What is food combining?
Food combining is the practice of pairing food based on what mechanisms are needed to properly digest nutrients, optimizing digestive energy consumption and waste production. Certain combinations of food groups will minimize digestive-based stress so that you can feel better and have more energy. The way that food combining works for your body is analogous to refurnishing your house with energy-efficient appliances, which reduces how much you pay for utilities.
I learned about Food Combining from my friend and mentor Nadya Andreeva. She wrote an amazing book on how to develop a healthy relationship with your body called Happy Belly. Highly recommended read!
Poor food combinations
- Leave the body feeling heavy and sluggish
- Are stressful for the body and make it work harder than it needs to
- Are a main source of toxins entering the body
- OK once and a while but not something you want to put your body through 3-5 times a day.
Common Hard to Digest Food Combinations
- Pasta with Meat Sauce and Cheese
- Yogurt Parfaits with Granola and Fruit
- Meat and Cheese Sandwiches
- Eggs and Toast
- Meat and Rice
- Fruit after a meal
Good food combinations
- Prevent grazing all day.
- Make you less likely to overeat.
- Prevent feeling bloated and gassy after a meal.
- Are easier on digestive track, the liver and body as a whole.
- Leave you with more energy to heal, detox and get on with your day.
- Will help your body to come back into balance and maintain a healthy body weight.
Easy to Digest Food Combinations:
- Meat/ Fish/ Eggs and Veggies
- Spiced Oatmeal with dried fruit
- Beans and Rice/ Grains
- Quinoa and veggies
- Soups such as bone broth with a little well cooked meat and veggies or Blended Vegetables
- Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Millet Bread
- Veggie Stir-fry or salad with Hemp Seeds and Avocado
- Green Salad with pomegranate seeds
Food Combining Take Away Points:
- Animal proteins don’t mix with starches like bread, pasta and potatoes but they do mix with good fats and green veggies.
- Fruit should be eaten alone, on an empty stomach and NOT for dessert
- Dairy (especially cheese) does not digest well with anything.
When it comes to a meal, the less different food groups the better! Keep it simple!
Remember these are just guidelines, there should be NO hard and fast rules when it comes to food. If you eat a poorly combined meal, thats okay, don’t beat yourself up about it! There are thousands of more opportunities to make loving choices in this lifetime!