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5 Day Alkaline Diet Plan to Fight Inflammation and Disease

Although the alkaline diet plan may seem like the latest celebrity craze, you shouldn’t dismiss it so quickly. Forget how you feel about Victoria Beckham and stand by while we break it down.

Alkaline eating is actually a powerful tool against diseases, including cancer. It’s controversial in the medical community since it’s difficult to measure its success. That’s because every system in your body has its own ideal pH levels and many people misunderstand how the diet works. However, many others swear by the alkaline diet plan as a way to stay healthy and increase energy.

If you want to experience its benefits firsthand, here is the 5-day alkaline diet plan for you!

Why Go Alkaline

First of all, the alkaline diet plan can help you lose weight and improve your overall health. In particular, it can be beneficial in treating inflammation, arthritis, and cancer (1).

High sugar and high fats foods are acidic, meaning that they slightly elevate the acidity of your blood. In response, your body has to leach minerals from your bones and organs to reestablish its rightful pH value of 7,4 (2).

Acidosis, or high acidity, can lead to diseases like multiple sclerosis, arrhythmia, immunodeficiency disorders, joint pain, and lethargy (3). This is partly because acidity promotes inflammation. Inflammation, in turn, can contribute to conditions like cancer (4).

On the other hand, keeping your body slightly alkaline starves off cancer (5).

pH also plays a role in cell signaling, which is essential for your cells to perform their individual tasks (6).

The Benefits of an Alkaline Diet Plan

pH levels measures how acid or alkaline something is. On the pH scale, 0 is totally acidic, while 14 is completely alkaline. On the other hand, 7 is neutral.

The systems in your body each have their own ideal pH level. Small fluctuations in this balance can have devastating effects.

To give you an idea, your blood is on the alkaline side, with a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. In contrast, your stomach acid needs to have a pH of 3.5 or below to properly break down food. Urine, on the other hand, changes its pH value to make sure your blood stays at its peak.

The alkaline diet plan is based on the belief that the modern diet includes plenty of acidic foods that promote inflammation and disease. Therefore, it increases your intake of alkaline foods to balance out your pH.

In turn, this helps protect against kidney stones, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and weak bones. It’s also said to improve energy levels and memory and help prevent headaches, bloating, heart disease, muscle pain, and insomnia.

What it Takes

The Honestly Healthy Alkaline Program, started by nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson and organic chef Natasha Corrett, explain that the goal is to keep your pH between 7.35 and 7.45. They say you can achieve this by eating 80 per cent alkaline foods and 20 percent acidic foods (7).

Here are the basics of what you can and can’t eat:

Dos: most fruits, vegetables, soybeans and tofu, and some nuts, seeds, peas, beans, and legumes. Also, eat plenty of healthy fats like coconut oil, flaxseed oil, and olive oil.

Alkaline musts include: dates, figs, lemon. Fennel, broccoli, artichoke, asparagus, beetroot, kale, spinach, watercress, cauliflower.

“Don’ts” include dairy, eggs, meat, most grains, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and processed foods. It’s also important to avoid processed corn, soy, safflower and sunflower oils as well as hydrogenated oil and margarine.

You can find out your pH value by examining the levels in your urine.

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5-Day Alkaline Diet Plan

Follow this alkaline diet plan to level out your pH levels, and improve your well-being.

Day 1

Breakfast: Chia and strawberry quinoa

Snack: an orange

Lunch: Sweet and savory salad

Snack: ½ cup toasted nuts and dried fruits

Dinner: 3-4 oz. roasted chicken with roasted sweet potatoes & parsnips

Simple green salad with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

Chia and Strawberry Quinoa

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 5 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup quartered strawberries + 4 sliced strawberries
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp. chopped almonds and unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

Instructions:

  1. The night before, cook quinoa and prepare a puree made of, coconut milk, and dates using a blender.
  2. Pour the mixture into a jar, add chia seeds and mix well.
  3. Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the morning, place chia seeds in your bowl, add the quinoa and toppings!

