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Alkaline Diet - Cayce Health Database

Cayce Health Database

 
DIET/NUTRITION 

Edgar Cayce strongly emphasized the role of diet and nutrition in achieving and maintaining health.  As a rule, his recommendations in this area are consistent with current health trends, which focus on fresh fruits and vegetables and decreased meat intake.  However, his perspective contains much information on less well-known concepts, such as food combining, acid/alkaline balance, and the therapeutic use of food. 

For example, Edgar Cayce often recommended specific diets for persons with particular problems.  Individuals requiring nervous system regeneration were typically advised to follow a "nerve and body building" or "nerve and blood building" diet. 

Such a diet is essentially the basic diet recommended by Cayce for everyone.  The diet is more alkaline than acid.  There is a heavy emphasis on fresh vegetables that grow above the ground.  Meat in small quantities is allowed with a preference for fish, fowl or lamb.  In certain cases, organ meat (brains, kidneys, liver, etc.) were recommended in small quantities. 

This type of diet will tend to improve and maintain eliminations due to the high raw vegetable content.  In neurological and psychiatric disorders, Cayce emphasized the importance of the B vitamins contained in certain vegetables.  Cayce generally preferred that vitamins be assimilated from food rather than supplements.  However, he did prescribe supplements in some cases. 


Basic Cayce Diet
Mediterranean Diet

OVERVIEW

Edgar Cayce had no idea how forward-thinking he was when he spoke of the importance of eating locally grown and seasonal foods. 

Nowadays, people are becoming more and more aware of the health benefits found in an organic diet created with fresh, local ingredients. 

The foods most often recommended were in line with what is considered the Mediterranean Diet today. Cayce was an advocate of eating whole, preservative-free foods, with an emphasis on whole grains rather than processed ones; more fish, fowl, and lamb than red meat; more leafy green vegetables than starchy ones; and a daily diet composed of 80 percent alkaline-producing foods to 20 percent acid-producing foods. In general, most vegetables and fruits are alkaline-producing, and most grains, starches, meats, sweets, and no-nos are acid-producing.
But have rather a percentage of eighty percent alkaline-producing to twenty percent acid-producing foods. Then, it is well that the body not become as one that couldn't do this, that or the other; or as a slave to an idea of a set diet. Do not take citrus fruit juices and cereals at the same meal. Do not take milk or cream in coffee or in tea. Do not eat fried foods of any kind. Do not combine white bread, potatoes, spaghetti—or any two foods of such natures in the same meal. 1568-2
The following summary describes the Basic Cayce Diet recommended for healing and health maintenance for most people.  These diet concepts provide a framework for meal planning. The A.R.E. has published a handy Edgar Cayce Basic Diet magnet chart, which can be used to remind you to follow the diet by placing it on your refrigerator. A download of this chart is available in the member-only section as a PDF.

ACID-ALKALINE BALANCE
      Edgar Cayce frequently emphasized the importance of maintaining a proper acid-alkaline balance by eating mostly alkaline forming foods.  A comprehensive list of foods is included in this section.  The following summary will give you a quick overview of acid and alkaline-forming foods.
    Alkaline-Forming Foods (80% of the daily diet should contain these foods):
  • All vegetables except dried beans, lentils, asparagus tips, and garbanzos.
  • All fresh fruits except cranberries, plums, olives, prunes, and blueberries (preserves and canned fruits are usually acid-forming).
  • Almonds, chestnuts, Brazil nuts, and hazelnuts.
    Acid-Forming Foods (20 % of the daily diet should contain these foods):
  • All meats except beef juice and bone meal.
  • All grains, cereals, and bakery products except for soybeans.
  • All dairy except buttermilk, yogurt, raw milk and whey.
  • Peanuts, pecans, and walnuts.
FOOD COMBINATIONS TO AVOID
    Certain food combinations are difficult to digest and may cause problems in the digestive system.  Here is a brief list of food combinations to avoid:
  • Two or more starchy foods at the same meal.
  • Sugary foods and starchy foods.
  • Milk and citrus fruit or juice.
  • Cereals and citrus fruit or juice.
  • Large quantities of starchy foods with meat or cheese.
  • Coffee with milk or cream.
  • Raw apples with other foods.
A TYPICAL DAY'S MENU
    Using the laminated Basic Diet sheet as a guide, develop a variety of daily menus which suit your taste and conform to the dietary principles in this section.  Here is a simple outline for a typical day's menu:
Breakfast
    Either citrus fruit or cooked or dry cereal.
Lunch
    Raw vegetable salad with dressing or fruit salad.
Dinner
    Steamed vegetables served with fish, poultry or lamb.
 
