Ever rethought what's healthy for you and what's not? While fruit after a meal sounds like a healthy option for dessert, think again. Fruit doesn’t combine well with other foods. Fruit contains simple sugars that require no digestion at all, so they do not stay in your stomach for a very long time. But if you eat fruit after eating foods rich in protein, fat and starch, they will sit longer in your stomach while those other foods digest. So if you eat fruit before a meal, you are in the clear. But after a meal, the fruit sugar will stay in your stomach for too long and start to ferment.
Mixing proteins and starches is tough on the body because they need different enzymes and different levels of acidity to be digested. When they are eaten together, the body is forced to digest the protein and not the starches. According to Dr. Herbert Shelton, the champion of original Natural hygiene ideas, undigested starchy food undergoes fermentation and decomposition and overtime leads to poisonous end-products.
No able to part with your grilled cheese? Add some greens to make cheesy dishes easier on the stomach.
Well, this mix is bad, bad, bad for the body. As a general rule, a protein mixed with a protein is not recommended. Try one protein per meal and add some veggies instead. See if you feel any differently. You don’t have to give up your omelets, just go for a veggie omelet instead. Is anyone else now in the mood for an omelet with chorizo? Yum! I mean, bad!
Tomatoes are acidic and acidic foods should not be mixed with starchy carbs like pasta. Adding the dairy makes it even more difficult for your body to digest. Do you go into a food coma after you eat pasta? Well, that is because it requires a ton of energy for your body to digest this combination. There goes everything I live for! How can you have pasta without tomato sauce and cheese? I’ll try pesto and veggies instead, but it doesn’t mean that I am going to like it.
Acids in the orange juice destroy the enzyme responsible for digesting starches from the cereal. Also acidic fruits and juice can curdle milk and turn it into a heavy mucus-forming substance. If you can’t part with your orange juice, drink it 30 minutes before your cereal and oatmeal in the morning.
Beans and cheese make a great meal. So you have your dairy and protein combo, and then you add guacamole and hot sauce - you are looking for trouble. Trouble, meaning gas. This combination leads to gas and bloating. Try skipping the cheese and tomatoes and see how you feel afterwards. It’s not the beans that make you bloat, it’s the whole shabang!
Yogurt and fruit may be your daily morning breakfast, but you should stay away. Like mentioned with the bananas and milk, mixing fruits with dairy can wreak havoc on the body. The combination can produce toxins, disrupt the balance of intestinal flora and could even lead to congestion, cold, cough and allergies. Instead of fresh, sour fruit, try honey, cinnamon and raisins instead.
Remember what we talked about before with eating fruit for dessert? Well, this is the same deal. While melon and prosciutto are a delicious combo, you should try to eat fruits alone first and foremost.
Do you love bananas and milk in your morning smoothie? Well, believe it or not, this is a very tough combination for the body to break down because their qualities are so different. This combination will make you feel heavy and will slow you down. If you can’t part with it, make sure the banana is very ripe and add cardamom and nutmeg to help you digest the smoothie better.
Vegetables such as potatoes, chillies, eggplant and tomatoes are called nightshades. Nightshades are not supposed to combine with cucumbers and lemon does not mix with nightshades either. Is anything safe to eat anymore?
Now here is some really bad news. Do you like to go out to dinner and order a bottle of wine? Heavy drinking with a meal can lead to stomach ulcers, damage to the pancreas and more. Drinking makes it extremely difficult for the body to absorb all the nutrients from the food. So, a glass of wine is no problem, but you may want to stay away from having the whole bottle. You may want to stay stay away from having the whole bottle in general.
In Donna Gates’ book, The Body Ecology Diet, she warns against combining fatty foods with protein. Fats require bile salts from the gallbladder to be broken down. Then you add in tuna, a protein, and the digestive system is put under a whole lot of stress. But how can we eat tuna without mayo? It’s a sin!
Bacon is nothing without its partner, eggs. And vice versa. But the two proteins together, like mentioned before, take a lot of time and effort to digest. Meat and fish already take up to three hours to digest, so meat on meat is a disaster for your digestive system.
If you are like me, you love a little honey in your tea. Honey alone is fine, but once the honey melts in the tea, it can produce more toxins and clog the body’s channels. Try honey drizzled on yogurt instead or in cold beverages.
Do you put salt in your salad dressing on even on the salad itself? Look, you don’t need extra salt, let alone on your salad. Salt will drain the salad leaves of their moisture and all other valuable nutrients. Doctors and heart specialists say that we only need 2,400 milligrams of salt a day — one teaspoon — so leave your salad salt-free.