The Alkaline Diet That All The Celebrities Swear By


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What do Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst and Jared Leto all have in common? Their diet, it turns out.

Apparently keeping your body at a slightly alkaline balance is good for you, and helps you look as good as a celebrity. I’ve never heard of the alkaline diet before so I needed to do some serious research.

What is it?

Basically, the alkaline diet is a way of life, not a fad diet. The principles of it are that you eat food that leave a deposit of alkaline minerals in your body, such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper. However, there is little research to support this, and science shows what you eat does not have an effect on your blood’s pH. It’s healthy, though. Many people say despite the shaky science it’s a good food plan to follow because of how healthy it is.

What are the benefits?

A healthy diet like this is good for anti-aging, better skin, energy, effortless fat loss, relieving aches, pains, boosting the immune system, giving you increased focus and helping you feel less cranky due to sugars, fats, and junk foods.

How to do the alkaline diet?

The list of foods you can eat is extensive. Seriously. Garlic green beans? Hell yes. The alkaline diet is basically a celebration of food, so you can eat whatever you want except pasta, wheat, dairy products, meat, fish, coffee, tea, sugar, fizzy drinks, and alcohol. Although of course you could probably deviate and make a couple of exceptions.

Our favorite alkaline recipes:

‘Alkaline Sisters’ Sweet Curry Butternut Squash Soup

This is the perfect warming soup for fall and doesn’t take long to make at all. All you need is a blender and the desire for some creamy soup with a kick!

Living Energized Perfectly Balanced Breakfast Smoothie 

This breakfast smoothie means you won’t be hungry at 11, as it’s packed with slow-releasing energy and is actually very tasty! Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

Energise For Life Spinach Garlic Tofu Burgers

Think you can’t have burgers while you’re on the alkaline diet? Think again. These tofu burgers are really nice with homemade relish and a hearty salad! Our new favorite dinner recipe!

Honestly Healthy 15-Minute Flatbread Pizza

I had to find an alternative to pizza given how much I love it, this recipe takes just 15 minutes and is from Victoria Beckham’s favorite cookbook! What’s not to love?

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  • Camille Beygui

    Ahah you can’t eat anything actually ! Pretty much only fruit, vegetables, potatoes and rice. I’m sure it’s fine for some people but I would definitely be extremely frustrated

    • Haha, I did think that but they’re all about what you ‘can’ eat, and don’t tend to talk about how it’s similar to a vegan diet, I’m actually considering giving it a go though! xx

  • SG

    “The alkaline diet is basically a celebration of food, so you can eat whatever you want except pasta, wheat, dairy products, meat, fish, coffee, tea, sugar, fizzy drinks, and alcohol.”

    Lol that’s not much of a celebration at all.

  • Florence Hall

    There are great and easy alkaline additions you can make to your diet. I tend to add those into my daily routine (and still stick to my normal diet). Drink a mug of hot water & lemon juice in the morning. Substitute rice/bread with cauliflower etc. add apple cider vinegar to dressings etc.

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