I just recently started looking into the benefits of following the Alkaline Diet and rethinking my eating habits. I have noticed that a lot of what I eat is very delicious, but, unfortunately, very acidic (read “unhealthy”).
In general, the pH index of human blood should be slightly alkaline, somewhere between 7.35 and 7.45. Below or above this range means that you might have unhealthy symptoms and even be sick. A pH index of 7.0 is considered to be neutral. A pH index below 7.0 is considered to be acidic. A pH index above 7.0 is considered to be alkaline. The pH unbalanced towards acidic could be a very dangerous and even life threatening condition that contributes to the development of cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes and even cancer. The acidic pH can be a result of acid forming diet, a toxic overload, an emotional stress, and/or immune reactions to a lack of active lifestyle, when our body cells are deprived of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will react to the acidic pH by attempting to compensate by using alkaline minerals. At the same time acid pH prevents minerals (such as for example Calcium) that you take as part of your food or supplements to be absorbed into your body and they get simply washed out or start building up in the cells (e.g. Calcium does not absorb but instead builds up as kidney stones). Finally, an acidic balance will decrease your body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, and hence, the body’s ability to repair damaged cells, which in turn will lead to the decrease of the energy production in the cells and the decrease of the body’s ability to detoxify harmful heavy metals, make the tumor cells thrive, and make your body more susceptible to fatigue and illnesses.
The acidic pH balance is called acidosis. It’s become very common in our society and predominantly is a result of the typical American diet that is in large extremely high in acid producing products, such as eggs, meat and dairy. At the same time, our diet is very low in or completely deprived of alkaline producing foods, for instance, some nuts and fresh vegetables. Also, we predominantly buy and eat a lot of processed foods like white flour, sugar, coffee and soft drinks, all of which either do not require any or require only minimum preparation and are also highly acid producing. Even sugar substitutes, aka artificial chemical sweeteners, such as Equal, Spoonful, NutraSweet, Sweet ‘N Low or Aspartame, are extremely acid forming and even poisonous. Additionally, we use too many acid forming drugs. So, what can we do to correct that overly acidic situation in our bodies? We need to start by analyzing and changing our eating habits, by cleaning up our diet of junk food and by changing our lifestyle to become more active.
While doing some readings on the topic and rethinking my eating habits, I saw some of my old recipes in a new perspective, now being able to fully understand and measure health benefits of their ingredients. So, today, I’d like to share with you a step-by-step recipe of my favorite Tefal Actifry dishes – Chicken Breast and Mixed Vegetables Stir Fry – as it turns out, a really Alkaline dish.
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 ActiFry spoons of avocado oil
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 of a carrot, shaved with a potato peeler
- 1 cup of Brussels sprouts, each cut into 4 parts
- 1 cup of cauliflower, cut into small pieces
- 1 ActiFry spoon of Soy Sauce
- 1 ActiFry spoon of Chu Hou Paste
- 1 ActiFry spoon of Kung Pao Stir Fry Sauce
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- 2 spoons of rice flour
- fresh cherry tomatoes to garnish, halved
- “Seeds of Change” Organic Quinoa & Brown Rice, 8.5 oz pack
1. Place the onion and garlic in your ActiFry pan. Drizzle evenly with the oil. Set the timer to 5 minutes and press the turn on button.
2. Add the chicken to the ActiFry pan and cook for 5 more minutes.
3. Add the carrot, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, rice flour, Soy Sauce, Chu Hou Paste, Kung Pao Stir Fry Sauce and chicken broth to the ActiFry pan and cook for 8 minutes or until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
4. Open the ActiFry Pan and give your stir fry a good toss, so that all vegetables and chicken would be evenly coated in sauces and broth.
5. Serve it with Quinoa & Brown Rice and fresh cherry tomatoes to garnish.
And the last piece of advice… mind the ingredients, but cook with your heart!