Acid Foods and Alkaline Foods
Eating a balanced diet means choosing the proper foods to eat. But what are the right foods to eat? Eating a wide variety of foods and drinks from all the food groups is a great start.
It also means eating certain things in moderation, namely saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, refined sugar, salt and alcohol. We all love our treats, but you should be keeping them as treats and not everyday food! The goal is to take in nutrients you need for health at the recommended levels.
You’re probably wondering Where to begin?
Well the best foods for you to eat are going to be the foods that naturally grow on this earth. Like your fruits, vegetables and whole grains, lean animal proteins and fish is recommended by a lot of experts two times per week. Beans, nuts, seeds are encouraged, and unsaturated fats are always the fats of choice – like olive oil.
Obviously not everyone will agree with eating meat and that is your choice. There are other ways to get the proteins and iron from other foods then meat. The most common recommendation is to eat 80% Alkaline Foods and 20% Acidic Foods. Click for a free Acid Foods and Alkaline Foods Chart.
How many calories do I need?
As we do not know your health status, general guidelines for the average person are;
2,500 calories per day for men (more if you are very active)
2,000 calories per day for women (more if you are very active)
There are many variable and it depends on your body weight, height, body composition, level of activity, and health status. It also depends on whether you want to:
- lose weight
- maintain weight
- gain weight
It is always best to seek a professional to help you figure out the exact caloric intake, as they can take everything into account when figuring this out for you by asking you the right questions.
Just remember if it’s not grown in the earth or on a tree, it is probably man-made food. We like to call it man-made junk! If it’s in a box and the instructions are to warm it up in the microwave for say 5 minutes, it’s probably not your best choice of food. Use common sense ask yourself is this the best food I should be feeding my body?
A great tip is when shopping try to stay on the outside parameter of the grocery store where you will find the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat, etc. If you walk into the middle aisles most of it will be man-made junk.
What really matters, though, is knowing yourself. You need to make responsible eating choices for yourself and your family. What are your goals? Do you eat too much sugar, salt and fried food? Are your portion sizes out of control? Are you binge eating?
The next time you think your hungry, drink one or two 8-12 oz glasses of water and wait 5 minutes. Most of the time people are just dehydrated and they get that mixed up with being hungry. Eating right can be done very easily, it’s just up to you to change your habits!
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