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 Ì 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.
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.