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Julie’s Journey

Who Knew? – that because of a herniated disk I would be motivated to change my diet & lifestyle radically to eat completely alkaline and some how convince my sister to join me in this journey. Eeeek-she had no idea what she was in for and nor did I. After 18 months of on and off terrible sciatica pain and despair from a lack of relief no matter what external treatment I tried, having exhausted almost every option I could from, chiro, physio, acupuncture, aqua therapy, osteopath, surgery, cortisone shots, on-line exercise programs and some serious medications for pain, I finally realized that I needed to heal from the “inside out – NOT the outside in”. This realization arrived in the way of a CT scan that I had to practically beg for. It showed my disc as unchanged from the 1st CT scan 18 mos prior with a 13 mm bulge- this is a huge bulging disc! Regardless of all the therapies, my body had not gone into action to begin repairing the bulge- it was incapable of improving the health of my disc because my inner terrain was obviously very unhealthy.

With a reference from a friend to a local alkaline lifestyle facilitator I was lead on a journey that began with a 3 day juice cleanse- really a “feast for your body”. Upon the realization of the radical shift I would have to make to my diet I felt desperate for camaraderie to be sure I would stay on track and have a support person- who better than my sister- who willingly embarked on this journey with me that neither of us knew would be so profound.

15 months ago we began. Initially we ate 100% alkaline leading to where we are currently eating 80% alkaline foods & 20% Acidic foods.  The results have been astonishing and the education has been life changing. I am no longer in any pain with my disc and have been pain free for 12 months now as I have eliminated all the inflammation surrounding my disc that was caused by an overly acidic body and I also stopped taking every medication I was on for pain. I lost 30 lbs that I couldn’t shake with various other fad diets which also helped relieve pressure from my disk. My energy soared & my overall well being improved ten fold leaving me free of colds & flus. My sister has lost almost 50 lbs and is on a journey to return to her pre-pregnancy figure and is almost there. She has also experienced a complete shift in her well being.

Who Knew? We began with very little idea of what we were committing to and it has completely changed our lives and we can’t help but want to shout it out all over the world. So here we are with our new blog site, sharing what we have both become incredibly passionate about. It has brought us closer together and we have the comfort of knowing that we understand each other and we both crave and want to cook the most healthy food possible for our bodies and our families. So here’s to The Alkaline Sisters .com and to inspiring you and many others to choose a healthy alkaline lifestyle that will change your life. Our goal with our blog is to share our continuing experiences, the process, ideas, recipes, products, courses and resources. We look forward to your participation, feed back and success.

Yvonne’s Journey

My name is Yvonne and my story is very different from my sisters. I grew up being more or less average height and weight. Of course compared to my sister, who was always very petite and small boned, I was the bigger sister (not older though). When I was in high school, and through my twenties, I maintained my weight around 125 – 135. I am 5’6” so this was just right for me.

As I got older, and had children, the pounds started to creep on. I began to yoyo diet. I have tried everything from Herbal Magic, Sure slim, Weight Watchers, drugstore diet pills, Isagenics, Slim fast shakes, boot camps, plus tried many others via books like the GI-Diet, Suzanne Summers Diet, etc. you name it, I have done it. I did have overall success from Weight Watchers, and Sure slim as they had basic meal plans I could easily follow for the most part, plus regular weigh ins and I did lose about 30 pounds – which took months of total dedication as I was only losing 1-2 pounds a week. But before long, I would get comfortable again, and go back to my “old eating habits” gaining all the weight I lost plus more, and then I would have to diet all over again. I was a great procrastinator and had a real hard time starting a diet, as I knew my commitment level was all or nothing and hated the thought of depriving myself of all those yummy fattening foods and drinks. This propelled the problem of my weight gain as I would eat the things I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat when on a diet.

I was 197 pounds again, and stuck. (I figured as long as I was under 200 that was OK) I was at a comfort level with my weight and although I wanted to be slimmer, I guess I didn’t really want to change anything I was doing so avoided thinking about it. I hated having my picture taken as I would have to face the fact that was actually me, and I was fat.

My children and husband bought me a WII fit for my Birthday in June of 08. I had gone to Jamaica with my husband in May, and after looking at photos, I realizing how big I looked. I thought it was a good idea to start to exercise. I am not too big on exercise. I hate to sweat. When I got on the WII, I had to create an profile of myself. My little WII that started off looking slim ballooned out and said, “You are obese!” I never considered myself obese. I was 215 pounds! I was the fattest I had ever been. You can imagine that it took a while before I faced that fat WII character again.

