We’ve had quite a long association with Pete Evans.
He actually uses our products every day in the form of our UltraStream So I have learned a few things about him. He’s certainly a guy who leads with his jaw.
I do wonder what all the social media storm against Pete Evans is for.
One thing I have learned is that people are very protective over their knowledge and health and diet is a particularly sensitive issue. I remember another ‘lead with your chin’ lady who wrote a book about veganism, suggesting that broad acre farming was responsible for the ‘ethnic cleansing of many thousands of small animals whose home was naturally in open prarie or paddock. At a press conference a (I assume) vegan jumped out from behind her and hit her in the face with an acid-laced cream pie. Horrible.. but evidence of how aggressive people can be over food choices.
So what were the big objections to Pete Evans’ 2 week trial with Mike Willesee? The comments I bothered to look at came from either Vegans or established dieticians.. and I have to say that the Paleo diet is indeed a challenge to anyone attempting to adhere to the old and now disproven theories of diet we were brought up on.
Experts are Speaking up on Paleo diet
Never mind that very qualified medical professionals like David Perlmutter and cardiologist Dr William Davis (and an increasing number of others) agree with the basics of a no-grain diet. Never mind that Mike Willesee, a man steeped in bad diet and lifestyle emerged from the test wanting to continue. Never mind that Pete Evans may be a bit of a wild card, as I said, leading with his chin.
I see the Paleo Diet situation as akin to the Climate Change Debate. It took time for the established order to understand and respond to the fact that they just could not keep on polluting in the name of progress. The evidence for the Paleo diet is clear, whether you, like the climate denialists, want to nit pick about what he eats on his TV show, or whether fermented nuts are good for you.
Big changes are always accompanied by big resistance. It’s true ona grand scale as it is on a small personal scale: we are all inherently scared of change. But if the science is right, there’s a much bigger and (up until now) hidden factor at work here. Our power to think clearly about diet is affected by our addictions – as strong, we are reliably informed – as cocaine. These addictions cause our mood swings, many of our unexplained health problems, and our mental fuzz. They are, simply, sugar and wheat.
I have no issue with anyone expressing themselves. But if I see someone under the influence of drugs I always think I should relate to the person behind the addiction because the addiction is presenting a false face to the world. The real and perfect person lives somewhere in there, smothered emotionally and mentally as well as physically by a ‘habit’ that has true power over them. It remains to be seen and accepted that people with these addictions cannot help but protest because their ‘reality’ is totally in opposition to removing the sources of their addiction.
A ‘Pete Evans Challenge’
I’d like to lay down a challenge to the people with the most heat with Pete Evans. Go here, and I’ll hold our online Alkaline Paleo Course open and free for now (normally $95). Put yourself through our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
Expose yourself to some theories you may disagree with.
Argue with us; we have a forum for that purpose.
But try us out.
I can only say that like Pete Evans I have come to a clearer mind, better daylong energy, and a greater than ever appreciation of food without bread/sugar driven eating rampages.
That old saying ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’ seems apt here. Pete Evans, I admit, isn’t the ideal messenger. But the message is what it’s all about, is it not?
I have to admit, I wasn’t fun to live with when anyone got between me and food when I was hungry. How about you? Do you get angry? If so blame your caveman within. He or she is talking to you.
Where does this anger come from? And why doesn’t everyone get like I did?
The Side Effect of My Type of Hunger
Everything you eat – carbohydrates and proteins – are converted through digestion into simple sugars (such as glucose). there is a proviso: IF you are not in ketosis!
These nutrients enter your bloodstream, then they are distributed to your organs and tissues and consumed as fuel.
Obviously, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream start to drop if not replenished.
Sufficiently low blood-glucose levels will send a signal to your brain which interprets it as (in caveman terms) a life-threatening situation.
Unlike most organs and tissues in your body which can use a variety of nutrients to keep functioning, your brain is critically dependent on a little glucose to keep on thinking about sabre toothed tigers. If you are in ketosis, it will ‘mainline’ on ketones, converted from fat. But, as I discovered, getting into ketosis means getting off the ‘fast action’ sugars and carbs that supply an excess of glucose.
I found it quite disconcerting. My normal easy going nature became quite agressive, and I had trouble concentrating. The worst aspect of it was that i thought this was normal.
This diagram from Amanda Saltis’ article demonstrates the process.
More ways of seeing if you are like me.
Besides a drop in blood-glucose concentrations, another reason people can become hangry is the glucose counter-regulatory response. Let me explain.
When blood-glucose levels drop to a certain threshold, the brain sends instructions to several organs in your body to synthesise and release hormones. These hormones increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
There are four main glucose counter-regulatory hormones.
(a) Growth hormone from the pituitary gland situated deep in the brain;
(b) Glucagon from the pancreas;
(c) Adrenaline, which is sometimes called epinephrine,
(d) Cortisol, which are both from the adrenal glands.
These last two glucose counter-regulatory hormones are stress hormones. They are are released into your bloodstream in many stressful situations, independent of the physical stress of low blood-glucose levels.
Our ‘fight or flight’response releases Adrenaline. It is one of the major hormones released into our bloodstream in response to a sudden scare, such as when we see, hear or even think something that threatens our safety.
The flood of adrenaline you get during the glucose counter-regulatory response promotes a similar response.
