The greatest wealth you will ever receive is your health.
When you have problems with your gut, it can feel incredibly daunting to try and pin-point the exact cause. For some it may be food sensitivities and for others it might be the way their digestive system is breaking down their food – or rather not doing its job properly. Just like any diet, there isn’t one diet for anyone, and the same goes for resolving digestive issues. The solution requires some detective work and you are the detective. Here is one tip that may help you solve the case.
If you have sensitivities to certain foods, it could be caused by food combining. Here’s why. Certain foods have different digestion times, which means the time it takes to exit the body, and some don’t mix well together for those people with sensitivities. Both causing painful stomach upsets. If after you eat, you suffer from bloating, constipation, gas, or diarrhea, food combining may be just the remedy you need.
Taken right from Healthy Living, the following tips will help you start your own discovery. To understand your body and how it works, you have to become an inner body detective. It takes a bit of time, practice and patience, but once you get it right, you can kiss those digestion upsets goodbye!
Benefits of Food Combining:
Decrease in bloating, gas and stomach upsets.
Weight loss and weight management.
Increased in energy.
Food Combining Tips
Tip #1: Eat fruit alone and on an empty stomach. You can combine fruit with vegetables smoothies, or juices, but pay attention to how the combinations make you feel after you drink them. Write down any symptoms in your food journal.
Lemons are an exception to the fruit rule. They can be combined with anything.
Avocados, though labeled as a fruit, also tend to go with everything.
Tip #2: Eat starchy foods such as, grains, root vegetables, beans, cereals, and breads with low glycemic vegetables.
Tip #3: Eat protein such as, nuts, seeds, beans, and eggs with non-starchy vegetables.
Vegetables go with pretty much everything.
Food Journaling Exercise
Here is how to find out if certain food combinations are the culprits to your digestive issues. Create a food journal and keep track of everything you eat and how you feel after you eat it. For one week, keep track of what you eat and how you feel after each meal. Not everyone is sensitive to combined food, and if that happens to be you, feel free to skip this experiment. This exercise is a way of tuning into your body. By learning how to listen to your body’s messages, you will start to know what foods make you feel great and what makes you feel not so great.
Here are some examples:
“For breakfast I had scrambled eggs and a coffee. I felt good.”
“For breakfast I had scrambled eggs with a fruit salad. I felt bloated.”
This is where you start to see the differences. The eggs the day before didn’t give you this feeling, so was it combining eggs and fruit? Next time, try eating fruit alone and notice how you feel.
“For lunch I had a salad. I didn’t feel full and my energy was low.” Next time, add protein to your salad and see how that makes you feel.
You will start to see what foods give you gas, bloating, zaps your energy, or increases your energy. This is what you are looking for – the good and the bad.
You’ve got this!
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