I went through the summer knowing I had to do something, but what? I was not very motivated. I was actually going through some depression as the economy was turning and my business was in the financial industry and things were slowing down and money was tough.

My sister was suffering from a very very bad back. She could not stand or sit for more than 5 minutes and spent most of her day lying on the floor. She had been in this terrible condition for over a year, and had gone to great length to do everything in her power to fix it to no avail.

It was September and she told me about these two sisters that she had begun to see. They tested her blood, took hair samples, and began to advise her on how she could heal her body from the inside out. The process started with a cleanse and some kind of a new diet. Our families had dinner on the Labor day long weekend, and she kept saying that this was the last binge before she started this new way of doing things. I never thought anything of it, as it was her doing it not me.

Well, the following week, she asked if I could help her do all this juicing as she was starting this detox. She said it was only for three days, and I should do it with her if I am going to help her. I love my sister, so I was happy to help her, and thought it couldn’t hurt. I had done cleanses before, and understood how good they were for you, and it was only three days. I had no intention of starting any kind of diet, nor had I even given it any thought. I went to my sisters every day first thing after taking my children to school, and juiced a feast with her daily, for three days. It was a bit of an event when I look back. I was there until mid afternoon juicing and home in time for my children after school. I made sure I took home enough juice to last me till the next morning when I would go back and help her more. It was definitely a detoxifying cleanse.

At the end of the third day, my sister told me that the next part of her program was 3 months long and would I support her and stay on it with her. I thought it was going to only be for three days! 3 months? The juicing was over, and now stage two. Hmmm…. I had just endured the hardest part she said, and she reminded me in a very supportive kind way, that I would probably lose some more weight as I had already lost some, so it couldn’t hurt. I thought, well, by Christmas it would be over and I could manage till then if it would help her. I liked my wine on the weekend and I had to give that up, but thought heck, I can do that for 3 months… I did it for much longer when I was pregnant and nursing. I agreed to do it and support her.

I had no idea of the journey I was about to embark on. Ok, no Alcohol, no meat – oh my, and then no dairy…plus eating raw… hmm this wasn’t the kind of diet I was thinking of. However, it was not a diet. It was an understanding of a different way of eating that feeds your body and gives you energy and restores your health. After I had been on the “Diet” for two weeks, we went to see Tony Robins in Vancouver. I was surprised and fascinated by his one day of health and that cemented in the facts that I was on the right track and doing the right thing. It just made so much sense to me after that weekend.

I followed it religiously, and lost 30 pounds by Christmas. I had become educated on what food does to you and that completely changed my ideas about food, not wanting to eat the old way anymore. Yes, I had some spirits at Christmas, but I never went “OFF” my diet… as I wasn’t on a diet. I had adapted a new conditioning around food and have easily managed to continue on the journey, loosing another 10 + pounds and I feel great. My little WII Character says I am over weight now instead of obese and I understand food and how my body deals with it verse counting calories and portion sizes. I learned it’s ok to zig and zag a little as long as you keep a balance and it works.

I would still love to get down to the weight I was when I got married, at 130 pounds, but this was never about weight loss. That has been a big benefit of course, and I am very glad. The bigger benefits are I feel energized and healthy. I haven’t been sick since I started, although the normal colds and flus have run through my family, I have not been affected.

I have an excellent understanding of the alkaline lifestyle and am doing what I can to implement it into my families diet as well. More importantly, my sister’s health has been a true inspiration. She is almost 100% now, and although she cautiously goes about things, she is virtually pain free and able to function normally. I am a true believer that a PH balanced body can mend itself from the inside out, and she is testament to that. I can go through life knowing that I will not die of cancer, nor any other disease. I have the cure inside of me, as the saying goes, “You are what you eat!” couldn’t be more true!

In our journey, we have developed a passion to share our knowledge with others that maybe discovering this new way themselves in hope that we can give back and add value to your life and your health!

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Vickie August 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Julie, is it possible for someone that takes chemo and Embrel shots to become alkaline? The best I have been able to do is almost a 7 on the PH chart and my throat is red and burns. I feel like I need to cough often.

