Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Alkaline diet eating grapefruit

Grapefruit are wonderful foods to eat for those of us following an alkaline diet. They contain a decent amount of fiber amounting to about 3 grams per grapefruit. The recommended daily amount (RDA) of dietary fiber for a fully grown man is 38 grams so a eating a grapefruit represents a step on the way to this total. Also these citrus fruits are jammed full of vitamin C and vitamin A. Eating two grapefruit, which is reasonable for breakfast, provides us with double the vitamin C RDA as well as 1 and 1/3 the vitamin A RDA. Two grapefruit would also give us over 5 grams of dietary fiber. Grapefruit are also full of water which is hydrating for our bodies. Finally for the calorie conscious, these fruits are low in calories which may be of interest to people trying to lose or maintain a specific weight.

Grapefruit of course are alkalizing fruits. They have a PRAL value of around - 6. We all know that they are citrus fruits and therefore acidic in their native form however this is not what classifies alkaline foods and acid foods. Instead it is the pH of their "ash" when they have been metabolized by the body. So grapefruits are great to eat because of the nutrition the offer, they taste great and they are alkalizing.

Be careful though if you see something called the grapefruit diet. This is not a healthy lifestyle like the alkaline diet. Instead it is a fast weight loss program that lasts for 12 days. You are supposed to eat 1/2 a grapefruit with every meal for those 12 days. And this is supposed to provide some "fat burning enzyme" that helps people to lose weight. But what happens when they finish the diet? You guessed it, they will just put their weight back on again. This is why I love the alkaline eating philosophy so much. It is not about losing weight or counting calories. It is about taking responsibility for my life and what I eat and trying to eat the most delicious, nutritious and alkalizing food I possibly can. It is a great lifestyle to feel healthy, more energetic, awake and alert. Eating grapefruit definitely makes up a part of my alkaline diet.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Alkalizing with a Breville BJE200XL juicer

It has been a while since I have posted on this blog. Partly that is to do with my own difficulties maintaining an alkaline diet over the winter. And the other part was simply laziness. In fact, the laziness could have come about from not following an alkaline diet. The main issue I faced over the winter was that making fresh fruit and vegetable drinks was just not as appealing as during the warm winter months. Less juices meant less alkalizing. Pretty straight forward really.

Anyway, now that it is starting to get much warmer I do not feel like I am forcing myself to make a juice. It has just become much more natural again to want to drink lots of freshly made fruit and vegetable drinks. To keep things simple over the winter, I was mainly making simple drinks like orange juice. What I actually managed to do was to snap off a small part of my Magimix le Duo citrus press. It still works and juices my oranges perfectly but can be a little bit messier than it is supposed to be.

Therefore recently I have begun looking for cheap juicers on Amazon just to see if it is worth buying another machine. One that has caught my eye is the Breville BJE200XL juicer. This is similar to my trusty Magimix in many ways. They are both centrifugal juicers which means they juice quickly, have few parts and are easy to clean up after use. Some of the things that I like about this Breville machine are it's cost. It is under $100. The opening in this machine is wide enough to fit whole apples in without chopping them, this would be a definite time saver. The BJE200XL comes with a jar to collect the juice and it even comes with a brush to scrub the central metal cylinder that minces the produce. It has some pretty cool features. You can buy a Breville BJE200XL from Amazon.

Following the alkaline diet must be really hard without a juicer of some description. But when you have on it becomes so much easier to drink large quantities of fruit and vegetable goodness every day. I have not actually had a juice for nearly a week. There is a good reason for this which I shall leave for the subject of me next post. In the meantime, if you are considering a new juicer, check out the Breville BJE200XL.