Sweet and Savory Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of butter lettuce, washed
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 1 pomegranate, seeded or ⅓ cup seeds
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios, chopped
  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Directions:

  1. Tear the butter lettuce into a salad bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss with the salad dressing

Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Parsnips

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ pounds’ parsnips
  • 1 ¼ pounds’ sweet potatoes, cut into ½-inch thick pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Peel and cut parsnips.
  3. On a large rimmed baking sheet toss parsnips and sweet potatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread in a single layer and roast until tender and golden, about 30 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a large bowl.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together maple syrup and mustard.
  7. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Day 2

Breakfast: vegan apple parfait

Snack: 1 pear

Lunch: Savory avocado wraps and white Bean Stew

Snack: 1 Handful of toasted pumpkin seeds

Dinner: 3-4 oz. roasted chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts with red peppers

Simple cucumber salad with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

Vegan Apple Parfait

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup soaked raw cashews (soak 20 mins-1 hour)
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped apple
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. hemp seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine cashews, coconut milk, and vanilla in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Layer ingredients in a small cup, with the cashew cream at the bottom, the apples in the middle, and the oats and hemp seeds on the top.

Savory Avocado Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 1 butter lettuce or collard leaf bunch
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tsp. chopped basil
  • Small handful of spinach
  • 1 tsp. cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, sliced or chopped
  • Sea salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Spread avocado onto the leaf and add the toppings. Fold in half and enjoy!

White Bean Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ cup plus ½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 14 to 15 ounces of tomatoes
  • 1 ¾ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (19-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (3 cups)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (5-ounce) bag baby arugula (10 cups loosely packed)
  • 8 (¾-inch-thick) slices baguette

Instructions:

  1. Cook garlic in ¼ cup oil in a 3 ½ – to 4 ½-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Coarsely cut up tomatoes then add to the oil.
  3. Stir in broth, beans, and pepper and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in greens and cook until wilted, about 1-3 minutes.

Brussels Sprouts with Red Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds brussels sprouts, preferably small ones
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut in small dices
  • 2 plump garlic cloves (to taste), minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated lemon zest
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint (to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Trim brussels sprouts at the base, remove unattached leaves and set them aside.
  2. Cut in half and place in a large bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt.
  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy skillet (cast iron is ideal).
  5. Add as many brussels sprout halves as will fit in a single layer, cut side down, and sear until nicely browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer to baking sheet, cut side down and repeat with remaining sprouts. Place baking sheet in oven and roast until sprouts are tender, another 10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a pan over medium heat and add red pepper. Cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute.
  8. Add roasted brussels sprouts to pan, stir together and add lemon zest, mint and freshly ground pepper. Heat through, taste and adjust seasonings.
  9. Remove from heat and serve.

Day 3

Breakfast: Berry Purple Smoothie

Snack: 1 mango

Lunch: Asian Sesame Dressing and Noodles

Snack: a handful of dried apricot

Dinner: 4 oz. oven-roasted salmon, ½ baked sweet potato, curried beets and greens

Spinach Smoothie

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups homemade almond milk
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries, strawberries
  • 1 banana (peeled and frozen)
  • 4 tbsp. raw almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia

Directions:

  1. Blend spinach and almond milk first.
  2. Add remaining ingredients other than the chia, and blend.
  3. Add chia once all is smooth and then blend at a low speed.
  4. Let sit for a few minutes for the chia seeds to expand, then enjoy.

Chicken Sesame Noodle Salad

Ingredients:

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • a few squeezes of lime juice
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter

For the salad:

  • 4 ounces’ brown rice noodles
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 5-6 cups baby kale or spinach
  • 3 large carrots, cut into small, thin pieces
  • 3 bell peppers, cut into small, thin pieces
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 4 green onions, green parts only, chopped
  • ½ cup cashews or peanuts

Instructions:

  1. Start soaking the rice noodles in a bowl of cold water.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Pulse all the dressing ingredients except the peanut butter in a food processor.
  4. Place the chicken in a plastic bag and use about ¼ to ½ cup of the peanut butter-free dressing to marinate the refrigerated chicken for about 15-30 minutes.
  5. Add the peanut butter to the dressing in the food processor; pulse, taste and set aside.
  6. Prep all your veggies and toss together in a bowl.
  7. Bake the marinated chicken for 15-20 minutes. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes, slice, and add to the veggie mixture.
  8. Drain the softened noodles and finish cooking them in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  9. Add a little oil and a little dressing and toss them around until they are soft. Add water if necessary.
  10. Toss stir-fried noodles with the chicken and veggie mixture.
  11. Garnish with crushed peanuts and cilantro and serve.

