Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. Cicero
ISSUE 1: Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body Welcome to issue 1 of Recipes for an Authentic Life to nourish your body, mind and soul! There are several ingredients, which, when mixed properly, practiced efficiently and honed well can make for a wonderful, wholesome life! This is what Recipes for an Authentic Life is all about. It is about being real, being wholesome, being true to ones-self, being in touch with our inner-source and interacting with the world around us from that space. In this first volume: Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body, I would like to share with you some of my stories of transition and gratitude. It became clear to me recently, that one of the most important ingredients within my recipe for an authentic life includes a massive dose of daily gratitude. I realised that without it, I no longer had any basis upon which I could be happy â€“ I was unable to really
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appreciate the world around me and viewed the world from a narrow, shortsighted perspective. Being grateful widens perspective, it allows for good things to enter into you life, and creates a sustainable basis for happiness to grow. I also talk a bit about the concept of alkalising the body â€“ a way to transition into optimal health, and a couple of delicious alkalising recipes to make your heart, soul and body sing. So, sit back and make yourselves at home, and allow yourself to be nourished within this space.
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My Story of transition – The Journey Within 4 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body © Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
I spent the first thirty years of my life ambitiously running after goals: goals, that were either set for me by others, society, family, expectations. I completed high school at age 15, went to conservatory and an Ivy League College. I started off a great career as concert pianist, then as an orchestral manager. I wanted more and later completed my PhD in the UK and subsequently worked as an educational consultant around the world. I was living my life running after a future, which I was never able to reach, reacting to external circumstances and taking things from there. I always needed more and had successfully ignored the actual process of living and enjoying the moment. I was living on automatic, void of heart and soul until life tapped its forefinger at me. Life always has a wonderful way of tapping at your shoulders as if to say “look, what are you doing?! Well, life nudged me on several occasions, really elbowed me, and slapped my face and yet...I chose to ignore it. As time progressed, I became physically tired of running. So, I kept on pushing, until I physically was unable to push anymore let alone walk. I had become physically debilitated – run down to the core with fainting spells, dizzy spells, and an entire year of chronic bronchitis and this was just the beginning. My doctors had speculated everything from Lupus to Wilson’s disease to Lymphoma. I was unable to have normal bowel movements for weeks on end, my lymph nodes were massively swollen and my blood contained dangerous levels of mercury and lead.
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Chemo, chelation and cortisone, emerged from our discussions and something inside of me told me to explore other options. Perhaps it was fear – reluctant to admit that my body was failing me. I became crazy, actually obsessed researching alternatives and trying to figure out why this happened had all occurred in the first place: why me and why now when I have so much to achieve and do and become? I began resenting everything around me. I was terribly lost not knowing what to do. I had insomnia on top of everything simply because I was not able to turn my mind off. One doctor told me that unless I changed my mind-set, my body would shut down and kill me sooner than later. “You should really turn off your mind. Let go. Ever try meditating?” She asked me. My mindset, let go?! What did my mindset and meditating have to do with this-how dare she? I never returned. I spent my entire life savings and sold literally everything I had visiting alternative doctors and looking for answers.
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And then it finally came, packaged in the most unexpected of ways. The answers arrived during one of my hospital visits. My roommate was a 73 year-old lady who had been in for a “check-up”. Two days after, she discovered that she had cancer, which had had spread to all of her vital organs. The following morning, my roommate began chemotherapy and that night, neither of us could sleep. She was clearly in pain, and I heard every grunt and moan, twist and turn, gasp for air, and desperate cries. Tears were rolling down my eyes and I bit my pillow so as not to let her hear anything. My heart was thumping with fear for her, with sympathy for her and my own plight, wondering ... Finally, in the midst of the loud thumping of my heart, I heard her voice. “I am hungry”. I asked her if I should call the nurse, and she emphatically said „No! The food will only kill me faster! And after a few seconds of silence, we broke into a resounding, heartfelt, cathartic laugh.
