A Diet Rich In Alkaline Food, and a Garden Too!

A lot of my life I’ve had to deal with migraines. They come and go in cycles, but stay as a constant more or less. The last few months I had more migraines than I remember having. I started to really wonder what I should do.
Over the holidays, my mom gave me the Kundalini yoga teacher training manual. It is an incredible, comprehensive manual that touches on many areas including diet. Yogi Bhajan, who brought this wonderful yoga to America, advocates a diet that is high in alkaline foods. This means basically simple foods that most of us can grow in our gardens. Below is a list of these foods, and then some more descriptions that you may enjoy…

Alkaline Vegetables

Yum! Let's grow these alkaline veggies!

Asparagus, Artichokes, Cabbage, Lettuce, Onion, Cauliflower, Radish,  Lettuce, Peas, Courgette, Red Cabbage, Leeks, Watercress, Spinach, Turnip, Chives, Carrot, Green Beans, Beetroot, Garlic, Celery, Grasses (wheat, straw, barley, dog, kamut etc.), Cucumber, Broccoli, Kale, Brussels Sprouts

Seeds, Nuts & Grains

Almonds, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Sesame, Flax, Buckwheat Groats, Spelt, Lentils, Cumin Seeds


Lemon, Lime, Avocado, Tomato, Grapefruit, Watermelon (is neutral), Rhubarb

I wish we could grow these in NC!


‘Green Drinks’, Fresh vegetable juice, Pure water (distilled or ionised), Lemon water (pure water + fresh lemon or lime), Herbal Tea, Vegetable broth, Non-sweetened Soy Milk, Almond Milk

What does that leave you with? The acidic foods:

Meats, Dairy, Fats & Oils

i.e. Saturated Fats, Hydrogenated Oils, Margarine (worse than Butter), Corn Oil, Vegetable Oil, Sunflower Oil

Don’t forget about acidic convenience foods: i.e. Sweets, Chocolate, Microwave Meals, Tinned Foods, Powdered Soups, Instant Meals, Fast Food, White Pasta, White Bread, Wholemeal Bread, Biscuits, Soy Sauce, Tamari, Condiments (Tomato Sauce, Mayonnaise etc.), Artificial Sweeteners, Honey, vinegar (except unpasteurized apple cider vinegar)


Fizzy Drinks, Coffee, Tea, Beers, Spirits, Fruit Juice, Dairy Smoothies, Milk, Traditional Tea

Here we are, it’s February, and we’re about to start planning our garden… Since we live in NC, we have decided we will grow everything on the alkaline list. That way, we can eat a diet high in alkaline foods, as the others will probably gravitate into our life anyway…

To prepare for this, last week a few of us dug through the snow to take soil samples.  These are free, you just have to pay for postage. every county offers this service, and all you have to do is collect soil samples and send them in.  When the lab is done testing a sample, a computer printout shows exactly what each sample needs, helping you know what your gardens need to grow lush and green.

Then  how do you do it?

Soil samples are the first start to planning a thriving garden.

First, locate the bed you would like to test. Take 5 scoops of the soil from different areas of the bed, mix it all together, and take a sample of that soil.  Repeat this process for each bed you would like to plant this spring.  Our soil samples should be coming back soon, and we’re excited to get busy in that dirt!!!

I strongly advise everyone who can to try to start a garden this year. Even if you have never done this, start now.  With the prospect of huge food shortages this year, it will be imperative for us to have food in our backyard.  If you can, help your neighbors and start a community garden.  Good luck!

a lot of the information on this page was pulled from various websites, especially


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