The most valuable thing I learned in the past week was the effectiveness of food combining.
It should be no surprise that the FDA doesn’t have our best interest at heart when it comes to our diets. For instance, when they tell you a big, hearty breakfast is the best way to start the day….they’re lying. Not sure why or who’s paying them off, but a big breakfast in fact slows you down and makes you want to crawl back into bed.
After a little research and a couple phone calls, here is what I have learned about eating properly:
- You should start the day with fresh pressed juice (not bottled or pasteurized) and keep meals light and simple all day. The less energy your body uses to digest food, the more it can expend on your activities. You will feel more energized the less you eat. Fill yourself, don’t stuff.
- You should always start meals with veggies. In fact, it is best to eat only vegetables and fruits throughout the day, keeping your meals light. (Refer to combining chart above)
- When you do add protein or starch to your meals, you should only add one and not both. It’s best to add them for dinner only.
- Transit time of food increases (digestion is slower and requires more energy) when you add in starches and proteins. You should wait a while before consuming more food because otherwise the new food will putrefy while it sits on top of the previous meal.
- If you have bread (starch) at dinner before your meal, skip the salad appetizer, it can no longer be useful.
- If you are going to go wild, do so at dinner. This way your body can expend all energy on processing the food while you sleep.
Food Combining Equations:
Protein + Starch = Nope
Protein + Fat = Nope
Starch + Fruit = Nope
Veggies + Protein = Yay
Veggies + Starch= Yay
Starch + Fat = Yay
Now the question is, what are proteins, starches, and fats?
PROTEINS: beef, chicken, fish, pork, lamb = good. eggs, nuts, beans, lentil, soy, cheese, dairy = harder to digest
STARCHES: whole grain bread, pasta, rice, all grains (millet is the best), potatoes = good. beans, lentils, popcorn, soy, corn = harder to digest
FAT: Oil, avocado, olives. nuts, coconut, soy, eggs, dairy, cheese = harder to digest
THE BEST VEGGIES:broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrot, red pepper, yellow pepper, turnip, parsnip, mushrooms, eggplant, artichoke, celery, cabbage, kale, asparagus, summer squash, bok choy, bean sprouts, swiss chard, collards, broccoli rabe.
I don’t know about you, but this whole concept is pretty new for me. While on the LOVE fast, I analyzed how they mapped out my meals (light juices in the morning, to green juice and smoothies during the day, a soup and small salad at night, ending with coconut mylk). I’m not sure if I would buy into the whole “eat light during the day and save the heavy meal for later” if I hadn’t experienced the effect and felt the added energy I had. We’ve all been taught the opposite: to eat heavy during the day so you can burn off the fat and calories before bed. WRONG! Trust me when I tell you, it makes a world of difference when you take the time to reconstruct your diet. It’s not easy, but you’ll feel the benefits.
Moving forward, I will continue juices and salads for 2/3 of the day. I’m excited to incorporate BluePrint because their juices actually are pretty tasty and easy on the go.
**Disclaimer: I am not by any means a health expert, but merely sharing my experience in hope that you will learn from them and assess your own diet.