Alkaline Diet – A random find

I was having a clear out yesterday and came across a folder that belonged to the previous owners and found a random print out of details for an alkaline diet – how random!  The content is set out very clearly and fortunately the website address was noted on the bottom of the page so I thought I would share it with you.

It sets out a good list of alkalising vs acidifying foods which is super helpful and an easy reference.  It also has a good index at the bottom of the page that provides some more interesting details on the affects of the foods.

Check out the website here:  http://rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

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Misunderstood

Have you had that moment when something you’ve said has been taken the wrong way?

Or there’s the situation where someone passes judgement on what you’re doing instead of asking you the background to it?

I used to think it was worth clarifying and justifying myself but as I’ve become older experience has shown me that it’s not worth my energy. People like to be right and some like to have their say – just let them get on with it. If you’re happy with the choices you make, the things you do and the things you say then why let anything else affect you? Of course if something that has been said has been misunderstood and caused offence then clarify it but pick and choose when that’s appropriate – some people don’t care to hear it because they’d rather thrive on the drama whereas others appreciate it.

Anyway how does this all tie in to healthbecomesme?

My lifestyle, thoughts, words, everything is changing from what has been the norm and it has met interesting reactions. Normally, adverse reactions or ridicule would send doubts through my mind but the reasons why I am on this journey are so strong that I no longer care what others think. Seeing people I love go through serious health issues – and losing some of them because of it – is enough to shake me up and wake up to what is truly important.

Take care of yourself and prioritise that.

We only get One chance at life – live it – with no regrets.

Healthy is boring. WRONG!

I pretty much considered that focussing on being ‘healthy’ is a boring and time consuming thing – who can be arsed with that?

Thing is.  It’s not boring, food doesn’t have to be bland and tasteless and it doesn’t have to be time consuming either.

The most time consuming thing I’ve found about all of this health nonsense is the research – what food does what, why do we need it, how does it work blah, blah, blah.  Fortunately for me, I’m finding it all rather interesting!

Anyway, referring back to my previous post on exactly what foods we need to eat to help boost our moods I had a look today through the list and I was pleasantly surprised.  Most of the foods I have been eating, or recently incorporated into my diet are on the list! Yay!  I will blab on no further and list these out below, foods in bold appear more than once in this specific nutrient list.  Oh, just to note, I haven’t written down every single food, just the ones I like (or in brackets ones am prepared to try) – to find out more Google is the place to go!  Here goes:

  • Calcium:  dairy like milk, cheese, yoghurt, spinach, (kale), salmon, broccoli, (edamame), figs, almonds
  • Cromium: sweet potato, apple, organic egg, tomatoes, whole-grains, broccoli
  • Folate: lentils, (pinto beans), asparagus, spinach
  • Iron: egg yolks, fish, lamb, beef, chicken, spinach, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, raisins, green pepper
  • Magnesium: spinach, almonds, cashews, pine nuts, lentils, avocado, goats cheese, bananas
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: walnuts, salmon, beef, cauliflower
  • Vitamin B6: Pistachios, salmon, chicken, pork, raisins, beef, bananas, avocado, spinach
  • Vitamin B12: All bran, beef, yoghurt, feta cheese, eggs
  • Vitamin D: oily fish like tuna, salmon, cheese, egg yolks
  • ZInc: lamb, spinach, beef, garlic, egg yolks, salmon, pork, peas, cashews

So that’s just a quick and dirty mashup of various foods containing these particular nutrients, looking at it again I have probably missed duplicating some foods in the list but it’s too time consuming to Google every single food item to ensure I’ve captured every nutrient it holds, it’d make the list too long anyway and this is just to give you (and me) an idea – specifically for mood enhancing as per previous blog post ‘How to be Happy!’

As I’ve found, you probably eat quite a few of them already – especially since that isn’t the entire list and there’s plenty I’ve left off there.  The general idea is replace the sugary crap in your diet with these good guys.  FYI dark chocolate came up a few times but I haven’t listed it as I’ve never really liked it that much.

So to conclude – eating healthily doesn’t have to be boring, a lot of the foods there are pretty tasty and can be whipped up into quick meals.  With online shopping it doesn’t have to be too much of an effort to get these foods in either – maybe the first time but next time you can hit the re-order button!  Obviously, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post buying organic, hormone free etc type foods can be more time consuming but once you find the best place to buy, you’re on a roll.

