How much do you know about proper food combining?
You might be surprised just how important food combining is when it comes to your health and how you feel after a meal.
When you eat something, digestion starts in your mouth when you chew and saliva starts breaking it down. It’s important to chew your food very thoroughly before swallowing to allow the saliva to start breaking down the carbohydrates. Even if you are drinking juice or eating a smoothie, it’s important to eat slowly and “chew” your liquids as you eat them.
Digestion continues as your food moves into your stomach and small intestine. Your body assimilates the nutrients as it absorbs them into the bloodstream and into the cells after they have been broken down by the digestive processes.
In order for your body to properly digest and assimilate all the wonderful nutrition from your food and use it properly in the body, it needs to be properly combined.
Different foods digest differently and at different rates depending on their water content and nutritional profile. Your body digests carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in separate processes and cannot digest them properly when not properly combined.
Here are some basic proper food combining rules to help you get the most from your healthy plant food choices:
- It’s easiest for the body to digest one food at a time (mono-meals).
- Multiple foods that are similar (like nectarines and peaches) in simple combinations can digest well together.
- The more complex the combination, digestion becomes difficult.
- Lettuce and Celery combine well with any other food type.
- Fruits digest faster than Vegetables, Grains, Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds.
- Juice digests faster due to low fiber content.
- High Fat and Protein content foods digest slower.
- It’s best to eat melons and durian alone.
I highly recommend Dr. Douglas N. Graham’s “The 80/10/10 Reference Guide on Food Combinations & Nutrition” is a great little guide to keep handy in your kitchen. I use this myself and have included it in my list of recommended books.
Here is the Happy To Be Raw Food Combining Chart:
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So whether you are eating raw or cooked, this chart should help you make the best meal food combining choices.
Some people can handle more combinations than others, so be sure to try different combinations and see what works for you.
Food Combining at Meal Times:
I find that juicy fruits are best in the morning for breakfast, sweet or sub-acid high calorie fruits for lunch, acid fruits before dinner, and big lettuce salads with simple cooked vegan dinners help my digestion to work properly throughout the day and night.
If you need a late night snack before bed, try eating a piece of fruit instead of nuts or seeds as these are much harder to digest and may compromise your quality of sleep.
I hope this helps you guys! If you have any food combining tips, please Comment Below to share them with us. 🙂