Bone Series #5: Acid/Alkaline Diet

For those who are following the Osteoporosis Series, do you have osteoporosis?  Are you following the Acid/Alkaline diet recommended by Vivien Goldschmidt, the woman who fixed her bones with her Save Our Bones program?

I got the program in 2017 when I was diagnosed with osteopenia but I did not follow Vivien’s Program.  Sure enough, by 2020, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis.  I started blogging about it, sharing my journey as I learned what else to do.  I was a beginner and the toughest part was following the Acid/Alkaline Diet.  Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

1.  Choose your acid/alkaline chart and don’t look at any others. 

Yes, it’s true:  they can be very different.  I chose to use the ones in Vivien Goldschmidt’s program because when I asked for the source, I was told that they are from the man who first did the research and published charts.  That works for me. I immediately tossed all the other versions because they don’t agree, and none of the creators of those other charts have had osteoporosis and healed their bones as Vivien did.  Not only that, but I was making myself crazy with the time spent to compare charts.  Pick a lane…

2.  Make it easy for yourself.

Once upon a time I learned about a four-day diet where one eats the same things for four days and then switches.  That’s good news when you’re learning how to do such a radically different diet like the acid/alkaline diet. And if, like me, you also want to combine the Blood Type diet with Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen, it’s even harder.  So I gave myself permission to eat the same thing every day for four days, giving me time to come up with another menu, and then I switch.

3.  Decide how you are going to do the 20% acid and 80% alkaline foods.

When I first began this diet, I followed Dr. Holford’s “plate”:  ¼ protein, ¾ vegetables.  But that seemed dicey because protein is almost always heavier.  Next I tried “one bite of protein (acid) and four bites of vegetables and fruits (chose from alkalizing lists).”  That didn’t work for me either because I usually watch something on Netflix when I eat alone.  I don’t have a reliable scale so I can’t weigh the foods.  Finally, I decided to measure my beans (1 cup) and use that same cup to measure the four cups of whatever else I’m eating that is alkaline.  This works for me.

4.  Share your menus with a friend WHo is also trying to save their bones.

Here’s my first menu that incorporates the three diets I’m trying to follow. 

Breakfast:  smoothie + grapefruit (alkaline)

  • 1 C soy milk (alkaline)
  • ½ C wild blueberries (acid)
  • 1 tsp chlorella or other Superfood green powder (alkaline)
  • plant-based protein powder (alkaline)
Lunch:   “beans + sandwich +salad +green drink”
  • 1 cup cooked beans (acid) with Teriyaki sesame sauce (alkaline)
  • 2 Cups Green Drink (alkaline; recipe is on the blog)
  • 1 almond butter & honey sandwich with sprouted whole grains bread (alkaline)
  • 1 C carrot and raisin salad with lemon juice and cinnamon (alkaline)

Snack:  apple (alkaline)


Dinner:  Salad
  • 2 Cups chopped mixed greens (alkaline)
  • 1 C chopped vegetables like broccoli and carrots (alkaline)
  • 1/2 C mixed seeds like sunflower and pumpkin (alkaline)
  • 1/2 C cooked Tofu (alkaline)
  • 1 C beans

Your Turn

What has worked for you in following the Acid/Alkaline Diet for your bones?

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