Food Combining Diet

Food combining is a diet plan based on our digestion’s physiological chemistry.  Different food groups food combining dietrequire different digestion times.  Digestion is helped the most by using food that have roughly the same digestion time.

For instance, protein and starches have different lengths of time.  Proteins take a long time to digest, while starches digests fast.  When applying food combining rules, the two should be eaten at different times, although protein can be eaten with green leafy vegetables.

Digestive enzymes are secreted in very specific amounts and at very specific times.  Different food types require different digestive secretion.  For example, carbohydrates require carbohydrate-splitting enzymes, while proteins require enzymes that splits proteins, and so on and so forth.  This knowledge of the digestive process has led many health practitioners to promote efficient food combining.

There are actually two types of digestion:  the acidic process (stomach digestion) and the alkaline process (salivary digestion).  The former works through the enzyme ptyalin while the latter is developed by hydrochloric acid.  Eating foods that require different processes is not advisable as it causes delay in digesting the foods.

Not only this diet promotes a healthy body and considerable loss of weight, it is also safe and non-toxic.  Remember, you are actually giving your body a favor when food combining.

Here is our basic guide to food combining:

Foods rich in carbohydrates and acidic foods should not be eaten at the same meal. This is because the enzyme that splits carbs, called ptyalin, works only in an alkaline environment and it is destroyed even by the slightest, mildest amount of acid.  Not only do fruit acids prevent the digestion of carbohydrate, but also produces fermentation and eventually leads to hyperacidity and stomach gases.  In some cases, such as eating oranges or grapefruit with carbs, the gases are caused by the escape of starches and the body’s release of pancreatic juice and digestive enzymes to break the starches down.

For example, do not eat bread, rice, or potatoes with lemons, limes, oranges,  grapefruits, pineapples, tomatoes or other sour   fruits. In  the case of tomatoes, its acids   are intensified during cooking and  completely halts the alkaline salivary digestion that     starchy foods need.  However, you can eat tomatoes with leafy vegetables and fatty foods.

Do not eat a concentrated protein and a concentrated carbohydrate at the same meal. This means do not eat nuts, meat, eggs, cheese, or other protein foods at the same meal with bread, potatoes, sweet fruits, cakes among others.  Sugar found in carbohydrates greatly inhibits the secretion of gastric juices and delays digestion.  If consumed in large quantities, it can actually depress the stomach activity.

Do not eat two consecutive proteins at the same meal.  Although all proteins are digested in the stomach and undergo acidic process, each protein requires a specific character and strength of digestive juice to be secreted.  For instance, eggs require different timing in the stomach compared to either meat or milk.  Milk, meanwhile, is best taken alone.

Do not eat fats with proteins.  Do not use cream, butter, or oil with meat, eggs, cheese, nuts, etc.  Fat depresses the action of the gastric glands by delaying the development of appetite juices and inhibiting the pouring out of the proper gastric juices for proteins as it may lower the entire gastric tone for up to more than 50%.

Do not combine acid fruits with proteins.  Examples of acid fruits include oranges, lemons, tomatoes, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple.  These fruits seriously hamper protein digestion and results in putrefaction (or decomposition).  Milk and orange juice are indigestible when combined, while orange juice and eggs form an even worse combination.

Do not consume starch and sugars together.  Putting jelly, jam, or honey on bread cake produces fermentation.  The practice of eating sugar-coated cereals is also a bad way to eat carbohydrates.  If eaten with carbohydrates, the sugars in fruit do not undergo digestion in the stomach.

Eat only one kind of starchy food at a meal.  This rule is more important as a means of overeating than a a means of avoiding bad combination.  Overeating of starches may lead to fermentation.

Do not consume melons with any other food.  The likes of watermelons, muskmelons, honeydew melons, cantaloupes, and other melons have quick and easy digestions that do not fare with other food types.

Dessert the desert.  Deserts are usually eaten after meals.  Once inside our stomach, they do digest at all and ends up fermented.  Bacteria turn these sugars into fermentation and develop certain "poisons" in our body like alcohol, vinegars, and acetic acid.

Foods with high water content-like vegetables-should not be eaten with fruits. Remember that sugars depresses the digestive process in the stomach, which high-water content foods need.

Vegetables and protein is a good food combination.  Both need gastric acids to digest and do not restrict each other’s digestions.

On that note, here is our recommended food plan:

Breakfast – You can use any fruit in season.  It is suggested that not more than three fruits be used at a meal, like grapes, ripe bananas, and an apple.  You can alternate fruits with a sweet breakfast the next morning.  Melons, when in season, can be eaten alone at breakfast.  In the winter months, one or two dried fruits such as figs, dates, raisins, prunes among others, may be substituted for fresh fruit.

Lunch – Eat lunch with a large raw vegetable salad consisting of lettuce, celery, and one or two other vegetables plus avocado and alfalfa spouts or nuts and seeds.  As an alternative, you can use a raw vegetable salad (minus the tomatoes), one cooked vegetable, and a starchy food like grains, pasta, or plain baked potato.

Dinner – End your day with a large raw vegetable salad, two cooked non-starchy vegetables, and a protein-rich meal.  If nuts or cottage cheese are to be used as the protein source, tomatoes may be used in the salad.

The food combining plan does not recommend eating fat meats, sour apples, beans, peanuts, peas, cereals, bread and jam, or hot cakes and honey or syrup, as they are notoriously slow in digestion and are frequent sources of discomfort and putrescent poisoning.  However, like in all diet plans, it is best to consult your physician before taking the food combining plan.

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