Food Combining and Daily Cycle

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So many times I get into the kitchen, check what I got and then think of a way to combine it and create a healthy nutritious meal. I let myself be guided by my instinct. I can come up with some interesting  combinations not many would go for. But that`s me. As years went by I figured my body needs fuel and not a meal that will soothe my emotions and instantly fix my mood like a brownie on a rainy pms day. 🙂 No doubt about it, sometimes our spirits need that too, but the other 90% of the time we need those minerals, vitamins, proteins, fiber, live enzymes and good probiotics. Eating is not for satisfaction but a way to build up your power. Eating empty and carby food won`t get you far. It will mess up your insulin levels and make your adrenals go wild. You will feel a temporary `high`but then you`ll be knocked down to a zombie state of mind soon, way before you get to see the stars and the moon…..Now for a healthy young person this wouldn`t seem so vital, but as you age you will get more questions on how to get more energy and strenght and how to avoid premature aging.  If you are someone that has the ĂŚ love myself attitude`that must mean also that you love your cells and you try Not to kill but protect and nourish them.

One of the basic thing you should learn when it comes to your diet is food combining. Why? Because you want to digest your food easily as possible. This is the way to your best health. The more efficiently and effectively we digest our food, assimilate the nutrients and eliminate the waste and toxins, the more energy we have, the healthier we become, and the better we feel. It is easier to digest proteins and carbohydrates when they are eaten separately. The enzymes and the time required to digest the food we eat, vary according to the type of food – complex carbohydrates require certain enzymes and take less time to digest. Proteins require different enzymes and take longer to digest(4h). When we eat these foods together, the digestive enzymes, some acid, some alkaline, neutralize each other. This slows the digestive process, which in turn slows the absorption and elimination processes. This drains our energy and prevents the effective removal of waste and toxins.

Eat fruit alone
Fruit is best eaten alone and on an empty stomach. Fruit digests and moves out of our stomachs quickly (typically within 30 minutes). If fruit is eaten with or too close to other foods, it will sit in the stomach longer than it should and actually begin to ferment. This causes gas and indigestion. To insure that you are eating fruit on an empty stomach, eat it at least 30 min before another meal or wait at least 3 hours after a meal. This, in addition to the fact that fruit is high in water content, is why it is recommended that fruit be eaten primarily in the morning. So if you are used to cereal with milk and fruit in the morning, skip the cereal and milk and just have the fruit and you’ll feel better and have more energy. Avoid eating fruit as a dessert as it will sit on top of the food you just ate and begin to putrefy. The one acceptable food with which to combine fruit is leafy greens. A green smoothie of 60% fruit and 40% greens is perfectly acceptable. If you make a green or fruit smoothie in the morning however, do not use nut milk for a base and do not include any vegetables or vegetable juices (carrot, beet, etc) other than leafy greens.

Eat carbohydrates and protein separately

We can avoid it as long as we`re young and healthy but the truth is that, when we combine complex carbohydrates (potatoes, bread, rice, cereal) with protein (eggs, meat, ham, fish, milk) it slows digestion, which in turn slows assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of waste and toxins, all of which takes a hit on our energy levels.

Here is the simple guideline… Eat protein with vegetables, or carbohydrates with vegetables, but do not eat protein and carbohydrates together. Instead of cheese and toast, have spinach with your eggs. Try a baked potato with steamed broccoli, but don’t have the steak and potato together. Try your tuna stuffed in a tomato instead of with bread. And have Salmon on a bed of salad greens, or rice with stir-fried veggies, but don’t have fish and rice together. Eat your granola for  dinner and eat it with rice or oat milk. Properly combine your food and you will have more energy, feel better, eliminate more easily, lose weight and eliminate toxins. Nuts are properly combined with veggies and dried fruits, but not fresh fruits. Better to eat almonds in a salad or with raisins than almond butter with apples. Avocado, a fruit and a raw food staple, is best by itself or in a salad.

Don`t sleep on the basic principles your body works by. Realise it and work with it. You want to be friends with your body. It`s your most valuable instrument, and damage repaire is something that is often Not in your budget. It is way to expensive so I suggest that we think in advance.

Our body’s natural daily cycle
Our bodies have a natural daily cycle. When we eat in harmony with that cycle, together with proper food combining, our body moves toward perfect health.

Elimination – 4AM to noon. From 4AM to noon is the time when our body wants to eliminate. During this time, it is best to eat high water content foods – primarily fresh fruit, fresh fruit and/or green juices, or green smoothies with about 60% fruit and 40% greens. In this way, we work with our body’s natural cycle of elimination during the morning hours. Natalie Rose, author of The Raw Food Detox Diet, recommends that we drink Green Lemonade all morning long. This is a fresh juice made with 1 whole lemon, 1 head of romaine, 2-3 sprigs of kale, spinach or other dark leafy green, and 1 apple. If you have a juicer, give it a try.

