Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ok, I Don't Usually do Recipes, But Here is Something Cool About Lemons...

We all know that lemons are really really sour, and are very acidic right???  Well guess what, that's right and wrong.  They are acidic, but when you eat them and they go inside your body, they become alkaline, which is the opposite of acidic. 

It's hard to believe, but it's true, you can google it...

I was having gastric reflux, indigestion, whatever you want to call it... and i took Prilosec for a year... it really helped, but i don't think it's good to take it that long...

One day i remembered a salad i had eaten using lemon juice and olive oil instead of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.. 

 So, i bought one of those plastic boxes of Arugula... which is this crazy pungent addictive green... scooped some out,  sliced off a little lemon, grabbed a crusty french roll, and took it to work for lunch...  i already have olive oil and salt at work ... i keep it at my desk...

Do you know anyone else who has a large bottle of olive oil at their desk at work?  Probably not... it comes in handy  for lunches though...

anyway, for about a week, i would grab my arugula, and roll, and lemon wedge and go off to work... and at lunch just squeeze some lemon on the salad, blob lots of olive oil, a little salt and crunch away...  it's darn good too!  

After a couple of days i noticed i had forgotten to take my Prilosec... hmmmmm, no indigestion...  interesting... i never forgot my Prilosec, because i'd start getting that refluxy feeling and it always reminded me to take it...
Then i realized, which i already sort of knew, that lemon was alkaline... which i know dosen't even sound right, but it's true,
and it must be alkalizing the acid in my gut... Cool!  

So I wanted to tell you guys to try it, i know alot of people get gastric reflux... This could very well help you...
Plus add a few pita chips or a crusty peice of bread, and I promise you this is a yummy crunchy lunch, and it's sooooooo easy... 

One thing that's cool about the combination, is that if you have chewy bread, it takes a long time to chew it up, and it feels like you're eating alot, and you're not... plus you can rub your bread in the bottom of your bowl in all that good olive oil and lemon and salt... and then if no one is watching, you can lick the bowl, not that I've ever done that, 
but you could... 

At the end of your beautiful fresh green lunch with crunchy stuff, 
 i need crunch to be sane, and chocolate..
just add a little square of dark chocolate... and you just ate the best and healthiest lunch in the world!

(Now this might not work as well if you put cheese, and bacon, and pork rinds, and ranch dressing, and macaroni and cheese, and pig fat on your salad too.. )

Anyway,  wanted to tell you guys, because i'm totally in love with you, and if this helps anyone with their belly, it will be worth it...

And that's probably the last recipe you'll ever see me do...

the end...


  1. well, i never knew this about lemons......but i have been a hick-upper for years and will give lemons a try!! besides i love their fragrance!! thanks for the info.

  2. I have had reflux for about 4 yrs now...I have tried to get off the meds but it seems once you start, you have to go back. For me anyway. I guess I will have to try this and see how it works. Thanks Cindy!~Hugs, Patti

  3. I knew this about lemons and always put one in my water bottle for work. Thanks for this recipe and i love love arugula!
    My 12yr old son loves lemons to death and will eat them!
    I love these photos Cindy and you are so funny!
    So do you lick the bowl when no is watching???lol!
    Pamela xo

  4. What a great recipe and info about lemons! What a sweet blogger you are. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I really appreciate it,

  5. i have not tried adding lemons to my diet and with crohn's i need all the help i can get. my husband struggles with reflux so it is def worth a try for him too.

    when i turned 40 i discovered what all the fuss about heartburn was about (i was cynical and assumed it was just a marketing thing for big pharm). the change i had to make was lower fat and higher fiber. was able to stop taking prilosec.

    i love your recipe for a very italian inspired lunch! we are nuts about olive oil in this family so your recipes will never be lost on me!



  6. Great! I normally just use lemon juice on my salads...no dressings or olive oil. I will have to try this. I have a hiatal hernia and have to take Zegerid daily. Citrus, acidic or spicy foods (I love them all!) sometimes bother me but I'm willing to do this for sure.

    Thanks for sharing!


  7. Hi Cindy, I had never heard this about lemons before. Thanks so much for sharing about it. I really got a laugh about what you where said about licking the bowl. I wanted to thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments!!!
    hugs~~~ Daphne

  8. please tell us exactly how you at this. Did you dip your bread in the olive oil? You gave me just enough info to be curious and hungry! LOL

  9. sounds delish!! trying it today, thanks!! :)

  10. Your body is NEVER ever deficient in drugs. There is not a drug on earth that has ever cured anything. Drugs eventually CAUSE or worsen the condition they are supposedly treating.
    You have a lack of hydrochloric acid, not too much acid.
    Get yourself to a Naturopathic Doctor.
    Check out a raw vegan lifestyle to cure all that ails you.
    Let food be your medicine. Pass it on.

  11. Your methоԁ of deѕcгibing аll in
    this post iѕ іn fact fastidіous, every one can without ԁіfficulty undeгstanԁ it, Τhanks a lot.
    Here is my web blog :: payday loans

  12. Valuable info. Lucky me I found your ωebsite accidentally,
    аnd I am surрriseԁ whу thiѕ twist οf fаte did nοt camе about in
    advanсе! I bοokmarked іt.
    my web page: personal loans for people with bad credit


Awesome talented friends and followers say: