Your Alkaline Body

Do you know if your diet is alkaline?

In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for discovering that cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. Isn’t that encouraging in an age when cancer is so prevelant? This concept shows up all over the place. We clean our pet fish tanks and spend plenty of money on pool chemicals because when the waters PH isn’t balanced, fish die and pools start growing “foreign” things. 

The list of things that can throw off your bodes PH balance is extensive but the one of the greatest factors is diet. When your body is at its proper pH,you will feel better, function better, be less likely to hold on to extra weight, and be less prone to illness and disease.

How do you get to your proper pH? Here are 9 easy things you can do to start getting closer to your body’s perfect pH!

1). Drink warm lemon water throughout the day
Although lemons intuitively seem like they’d be an acidic food to avoid, they actually have an extremely alkalizing effect on the body. Drinking warm water with organic lemon juice (especially first thing in the morning) is a great way to get your pH level balanced as soon as you wake up. Not only that, but warm lemon water aids in digestion, kick starts your metabolism, boosts your immune system, and acts as a natural diuretic.

2). Start a juicing regimen
Juicing is one of the quickest and most effective ways to fill your body with an array of essential nutrients. Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline, though green leafy vegetables tend to be the most alkaline and nutrient dense of all—start your day with a tall glass of green juice every morning for an alkaline effect and tons of energy all day long.

3). Stop drinking soda and other sugary drinks
Pop and sugary juices are full of empty calories that do nothing for your body nutritionally but make it more acidic and more prone to weight gain. Sugar (along with other artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Sweet N’ Low, etc.) are extremely acidic and should be avoided at all costs. If you do need to use a sweetener, try using raw organic stevia, as it’s much more alkaline than standard sugar and has a lower glycemic index.

For those of you who aren’t big on drinking water, slowly add more and more to your alkaline diet until it becomes a habit to drink it all day long. If you’re looking for something a little more flavorful, add organic lemon or other fruit to your water and let it “infuse” overnight for a low-calorie but delicious drink.

4). Start taking a probiotic
Probiotics help regulate your GI system by balancing the amount of healthy bacteria in your gut. If you have issues going to the bathroom, probiotics are a definite must, though we always recommend them for anyone because they also help regulate your immune system and keep other bodily functions in check. If you’re not already taking a probiotic, our new and improved Greens now contains lactospore, one of the best probiotics on the market! You can read more about this particular probiotic here.

5). Cut down on dairy consumption
Dairy is extremely acidic and causes allergies in a lot of people. Even if you don’t want to cut out dairy completely, there are plenty of non-dairy options for regular favorites that make cutting down your consumption fairly easy. Coconut oil is a great substitute for butter while almond, rice and coconut milks are a great substitute for cow’s milk.

6). Eat more meatless meals
Meat (like all animal products) is also very acidic, so it’s good to give your body a break a few times a week if you frequently eat meat-heavy meals. Some people worry that they won’t get enough protein or other essential nutrients if they eat a meal without meat, but everything our body needs can be found in plant foods if you are intentional about choosing the right veggies! Leafy greens, especially, are extremely nutrient dense and can be added to almost any meal easily to give your body what it needs to function at its best!

7). Drink less alcohol
Although wine can be good for you in small amounts, most alcoholic beverages provide very little nutritional value (if any!) and have an acidic effect on the body. This leads to weight gain and a greater likelihood of illness or disease. If you’re not willing to cut it out completely, try drinking lemon water in between drinks to stay hydrated and counteract the acidity.

8). Cut out refined sugars and flours
Refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup and refined flours like enriched white flour are in countless products today, yet offer little to no nutritional value and produce an acidic effect on the body. If you need to use a sweetener, use organic raw sugar or stevia, as your body handles it much better than refined sugars. As far as flours go, always look to see if it’s whole wheat rather than “enriched” or “refined.” Gluten-free diets are becoming more and more popular because wheat has a high glycemic index, so if you’re willing to give up bread and other items that include gluten, it can help regulate your body’s inflammation and pH levels.

9). Eat more vegetables 
If nothing else, eat more vegetables! Green vegetables are especially important, as they are typically the most alkaline and nutrient dense. They are generally high in fiber, as well as other important antioxidants and nutrients that will keep your body working at its best. While it’s great (and ideal) to include a portion of vegetables in every meal, most people do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables in a normal day.

