The Kick Acid Weight Loss Plan
Did you know that too much acid in your body can causeweight gain? Or, that high protein"weight loss" diets can be harmful to your health, due to their high levels ofacidity? Even the glands and organs thathelp keep our metabolism strong can start to malfunction thanks to our highlyacidic diets and lifestyle. Here are afew weight loss tips from the new book, TheUltimate pH Solution (HarperCollins, 2008) by international best-sellingauthor and doctor of natural medicine, Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, CNC.
If you're like most people you probably ate too muchand slacked on anything that resembled exercise over the holidays. Here are 10simple and effective ways to get your body feeling better than ever in no timeat all.
Buy a Sack of Lemons
If you make only one trip off of the sofa today, make it a trip to your localhealth food or grocery store to buy a sack of lemons. Yes, a sack. Once you gethome, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a tall glass of water and drinkimmediately. This one step will help you to quickly reset your body chemistry.
Load Up on HÂ²O
Drink at least 10 more cups of water throughout the day, preferably with lemonjuice added to each. Lemon juice breaks down acid waste in your body andrestores your blood and tissues to slightly alkaline levels. Put simply, itmeans you're flushing out toxins and excess fat -- both of which are acidic --from your body!
Take a few deep breaths. Oxygen will not only energize your brain but it willquickly help to balance the chemistry of your cells -- and healthier cells meana healthier body.
Take a Walk
I encourage a second trip off of the sofa. Boost your oxygen levels evenfurther by bundling up and heading out for a brisk walk. Exercise helps toquickly oxygenate your body. More oxygen in your blood means its betterequipped to nourish every organ and tissue, which increases energy, mentalclarity and moods.
Turn to Peppermint Tea
Instead of reaching for a caffeine jolt from acidic coffee, or cola, drink somepeppermint tea. Research shows that peppermint provides a quick boost of energyand unlike caffeine, it's isn't addictive and won't send your energy levelsplummeting a few hours later.
Eat Your Veggies
Make vegetables the focal point of your lunch and dinner meals. Okay, I knowyou're probably cringing right now, but if you absolutely hate broccoli, don'ttake it out on the entire veggie kingdom. Who wouldn't enjoy some deliciousmashed sweet potatoes or rich guacamole? I share the easiest and fastest recipefor yummy guac in TheUltimate pH Solution and even my chocolate mousse recipe features thehighly healthy avocado.
Take an Almond Break
Snack on raw, unsalted almonds every few hours. Not only are they loaded withcalcium, magnesium, protein and other important nutrients, their high fibre andprotein content help to stabilize blood sugar levels. Stable blood sugar levelstell your brain that it's okay to start breaking down fat stores to help youslim down.
Enjoy a delicious smoothie instead of a sugary snack or breakfast. Start withsome almond milk instead of dairy to help rebalance your blood chemistryquickly. Add some frozen berries, half a frozen banana (peel the bananas priorto freezing and keep them on hand for a quick energy smoothie) and a heapingteaspoon of green powder like barley juice, spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass,or a high quality, unsweetened blend available from your local health foodstore. In addition to containing loads of vitamins and minerals, green powderscontain chlorophyll, which research proves eliminates toxins from your body,protect against cancer, and even defends your genetic material against damage!
Eat at least one large salad per day. Avoid store-bought dressings full ofrancid oils, preservatives, additives, and sugar. Try my blueberry dressingfrom The Ultimate pH Solution -- it's fast and delicious. Add 3/4 cupextra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 1/3 cup of rawapple cider vinegar, a pinch of Celtic sea salt, and 6 drops of stevia or a 1/2teaspoon of unpasteurized honey. Blend with a hand blender or cover with thelid and shake the container well. Pour over a plate of greens or gratedveggies. Store the remaining dressing in the fridge.
Take a Cue from the Vegetarians
Cut back on your meat consumption. Choose beans, fish, or raw nuts or seedsinstead of acid-forming meat. While fish like wild salmon may be acid formingin your body, it provides the essential fatty acids needed for a healthy brain,immune system and overall good health. Add beans to soups, stew, chili or wraps,or make them into delicious dips for a high-fibre, high-protein, high-nutritionsource of energy.
About The Ultimate pH Solution
Â· Based on cutting-edge, medically sound research,it is an indispensible guide to "kicking acid" out of your body.
Â· It offers a quick self-test for pH levels and aneasy-to-follow plan and simple lifestyle changes that will help you kick acid,lose weight, and stay healthy.
Â· It includes real-life success stories of peoplewho have overcome allergies, fibromyalgia, recurring colds, and obesity bybalancing their pH levels.
Â· Describes pH powerful foods and techniques thattake only minutes a day to alkalize your body.
Â· It shows why high-protein diets may be harmfulto your health and why eating dairy may not help you avoid osteoporosis.
Â· It provides over 50 delicious andeasy-to-prepare recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including dessertsand pH-powerful juices.
"A landmark book that everyone shouldread. Follow The Ultimate pH Solution and you'll prevent disease and feel better." HarveyDiamond, #1New York Times Best-selling Author of Fitfor Life
About the Author
MichelleSchoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, CNC is an internationalbest-selling and five-timebook author, Doctor of Natural Medicine,Doctor of Acupuncture, and holisticnutritionist. Some of her books include: The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Brain Wash. She has contributed over500 articles to more than sixty magazines, journals, and newspapers worldwideand appears biweekly on CBC Radio Alberta and many other radio programs.