Food Combining #bebetter52
Weight loss programs often tell us what we can and cannot eat. What they often forget to say is that what happens in your stomach and digestive track because of food combining is so important, and can be key to long-term health outcomes and weight loss.
This week, Be Better’s 52-week challenge is to combine the right foods. Proper food combining means eating foods that combine together efficiently to assist digestion so that your digestive tract does not have to work so hard to give you the nutrients you need for energy, according to body ecology.
For example, combine avocado with non-starchy vegetables like lettuce or carrots this week. Or combine dairy products like milk and cheese with nuts. One important note is to avoid eating proteins and starches together. When they are eaten within three hours of each other, digestion is more difficult.
Here are two recipes to try this week to practice proper food combining:
- Beef and Broccoli Casserole: food-combining-diet
- Pasta with Spinach and Feta: food-combining-diet.com
According to Dr. Wayne Pickering, a naturopathic physician, improper food combining is one of the primary factors that cause gas, flatulence, heartburn, and upset stomachs. Even worse, poor digestion can also contribute to malnutrition, even if you think you're eating a decent diet.
Common rules of food combining:
- Eat meat, dairy, fish and eggs alone or with cooked, non-starchy vegetables (like leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, carrots)
- If you eat proteins and starches together, they tend to neutralize each other and inhibit digestion. The poorly-digested food travels through the digestive tract reaching the intestines where it putrefies and causes your blood to become acidic. It also provides a welcome environment for disease-causing pathogens.
- Eat nuts, seeds and dried fruit with raw vegetables
- Eat fruit on an empty stomach
- According to mindbodygreen, the simple sugars contained in fruit need time to be completely absorbed by your body. When fruits are eaten alone, ours stomach can more able to process the nutrients, fiber and the simple sugars.
Food combining encourages us all to make better choices, without feeling overly restricted. Post a picture of a meal you use when you incorporated food combining using the #bebetter52. We can’t wait to see the meals you prepare this week!