Eating a diet high in processed starches and highly refined cooking oils can lead to Inflammation, obesity and some degree of blood sugar problems. Any diet that encourages the consumption of natural whole foods over eating a diet high in processed starches and refined oils is a diet that I would prefer to follow. The processed starches that are at the core of carbohydrate addiction are also fueling a type 2 diabetes problem that has gotten way out of control. The sweeteners that we added into our foods (especially High Fructose corn syrup) is making the calorie count high without any real nutritional value. So it appears to me that we need to eat more whole veggies, fruits and organic meat while avoiding grains, refined oils/fats and anything with added sugar. This kind of healthy eating falls into the category of Paleo dieting. And it also falls under the heading of Alkaline diet.
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The Paleo diet is about eating food that early man would have eaten prior to learning how to cultivate his food. Foods that could be hunted, picked from a tree or bush and anything that grew above the ground is fair game in this style of eating. Many people think that this is a meat based diet that requires that you eat tons of animal flesh but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can eat a small amount of meat or no meat at all if you desire. Cave dwelling people of early times had to make due with nuts, berries, wild fruits and veggies between productive hunting trips. Now on the other hand, if you want to gorge on lean meats and only a handful of veggies, well that is your choice. The important part of this is that you will learn to live without added sugar, sweeteners, grains, rice, corn and unhealthy junk fillers like tapioca starch and corn flour.
Much has been written over the years about the great things associated with eating a diet high in Alkaline foods. There is a myth that you have to eat ONLY alkaline foods while eating this diet but that is NOT true. The aim is to eat 60-80% of your food in the form of alkaline-forming foods. Alkaline-forming foods leave an alkaline residue after digestion. That is what determines if a food is acid-forming or alkaline-forming. Some foods can be acid before digestion but become alkaline-forming during the digestive process. This is the case with many citrus fruits. An abundance of vegetables in your diet has a very cleansing effect on your colon and your bowels may be a little “loose” in the beginning of your high plant food diet. Eating a diet high in alkaline-forming foods means that you will be digesting a lot of veggies and fruits with a handful of acid-forming foods (like meats or dairy) to balance it out. Remember that 70% of your food should be alkaline-forming every day.
A grain based diet has been connected with many ailments and inflammatory-related diseases over the years. There is a major movement going on today against the consumption of wheat and other grain products sold commercially. It seems that grains like wheat, barley, rye and corn are major contributers to the Inflammation problem in America. Grains contain Phytic Acid, a mineral blocker that prevents absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. Phytic acid is found in the bran of grains and is not a good option for humans to consume. If the grains were allowed to sprout properly, there would be an increase in the nutrient density of the plant and the sprouting process would also break down the phytic acid. Unfortunately, grains today are not sprouted and are consumed around the world in larger quantities than has ever been seen in the history on mankind.
The following recipe was discovered at Holdthegrain.com. They are a Paleo site and appears to be quite popular among those who follow the happenings in the Paleo diet world. The author, who goes by the name Tess (learn more) is a college student who saw her physical ailments begin to disappear as she eliminated grains from her diet.
You can make your own personal tweaks to a simple recipe like this oneI guess you could eliminate the chicken and replace it with more veggies of your choice, if you choose to eat meat-free alkaline meals. But for meat-eaters, Paleo is the way to go!
ORIGINAL ARTICLE (check out the soup pictures!)
Classic Chicken Soup
Author: Hold the Grain
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 6 hours
Total time: 6 hours 5 mins
- 1 (4 pound) whole chicken
- 2 Stalks celery, diced
- 16 Ounces frozen carrots
- 1 Onion, diced
- Water (almost a full gallon)
- 16 Ounces frozen broccoli
- 1 Cup frozen peas
- ½ Tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 Heaping teaspoon turmeric powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley to garnish (optional)
- Rinse the chicken and remove the giblets. Place the whole chicken in the bottom of large stock pot. Add in the carrots, celery and onion.
- Add enough water to cover the chicken. I use just shy of a full gallon. Cover the pot and bring to a low boil. Reduce to low and let cook for about 4-6 hours. I like to leave it on throughout most of the afternoon to give the stock a really deep flavor.
- Use a pair of tongs to remove the chicken to a large bowl. The chicken will fall apart into many pieces, so you’ll want to fish around to find any bones that fell back into the soup. Separate the chicken meat from the bones, and shred it before returning it to the pot. Don’t throw those bones away! You can store them in the freezer to make bone broth later.
- Add the broccoli, peas, thyme and turmeric powder to the pot and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook covered just long enough to soften the broccoli and peas, between 25-50 minutes.
- Serve garnished with fresh parsley!
Both the Alkaline diet and the Paleo diet frown on the eating of grains, grasses and the seeds of grasses. William Davis, the renowned author of the Wheat Belly phenomenom speaks often of the dangers of eating a diet including wheat, rice and corn. Wheat consumption is associated with obesity, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension among a host of other ailments. Eating a wide variety of veggies and fruits everyday can help get your body off the wild ride of hormonal imbalances, blood sugar spikes and sky-high blood pressure readings. Grains like wheat and barley cause blood sugar spikes that that cause the release of insulin. Insulin secretion is an important part of the Endocrine system as it is used for storing nutrients and sugars found in the in the bloodstream. The insane amount of starches and sugars that we eat today put a serious strain on the body as we try to handle so much insulin being secreted. People who have chosen to avoid grains have gotten control of obesity and blood sugar control problems in a way that they hadn’t seen in quite some time. Take advantage of the Healing effects of a diet high in Alkaline foods!
Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com