Q: Can you offer me some a few food combining tips to help with my digestion?
A: Here are 3 simple rules for eating carbs, protein and fat in order to maximize digestion :)
There are 3 macromolecules: fats, proteins and carbs. Technically, carbs include all fruits, veggies, starches and grains. For the purpose of food combining, Wo defined carbs as starches and grains and made fruits and veggies separate categories. Thus, the 5 food groups are:
Digestive Times of Food Groups: fruit 30 min, veggies 1-2 hrs, carbs 2-3 hrs, protein 2-3 hrs, fat 3+ hrs, complex meal 4-5 hrs+
Strategy 1: Eat Melons Alone. Melons do not combine well with any other food group except for other melons. You can eat honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe together, but combining with other fruits may indeed result in digestive symptoms such as gas and bloating.
Strategy 2. Eat Fruits Alone. Fruits do not combine well with other food groups, so ideally you want to eat them all on their own. You want to eat fruits 1/2 hour before any other food/meal OR 3 hours after a meal.
There are 3 Types of Fruits (and this is how you would eat them):
Strategy 3. Eat Carbs & Protein Separately. Starches and grains when paired with protein can result in gas and bloating. In order to optimize digestion, eat:
Bonus Rule: Seaweeds and Greens are two foods which pair with ANY other food (including fruits).
Remember, we're talking about optimizing digestion, so if you can tolerate mixing things up without digestive issues, these "rules" won't apply to y'all!!
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