6 Food Combining Rules That Will Banish Indigestion Forever

So in my attempt to eat better and healthier I found this and figured I needed to share it. I like the concept and for at home eating I can see this being easier to accomplish, but if you eat out no way you can do this! So I get there have a glass of water or something. wait 30 min. Than I order a soup and eat it. Wait 30 min. Get a salad eat it wait 30 min. Now if I have bread with my dinner I am screwed. So gong to skip any starches. Order my dinner with just meat no sides and I’m done. So dinner is a min of 2hrs. If I should happen to have bread at any point I’m screwed as I will have to wait 2hrs. So I guess the planning should be to lump the foods together at different meals. So breakfast should be your fruits, lunch your veggies and bread and than dinner your meat. I guess you are good. This food combining thing seems very difficult if you ask me. Who knows. Anyone out there do it and want to share how you do it to help us out looking at this thing? I will be happy to post your input as a follow up! Enjoy!


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6 Food Combining Rules That Will Banish Indigestion Forever

This comes from Organic Authority’s website.

Do you eat healthy yet feel like a walking Pepto Bismol commercial? It’s not what you’re eating buthow you’re eating: improper food combining can cause gas, bloating, headaches, and stomach cramps among other icky things. The good news is you can combat your indigestion with a few simple tweaks to how you’re combining your meals and snacks.

Here’s the deal: each food we eat influences our digestive system in its own way. Some foods take longer to digest than others and require specific enzymes to do so. When you eat two different foods that are being digested with conflicting enzymes, the resulting discomfort isn’t pretty. Luckily, if you keep the following food combining tips in mind as you prepare future meals, you’ll feel an immediate improvement.

7 Food Combining Rules To Banish Indigestion Forever

1. Always eat fruit on its own

This is the most basic and important rule of food combining. Not only is fruit one of the fastest foods to digest, its acidity levels interfere with how other foods are being digested – which can cause fermentation in your stomach (Yuck!).

2. Don’t combine starches with protein

Starches and protein need different digestive enzymes (starches require an alkaline environment, while most proteins require acidic). When they’re combined, the two enzymes essentially cancel each other out, which causes fermentation and leads to bloating and gas. When working on food combining, always avoid foods like pasta, rice, bread, or potatoes served with chicken, steak, or fish.

3. Only eat one type of protein per meal

Some proteins require different digestive enzymes which can slow down digestion. Avoid eating nuts and meat, eggs and meat, cheese and nuts, cheese and eggs, etc. during the same meal. If you have protein for breakfast, try not to have any other protein until dinnertime to give your body time to fully digest it.

4. Avoid drinking liquids with your meals

Liquid can dilute the stomach acids necessary to aid digestion. Food combining rules dictate that you drink plenty of fluids before your meals, but never during. After eating, try to wait wait one hour before drinking liquids again.

5. Don’t mix starches and sugars

This one’s really going to blow your mind: things like jellies, jams, honey and syrups shouldn’t be eaten with bread or cake. Combining sugar and starch leads to fermentation, which means gas and bloating (and sometimes the fetal position – just trust me).

6. Eat meat last

Because food is digested in the order it’s consumed, it’s best to eat foods that are quickly digested first, followed by ones that require more time to digest. Here’s a general food combining guide to keep in mind as you’re preparing meals:

  • Water and Juice: 20-30 minutes
  • Fruit, Soup, and Smoothies: 30-45 minutes
  • Veggies: 30-45 minutes
  • Grains and Starches: 2-3 hours
  • Beans, Meat, Poultry, and Fish: 3+ hours

Bonus tip: Avoid eating while stressed or distracted. “We need to be in a calm state in order to properly digest our food and assimilate its nutrients,” says Dr. Carrie Runde, naturopathic physician at the Casey Health Institute. “The body’s not designed to eat a meal and digest it when the nervous system is in panic mode, so eating that sandwich while driving and talking on your cell phone may lead to bloating and cramping all afternoon.”

Have you tried food combining to improve your digestion?

Pura Vida!


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