If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. Meister Eckhart
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We could hardly stop and each attempt we made, brought on another bout of uncontrollable laughter. I turned the lights on, pulled out my bag of snacks and offered her what I had. As I handed it to her she smiled. Her smile was larger than life, childlike and pure. I could not stop smiling back. We munched and we spoke and we shared. She shared stories with me that she said she had not shared with anyone else, and I did the same. At one point, she began crying, saying that she wanted so badly to live longer, but the doctors gave her less than a week. I then cried along, for herbut also wondering what I would do if I were told the same. She was feeling somewhat hot and asked for me to open the windows. I assisted her to the sill, where we both gazed into the dark night. There was a fine cool breeze, which caressed our faces and we could see the dark shadows of the trees waving at us. She told me how much she loved nature, and asked me what I loved most about nature. To be honest I had never really thought about it before. And then she turned to look at me and said: you have never really stopped in your life to just be and enjoy have you? She looked at me again in a more serious manner and began telling me how she believed that most illnesses have an emotional basis. She spoke about the things she regretted not ever having done, each time looking into my eyes, to see how I would respond. 8 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
She then asked me plainly: Paula, do you know who you really are and what you really want?! This question hit me like an arrow and I started to cry incessantly. “You have worked so hard your entire life to be the perfect girlfriend, the perfect daughter, student, the perfect everything-and have neglected to be the real you in the process. You feel as if you always need to be in control huh, but actually were not really ever. This illness is your soul’s way of telling you let go and let be. You need to take the time to listen to your heart, and just be grateful for what you have. Be grateful that we can watch this beautiful nature, and stop running after things you don’t have. As it means you do not appreciate what you do have. You will always be dissatisfied. Look at your self in the mirror each morning and love what you see, Paula. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Love yourself. This is why you are here. Take real control of your life by being grateful, by being you, and create a life you love”. Silence followed. The crying ceased. My mind froze. My heart opened and something within my soul resonated.
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What would your life look like if you took control and was “creator”? She asked. The question made me feel awkward, as if I was entering into foreign territory. It came out, albeit reluctantly, that I want to write. I really want to write and share. I want to write for children, have my own cultural television network, like CNN but by and for children around the globe to inspire people around the world to respect others, enable others to understand the “connectedness” of all peoples, cultures. Empower…I went on and on. I had never shared that desire with anyone before because it seemed absurd and idealistic. Her eyes were watering and big as if she was just as excited as I was. She grabbed my hands and told me that she felt it coming from my heart. Then she told me, as if she heard my doubts, that I need to stop worrying about how. By listening to my heart and turning off my mind, and being grateful for all that I have, I let go and the answers will come. The morning of my departure, I played my favourite Brahms Trio in bed on my computer. As I began to pack my things, my roommate asked me to sit and have my last breakfast with her. She unfolded the little tables, took some blue napkins which she found wrapped around one of her several flower bouquets and put them down to serve as place mats, in a diagonal manner. It looked pretty. Then she took one of the 10 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body © Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
flowers from the bouquet and put it into one of our medical glasses, which were long and slender, and made for a very pretty one-flower vase. I was excited and I could feel her excitement as well! I took out my remaining snacks and placed them onto a plate. All of a sudden I saw her reach for something under her bed. What emerged from this rather clever “hiding spot” were some oat cookies, and a jar. The jar was a bottle of her homemade blueberry jam. She winked at me and said that she made this over the summer. She had no appetite for it until now. She pressed the button for the nurses to bring us some bread and as they came into the room welcomed by the sound of Brahms and a prettily decorated “table” they looked at each other and then at us, but dared not say anything. Then, just as we wanted to begin our meal, the doctors came in to begin her next chemotherapy session. My heart sunk and my roommate promptly stated, “I am having breakfast with Paula and you will come in when I am ready”. She said this in a rather loud, firm and direct voice-one I never knew from her. The doctors stood there, agape and silent and then quickly exited the room. My heart sunk and my roommate promptly stated, “I am having breakfast with Paula and you will come in when I am ready”. She said this in a rather loud, firm and direct voice-one I never knew from her. The doctors stood there, agape and silent and then quickly exited the room. 11 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body © Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
„Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot“ The Hausa of Nigeria
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We shared a fantastic breakfast-and one which I will never ever forget. Her last words to me were: and please start writing now! She repeated her advice from the night before telling me to turn off my mind and listen within. Enjoy the moment and do not live for the future. My heart is the truth and the only truth we have, she reiterated. We looked outside the window into the forest and both cried. We cried not because we were sad, but because we were grateful. We were living in the moment-in the present and it seemed to have lasted forever. During my taxi-ride home from the hospital, the curious taxi driver naturally asked me what I was doing at the hospital and I shared with him the reason. And much against my own limited preconceptions, this lovely man shared with me that he was a practicing Buddhist, had studied philosophy, then decided to become a taxi driver so that he could do all the things in life he wanted to do in life like travel, read and pray. He told me that he believed that all illnesses emerge from an imbalance between body and mind. To create the balance one has to listen to their heart. I clearly was not listening to my heart, he said. I was shocked and amazed by what he had said and told him that this was the third time I was receiving this advice within the past few weeks. He looked up at his rear-view window to see my face and simply said: well, then you know now that you are on the right path.
