Simple health tip: Proteins + starches do not mix

Before I get TOO into food combining 101 later this month, I want to make light of the combination that has been most irritating to my digestion and usually adds to general discomfort: mixing grains/starches with protein. Proteins and starches do not mix! Its hard to believe this, when most of the foods we love to eat for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner are a combination of protein with a starch.

Think about it........

  • Fruit and nut(protein) granola(starch) over yogurt(protein)
  • Steak(protein) and potatoes(starch)
  • Egg(protein) + cheese(protein) sandwich(starch)
  • Bagels and cream cheese
  • Cheese + crackers
  • Cheesecake
  • Nut butter or cottage cheese on whole grain toast

And so many more combinations that I cant think of this early!

When you improperly combine foods, you run the risk of experiencing bloating , gas, constipation, lethargy, nausea, mood swings, diarrhea, fat storage, low energy....

Heres why: Different food groups require different acids secreted in the stomach to enable the digestive system to properly do its job, assimilating all the vitamins, minerals, fibers, proteins, carbohydrates, and other nutrients to carry out its necessary functions. When you miscombine major food groups, your body has to work twice, if not more, as hard to first separate the two food groups before it can even use the food for fuel. This also means your body is using twice the amount of energy youve been storing up, just to digest this one meal! Its going to clog your intestinal tract up and lead to fermentation.....bring on the feeding ground for harmful bacteria! Lets not confuse your poor system, its got a lot on its hands!!

I first learned about food combining after reading Kimberly Snyder's book "The Beauty Detox Solution". She goes into detail about how to properly combine all food groups to enhance digestion + detoxification, but I'm here to just give you the {low down}. I closely followed food combining "laws" for quite some time, but I eat a whole foods diet so have found that some food combinations don't affect me quite as much as others. Its mainly the nuts with quinoa, granola with coconut yogurt, and any dairy with bread or crackers that seem to clog me up the most! Some people have excellent digestive fire and could probably digest an iPhone 6s plus if they really wanted to, but not me! Which is why I am so enthralled with enhancing my digestive fire, as it is one of MY true obstacles to radiant health.

So next time you sit down for breakfast, skip the cream cheese and opt for coconut oil w/ a little raw honey on that toast or bagel and save your improper food combinations for a time when you just cant pass up that slice of pizza.

Happy Tuesday beauty bellies!

xx

EK

ELI KEATON