Many of my patients come to me for help with their diets. Most of these people have been overweight, gassy and bloated after meals Food combining can provide the perfect solution. When you food combine, fat is able to burn away properly; so you are not left with undigested food particles lurking throughout your body. The min thing to remember is that foods fall into different groups, and it is important not to eat certain groups at the same time as this will hinder good digestion.
When done properly, food combining will:
- Help your body to burn fat more efficiently
- Ensure the maximum absorption of nutrients, enzymes and proteins
- Prevent burping, bloating, gas and indigestion
- Generally corrects or prevents most issues connected with obesity
Without food combining, you:
- Make complete digestion impossible
- Upset digestive enzymes
- Prevent nutrient uptake
- Risk a host of ills, including bloating, heartburn, indigestion, mal-absorption, constipation, cramps. irritable bowel syndrome, flatulence, or worse
The problem is that some foods are digested more quickly than other; some require different digestive enzymes, and others need different conditions in the stomach for proper absorption. For example, proteins need acid digestive juices, while carbohydrates need alkaline juices for their digestion.
When my own patients embark upon my food-combining methods, they often notice significant improvements in their physical symptoms within just a few days and also report enhanced energy levels, elevated moods and overall vitality.
Food combining is a great way to manage your weight. The idea is that if you eat a single food by itself, or ore than one food in the right combination with other foods, you maximize your digestive capacity and ability to break down the foods effectively. This means your body doesn't hold on to undigested food which then gets turned into fat balls of toxins and cellulite. Proper food combining allows the body to efficiently burn fat. In my practice, I have found proper food combining to be one of the most effective ways to lose and control weight.
How It Works
Group 1: Proteins (meat, poultry, cheese, fish, eggs, milk, nuts) produce acid juices for their digestion. They digest slowly.
Group 2: Carbohydrates - these are all grains and the foods made from them (bread, pasta, cereals, four, biscuits, etc.) and starchy vegetables (such as potatoes, yams and sweetcorn) which produce alkaline juices. They digest quickly and require different enzymes to proteins.
If you eat Groups 1 and 2 together, the competing enzymes and digestive juices will fight and neutralize each other. The result is that food doesn't get digested properly and rots inside the gut, causing gas, bloating, heartburn, stomach pains, mal-absorption, indigestion an energy drain, to say the least.
Group 3: Salads, non-starchy vegetables, roots, seeds, herbs, spices, nut and seed oils. These can be digested with either Group 1 or Group 2 above.
Group 4: Fruit. This is out on its own and holds the record for the fastest digestion rate. Fruit uses completely different enzymes from all other groups above.
- Don't eat Group 1(proteins) and Group 2 (carbohydrates) together at the same meal.
- Group 3 (vegetables) can be eaten with Groups 1 or 2.
- Group 4 (fruit) must always be eaten on its own, at least 30 minutes away from other food groups. If you eat fruit after a meal, it can't go anywhere, because it's stuck behind food that takes much longer to digest, so it will ferment in the gut. When fruit is indeed mixed with other food groups, you can expect bloating, flatulence, indigestion. (Never mix melons with other fruits. Melons digest the fastest of all fruits. Therefore, eat alone or leave alone!)
- Leave two hours after a carbohydrate meal before eating protein. Leave three hours after a protein meal before eating carbohydrates. Protein takes four hours to reach the bowel, and carbohydrate meals take two hours from mouth to bowl.
- Soybeans, tofu and all soya products
- Grains, including oats, pasta, rice, rye, maize, millet
- Grain products, biscuits, bread, cakes, crackers and pastry
- Maple syrup
- Potatoes and starchy vegetables
- Sugar and sweets
- Salads and fresh herbs
- Butter, cream, spreading fats
- Olive oil
- Herbs, spices and seasoning
- All fruit
Grain with dairy or meat = gas
Fruit with vegetables = gas
Fruit with meats = gas
Fruit with grain or dairy = gas
Fruit by itself = no gas, proper digestion
Grain with vegetables = no gas, proper digestion
Pasta with vegetables = no gas, proper digestion
Beans with vegetables = no gas, proper digestion
Fish or meat with vegetables = no gas, proper digestion
Pulses/beans and grains = no gas, proper digestion
Note on beans and grains together: vegetarians have an easier time when it comes to food combining. Pulses and beans have a mixture of starch and protein which may see a problem. However, starch is dominant in most pulses with the exception of soy and navy beans. So, you can combine most pulses and beans with grains as well as salads and veggies."
From "You Are What You Eat" by Dr Gillian McKeith.
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