Digestion – noon to 8PM. From noon to 8PM our body is poised and ready to work on digestion. This is the time to eat those non-fruit, properly combined veggie + protein or veggie + carb meals. A little Ayurvedic trick I learned is to have some easy tea in-between meals to keep your digestive fire burning.

Absorption/Assimilation – 8PM to 4AM. At night, your body wants to go to work on metabolizing, absorbing and assimilating everything you ate during the day. If you eat after 8PM, your body has to take energy away from the job of assimilation to work on digestion. To support your body’s natural nightly inclination, avoid eating after 8PM.

Why do I propagate these principles? Because I can attest to these facts

My testimony is this. Years ago I wanted to change my diet and I was so full of the pork meat and all the combinations eaten in our household . I wanted to cleanse myself and loose some weight. I went on the UN diet and ate a type of food a day. I lost over 5KG in less than a month and never felt better. I wish I don`t have to emphesize aswell the importance of taking in the H20. You know, the molecule that takes about the 76%of your body? It is a way to the health you`re looking for.

Thank me later.

Another thing I highly recommend is to implement kefir or homemade probiotic rich joghurt to your diet and consume at least once a week(minimum). Digestive enzymes are a great way to aid your digestion and prevent you feeling bloated aswell. I personaly love these by Terra Nova.

Terranova Digestive Enzyme

Not everything is served to us on a silver plate in this life and definetely not information. These days you have to be your own teacher and saviour so do your own research and THRIVE.

 

MUCH LOVE,

Martina

 

Sources:

  1. 1.http://pamsterling.com/food-combining-for-perfect-health/
  2. https://www.evergreen.ie/terranova-digestive-enzyme-42081?gclid=Cj0KCQjw08XeBRC0ARIsAP_gaQBrGd_X9CFQGGjGwsClaiWAJGWBm6rku4ZANvo2x0zqn0KHC742e_saAkdpEALw_wcB

 

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Mango everything

Here it is.

My first inner chef discovery of Love at first taste.,*MANGO*.  That beautiful juicy Heaven`s gift… If you are to ask me, we as adults should introduce Mr. Mango to our little ones as soon as they can understand – anything.

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What is to be said about Mango? Let`s start from the basic. Where does it grow?

Mangoes are native to South Asia, from where the “common mango” or “Indian mango”, Mangifera indica, has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most widely cultivated fruits in the tropics. It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh.

Mango* production – 2016
Country (millions of tonnes)
 India 18.8
 China 4.7
 Thailand 3.4
 Indonesia 2.2
 Mexico 2.2
World 46.5
* includes mangosteens and guavas reported to FAOSTAT
Source: FAOSTAT of the United Nations[25]

In mango orchards the common cultivar is ‘Alphonso’, an important export product, considered as “the king of mangoes”. In 2016, global production of mangoes (report includes mangosteens and guavas) was 46.5 million tonnes, led by India with 40% (19 million tonnes) of the world total. China and Thailand were the next largest producers. The current world market is dominated by the cultivar ‘Tommy Atkins’, a seedling of ‘Haden’. Growers and importers worldwide have embraced the cultivar for its excellent productivity and disease resistance, shelf life, transportability, size, and appealing color. Although the Tommy Atkins cultivar is commercially successful, other cultivars may be preferred by consumers for eating pleasure, such as Alphonso. Generally, ripe mangoes have an orange-yellow or reddish peel and are juicy for eating, while exported fruit are often picked while underripe with green peels. Although producing ethylene while ripening, unripened exported mangoes do not have the same juiciness or flavor as fresh fruit.

Mango-Production

 

Nutritive values?

The energy value per 100 g (3.5 oz) serving of the common mango is 250 kJ (60 kcal), and that of the apple mango is slightly higher (330 kJ (79 kcal) per 100 g). Fresh mango contains a variety of nutrients, but vitamin C and folate are in significant amounts of the Daily Value as 44% and 11%!