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Since my return, I have been following my heart and have received â€œmessagesâ€? along the way. I found a wonderful clinic, which helped me tremendously. My mind-set and I am no longer running after a future, which is in my head. I live in the present, and have become an active creator of my life. I take time out to be grateful for all I have and have found an inner peace-which I never new before. To support my health, I altered my diet to one, which incorporates primarily organic living plant-based foods, alkaline foods, and just as I have come to realise that you are what you think, I also know that you truly are what you eat! I am enjoying my journey to myself-to recovery. Where will I be in 5 years from now? For the first time in my life, I have no answers to that question nor am I worried. What matters is that I simply am creating an authentic life of meaning, doing what I love, acting from my heart and simply loving what is.
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The Baker, the Neighbour and the Taxi Driver
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The Baker, the Neighbour and the Taxi Driver
… and I shall add to quote: and being! I woke up this morning with such a feeling of gratitude from the happenings of the previous evening. It all happened because I had not slept at all the previous night and carried the fatigue throughout my body during the entire the day. I returned home that evening, feeling heavy, hardly able to keep my burning eyes closed, and famished. Before I could take off my jacket, I was already in the kitchen thinking about what I could make as quickly as possible. As I started to make my dinner I realised that I had promised the shop owner around the corner to bring by some cookies that evening. I promised, and hate to break promises. I knew that the owner would be away for a week, and so I had no choice but to leave the house again. In my state of mind, which clearly was not quite with me, I closed the door. Closing the door would normally not pose any problem, however, I had closed the door and left the keys hanging inside of the door lock. Inside of my flat! I wanted to scream, yell at myself, hit myself over the head. But, I managed to hold myself back. I took a few deep breaths and thought about what to do. I headed downstairs and ran into the baker from the bakery next door. He noticed at once that my face was not its usually cherry-self, as he described it, and asked what was up. I shared my experience and he immediately offered to help! Next to him, was a taxi driver who had overheard and equally mentioned that he 17 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body © Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
could try to help. And so, the three of us went upstairs and attempted to open my door. I was able to get a second key, as my friend kept one for such happening. However, since my key was still in the inside lock, there was no way of budging it. On such occasions, one would normally call what in Germany is refereed to as Schlusseldienst, kind of like emergency key people. The thing is that or a 10 second operation, they could charge as much as 300 Euros, plus extra costs for nocturnalÂ fees, and travel, and this and that. Neither the baker nor the taxi driver was able to allow this to happen. And so, they got to it as I mentally imagined the door flinging open and us all rejoicing at the grand success! The two men, shook and pulled, wiggled and whammed at the door, and nothing budged. One hour. They kicked, and hammered, pondered and cursed. Nothing budged.
