We figured the best way to end 2019 is to take it one day at a time. Every day throughout the month of December our 31 Days of Wellness series will provide an actionable tip aimed to get your 2019 year off to a better, healthier, greener start.
So in lieu of the all-encompassing and often unfulfilled New Year’s resolutions, we hope you’ll take us up on our 31 Days of Wellness here at The Belly Fit Club.
My research has found that around 90 percent of people are chronically dehydrated and this is having a massive impact on their quality of life. It amazes me when people say that they don’t really drink water! How do they get through the day? They must feel so crappy!
Getting properly hydrated will make a huge difference to your health, energy, vitality and immunity. Everything is influenced by the quantity and quality of the water you drink. Aim to filter your water and make it alkaline with a pH between 8 and 9.5.
Hydration Action Steps
Drink 6-18 cups of water each day. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces.
Drink lemon water: 2 cups of lukewarm, filtered water with freshly-squeezed juice from 1/4 lemon. It helps cleanse the digestive system, ignite your metabolism and buffer excess acids. Despite the lemons being acidic in their natural form, lemon water is alkaline-forming to the body once consumed.
Enjoy organic herbal teas such as Rooibos, peppermint and nettle.
The alkaline diet is also about alkaline foods. There is conflicting information on the Internet about which foods are alkaline and which are acid-forming. This simple rule covers 90 percent of foods:
Alkaline foods are those you already know are good for you: fresh vegetables, salads, leafy greens, low-sugar fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy oils; unrefined, organic, high-water-content foods.
And acidic foods are those you already know are bad for you: refined foods, fast foods, trans-fats, meat, dairy, sugar, caffeine, white bread, white pasta and rice, condiments, alcohol, chocolate, chips, ice cream and pizza.
Aim for a ratio of 80/20: Consume 80 percent alkaline foods to 20 percent acidic foods.
Take it slowly! Almost everyone who I have ever coached or had contact with who tries to do the alkaline diet 100 percent from day one fails within a week and usually after 24 hours.
The alkaline diet is not restrictive at all, not difficult and is really simple, once you’ve gotten used to it. People who try to be perfect from day one miss the chance to learn, experiment and find meals that work for them and their family. They end up feeling hungry, fed up and restricted.
It is far better to transition and get there slowly, by sticking to it for the long-term rather than being perfect for a day or two and then crashing.
By doing a simple breathing exercise once or twice per day you give your body a huge helping hand in removing these acids. Plus it allows you to stop, focus your mind, visualize and relax, which is also nicely alkalizing.
Sit comfortably, close your eyes and follow this simple breathing pattern:
Breathe in for the count of 2.
Hold for a count of 8.
Breathe out for a count of 4.
Repeat 10 times.
PH FOOD CHART
7 and up is our main focus yet don’t beat yourself up if you go above that. We are all human after all. Just balance it with Green Supplements and or Foods listed in the 10 category.
This is one of the most overwhelming and confusing parts of the alkaline diet for most beginners. There are so many supplements out there, all promising different things and all claiming they are better than the others.
Here are the core supplements I recommend:
Green powder: This is a combination of powdered grasses, fruits, vegetables and sprouts with a focus on wheatgrass and barley grass.
Alkaline water: You can make alkaline water in a number of ways including using a water ionizer, pH drops or adding freshly squeezed lemon.
Alkaline minerals: The primary way that your body buffers acids is through the alkaline minerals: sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Omega oils: Taking an omega 3 supplement or an omega oil blend including omega-3, -6 and -9 is really beneficial. I recommend Udo’s Choice Omega Oil Blend. Udo is a world-leading researcher in omega oils for nutrition and he has made a fantastic product.
The alkaline diet is simple when taken slowly, when you aim for 80/20 rather than perfection and when you still allow yourself treats and fun. Take it easy, have a sense of humor with it and enjoy it.
Keep it simple and if you mess up, don’t beat yourself up! Go for a walk, refocus and just start again! The rest of your life is a long and interesting journey, so enjoy it with the health, energy and vitality that the alkaline lifestyle brings!
Hey You RAWsome BellyFIT RAWKstar!!!! YOU DID IT!!! You completed 11 days of Raw Food LOVING and LIVING! Congratulations!
Here is what you said about this program!
I couldn’t wait to post this–down 6lbs this week!! Yeah!!! Thank you Kristie Belliston for your suggestions, it worked! It’s day 10 of 100% RAW and I feel so balanced. You all are such a blessing to me, thank you to all of you for inspiring me.
Mentally I feel better….more energy, calmer, just more peaceful (not to sound corny). Before I started this program I kept thinking, I’m going to be starving over the next 11 days but I actually felt more content & stable eating this way. So I will continue to eat raw until dinner and see where it takes me! One more thing…the food was so delicious I HONESTLY never felt “deprived”. I’m not trying to make it sound like a cake walk because it’s not when your family is eating meat/dairy every day and your surrounded by their food that you cooked for them but I definitely think if your clear on why you’re doing it that it’s doable.
Well….it’s the end of my 11 days. Total I lost 10 lbs. Woo woo!!! I feel Sooo great! And so thankful for the motivation everyone gave me!
I’m so happy I was able to be part of this program. I lost a total of 11 lbs. I struggled on some days at work because food is always around especially during the holidays. I’ve just began and I have 20 to go. Can’t wait to see what the future holds, Kristie.
Thank-You Kristie and Ryan! Wow I didn’t realize how bad it was ( it’s also a really bad picture of me but shows how big I was). 15 more to go and back on focus! Thanks!
Here are my before and after photos. Eyes are bigger and brighter (no red eye), and my skin is clear. Yet, more than how I look is how I feel. I feel ‘enlightened,’ more energized, happier (I think people don’t fully realize that what they eat can affect their moods), and finally, for the first time in my life, I feel a greater sense of control in all areas of my life. I’ve also experienced tremendous improvement with my skin and energy levels. I wasn’t in it for weight loss. And though I didn’t lose much weight I lost 2 inches in my waist, which shows the great amount of fat loss. My strength actually improved and the energy I had while working out was AMAZING!!!! ♥ Bottom line: I feel so much more alive. xoxo Thank you for your support! This was a lot of fun! ♥ ♥ ♥
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR RESULTS WITH ME!!! This is why I do what I do! I can’t express how happy it makes me to allow me to enrich your life. xo
SO WHAT NOW?
If you like the way you feel, continue on and check out my RAW TIL 4 PROGRAM. Raw Till 4 is about eating only raw fruits, greens, and raw nuts/seeds, till 4pm. After 4pm you can choose a recipe from the JUMPSTART menu OR create your own healthy recipe to share.
This is an example daily plan you’ll want to follow each day.
Benefits- Helps Digestion. The biggest lemon water benefit may be from the temperature of the water and not even the added lemon. Drinking any water, or especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body. Lemon is extremely alkaline and therefore will bring the body to a higher pH level, helping your body fight off diseases.
Green Lemonade made using a Juicer or a Blender. You’ll need to make at least 64 ounces. Drink 16 ounces now and save the rest for later. NOTE: You’ll get more nutrients from the juice version.