that feed off us and we are hosting a parasite party!”  Most everyone suffers from this in some way and for some it is out of control and causing massive disease that is killing them.  Foods that ferment include yeasts, fungus and molds that many people eat regularly in the form of vinegars, soy sauces, mushrooms, meats, aged cheeses, breads, miso, even nutritional yeast to point out just a few.  These foods that become toxins inside our bodies need to be eliminated from our bodies and our diet for optimal health.  Optimally 70-80% of your intake should be vegetables and raw for that matter if possible.  The other 20-30% can be an assortment of whole grains, proteins like soy beans, fish, white meats, hemp protein, healthy oils, nuts & seeds etc (with the least focus on animal products keeping them around only 5% of your intake or eliminating them altogether).  Think like a hunter & a gatherer, food that is simple, clean unprocesssed.

Do you suffer from stress at all?   Hmmmm who doesn’t these days!  I recognize that one can eat a perfectly alkaline diet and yet still struggle with health issues if you do not have a healthy mind and healthy way to deal with stress in your life.  Stress alone causes an acidic reaction in your body and could be the sole cause of cancer or sudden death if it is extreme.  This may seem outlandish to declare but it is possible.  Our environment also plays a major role in our well being and by adopting a healthy alkaline environment where one eliminates all toxins in the home (cleaners, carpets, mattresses with emissions, air fresheners etc) and limits exposure to toxins in our world (exhaust, paint fumes, gas fumes, pesticides etc)  you can truly avoid most illnesses.  It is nearly impossible to completely avoid everything since even the rain can even be toxic for us but knowing how to counter balance this with diet along with ways to eliminate these toxins from your body is incredibly empowering.

This may all seem very daunting to achieve, don’t you think?  What I have noticed is this.  The ability to embrace the desire to live a long, healthy and vibrant life, while thoroughly understanding that this is only possible by eating a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle, “must be a burning desire” for one to find success in this lifestyle adjustment and commitment.  With a strong desire for health one can slowly engage in this lifestyle by adjusting over a period of months to this way of eating and living or one can just decide that they are done with the health issues they are experiencing (the pain is bad enough to motivate dramatic change) that they go cold turkey to doing a thorough cleanse and begin eating 80% alkaline foods forever and eliminating toxins in their world.  This is what I did and I have never looked back. My health is 200% better that it was 1 1/2 years ago and so is that of my families.  We have a completely different perspective on food and the environment and even my 4 year old knows about eliminating toxins from her body if she has the very occasional piece of candy- I love it when she says “Mama is this have toxins in it Mama?”  My passion is to share my experience, educate and enable as many people especially families as possible thru my writing of this blog while inspiring new healthy recipes for preparing meals and healthy habits for an alkaline way of living that will reward you with a longer and richer experience on this planet.  My sister and I promise to make this our priority.  She is the support for the site, the marketing expert and “taster extraordinaire” where I plan to be the writer, photographer and recipe creator.  Our journey starts here with YOU the reader and we hope that you become inspired to heal yourself and share our message to heal the people.

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Vineeta January 28, 2010 at 3:21 am

I Love your header! I’m from BYW and ‘alkaline’ intrigued me because I’ve myself started a lifestyle which is slightly similar (if I may say so) to yours. so broadly mornings are for fruits & through the day raw food is recommende before any cooked. And we worship at the altar of lemons :) So a lot of lemon shots keep us alkaline :)
Its strange to be like this in a world full of people glugging cola & eating the oiliest, cheesiest thing they can lay their hands on.
So I truly admire what both of you are doing & I for one am going to bookmark this site for recipes & such. Thanx so much :)

Julie January 28, 2010 at 9:03 am

Oh Thx soooo much for your comment Vineeta! We are thrilled to share our journeys and inspire people who want to be helped! Yeh!

Peggy October 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Dearest Sisters of the Alkaline..

Thank you so much for what you are doing..I just read this morning about believing in yourself and following what you KNOW to be true for youself. It is very apparent that you both are true examples of this doctrine.