Nature and nurture
Hunger is also linked to anger becasue, believe it or not, both are controlled by the same genes. The product of one such gene is neuropeptide Y. It’s a natural brain chemical released into the brain when you are hungry.
It stimulates voracious feeding behaviours by acting on a variety of receptors in the brain, including one called the Y1 receptor.
Besides acting in the brain to control hunger, neuropeptide Y and the Y1 receptor also regulate anger or aggression. So people with high levels of neuropeptide Y in their cerebrospinal fluid may also show high levels of impulse aggression.
As you can see, there are several pathways that made me you prone to anger when I was hungry. Angry hunger is surely a survival mechanism that has served humans and other animals well.
We have to admit that if hungry organisms (us) stood back and graciously let others eat before us, our species probably wouldn’t be here today.
While many physical factors contribute to angry hunger, psychosocial factors also have a role. Culture influences whether you express verbal aggression directly or indirectly, for instance.
And as we are all different across all of these factors, it’s little wonder there are differences in how angry people seem to get when they’re hungry.
Dealing with hungry anger.
The easiest way to handle hunger-anger would seem to be to eat something before you get too hungry. While you may yearn for quick-fix foods, (foods that keep you in the acid hunger cycle), these foods generally induce large rises in blood-glucose levels that come crashing down fast. Think breads, and sugars, now known to be highly addictive, creating addict-like responses.
￼Ultimately, they may leave you feeling angrier and hungrier. It was only when I went ‘cold turkey’ with carbs and sugars that my hunger-anger ceased, I stopped scanning the table for other people’s leftovers, and getting angry.
In these cases, it can help to remember that, with time, our glucose counter-regulatory response will kick in and our blood-glucose levels will stabilise.
Ketones help keep my hunger under control because my brain can use ketones in place of glucose for fuel. In fact ketones are my natural ancestral brain food! Am I always in ketosis? As long as I limit my addictive carbs and sugars. Yes, I have a ketone tester which tells me immediately whether I am in ketosis or not. I am never half in ketosis, so I am either an addict to hunger-anger, or I am not.
And.. like any addict, I really didn’t understand my addictive state. If you’d like to know more about my diet turnaround, here’s a link to our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
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Almost everybody who starts our New Alkaline diet has to deal with cravings. I’m sure even Elle McPherson went through them.
Unless you never ate sugar in your life, you’ve had cravings. Yet… knowing that it’s a common problem doesn’t make it any easier for you.
We’ve found that these tactics help a lot. We are asking a lot to give up your ‘crutch’ your ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ so the least we can do is show you what we have learned about overcoming cravings.
There are a few tactics we have found that work for almost everybody.
5 Crave Stopping Hacks
1. Sleep Enough.
It sounds like an odd first hack, but short on zeds does make you crave junk food. It’s also a sure way to make sure that you don’t have enough willpower to resist because you feel like well… crap..
Without sufficient sleep, 2 things happen.
a) You overproduce cortisol. This makes you hungrier, particularly for sugar.
b) Your body sends less glucose to your prefrontal cortex , your impulse-control center. You have less control over your actions (and your cravings).
How important is sleep? Try living without it.
2. Eat Enough Healthy Fats.
We usually crave non-NAD (New Alkaline Diet) foods because we’re just not eating enough, especially when first starting on the diet. Remember that you’re cutting out a lot of the nasty starches and sugars, so you need a replacement. The health-friendliest and most satisfying way to replace it is with good fats, such as coconut oil, pastured beef fat, avocado fat etc.
Make sure that you eat enough food at every meal. If this doesn’t seem a problem,Sounds like it shouldn’t be a problem, but when you’re changing diet, you often under eat without even knowing.
3. Avoid Snacking.
If you are already a snacker you’ve trained your body like a puppy to beg for food at regular hours. Continue to snack regularly, and you’ll continue to be reminded snack at those times because your body will expect it.
I know, I know. You don’t like this suggestion. just remember the AA maxim. One day at a time.
Once you say no to snackaddiction (and begin eating only nutritious NAD foods), your hunger pangs will cease because you’re getting off the up-down mood cycle so evident in over-acidic people.
4. Drink More Water: alkaline hydrogen rich pure water if possible..
Drinking has the same problems as eating. Being dehydrated supercharges your cravings. You don’t need to drink gallons, but definitely make sure you drink water regularly.
5. Go Cold Turkey.
There’s no easy way to say this. Just do it. We admit we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Face it, Kiddo. If you could have changed your diet, YOU WOULD HAVE! Sugar is by far the most addictive part of non-NAD foods. It isn’t easy to give up processed sugar cold turkey, but if you can do it, your cravings will be much easier to control sooner rather than later. I can absolutely say that my whole food preferences, servings size and enjoyment have all changed as I gave up on sugar (and grains and acidic foods!)
Are you in? Or are you still trying to manage the addict?
PS: Hey, if this resonates with you… we KNOW where you are!
If you want help – really want help – we’ll send our New Alkaline Diet E-Book (150 pages of 15 years of research and hard earned experience)AND add you into the queue for our online program.
Go here to get it free now. We are about to put a price tag on it and convert it to kindle so don’t muck about.
We are SO lucky living in the country.
Uniformity may be something we’ve been programmed to accept as ‘good’ or ‘safe’, but the joy of an oversize googy egg is still with me 65 years after my first experience.
Ian and Cassie discuss the reality of living on a pension in Australia and eating good clean healthy food. Can it be done on $65 a week?
