This is an example of a properly combined meal.
This is simply my approach to food combining. Certain food combining charts go very in depth with the combination of every food, which I find to be overwhelming. I have found that these three points have made the biggest difference with my digestion and clearing up my acne.
Proper food combining is a method of eating that allows you to digest your food in an efficient way, that is not wasteful of energy and allows you to absorb the most nutrients from your foods. Because all foods do not digest at the same rate and use different enzymes, it is important to understand which combinations are optimal for digestive health. Improper food combining leads to unpleasant side effects, like: bloating, gas and even weight gain.
- It is recommended for fruit to be eaten alone or blended in a juice/ smoothie with leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine, celery or cucumber). You should always eat fruit on an empty stomach.
- Avoid eating fruit after a heavy meal because it does not digest efficiently and can cause bloat, weight gain and discomfort. (Refer to: Kimberly Snyder’s book, The Beauty Detox Solution to learn more about food combining and its benefits).
- Combining proteins and starches is not optimal for digestion.
- Protein digests in approximately four to five hours.
- Starches digest in approximately three to four hours.
- Protein and starches both mix well with most vegetables (not starchy vegetables).
- Protein: dairy, all animal products, nuts and seeds.
- Starches: beans (ex: green, lima, pinto, black, chickpeas), corns, grains, legumes (grows in a pod form, ex: peas), rice, quinoa, squash and potatoes.
I always say “Don’t believe everything you hear--simply experience it for yourself and see what really works for you.” I was told that eating a balanced meal of proteins and starches would make me feel better, but it only made me feel worse.