I’ve had a fair amount of questions from people who have downloaded my Ultimate Acid Alkaline Food Charts who want to know how they measure out foods to make sure they hit the desired 80/20 ratio of alkaline/acid.
As I understand it, I should be eating 70-80% of my food from the alkaline list, so, is that 70-80% by volume or weight or calories? 2 cups of spinach is a lot more volume than 4 oz of meat, but weighs a lot less, thus my confusion.
The measurement can and should be entirely visual. Don’t worry about weight, calories, fat, protein, carbs or anything else – just look at your plate! Is it covered with 80% or more alkaline forming foods? If so, you’re set.
The trick with the alkaline diet is not to over-think it and be too hung up on being exact and specific. Just make sure that at each meal 80% of your plate is alkaline and in your general food choices go for alkaline whenever possible.
For instance, you don’t have to give up pasta. Just make the serving size smaller than you’re used to so 20% of the plate is wholemeal pasta and the other 80% is alkaline vegetables. Same with Asian food – make the rice brown instead of white and keep it to 20% of the place and fill the rest up with alkaline foods. OR if you have a little more pasta/rice, serve the meal with a side salad – so this ups the relative amount of alkaline stuff going into your body. Easy right?
If you keep it easy – you’ll find it a lot more straightforward and simple to stick to
p.s. I am really not meaning to over-simplify here, but this is an important concept – the alkaline diet does not need to be difficult, complex or confusing! Read my acid/alkaline diet simplified article for more.