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The diabetes I developed was a bit of a mystery , although looking back stresses had taken their toll over the years. (divorce etc)
it was definitely an immune response that caused it, I had spent a couple of years unable to eat anything except brown rice, broccoli and onions. anything else made me quite poorly,  I developed severe headaches and for some reason would be totally exhausted after taking anything that didn’t agree with me, even herbal teas!

Acupuncture helped me get out of that period of toxication and I lived and ate normally for a few years after that, until the Diabetes reared its head 6 years later.

Long periods of stress (work related this time) and I was feeling those signs of exhaustion again. at first I thought I was just tired from my work load, so I delegated some of my work and was still exhausted. I couldn’t understand why I was totally lacking in energy, and boy could I eat some food!

In the winter prior to diagnosis I wasn’t sleeping at night, I had very noisy neighbours who thought it was their right to have all night parties in the apartment next door! I felt stressed with this situation and the partying only got more frequent and louder with my complaints.

I started to feel my heart ‘jumping out of my chest’, I thought this was stress related. It wasn’t. It was my heart struggling with high blood sugars!

I was soooooo hungry! I could eat several extra meals each day, eating colossal amounts of food and not put on a single pound in weight!

Apparently the hunger is typical, and many un-diagnosed Diabetics lose a lot of weight before the disease is detected, I was compensating by eating more.

Using the bathroom a lot more is common too, as you need to pee more, a lot more. This was something else that kept me awake at nights too!

I was receiving treatments of Bowen technique in an effort to overcome the tiredness that I couldn’t shake off, after 4 treatments I was feeling no better. This was unusual for me as I normally respond very well to holistic therapies.

I went for a blood test to see what was going on.

I got called back into the doctor’s office the same day that they had drawn blood for testing. I was told that my blood sugars were high.

Once I got over the shock of the diagnosis of Diabetes I was put on Metformin, I didn’t get along with metformin at all. Apparently the nausea I experienced is normal and loose bowels too, but needing to plan your life around bathroom stops was not fun I can tell you!

My blood sugars refused to come down with Metformin so the specialist put me on Gliclizide. Well lets just say I just felt worse and went downhill from there! Dizziness, headaches…i got most of the side effects from these drugs, and my blood sugars didn’t budge!

Finally my specialist put me on insulin therapy. Taking 4 shots per day (3 for meals and 1 for body function like hormones etc) .

In the next couple of weeks my blood sugars came back into normal ranges and I experienced a surge of new-found energy! Now I was going out for long walks each day before work which I had read would help me to control my blood sugars.

After joining some online Diabetes community forums which were really helpful. I learned how to match my insulin to my food better, also how to manage insulin overall. Which foods would impact my blood sugars most and which ones I could eat freely. The information was invaluable in getting me well and truly on track to great diabetes management.

My HbA1c’s were consistently very good. 9.8% at diagnosis, then 6.8% after 6 weeks on insulin, and down to 5.7% for the following 3 years.

When I met JB, my Naturopathic practitioner, he told me amazing stories of how people were reversing cancer just by eating a diet of fresh green vegetables and other alkalizing foods.

I had heard, years ago, about a macro-biotic diet that cancer patients had success with in conjunction with meditation and positive thinking, so the concept of the alkaline diet wasn’t a new one.

Trying the Alkaline diet was an experiment to see what it would do for me (on any level), I blogged my way on the diabetes forums and very quickly noticed a huge change in my insulin requirements.

The blog was the basis for the book that I wrote afterwards and ‘Alkalise Me’ was born!

At the time of writing this I have been eating mainly alkaline since then and enjoy really great diabetes control as long as I stick to this way of eating.

I recommend the Alkaline diet as a really great way to manage Diabetes control….naturally!

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Sharon D. Jones Alkalise Me  copyright 2011-2012

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 Liquidizing your meals will aid the body to process food into usable energy quickly. This is a very important step in your healing process.

These recipes should help to get you started.

Basic Smoothie recipe

  • 250ml filtered water/ almond nut mylk/soya milk (whatever suits)
  • A third of a cucumber
  • Juice of half a lemon

Add other soft ingredients and blend (except avocado)

Then add tougher ingredients and blend until desired consistency.

Add avocado here if you are including it, it makes the whole thing very thick and gloopy

Add sea salt to taste

add other flavorings

I got on better eating from a bowl with a spoon (a green ‘soup’) as some of these recipes are impossible from a glass!

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Don’t forget to chew your smoothies! It helps the digestion process.

To make my ‘soups’ more fun I would add sprinkles of linseeds, coconut  or sunflower seeds etc for added crunch.

