Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Homeward Bound

Plenty of stops along the way, but I managed to get back to the NW Coast of Tassie without too much trouble. Back to the domestic challenges of everyday unusual life...
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Balancing pH

Since I have been thinking about this acid/alkaline stuff. It is not a diet, it is more keeping things balanced. We are in general too 'acid' and need to eat more 'alakline' foods to be balanced. However a friend of mine was told by a doc who measured her saliva pH that she was too alkaline and had to eat more acid listed foods. The message is that we can go both ways, and we just need to watch it. Maybe I should get some of these pH measuring strips and see where I actually am on the scale.... But still feeling really good!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fixing Cystic Fibrosis?

People often ask me if CF comes in different severities. I guess it probably does, but some seem to fare better then others. Someone recently alerted me to the acid-alkaline diet and said from needing a lung transplant 10 years ago to 70% lung function now he swears by it (and medication/life-style too of course). I started it about 6 weeks ago and must say my lungs have been incredibly good ever since. No idea if it really is that, but... Quoting mostly from http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm (and many like it):

Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline (7.35 - 7.45). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline....

The reason our pH is too acid in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables. Maybe that is why I have been relatively well!

To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods. Generally, alkaline forming foods include most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, seeds and nuts. Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.

Spirulina is an alkaline seaweed based supplement that I have been taking daily in the morning with a pickle or two in the afternoon, and watching the food lists a bit - giving preference to alkaline foods from many lists on the internet... Coincidence or not, but geez, I am starting to suspect it might be this simple diet!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Time bilong PNG

Visiting Andrew in Port Moresby for a couple of weeks.

Nothing much has changed in the last decade. Still a need for high security, living in compounds, tough cars... I am trying not too drink too much. Really hard knowing there is a cupboard full of duty frees including the bottle of Canadian Club I brought, and beer in the fridge.

Food at the supermarket is incredibly expensive and food in nice upmarket expat restaurants is remarkably cheap. Needless to say every meal has pretty much been out of house.

Oh, and my Tok Pisin (Melanesian Pidgin) is still acceptable!! Enough to show off to the office staff at Andrew's Global Technologies' office in Konedobu!
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