What do you think?
Ian Hamilton: Hi guys. Ian Hamilton and Cassie Bond again. We just got an email from a lady called Alma. I’m going to read it out to you.
“I’ve written to you about ten days ago. There are a huge proportion of older Aussies out there alone, like me, who do care about their declining years, and want to be effective in living as well as we can. So as I said before, in the age of pension, I can’t possibly buy this amount of food over a fortnight, so again, what is there available in cheaper choices, I can use to a similar effect, to strike a balanced, alkaline way of living? This list is a huge amount of animal product.
In the past, I thought it was amongst the highest acid forming food possible. Once I have paid my way in this world, I have a hundred and thirty dollars to buy two weeks household and groceries. That is sixty-five dollars a week. I think your idea is wonderful, and I do hope you can find a way to help those like me who do not use credit cards, do not smoke or drink alcohol, or use recreational drugs, and who do grow their own greens when able. Best Wishes.”
Wow. Sixty-five dollars a week. That’s tough.
Cassie Bond: That’s a challenge.
Ian Hamilton: That is a challenge. We wrote to …
Cassie Bond: Living alone also is more expensive.
Ian Hamilton: Living alone. It is, isn’t it?
Cassie Bond: Yeah.
Ian Hamilton: Hopefully, she doesn’t have to pay rent, but it sounded like …
Cassie Bond: No, she’s saying, after all that.
Ian Hamilton: After all of that. Yeah.
Cassie Bond: Sixty-five dollars.
Ian Hamilton: Wow. A___, I can’t do the maths for you. Cassie and I put together an email that we sent to you. A few things about the way we live, and we are not great consumers. We are not particularly interested in being great consumers.
Cassie Bond: Why don’t I just explain what I actually said in the letter?
Ian Hamilton: Yeah.
Cassie Bond: For me, it’s really important that we have absolutely no processed food. We do have some, however, and I’ve actually made a little list of that. Do you want to just mention them?
Ian Hamilton: Well, half of it was the meat.
Cassie Bond: Well, no. Processed foods.
Ian Hamilton: Oh, the processed food. Yes, tinned fish, prosciutto, salami. That’s about it.
Cassie Bond: We have a little bit of that in our salad every day, just to give a little bit of taste. The most important thing, though, A___, is that, in actual fact, when we, for instance, buy a steak, say the steak’s about that big, we cut it in half and that’s our dinner. We don’t have a lot of meat. What we do have on that meat, is usually something we have. I make my own pesto or mayonnaise, or if you can eat butter, you can have butter on there. That, along with lots of greens, occasionally maybe some sweet potato, is what we eat for our dinner.
It’s the fats that will fill you up. It’s not the protein.
Ian Hamilton: This is the key.
Cassie Bond: It’s not really going to be the vegetables, it’s going to be the fats.
Ian Hamilton: The healthy fats.
Cassie Bond: You’ll find as you start eating more fat less carbs, you’ll actually get more full. You’ll feel a full feeling. Well, you don’t have to eat a lot of protein to get that full feeling, it’s from the oils.
The other thing we put on our vegetables apart from the mayonnaise or the pesto, is also just some olive oil and some lime, or lemon, and some salt. Very easy dressing, but it just adds a bit more, and makes it very tasty.
Ian Hamilton: The olive oil, of course, we got that from Italy. They always put olive oil on their food. The lime is a fabulous alkalizer, and the salt, if you’ve stopped having high carbs, you actually do need salt.
Cassie Bond: You do need more salt. The other things is breakfast. Well, yes, we do have bacon with our meal, but, as Ian’s pointed out, the bacon we get is like really, really thin.
Ian Hamilton: It’s a millimeter thick. It’s gorgeous.
Cassie Bond: What we actually end up with is not very much, but if that’s too much, just have it a couple of times a week.
Ian Hamilton: Yeah. I’ll just say something about the meat there. When we got off our carb and sugar addiction, we probably halved our meat anyway. We reduced our whole food intake, because your carb and sugar addiction is getting you into this mood swing, where you need it all to feel good, and you are always hungry. I called myself the human vacuum cleaner. I would eat anything on the table, but that just doesn’t happen anymore. In terms of economy and good food, both those things are working for you.
Cassie Bond: Fats, again fats. Fats are in the eggs, and when you start to have a bit more bacon, there’s fat in the bacon. If you’re not having the bacon, the eggs have still got a fair bit of fat in them. They will actually fill you up for breakfast.
Ian Hamilton: Look at the times we used to buy the meat with no fat. Lean meat was the [goal 00:04:47]. Ridiculous.
Cassie Bond: Yeah, I agree. Lunch. All right. We have the salad, we have a little bit of, as you said, prosciutto …
Ian Hamilton: Lots of lettuce.
Cassie Bond: Ian has some salami, I don’t have it as I have a reaction to the garlic. We have plenty of greens, vegetables, which we do, when we can, we grow ourselves.
Ian Hamilton: We’ve got two hundred cos lettuces in at the moment.
Cassie Bond: Yeah, we do. It’s very exciting. Apart from that, anything else we buy is usually just fresh fruit and vegetables, which are in season. They are going to be the ones that are going to be the cheapest. We don’t eat a lot of fruit, which is the most expensive of those.
Ian Hamilton: Why?
Cassie Bond: Because it’s full of fructose, which is sugar. It’s all right as a special treat.
