ridding the body of excess waste...
It seems to me that most of us spend a lot of time thinking and talking about what we put in our bodies — the food, the calories, the protein, the fat — but when it comes to talking about what comes out of our bodies, we forget or get shy.
To me, this natural process is a vital component in keeping us healthy and happy. Every process in the body is equally important. So it makes sense to thinking about the natural balance, when we put a lot of good stuff in, good waste should come out!
Waste = weight.
That’s right. The number one weight loss secret that many dont consider is the fact that the extra waste sitting around in your body one of the main causes of your excess weight and low energy levels. When you learn to rid your body of extra waste on a regular basis, weight loss and maintenance become effortless.
Sounds, pretty good, right?
Cleansing the body is all the rage these days and this is certainly a big part of cleaning out your tissues and cells so that our bodies can naturally detoxify.
Detoxification is a natural process in the body. This vital process needs support and fuelling. Here's where food comes in.
Food combining and implementing a few simple practises into your everyday eating routine can allow your digestive system to work optimally, putting less strain on the surrounding body systems and allowing optimal energy production.
In a nutshell, how can you tune up your digestive system so the body can rid itself of the natural bi product and keep you feeling light and energised.
The Basics of Food Combining
Food combining can be a complex topic. It can also make us a bit crazy in the beginning because we’ve been taught to think that a balanced meal contains a protein and a starch with a small side of vegetables.
What many of us don't know are the complexities of the digestive system, and the fact that different food groups require different amounts of time and energy to be assimilated and absorbed by the body. What’s even more interesting is that the faster a food is digested, the less waste it leaves behind. The less waste left behind, the easier the digestion process. The easier the digestive process, the more you’ll get rid of.
When you learn to eliminate on a consistent and regular basis (at least every day, if not twice!) the other results you can expect are less of the following: weight, cellulite, inflammation, disease, headaches, acid reflux, gas, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and more!
Okay, so let’s look some very basic food combining principles.
-Vegetables combine well with nuts and seeds.
- Vegetables combine well with legumes and beans.
-Vegetables combine well with non-gluten grains.
-Vegetables combine well with animal protein.
-Choose one category of protein (nuts/seeds, legumes/beans or animal protein) per meal.
-Choose either a protein or a starch/grain per meal, but not both.
Always eat fresh fruit alone on an empty stomach with a few minor exceptions (fruit does combine well with dark leafy greens, like in green smoothies)
As you can see, veggies combine well with most foods well. What’s key is to avoid mixing an animal protein and a starch or grain in the same meal.
As I mentioned, there are many complexities and grey areas when it comes to food combining. The point is not to obsess but more to become aware of this simple yet profound principle. And don’t take my word for it.
Be your own experiment.
If after a meal you feel energised, gas-free, less bloated, quick transit, lose or maintain weight, you most likely found a good food combo.
*stay tuned for my next post all about the wonders of the colon and how we can eat ourselves to a flat stomach.