Tips and Tricks To Get Back into Shape – Food Combining Part 1
Tips and Tricks To Get Back into Shape ? Food Combining Part 1
Hey you lovely,
A few weeks ago I started the so-called ?Healthy Living Series? in which I?ve been laying the basis essential for your transformation to a healthier lifestyle. In a couple of my previous posts I?ve mentioned that for quite some time I?ve been following the ?Food Combining? principle.
Actually, it?s been more than a year since I gave it a go and today I couldn?t be happier with my decision and the results I?ve achieved. In contrast to the fashionable diets, which come and go, when you start ?combining? you don?t have to exclude any types of food from your diet. As long as you learn how to combine them properly you can indulge in your favourite ricotta cheese, baked potatoes, and a tasty slice of pizza.
I remember when I first stumbled upon this strange thing called ?food combining?. When I was still working at an office, a colleague of mine shared with me her ?secret? to get back into shape after giving birth to her two lovely children. I was indeed rather confused initially when she was explaining it to me and I had to go through a lot of literature to really get my head around it. However, the information given in most journals and articles is complicated for no good reason, which is why those who come across it simply disregard it and go back to the easiest solution for staying fit: reducing their calorie intake and skipping meals.
However, once you actually comprehend the basis of the principle you?ll notice how easy it actually is to lead this particular lifestyle, enjoy your meals, and simultaneously cease worrying about whether you?ll gain weight again.
And now you probably wonder ?Why does food combining matter? Should I really try??
Well, I?ll share with you both the scientific answer to this questions as well as my personal one…
The thing is ? many diets revolve around the idea that in order to lose weight you should be eating less and exercising more without paying much attention to the way you combine the food in your stomach. However, what happens in your digestive tract is of crucial importance for obtaining long-term health and for being able to lose weight in the healthiest possible way.
What happens if you don’t digest the food properly?
Well, when the food stays in your body more than it’s necessary it putrefies and the blood absorbs its poisons. How does this sound to you? I don?t think you need much explanation and justification for why this is quite harmful for you and your ‘body’. However, through properly combining what you eat you can actually facilitate the digestion process, speeding it up, and providing your body with the nutrients it needs faster than ever.
My experience with Food Combining?
Since I started combining my foods, I’ve stopped skipping meals.
I have more energy when I do sport, I?ve lost the weight I?ve gained while I was at Uni, where I was
Main food groups:
1. Vegetables (non-starchy): to name a few: asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, leeks, lettuce, onions, peppers, spinach, zucchini, etc.
2. Starchy Vegetables (carbs): sweet and white potatoes, winter squash, peas, and corn, etc.
3. Meat and fish (protein): pork, chicken, beef, salmon, tuna, eggs, etc.
4. Fruits: avocado, tomatos, berries, melons, grape, etc.
5. Dairy Products (protein): cheese, milk, butter, cream, etc.
6. Grains (depending on the grain – carb or protein): oats, rice, quinoa, barley, etc.
The first group vegetables combines well with all the other groups except with fruits.
1. Have fruits at least an hour before having a meal;
Citrus ? grapefruits, kumquats, lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines; ·
Exotics – figs, guava , mangosteens, persimmons, pomegranates;
Grapes ? red flame grapes, Thompson seedless grapes;
Melons – melons, watermelons;
Pomes ? apples, pears, quince;
Stone fruits ? apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums;
Tropicals ? bananas, dates, kiwis, mangoes, papayas, passion fruit, pineapple.
So, rather than mixing and matching all fruits I get from the market, when I prepare a smoothie or a fruit salad I add together fruits only from a single sub-group. So I?d have apples and pears together, but I wouldn?t have strawberry and banana at the same time. The only thing I sometimes add to the fruits I have is greek yoghurt and honey. However, as not each fruit tastes well combined with yoghurt, I tend to do this combination only with berries, bananas, mangoes, peaches, and cherries (of course not at the same time).
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