Can I Still Eat Meat on the Alkaline Diet?

can i still eat meat on the alkaline diet?
Article by ross

This is one of the most common concerns for people when they’re first starting out on the alkaline diet.

Or it’s a concern for people who are worried their partner/husband/wife won’t do it with them if they have to give up meat!

And the answer, for me, is simple: YES…YES YOU CAN!

It’s Supposed to Be Easy…

Most people think getting to the health of their dreams is hard. And this is because of the way most ‘holier-than-thou’ health gurus make it hard.

I don’t know why.

The bottom line is, I believe that getting to optimal health, abundant energy and the body of your dreams is a lot easier than you’ve probably been led to believe.

My approach has always been to make it easy and achievable. To focus on the fundamentals and allow some room to manoeuvre.

Because let’s face it – if you feel s*** about your diet, you won’t stick to it. And you won’t enjoy it.

And life is supposed to be about enjoyment, fun, being at peace and at one with your body. Not fighting it, fighting cravings, feeling restricted and feeling deprived.

So with that being said…

My Simple Rules Around Animal Protein

This is how I coach everyone I work with in my Alkaline Base Camp coaching program and the simple approach is this:

You can still eat meat. BUT the ONLY RULE is to make that meat the highest quality, and most ethical purchase you can. Keep the same budget, don’t spend a penny more, but make it the very, very best quality you can find. Think organic, pasture raised, grass fed, free range, hormone free and so on.

If you follow this rule, your budget stays the same, but your quality of meat increases, the nutrient content of the meat (being higher quality) increases, the volume goes down and presumably the taste goes up (I have been vegetarian/vegan since I was 14 so it’s hard to know!).

And importantly, the ethical treatment of the animal goes up as much as possible.

Non-Animal Protein

A lot of folks want to retain the meat in their diet for the protein, with the question “without it, where will I get my protein?”.

This shouldn’t be a concern. There are tons of sources of non-animal, vegan proteins. And it also opens the question of how much do you actually need?

Unless you’re lifting weights or in a rigorous workout program, you don’t need a lot. Anywhere between 30g to 60g will be more than enough on average, and you can easily get that on the alkaline diet.

Just one sample day from our most recent ‘Digestive Healing Month’ meal plan in the Alkaline Base Camp (we have a different focus every month) had 113g of protein – and was vegan (members can add meat if they like).

Great sources of vegan protein include:

Quinoa
Oats
Beans & Pulses (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans etc)
Nuts & Seeds
Buckwheat
Chia
Tofu
And don’t discount green veggies – one cup of spinach has 7g protein

And if you’re looking for that extra – sprouted brown rice protein powder compares very favourably to whey protein with between 23-26g protein per 30g serve (depending on the brand).

My favourites are:

Sun Warrior Protein
Vega Protein
Amazonia Co Protein

The Ideological & Ethical Question

I am personally 90% vegan 10% vegetarian. I don’t have any animal products at home, but I do still use leather and I don’t go as far as to the full extent of veganism.

Ideologically I love all animals, but my first reasoning for becoming vegetarian (at first) at the age of 14 was for health benefits and the benefit of the environment. I read the sleeve notes of a Moby album about the waste and environmental impact of eating mass-produced meat.

I already understood the health benefits of vegetables as my dad grew all of our food himself (and still does for him and mum – hard for me to access living 15,000 km away now – when I lived in Birmingham and they are in Northampton they used to post freshly picked asparagus to me at University. So sweet).

And then I learned about the benefits of going alkaline at a Tony Robbins event in 2003.

And that’s been me since.

I don’t judge anyone who eats meat. Everyone is free to make choices and that is part of the beauty of life. I respect that decision.

I chose vegan/vegetarianism without judgement and for my own reasons.

I hope this post reflects that and is me supporting those who choose a different path with the best advice I can possibly give.

OK!

Peace out
Ross

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  1. Rachel Reply

    Love your emails. Thanks so much for the work you do!

  2. Chris Reply

    Thank you for all your work and dedication!

  3. Prulon Reply

    Just to say thanks to share your knowledge and experience. 🙂

  4. Bill Anthony Reply

    Ross, I forgot to leave you my phone number on the questionnaire, and it wouldn’t let me go back a page so I hope you get this. my phone number is 334-799-9982
    Yours for health truth,
    Bill

  5. Serena Fox Reply

    Great to hear this Ross as my husband would never give up meat!!!
    You are very frank and honest about your views which is really refreshing. Hope all is going well with your family.

  6. Tammy Quillicy Reply

    I have a question for you. I am a 58 year old female. My tummy looks like I am 6 months pregnant. I had a CT scan and an endoscopy. Scan showed a fatty liver. Endoscopy showed an ulcer, hiadal hernia and esophagtis as well as a non-bleeding duedenal diverticulum.

    My gastro dr prescribed Carafate and Prilosec. He also told me to watch acidic foods. I want this to go away, but do it the natural way without men’s.

    Any recommendations?

  7. Cathy Newman Reply

    You are such an inspiration to me and, no doubt about it, countless others! Thank you for all you do for us!!! Love, love, love

  8. Sylvia Daisy Pouncer Reply

    Hi there Ross,
    You seem like a nice chap, I have Rh arthritis in my hands and elbows and a spondylolisthesis lower spine. I have pain all the time, just depends how much. I am a RN and my job keeps me on my feet and constantly moving thank God. Honestly, I love my food, love to cook, is diet really the way to go? It seems that GP’s, rheumatologists and surgeons have nothing to offer me but medication/anti-inflammatories and pain killers. I am very physical, not overweight, what can diet offer me?

  9. Carl Anderson Reply

    Great post. I kindly would like to know is a fish diet good with the alkaline vegetables, and will eating fish throw off your alkaline in your body and still make you acidic?

    • CHIZIK Reply

      WAS A FISHERMAN ,LOVE FISH , BUTTTT
      YOU CAN’T FIND SEA FISH THAT ISN’T POLUTED WITH MERCURY , AND THIS MY FRIENDS IS MUCH WORST THEN ANY MEAT ,DEAD OR ALIVE .

  10. C Reply

    Great post. I kindly would like to know is a fish diet good with the alkaline vegetables, and will eating fish throw off your alkaline in your body and still make you acidic?

  11. Sabrina Reply

    Is eating raw fish say sushi a few times a week good to help stay alkaline?

  12. Paul Benavidez Reply

    My sister is an MD and shifted her practice to integrative med. She is adamant that if I don’t have some meat in my vegan diet that I am not getting vitamin B-12. She said I would need B-12 supplements if I don’t include meat.

  13. Peggy Berwick Reply

    Thank you for sharing that information Ross.

    It has helped me a lot in my meat choices, and why.

    Thanks, Peggy

  14. Rhonda F :) Reply

    I love this simple light-hearted answer to this question. I have been given grief for wanting to give up meat and people argue that there is not enough protein in a vegan diet. A few months back, I switched to a totally alkaline diet. I printed out your book with the lists and made a total transformation after I was given a cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, I had to undergo Chemotherapy and Radiation and was really encouraged through this time to give up the vegan thing as I would need extra protein and the raw diet would reak havoc on my digestive system. I changed things up somewhat temporarily and am slowly working my way back toward a vegan diet. I had to give up juicing as well and am happy to say I am returning back to it in a few days. I have lost 40 pounds just in giving up meat products, processed products, and chemically modified products. I feel amazing even after the treatments I have gone through! Once I am completely past this part of my journey (I still need surgery), I will be looking to you for more guidance and more knowledge. You have been amazing in making this a simple process and easy to understand!

  15. Carmel Horrocks Reply

    I turned vegan 10 months ago due to recurrence of ovarian cancer after a 10 year gap of being cancer free. I do a lot of research and found CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is found in red meat and attacks cancer tumours. Weighing up the pros and cons I now have one red meat meal a week and have introduced 2 fish meals a week. As in your article, sourcing the meat and fish is paramount as regards grass fed and non use of hormones, antibiotics, etc.

  16. CHIZIK Reply

    OK,THIS ONE I READ . I CAN’T IMAGIN LIVING WITHOUT MEAT PERSONALY ,BUT AS U SAY -THE BEUTY OF LIFE …..MY QUESTION IS A HARD ONE -I LONG LIVE WITH TINNITUS AND HEARING PROBLEMS AND WITH ALL MY READING AND SEARCHING ,KNOWING IT IS CONNECTED TO FOOD CHOICES BUT HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EAT -SO I KNOW THE QUESTION ,MORE THEN AN ENT CAN SAY ,BUT
    AFTER YEARS OF SEARCHING DIDN’T FIND ONE FOOD THAT CAN HELP, DO YOU ?THANKS CHIZIK

    • Jay Reply

      Hey Chizik. I had the same problems with my hearing until I went to a Tony Robbins event in 2006. We fasted for 4 days and my hearing went back to normal! I noticed caffeine, sugars and alcohol were all major contributors to my hearing problems. I didn’t stop all of them completely, however I fast a few times per year and regulate my intake of the bad stuff. All under control for 10 years now.

  17. Sue Smith Reply

    Well said Ross, since being on the Alkaline diet, i have cut a lot of meat out, especially red meat,simply because,i found it very heavy, and really didn`t fancy it! we do eat organic chicken probably once a week, but apart from that we follow the recipe books! have done all the recipes which are great, quite a few times, now it`s time for you to write another one, keep up the good work, you are doing a fantastic job!

  18. Naresh Reply

    Can you suggest smoothies for prostate cancer?
    Thanks

  19. Ulla Mergen Reply

    I love what you are doing and wish you all the Best.i bought one of your books. I feel newly inspired to go back to being vegan…but i do eat eggs. So thanks again fir what you are doing. Take care.
    Ulla

  20. Mr.V Reply

    I had an anti aging doctor tell me that for erectile dysfunction, eating beets and drinking yellow water lemon juice is very good.
    have you ever heard of this?
    Mr.V.
    San Antonio, Tx

  21. Kellie Williams Reply

    Trying to come up with a daily diet routine for my husband with stomach cancer
    He eats by mouth and can digest foods somewhat but also gets fed by daily 12 hour tpn

    And was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer
    However we are working hard st trying with chemo and starting a daily kill the cancer by any means necessary
    Practice of living but I’m trying to review what works or if you have a protocol for this

    Sincerely
    Kellie Williams

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