i've recently read a couple of articles and nutrition books about food combining rules for better digestion. it's quite confusing and daunting. all of the sudden, my fridge turned into a war zone with different food groups having serious commitment issues with each other! i thought i was eating in the healthiest way possible, but alas! i'm a 90% raw vegan and, according to the food combo rules, all my meals are a big digestive no-no...fruit salad with seeds and flax for breakfast - bad; organic humous as my salad dressing - not good; quinoa with a big salad and some nuts - oh, no! i want to follow the rules and be good to my body, but this is just so overwhelming and frustrating. i was wondering whether anyone else has some experience (or better understanding of) with these rules and their significance...help!
just to give some examples: carbohydrate foods + acid foods = no a concentrated protein + a concentrated carbohydrate = no two concentrated proteins at the same meal = no fats + proteins = no acid fruits + proteins = no (e.g. strawberries and nuts) sweet fruits + proteins, starches and acid fruits = no (e.g. kiwi, strawberries and bananas...delicious, right? easy for digestive system - no!..apparently) one concentrated starch at a meal = yes Acid fruits + subacid fruits = yes
hey jo-i wouldn't stress about it too much....just make sure you are eating a balanced variety of healthy foods (fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, etc) and you should be fine. as long as you are getting adequate amounts of fat, carbs and protein throughout the day-your body will take care of the rest for you. you'll definitely know if something you're eating (whether it's one food or a combination of foods) isn't digesting well (i.e.cramps, bloating, gas, etc) and you can work thru those food issues however you see fit...... i think food combining is unnecessary and takes the fun out of eating.... :(
you're right - it does take all the fun out of eating. it's good to know what goes well with what, but it's impossible to follow all these rules. i've been reading more and more about it and the best rule to follow is - the simpler the better and the fewer ingredients the easier to digest.;-)
It is important to balance carbs with protein and good fats but keep it simple and you will know if it isn't working by how you feel. We eat a very low fat vegan diet and sometimes I just eat half a tsp. of peanutbutter to add the fat if there isn't any olive oil or nuts in the meal.
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