Simple Steps to Embrace an Alkaline Diet
The alkaline diet is a lifestyle diet, meaning that it’s not a crash diet or a diet which ends in a month or two. The alkaline diet is a way of eating for life. It has changed the lives of thousands. The diet is designed to give you more energy, help you lose weight and keep it off, and to significantly reduce your risk of diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Because it’s a lifestyle diet, it generally requires most people to make significant changes to the way they think about food and how they eat on a regular basis. The following steps will help you embrace the alkaline diet and achieve your health and wellness goals.
Food Is Fuel
We often approach food as a reward, a treat, and a comfort. We use it to make ourselves feel better. And while it’s true food should taste great, and you should enjoy what you eat, when you shift your focus from food being a reward to food being something that fuels your body, your entire mindset changes.
You’re actually able to enjoy that apple without feeling deprived because you know that it’s good for you. You can look at a salad and at a fast food hamburger and easily choose the salad. The hamburger holds no appeal because you know it hurts your health. It’s not fuel; it’s poison. To fully embrace the alkaline diet, begin looking at the foods you eat. Are they helping you or hurting you?
Your Taste Buds Will Change
It’s important to know that your taste buds have become acclimated to junk food. Nothing can be sweet enough, fat enough, or salty enough. However, when you clean up your eating and you essentially eliminate these foods from your diet, your taste buds will change too. Suddenly a carrot or an apple will be perfectly sweet, and a sip from a soft drink will make you shudder. It takes two to three weeks for your taste buds to reset, so during that time you have to stay strong and remember your long term goal to eat to be healthy.
Withdrawal Is Possible
Many people recommend easing into the alkaline diet. Going cold turkey from sugar, salt, and junk food can cause some physical and emotional distress. There are many studies that have found that sugar is, in fact, addictive. If you choose to go cold turkey, just be aware you may experience mood swings, headaches, and fatigue. These symptoms may last a few days to a week.
Keep in mind you can ease into the alkaline diet and change the way you eat one meal at a time. For example, eat an alkaline breakfast for a week or two, then add an alkaline lunch, then integrate your snacks into the diet and finally add dinner.
Finally, remember as you start your alkaline diet that your health and happiness are worth it. In the big picture, these changes you’re making to your life really are easy and significant. If you can have more energy and feel better each day, that’s really important and definitely worth the effort!
Make Major Improvements in Your Life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC