Have you ever experienced eating what you thought was a very healthy meal of let’s say chicken, brown rice, lots of veggies, and fruit for dessert and ended up bloated, a little gassy, and with a couple of breakouts the next day?
It’s completely frustrating to eat healthfully and then have such yucky side effects!
Sometimes the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are actually not being absorbed due to improper “food combining” and that’s what causes all those “gut reactions.”
Strong and healthy digestion is one of the foundations for good health, stable weight, and beautiful skin. Of course it’s important to know what to eat and when to eat — but how to eat has a huge impact on the overall health of the digestive system.
When digestion isn’t functioning properly, which is a lot of the time for most people, many health issues can occur. This includes candida (yeast overgrowth inside the body), leaky gut syndrome (undigested rotten food flowing through your bloodstream), headaches, inflammation, and dumping of toxins through your skin in the form of breakouts and acne.
Part of happy and healthy digestion comes from eating properly combined foods at each meal.
There are certain foods that when eaten together do not combine well which can leave you bloated and broken out.
Food Combining for Health
Eating foods that do not combine properly can cause the digestive juices in the stomach to get confused. There are different juices and enzymes released based on which food is eaten.
Let’s say you eat an apple and steak together. Since it takes a lot longer to digest meat, the apple which would typically digest quickly within 20-30 minutes, is now left to churn in the stomach with the meat.
When food remains in the digestive tract longer than it should, it begins to ferment and rot. This produces sugars that feed yeast and parasites which are definitely not beneficial to your health. When this process happens regularly, it weakens the digestive tract and leads to all the unpleasant symptoms mentioned above.
As rotting food begins to build up on the walls of the digestive tract, it provides a feeding ground for viruses, cancer cells, and parasites.
I know it’s not a pretty picture, but many people have digestive issues, chronic diseases, allergies, and fatigue due to poor digestion. It is very important to point out what types of food are consumed together really dramatically impacts overall health.
Not everyone in the nutrition world believes food combining is important or matters, but I invite you experiment. It could mean bye-bye gassy bloated belly once and for all, along with clearer skin!
3 Food Combining Guidelines to Follow
#1: Eat fruit alone and on an empty stomach
Fruit is an amazing beauty food and can do wonders for the skin and health. Because it speeds through the digestive tract in about 20-30 minutes, you don’t want anything blocking its way. This means no more fruit for dessert.
Most people tolerate fruit with raw veggies — they can be a beautiful couple — so green smoothies with a dash of fruit are fine. If you do experience any gas or bloating after a smoothie, try it without the fruit and see if that changes.
Melons should always be eaten alone — think of them as loner fruits.
Acid fruits like lemon, pomegranate, cranberries, and strawberries can go with protein fats such as kefir, nuts, and seeds. Lemons can also be squeezed onto animal proteins to aid digestion. Got to love the magic of lemons!
#2: Vegetables are friends with everyone!
Non-starchy and ocean veggies, like seaweed, pair well with proteins, fats, starchy veggies, and grains.
Examples of non-starchy vegetables are asparagus, broccoli, leafy greens, celery, and onions.
This rule is easy to remember, veggies can digest with anything.
#3: Protein and starches aren’t so friendly
When animal protein is consumed, the stomach has to produce hydrochloric acid and an enzyme called “pepsin” to digest it. It’s a very acidic environment to get this digesting job done.
The problem is that starches require an alkaline environment to digest in, and when acid and alkaline mix together they neutralize each other.
Ever felt tired after certain meals? Improper food combining could be why.
What ends up happening is that more digestive juices are called upon to try and break down the both the starch and the meat, and creates a vicious cycle of neutralizing over and over again.
This requires a ton of energy from the body. When a starch is combined poorly, for example chicken with rice, it overloads the digestive tract and results in toxic residue.
So now you maybe wondering what to do with those favorite food combos like eggs & toast, turkey sandwiches, sushi rolls! These foods can still be enjoyed, just try eating them separately and see how that feels instead.
Good food combining meal examples:
- Chicken with broccoli
- Fish with steamed veggies
- Avocado sushi rolls
- Vegetable omelets
- Acorn squash filled with quinoa, garlic, and onions
Do the best you can and remember you’re just experimenting! This could work wonders for you, or you may not see much of a difference. It takes a little practice, but once you have it down, you’ll be a master food combiner without even thinking about it.