Like many people that feel compelled to embark on a wellness quest, my journey began after some alarming test results. It was 2003 and my life looked VERY different than today. I was a hard-core meat and cheese eater, fast food junkie, and only exercised on Monday mornings, usually after a weekend of binge eating that ended with making promises to myself that everything will change tomorrow. Then by about 10:00 AM Tuesday morning, I would be late for work again (I had trouble sleeping too….shocker) and found myself picking up two McDonald’s breakfast burritos to save time. By the time I went in for the doctor appointment in late fall 2003, my life was a mess and I was scared shitless and embarrassed to discover what this lifestyle was doing to my body.
“If you keep on making these choices Hayley, you will be on diabetes medication in a few months,” my doctor calmly pleaded following my full on breakdown in her office where I admitted my binge eating habits (I weighed in at 193 pounds), heavy drinking, trouble sleeping, and creeping depression. “Your body needs your help.”
Change didn’t happen immediately. First I had to identify my triggers then slowly phase them out – beginning, sadly, with many of my ‘friends’ who were bad influences, followed by fast food then soda and finally meat in April of 2004. Within a month of giving up meat, I had not only dropped 20 pounds, but my temperament completely changed. The depression went away, I was less angry and more optimistic, I had no troubles getting and staying asleep, and my once acne-laden skin had completely cleared. These changes are the story I find myself telling people who are curious about why I went vegan, with the cliff note version being:
When I gave up meat I immerged from a fog I didn’t know I was in. When I gave up meat, my life began.
Needless to say, I never needed diabetic medications or have needed ANY medications since that day as I’ve had zero health issues, including contracting a flu or a cold beyond 24 hours.
So…what does that have to do with this ‘Acid vs Alkaline’ thing? Well, when you are blessed with worry-free blood tests you can began asking questions about how do I get to be even MORE healthy…is it possible I can feel MORE amazing?! I have since switched doctors, and when I posed this question to Dr. F she asked, “What do you know about the negative impacts of acid in your body?” Well Doc, I don’t know shit.
I have done a great deal of research since that conversation and while I’m knowledgable, I am not a physician. Therefore, I don’t want to be the one to prescribe my own opinions. I’ve also only begun my journey to balancing my pH, so I will keep you updated on any new amazing breakthroughs physically or emotionally. The following video is the best explanation I have found to help understanding why the relationship between acid and alkaline matters along with a guide to the alkaline/acid levels in common foods.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I loved myself enough to ask for help and admit I have a problem – I guess those 12 step programs aren’t full of crap huh? But as any 12-stepper will tell you, the work never stops. There is always temptation and bad days and a million ‘what ifs’ and justification arguments in your head. It’s during these times that I think back to how far I have come, how amazing I feel now, and how grateful I am to be standing in this place of joy sharing my story, and not in a place of bitterness and self-doubt. Happy learning my friends!
Thanks to www.alkalinesisters.com for the chart!