Principles of food combining

shonali sabherwal

For people with sensitive tummies, bloating issues and those wanting weight loss, macrobiotics’ principles of food combining can help. Usually, sensitive stomach means an over-growth of yeast (candida) in the gut. To get your tummy back on track and get rid of the bloating, do two things:

1. Stop consuming ‘yeasted’ products like bread, wine, processed/packaged foods, baked goods and dairy (it keeps the gut damp)

2. Adopt ‘food combining’ principles.

Good food combinations leads to three things: Lesser putrefaction in the stomach, therefore lesser bad bacteria and reduced tendency to develop candida; stronger digestive system; and weight loss. With reduced incidence of developing toxins, you store less fat and lose the bloating.

Combining principles

Protein with green and non-starchy vegetables: Fish with steamed or stir-fried or sautéed greens; chicken with green leafys or soup of non-starchy veggies. Greens benefit the liver, which metabolises proteins.

Whole grains and starchy veggies with non-starchy ones: Grains assimilate better when eaten with non-starchy or low-starch veggies. Pair brown rice with red pumpkin and greens. Or a potato salad (high starch) with a leafy green salad and vegetable soup.

Fats and oils go best with greens and low starch vegetables: Do not combine high fats with protein, as it delays the secretion of hydrochloric acid needed to digest the protein. Meats high in saturated fats go best with a green vegetables or no starch vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beans etc.

High-fat proteins: Cheese, milk, nuts, yogurt and avocado go well with greens, non-starchy vegetables, and acidic fruits. Drink milk by itself as a food group or with greens. In a creamy salad dressing (from milk or its products), add a generous dash of green herbs like parsley, dill and mint.

Eat fruits on an empty stomach: Fruits digest first before anything else, therefore clubbing them with other foods will pose a problem. Acidic fruits (sour) like strawberries or kiwi can be combined with yogurt.

[Source:- dnaindia]