Alkaline vs Acidic – Why You Should Care?

Do you know why that question is so important? Your regular doctor will not ask you that question. So why should you care?

The bottom line is, disease THRIVES in an acidic state and is less likely to thrive in an alkaline state.

Your survival depends on your blood pH to be consistent. If you are more acidic, your body will  literally strip itself of  sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium just to establish balance, neutralize the over-abundance of acid, and safely remove it from the body! As a result, you may start to experience a build-up of acid in the cells, which then decreases energy production in those cells, which then leads to an inability of the body to repair damaged cells and detoxify heavy metals, and you become more susceptible to both chronic fatigue as well as an increased incidence of disease.

Have I got your attention?

ALL processed,prepackaged,preserved,long shelf life,refined,microwavable,takeaway, fast,dried, tinned,meat, dairy and frozen foods are ACIDIC such as cakes, chips,burgers, canned soup, granola bars, chocolate bars, pasta ice cream and bread

Look for PART 2 in this series for specific alkaline foods to choose.

Do You Know Your Blood Sugar?

Do you know your blood sugar? Knowing how your body responds to a particular food, meal, activity, or even thought can be one of the most valuable skills you’ll ever learn. Measuring your blood glucose will give you this feedback, and it’s really easy to learn and do.

Most people think measuring blood sugar is only for diabetics. Let’s change that belief! Juts like you know your blood pressure or cholesterol, I recommend my clients track their blood sugar and I even have a chart for them to complete to track the levels.

All you need is an inexpensive glucose meter (approximately $10 – $20 at most US discount pharmacy chains). The replacement strips can be pricey, so before you decide which meter to buy, check out the price of the strips. Walmart sells a glucometer for $10 and strips for $17.

Directions for Measuring Blood Sugar (Estimated time, start to finish: Less than 2 minutes)

  1. Wash your hands. Invisible debris on your fingers can result in erroneous readings.
  2. Avoid the use of alcohol hand cleaners/sanitizers, especially if you’re checking regularly. It can dry your fingers and cause calluses.
  3. Rinse your fingers under warm water to increase blood flow to the area.
  4. Prepare your supplies.
  • Spring-loaded device with sterile lancet for sticking your finger
  • Glucometer
  • Test strips
  • Tissue paper or cotton ball for blotting blood
  1. Choose a location to get a blood sample. Rotate areas to prevent calluses.
  • Fingers near your nails
  • Between the first and second joints of any finger
  • Fleshy pads of your fingertips
  1. Collect blood sample    a.  Cock the spring-loaded device and prick any finger. Follow the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer.b. Gently squeeze your finger. Avoid using a pumping action. c. Touch the blood to the test strip.
  2.  Obtain the glucose reading. a. The Glucometer will blink or count down once the blood has been absorbed by the strip. b. Record the number from the Glucometer on your form.
  3.  Cleanup. a. Discard used lancet. b. Discard any blood-soaked tissues or cotton balls by flushing down the toilet to prevent contaminating any others with your blood.

 

Tips for Eating Right on the Road – PART 2- ROAD TRAVEL

Road travel is a slower way to travel than flying. With most of the day spent in the car, you can easily lose track of time and what you’ve been eating. So, if you plan on snacking, fill up on whole foods with nutritional value— berries, bananas, and pistachios are a great place to start.

Plan Ahead: Long car rides are peppered with pit stops. But your choices for food aren’t limited to cheeseburgers and fries. Bringing along a picnic lunch helps you take control of your travel nutrition to help you eat healthy while you travel.

Pack snacks and meals that are easy for your body to digest. This will help you feel satisfied without the bloating and bellyache caused by fast food. Baby carrots, apples, grapes, and turkey  are examples of healthy snacks to bring on the road. Full of fiber, complex carbohydrates and protein, they provide a sustained source of energy and will keep your blood sugar from crashing later in the day. Making a meal ahead of time will help you avoid the temptation to stop for something greasy.

Picnic lunches don’t need to be eaten in the car, either. Find a rest stop or park along your route. Getting out of the car to eat and stretch your legs will break up long periods of driving with some fresh air and exercise. Walking after eating helps your body process your meal. So, stop and enjoy some time outside to ward off boredom and help digestion.

At a Gas Station or Fast Food Restaurant: Stopping at a gas station to fill your car’s tank and use the restroom doesn’t need to end with soda and candy. There are several healthy choices for snacks inside. Walk past the chocolate bars and pick up some trail mix instead. A bottle of unsweetened iced tea is a better selection than soda—regular or even diet.

Many gas stations have refrigerator boxes with pre-prepared salads, yogurt, fruit, and vegetables. These whole foods offer valuable nutrition and will keep you focused and alert on the road.

Should you find yourself in line at a drive-thru, order your meal strategically:

  • Choose an entrée with grilled chicken, rather than fried.
  • Exercise portion control and order off the kids’ menu.
  • Skip the soda and have ice water instead.