Food Combining 101
Do you suffer from bloating? Constipation? Acid reflux? Indigestion? Or Weight gain? If so, food combining is definitely something you will want to know more about.
Food combining is a method of eating that allows you to digest your food in the most efficient way, allowing your body to absorb the greatest amount of nutrients from the food you consume. Because all foods digest at different rates using different enzymes, it is important to understand which combinations are optimal for digestive health.
For example, fruit digests the fastest, taking only 30-45 minutes, whereas protein digests the slowest, taking 3-4 hours. So, if you have a piece of fruit after a meal where you have had protein such as chicken or fish, or even a vegetarian protein such as lentils or chickpeas, essentially what happens is that the fruit is unable to digest since the protein is blocking it, and so it sits on top of the protein, fermenting, turning into acid and creating a myriad of digestive issues. This can also contribute to issues such as candida and bacterial overgrowth.
SO, with this said, my recommendation would be only to eat fruit first thing in the morning, and wait at least 30 minutes before eating anything else. Also, non-starchy vegetables such as leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts), combine well with any other food, so you can have those at any time of the day, with anything you would like. Proteins and starchy vegetables (potatoes, squash, carrots, etc) should also be eaten separately (one for lunch, one for dinner). I like to have a protein and non-starchy vegetable for lunch, and a starchy vegetable and non-starchy vegetable for dinner.
Food combining is not an exact science and you do not need follow it 100% of the time, however, you will need to give it at least 2 weeks in order to see any significant results. It is important to remember that food combining is not a diet. It’s a way of understanding how the digestive system works in order to optimize your health.
If you want to discuss food combing in greater detail, feel free to reach out to me with any question you may have!