  • Rich source of Vitamin A – Vitamin A is extremely crucial for the good health of our eyes and mangoes possess this strength. It ensures that eye problems due to Vitamin-A deficiency do not occur. The following problems that can be avoided are dry eyes, dark circles, burning sensation, itching, softening of cornea and night blindness.
  • Contains high dietary fibre – The high dietary fibre in the fruit will avoid problems like constipation and assure normal bowel movements.
  • Folic Acid – Mangoes contain folic acid, a healthy vitamin B with many advantages. For example, adequate intake of folic acid for pregnant women is necessary for the normal and safe mode of child development and delivery.
  • Aids in digestion – Contains digestive enzymes to break down the protein and thereby avert problems like indigestion.
  • Regulates the blood pressure levels in our body – Contains minerals like potassium and magnesium, which act as good regulators of blood pressure levels.
  • Good for the heart – Has Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) which controls the level of homocysteine in our blood. Heart and blood vessel diseases will occur in any person with abnormal levels of homocysteine coupled with vitamin B6, B12 and folate deficiencies.
  • Enhances our memory power – Presence of glutamine acid, a key protein in mango will enable our cells to stay active and it also increases our memory power.
  • Cures Anemia – Mangoes can cure anaemia by raising the blood count level. A mango contains a high content of iron and this will prove beneficial for people with anaemia.
  • Increases our skin complexion – Mango contains a rich source of Vitamin A and Vitamin E. The stated strengths contribute to a shiny and soft skin with a fair complexion.
  • Contains anti-cancerous properties – According to a research, mango prevents the formation of various cancers like colon and breast. It is made possible by Lupeol, a triterpenoid that is present in mango and it has good medicinal value.mango-nutritional-information

For a sample of 100 g fresh mango, the nutritional value that is based on the database released by the United States Department of Agriculture – National Nutrient database is as follows:

Nutrient Nutrient Value % of Recommended Daily Allowance
Energy 70 kcal 3.5%
Carbohydrates 17 g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1.80 g 4.5%
Protein 0.5 g 1%
Total Fat 0.27 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Vitamin A 765 IU 25.5%
Vitamin C 27.7 mg 46%
Vitamin E 1.12 mg 7.5%
Vitamin K 4.2 µg 3.5%
Folates 14 µg 3.5%
Niacin 0.584 mg 3.5%
Pantothenic Acid 0.160 mg 1%
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6) 0.134 mg 10%
Thiamin 0.058 mg 5%
Riboflavin 0.057 mg 4%
Potassium 156 mg 3%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Calcium 10 mg 1%
Iron 0.13 mg 1.5%
Copper 0.110 mg 12%
Magnesium 9 mg 2%
Manganese 0.027 mg 1%
Zinc 0.04 mg 0%

 

Consumption?

What’s not to like about mangos? Highly nutritive and juicy delicious, mangos are a wonderful addition to salads, along with other fruits such as oranges, mandarins pineapples… Mangos can be made into a delicious sauce for meats, smoothies, milkshakes and hey, if you like your meals healthy, what not? They can be cooked with many of vegetables and add extra flavour and nutrients to your meal.

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For the end of this mango learning journey let`s see some Fun Facts!

The word “Mango” for the fruit came after various transpositions. As it was originated in India-Burma border where Sanskrit language was predominant at that time, it’s first name was “Aamra-Phalam.” Its transformation in Hindi language became “Aam-Phal.” Synonym of Phal in Tamil is Kaay, so Tamils called it by the name “Aam-Kaay” which gradually became “Maamkaay”. Malayalam people from India changed it further to “maanga.” When Portuguese people came across this fruit, they told about it to Britishers who again due to pronunciation differences changed it to Mango. And now it is called “Mango” world over.  Around 300 or 400 A.D., Mango seeds traveled from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and finally to South America.

 

There it is. If you like mango, you are a friend to me and you sure know GOOD FOOD.

MUCH LOVE!

Martina

Sources:

  1. wikipedia.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mango
  2. https://www.toptengama.com/facts/mango-benefits-nutrition/
  3. https://www.herbazest.com/herbs/mango
  4. https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/tropical-fruit-salad/
  5. https://www.radiantrachels.com/mango-sago-pudding/

 

 

 

My inner chef discoveries

Welcome to my cooking journey. My special time in life where I discover all my favourite food from A – Z: where I find all their healthy benefits for my body and mood and aall the combinations that make them as delicious and nutritious as possible. This is a journey where I discover that not only do I love good food but I also loove to prepare,cook and decorate it . With a special ingredient may I say: a little thing called LOVE.

Let`s eat and sing… All you need is Love ramparara-ram… 🙂

 

“WHAT IS DONE WITH LOVE, IS WELL DONE.

THE WAY TO KNOW LIFE IS TO LOVE MANY THINGS. “

The ultimate Truths spoken by Vincent Van Gogh ❤

 

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This place will not only be a place to visit when I get a question hanging above my head- Oh what will I cook today?… But will be a legacy for the ones that are yet to come into my life. The little me` s. (I love you sweeties.)

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