Tired After You Eat? Solve It With Food Combining

Food combining is not new, but with today’s fast paced way of life it can sometimes be hard to implement. The idea behind proper food combining is that better digestion and absorption of foods are obtained by combing certain foods in a meal.

Each food has its own rate of digestion and absorption. Foods are broken down into unique components; proteins, carbohydrates and fats. For optimum digestion, it would be best if we at each food separately and gave it time to digest properly, but we often grab take out and meals on the run.

The main principle of food combining is that starch foods and protein foods are not eaten at the same time. Think about how you feel after you eat meat and potatoes, or turkey, gravy and potatoes, pasta and meat sauce, you often feel tired or sleepy. That is because each food needs its own time and energy to digest and when you combine the two together it puts a much heavier load on your digestion and your body.

Food breaks down in different parts of the intestines, so it is important to combine foods that will break down together. For example, if you eat some pumpkin seeds that break down in the stomach, and then you eat a piece of fruit, the following will happen. The fruit will get held up in the stomach with the seeds, it will start to ferment, and gas will result. The fruit, will therefore ‘rot’ before it can be absorbed and broken down.

Many people find that when they practice proper food combining they will have less gas, heartburn, fatigue and bloating after meals. Some even begin to lose weight.

Some basic rules for food combining are to eat fruits alone. Do not consume proteins and starches together; green vegetables go well with proteins or starches.

Check out this easy to read chart that will help you to know which foods work best with each other. And if you are stuck feel free to book a dietary consult with me so you we can figure out which foods are right for your body type, which will enable proper digestion, and optimal health.

food combining chart

One of my favourite salads is my Lentil Rice Olive Salad– Click the photo for the recipe.

rice lentil salad


About the Author

Written by: Shirley Plant
Shirley Plant is a nutritionist and the author of Finally… Food I Can Eat, a dietary guide and cookbook for people with food allergies, and those looking for healthy, tasty recipes. Shirley offers dietary counselling and menu planning through Delicious Alternatives.

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