Rules of Food Combining.

First time I read about the proper food combining rules in the book “Beauty Detox” by Kimberly Snyder.

I tried some of these rules and it really worked. I am trying to stick to this way of eating now, but sometimes it’s not possible and you let it go.

Anyway, it makes me feel completely different: less bloating, more energy, better skin, and really easier to loose weight and keep it for the life.

What is Food Combining?

The gist of food combining is that different types of foods digest at different rates and with different enzymes. Some foods digest better in an acidic environment, while others digest better in an alkaline environment.

When you eat several foods that digest at different rates, call for different enzymes or need different pH levels, your digestion gets out of whack and things begin to rot and ferment in your body. This “sludge” turns into stored toxins. When your body can’t digest food properly, it misses out on being able to absorb the nutrients in food, leaving you with low energy, breakouts and poor sleep. It’s an all around bad deal.

All food combining guidelines take into account the speed at which food digests. Fruit digests the quickest, then greens, then non-starchy vegetables, then starches and finally, digesting the slowest is protein. Eating foods in the correct order (according to their transit times) ensures a traffic jam-free (and toxin-free) digestive tract.

When you get the combining right, your body gets to use the nutrients in the food. This leaves you with more energy, which inevitably equals more beauty.

Here are the food combining basics:

  • Starches + Veggies = OK
  • Proteins + Veggies = OK
  • Proteins + Starches = No No
  • Plant Proteins + Plant Proteins = OK
  • Animal Proteins + Animal Proteins = No No
  • Starches + Starches = OK
  • Fats + Proteins (animal or plant) = No No (or pair moderately)
  • Fats + Carbohydrates = OK
  • Fats + Starches = OK
  • Fruits are best eaten on an empty stomach
  • Fruit + Raw greens = OK (except melons)

Common Food Combos That Can Wreck Havoc on Your Health

All of these guidelines can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s really quite simple to find meals that work. Let’s get on the right track by eliminating a couple of common food combinations in the food world that are just plain bad for your body.

1. Avocado with Nuts

Most raw foodies are really into avocados because they’re a good source of fat. They’ll put them on and in everything. You’ll see them on salads, in dressings, in smoothies and on sandwiches. The combination you want to stay away from is eating avocados (a fat) with nuts (a protein). The raw fat properties of the avocado have an inhibiting effect of the digestion of the protein in nuts.

 2. Fruit for Dessert.

Fruit digests the quickest. It passes through the stomach in a matter of twenty to thirty minutes. Eating fruit for dessert will cause a traffic jam in your digestive tract. The fruit will sit on top of whatever else is in your stomach and begin to ferment. By the time it reaches your intestines, there will be barely any nutrients left to absorb. This will leave you feeling bloated and tired. Fruit is best eaten first or with green veggies. After twenty minutes, you can follow it up with a protein or starch.

3. Green smoothie with seeds and/or nuts

Green smoothies can easily turn into a hodgepodge of ingredients. It’s easy to get excited about a nutritious drink and go with the mentality that the more nutrients you can pack in there, the better. To keep it nice and easy for the digestive tract, try to stick with green veggies, fruits (except for mangoes) and water in your smoothie. Things get difficult when we add in seeds, nut milks, fruit juice, sweeteners, etc.

4. Olive Oil + Nuts

This is the hardest for me, because I like my pesto for spring rolls.

Olive oil and nuts are commonly combined in pesto and salad dressings. Olive oil is a fat and nuts are a protein. Again, the raw fat has an inhibiting effect of the digestion of the protein.

5. Quinoa Salad

Starches (like quinoa) and greens (like a salad) are okay to eat during the same sitting, but really should not be eaten together. The greens digest faster than the quinoa, so they are best eaten first.

6. Hemp milk with an un-sprouted grain for breakfast

Hemp milk is considered a protein, even though the seeds have changed form. The grains are a starch. Proteins require an acidic environment to be broken down. Starches require enzymes that act only on an alkaline environment. If an acidic environment and an alkaline environment are attempting to coexist, they end up neutralizing each other. The digestive system then goes into overdrive in an attempt to secrete more digestive juices to try to break down the food again, and so on and so on. This will leave you tired, gassy and/or bloated. Sprouting your grains is a good option. Sprouting grains neutralizes the enzyme inhibitors and starts the production of beneficial enzymes, which make them easier to digest.

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How to make your kids eat vegetables.

We know how important is to eat vegetables and fruits and get all the vitamins from there.

Many parents struggle with their kids’ food every day. Kids don’t want to eat vegetables, they refuse any green color on their plate and want to eat anything but no veggies.

There are some ways to make your kids like vegetables and actually eat them.

1. Lead by example.

If you children see you eating pizza while you’re telling them to eat broccoli, they’re going to tune you out. I remember Sophia didn’t want to eat salad at all. She never wanted to try it. We usually have salad for dinner, and our example helped her to like it too. One day, she just asked for salad, and now she loves it. The same thing happened with the guacamole and hummus. Show the right example.

Our plates are identical, except mine doesn’t have pasta on

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2. Books and games with vegetables.

Get some books, coloring books with vegetables and fruits. Read them from time to time. Sophia has a lot of fruits and vegetables in her toy kitchen. She always cooks salad or vegetable soup for her dolls, makes veggies sandwiches for us.

We also have some kids books about the importance of vegetables and fruits in our diet.

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3. Make it fun.

Garden with your children, shop together and include them in preparing meals.

Before we go grocery shopping I always ask my daughter what we are going to buy. In the store she shows me, where to get bananas, tomatoes, avocados etc.

She loves going to the farmers market and picking up the fresh produce.

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Cooking together is important too, she can see what her dish is made of. This makes the happiest girl in the world. Imagine, your kid watches you every night putting the chicken nuggets in the oven, or microwave. Does it sound fun to you?

4. Eat the rainbow.

Hang a color wheel on the fridge and ask your kid: “Did we eat something from nature in each color group today?” This trick sounds fun and will make your kids try at least one piece of vegetable.

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5. Hide the vegetables in the dish.

This works a lot of times for kids who don’t touch vegetables at all. There are a lot different recipes with hiding vegetables in them: turkey meatballs with zucchini, pumpkin muffins with carrots, meatloaf with bell pepper, chocolate dessert with avocado in it, different kids of ice-pops made of veggies and fruit.

This recipe hides avocados in it.

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6. Don’t give up.

Expose your kids to new and different foods over and over again. Continue serving food that’s been rejected, and never remind them that they didn’t like it before. Often the veggie they “hated” last months becomes their new favorite the next months.