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
-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
-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.