This diet consists of primarily eating foods that are alkalizing (making up 70% of the diet) and keeping acidic foods to 30% of one‘s diet. Some examples of alkalizing foods would be: avocados, green leafy vegetables like Kale, Spinach, lettuce etc., Green Peppers, Cauliflower. Acidic foods would be animal protein, even tofu (if more than 30% of diet), and also seafood.
While on the Alkalizing Diet I did lose weight and fairly quickly. I certainly felt healthy just knowing I was eating plenty of vegetables. Certainly a diet which promotes for the most part a vegetarian lifestyle, with some infrequent fish is very healthy.
The only problem I had is that that I did feel myself craving foods that weren’t allowed. At times, I might smell a steak or something else wafting from a restaurant and I’d get quite a craving. Sometimes I would binge on those bad items. The diet certainly promotes foods that are alkalizing which is very good, but some alkalizing approaches limit the recommended protein to about 7%. I feel this is too low. It does maintain that vegetables have a certain amount of amino acids, which chemically are the building blocks of protein. Although this may be true, I did feel my meals were burning off quickly.
Overall, I lacked energy on this diet.
Some alkalizing approaches even stress eliminating any fermented foods and any sugars – from natural fruit sugar to of course table sugar, honey, maple syrup. While I do feel this elimination may be beneficial to perhaps a diabetic, I do feel that very moderate consumption of sugar may not be that bad. Some approaches maintain sugars ferment and leave mycotxins in the body. This may be true but my feeling is that everyone probably has a certain threshold for these mycotoxins and by eating a healthy diet, drinking water, and maintaining other healthy habits, one can help shed these mycotoxins. Some approaches view fungi as a bad thing. So even mushrooms, which have known health benefits, should be avoided. While I certainly agree we don’t want to consume large amounts mold or fungus – look at Candida, Athletes food, or other fungal infections. I feel we probably have a certain tolerance threshold. There are likely small amounts of mold and fungus present in many things we eat anyway, so by having other healthy habits our body can probably deal with a certain level of mold or fungus.
Overall I did lose weight on this diet and certainly don’t feel it’s be a detrimental diet, and indeed has many benefits, I just found it a bit too rigid and controlling, and again a hard one for me to stay on long term.