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 maneuver.
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 who are 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.
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:
Beans & Pulses (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans etc)
Nuts & Seeds
And don’t discount green veggies – one cup of spinach has 7g protein
And if you’re looking for that extra hit of protein per day – sprouted/plant-based protein powder compares very favorably to whey protein with between 23-26g protein per 30g serve (depending on the brand) – but without the horrible, acidic, clogging whey. Brands like Alkamind and Sun Warrior are great.
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.