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Two hours. They dripped with sweat, peeling off what layers they were wearing on the cool evening. The sweat had soaked all the way through. They huffed and puffed. Nothing happened. I continued to do my part by continuing to visualise the door flinging open. Nothing happened. A neighbour finally came down, wondering what was going on and offered to assist by bringing tools, credit cards, x-rays (yes!) and hammers! Nothing worked! After 3 hours of an intense fitness workout, the baker had to leave. I cannot begin to express how emotionally fatigued I was at this point. As the baker realised that he had to leave the scene, he looked nearly more upset than I was. I do not know who extended their arms out first, but we hugged each other goodbye-and the baker wished me luck. Anyone watching us would have thought that this was a drama scene out of a movie. 19 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
The neighbour was by this time, now completely dishevelled and had to leave as well. The taxi driver exclaimed that he was determined. He added that he could not possibly leave until he had won this challenge. It really had become a personal challenge for him and the expression on his face and exertion from his body revealed his intention. 30 minutes later, completely out of breath and nearly in tears, the taxi driver gave me a pitiful look and said that there was no way to open the door. I had long stopped the visualisation process and was also nearly in tears. This whole ordeal had become such aÂ huge challenge for us all. As the taxi driver gathered all of the tools we had accumulated in silence, I helplessly took the x-ray paper and tried to copy what I saw the men doing, listless, and defeated. Perhaps I did this just for a last attempt to say that we all really all tried every possible thing! And with that, the door flung open! Yes, flung open! It literally flung open, and better yet- I have absolutely no inkling what-so-ever as to how I did it! I was in such a state of confusion, that I simply stood in front of the open door. And then there was dead silence for a few 20 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
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moments- until I heard a scream! The taxi driver screamed out loud as if we had just won the football game of a lifetime! He ran up to me, grabbed me and hugged me! And we rejoiced in our victory, with cheer and laughter. He then spent the following 15 minutes examining the door and wondering how in heavens name I managed to do it. We could for the life of us, just not figure it out! I told him that we should not underestimate the power of the mind, and he shook his head in agreement! After he left, and all was over, I closed the door and just stood there in front of the door in silence and in wonder. And then I started to sob. And then I began to cry. And then I started to bawl!! Tears of amazement relief fell off of my cheeks. These were tears of amazement from the realisation that during the previous four hours, I had been visualising exactly that, which had occurred. And then massive tears of gratitude followed the tear-stream. I was so grateful for all of the help that I had received that evening! It was so special, and with each hug that I shared with the baker, my neighbour and the taxi driver-I knew and felt that all is good. And then I bawled tears of â€Ś well, just a release of overwhelming positive feelings, which I simply could not hold back!
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It was all good and fine that I now had this awareness of needing to turn off my mind, being grateful for what I had in my life and letting be. Upon my return home from the hospital, I was on an emotional high for about 5 days, and then slowly my old feelings and mental habits began to creep in. It was clear that this transition would not occur overnight. I spent hours, days, weeks and months reading through books and articles on transitions, on happiness, on gratitude, on positive thinking and everything that follows. I did certainly pick up a few interesting ideas and habits along the way, however, at the end of the day, my mind was obviously dead-set on remaining in its cosy, and all to familiar habitual structure.
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The Art of being Grateful
I consistently tried to put myself back into my discussion with my wonderful hospital mate, remembering all that she had told me, and the excitement I felt thereafter. My attempts were all short-lived. I realised that I was not able to simply decide, that I was going to be happy, or grateful. And I was unable to simply let go, as much as I desired to. All of my countless affirmations, self-talk and hypnosis-all amounted to nothing. Was I using the wrong words, was I saying them improperly, was I not believing them. Was I not saying them enough? I came to the conclusion that positive thinking and affirmations and the like were simply strategies of repressing ones real thoughts and putting on a happy Band-Aid over them to make it all look good for the world. I could not figure it out and this led to yet another form of disappointment! I knew in theory that before I could really be happy that I had to truly and sincerely be grateful for things. I knew and felt that this was the foundation for everything else. I knew that I would never really figure out who I was unless I was able to let go of and just be grateful for what was. But I was always fighting-that is, my mind was! Certainly I was grateful for many things, such as my family and friends, but just as long as my list of things to be grateful for were, just as equally long was my mental list 23 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
