Nutrition

Meagan Tavarez

My name is Meagan Tavarez. I live in New York City, and I am a private chef and total fitness junkie! As fabulously glamorous as that sounds, my journey of health and self acceptance was anything but!

In 2008, I was 98 pounds fighting for my life in a nasty ER in East Harlem as a result of a 13 year battle with anorexia and bulimia. I decided that day, if I was so blessed as to come out on the other side, it was going to be because I had a story with a purpose and that I was going to have a responsibility to share it.

I truly believe that we all have a purpose, and mine is to be an example for anyone who feels that it is too late or they are too far gone to start over. Eight years and 3 kids later, I am weighing in at 145 pounds and efficiently moving over 200% of my body weight. I am living proof that your mind will quit before your body every single time! It is never too late to make today day one and start the journey of conquering yourself and everything you ever dreamed you could achieve!

I am looking so forward to being able to pass along simple and affordable nutrition tips and recipes that will keep your body feeling fueled and fabulous, helping you to stay on track towards achieving your goals! Together, with Arazi Fitness, lets make 2016 your best year yet!

Please feel free to contact me with questions or inquiries at meagantavarez@yahoo.com. And of course..follow me on Instagram at sugah.tavarez!

Seven of The Most Alkaline Forming Foods

The typical American diet is just deadly, consisting of very large amounts of acid­forming foods such as hormone laden meats and dairy products, processed sugars, refined grains, and hidden genetically modified organisms.
When you combine all of this with day to day environmental factors such as high levels of stress, lack of rest, and prescription medications, it’s no surprise that more and more people are being diagnosed with chronic illnesses.

In this article I am going to provide you with 7 of the most alkaline­forming foods that will easily incorporate into everyday meals.

  1. Avocado: Avocados contain high amounts of essential vitamins, fatty acids, and amino acids.

  2. Leafy Greens: Kale always seems to be the fan favorite. However, there are so many other greens that are just as amazing such as spinach, swiss chard, mustard greens and turnip greens.

  3. Lemons: In addition to their amazing flavor, lemons have the ability to heal wounds, provide relief for coughs and colds as well as heartburn, and promote detoxification. If all of that were not enough, they are crazy refreshing and make a great substitution for salt and added sauces that are often high in added fats and/or sugars.

  4. Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne is also known as Capsicum, and is among the most alkalizing foods. Cayenne is rich in Vitamin A, making it a helpful agent in fighting harmful free radicals that lead to illness.

  5. Garlic: Garlic has the ability to promote both cardiovascular and immune health by lowering blood pressure, cleansing the liver, and combating disease.

  6. Cruciferous Vegetables: This includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. A great way to prepare any of these vegetables is to lightly saute or steam them and finish them off with fresh lemon juice and garlic!

  7. Root Vegetables: Root vegetables tend to be more mineral dense than many other vegetables and they are great at helping you feel satisfied. Rutabaga can either be roasted or steamed for about 20 minutes, it is a personal preference. And root vegetables such as carrots, beets and radishes can be sliced thin and enjoyed raw over a mixed green salad.

To maintain health the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To restore health the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

Generally, fruits, green vegetables, peas, lentils, spices, herbs, seeds and nuts, are alkaline forming foods. And meat, dairy, fish, poultry, grains and alcohol are acid forming foods.

Keeping your body in an alkaline state isn’t as challenging as it may seem. It just takes staying consistent and disciplined with your diet and lifestyle choices. But, I know you can do it!

If you would like more detailed information on this topic, I highly recommend the book “Acid and Alkaline” by Herman Aihara. In this book Herman Aihara provides a “detailed look into the acid alkaline principle, how to determine acid and alkaline forming foods, charts for balancing meals by acid and alkaline, sections on dietary treatments, plus recommendations to stop or prevent cancer growth.”

As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions on anything food and nutrition! You can email me directly at meagantavarez@yahoo.comor hit me up on Instagram @sugah.tavarez.

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