woment choosing fruitThe word is quickly spreading — the alkaline diet provides many great health benefits. Not only does it help to keep diseases and illnesses at bay, but it can also help to slow down the effects of aging and help you shed weight. This isn’t just a fad diet either, it’s a lifelong commitment that a lot of people take serious (like me). Losing weight is difficult for many Americans because of the Western diet, simple as that. You take away processed foods, sugar, and other acidic contents from your diet, your body will quickly regulate and start to cleanse itself. The higher your alkalinity, the healthier your body will look and feel. So how can you get started with eating alkaline meals, so that you can have a thinner, healthier body? Here is a starter guide to help you plan out your meals for the day. As you learn more about the different alkaline foods that are available, you should have no problem substituting them into your daily meals.

What your daily meals should consist of

Since the focus is on weight loss, you want to stay away from starchy foods and keep grains to a minimal. This includes bananas, plantain, green bananas, spelt, kamut and quinoa. Hopefully, you are already familiar with which foods are alkaline and which aren’t. For the most part, it’s about staying away from all animal products (meat and dairy), as well as hybridized fruits and veggies like carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, pineapple, cranberries, shiitake mushrooms, potatoes and conventional tomatoes. To help with weight loss, each meal should consist of drinking lots of alkaline or spring water (a gallon daily if possible), three smoothies, and eating lots of water-based veggies and fruits. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure where to begin. I’ll give you a sample meal plan for one day.

Starting the day with an alkaline breakfast

It’s definitely the most important meal of the day, but before you sit down to eat your alkaline meal, you should start your morning off with a large cup of alkaline or spring water. This will help to flush out toxins that have accumulated overnight and get your metabolism going. You can either drink your smoothie before or after you eat, but should consist of hemp milk or hemp protein, 1/2 TB Irish moss and bladderwrack (helps to shed fat) and flax meal (has fiber). Your sweetener will be date syrup or agave nectar. Then for your meal, you’ll have an energizing bowl of fruit. I would recommend that you go with either berries or melons. Melons have a high content of water (great for weight loss) and berries are high in antioxidants and will help with getting rid of toxins (and fat). Just make sure you don’t mix them together because it will lead to fermentation. Just switch back and forth from berries and melons.