Update on My Alkaline Mediterranean Diet Plus Cardio Exercise and Detox Cleanse Program

Cynthia Bailey, MD|March 5, 2010

TapeMeasure This is my fight against my middle age bulge. I’ve been blogging about my personal diet and exercise programs and want to update my readers on how they're going.  I’m experimenting on myself, as usual.  I'm having good results and want to share what I’m learning. My post holiday BMI shocker kicked me into a frenzy to send the new  belly fat packing; having my lifelong pear get joined by an apple, forming what I call a papple, isn’t something I’ll take lying down. Diet Program In a January blog post I outlined the Alkaline Mediterranean Diet that I created.  This is the diet I feel best on and have aimed for over the years.  Aiming doesn’t always mean I hit the mark so I fortified my resolve after the holidays when my BMI tipped up to 25. On my Alkaline Mediterranean Diet, a minimum 60% of foods that are eaten should be alkaline forming foods and a maximum of 40 % of what I eat are acid forming foods.    This is a primarily vegetable and fruit based diet with low glycemic whole grains, lean meats and dairy, and some fish, nuts and oils. I’ve been good at making sure that  60% of my food is low calorie alkaline foods. I also limit the dairy, and protein food portions to 6 oz. serving sizes. I eat all the veggies and fruit I want.  I mostly keep the 40% acid foods healthy, low calorie choices. The low glycemic, low calorie food choices went well for 5 weeks, steadily sending the papple packing. Valentine’s Day weekend was a bust, however, and for the next 2 weeks decedent gourmet foodie treats became my 40% acid forming foods. I was holding steady weight wise, but boy those foods are hard to kick once they make their way into my diet.  Chocolate, wine even a piece of a lemon tart-argh! Time for an intervention.  To reset my metabolism for weight loss I decided to use my March week off to do another detox cleansing fast. A detox cleanse also quickly fixes my food driven musculoskeletal aches and pains.   Bodies however have inherent alarm bells that go off when calorie intake falls below calorie usage; a primitive survival mechanism held over from the days of famines, obsolete and not useful in our modern land of abundance. During the first day of a cleanse my body always complains. I’m hungry and fantasizing about foods. By day 2 I’m in the groove.  Belly fat obviously melts on a cleansing fast, and at day 4, melting it is.  I feel great, pain is just about gone, and Iplan to keep it up for 7 days this time.  After 7 days I’ll taper off the cleanse by slowly going back to the Alkaline Mediterranean diet. A detox cleansing fast isn’t for everyone.  Anyone in fragile health or with a tendency for diabetes or other metabolic diseases needs to do this under their doctor’s supervision.  There are a number of residential programs that help people do a cleanse. I don’t have time for that so I created my own program and integrated it into my life.  Patients ask me about it so I posted my program in my blog. Exercise Adding 150 minutes of cardio per week back to my life boosted my vitality and kept me loosing belly fat in spite of the Valentines diet slide. I added three 50 minute cardio workouts a week to my 4.5 hours of yoga and 3 hours of ballroom dance.  This made a huge difference to  shrinking the papple as well as to my overall quality of being. Consistent cardio exercise, done every week is a must for anyone working on maintaining good health.  I’ve done regular cardio my entire life until last year when my back forced me to quit my cardio dance class.  I never filled the cardio void and this probably has something to do with the appearance of the papple. I’m not pushing myself with the cardio while on the cleansing fast.  I do a power walk every other day and continue with yoga, but the spinning and swimming will wait a week. So…....

My do-it-yourself physical health rehab program.

Created by a doctor and aimed at the middle age obesity and  belly fat that’s become an American way of life.

If you found this information helpful, you may want to read: Post Holiday BMI Shocker Gets Me Serious About My Middle Age Belly Fat Why I Do A Detox Cleansing Fast To Improve My Health Cynthia Bailey MD's Recommendations For The Alkaline Mediterranean Diet Photo attribution:

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