Curried Beets Greens

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch beet greens
  • ¼ cup stems, finely chopped
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • ½ serrano chili
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ semolina
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, chili, beet stems and garlic.
  3. Cook until the onions are transparent.
  4. Add semolina and stir until it smells toasty, about 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in turmeric, cumin and chili powder.
  6. Add beet greens, water, and salt.
  7. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring once about halfway through.
  8. Uncover, cook for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
  9. Sprinkle with lemon juice, stir and serve.

Day 4

Breakfast: Apple and Almond Butter Oats

Snack: one banana

Lunch: Green Goddess Bowl

Snack: a handful of almonds

Dinner: Kale pesto zucchini noodles

Apple and Almond Butter Oats

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup raw almond butter
  • 1 cup grated green apple
  • a dash of cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Add the oats, coconut milk, and almond butter into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Stir in the apple and place in a mason jar with a lid. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next morning, garnish with cinnamon powder and enjoy.

Green Goddess Bowl

Ingredients for avocado cumin dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp. cumin powder
  • 2 limes, fresh squeezed
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • Optional: ¼ tsp. smoked paprika

Ingredients for Tahini Lemon Dressing:

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ½ lemon, fresh squeezed
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper to taste

Ingredients for salad:

  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • ½ cup broccoli florets, chopped
  • ½ zucchini, spiralized
  • ½ cup kelp noodles, soaked and drained
  • ⅓ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp. hemp seeds

Directions:

  1. Lightly steam kale and broccoli and set aside.
  2. Mix zucchini noodles and kelp noodles and toss with a generous serving of smoked avocado cumin dressing.
  3. Add cherry tomatoes and toss again.
  4. Plate the steamed kale and broccoli and drizzle them with lemon tahini dressing. Top the greens with the noodles and tomatoes.
  5. Sprinkle the whole dish with hemp seeds and serve.

Kale Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 limes, fresh squeezed
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 1 zucchini, noodled (spiralized)
  • Optional: garnish with sliced asparagus, spinach leaves, and tomato

Directions:

  1. The night before, soak walnuts.
  2. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor, and blend until you get a cream consistency.
  3. Add to zucchini noodles and enjoy!

Day 5

Breakfast: Power smoothie

Snack: an avocado

Lunch: Quinoa burrito bowl

Snack: A handful dates

Dinner: Wild rice mushroom and almond risotto

Power Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups homemade almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. raw almond butter

Directions:

  1. Blend spinach and almond milk first.
  2. Then add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 15-oz cans of black or adzuki beans
  • 4 green onions. Sliced
  • 2 limes, fresh juiced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 heaping tsp. cumin
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • small handful of cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa as per package instructions.
  2. While cooking, warm beans over low heat in a large skillet.
  3. Stir in onions, lime juice, garlic and cumin and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  4. To serve, divide quinoa and top with sliced avocado and fresh cilantro.

Wild Rice Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cups chopped celery
  • ½ of a yellow onion; chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium white whole mushrooms; sliced
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 5 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup raw pecan halves

Instructions:

  1. Sauté onion, garlic, 1 cup of celery and mushrooms in a medium-large pan, stirring. Cook often until onion and celery is tender.
  2. Add in wild rice and broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low-medium and simmer, covered, for 60 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  4. Stir at the 30-minute mark.
  5. When rice is finished, remove from heat and remove the lid.
  6. Add in ½ cup chopped celery and green onions and combine
  7. Set oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Spread out pecans and toast for 8-10 minutes, flipping half way through.
  9. Chop finished pecans and add to risotto.
  10. Serve and enjoy.

After trying this 5-day alkaline diet plan, get creative to eat more alkaline foods. As with any other diet, make sure to get plenty of exercise, sleep, and water over the week.

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