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Monday, July, 8th. : It’s time for me to start my alkaline diet – week.
When I was asked whether I would like to take up the challenge of “One week of alkaline dieting”, I immediately thought to myself “yes, of course, I basically am doing that almost every day anyway”. I used to watch my dad drinking his Staatl. Fachingen, mixing some salts and eating plenty of weeds – at least that’s how I perceived it. When I asked him, he told me about bases and minerals. Today I am more educated on it than before and know better!
The alkaline diet by Sabine Wacker – What exactly is it?
During the alkaline diet, the focus is on conscious nutrition, mindful eating and tuning into one’s own body. Vegetables and fruits turn from a side dish into a main course, you eat until you are full and you allow yourself a lot of rest. If you follow Sabine Wacker’s diet plan during the alkaline diet, you can also lose a few kilos.
What to eat on an alkaline diet?
During an alkaline diet, you only eat alkaline food. These are mainly fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, and sprouts. Almost all vegetables are allowed. Important: Potatoes and sweet potatoes are also essential components of alkaline fasting. However, pulses, animal products, and caffeinated drinks are not on the menu. You can also find an exact list here: alkalizing elements vs. acidic element
Additionally, drink 2-3 liters of still water or diluted herbal tea per day. The best choice is a premium mineral water such as Staatl. Fachingen. This has a naturally high hydrogen carbonate content of 1,846 mg/l and unique mineralization that promotes the acid-base balance in the body.
What do I have to do? – a practical guide
You eat three meals a day and if you want to, add two small snacks. In addition, make sure to drink plenty of water and diluted herbal tea. Your nutrition plan for a balanced day will look like this:
- Breakfast includes fresh seasonal fruit, tiger nuts, nuts, germinated oat flakes, and germinated buckwheat sprouts.
- For lunch, you’ll have fresh salads with herbs and sprouts.
- Dinner is fresh seasonal vegetables and potatoes.
You should also take special care that you don’t eat raw food after 14:00 and that you don’t eat your last meal after 18:00.
The alkaline diet means to go without pulses, grains, tempeh, coffee, and matcha. I also cut back on raw vegetables and desserts.
Why did I decide to do an alkaline diet:
When I researched further into the topic, I quickly noticed that surprisingly I don’t even eat a real alkaline diet. Of course, this is not bad, because alkaline dieting is only intended as a cure. So-called “good acid formers” are actually very important. However, the alkaline diet is good for changing one’s diet, losing weight or simply eating more consciously.
My motivation was to consume less caffeine, i.e. to drink less Matcha and coffee, to eat more mindfully and to prepare myself for a complete fast.
What was difficult for me?
- the early dinner
- no raw foods after 2 pm
- desserts are a no go
- eliminate all soy products
- no caffein
Although or precisely because I have been doing intermittent fasting for almost three years now (that is, I try to fast as long as possible between my last meal and the first one on the following day), it was particularly difficult for me to stick to the three meals at certain times. However, I must say that I do not take the intermittent fasting too strictly. I take the whole thing more intuitive: When I get hungry, I eat. Because what I absolutely can’t do is stick to rules and plans. That’s why it was so difficult for me to do the alkaline diet with certain timeframes.
I ate an alkaline diet during this period, but I ate more than actually recommended and sometimes later as well. I received every morning a mail with a menu for the day from Sabine Wacker. But I used it rather as an inspiration and did not follow it consistently.
I also got a video every morning with more input and support for alkaline dieting. You can also view the videos here: alkaline diet-videos
What was easy for me?
- lots of fruits and veggies
- unprocessed produce
- Seasonal and fresh foods
- lots of sleep
- drinking (easy yet difficult)
Since my diet consists of a lot of fruit and vegetables anyway, I naturally welcomed this during base fasting. Regular drinking was also very easy for me. A little too easy, maybe. On an average day, I quickly drink six liters – which is far too much. But because I feel a perpetual thirst, I drink all the time. I’ve tried to drink less before, but then I just get so thirsty that I can’t think of anything but water. The headaches came also super quickly. Since one should “only” drink 2-3 liters during base fasting, I had problems here again and had already reached my 2-3 liters at 12 o’clock noon.
How did I feel?
The caffeine withdrawal gave me a headache at first. I also felt a little tired and exhausted. Also, I was missing my midday Matcha. But after three days I had got used to the alkaline diet and felt fresh and full of energy.
What will I keep doing?
Now after the alkaline diet, I feel ready for consuming less caffeine and practice more mindful eating.
By “mindful eating” I don’t talk about what I consume, but how I consume it. Since I love my diet and also my dinner Buddha Bowls, which consist of approx. 80 percent of raw food, it is more important to me to pay attention to HOW I eat. I want to concentrate more on the food and not, as I often do, do something else on the side.
Have you ever made an alkaline diet? If so, I am happy to hear how you liked it.