Other variations:~

  • Kale and pear
  • Kale, cucumber and ginger
  • Kale, apple and ginger
  • Spinach, cucumber and watercress
  • Broccoli, cucumber and sunflower seed sprouts

Smoothies can be really versatile, and you can use what you have in the fridge.

This list will help you to more easily bring your body’s pH levels back into line.

  • In the morning drink a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon. Although lemon is acid by nature it has an amazing alkalizing effect on the body. You can drink this as often as you like.
  • Make lentils, sweet potatoes, yams, and other root crops your staples. These foods help to alkalize the body quickly
  • Eat green vegetables at least once per day. They are full of important vitamins, minerals, and beneficial phyto compounds as well as being very alkalizing
  • Add miso, seaweeds ginger daikon radish to your dishes. As well as being alkalizing they aid digestion and add some spice to your dishes.
  • Eat non-glutinous grains. Choosing quinoa, amaranth, wild rice, brown rice and also buckwheat. These will provide important amino acids to your diet.
fresh broccoli

Fresh Broccoli

  • Substitute alkalizing root crops instead of pasta, potatoes and breads and grains products. Choose yams, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, jicama, burdock, lotus root, taro root, onion, kohlrabi, parsnips, and beets.
  • Eat several servings of fresh fruit daily, especially as snacks. Fruit salads are a great way to include a variety of nutrient rich alkalizing foods in your diet.
  • Drink spring or filtered water, especially high in a mineral content.
  • Consume fresh green vegetable juices as they are great alkalisers.
  • Consider adding an alkalizing supplement  to your diet for additional support. A super greens powder is suggested here.
  • Each night at bedtime take half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water, swish around your mouth before swallowing. This must be at least  3 hours after food so as not to affect the natural digestive process of your stomach.

Exert taken from ‘Alkalise Me’ by Sharon D. Jones.  

Copyright Sharon D. Jones Alkalise Me 2011

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eat your greens!

Eat your broccoli, it's delicious!


Whether it’s Sprouting Broccoli , Calabrese or Purple Headed, ….Whatever is in season Broccoli is a fantastic fresh food to eat raw or cooked.

Native to Europe, Broccoli belongs to the Brassica family.

Anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer are on the long list of benefits of eating Broccoli, it is also reputed to be beneficial in protecting against heart disease.

fresh broccoli

Fresh Broccoli

Broccoli is

High in

  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Thiamine (B1)
  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Niacin (B3)
  • Pantothenic Acid (B5)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate (B9)
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Zinc

Low in

  • Saturated Fat
  • Sodium
  • Cholesterol
Raw Broccoli

Raw Broccoli Dish

It could have something to do with its dark green colour, but did you know that Broccoli  is also very Alkaline too? Yes packed full of Chlorophyll it has a really alkalising effect on the body. Quite often found listed in powdered Green supplement drinks too, there is more than 1 way to get those important vitamins and minerals into your body.

Team it up with Tofu for a stir-fry, nibble on raw broccoli dipped in fresh Hummous or Salsa, Steam it as a vegetable accompaniment to your meal or be bold with a raw broccoli salad.

Other members of the Brassica family include :

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Kohlrabi
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chinese broccoli

    Broccoli Sprouts

…and lets not forget about Broccoli Sprouts! these little 3 or 4 days old sprouted broccoli seeds have amazing properties that may help in the prevention of cancer, reduction of cholesterol and many others.

Be adventurous, Broccoli is King!

Copyright Sharon D. Jones  Alkalise Me ©2011

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I have heard of many different reasons why eating an Alkaline diet is beneficial, and many different reasons why people choose to eat this way.

I chose it as an experiment to see what  would happen.

I happen to have been diagnosed with Diabetes 5 years ago when I was aged 38. No real reason for it to develop, I mean I have never been overweight, I always ate what I believed to be a ‘balanced diet’. Even so,  I was so exhausted at the time of diagnosis and my eyesight was so blurred, frequent visits to the loo, a mammoth appetite and insomnia all summed up to Diabetes.

Being treated properly was key to getting on top of the disease, Diabetes we are told, has no cure, it is progressive. But I just had an internal ‘knowing’ that I would break through those barriers, and that one day I would no longer need medication.

During the last couple of years that I have been experimenting with the Alkaline diet, my friends have also tried out the diet, and friends of friends have tried it. And amazing as it is, the Alkaline diet seems to be working for most of the inflammatory diseases like Arthritis, Fibro Myalgia, Cancer, also High Cholesterol appears to be reduced when on this diet even though the person was eating relatively high plant fats and oils. My own cholesterol levels dropped from 4.5 to 3.8 in just a few weeks!

