Dr. Pena is a proponent of the alkaline diet. If you've ever had an aquarium, you know that when the water becomes acidic, the fish die. We also need to live in an alkaline environment. Eating alkaline foods prevent disease while acidic foods cause diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia and many more. In general, carbohydrates and processed foods of all kinds are acidic and fresh vegetables and fruits are alkaline. Lean, fresh meats are borderline and need to be balanced with lots of fresh vegetables. Nature never intended us to eat processed foods. Try freezing your own fresh meals to make food preparation more timely. As any habit or routine, you can create a healthier lifestyle with some planning. Ask Dr. Pena for more food ideas.