Showing posts from November, 2011

Alkaline and Acidic foods

Although it might seem that lemons, limes, oranges, berries and grapefruit would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalizing effect in the system.

Note that a food's acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.

The human body has a tremedous healing power when it is properly nourished. If the body's pH becomes acidic, it becomes harder and harder to properly take in other nutrients, such as minerals, vitamins or herbs. The key is to re-establish the proper acid/alkaline balance of your body.
An acidic pH creates a hostile internal environmen…

Trying To Eat Healthy

Here are some of the books I have been reading. I feel I am back in college; while I study and doing a research.

Yes, we are eating pomegranates. Shane actually helped me with getting the fruit out. Go here for a very easy way to eat pomegranates. Jarrett and Shane kept on shoveling them in their mouths.

Here is a fresh salad I made for the family the other day.

I don't like taking vitamin tablets or capsules. I break open the capsules and put the powder in a half cup of orange juice. I do the same thing for my children. I don't like the fact that the capsules or tablets have to break down in my stomach. How long does that take? I am reading different reports about how long it takes. It doesn't matter to me, what I am doing works for our family.

Here is Jarrett enjoying a Banana Date Shake. You should try one sometime.

1 1/2 cups of coconut milk (unsweetened)
6-10 large dates2-3 frozen bananasice cubesThis will make about 4 -6 servings
Banana Date Shake mustache!

Thanksgiving Traditions

Does anyone out there have a Thanksgiving Tradition they would like to share? We just started a new one this year. It is a Thanksgiving Jar.

Here is what you do: Everyone in the family cuts up stripes of paper and writes down what they are thankful for. Now, you should write one down almost everyday. You can do this for a whole year or just for the month of November. Make sure you put it in the jar after you write it down. Then on Thanksgiving Day while everyone is around the table, you take turns reading the different pieces of paper from the Thanksgiving Jar.

Pictures From the Last Few Weeks

I just love these peaceful farm pictures. There is just something about living out in the country.

Look at these birds that came to visit the corn field next door one day.

Shane is so proud to finish his 2nd grade math book on October 28th. He is now in 3rd grade math and is learning his multiplication facts. He is flying through this book too. If he continues on this path he will start 4th grade math in April, while he is still in the 2nd grade school year. All his subjects seem to be easy for him. On Friday, he did a whole lesson of math in one day. It usually takes 3 days to do a lesson but he is wanting to do more. I don't push him at all. He amazes me even with his spelling for his age.

It has been a few weeks since I last blogged. I have been very busy with improving my health and researching. I am enjoying what I am learning and plan to share with you what I have learned. So, stay tuned to my blog for future Healthy Living posts.

Trying To Find Balance

Well, I have completed my 9th day on the juice fast. I am feeling so much better. It is amazing! Here are the fresh veggies and fruit I am juicing:

ApplesPearsFresh GingerSpinachKaleCarrotsCucumber CeleryLemonsRomaine HeartsCollards GreensParsleyBeetsFennel Bulbs
I am not juicing all of these fruit and vegetables in one day. It is more like within a week.

I found some books at the library, which have been so helpful. Here is what I have been reading:

The Ultimate Guide To the Daniel Fast by Kristen FeolaRaw Basics by Jenny RossGoing Raw by Judita WignallAni's Raw Food Desserts by Ani PhyoRaw Food for Everyone by Alissa Cohen
I have also been reading a book that I have from my own personal library called Get Healthy by Don Colbert, MD. Here are a few pages from his book:

Most of America's health problems today are caused by dietary abuses. Elizabeth Frazao of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that poor eating habits are linked to more than half of the deaths in the U…