So all in all I prefer to eat alkaline because it helps control my diabetes, and I don’t have a need for Statins thanks very much!

So I thought a little poll would be in order, answer honestly now 😉

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A common question when the alkaline diet is mentioned is “how do I measure my pH?” and, “What should my readings be?”

The pH of your body is a good barometer for your internal and overall health.

The pH scale varies from 0 to 14, 0 is acid and 14 is alkaline, with 7 being neutral. The human body should have a pH of around 7.3.

When I first tested my own pH level I had a reading of 5.0 which is rather acidic, my practitioner (JB) said he has seen pH4.0 and lower in clients who have cancer. Ironically once these clients changed the PH levels up to between neutral 7.0 or slightly alkaline 7.5 the tumours mysteriously disappeared!

This was the knowledge that encouraged me to experiment with the pH diet in the first place, and within 10 days my pH had risen up to 6.5. I was taking sodium bicarbonate alongside the diet which I believe boosted the effects of the diet and possibly the reason why I saw such amazing results in such a short space of time.

Testing the pH is simple and can be done with either Litmus paper or pH test strips (for saliva and urine) which are now readily available.

Saliva testing should ideally be done first thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth, and before you eat or drink anything. Place the test strip or paper inside your mouth against the cheek where the salivary ducts are, then compare your results with your chart.

Urine testing can be done at anytime but the most accurate results are from the 2nd urine flow of the day. Allow some urine to flow before holding the test strip in the flow then compare your results with your chart.

Both saliva and Urine should reveal pH results between 6.5 and 7.3

For optimum health a diet rich in fresh unprocessed foods is key, minimise foods that contain dairy, meat, fish and processed glutinous flours. Choose instead lots of fresh green vegetables, drink lemon water, miso and herb teas.

Help your body by making it more pH neutral, it will reward you with better health!

test strips

Test strips suitable for saliva and urine

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Tomatoes indeed!

Red, yellow or green, sweet and juicy, Cherry, Plum, Beef….Whatever your favourites are Tomatoes are fantastic fresh foods to eat raw.

The tomato, native to South America belongs to the nightshade family. It contains the carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants,  Lycopene has been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays and some reports suggest it has benefits in protection against prostate cancer.

Tomato is:

Low in

  • Saturated Fat
  • Sodium
  • Cholesterol

High in

  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin E
  • Thiamin
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  •  Copper

And did you know that the humble tomato is also very alkaline too? Yes although tomatoes are technically an acidic fruit they have a really alkalising effect on the body.

So tuck in to raw salsa, raw Bolognese, tomato and cucumber salad, come up with some of your own recipes too!

Team it up with your favourite herbs and spices,  Tomatoes lend themselves well to basil, oregano, mint, then drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over and enjoy!

an assortment of Tomatoes

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The question ‘How does an alkaline diet work?’ was raised recently by one of our readers.

Imagine the cells of your body are floating around in a fluid and when they are healthy the cells are able to function properly as they were designed to do. Now imagine that the fluid has become polluted for some reason, what would happen to your poor cells trying hard to function in polluted fluid. They become stressed and start to misbehave. If we continue to ignore the early signs that there is pollution or an imbalance then we can end up developing diseases like Diabetes and Cancer.

The ‘pollution’ we speak of is typically caused by stress [whether that’s emotional, physical, or trauma], consuming a standard western diet [high in processed foods], environmental [such as factory, traffic, or crop spraying], there are a wide variety of reason why our bodies become stressed, I have only listed some obvious ones.

Changing our diet to include alkaline foods or foods that have an alkalising effect does have a positive effect on our bodies. A little at first and then more as you keep on with it. Just imagine that in order to change the water in a fish pond you must change the water a little at a time until it is all fresh and healthy.

Checking our pH levels regularly helps us to keep an eye on the condition of the cells of our body.

The alkaline diet is not just a ‘diet’, it is not a ‘quick fix’, you cant expect to go back to eating poor food choices again after only 2 weeks.

The alkaline diet is a lifestyle choice, if you wish to see long term results for your condition (whatever it is, not just Diabetes or Cancer) you would be well advised to adopt this way for the long term.

And it is delicious! I mean eating fresh wholesome green Vegetables and small quantities of alkalising grains which make up 80% of your diet takes some getting used to initially, but you can team it up with your small portions of your 20% to break it up a bit. All I would advise is that you eat food that is as close to how nature made it. Processed foods are not advised.

Start with changing one meal per day, perhaps an awesome Green Smoothie for breakfast to start the day!

Green Smoothie

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