Why do people often fall off the wagon when they change their diet?

by Julie on January 28, 2010

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Hi Alkaline Sisters

What made you stick with this lifestyle and really adapt to the alkaline way?  I have tried many different approaches to getting “healthier or losing weight” and it works for some time and then I fall off the wagon. Can you share?
Kelly


Hi Kelly

The most profound realization that Yvonne and I both experienced is the knowledge.  Knowledge is power.  Power is control.  We have become very much in control of what we choose to eat based on our thorough study and understanding of how food technically effects our bodies and what it does to our physical, emotional and mental well being.  We have also studied modern food extensively with the grim realization that most food is poisonous for our systems.

Ninety percent of every grocery store is comprised of processed food.  The produce section is even filled with toxic vegetables that are coated with pesticides or are perhaps GMO.  Our world has become a place where many of us have been accustomed to thinking that this stuff is all edible and it won’t harm us if we eat it.  And secondly, we are so filled with toxins that our bodies are like a garbage dump.  My analogy goes like this.  Imagine a brand new garbage dump is beginning and it will be on a nice patch of grass.  Notice how obvious the first trash dump looks, it mars the pretty fresh green grass, kinda smells and you want to clean it up.  Well, check it out 5 years later, when a new load of trash is dumped for the day- can you notice it? do you notice the smell? are you just accustomed to always smelling the smell so you can’t really smell it?  Well our bodies have become this way- so full of toxins that when we drink a few cokes we don’t really notice the effect-yet if I drank a coke with this squeaky clean alkaline body (like the first load of trash) within an hour I notice it–my nose is dripping clear fluid and I may be sneezing as it pushes out the intense toxins that I just ingested.  (Have you ever sneezed immediately upon drinking or eating something- this is a sign you shouldn’t have it).

These are perfect healthy responses indicating that my body is working in the most optimal way with all it’s discharge functions in top working order to eliminate toxins.  Most of us do not have optimally functioning discharge functions, some are not even emptying their colon daily (this is a recipe for disaster- cancer, big time as optimum functioning is 2x daily) and the toxins don’t try to escape until a raging fever is present and green glump is caught in our throats.  This may be happening to ones body on a regular basis in attempt to empty the overflowing toxin bucket in the body but we take a decongestant and shove all the toxins right back in or better yet we take highly acidic prescription drugs to try to “quick fix” it instead of changing our diet to quickly cleanse the body.

Beyond these symtoms one may suddenly be facing serious cancer that just seemed to appear from nowhere cuz you were healthy-or so one thought- ooops… the garbage dump was sooo toxic that the symptoms were masked and individually considered minor things or they were ignored.  I tell ya, I have been here before.  I was so out of tune with my body that I hardly noticed if I missed a day in the washroom. I was highly acidic and overly toxic and never even knew, yet I was in pain. Hmmmmm.    It happens.  Soooo…..where was I, back to the knowledge.  Once we really understood our bodies and what it takes to have a healthy body and then understood what food would make it function optimally, did we really become empowered to choose to commit to an alkaline lifestyle that would stick forever.  There is no going back, never.  It isn’t even a consideration.  We know tooooo much now and we have the feeling.

The addictive feeling of energy and vibrancy and the conscious comfort of knowing we are doing the best we possibly can for our bodies, our families and our planet.  How great does it feel?  It feels fricken fabulous!!  I hope this helps Kelly, and I promise to be here to support you and share and educate so that perhaps this will be the last lifestyle adjustment you ever make:)

Julie

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Kaztx July 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

I’m confused because lemon and lime juices have low pH so how can they be alkalizing? Is there somewhere on here where you define “alkaline”? What science supports the alkaline lifestyle? Can you provide links to articles that explain the science better? Anecdotes are not enough for me.

Jessica August 3, 2010 at 10:05 am

Hi Julie,

I love your blog so much I’ve been slowly going back through the archives on my coffee break. Your response to Kelly’s question is so well put together I think I’m going to save a copy, with a link to your blog, to pass on to the many people that question and even critique my increasingly vegetarian / vegan and more recently – alkaline diet.

Thanks for your dedication to creating and maintaining this great site.

Julie August 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Please share, that would be great. All you can do is try at least once to share. Then just remember to be authentic for yourself and not worry about justifying your lifestyle for the sake of others. They may or may not learn by example that this lifestyle is the ticket to being healthy and vibrant. I was forever trying to share, tell, justify or help others until I realized that I can help strangers but not those that I know because they knew you before when you ate like them. So “What do you know?”, they wonder. Just live your life, be vibrant, glowing and healthy and perhaps eventually when they aren’t well they will come asking you what you do to look and feel so great! Thanx for your comment:)

Julie August 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

I found this info about lemon by Beverly Taylor that you may find helpful and interesting

A confusing point for many…
If acids are bad how can things like lemons or limes be good?
First there are Different Kinds of Acids – and they are not all bad – in fact they are much needed in our body. It’s just the proportion of certain kinds of acids in a sick body that’s out of wack.
Second there are four kinds of foods…
1. Acid Foods
2. Alkaline Foods
3. Acid Forming Foods
4. Alkaline Forming Foods
Three and Four are related to the chemical process that happens After a food is eaten.
Let’s take Lemon juice for example: Because of it’s citric acid and potassium, when ingested it creates carbonic acid and when this and the citric acid enter the stomach it causes the release of secretin and signals the pancreas to release sodium bicarbonate, and many other alkalines into the small intestine.
Some of the bicarbonate is released into the body’s circulation through the lymph. But it is the potassium citrate in the small intestines that is the strongest alkaline buffers. In fact doctors have used potassium citrate without problems for years to raise pH in urine to prevent acid forming stones.
…But I can guarantee you that the doctor’s form of giving you potassium citrate is not as pleasant – and a heck of alot more expensive than you simply adding lemon juice to your drinking water!