of things which were not I my life, for which I was unhappy. I felt that the lack of these things was making me unhappy. I knew and felt deep inside that I should have felt more grateful, but the truth was that I simply wasnâ€™t, and was fooling myself into thinking that I would ever be. There was just too much other stuff involved, and I had no way of ridding myself of those feelings. I read countless stories of individuals who spoke about being grateful for such things as flowers, and being overwhelmed with such joy. Quite frankly I simply could not relate. Yes, flowers are pretty; but-I simply could not find it within myself to go so far as being grateful. I mean, flowers are flowers and there are always there. So I thought. It took a weekend visit by my Godson for me to really realise that flowers are not just flowers. It took that weekend with a 6-ear-old boy to finally absorb all that I had discussed with my hospital roommate weeks before. It took a weekend with my Godson to finally make the transition. My Godson spent one particular weekend with me, and as he loves nature, I accompanied him to the park near my flat each day. It was cold outside and slightly grey, so quite honesty, I would have been terribly happy staying in the comfort of my warm flat. But, there was no way that I could possibly make this little 6-year-old boy stay at home, and so I joined in. I spent hours watching my Godson play outside in the park. I was amazed at how grandly he was able to entertain himself. 24 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
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He was having a ball, picking up stones, stopping at each and every single flower that he saw (I never knew that we had flowers in that park at this time of year). I noticed him looking up at the clouds and simply gawking. I figured that there must have been a plane or something of that sort in the sky, and so I looked up as well. I was unable to locate what he was looking at. All I saw were the blue skies and so, looked down at him, and asked him what he was looking at: “the sky Paula.” And he continued to gaze and gaze and smile. I was slowly becoming slightly concerned at the mental state of this little boy, as I watched him with rather sceptical eyes. And then, he pointed up to the sky, looked at me, and began to relate a story, which he “read” from the formation of the clouds. I watched this little boy create a story inspired by the choreography of the clouds. I attempted to follow his story-following the dance of the clouds as they revealed their various characters and moods. It took a while, however at one point, it clicked! There was an entire story, a world of stories, an entire world up there in the clouds-something to which I had always access to, but had blocked off somehow. The story was beautiful and nearly made me cry. We continued our little journey home and what would have usually taken me no more than 15 minutes, turned into an hour and 5 minutes. Every couple of steps, my Godson would pick up a pebble, or a handful of sand and examine it from every possible angle. Each time he would say, “this 25 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body © Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
is beautiful”. And I was like: “yea”, thinking that this is really just a small stone. At the end of the visit, as I sat in bed reviewing the events over the weekend, I looked over at the rather large collection of “stuff “ that my Godson had collected along the way. I got up to throw them out and stopped myself to take a look at each item, one by one. I remembered the wonder and the fascination on my Godson’s face as he picked it from the ground. I followed his style, and looked at it and examined it as well from all possible angels. Somehow, slowly the pebble took on new meaning for me. I then placed it back where the collected items stood. I went through each item in a similar manner. The twig, which I thought was ugly and wanted not to include, suddenly took on new meaning. I imagined how it must have looked in its entire context as part of a tree. Then I began to think about the tree and its leaves, and I was then brought back to the night in which I was having that heart to heart chat with my hospital mate, as the tree leaves were waving in the wind. It was truly beautiful. I kept the twig! (I also kept the pile of pebbles, stones, something which to today, I cannot tell you what it is, a few leaves, which have now dried up into interesting shapes).
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As I looked at the pile, my mind took a journey-to a far away place-one, which I had not visited since my childhood. I caught myself smiling and in that moment, I felt such an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. I was truly grateful in that moment that I could just be, that I could walk, and see and appreciate. I as grateful that I could experience the world around me, that I could pick up a rock, a twig, that I could enjoy the weekend with my Godson. Since that moment, I no longer have to urge myself into thinking that I need to be grateful for something-I truly am, and that feeling is so empowering, so free-ing, so breathtaking. I can now confirm that gratitude is simply one of the most important and fundamental ingredients in my and I think any recipe for an authentic life. Being in a space of gratitude really opens up the mind and allows for us to experience the world in new and unexpected ways. I feel as if my mind has truly gone through some structural changes, as things, which used to bother me, suddenly ceased to do so. Things that I had once overlooked suddenly brought me a great deal of satisfaction and joy. It was as if I had put on a new pair of eyeglasses through which, I could interact with the world around me. The world is larger and the colours are more intense. The world has not changed, simply the way in which I see it! I rather like these new eyeglasses and intend to keep them for life!
