By Verdeen Bueckert

Turn Back the Clock 25 Years

Would you rather feel 80 or 25 at midlife? The choice might be on your dinner plate. At three, our son liked to tell “Once when I was big” stories. My story is “Once when I was old”: I was so stiff in the morning I could barely put on socks. My joints and muscles hurt. I broke a bone in my foot just by twisting it. I felt 80 at 45. Today I feel better than I did at 25, but I had to change my diet.

I’ve always tried to eat healthy – I even milled my own grain in a coffee grinder. Apart from the bits of plastic chipped from the lid, it made great muffins. But grains (even whole grains) are acidic at the end of digestion – as are meat, sugar, fats, plastic and other processed foods.

What’s wrong with acidic food?

Acidic foods are fine when eaten with a balancing amount of alkaline foods – about a 1:3 ratio. But for many, the ratio is reversed. An acidic diet is the physiological equivalent of living on credit. At first you don’t feel the debt of bread, meat, pasta, cheese, junk foods, baked goods and sugary drinks. But as you age, the interest begins to add up. Your body borrows important alkaline nutrients from your cells and bones to balance out the acidic foods you eat. Cell pH shifts. Bones weaken and cell function is hampered. Eventually, your body declares bankruptcy with a chronic disease or cancer.

Get your body out of debt!

When you’re at midlife and deep in dietary debt, it’s too late for a pH balanced diet. But an alkaline diet and alkaline supplements can work like a double income, so your body can heal and function optimally. And it’s less work and more fun to eat than plastic chip muffins!

How’s this for a retirement plan?

In Luke 16, Jesus told the story of a crooked CFO, caught running up huge personal expenses. The CFO was fired. He wasn’t strong enough for a laboring job, was too old to beg, and had no retirement funds. In utter desperation, he came up with a crafty survival plan. “The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself… I want you to be smart in the same way – but for what is right – using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.” (The Message)

Have you run up some personal expenses? Extra weight, autoimmune disorders, aches and pains? You can complacently resign yourself to encroaching old age, or let adversity stimulate you to creative survival, and live, really live, right into old age.

Fauja Singh – running marathons at age 100+













Shift your diet in the alkaline direction:

Make one daily meal a large salad with dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fruit and a little meat. Add an extra vegetable to another meal, and take away the bread or pasta. Choose fruits, vegetables and nuts for between meal snacks.

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