Muazzam Khalil December 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Dear Sisters,
I have tried tons of antibiotics but the mucous in my ears, nose, throat didn’t dry up. Please tell me a food combination through which I can regain my health.

Your small brother

Muazzam Khalil

admin December 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Muazzam, I highly recommend getting a juicer and juicing vegetables and drinking a lot of water, like 3-4 liters per day to loosen up the mucuous and to give your body the nutrients in concentrated form from veggies minus the fiber for 3-7 days, as long as your feel you can do it and then move to juicing one or two x’s per day with lots of veggies either raw or lightly steamed. A plant protein powder is easy on digestion for a couple days then having plant protein at each meal either as a protein powder in a smoothie or in the form of legumes, nuts, seeds or perhaps organic tofu if you like it. The mucous is sticky because the antibiotics just dry it up, they don’t flush it out. You need to hydrate with alkalizing minerals from the veggies in order to have these acid buffering minerals carry out the mucous via the fluids you will be ingesting thus breaking up the sticky acidic cells. Things that are concentrated foods ie low water content foods like rice, pasta, meat, bread hinder this process as does milk and dairy products as they create mucous. This post on a juice feast may be helpful and there are recipes as well as a healing soup you can make for when you are done juicing. Good luck and do let me know how you make out. This should clear it up and give your body the nutrients it is craving giving you lots of energy. I also highly recommend the phor salts and the super greens that are mentioned in the post that are available on the link on the right side of the site.

Izzy March 11, 2013 at 4:51 am

Hi
I found this website and am so excited to try out all the yummy looking recipes! Im 18 and have acne that i would really love to get rid of! i have tried loads of stuff and nothing is working! I think that eating an alkaline diet might help me so im going to try it! I just wanted to ask if you guys think it will help or if you know people that have recovered from acne by eating alkaline diets?
thanks Izzy

Dee March 16, 2013 at 9:23 am

Hi Sisters,
Very informative site, and I believe you are correct about our modern foods poisoning us. I’ve believed it for a long time. My friends and family probably think I’m another nut case and that I’ll be warning of an alien invasion next. (lol) All I know is from experience, and I will share that experience with you in the hope that someone else will benefit.
I’ve had skin problems for almost thirty years, probably longer than that but when you’re young, you don’t tend to notice these things. Psoariasis, exema, thin skin, you name it. Incurable, docs said. They put me on oral meds, topical meds, etc. Nothing worked for long. I’ve even tried Reptiva and Humira, but even those powerful drugs didn’t work past a few months. In fact, my problem got worse, and I almost gave up. Where I am now, healthwise, is nothing short of remarkable. A miracle, even.
First of all, I give praise to God for giving me the answer to my prayers. He showed me that my body was too acidic. My PH was waaaay off. After a lot of prayer, and I’m still praying and thanking Him, I began juicing veggies and fruits. I also began drinking hot lemon water with a small amount of Epsom salt for magnesium. The last hospital stay was for gall bladder problems. Tests said I was very low in magnesium, but they offered no rememedy or advice. Actually, this didn’t seem to bother them as much as it bothered me. But I digress…
Anyway, for years I haven’t been able to drink coffee. Too acidic. Made my skin itch. No orange juice. Same problem. No sugar or dairy products. Ditto. Only when I changed my PH level by eating and juicing more fruits and veggies did my skin begin to clear. No longer does my scalp itch or flake. No longer does the back of my knees itch. No longer does the skin on my palms crack and bleed. My skin is visibly improving a little more each week, and I’m on no meds at all, but I still have a long way to go. I rarely drink coffee, and I stay away from all store bought juices and all dairy. I do not use artificial sweeteners. No soft drinks. Only water or lemon water and what I juice. Before juicing, I was extremely constipated. I would empty my bowels maybe every four days. Maybe. This, I knew, was not good. Now, my potty visits are close to two times a day. Much better.
I believe God is helping me and will continue to help me through this. In His goodness and mercy, He’s giving me the answers I’ve been so desperately seeking. All I have to do is listen. And He’s doing this without the use of those horrible meds that too often have devastating and irreversable side effects. I pray someone else will read my post, and it will be a welcome blessing to them.
So many times we improve our lifestyle, improve our minds and bodies, but we forget the most important change of all. Change that comes from a spiritual aspect. Change that can only come through a closer relationship with the One who joyfully made us. In Him, there are answers to all life’s problems. Seek and you will find.
God bless!

julie April 9, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Izzy, absolutely!! Dairy and sugar are big players in acne symptoms so by eliminating them you are on your way. Adding greens and lots of water will flush and cleanse soo this is very beneficial and necessary too! All the best to you.

Izzy April 10, 2013 at 12:48 am

Thank you so much! it feels great to have someone say, “yes that is the right thing to do.”
I will tell you in a couple of months how things have worked out! Thank you again :)

Annie June 21, 2013 at 5:58 am

Hi Julie,

I’m a newbe here, I just happen stumble to your website.
I had been wanting to eat healthier and just to have a feeling
of well bieng. I live in Puerto Rico and Latin food is what we eat.
Lots of carbs with juice and a meat for breakfast, lots of rice and beans
and meat with more carbs and no veggie at all if anything plantains
Would be considered a veggie. For dinner another helping of rice and beans
and meat.
I don’t see apples in the alkaline food chart.
Are apples permissable on an alkaline diet?
I’d like to add them in my green drinks.
By the way awesome site!!! You go alkaline sisters!!!
And thanks in advance.

admin June 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Annie, Apples are acidic, similar to a pear. Eat sparingly and separate from other foods except small amounts with vegetables particularly greens. I juice a bit with my veggies to sweeten my kids green juice.
Thanks kindly:)

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