Thanks much,
Vickie

admin August 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Hi Vicki
I hope I am understanding correctly. I am assuming that the sore throat is caused by the drugs not by the alkalizing you have been doing? Correct me if I am wrong. If it is from the alkalizing maybe your body is flushing mucous via the throat.
The drugs are HIGHLY acidic. It takes a lot of alkalizing to neutralize/buffer and to flush the toxins from your system. If you are not using alkaline supplements like pHor salts and alkaline water and greens powder (in 4l water per day) I suggest you do asap in order to compensate the acidity and to support your cells to make new healthy cells as so many good cells are killed with chemo. Find them here Juicing green veggies is also mandatory to nourish the body thru this process.
I also suggest infra red sauna to eliminate toxins from your body from the chemo if you can find a rec center or spa that has one to use daily. This is key in bringing your ailing body back into balance. I suggest reading Crazy Sexy Diet for guidance in many areas as you journey thru cancer as author Kris Carr shares her comprehensive holistic approach that she found successful for her cancer journey that she beat! Also read Dr. Young book, The pH Miracle or get the audio version on Audible.
All the best Vickie. Please keep me abreast of your success! You can do it!!

Sharon August 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

I just stumble across you site after visiting Laura’s site from Side Saddle Kitchen who I think is great. I have know found another two great people who I will be visiting often too.

I’m a UK trained naturopath, and have been trying to share the 80/20 concept with others with regards to nutrition and health, based on my own personal experience and training. However because I don’t have any particular visible health issues it can be challenging for others to actually follow what I have to offer, as they are not able to identify with me on a health level!

Thats why I am so happy to have found your site, as I can see how both your stories can offer inspiration to many others. I will definitely be directing people to you. Thanks for sharing and being an inspiration. We really do need more people like yourself, taking your own steps to changing the world with your own experiences and personal journeys.

I appreciate you both
Sharon

Vickie August 5, 2013 at 7:23 am

Julie, Thank you so much for the reply! WOW! You have to be on of the most AWESOME people I have ever come in contact with!

Let me brief you a little on my health. I have had severe Rheumatoid Arthritis for 20 Yrs. I have been on Methotrexate and Plaquineil for 20 yrs. I was introduced to Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Eat to Live) after I already had much deterioration and several surgeries. Dr. Fuhrman feels because of the deterioration I may never be able to come off of all of my meds. However, I am changing the Methotrexate and Plaquenil for Enbrel. This is through my Rheumatoligst. ( Dr. Fuhrman is many states away and I only did a phone consult with him many yrs ago and blogged with him.) Let me add, because of the Methotrexate, in 2003 I was diagnosed with lymphoma and multiple myelomia. God healed me from both and my Oncoligist is the one that told me to start eating like I do. He told me it would keep the Rheumatoid and the cancer in remission.

The burning in my throat: I have been on the Hallelujah diet and eat to live (though not 100% )for many years with the exception of the fruit and carrots, due to all the sugar. Through much deliberation and hesitancy, I added fruit. That is when my throat began to burn really bad. I stopped the fruit and found your sight all at the same time. (I have had the PH Miracle diet book for several years and read it) After reading many of the testimonies on your sight, I decided to remove the acid foods from my diet. My throat is better, but still burns. I do the veggies in my vita mix 2xs a day. I am using Barley Max from H-acres for right now 2xs a day. (I will purchase the green drink you use when I place another order) For my water, I have a Santevia water pitcher and I add Hydro Boost from H-acres to my water. (Hydro Boost is 70 ionic Sea Minerals it has oxygen properties for better absorption and to carry waste from our cells. It adds PH to the water and is an antioxidant. (of just water, I drink about 100 oz a day.
As for my exercise, I either bike for 6 miles , walk 3 miles or walk run for 1 1/2 miles. I do one of the above 4 to 5 times week. ( I use to own an infra red sauna and I sweat as much with my exercise as I did with the sauna) I am wondering because of my meds if I will ever become Alkaline. I truly eat 97% Alkaline and still can barely get close to a 7.00 PH. I am off of the Plauqenil and hope to come off of the Methotrexate within a month. That leaves me with just the Embrel for the Rheumatoid. I also take meds for a hypo thyroid.
I am open for ANY suggestion you might have for me.
Thanks again for all you do for the WORLD to be a HEALTHIER place!!
Many Blessings,
Vickie

Brenda August 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Hi Julie, I just discovered your blog while surfing the web for Alkaline recipes. Like you I’m 5’6 and my weight has ballooned. I have had many challenges face me over the past year and I felt less and less satisfied that the hard work I was putting in at the gym was really making any difference with my weight gain. My knees have started to give me the message your WII told you. Time to make a change or face the consequences. So I’ve started a detox program my gym offers. It’s shakes, pills, and following closely an Alkaline diet however they prepare all the foods there, and it’s very limited. I have a job where I am on the road a lot, need to learn to make the foods myself. Can you point me in the direction of things that don’t require too much work that I can put together? Thanks in advance Julie.

