Is this your idea of good food combining?
If it is.....you'd better keep reading! ;)
Did you know that it's not just what you eat, but what you eat together? Even really healthy food, when combined improperly with other really healthy food, can cause indigestion, heartburn, gas, bloating, cramps, general malaise, fatigue, and more. Alternatively, proper food combining causes you to digest and assimilate the most nutrition out of what you eat.
Who Should Worry About Food Combining?
* Anyone who is sick or in recovery
* Anyone trying to detox their bodies
* Anyone with signs of indigestion
* Anyone in need of an immediate energy boost
Food combining is eating the proper combinations and quantities of foods at a meal as to contribute to easy and proper digestion of all the nutrients in the food you have eaten. Remember, digestion doesn't just mean that you put it in your mouth and swallowed it. Digestion means also that it must be assimilated--converted into living tissue.
Proper food combining helps avoid all the symptoms of not doing so, which most would be classified under the heading: "INDIGESTION."
There are 3 basic categories of macronutrients. They are
* Carbohydrate (fruits, potatoes/squash, and grains/breads/pasta/beans)
* Protein (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, nuts/seeds)
* Fat (nuts/oils, butter, avocados, coconut)
Non-starchy vegetables (like green leafy type) don't fall under any of these categories. They have few calories and are eaten for their mineral & vitamin content.
The easiest digestion comes when you eat foods that contain most of their calories from one macronutrient source (carbs, protein, or fat).
Combine any of these three with a nice green salad, and you are good to go. HOWEVER, if you combine 2 or more of these 3 together, you are asking for trouble!
Example: Baked Potato (carbohydrate) and salad, GOOD.
Baked Potato (carbohydrate) and Steak (protein), BAD.
That's right. Meat plus potatoes is NOT a good food combination.
The same can be said for meat plus grains (that Big Mac)
The reason these things need to be divided into categories is:
The chemistry of your body, because you have one stomach, does not let you digest efficiently when you create a contrasting environment in that one stomach. Protein digests in an acid environment, and carbs digest in an alkaline environment. Remember chemistry? If you mix an acid and a base together, you get salt and water. You cannot digest food anything in salt and water! The food will pass through the body undigested, never broken down, not assimilated. It becomes food for bacteria which have a good ole' time. Of course those produce gas, etc.
The quantity of the food matters, too. If you eat a baked potato and feel good, that does not mean that you can eat 3 baked potatoes and still feel fine. That is because your body only has a certain amount of digestive enzymes available at any given time. You eat too much of one thing, even if it's a good thing (and properly combined), and you will get indigestion.
So it's best to not mix multiple sources of the same macronutrient you are eating at a single meal. Example: Don't eat bread AND potato AND dessert in one meal.
Practical Plan to Institute Good Food Combining In Your Diet
* Stop eating proteins and carbohydrates in the same meal.
* Do eat concentrated protein meals and concentrated carbohydrate meals with a big veggie salad.
* Stop eating 2 or more types of carbohydrates or protein in the same meal
* eat grains and foods derived from grains no more than 3 times per week (unless gluten intolerant)
* Eat animal proteins no more than 3 times per week (if at all).
* Eat fruits alone
* Stop drinking with meals. Do drink 8 oz of water 30 mins prior to meals.
WellWithU Radio had a show on this same topic last week. Click here to listen to it.