Ian Hamilton: You’re getting your greens from your veggies. The fruits, yes people make a lot of noise about all the good things in fruits, but, yes, you can get it from the veggies anyway. You don’t need the volume of fruits that we have accustomized ourselves to, especially juicy fruit. Juice is a massive fructose hit.
Cassie Bond: We did say that tinned fish is quite a cheap way of getting some fish. If you can afford a fresh fish, we do have fresh fish once a week. Not a big serve again, and pesto’s wonderful on that. Yummy. Occasionally, we do have some sweet potato. We don’t have white potato. We don’t have sweet potato every single night, just occasionally as a special treat. It’s all very unprocessed food. We don’t really buy much in the way of processed food. I’m trying to think what else we actually …
Ian Hamilton: Coconut oil.
Cassie Bond: Well, we do buy some coconut oil …
Ian Hamilton: That is a luxury.
Cassie Bond: … And we buy olive oil. Well, it’s a luxury, but if you know you can eat butter, if you can eat butter, that’s great, eat butter, but we can’t. We can’t eat any dairy, either Ian or I, so we just stay away from cheese and …
Cassie the Dietician isn’t Cassie the researcher and originator of the New Alkaline Diet. THAT Cassie is my partner, but Cassie the Dietician is also a brilliant researcher on a parallel path to us here at AlkaWay. She’s very much into Paleo and Low Carb, so are we.
So I’m happy to add some links to some of her excellent posts in a series of blogs.
Cassie has worked hard gathering facts about diet beliefs that frankly, are not true. And then busting them.
The first one I want to cover is her ideas about breakfast. There is an idea floating around that our modern high speed lifestyle should just ‘drop’ breakfast and a cup of black ‘Joe’ is a good substitute.. or a doughnut at brunch.
As far as I’m concerned, I am NOT a Buddhist Monk whose first meal comes after a morning of meditation.
I want my tummy to KNOW what’s going on. In that sense am an an equal opportunity employer. I employ my digestive system to digest the healthy food I supply it, and it knows what is going to happen at 7am, around midday and about 7 at night, and it has the freedom to adjust its schedule to suit!
Cassie the dietician says that breakfast is not optional in a health-centered lifestyle! She’s not heavy about what you eat for breakfast because she’s not precious! She says that if eggs aren’t really your thing, that’s okay! She uses the acronym PFC to work out if a specific meal or a food is P-Protein, F= Fats and C= Carbohydrate balanced.. and she’s been very busy creating PFC balanced breakfasts for us. take a look at her top fave breakfast suggestions here.
Yes, yes, we’re an alkaline diet and water website but we are a lot more than that. We are the originators of the New Alkaline Diet, and that diet includes fats – whether they are acids or not. And our equal fave (the other one is coco oil) is avocado.
Avocados are very high in fat, but new research from Penn State claims they don’t necessarily have a negative impact on your cholesterol levels. The study finds that an avocado per day may lower bad cholesterol, which in turn can benefit your heart health.
Penn State scientists asked 45 overweight but healthy adults to try three types of diets, all designed to lower bad LDL cholesterol. One diet included 24 percent fat. The other two diets both included 34 percent fat. Of these two, the first included one Hass avocado and the second included a comparable amount of high oleic acid oils such as olive oil.
Participants followed the 3 diets for 5 weeks, with a 2 week break between diets.
Now.. just note… some of the funding for the study came from The Hass Avocado Board. The study is in the January 7 edition of the Journal of the American Heart Association.
A controlled study isn’t the same as what people might eat in everyday life. “This was a controlled feeding study, but that is not the real world — so it is more of a proof-of-concept investigation,” said researcher Penny M. Kris-Etherton in a press statement. So, if you load up your avocado meal with other unhealthy ingredients (such as chips), you may not get the same benefits.
However, avocados are high in many nutrients. A cup of sliced avocado has 234 calories, 24 percent of the daily recommended vitamin C, 20 percent vitamin B6, and 10 percent magnesium.
Cassie was cleaning up her computer this morning after retrieving it from the clutches of a virus which played havoc with her browser. She found a post she had written for her Alkaline Paleo Diet blog which she had written over a year ago but had never actually added to her blog.
It really inspired me! There are times when it seems the world conspires to cause you trouble. I’m sure you can relate to that, and yesterday was one. It’s always the same: my busy frantic mind thinks that the way to happiness and peace is to work harder, think harder and try harder. Now.. although her post isn’t exactly about that, it still inspired me right out of that mindset and reaffirmed the reason I go to the AlkaWay ofice every day.
This is a small excerpt.
“I believe the whole subject of my decision for my dietary choice is in the end about my own self-empowerment.
Can I decide for myself what I need to eat for my bodies health? Or am I at the mercy of my cravings or someone else’s food cult? Because whenever I decide that someone else is going to fix me I have given my power away. And when I give my power away to someone else’s ideas I know now that I will be assured of the limited consequences of this choice. This choice will lead me to finally ignoring my body and its needs because I tried all those things that someone else told me to do and they didn’t work so I gave up.”
Here’s the full version of what she wrote.
Here’s yesterday’s lunch. Like to hazard a guess about how ‘alkaline’ it is? (Hint: it’s in the detail!)
The Alkaline Diet is a bit of a problem when you get right down to trying it out.
All foods have different acid and alkaline mineral content, but the charts most websites offer don’t take into account that many so-called alkaline foods also have large amounts of acid-forming minerals or substances. A babana is a perfect example. Although high in potassium, it’s also loaded with fructose, a highly acidifying form of fruit sugar.
We’ve been helping people over come this difficulty for years now. First step was to find a good source of alkalien food lists. The only one we found was Dr Susan E Brown’s Acid Alkaline Food Guide, because she has based her easy-to-use lists on the work of Dr Russell Jaffe, who spent countless hours measuring the acid/alkaline balance of foods, but also ‘calibrating’ his findings based not just on pH but also on the biological effect of the particular acid or alkali.
We designed our Alkaline Food Chart based on their work.
So if you look at my lunch yesterday, (that I absolutely enjoyed, by the way), it may not look particularly alkaline balancing.
Let’s take a closer look!
1. Cos lettuce picked straight from our garden: Medium alkalizer
2. Wild caught Salmon: Medium acidic
3. Kalamata Olives: Medium acid-forming. If I’d chosen green olives, they would have been medium alkaline forming.
4. Tiny Tom tomatoes from the garden: Low acid forming.
5. Cucumber from the Farmers’ Market: Low alkaline forming ability
6. Fresh Snow peas: Low alkaline forming ability
7. Cassie’s home made Mayo: Low acid forming.
8. Dill Pickles: Medium alkaline forming
Now… looking at this, the simple way would be to say that I consumed a total of 4 alkaline forming foods, and three acid forming foods. But.. what about how MUCH I ate? And what about whether I am deficient in the minerals that are being replenished. We Aussies, for instance, are almost all deficient in Magnesium. So what looks simple isn’t simple at all. But there’s something else on my plate. Did you notice? Fresh Lime, straight from our own tree! Highly alkaline forming! So my quarter lime could have easily tipped the balance to alkalizing. We use either lime or lemon with almost every main meal. I have even trained my palate to use the squeezed lime as a mouth refresher after my meal. Wow! It’s amazing!
Summarizing, my alkaline forming ‘secret strategies’ make it easier for me to avoid this balancing act. here they are; the result of 15 years of deep and meaningful alkalizing. I just use lime and lemon any time I can, as often as I can, and I also consume leafy greens as often as I can.
With Cassie’s support, and because I found I had severe osteoporosis, I’ve also eliminated the BIG acidifiers, sugar grains and bread, which also happen to be seriously addictive. Once my addiction eased up i found I was also eating far less, including meat. As an addict I would eat anything in front of me. Anytime. Anywhere. A walking vacuum cleaner. Now meat doesn’t ever become the big acidifier it can when you consume too much. Dr Susan Brown points out in her Guide that excess meat converts directly to acid and is stored in our fat!
I have watched some alkaline diet advocated who have somehow ‘arranged’ the alkaline science to suit their own diet preferences – usually raw or vegetarian. however a diet high in fresh fructose-laden fruit, especially juices, is an acid time bomb. Ask me – I was a vegetarian for 14 years and I directly attribute my osteoporosis to the diet. They are slowly coming around, leading em to wonder if they ever really examined thew science in detail.
A Non-Radical Approach
|So an alkaline diet doesn’t have to be radical. You can also supplement your food with alkaline electrolytes, or alkaline green powder which easily takes you up to the recommended 6 serves of green vegetables a day without the bulk. Cassie eventually gave our diet a name; The Alkaline Paleo diet, and although she doesn’t post much on her blog today, the info there is still excellent and still helping a lot of people.
Of course, I support it with alkaline ionized water from our mighty UltraStream, but although it’s a great alkaline water producer, its great benefit is its ability to supply me with a constant supply of molecular hydrogen, which in turn (may) assist me with issues such as free radicals, inflammation and allergies. (and perhaps a huge amount more, according to the 400+ studies!) I sincerely believe that any diet without good hydration is like having a good car with bad oil. Dumb… and dumber!
Check Dr Jaffe’s page and chart here.
We hear it time and again: Dietary fat is not good for us, it promotes heart disease and gives us dangerously high cholesterol levels. No matter how many studies show that a low-fat diet is in fact making us sick… and fat, this advice just never seems to change… at least, that is until now.
• A recent study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that cutting your carbohydrates — NOT fat — will do more to help you lose weight and protect your heart than any tasteless, low-fat diet ever could.
• Not only did the people in this study lose weight eating eggs, butter and red meat, but they showed a healthy increase in HDL ‘good’ cholesterol.
• Another earlier study, also published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that a kind of dairy fat called margaric acid can “significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.” And guess where you can find a great source of this margaric acid? In butter!
• Last year, a big study, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, found that a Mediterranean-type diet — rich in olive oil and other good fats, like those found in nuts — will slash your diabetes risk by a whopping 40 per cent. And, for people who already have diabetes, following the Mediterranean diet lowered their heart attack and stroke risk by 30 per cent.
Now… fats are acidic.. and yet here we see healthy fats and their proven benefits. So where does that leave the alkaline diet? Well, alkaline diet is all about reducing acid-producing foods and increasing alkaline-producing foods. Which is good advice.. but perhaps a little simplistic given the facts we’ve just read about.
My experience with our own Alkaline Paleo diet, which translates as lots of greens, healthy fats and just enough meat, would appear to fulfil more of the requirements we are seeing emerge than juust reducing acid-producing foods. And here’s the thing. The acid-producing foods – grains, pasta, carbs, sugar are all seriously addictive. It’s been our experience that by shifting the focus of our diet away from these foods, quite miraculous things happen.. like actually losing your 24/7 nibble habits. Less mood swings. no cravings… and a need for less rather than more meat.