I am new to the alkaline world = just finding it after a very long search to better my health = some issues are serious and others not so much but none the less I found what I have been looking for…now the real journey begins and I look forward to the knowledge I will gain.

I am so indebted to you both for the knowledge you share and your words of inspiration. You have no idea how they have touched my spirit. Truly thank you from my heart = :) Peggy

PS..recommend any other reading material?

Julie October 26, 2010 at 7:04 am

Peggy, so glad that you found us and you are inspired to live your life in the healthiest manner possible. I have studied Dr. Robert Young and his book “The pH Miracle” and recommend any of his books- you will find a few of them in the right margin of our site. His alkaline perspective also includes the thought that fungus, yeast and mold contribute to disease and should be avoided. This makes so much sense to me and he explains the scientific reasons why this life style is ideal. His 40+ years of research, study & experience in healing many, many people inspires me to choose to follow his perspective for maintaining a healthy lifestyle free of disease. You will find many other very informative alkaline experts who are reliable but you won’t find this perspective. Please do your due diligence and notice the variations in the alkaline foods chart. Dr. Young has tested and created the chart we list thus I find it an excellent reliable reference. We look forward to seeing you here often.

mel June 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I’m so glad I have come across your site. I am at the utmost beginnings of my new life as an alkaline girl….and all information I find is an eye opener.
I cant wait to read more :)
Thank you again

Alex downs December 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE! 14 years ago we went macro to prepare for getting pregnant by cleansing both my wife and myself. My daughter liberty was the result. She is a professional ballet dancer and budding vegan cook who is developing her own website. Years ago we transitioned away from the grain and legume heavy macro diet to a more fresh raw diet. Just today in researching acid and alkaline foods I came across you sistas. So to test the vibe and great info you posted, I made the root veggie wrap with chipotle dip (used cashews because we were out of almonds). Yum! Each of us, my wife and daughter went crazy with yum sounds as we ate this delectable combination that is right up my alley. So great to discover you and excited to try many more of your ideas. Yay you!

Julie December 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Alex, thank you so much for sharing your story! This is exactly what I believe and am studying in my holistic nutrition program. Food can and was meant to do amazing things for our bodies and allow us to procreate with success. Sooo many couples can’t conceive and little do they know that a cleanse and some healthy balanced whole foods will cure the situation in most cases with out scary expensive conception tactics! Kudos to you both and look at the wonderful daughter you have raised with your awareness! So pleased you enjoyed the wrap! All the best to you and your family for 2012!

melanie January 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

Hi – thanks for posting such informative, well-considered material here. I’ve been taking Bali Grass every morning for the last few months, and I feel more alive. I guess I started alkalizing, without really realizing…. I thought I was using it for detoxification. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

Meriel September 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Good morning, thanks for the heads up, I started reading recipes and found your blog, much to my delight., coming from inner light, and before that from energiseforlife, thank you thank you thank you. I have been looking for the key to good health ALL my life and now am finding many factors that contribute. Gave up many foods on the way, and now am passionate again that good health is possible in my twilight years. Now all I have to do is drop the diabetes, yeaaahhh! Which I think now is possible, with the alkaline way. I will read my way forward until I get up to now, if that make sense with interest. Yours sincerely meriel

Koko June 2, 2013 at 10:05 am

Yvonne, Julie, Fantastic!! I never knew what to call my diet. I wasn’t ‘vegetarian’ or ‘vegan’. I don’t eat soy or fake ‘meat’ and have seen so much unhealthy ‘vegan’ food. But I am an Alkavorian! (or most of the time anyway : )

J Pope October 20, 2014 at 2:55 am

Lemons and limes do not become alkaline in the body. If there is any scientific evidence for this I’d love to see it. (peer reviewed papers published in reputable science journals such as “nature”)

Julie October 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm

J Pope here you go:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/
Check out Table 2. A negative PRAL number is alkaline, a positive number is acidic. Although lemons & limes are not listed, because they are higher in alkaline minerals than the listed orange and have less sugar, they will most certainly be in this same catergory with a negative number better than it’s cousin the orange. Hope this clears things up for you:)

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