Fall is a great time to make a little extra effort to eat alkaline. We’re settling back into our routines — not to mention the abundance of traditional fall foods that are alkalizing.
Whether you want to get started eating alkaline or are looking to take your alkaline eating plan to the next level, I’ve got some helpful tips for you.
Tips to eat alkaline
- Try my NEW alkalizing app: When we first developed the book version of my popular Acid Alkaline Food Guide, we made it small enough to take to the grocery store in a purse or pocket. Since things seem to be getting smaller every day, we’re introducing the Acid Alkaline app for your devices to use while shopping, eating out or any time you’re on the go. Learn more here.
- Follow my 80%/60% guideline for alkalizing: Achieving a favorable, slightly alkaline balance does not mean acid-forming foods are completely off limits. I suggest you use the following guidelines: If you want to reverse your current acid-forming diet or have an especially challenging health condition, increase your intake of alkaline-forming foods to 80% of your diet. If you are in good health and want to maintain your alkaline diet, aim for 60% of your nutrition from alkalizing foods.
Small changes to routines increase alkalinity
- Add a sweet potato, yam, or other alkalizing root crop to your meal plan every day. Fall is time to turn on the oven to bake root crops — enhancing their sweetness and warming the house.
- Consume more cooked greens. As the weather cools, include more sautéed delicious greens such as kale, collards, and beet greens in your diet.
- Drink alkalizing hot beverages, such as ginger tea, apple cider vinegar, herbal teas, hot water, or hot veggie broths.
- Make soups with a greater variety of fresh spices and vegetables. Try lemon basil, holy basil, oregano, lemon grass, ginger, galangal and coriander. Add lentils to your veggie soup for added protein and extra texture.
- Eat proteins and flesh foods in moderation. You need only 50-60 grams of protein a day, which can be provided by flesh foods, beans, grains, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy.
Remember, alkalizing improves health and protects bone — and small changes yield big results.
I’m Dr. Susan Brown. I am a nutritionist, medical anthropologist, writer, and speaker. Get my free weekly newsletter here.