Being healthy can be simple and easy. And it doesn’t have to take over your life.
Life is about having things in moderation. Restricting yourself all the time by cutting out all of your little guilty pleasures is not only boring but also means that you’re going to base your life on willpower – and willpower is unsustainable.
Finding a happy alternative and a healthy one at that is the key to having a lifestyle that will make you feel great. It will be sustainable and not based on a diet or a detox.
Our body has a delicate pH balance – from acidic to alkaline. It runs from 0 to 14 and neutral being a pH of 7. The higher the pH level (higher than 7), the more alkaline the body is and the more alkalising the food, while a pH level lower than 7, the more acidic is the food and body.
That’s where the Honestly Healthy lifestyle ethos comes in. It’s the 70:30 rule. It’s pretty simple and does exactly what it says on the tin.
For 70% of the time you follow an alkaline lifestyle by eating foods that are alkaline, and 30% of the time you let your hair down and eat and drink the things that you can’t do without the more acid-forming foods. So you can have your glass of wine, meat or a pizza.
The best way to do this is by looking at your week as your overall 100%. This means that you have about three or four meals per week to play with and fill with your old favourites.
As a result, you are not living a life based on a deprivation diet or relying on willpower. You are following a healthy lifestyle that will make you feel so much better from the inside out.
Not only will you actually start to want less of the “naughty” foods that we all tend to crave, but you will also end up wanting to eat less of them. A couple of bites will begin to suffice. This is because you will become much more in control of your blood sugar levels.
Other benefits will include the ability to think more clearly and stay focused for longer, improved skin and hair, as well as better quality sleep.
FOR 70% OF THE TIME, EAT PLENTY OF THESE ALKALINE FOODS:
- Good grains
- Green vegetables
- Root vegetables
FOR 30% OF THE TIME, YOU CAN ALLOW YOURSELF THESE ACID-FORMING FOODS:
- Cow’s Dairy
- Processed foods
- Fried foods
Alkaline and Acidic foods
An overly acidic body will be much more prone to disease, lethargy, poor skin, insomnia, mood swings and all manner of ailments associated with a body that is laden with stress.
Take away the stress of digesting and processing large quantities of foods such as refined sugar, gluten, cow’s dairy and meat, and the body will immediately be relieved of an acid build-up. And a result, it will thrive in a more alkaline state.
As you will see below, there are some ingredients on the alkaline and acidic scale that will surprise you.
Take lemons for example. Most of you would imagine that these are incredibly acidic right? Well, outside the body you would be correct. They have a sour taste. But when lemons are digested, they become incredibly alkaline. This is called the ‘ash effect’.
What happens is that they become alkaline as a result of being combined with digestive enzymes produced in the mouth, stomach and small intestine.
All foods need to be broken down into a form of liquid that can be absorbed through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, and it is the minerals that each food contains that dictate whether it is predominantly acidic or alkaline.