Here’as another thing… you’ll hear a lot about alkaline balance from the alkaline diet devotees.
So tell me this.. if that translates into more alkaline minerals, why not short circuit the recommended and dreaded 9 Vegie servings a day – and take the alkaline minerals in their raw form?
Getting alkaline minerals from greens seems a bit like reading a telephone book from the Letter ‘A” to find your friend Ziggy Zbinski.
We’ve been taking shots of our Alkaline Booster recently and can both report a definite pick up energy effect. Strange.. we’be had the product, people have been buying it for years, but we didn’t regularly use it ourselves!
Well, things change. We can now say yes, it really does work and almost immediately. With summer dehydration and electrolyte loss it’s going to be front and centre in our daily regime.
A great post from one of our suppliers.
Remember the days when your dad would feast on beets and beg you to join in?
Your first thought may have been “ew.” Ok so the average 8-year-old probably wouldn’t go for beets based on dads enthusiasm or looks alone, but believe it or not, beets are tasty, sweet and quite filling on the surface.
Beneath the surface, these deep red delights are packed with so much goodness that they are considered one of the most important vegetables in the world.
There are probably a number of other things you don’t know about beets. For instance, did you know that there are four distinct types of beets? Did you also know that the greens are pretty tasty and nutritious too?
Beets are a cultivated form of the plant Beta vulgaris of the goosefoot family (chenopodiaceae).
The four different types include:
1. The Garden Beet (as a garden vegetable)
2. The Sugar Beet (a major source of sugar and commercially the most important type)
3. Manzel-wurzel (a succulent feed for livestock)
4. The Leaf Beet or Swiss Chard (admired for its edible leaves)
Grown most extensively in temperate to cool regions or during the cooler seasons, beets are available year round and they are packed with just about every metabolically important mineral on the planet.
Beets are also a rich source of fiber and folate, and it is one of the world’s best sources of manganese, which is crucial for bone health. Beet greens are packed with three times the amount of needed daily vitamin A and 1,000% of our daily vitamin K needs. They also contain ample amounts of vitamin C, protein, and B vitamins.
Some people think that beets are full of sugar, which they feel will cause weight gain. The fact is, vegetable beets do not contain large amounts of sugar. Further, the sugar that it does contain is insignificant when you consider the endless amount benefits beets provide. If you must know the sugar content of beets, here you go (and we’ll also provide even more outstanding nutrition content to put your mind at ease):
One cup of raw, sliced beets contains:
• 59 calories (greens contain 8)
• 13 carbs (greens contain 2 carbs)
• 106 mg of sodium (greens contain 86 mg of sodium)
• 9 grams of sugar (greens contain 0 grams of sugar)
Total fat calories? Zero!
Picking the Perfect Beet, Storage, and Eating Beets
Beets can be purchased in abundance at your local grocery store. Other colors (white, yellow and orange) are readily available at most farmers markets. Although different in color, these beets pack the same nutritional punch as red beets.
To pick the perfect beets, make sure the leaves are free of discoloration and wilting. The bulbs should be firm and free of soft spots. Bulbs should be stored dry and unwashed in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. They may be stored for up to 2 weeks. To store beet greens, rinse and wrap them in a paper towel and place in a partially closed plastic bag. Beet greens may be stored in the crisper drawer for up to 2 days. When you’re ready, you may eat your beets or greens raw, steamed, in salads, roasted, boiled, baked, in soups, dips, and more.
To Your Balanced pH,
The pHion Balance Team.
Today we are at AlkaWay talking about urine tests and pH balance…
and why you may still have acidic urine even though you are drinking alkaline water from the UltraStream – or any other water ionizer.
Urine pH is a multifaceted question and you can’t simply expect it to change just because you eat broccoli (as an example). It has been ‘sold’ that acidic pH is ‘bad’ and alkaline pH is good. This is true… generally, but there’s more involved as you will see on this example Cassie discusses.
I’ll be talking about canned hydrogen water plus some new products we are evaluating.
BTW if you’d like a free pH test we can send you one if you are in Australia. For all you unlucky people not living ‘down under’, you can get one on Amazon. Yes, we will send the AlkaSachets or the UltraStream anywhere in the world.
Has anyone else noticed how the price of humble kale is going up?
Bad, perhaps for you and I – the alkalizing consumer – but good for the population in general because it tells us more people are eating it and prepared to pay for the privilege. There are so many ways to eat kale, most of them bad, but I think it is best in a juice. Deep green.
“I can spot an acid body across a room,” says Lindsey Duncan, a naturopathic doctor who has helped remold the bodies of Marc Jacobs, Demi Moore, and Miami Dolphin Reggie Bush. “The hair and the skin are dried out, the skin pores are too large, and everything is starting to age prematurely.”
As a 2 to 3-cup of ‘black Joe’ a day man, this study attracted my attention.
Let me say at the outset that I have tried, God knows I’ve tried to cut out coffee, sometimes lasting years without it. But hey, we are in Italy. Italy IS coffee. Without a coffee you are not really in Italy. So… we are addicts again. We hover our noses over the raw coffee before we make it and breathe in. We watch expectantly as the Bialetti bubbles away.. and we settle into our drug-induced ‘high’ – as I am in right at this moment after coffee #2 of the day.
