People ask me all the time: what exactly are you eating in your quest to build bone? These are the foundational foods of my80% alkaline / 20% acid diet:
Recommended: Soy powder, soy cheese, wholegrain stone-ground or sprouted grain bread, Xylitol (sweetener), almonds, pecans, walnuts, chestnuts, filberts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, spring water or filtered water, herb teas, Brussels sprouts, ripe peas, asparagus, artichokes, cabbage, onions, romaine lettuce, zucchini, watercress, spinach, chives, green beans, garlic, celery, endive, dandelion, barley grass, soy sprouts, cucumber, radishes, turnips, carrots, beets, limes, lemons, tomatoes, avocado, lentils, tofu, lima beans, soybeans, white beans (navy beans), soy nuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, olive oil, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil, coconut water, pineapple, mandarin oranges, pears, peaches, apricots, papaya, oranges, mango, tangerines, cranberries, strawberries, cherries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, watermelon, fresh coconut, tart cherries, and green-tipped bananas.
Between-meal snacks are encouraged, such as carrot sticks, celery sticks, seeds, and nuts.
Eat in limited quantities: Lead red meat (organic recommended) – Limit of six (6) ounces per week. Chicken/turkey – Skin before cooking. Venison/buffalo. Fertile fresh eggs. Fresh fish (with scales and fins recommended). Fresh fruit: One fresh fruit three (3) times a day is allowed. Dried figs/dates – 2 or 3 only per day. Potatoes/sweet potatoes/whole natural brown rice/ millet with meals, if desired. Perrier or Syfo water with a twist of lime or lemon – limit one 8-ounce glass per week.
Avoid: All sugar, sweets, dairy by-products (milk, cheese, butter, mayonnaise, etc.), any products containing milk products, soy milk, all refined white flour baked goods, all processed meats (nitrate-containing hot dogs, salami, cold cuts, sausage, bacon), hydrogenated oils, peanuts, cashews, corn, fruit juices, fruits canned in syrup, most dried fruits, canned vegetables, pork, fried foods, sodas, diet sodas, carbonated beverages, tea, coffee (regular or decaf), coffee substitutes, alcohol, chocolate, and tobacco.
If you are like me, the list of no-nos might seem pretty overwhelming. When faced with the choice between following this diet and becoming crippled by osteoporosis and burdened by extra weight, however, I chose the diet. Just the same, the first few weeks I sometimes went off to my room and cried angry tears over all the foods that I had lost. Somehow it seemed so unfair. I don’t feel that way anymore! Now I am just so grateful to be healthy and, believe it or not, I like my new way of eating much better than the old way.
I am also take supplements. I’m sure the change in diet would not be as effective without the nutritional support.