I hope you had a great holiday weekend!
In our digestive system there can be huge chaos when we try to shove all of our yummy food down together. It is no wonder our digestive systems even talk to us anymore with all the garbage we throw at it. Any one item by itself may not be considered garbage but combine it with another and it turns to garbage. The whole system is so integral to our overall well-being.
All food digests at different rates and each food type needs different enzymes to aid in the digestive process. Some enzymes are acid and some are alkaline. When these different enzymes try to work together they are neutralized and hampers digestion.
When, say, steak which is a protein is taken with a baked potato which is a starch (carbohydrate), the starch gets hung up in your intestines while it waits for the protein to digest. The potato begins to rot in your system. (really yuck, right?) The fermentation that takes place producing alcohols and sugars AND GAS. Yeast gets an opportunity to feed on the yeast that creates more toxins in your body.
Proper food combining enables proper digestion and CAN ACTUALLY CAUSE WEIGHT LOSS.
Imagine that. Imagine also not getting a fraction of the gas you probably are experiencing.
So here’s the poop:
EAT FRUITS ALONE.
WHEN EATING PROTEIN (meat, eggs, poultry, fish) ONLY COMBINE IT WITH NON STARCHY VEGGIES (all veggies except potatoes and winter squash.)
DO NOT COMBINE GRAINS AND BREADS (bread, pasta, rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat,etc.) WITH PROTEIN. Only combine grains and bread with non starchy veggies.
When I prepare a meal I must decide whether I am having a grain/starchy veggie (rice, pasta, bread, potato) OR protein (meat, poultry, eggs, fish). I cannot do both at the same meal. Then with either one I can throw as much non starchy vegetable at it as I want.
Sound confusing? It really isn’t after you get use to it.
It makes pizza, sandwiches, and the ol’ American stand by of the “meat and potatoes” a challenge. These are the kind of meals that put HUGE stress on our bodies. Understanding the digestive process helps me justify these types of changes in my eating. Rotting food in my system doesn’t make me feel good. It gives me headaches, fatigue, constipation, etc. The way I look at it is our good Lord is going to shower me with as much pizza, cookies, sandwiches, etc. I can stomach in heaven! And I am going to be there a lot longer than my nano second here. And you can bet I will indulge! So I can wait. And while I am here I really want to feel good. It is that important to me. We just have so little time. I feel sometimes that if I don’t get to have what I want or deserve than I am being held in some bondage or that I am not “free” to do as thy will . But it is that VERY THING THAT I WANT that may not be so good for me that is actually the thing keeping me from being free. I get it backwards so often. I am living and learning. The hard way.
The whole idea here is to become more intentional in the decisions we make about how we eat. It makes you feel really good!