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The Art of being Alkaline
“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos-the trees, the clouds, everything” Thich Nhat Hanh
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Expanding the Concept of Gratitude into our Diets Once I felt at home within my new space of gratitude, I was able to translate this feeling and concept into my diet. It seemed to me that by opening up my mind to being grateful, I was allowing so much good to enter into my daily experiences. I was allowing and no longer preventing but really being and it was a marvellous place to be once I got there. Although my body was fairly stable after a while, I still had some degree of pain, and my body was somehow not quite absorbing all the nutrients and vitamins that it was being fed. This was when my first discussion about the bodyâ€™s PH balance took place. While the process of gratification created an environment in which I was able to absorb all the goodness around me, eating more alkalizing foods did exactly the same thing on a physical level. Alkalizing the body creates an environment within which the body can function at an optimal level. It facilitates the optimal state within which the body can effectively absorb and access vital nutrients. Having experienced the near immediate outcome, I cannot begin to express how important it is to have your body in an alkaline environment in order to achieve optimal health. 29 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
What does the term Alkaline refer to? A healthy body is achieved when our blood is in the proper acid-alkaline balance, which seems to be slightly higher than 7. Anything lower indicates that he body is in an acidic state, which indicates that the body is not absorbing sufficient oxygen within the cells for optimal conditioning. Alkalinity is measured as PH, and within a range of 0 to 14, the mid-point at 7 is considered to be in balance or neutral. Anything higher than a 7 is considered alkaline and anything lower than a 7 is considered acidic. With regards to food, all foods have a particular PH level. All foods are categories as either being alkaline or acidic. As a general rule, acidic foods are those, which are primarily, derived from meat products, such as milks, eggs. Other acidic foods include sugars, and refined foods such as white flour. This does not make these foods bad for you, but rather they should be best eaten in moderation and coupled with foods that are alkaline. Keeping your body in an alkaline state assists greatly in maintaining an optimal health, and is a critical factor in determining the state of our health. How does an Acidic PH occur? Other than consuming acidic foods, an acidic PH also emerges from emotional stress, chemicals within the body-toxins and â€œor any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and 30 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
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other nutrients.Â In order to strive for balance, the body tries to compensate by using up the alkaline material that are within the body. If, at this point, you are not consuming enough alkaline foods, the blood cells begin to develop acid. This is when disease and deterioration of the body begins to occur. As I discovered over time, an acidic body inhibits the effectiveness of the body to absorb minerals and vital nutrients, which in turn lead to compromised immunity, reduced ability to repair damaged cells, decreases the production of cellular energy and hinders the ability to eradicate toxins and heavy metals from the body. A short definition of what acidic and alkaline actually are? The basic premise is that hydrogen (H+) and hydroxyl (H-) are ionized from water. The PH becomes neutral (7), when these ions are present in equal proportions. An overabundance of H+ ions indicates that the water is acidic. The reverse also applies, that if there is an overabundance of H- ions, then the water becomes alkaline. PH is measures on a scale from 0 to 14. And while this scale seems rather small, it is important to note that the scale is logarithmic. Each number is therefore 10 times the previous number. How do you know? The PH level in the blood is one of the most important factor in determining the bodies overall health. This is done 31 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
through live blood testing. One can, however easily in the comfort of onesâ€™ own home, test either the urine or saliva. These methods give a partial indication of what is gong on inside of the blood. Apart from what my blood tests revealed, I began doing my own testing at home with PH sticks (you can get these at any pharmacy). I tested my urine three times a day, once in the morning, during the mid day and one before I headed to bed. The overall trend over a period of a week offered me a picture of what was going on inside of my body. It offered me a basis upon which I was able to determine which foods were good for me, and which foods were not necessarily serving my body at the moment. Each body has its own way of interacting with its environment, and I would never be dogmatic in saying that one ought to at all times maintain a particular diet. However, I would like to suggest that we become more aware, more conscious of how our bodies react to certain foods. We ought to become aware of what is good for us and what is not serving us well. Consuming more alkaline foods assist in keeping the body at balance and if ultimately this is what you are aiming for, then do give it a try! It was by no means an overnight transition for me to really figure out what worked best in facilitating an optimal environment within which my body could heal. I went from eating just about everything before the illness, to slowly reducing my meat intake, to becoming vegetarian, then vegan, then raw 32 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
The Art of being Alkaline
(and not necessarily in that order). What I did gleam from my experiments, was that my body seemed to have functioned best when I consumed a majority of alkaline foods (I wish that I head learned about this earlier, but then again better later than never and my experiments were simply priceless in terms of what I learned). I felt stronger, my digestive system functioned optimally, and with time my ailments dissipated. Furthermore, as the blood tests revealed, my body was absorbing more nutrients, as my mineral levels were finally in the norm. It was so very simple and allowed me to take greater control over my health! It made me realise just how responsible I was for my condition and just how much control I had over making incremental to great changes. So, I invite you to treat your body well, allow it to be healthy, happy and whole with three recipes to alkalize your body!