admin August 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Brenda, so glad you are making changes Now…. before a serious chronic disease sets in. Not sure what pills you are taking, I’m hoping it’s supplements of some sort. This might be a good way to jump start your program but it isn’t sustainable. You truly need to want this badly and love yourself enough to make a lifestyle adjustment. This might mean finding ways to make time for proper food preparation no matter how busy you are. This may be part of the reason you face weight issues as you haven’t made healthy food and it’s preparation an integral part of your life. Fast is great but it isn’t always healthy. I make a concerted effort even when I am in a hurry to always pack my water bottle and a healthy snack when I leave the house and my lunches on the go are usually leftovers from the previous nights dinner. Planning a little and having the groceries on hand is necessary. Chopping veggies on Sunday night for a few days makes this a little easier accompanied by some yummy hummus, either healthy store bought or one you make yourself which is inexpensive and very easy. Salad should be simple for you to make esp if you can get organic prewashed salad mix and then add lots of chopped veggies. Cooking up some quinoa and having it on hand to jazz up is an easy lunch or dinner. Adding sauteed veggies or raw diced veg and then seasoning it with spices is very simple and poured over a bed of mixed greens is yummy. Smoothies are also dandy and you can make a double pitcher full and pack the 2nd half in a mason jar with a lid for your lunch. I have a few recipes. The alkaline one is ideal as it has no fruit. Be cautious how much fruit you start adding to smoothies as it will make it much more difficult to lose weight because of the sugar content. Your diet need not be limited. It may SEEM limited to you if you are used to eating a typical North American diet. Try to think of your new lifestyle as abundantly full of choices because it truly is. And these choices are the foods that will ultimately help your body return to it’s ideal weight and give you optimal wellness. There are a plethora of veggies and whole grains nuts and seeds sprouts and legumes to keep you fed and satisfied as you journey thru this transition to healthy food choices. Soups are yummy too and easy! Take a look at my recipes and read them to see which ones speak to you and that seem easier enough to put together. Just choose a couple and try them out. They will soon become favourites. Then try a few more. Hope this helps:)

admin August 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Sorry so tardy, busy summer! You are making amazing progress! Yay! My one suggestion is to go have a look for yourself at you very own living blood on screen with a live blood microscopist! This will give you the missing pieces to the puzzle. Typically the microscopists can assist you with nutrient deficiencies and help you further to fine tune your diet. I truly believe you can heal and you have done a lot of this already! I like colloidal silver for new cell regeneration. Do some research on this. Innerlight sells it and you can take it orally or use it externally. Dr. Young speaks/writes of it and I have had great success with it myself. Phmiracleliving.com has a list of microscopists world wide if you need a reference. I just did a course on it last week and I also did my internship with a microscopist and sat in on at least a dozen clients and the success rate is phenomenal. It is empowering to see your own blood and then revisit it and see the progress. I can’t say enough about it as it was my measuring stick and helped me thru my health issues. I will use it forever as my tool on a yearly basis to maintain optimal health and stay abreast anything that might be brewing as you can see it well before it is serious if you are ontop of your visits and your diet. But we can’t control our environment and toxins are visible and alert you to do cleanses or chelation to clean up your blood. Of course you will see naysayers if you research it but there will always be naysayers! So yes I think you will be alkaline one day:) All my best:)

admin August 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Vicki, the water pitcher produces alkaline water so I don’t add drops.

admin August 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Hi Vivian, read The pH Miracle by Dr. Robert O.Young, the new revised edition. It is very comprehensive and inspiring:)

marci August 24, 2013 at 4:04 am

In a poverty-pinch, could I just drop a bit of sodium bicarbonate into a pitcher of water to drink to alkalize it? I cannot afford all the Ph products as supplements.

I am on an iodine protocol for thyroid cancer, and surprisingly, pink or himalayan salt(1 gram per day) is required to flush toxins!

