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A glass of wine. A pint of beer. Can you have the occasional cocktail and remain on track with your Thrive lifestyle?
Today, a question from Tim:
Q: Where do you sit regarding beer and wine (both red and white)? Are these substances alkaline or acid-forming? Is there a place for them in the Thrive Diet?
A: Great question, Tim. Up until about five years ago, I did have a glass of wine or beer from time-to-time. However, the further my diet shifted towards raw, plant-based foods, the naturally less interested I became in alcoholic beverages. My nutrient-rich diet recalibrated my body and I gradually lost my taste for alcohol - I currently consume none.
The pH value of wine ranges from 2.9 to 4.2, and the pH of beer ranges from 3.7 to 4.1, depending on the brand. Therefore all alcohol is classified as acidic (any pH value below 7). To encourage a health-promoting, alkaline environment in the body, all acid-forming foods and drinks should be avoided.
But rather than focusing on eliminating from your diet, concentrate on the inclusion of nutrient-dense whole food items. Over time the body will begin to crave high net-gain foods and lose interest in processed foods and stimulants like sugar, coffee and yes – alcohol. Your body will get all the nutrition it needs from the new diet and turn off the hunger/craving mechanism.
And don’t worry; the occasional drink will not sabotage your entire diet. Anything in moderation can be balanced out if the rest of your diet is where it should be.
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