Are You Ready to Discover Your Ideal Body?
It May Be Easier Than You Think!
Especially when you learn a few rules of good nutrition, along with using EFT and Law of Attraction!
Find Your Own Ideal Weight –
The Alkaline Food Secret to Detoxing, Losing Weight and Keeping it Off
Weight issues often start in your mind, but there are also nutritional factors to consider. Here’s a little known fact about why your body stores fat – the more acidic and toxic your body becomes, the more fat it has to store in order to keep the pH balance of your blood in the narrow range that can support life.
So maybe excess fat is actually keeping you alive! Give it some appreciation and acknowledge that your body has a wisdom of its own.
Acid-forming foods are:
- high fructose corn syrup
- most grains
- pasteurized milk and dairy products
- most nuts
- most beans
- fried foods
- prescription drugs
- over-the-counter drugs
- recreational drugs
- all artificial preservatives and flavorings
- and pretty much anything you find for sale in a box or bag
Not only will this acid-forming diet make you gain weight, it will undermine your health in multiple ways, leading to osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, lowered immunity, and auto-immune diseases. Why? Because the body has to work a lot harder to maintain its pH balance when you overload it with acids. It can only function properly when there is an alkaline reserve, so it pulls alkaline minerals like magnesium and calcium out of your bones to keep the proper balance in your blood. Not good!
By now you may be wondering what is left to eat. Don’t worry, there are plenty of delicious alkaline-forming foods:
Alkaline-forming foods are:
- leafy greens
- most fruits and vegetables
- most seeds
- black eyed peas
- small amounts of flax oil
These should be the predominant foods in any healthy diet (at least 80 %), whether you are trying to lose weight or not. In fact, with the exception of vitamins B12 and D, these foods supply ALL the nutrients needed for optimal health, particularly when eaten raw or sprouted.
Important: Some alkaline-forming foods can be very acidic, like lemons and apple cider vinegar, yet because of their mineral content they have an alkalizing effect in the body. It is not the pH of the food itself that matters, it is the effect it has on the pH inside your body, so don’t avoid lemons and other citrus fruits. They are excellent foods. Just be sure to rinse your teeth with water after eating them!
Note: Many people are deficient in vitamin B12, and vitamin D regardless of their diet, particularly as they get older. I highly recommend supplementing with 1 – 2,ooo units of vitamin D3 (with an equal amount in units of Vitamin A and 75 mcg Vitamin K2) and sunshine on bare skin, and taking a sub-lingual B12, like Vegansafe, or a B12 patch.
Note: Most people (some sources say all of us) are also deficient in magnesium, particularly if under stress or if exposed to toxins, drugs, artificial ingredients, and excess calcium (aren’t we all), or if you are taking a vitamin D supplement. I recommend Calm brand Magnesium.
There is apparently no adequate test for magnesium, B-12, or Vitamin D levels, so I’d rather cover my bases by supplementing. Wouldn’t you?
If you are constipated, have muscle cramps, or trouble sleeping, it is very likely that you would benefit by supplementing with ionic magnesium citrate. CALM brand is excellent. Keep increasing the dose until you have comfortably loose stools, then drop the dose just a bit and you should be getting the right amount.
Ideally, you would get enough magnesium from your food, but that is getting harder and harder, because of all the chemicals we are exposed to, and because of farming methods that deplete the minerals in our soil.
Note: When taking Vitamin D supplements, it is wise to also take a small amount of Vitamin A to keep them in balance with each other. I usually take 10,000 IU of vitamin A to 5,000 – 10,000 IU of vitamin D. Since these are fat soluable vitamins, your body can store them. That means you can take the Vitamin A every third or fourth day if you are taking 2,000 units of Vitamin D daily. Vitamin K2 also seems to be important in working with D3 – take according to directions on bottle.
