I get a lot of questions from people who are excited to
begin eating the way I teach in Great Taste No Pain,
but they're distressed when they even think about giving
up some of their favorite indulgences.
For example, here's a question I received yesterday:
I followed the plan last week and again this week and I
feel much better and am Prilosec-free.
However, life without chocolate and coffee is not worth
living. Anyway to sneak in Ghirardelli and a cup of coffee?
The fantastic thing about living a Great Taste No Pain
lifestyle is that you CAN occasionally partake in an
indulgence that's not-so-good for you. But like all
things, moderation is the key.
When you have mainly alkaline foods, drink lots of water
(at least 5-8 cups per day) and eat foods together that
play nice together, your body's pH will become and stay
When you're regularly in an alkaline state, your body is
healthy. It's strong. It resists infections and viruses
And it bounces back from an occasional acid-forming
indulgence MUCH easier.
Most foods and drinks that people consider to be
indulgences are extremely acid-forming: for example,
coffee, ice cream, cake, pie, cookies, candy and chocolate.
But when you have them just once in a while, and you're in
an alkaline state to begin with, your body bounces back
very quickly. If you have them daily, you can forget about
having a healthy pain-free body. T'ain't gonna happen.
If you own Great Taste No Pain, you've no doubt seen that
there's a dessert chapter in the recipe book.
I've had some people ask, "Why do you have desserts in a
healthy recipe book?"
Because Great Taste No Pain is meant to be an enjoyable
lifestyle that stresses mainly alkaline foods--not a
The recipes and principles in Great Taste No Pain
encourage healthy eating and maintaining an alkaline pH.
But living this lifestyle is also meant to be fun--not
ALL of my recipes are positively delicious--the entrees,
salads, soups, vegetables...and of course the desserts.
Let's face it--most everyone enjoys a slice of pie on a
holiday or a piece of cake at a birthday party.
Great Taste No Pain teaches you how to eat an occasional
dessert or other "treats" and not have pain or compromise
For example, I enjoy a piece of cake at birthdays, a slice
of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, a rich dessert shared with
my husband Mike on our anniversary, some eggnog at
Christmas and a fruity tropical drink on vacation!
And I don't feel guilty about any of them, because I stay
pain-free, my weight doesn't change and I know my body will
recover quickly from my indulgence and my pH will remain
Moderation is the key, my friend. Great Taste No Pain
tells you exactly what to do to occasionally indulge your
"craving" and still remain pain-free. Check it out here
And Laima--the answer to your question is YES. You can
have a Ghirardelli and cup of coffee once in a while. Just
follow the Great Taste No Pain guidelines and you'll
probably feel fine.