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Food Combinations for Better Digestion...

Friday, September 27, 2013

I have been having some digestive issues and bloating lately, despite not eating gluten or dairy, and watching my sodium... I've noticed that it happens after large meals, specifically after ones with a lot of ingredients. I can eat cruciferous vegetables and beans with no ill-effects on their own, so I don't think I need to avoid high-fiber foods or anything.... I've come to the conclusion that it may be the way in which I am combining my foods that is causing me problems.

Apparently, according to some people on the internet, food combinations can be really important (especially if you have a weak digestive system or your gut bacteria have been disrupted). Here are a few rules I'm going to try out this weekend/next week:

*Avoid large amounts of fat in one meal, especially fried food

*Don't drink too much water while eating, as it may dilute digestive juices (drink the majority of your water between meals)

*Eat fruits alone and on an empty stomach (except for acidic fruits like lemons, and papaya and pineapple which have powerful digestive enzymes which can aid the digestion of meat)

*Vegetables are friends with everyone! they can be combined with anything.

*Protein and starches aren’t so friendly (when you eat both at the same time it takes longer to digest, and the starches end up fermenting because they sit in your gut too long and you bloat up).

Note: this is not a general rule. Some people have stronger digestive systems and can combine these foods with no problem. But me... maybe not.

The last rule is where my trouble lies, I think... I need to stop eating large amounts of starches and proteins at the same time. Enchiladas, hard to digest... fish curry with starchy veggies and raisins and rice, nightmare combination.... there are just too many things going on, and my digestive system is saying "NO."

So, I'm making my menu for next week!, and I'm planning to split my meals into mini-meals of either protein OR starches.

Protein and Veggies Example Meals
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-veggie omelets
-sirloin steak and dijon brussels sprouts
-(bun-less) curried turkey burger w/ sliced veggies and avocado
-Chinese beef w/ broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts -- NO RICE
-steamed salmon w/ zucchini and red pepper
-bolognese sauce over zucchini "noodles"
-pork chop w/ sauerkraut and collard greens
-grilled chicken fajitas w/ guacamole, no beans no rice no tortillas
-chicken veggie chili
-tempeh stir-fry w/ veggies
-curried tuna salad over mixed greens or in a half of a red bell pepper
-RAW Life protein powder w/ almond milk

Starch and Veggies Example Meals
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-steel cut oats w/ coconut and blackberries (a low-fructose fruit)
-gluten-free toast w/ bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato (very little protein)
-vegetable sushi w/ avocado
-acorn squash stuffed w/ quinoa, onion, garlic, & kale w/ EVOO
-roasted sweet potato "fries" or other root veggies w/ EVOO
-wild/brown rice pilaf w/ EVOO (with herbs, veggies, and almonds)
-vegetarian chili, any or any vegetable soups w/ EVOO
-banana w/ cashew butter (bananas are pretty starchy and I like green ones which are even starchier lol)

I'm making sure to get some good fats and fiber in the starchy meals to lower their glycemic index, to keep me full longer, and also to help me absorb vitamins. Between-meal snacks (on an empty stomach) will be fruit or nuts, and I will be drinking kombucha (probiotic) every morning. I don't plan to change the total amount of protein or carbs that I am consuming -- just splitting them apart a bit.

Let's see what happens... maybe it will help. Wish me luck!

P.S. -- still losing weight, despite the bloat. Woo.
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  • TEALLEN04
    Good luck! Those menu ideas sound delicious. I like the idea of splitting up protein and starches. My stomach doesn't like it when I put too many different things in it at one time either. I might try this.

    Congrats on your continued weight loss!

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    1450 days ago
  • BABYSOX
    Interesting thoughts. I am lucky that my digestive system is strong now, but I gave up red meat and pork about 15 years ago as I could not digest it properly. Good luck.
    1455 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Thx for sharing!
    1455 days ago
  • BECKY0111
    Great ideas and suggestions! Thank you so much!

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  • KIPPER15
    Interesting about the food combinations. Hope you can figure out what works for you.
    1456 days ago
  • KENSHO
    I have wicked digestive issues so this is VERY interesting to me. I think I will go do some research on this too. Thanks Jamie...you introduce me to so many things!! Good luck to you and keep us posted on how it's going.
    1456 days ago
  • SINGER73
    I wish you luck. I have digestive issues also but it seems like taking away my intolerant foods helped a lot.
    1456 days ago
  • GODZY_
    Good luck with the changes in your diet I hope it will help with your digestive problems. I so know how it feels and well it's definitely not fun at all.

    I've read just a couple of days ago about those rules too. My brother has an auto-immune disease related to his colon and I have IBS and so we've been looking into these kind of thing for a while now.

    I can't try the different combination before seeing my doctor (cause of my diabetes and insulin) but I can't wait to see if it helped you. I really hope so.

    Take care and thank you for sharing.
    Have a great week-end.




    1456 days ago
  • LOTUSBURGER
    ohhh yeah, it is fun excep tfor the achy tummy.
    I had to cut out broccoli, raw, I was reading I might be
    able to handle it steamed if I can't raw. It's one of my
    favorites.

    GOOD LUCK, GREAT attitude, you will figure it out!!
    1456 days ago
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