I tried. Really, I tried.
The interesting thing about this report is that it seems 5+ cups a day, whether decaf or regular, doubles the visceral fat – that’s the fat that accumulates around the organs. Now where did I read about that before? Well, I read it in Dr William Davis’ myth-shattering book, Wheat Belly. He says that wheat does exactly the same, accumulating visceral fat. He also says that this visceral fat around our organs becomes a repository for toxins, which is a very ‘convenient’ place for toxins to reside.
Professor Vance Matthews, who worked on the study said that two cups a day was actually good for us because the chlorogenic acid found in coffee acts to break down fat deposits, but at 5 a day the opposite kicked in, with an additional problem that it increased insulin resistance – a surefire pathway to diabetes.
So for we alkaline paleo diet people this once again demonstrates the problem with a straight ‘alkaline’ diet which only chooses foods based on their ability to have an alkalinizing response in the body. Here we have an acid – just like hugely beneficial Vitamin C is an acid – that has been shown to do us good. And here we see the problem of the alkaline diet’s simplistic approach. It just says choose foods on alkalinizing ability, ignoring the fact that (a) the AMOUNT of food you eat is equally or even more relevant, and (b) it doesn’t even approach the simple truth that without many essential acids we could not survive. Its 80/20 rule (80% alkali producing foods, 20% acid producing foods) has no real science behind it that I have been able to find.
I find this interesting for another reason.
(Please leave if I’m wandering too much) Dr Lynda Frasetto says that in an analysis of paleo diets from available evidence, they were overwhelmingly alkaline. Now, the immediate conclusion would be that they ate more plant food than meat, but other studies conclude the opposite. It seems to me that the answer may be in how much we eat of each group, and my own realisation that the basic alkaline diet wasn’t working for me led me to the experience of almost total carb, grain and sugar reduction, which in turn reduced my addictions to these foods, which in turn reduced my NEED to eat so much! In ‘Building Better Bones’ it states that once we eat too much meat beyond satiety, it all becomes acid waste. So I’m presuming that our ancestors had a very different consumption pattern to us, that all the studies are correct, that they indeed did choose meat and fat as their primary energy source, supplemented by greens, but they never ate to the stage we regularly do and therefore maintained an alkaline diet!
I grabbed this scientific study with both hands. Recovering from severe osteoporosis, I needed good news, particularly given that I have been drinking electrolytically ionized water for over 13 years.
Alas, the report was, to my mind, inconclusive at best, and came down to a comparison of calcium absorption.
I am still a huge fan of alkaline ionized water, but not for bone health. Cassie’s research, on the other hand has me on daily doses of K2, D and A, plus thr Paleo diet.
For those of you interested, here is the report.
Effects of alkaline ionized water on formation & maintenance of osseous tissues
By Rei Takahashi Zhenhua Zhang Yoshinori Itokawa (Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Dept. of Pathology and Tumor Biology, Fukui Prefectural University)
Effects of calcium alkaline ionized water on formation and maintenance of osseous tissues in rats were examined. In the absence of calcium in the diet, no apparent calcification was observed with only osteoid formation being prominent. Striking differences were found among groups that were given diets with 30% and 60% calcium. Rats raised by calcium ionized water showed the least osteogenetic disturbance. Tibiae and humeri are more susceptible to calcium deficiency than femora. Theses results may indicate that calcium in drinking water effectively supplements osteogenesis in case of dietary calcium deficiency. The mechanism involved in osteoid formation such as absorption rate of calcium from the intestine and effects of calcium alkaline ionized drinking water on maintaining bone structure in the process of aging or under the condition of calcium deficiency is investigated.
Osteoporosis that has lately drawn public attention is defined as “conditions of bone brittleness caused by reduction in the amount of bone frames and deterioration of osseous microstructure.” Abnormal calcium metabolism has been considered to be one of the factors to contribute to this problem, which in turn is caused by insufficient calcium take in, reduction in enteral absorption rate of calcium and increase in the amount of calcium in urinal discharge. Under normal conditions, bones absorb old bones by regular metabolism through osteoid formation to maintain their strength and function as supporting structure. It is getting clear that remodeling of bones at the tissue level goes through the process of activation, resorption, reversal, matrix synthesis and mineralization.
Another important function of bones is storing minerals especially by coordinating with intestines and kidneys to control calcium concentration in the blood. When something happens to this osteo metabolism, it results in abnormal morphological changes. Our analyses have been focusing mostly on the changes in the amount of bones to examine effects of calcium alkaline ionized water on the reaction system of osteo metabolism and its efficiency. Ibis time, however, we studied it further from the standpoint of histology. In other words, we conducted comparative studies on morphological and kinetic changes of osteogenesis by testing alkaline ionized water, tap water and solution of lactate on rats.
Three week old male Wistar rats were divided into 12 groups by conditions of feed and drinking water. Feeds were prepared with 0%, 30%, 60% and 100% of normal amount of calcium and were given freely. Three types of drinking water, tap water (city water, about 6ppm of Ca), calcium lactate solution (Ca=40ppm) and alkaline ionized water (Ca =40ppm, pH=9, produced by an electrolyzer NDX 4 LMC by Omco OMC Co., Ltd.) were also given keely. Rats’ weight, amount of drinking water and feed as well as the content of Ca in drinking water were assayed every day. On the 19th and 25th days of testing, tetracycline hydrochloride was added to the feed for 48 hours so as to bring its concentration to 30mg/kg. On the 30th day, blood samples were taken under Nembutal anesthesia, and tibiae, humeri and femora were taken out to make non decalcified samples. Their conditions of osteoid formation and
rotation were observed using Villanueva bone stain and Villanueva goldner stain.
