Food Fouls = Acid Trips

LSD and PCP still exist. They are discreetly being snuck into your food without your permission. Forget the fiscal cliff, we’ve got a food crisis cliff hanging by a sprout here!

…Not really, but kind of a softer version of that headline.

The main topic here today is acidic foods. As you know, I’m studying to become a health coach with Integrative Nutrition and every week a new subject in the health field is covered.

Raw foodist, also fellow chocolate and cacao obsessor!

A couple weeks ago the subject was raw foods with guest speaker, David Wolfe. If any of you know anything about raw, he is basically the holy wheatgrass of all things raw nowadays.

He discussed how juicing could literally sustain you (and for many people it does) and more importantly how certain acidic foods may contribute to scary things like chronic inflammation, allergies, and other ailments.

Evidently, I’ve been doing it all wrong. My i’s haven’t been dotted and my t’s haven’t been crossed. I’m missing an entire link in the lifeline of nutrition and would’ve probably been voted off (or eaten by island carnivores) on Survivor.

What’s that link? Incorporating MORE alkaline foods into my diet.

If you’re wondering, any kind of nut butter, especially ALMOND derived is considered super acidic, especially if you are abusing your serving sizes. (GUILTY.) -this is food foul #1 for me

Legumes, lentils, and chick peas are said to increase the amount of acids in the body (food foul #2) (these protein filled pods of joy make up about 30-40% of my daily diet!)

Cacao is also listed as an acidic criminal to the body’s normal functions. (food foul #3)- look to above link in address bar and you’ll understand why this is my crime if you don’t already know

The list…well, it goes on and on. I think the only alkaline foods I eat are kale and broccoli.

EUREKA! This could explain my wild hormonal imbalances, over dramatization regarding the Northeast winters, mood swings, and 12 year old boy acne.

The spark to the firework has been lit, but we shall see if it actually ignites into a miracally (yeah def not a word) alkaline antidote. I’ll keep you posted…

Here’s a brief list of some alkaline (balanced pH) foods you should align yourself with:

  • lemons
  • watermelon
  • spinach
  • asparagus
  • mango
  • grapes
  • sprouts
  • garlic
  • kale
  • broccoli

Keep in mind you must have 2-4 servings of these foods every day. I’d say from the looks of the list, I’m probably more alkaline during the summer months, as I am a mango and spinach fanatic then.

Minimize or eliminate (yeah right!) the following acidic producing foods:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • Chickpeas
  • Cacao
  • Nut butters
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Soda
  • Refined wheat products

So after reading the above, are you tripping out on acid or not? Ever tried an alkaline diet before?

Peace, love, and alkaline trips!


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2 Responses to Food Fouls = Acid Trips

  1. Laura says:

    Hi…I’m actually confused… You said almonds are acidic, but on the chart it shows them to be alkaline. Which is it?

    • choc3178 says:

      Hi Laura- Almonds generally are considered to be alkalike, but in high amounts can actually create an acidic environment in the body. I had been overdosing on too many nut butters and nuts throughout the day so I was trying to express my need to cut back. Most people are usually pretty tame when it comes to nuts though. I had been transitioning from a meat filled diet to a plant based one so I was compensating for my hunger by overdosing on healthy fats. Too much of a good thing is possible too!

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