Base fasting made easy
Base fasting made easy
If you are interested in issues like healthy nutrition and mindfulness, then you have probably come across the concept of base fasting. Switching to a diet based around alkalising foods can have some truly remarkable effects. But what is the best approach to incorporating base fasting into our everyday lives? What steps do we need to take? And what is the best way to get started? Read on to find the answers to these and many more questions!
Making a conscious switch to a better diet
Base fasting offers a gentle means of regulating your acid-base balance. The best way to get started is by gradually and consciously changing your diet to avoid acid-producing foods. But what does that mean in practice? Which foods get the thumbs-up for an alkalising diet – and which are best avoided?
Herbs and spices make base fasting a lot more fun!
Herbs and spices make food a lot tastier and more appealing. Salt and pepper are the basics, but why not liven things up by adding a colourful array of Mediterranean herbs such as basil, rosemary, oregano, lavender and thyme? Locally grown herbs can also give meals that extra-special touch. Chives, lovage, burnet-saxifrage, savory, borage, parsley and dill will add flavour to any dish. And if you are looking for something more exotic, then chili powder, sweet paprika, curry powder and cayenne pepper are all great options to spice things up!
Remember: All herbs and spices are suitable for an alkaline-rich diet apart from garlic and wild garlic. All of them are metabolised as alkaline and serve to stimulate your digestion.
Go easy on the salt: Base fasting makes it easy to season dishes to give them a well-rounded and satisfying flavour – but please go easy on the salt! There is no reason not to use table salt when practising base fasting, but excessive quantities of salt can upset your taste buds. The best approach is to season dishes with fresh or dried herbs at the start, and then carefully add a little bit of salt at the end. You can also use seasoned salt or sesame salt, which typically have a lower salt content.
Base fasting and cereals
Cereal products such as bread, pasta and rice have become an integral part of our modern diet. However, cereals belong to the acid-producing class of foods and should ideally be avoided. As well as having a negative effect on your acid-base balance, the acid formed by cereals can also affect your body’s metabolic performance. To find out more about individual cereal products and specific types of flour, we recommend checking out our Food Table.
The role of nuts in base fasting
Nuts are packed with valuable B vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids. That makes them a nutrient-dense food that is a great addition to any diet. But are they compatible with base fasting? This is a tricky question to answer, because only some kinds of nuts are alkaline while others are acid-producing.
The ones to choose: The best choices for base fasting are sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, Brazil nuts and fresh walnuts. The body metabolises these as alkaline, which makes them the perfect complement to an alkaline-rich diet.
Best avoided: Walnuts, peanuts and pistachios belong to the acid-producing class of foods and should ideally be avoided during base fasting. Hazelnuts are less acid-producing, but should still be enjoyed only in moderation. Although they are only slightly acid-producing, they can still upset your acid-base balance and should be eaten only in small quantities.
You can find more information about nuts in our Food Table.
Fruits, vegetables and base fasting
Fruits and vegetables form the basis of an alkaline-rich diet, so you can eat as many of these as you like! While all of them are in the dream team for base fasting, some types of fruit and vegetable are even better than others when it comes to an alkaline-rich diet.
Which fruits offer the biggest boost? Bananas, kiwi and grapefruit are a particularly good choice for base fasting because they contain high amounts of the alkaline minerals magnesium and potassium. But remember that all types of fruit are a great choice for base fasting!
Which vegetables offer the biggest boost? Spinach, carrots, celery, dark green leaves such as rocket, green beans, cauliflower, savoy cabbage, fresh peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, beetroot and white beans. These vegetables are alkaline-rich and are an excellent choice for base fasting. But there is no reason to restrict your diet to just these options, since all types of vegetables actively support an alkaline-rich diet.
Check out our Food Table to find out the exact alkaline properties of different types of fruit and vegetable.
Which drinks are compatible with base fasting?
Base fasting is about providing your body with an alkaline surplus – and drinks have an important role to play. But people are often unsure about what to drink during base fasting. Which types of beverage are permitted and which should be avoided?
Drink ≠ food: When people think of drinks, they generally include fruit juices, vegetable juices and milk in their list. But these should be regarded as foods rather than beverages because they essentially make up a full meal! These options are therefore excluded from the drinks category for base fasting.
The best choice: Water and diluted herbal tea provide optimum support for base fasting, but the best choice of all is to primarily stick to drinking pure spring water. Remember that base fasting does not require you to consume above-average amounts of fluids. Instead, you should focus on the quality of the beverages you drink.
Our Food Table contains information on the acid and base content of a variety of drinks.
Suggested recipes for a tasty introduction to base fasting
Our delicious recipes offer a great way to maintain your everyday acid-base balance. The key to successful base fasting is to enjoy a varied assortment of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and that is exactly what our recipes offer.
Our collection includes something for every palate, from get-up-and-go scrambled eggs to rich broccoli quiche and a sophisticated take on potato and vegetable fritters with salmon. These recipes make it easy for anyone to change the way they eat!
Scrambled eggs with herbs, tomatoes and mushrooms
Key facts about base fasting
If you are looking for a quick overview of how to approach base fasting, this checklist should help:
- Avoid acid-producing foods for a while.
- Enjoy the benefits of fruit, vegetables, fruit juices, dried fruit, nuts, water and herbal tea.
- Avoid protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, sausage, cheese, bread and baked goods.
- Check out our Food Table for information on a whole range of common foods.
- Remember that variety is the spice of life when it comes to choosing recipes for base fasting.
The next time you try base fasting, these key points should set you on the right path. And if you are already an enthusiastic fan of base fasting, we hope that our tips will help make it even easier to incorporate an alkaline-rich diet into your everyday life. The time has come to embrace the sensation of a new balanced life!