For quick weight loss, Donna Gates has developed an amazing healing diet called the Body Ecology Diet that naturally acts as a weight loss and detox diet, even though it was designed for gut healing and eliminating Candida. The diet is adaptable to vegetarians and meat eaters alike (though I strongly recommend avoiding all animal products, because they undermine your health in so many ways), and foods can be eaten either raw or cooked, so there is a lot of room to adapt the diet to your own particular needs and tastes. One thing for sure, excess weight will melt off effortlessly, and you will be healthier than when you started.
The main factors in the Body Ecology Diet are avoiding most carbohydrates at first (sugars, fruits, starches, flour products) and eating lots of cultured vegetables and probiotic foods like sauerkraut and miso.
Warning: It is very important to eat plenty of fresh fruits, because glucose is a vital nutrient needed by your brain and muscles. Treat the Body Ecology Diet as a temporary weight loss aid for a month or two. Then bring in more fruits and gluten-free grains in your daily diet.
80% Raw Foods Connection
Over and over again, I hear people say that they lost weight when they started on a high raw foods diet. Most of them weren’t even trying to lose weight. One reason is that raw fruits and vegetables are generally alkaline. They help balance the pH which allows the body to eliminate toxins that trigger fat storage, so the excess pounds drop away effortlessly along with the toxins.
When I first discovered how easy it is to lose weight by eating a mainly raw-foods diet, I wasn’t even trying to lose weight. I was just looking for a healthier diet and I like to experiment on myself. I only had a few extra pounds to lose, but I was amazed to find that I could eat quite a lot and still lose weight until I stabilized at my ideal weight.
I ate lots of fresh fruits, green salads, leafy green smoothies, raw vegetable soups, avocados, olives, nuts, seeds, and salad dressings – even raw deserts! According to Raw Foods expert and sports nutritionist Dr. Douglas N. Graham, the ideal balance is 80% or more carbohydrates (mainly from raw fruits and vegetables), 3-9% protein (mainly from leafy greens and seeds), and 3-9% fats (mainly from fruits and seeds). If you want to lose weight faster, just cut back on the fatty foods and concentrated carbs (like sugar and high fructose corn syrup, both of which you should avoid anyway) until you reach your ideal weight. Read The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas N. Graham.
I personally feel good eating 50/40/10, which is similar to the diet of our chimpanzee cousins – about 4o-50 percent fresh fruit, 40-50 percent vegetables (mainly leafy greens), and about 10 percent beans, gluten-free grains, nuts, and seeds. The easiest way to include leafy greens in your diet (aside from salads) is to add them to a fruit smoothie. With mild flavored greens, you won’t even taste them. Experiment and you will find flavor combinations you love. Be sure to rotate greens, so your are not using the same ones too many days in a row.
Once you reach your ideal weight, you don’t have to stay on a low-carb diet. In fact, that wouldn’t be healthy. We need some carbs and acid-forming foods. Even so, I find that sticking to at least 80% alkaline-forming foods and plenty of raw foods (while avoiding junk foods of course) insures a high level of health and vitality, while keeping my weight in the ideal range.
Hormones and Weight Gain
There is a strange thing that happens as we get older, for women in particular. Our hormone levels change. Suddenly it becomes easier to gain weight and harder to lose it. Before I discovered The Body Ecology Diet, I was approaching menopause with a slow but steady weight gain. I tried eating less and exercising more, but still the pounds were adding up, just a couple pounds a year, and my attempts at dieting and exercise didn’t seem to make any difference!
In my research, I’ve learned that it is actually a good thing for women to gain about ten pounds at menopause, because this helps moderate hormone swings. Very thin women have a much harder time with hot flashes and mood swings during menopause. It would do them good to put on a few pounds, but gaining more than ten pounds can be detrimental to health.
At one point, I exceeded the ten pound gain – and kept going. That was scary, because there seemed to be no end in sight! I had easily maintained my ideal weigh of 125 lbs for twenty years and suddenly it wasn’t so easy anymore.
No amount of dieting or exercise seemed to help – until I discovered the Body Ecology Diet secret. What a relief it was to find that a simple change to a healthier diet could make such a difference!! The Body Ecology Diet made it easy to return to my ideal weight, while becoming healthier at the same time.
To understand more about hormones, here’s a great article by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP –
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