When one loses weight, he often gains better health and longer life as extra benefits. I think we all generally know what eating healthy is, but we may not listen to that.
Why? Because we are used to eating a certain way due to custom and tradition. We don’t want to change, unless we have learned the health effects of wrong food is associated directly with how we feel.
Poor health may strike early in life or later on. In the beginning, mysterious aches and pains, ailments, conditions even outright disease will force us to visit the doctor’s office or put us directly in the hospital. All this health trouble may initially be caused by wrong foods we eat. Poor health can be avoided when we are willing to change which foods we consume.
‘What to eat for weight loss and health gain’?
A healthy body naturally maintains an alkaline pH. Therefore, it stands to reason that eating more foods which are alkaline rather than acid forming promotes good health. Approximate pH of Foods and Food Products
Plant based whole foods (in general) have all the vitamins, minerals, fats, protein and carbs already in the precise amounts our bodies require. But, pizza, white sugar and fructose, trans fats and other oils, processed foods like frozen dinners, fast foods like hamburgers and fries, junk and snack foods like chips and refined wheat products like crackers and also soda (just to name a few) are acid-forming drinks and foods. These are basically empty calorie foods doing little to nothing for our continued health and well-being.
The human body pH needs to be about 7.4 (the healthy range is from 7.35 to 7.45.)
There are foods less alkaline than others. But, grains like brown rice and legumes (beans and lentils) tend to be acidic. Although, there is no perfect diet that ‘fits’ everyone, there is a way of eating that can help us lose weight and keep it off, feel better, have more energy and hopefully increase our lifespan.
There are a few common sense practical guidelines. It is important to be mindful that nutrition and health are closely related [1 health.gov/dietaryguidelines].
Don’t eat or limit these because they are acidic…
- Limit or better yet; exclude chicken, beef, fish and pork, etc.
- Avoid alcohol
- Empty from your cupboards and throw out snack and junk foods
- Kick out dairy and eggs
- Keep nuts and seeds to 1 ounce or a small handful
- Omit sugary foods and drinks
- Eat at least a cup of pinto beans (or black beans, etc.) a day
- Don’t eat too much sweet fruits like bananas or acidic citrus like oranges (limit to one to two pieces each day. Try berries, instead!)
- Limit grains like brown rice, millet or quinoa (to a cup)
- No oil. Be sure to exclude all refined cooking oils like corn, vegetable and olive
- Dramatically limit eating processed or refined foods like bread, pastries, cookies, restaurants and driving up to the take out window for a burger
- Dump the phony meat products made from soy
1 URL health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/chapter-1/key-recommendations/
Website Title Key Recommendations: Components of Healthy Eating Patterns – 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines
Article Title Chapter 1 Key Elements of Healthy Eating Patterns
Date Accessed January 29, 2018
Note- contact your doctor before you change your diet.