Three groups that were given different types of drinking water and the same amount of Ca in the feed were compared to find out no significant difference in the rate of weight gain and intakes of feed and drinking water.
Alkaline ionized water group had significantly greater amount of tibiae and humeri with higher concentration of calcium in the bones. The group of 0% calcium in the feed saw drastic increase in the amount of osteoid. There was not much difference by types of drinking water. Almost no tetracycline was taken into tibiae and humeri, although a small amount was identified in ferora. As a result, osteogenesis went as far as osteoid formation, but it was likely that decalcification has not happened yet, or most of newly formed bones were absorbed.
As to the groups of 30% and 60% calcium in the feed, increase in the area of tetracycline take in was more identifiable with higher clarity in descending order of alkaline ionized water, calcium lactate solution and tap water groups. Especially in case of tap water group, irregularity among the areas of tetracycline take in was distinctive.
The group of 100% calcium in the feed saw some improvements in osteogenesis in descending order of alkaline ionized water, calcium lactate solution and tap water. In any case, bone formation seemed to be in good condition at near normal level.
Alkaline ionized water was regarded to be effective for improvements of osteogenesis under the conditions of insufficient calcium in the feed. Also, the extent. of dysosteogenesis differed by the region. That is, tibiae and humeri tend to have more significant dysosteogenesis than femora.
In addition, there is a possibility that osteo metabolism varies depending on enteral absorption rate of calcium, adjustment of discharge from kidneys and functional adjustment of accessory thyroid in the presence of alkaline ionized water. We are now studying its impact on calcium concentration in the blood. We are also examining whether it is possible to deter bone deterioration by testing on fast aging mouse models.
These are your Healing Foods!:
- Chicken (free range)
- Beef- (Could be a problem initially if you have milk sensitivities)
- Offal meats
- Bacon (without nitrates)
- Crispy Pork Rind (home made)
- Liver – Liver from land mammals is high in vitamin A but low in vitamin D, and should therefore be consumed with other vitamin D-rich foods such as lard or bacon from pasture-raised pigs, egg yolks, and oily fish, or during months in which UV-B light is sufficient to provide one with adequate vitamin D.
Seafood: Fished from Australian waters (shellfish and prawns can be difficult with stomach issues)
These products naturally have the essential vitamin K2 but only if the animals are grass fed.
(Please note: Dairy has two things that we are often sensitive to:
1. The milk protein, casein, and
- Cheese – well matured only
- Ghee (no casein or lactose so most people can tolerate it)
- Yogurt- (homemade and fully fermented with live cultures)
- Kefir- (homemade and fully fermented)
- Avocados (you don’t need to cook these)
- Spinach/ Silverbeet
- Green Beans
- Herbal teas
- Decaf black Coffee (‘Swiss water method’ only)
- Weak black Tea or with a little home made coconut milk
- Lemon juice, Stevia, mineral water or filtered water (good drink to use for cravings)
- Ginger tea- helps with digestion (I like to make ginger & black tea with a little bit of home made coconut milk)
- Filtered alkaline water
- Good Mineral Water such as San Pellegrino
- Soda Water (Use with alkaline drops such as AlkaBalance as soda water is acidic)
- Mayonnaise (made with olive oil, eggs yolks, lemon juice/vinegar)
- Celtic Sea Salt (very important to have 1 and 1/2 teaspoons a day)
- Salad Dressing (made with olive oil, lemon and/or apple cider vinegar, salt)
- Tomato Sauce (home made)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Stevia only (use sparingly as you want to get over the need for the sugar taste)
Stevia has a bit of a strange after taste but if you use lemon you won’t be able to
=Alcohol is dehydrating. Drink a glass of alkaline water when imbibing.
=Alcohol will slow down the rate of healing as it is hard on the liver which is our main detoxing organ.
Brazil nuts – these are a very good source of selenium
You must eat plenty of fats with your protein intake.
Protein can be changed by the body to glucose.
- I found eventually (when I got over my addictions to carbs) that these foods choices are ample for delicious meals.
- Your sweet tooth will go – I promise you.. but some people take longer than others. Eventually you will taste something sweet that you used to eat and it will be so sweet to you you won’t like it. What will happen is that your appreciation of all of your food will magnify.
- Try not to have anything sweet, not even Stevia for the first 6-12 months, as it will really help that part of your brain to disconnect that sweet reward connection.
- I found it so hard not eating the grains (not wheat – I had given that up years ago) at first until I was on this program for a while, and then I ate some and found them so boring. Just stodgy and nutritionally empty when compared to meat and vegetables.
- Remember fats are really important. They not only are a great transporter of toxins out of the body – they balance your hormonal system they also make you feel full. Not to mention that fat is the heart’s favourite food, and the most energy packed nutrient you can find! So eat up your fats.
- Generally eat until you are full. Do not under eat you do not need to and it is not helpful. I found that after being on the diet I naturally ate less and enjoyed it more. I was off the carb cycle! Hooray! This is how life is supposed to be not a slave to my blood sugar levels!