It was Marie Antoinette that supposedly uttered the immortal words, “let them eat cake”. Or literally translated “let them eat brioche”…
And you’ll know as well as I do that when you’re on a diet, you’re desperate to follow the French Queen’s advice.
This sort of cake craving usually results in one of two things:
- Either you binge and regret it, or
- You don’t succumb to temptation but feel deprived as a result
Cravings like this kept me stuck for years, until I realised that the problem was the extremism with which I was viewing “bad” foods with.
Because I told myself that I wasn’t allowed them under any circumstances, I wanted them all the more.
So, I was only “doing well” when I had zero acidity in my diet, and then when I succumbed to temptation I completely fell off the wagon for a few days become cutting everything out again.
Needless to say, this was neither a healthy or relaxing way to live my life.
I eventually realised that the body is built to deal with a certain amount of acid. Just not the amount most people throw at it.
Most people eat 70-80% acid foods, which – along with lots of stress, no exercise, loads of alcohol, pharmaceuticals – creates low energy, depression, obesity, stress and disease.
To flip this, you don’t have to be 100% alkaline with your meals to be happy, healthy and full of energy.
You are aiming for a 70/30 alkaline to acid ratio.
(The only times you have to be 100% alkaline is when you are doing a short term cleanse or detox.)
What does 70/30 mean in practical terms?
Imagine your dinner plate divided into parts. Now fill 70% with alkaline forming foods.
Now (within reason) you can be playful with the other 30%. For instance, 50% of your dinner plate could be a huge salad with spinach, rocket, cucumber, avocado, tomato etc. Another 20% can be a mix of kidney beans, lentils and chickpeas with an olive oil dressing.
With the remaining 30% you can have wholemeal pasta with a delicious sauce, rice, fish/clean source of protein (like organic meat), a little cheese, some root vegetables like sweet potato.
The main thing is to steer clear of strong acids (refined sugar, soft drinks, red meats) and processed foods. Have 70% veggies and salad and the other 30% is open to you.
Even the odd cake is fine. Marie was right.
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Until next time!
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