If you’re one of those people who is a picky veggie eater or constantly on-the-go, our Greens powder is an amazingly easy way to get your full serving of fruits and vegetables for the day in one simple drink. If you want to learn more about it, you can check it out HERE

Kale Salad That Doesn’t Taste Like My Lawn Mower Made It

I really like Kale. Mostly because my first experience with it was at Thanksgiving this year when my grandma made kale chips. Everything she cooks or bakes is like magic in an edible medium. After family supper that day I decided to make some myself, because she did say it was easy after all!

……It wasn’t as easy as I thought.Don’t get me wrong, the instructions are simple but you can also mess it up pretty easily and when the flavor is just a little bit off its no good. This adventure made me (a novice cook) feel like I was in a literal game of Sorry! and I just KEPT getting sent back to start. Square one.

The final product of kale chips a la Morgan were something like a 7.75 on a scale of gross – 10. Occasionally I will eat regular potato chips and even Lays will sometimes have a yucky chip in there, so I’m not too disappointed in myself. Forsaking much more effort on the chips, I made a salad.

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This was one of those, throw-some-things-in-there-and-make-it-up-as-I-go kind of things. Here’s what I used.

What:
~1/2 a bunch of Organic smooth kale (which turns out not to be so smooth after all)
~2 tsp Olive Oil
~A pinch or two of Sea Salt
~Juice from half a lemon
~Sunflower Seeds to taste
~Organic Poppy Seeds to taste
~1 cup Cooked Organic Quinoia
~1 cup Organic Veggie Broth
~3 or 4 Artichoke Hearts Quartered

How:
Start with your quinoia! I boiled 1 cup water and 1 cup organic veggie broth, then added 1 cup of uncooked quinoia. Set it to a a light boil and all the liquid will cook down. While that is cooking, move on to the kale.
Rinse the kale and spin off the extra water. Tear the leaves away from the large vein and into bite size pieces. You can cut it instead if you like but tearing worked for me. In a larger tupperware, toss the kale pieces and olive oil to mix the oil evenly throughout. Squeez juice from half the lemon over the kale and add your salt. toss it to mix well.
The quinoia will have basically tripled in size so put about 1 cup of the cooked quinoia in your serving dish and enjoy the rest on the side or with another dish. Top the Quinoia with the Kale and dressings, then add the seeds and artichoke hearts. DONE!
SO easy.
The quinoia has a naturally nutty flavor and it really pairs well with the otherwise mildly bitter kale. I sometimes add craisins to sweeten it up but this salad has become one of my staples. Sometimes I’ll make extra quinoia to keep in the fridge so that this healthy meal is even more convenient.

I am considering going on about how this salad was  expertly paired for optimal nutrition, but brevitys sake (and because Sterling is due to wake up from his nap ANY moment now) here are some resources. Enjoy!

Here’s a little something about Quinoia
This is why everyone has been buzzing about Kale
Whats up with Poppy seeds?
The skinny on artichoke hearts
And how about those sunflower seeds

I Cleaned The Bathroom

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I cleaned the bathroom today. I guess it was necessary but it was dumb too because its already pretty messy again just after bath time. 
Today I also tried to run some errands, do the laundry, clean the kitchen, hang out with a friend, cook dinner, go to work, work from home and at every step I had my cling-on of an overtired 8 month old who is suffering with separation anxiety. He was actually surprisingly well behaved for most of the day despite the exhausting factors, and just really wanted to cuddle today. About half way through the day I started to doubt my ability to accomplish all I needed to before the day was over. We’re all familiar with the 2:30 slump. All you can do at that point is keep your head up and look at the next thing on the to do list. Unfortunately that plan didn’t work for me today. My list was long enough to beat me today.

The bathroom only got mostly clean, I got most of the groceries, the clothes got dry just not right away, I was more distracted than present with my friend, the chicken was undercooked, I missed my appointment at work and working from home was a disaster because I had ZERO focus. Sterling still loves me so at least I did something right today. The one thing I forgot that most effected everything is that I can’t do it all. We can all do somethings but none of us can do everything. When you try to do everything, it’s all done half heartedly. It takes a humble person to accept their limitations and a strong person to protect their boundaries. 

If anything is worth doing, isn’t it worth doing well?