My favorite foods include black coffee, grapefruit, chocolate, lemon, garlic, tomatoes, and red peppers. And I wonder why I have such an acidic stomach and cramped feet.
I am now converting to being a "gut health" person. I used the hashtag for the first time this morning, marking my crossover to the realm where people talk openly about regularity and detailed accounts of what they ate that day. I'm not sure I'll jump in with both feet but I'm certainly desiring to give the gut health, low acid diet a try.
To start, I am selectively giving up acidic foods. I went one day without a coffee and I felt like a blathering fool by 2 pm. It was only after talking to strangers, oblivious to the blueberry smear across my face, and then falling asleep in the car, that I realized I could not do the no coffee life. I'll also stop eating 4 hours before bed, sleep on an incline, and drink even more water than normal.
Upon researching low acid foods to introduce more of into my diet, I realized nearly all of the top suggestions are things I am allergic to. Coupled with the fact that I eat a lot of acidic foods, it's really no mystery why I am having trouble. Tofu, miso, soy beans, nuts, beans, peas, and yogurt are all excellent basic foods to load up on. And I can have none of them.
Instead, I'll be starting my day out with lots of seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, chia), coconut mylk yogurt, coconut mylk, oats, and berries.
For lunch I'll be having salads with lean proteins like tuna, salmon, or chicken. And just olive oil as dressing - no vinegar (ugh).
And for dinner I'll lean into grains like quinoa, lots of leafy greens, and a small amount of meat or eggs.
As I described my stomach issues and new diet to my mother, she pointed out that I am living the life of an elderly woman. I told her not to be late for 4 pm dinner at my place.