TIP: Each morning when I wake up, I drink a cup or two of warm water with the juice of a lemon. Seemingly odd, lemons actually are alkaline forming when ingested within the body. This easy habit will assist in boosting the alkaline levels within your body. 33 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
Paula’s Morning Rhyme for A Grateful day! Wake up in each morning aware of all you’re grateful for Say it out loud three times, scream it out, let it roar Close your eyes and take three deep breathes I promise you now, your day will take off at its best!
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35 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body ÂŠ Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
BĂ¤rlauch (Bear Garlic) or Basil Hummus Spread Complete Preparation time: 10 minute(s) Number of servings (yield): Makes about 2 cups of spread
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Ingredients: • 2 handfuls of fresh basil leaves or bärlauch leaves • ½ cups of olive oil • ¼ to 1 ⁄3 cups of filtered water • 400 grams of cooked chickpeas • The juice of 3 lemons • 1 or 2 Tsp. cumin seed powder • 1 tsp. of crushed garlic • ½ tsp. of dried chilli • Pepper to taste • Sea salt to taste
Instructions: 1. Cut the stems off your bear garlic or basil leaves or basil leaves and place them into a blender. 2. Now add the olive oil and blend until everything is mixed. 3. N ow add about ¼ cup of water, the chickpeas, the lemon juice, cumin seed powder, crushed garlic, and dried chilli and mix well until you have a smooth mixture. 4. If your mixture is too thick, you can add a bit more water until you have the consistency you desire. 5. Once it is finished, them add your pepper and salt to taste. 6. This taste great with fresh tomatoes on bread, or use it as a dip with vegetables. It is very delicious!
It is very delicious! 37 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body © Paula Laurel Jackson 2012
Vegan Quinoa Patties inspired by Wendy Polisi
Number of servings (yield): 6 Calories: 197 Fat: 6.2 g Protein: 8.1 g
Preparation time: 10 minute(s) Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
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Ingredients: • 2 ½ cups of cooked quinoa • 5 Tbs. ground flax seeds mixed • ¾ cups of filtered water • ½ tsp of sea salt • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
• ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (opt.) • ¾ cups of breadcrumbs (you can chose any type of gluten free or spelt, whatever)
• 3 Tbs. of coconut oil or virgin olive oil
Instructions: 1. Mix the flax seeds with the water and place them into a saucepan. Simmer this mixture for 5 minutes over medium heat. 2. P our the warmed flax mixture into a mixing bowl. 3. Add the quinoa and salt into the mixing bowl with the flaxseed mixture. 4. Now add in the crushed garlic and the cayenne pepper. 5. Now add breadcrumbs and allow to sit for a few minutes. If necessary, add a bit more water or breadcrumbs to achieve the desired texture (The mixture should be firm but not too dry). 6.Form your patties with your hands and place them aside. 7. Prepare your frying pan by heating up one tablespoon of the coconut oil olive oil and cook over medium heat. 8. Add your patties and panfry for about 8 minutes or until the bottom is nicely golden brown in colour. 9. As Wendy suggests, if your patties break apart as you flip them, just putt hem back together with your fingers and let them cook a bit longer. 10. Flip the patties once they are ready, 11. Add more oil to your pan, and cook them until they have reached that lovely brown golden colour (about 8 more min.) 39 Volume 1 Transitions, Gratitude and Alkalising your body © Paula Laurel Jackson 2012