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3 Easy Rules For Food Combining

Learn How Food Combining Can Help Your Digestion
Donna  Gates M.Ed., ABAAHP
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Jan 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Food combining means what to eat with what. It’s an important feature of The Body Ecology Diet. The eBook version of The Body Ecology Diet is on sale for only $1.99 (88% off!) through Feb 1, 2016.

One reason The Diet works while other anti-candida diets don't, is that even if you no longer eat foods that feed the yeast, the overgrowth of yeast in your system won’t disappear if you are combining these foods improperly. To conquer candidiasis, it is essential to practice the principles of proper food combining.

There are two reasons for this:
•    Eating foods together that are not compatible in the stomach (see Figure 5 below) causes poor digestion and leads to fermentation. This fermentation produces alcohol and sugars, and the yeast feed off these sugars and multiply rapidly, creating more toxins in the body.
•    People with candidiasis have overly sensitive digestive tracts. Improper food combining further stresses the digestive tract and causes it to work even less efficiently.

By following the rules of proper food combining, you avoid fermentation in the digestive system. The healing process begins by allowing the overworked digestive tract to begin to function as it should, and a healthy digestive tract is an important first step toward the total renewal that restores your body’s balanced ecology.

Benefits of Food Combining
•    You’ll feel better. You will be less bloated and will stop having symptoms such as gas and stomach gurgling.
•    You’ll have a system to guide your choice of foods, an approach that makes it easier to decide what to eat. You’ll be better able to stick with The Diet.
•    You’ll never be overweight. In fact, you’ll probably lose some weight. Properly combined food is assimilated better and allows the body to metabolize it better and avoid storing fat.
•    You’ll have more energy.

The Basics
Food combining can be summarized in three basic rules.

Rule #1: Eat fruits alone and on an empty stomach.
Fruits encourage the growth of yeast in the body, so as you begin The Body Ecology Diet, the only fruits allowed are very sour ones like lemons, limes, and berries. Unsweetened juices from pomegranates, cranberries, and black currants are also allowed. These are acidic or “sour” fruits. Low in sugar, they do not create yeast overgrowth. All other fruits are too sweet.

Fruits pass through the digestive system very quickly. They usually leave the stomach within 30 minutes and enter the small intestine, where they continue to be digested. But if you eat them with other foods (such as a protein or starch) that take three to five hours or more to digest, the fruit is held up and starts to ferment. This means poor assimilation of nutrients but, more important, it sets up a perfect environment for yeast overgrowth, as they feed off the sugar produced from the fermentation.

While it’s best to eat fruit alone, proper food combining allows you to eat acidic or sour fruits with protein fat foods such as milk kefir, yogurt, or nuts and seeds. For example, you could combine strawberries, blueberries, or pomegranate juice with yogurt or milk kefir . . . or a handful of soaked and sprouted sunflower seeds.

As your health improves and you introduce more fruits, stay with the “sour” fruits, like grapefruit and kiwi. They are also low-sugar fruits and have enough of an acidic quality that they usually don’t activate yeast symptoms. Remember, the sweeter fruits have too much sugar.
The only time your stomach is truly empty is when you wake up in the morning. So, that’s the best time to eat fruit like blueberries. Sweet fruits in the morning weaken your adrenals.

Please note that one of the most frequent mistakes is to introduce new foods, especially sweet foods, too soon, before your yeast infection is fully conquered and your body ecology is restored. If you do not have a body-ecology imbalance, sour fruit could be an ideal breakfast, because it contains a lot of water, which your system needs after being asleep without fluid all night. When you wake up, we highly recommend drinking a couple of glasses of water, because your body is dehydrated, before eating the sour fruit. Adding lemon juice to your second glass of water is an age-old way to stimulate the peristaltic action of your colon. A “probiotic juice” combining a sour juice (like black currant juice) with a probiotic drink (young coconut kefir or Body Ecology’s Cocobiotic) adds beneficial bacteria to your digestive tract. Black currant juice (unsweetened) is used to stimulate the appetite and soothe upset stomachs. It is recommended for anemia, is rich in vitamin C, is a great antioxidant, and nourishes the adrenals. We love it, too, because only a few ounces will give you lots of energy.

One exception to this rule is lemons and animal protein. Lemon juice squeezed onto a piece of grilled salmon, for example, aids digestion and provides a nice expansion/ contraction balance. 

Rule #2: Always eat protein with non-starchy and/or ocean vegetables.

When you eat animal-protein foods such as eggs, meat, poultry, and fish, your stomach must produce hydrochloric acid and an enzyme called pepsin to digest them. While digestion of protein begins in your stomach, it continues breaking down and is assimilated once it reaches your small intestine. The carbohydrates and the fats eaten at that meal digest only when they reach it. The digestive enzymes produced by the small intestine are alkaline. When you eat a starchy food, such as a potato or rice, with a protein, like chicken, this creates too much work for your digestive tract and results in poor digestion, then fermentation, which creates sugars and a field day for the yeast.
Non-starchy vegetables and ocean vegetables are the most compatible foods to eat with protein meals. They require neither a strong alkaline nor a strong acid condition to digest properly. So by eating protein foods with nonstarchy vegetables, you can achieve optimal digestion.

Recommended Non-starchy Vegetables
Bamboo shoots
Beet greens
Bok choy
Brussels sprouts
Burdock root

Non-starchy vegetables go with just about everything. You can eat them with oil; butter; ghee; eggs; grains; starchy vegetables (like acorn squash and potatoes); lemons; limes; and raw sunflower, caraway, flax, or pumpkin seeds.

Menu Tips:
•    Fish with stir-fried or steamed vegetables.
•    Chicken with a leafy green vegetable and an all-vegetable soup such as cream of cauliflower with dill.
•    A large vegetable salad with protein (chilled salmon or sliced boiled egg) and dressing (oil free or from organic, unrefined oils).
•    An onion, red pepper, and zucchini omelet or ocean vegetable omelet with steamed asparagus and garlic.

Rule #3: Always eat grains, grain-like seeds, and starchy vegetables with non-starchy and/or ocean vegetables.
The grain-like seeds that are allowed on the Body Ecology Diet in stage one are amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, and millet. Starchy vegetables include acorn and butternut squash, lima beans, English peas, corn (fresh), water chestnuts, artichokes and Jerusalem artichokes, and red skin7 potatoes. Combine them with non-starchy vegetables or ocean vegetables for some delicious, filling meals.

•    Millet casserole, a steamed leafy green vegetable, and yellow squash and leeks sautéed in butter.
•    Buckwheat/quinoa/millet croquettes topped with the Body Ecology Diet Gravy, steamed greens, and carrot-cauliflower soup.
•    Dilled potato salad, watercress soup, and a leafy green salad with Body Ecology Diet Salad Dressing.
•    Acorn squash stuffed with curried quinoa, broccoli with seasoned butter, and the sea vegetable hijiki with onions and carrots.

 For more information on how to get your health back in balance, check out Donna Gates’ book The Body Ecology Diet. The eBook version is currently on sale for $1.99 until February 1, 2016.

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Donna  Gates M.Ed., ABAAHP
Donna Gates, M.Ed., ABAAHP, is the international best-selling author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity, The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger: Anti-Aging Wisdom for Every Generation, and Stevia: Cook Continue reading