Thank you for your work. Lovely blog. I am forwarding it around.

admin August 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Jenni, thank you for your kind comment. Most certainly you are smart if you trim back on the animal protein that the kids are consuming and if you do still consume some be sure it is organic. Our bodies can only metabolize 40-70g of protein per day. Most folks eat 5-10x’s this amt esp when you add up the cheese, and other dairy products on top of all the meat! The excess proteins consumed end up in our blood and tissues causing serious disease. If you avoid animal products you will be in a much better position to avoid disease for your family. Alkaline foods esp. veggies all contain small amts of protein and added up in a day combined with legumes, nuts seeds and whole grains in a good ratio of 70-80% veggies you will get more that the daily recommended amt of protein and calcium. I hope your friend is doing okay and that alkalizing was helpful and done in time. Also remember that we all need to know how to deal with our emotions and teaching your kids not to bottle them up and to move onward is necessary also to avoid disease. Keep up the good parenting:)

jenni August 25, 2013 at 5:44 am

Hey again, here a link i came across and thought perhaps youd be interested. Also talks about the harmful effects of acidic foods and had well written health info.. it all makes a whole lot of sense and you ladies are doing a fantastic job by spreading this awareness! http://www.candidasupport.org

admin January 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Marci, Yes of course sodium bicarbonate could be used in a pinch.

Maxine February 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Hi iv been on alkiline diet now for 11 days is it normal to egg tummy pains ??

Erin February 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hi there,
I am suffering from RA. Just the very early stages. A friend with lupus who has eliminated symptoms thru an alkaline diet recommended it to me and I found your site on Google. I’ve been doing smoothies and eating lots of veggies and fruit, no meat but I know its best to be 100% alkaline; I’m just finding it hard. It’s only been a week but I just had a salad of spinach and grilled zucchini, squash and cucumbers and tomatoes and myfriend said I shouldn’t have had the bit of balsamic vinaigrette I put on. I feel like I’m doing well but if I don’t get it 100% right that doesn’t negate the changes I’ve made, does it? Feeling like I’ve messed up has ended lots of diets for me in the past, and though this one is necessary for my health that doesn’t make I any easier. I’m allergic to NSAIDS so curing this thru diet is very desirable. Just some advice on how hard core you have to be to see results would be appreciated. Thank you so much.

Julie February 22, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Hi Erin, don’t be discouraged. You CAN do this and a wee slip up is nothing to fret over in fact stressing over it vs just moving on is more acidic causing! If you wish to truly heal I highly recommend consuming as high an alkaline ratio as you possibly can along with 3-4 liters of alkaline water and lots of good omega fats every single day. And again, if you can’t live without a wee something, just have it and get right back on track. Ideally if you are craving something maybe go for a walk or drink some nice tea and distract yourself with some yummy alkaline food instead. I love a glass of homemade vanilla almond milk as a yummy afternoon treat.
avoiding fermented foods is best so try for lemon juice and olive oil instead of the balasamic, but again you DID eat a salad so don’t fret and just move on. You haven’t messed everything up. Just keep on pluggin’!

Getting healthy to avoid presecription drugs is one of the best things you can do. Be grateful you know how to go about it and have a friend that has done it to inspire you. YOu have good motivation to get you thru. Keep up the good work:) Be as diligent as you can and you’ll be well in no time!

Julie February 22, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Hi Maxine, if you have tummy pains, try lightly steaming your veggies and or blending them to give your digestion a complete rest as you slowly alkalize your body by making soups. You may not be used to the volume of greens especially raw ones if you haven’t eaten many in the past. I would ease into the raw if this is the case. Trying to add in raw greens as in green juice or green smoothies as a healing way, just go easy. If the tummy aches continue, visit a holistic health practitioner or naturopath doctor. Also drinking 3-4 liters of alkaline water is beneficial to flush toxins from your system.

TRICIA Eaton July 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Hello ive been so happily blessed seeibg this site..thank you girls for your insite..my question. .i have just brought some fresh alkalized water at water store where rhey draw it when u order. How long before i NEED TO STOP DRINKING this water before it goes bad on me???
I know its usually good for a 24 HOUR. So if i continues to drink it will i NOT BE BENEFITING MY BODY?
I eat veggies daily. .no ANIMAL FATS NO MEATS AT ALL…
TRYING VERY HARD TO QUIT THE CHEESES. I DONT DRINK ANIMAL DAIRY MILK. Just coconut almond milks.
So im reallt trying to change my lifestyle EATING habits. .
Thanks if u can HELP. .
TRICIA

Julie July 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

The water won’t harm you but often the alkalinity of the water drops somewhat as the days pass depending on the process that it underwent to become alkaline. You can make your own water with a salt sole and distilling your water but it takes a little time but is easy to do. There are also affordable alkaline pitchers as in Santevia for under $100 that work alright. Keep up the good work!

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