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I keep hearing about these peopl...

Posted Sep 14 2008 2:38pm

I keep hearing about these people who use food combining both for weight loss and just generally to feel better in the tummy region….

The theory behind a food combining diet is that the body was not designed to eat such a huge range of foods at once. Food combiner’s believe that the body was designed to require a certain PH or acidity level to digest foods and that mismatching foods impairs this process.

Experts in the food combining arena say that incomplete digestion is one of the leading causes of illness around the world.

There are a couple of ways the body can break down food:

a) Enzyme Breakdown - this is the body’s natural path and the ideal digestion scenario.

b) Bacterial Breakdown - this is what happens when the PH/acidity is off due to mismatching foods.

Bacterial breakdown can cause havoc with your body leading to ailments including candida, bloating, burping, fatigue, headaches, flatulence, diarrhoea or constipation.

I’ve put together a cheat sheat of what category foods fall under in a food combining diet . . .

Primary Proteins

Almonds
Sunflower Seeds
Wheatgerm
Sesame Seeds
Brazil Nuts
Cashews
Pistachios
Pinenuts
Pepitas
Lecithin
Soya Beans

Secondary Proteins

Meat
Poultry
Eggs
Fish
Cheese
Yoghurt

Fats

Oils
Coconut
Nuts (pecan, macadamia)
Avocado
Olives
Butter/Margarine

Starches

Flour (white and wholemeal)
Rice
Wheat
Rye
Beans (lima, pinto, red, mung)
Corn
Lentils
Pumpkin
Sweet Potato
Potato
Yams

Melons

Canteloupes
Watermelon
Honeydew

Vegetables

Beetroot
Broccoli
Beans
Brussel Sprouts
Carrots
Capsicum
Cucumber
Celery
Lettuce
Peas
Sprouts
Silverbeet
Spinach
Tomatoes

Sweet Fruits

Bananas
Persimmons
Custard Apples
Dried Fruit

Sub Acid Fruits

Apples
Plums
Apricots
Cherries
Pears
Grapes
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries
Nectarines
Mangoes
Guava
Paw Paws

Acid Fruits

Lemons
Limes
Oranges
Mandarins
Grapefruit
Pineapples
Strawberries
Passionfruit

I’ve also put together a food combining chart to make it a little easier to see what goes with what!

FREE FOOD COMBINING CHART

Phewf what a lot to digest - pardon the pun!

Enjoy :)

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