Happy eating!

Featured image from: http://www.naturalawakeningsmag.com/Natural-Awakenings/February-2013/Food-Mood/

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food – Hippocrates

A bit of a late blog this evening.  After a phone call with my Mum I started researching ways in which food and lifestyle have positive affects on the brain.  Just over a year ago my Mum had an acoustic neuroma tumour removed from her brain, they were unable to remove all of it but enough to prevent it from being life threatening.  Needless to say it shook the family up.  Since the operation there have been various complications, today she told me she is now looking at how to treat Synkinesis/Bells Palsy which has now developed.  One of the suggestions to her was to use Botox – to me this seems incredulous – why would you think that putting poison into your face is actually curing something?  So I have started investigating alternative methods and it’s a long process.

I wanted an answer to a question that popped into my head:
What foods have an affect on the brain and can it be broken down into what part of the brain they affect?

After starting 2015 working on my own personal health choices and what foods I put into my body I have learned many interesting facts about the benefits fresh foods contain and how they can help various parts of the body.  Food also affects hormones produced in the body.  Can I find a link that could show that certain foods included into my Mum’s diet could have a direct beneficial influence on Synkinesis?

In addition to my burning question I have also found (that don’t involve surgery, Botox or drugs) facial nerve physical therapy (not provided on the NHS in her town), acupuncture and of course plenty of water are beneficial but I want to do more research and find more answers.

I will keep on with my search and in the meantime I welcome any advice or information.

(Featured image from: jeffreysterlingmd.com)

New Habit Alert!

Every habit starts slowly and gradually and before you know you have the habit, the habit has you”  Zig Ziglar.

HABITS HEALTHBEAT

Source and more info: http://blog.addapp.io/hacking-habits-make-new-habits-stick/

We all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day – and I won’t become healthy immediately with a complete lifestyle change today but I’m slowly introducing new habits into my life.

Habit 1: Every morning I have and will have one full glass of water when I wake up.

In reading various articles I picked up somewhere along the way something that stuck with me – how much water we must lose during our sleep just through breathing.  It got me thinking about my morning routine which used to involve having a cup of tea once awake and then coffee thereafter – when did I even start to hydrate?  Maybe that would explain the headaches I used to get or sluggish feeling.  So now I down a glass of water as soon as I wake up and try to keep having glasses of water throughout the day.  After having done this for a few days or more now I am actually craving the glass of water when I wake up and needing the top ups throughout the day!

To make up for my lapse over the weekend I have ensured I have eaten well today.  I even made my very first smoothie (photo on instagram) of leek, spinach, cucumber, carrot, avocado and matcha powder.  I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted but it wasn’t that bad either – I think I will need to work on it a bit more (a lot more!), perhaps find sweeter options.  To be honest I wasn’t planning on making a smoothie so I had just grabbed what I had in the fridge and threw it in the blender…I’m not highly recommending this recipe haha

Using Instagram to post photos has helped keep me motivated as well as gain inspiration from others who are on the same journey – it is definitely important that when considering making changes in your life that you find like-minded people who will encourage and support you it makes a huge impact to your motivation that day!

So, what’s going to be your new habit?

IT’S ARRIVED!!!!!

Oooh just LOOK at what has arrived this morning courtesy of bookbargainsonline:

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I am so excited to read this!!  Okay, let me back track a little.

You are wondering whyyyy am I reading a book that Cameron Diaz has written?  Well, I had assumed she was just this stunningly beautiful actor (who I was totally jealous of because, well, why can’t I look like that? She doesn’t even need make-up) but having seen her in a few interviews recently I actually came round from all the jealousy and actually started listening.  She was making sense to me and in a way that I found inspiring – most especially as she addresses the aging issue and who wants to get older right?  She has a great perspective on it, check it out for yourself and let me know what you think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nsSd5IMXXs

I’ve already read the first couple of chapters (!) and it’s an easy read.  I think this is definitely going to be a tool for me to use going forward.

Look, if I’m going to be eating things I used to turn my nose up at and stop eating things I currently love – I want a damn good reason why!!

Knowledge is another key to success.