FOOD PREPARATION
    Proper food preparation is important to preserve nutrients and avoid toxicity.  Here are some suggestions:
  • Steam vegetables in their own juices (i.e., patapar paper).
  • Never fry foods.
  • Use fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits whenever possible.
  • Avoid aluminum cookware.
ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS
    Edgar Cayce stated that even the most nutritious foods can turn to poison in the system if eaten while a person is in a negative frame of mind.  Never eat when angry, worried or extremely tired.


Cayce Health Database

ACID-FORMING & ALKALINE-FORMING FOODS

    It must be noted that because a food is acid it is no indication that it REMAINS acid in the body.  It can turn alkaline.  Honey and raw sugars produce alkaline ash, but because of a high concentrate of sugar become acid-formers.  Those fruits marked with an * should not be eaten with other foods. 

They are acid externally but alkaline internally.
ALKALINE FRUITS
Apples/cider  
Apricots  
Avocados  
Bananas  
Berries (most)  
Cantaloupe  
Carob (pod only)  
Cherries  
Citron  
Currants  
Dates  
Figs  
Grapes  
*Grapefruit  
Guavas  
*Kumquats  
*Lemons (ripe)  
*Limes  
Loquats  
Mangos  
Nectarines  
Olives (ripe)  
*Oranges  
Papayas  
Passion Fruit  
Peaches  
Pears  
Persimmons  
Pineapple (fresh)  
Pomegranates  
Melons (all)  
Raisins  
Sapotes  
Tamarind  
*Tangerines  
Tomatoes (fully ripened)  
 
ACID FRUITS
All preserves  
All canned with sugar  
Blueberries 
Cranberries  
Dried-sulphured, glazed  
Olives (Pickled)  
Plums   
Prunes  
ALKALINE VEGETABLES
Alfalfa sprouts  
Artichokes  
Asparagus  
Bamboo shoots  
Beans (green, lima, wax, string)  
Beets  
Broccoli  
Cabbages  
Carrots  
Celery  
Cauliflower  
Chard  
Chicory  
Com  
Cucumber  
Dill  
Dock  
Dulse  
Eggplant  
Endive  
Escarole  
Garlic  
Horseradish  
Jerusalem artichokes  
Kale  
Leeks  
Lettuce  
Mushrooms  
Okra  
Onions  
Oyster plant  
Parsley  
Parsnips  
Peas  
Peppers (bell)   
ACID VEGETABLES
Asparagus tips (white only)  
Beans (dried)  
Garbanzos  
Lentils  
  
ALKALINE DAIRY
Acidophilus milk 
Buttermilk 
Milk (raw only -- human, cow, or goat)
Whey
Yogurt  
ACID DAIRY
Butter  
Cheese (all)  
Cottage cheese  
Cream  
Custards  
Margarine  
Milk (boiled, cooked, malted, dried, canned) 
ALKALINE VEGETABLES
(continued)
Potatoes (skin is best part)  
Pumpkin  
Radish  
Romaine lettuce  
Rutabagas  
Sauerkraut  
Soybeans  
Spinach  
Sprouts  
Squash  
Turnips  
Watercress  
Yams, sweet potatoes  
 
 
 ALKALINE GRAINS
  
Amaranth 
Quinoa    Buckwheat & millet are thought to be either neutral or alkaline.  
 
ACID GRAINS
  
All grains and grain products except buckwheat & millet 
 
ALKALINE, MISC.
Agar  
Coffee substitute  
Honey  
Kelp (edible)  
Tea (herbal & Chinese)  
Egg yolks  
 
ACID MISC.
Alcoholic drinks  
Cocoa  
Coffee, Indian teas  
Condiments (all)  
Dressings  
Drugs  
Eggs (whites)  
Flavorings  
Mayonnaise  
Tapioca  
Tobacco   
Vinegar  
 
ALKALINE NUTS
Almonds  
Chestnuts (roasted)  
Coconut (fresh)  
 
ACID NUTS
All except above  
Coconut (dried)  
 
ALKALINE FLESH FOOD
Beef Juice  
Blood & bone (only bonemeal is alkaline)  
 
ACID FLESH FOOD
All meats  
Fowl, fish, shellfish  
Gelatin 
Source: http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/holistic_health/data/thdiet1.html
   

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