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THE WESLEY DIET

The Wesley diet is an alkaline plant based diet. Studies have shown that by replacing acidic foods with alkaline foods it can reduce the amount of acid in your body and raise the oxygen levels in your blood. Because people with Sickle Cell already suffer from low oxygen levels in the blood, it’s best to eat an alkaline diet to help combat that. Acidic foods also cause inflammation throughout the body and mucus in the gut. Inflammation in the body can narrow the blood vessels, making it more difficult for the blood to flow freely throughout the body. Mucus in the gut is a problem because it can keep your body from absorbing essential vitamins and minerals. Below you can find a list of alkaline foods and a list of acidic foods.

ALKALINE FOODS

VEGETABLES

Artichokes
Arugula
Asparagus
Avocado
Basil
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels Srpouts
Cabbage
Cabbage Lettuce
Capsicum/Pepper
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chives
Collard/Spring Greens
Comfrey
Coriander
Cucumber
Endive
Endive
Garlic
Ginger
Grasses
Green Beans
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lamb’s Lettuce
Leeks
Leeks
Lettuce
Mustard Greens
New Baby Potatoes
Okra
Onion
Parsley
Peas
Pumpkin
Radish
Red Cabbage
Red Onion
Rutabaga
Spinach
Sprouts
Squash
Turnip
Watercress
White Cabbage
Zucchini

FATS & OILS

Flax
Hemp
Avocado
Olive
Evening Primrose
Borage
Oil Blends

FRUITS

Avocado
Coconut
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lime
Pomegranate
Rhubarb
Tomato

DRINKS

Almond Milk
Fresh Vegetable Juice
Green Drinks
Herbal Tea
Lemon Water (pure water + fresh lemon or lime)
Non-sweetened Soy Milk
Pure Water (distilled, reverse osmosis, ionized)
Vegetable Broth

SEEDS, NUTS, & GRAINS

Almonds
Any Sprouted Seed
Buckwheat Groats
Caraway Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Hemp Seeds
Lentils
Sesame Seeds
Spelt

OTHERS

Sprouts (soy, alfalfa, mung bean, wheat, little radish, chickpea, broccoli, etc.)
Hummus
Tahini

GENERAL GUIDANCE:

Stick to salads, fresh vegetables and healthy nuts and oils. Try to consume plenty of raw foods and at least 2-3 liters of clean, pure water daily.

ACIDIC FOODS

MEATS

Pork
Lamb
Beef
Chicken
Turkey
Custaceans
Other Seafood (apart from occasional oily fish such as salmon)

OTHERS

Vinegar
White Pasta
White Bread
Wholemeal Bread
Biscuits
Soy Sauce
Tamari
Condiments (Tomato Sauce, Mayonnaise etc.)
Artificial Sweeteners
Honey

CONVENIENCE FOODS

Sweets
Chocolate
Microwave Meals
Tinned Foods
Powdered Soups
Instant Meals
Fast Food

FRUITS

All fruits, aside from those listed in the alkaline column.

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Milk
Eggs
Cheese
Cream
Yogurt
Ice Cream

DRINKS

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

FATS & OILS

Saturated Fats
Hydrogenated Oils
Margarine (worse than butter)
Corn Oil
Vegetable Oil
Sunflower Oil

SEEDS & NUTS

Peanuts
Cashew Nuts
Pistachio Nuts

GENERAL GUIDANCE:

Steer clear of fatty meats, dairy, cheese, sweets, chocolates, alcohol and tobacco. Packaged foods are often full of hidden offenders and microwaved meals are full of sugars and salts. Over cooking also removes all of the nutrition from a meal.