Do you ever have that bloated feeling after eating, or have trouble losing weight? The answer could be in the combination of foods you’re eating, not what you’re eating. Food combining has been around for a long time, but how much do you know about it?  

Food combining is an ideal way to obtain your optimum weight and ensure that you absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your daily intake. It helps to prevent bloating, gas, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive problems. And not only that, it will also help your body become more efficient at burning fat.

Foods that we eat naturally require different digestive enzymes. Some require acid conditions whereas others need a more alkaline environment. Cramming foods from different groups together means that the stomach could become unable to absorb and digest it properly.

The principles behind food combining are about eating food groups either by themselves or with other groups that are compatible.

Different food groups:

1)  Proteins are slow to digest – these include cheese, fish, meat, soya beans, eggs, poultry, milk, yoghurt, and nuts.

2) Carbohydrates digest quickly – these are all grains, pasta, cereals, bread, biscuits, flour, honey, sugar, sweets. It also includes starchy vegetables like potatoes and sweetcorn.

3) Salads are compatible with groups 1 and 2 – these include all herbs, spices, non-starchy vegetables, oils, leafy greens, and nuts.

4) Fruits have the fastest digestion rate.

Proteins and carbohydrates shouldn’t be eaten together. Salads can be eaten with protein and carbohydrates. Fruit should always be eaten on its own, allowing at least 30 minutes between other foods. It’s best eaten on an empty stomach and should never be eaten as a desert after meals because it will just sit and ferment.

Many people who try food combining notice a marked improvement in digestive problems within days. And with millions of people in the world currently on a diet, anything that burns more fat is welcome news.

Love your gut!

Sibel XX