Tips for Food Combining and Optimum Digestion

Tips for Food Combining and Optimum Digestion

Food combination guide 101

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Spicebox Organics  Spicebox Organics  on 31 Jul '17

Here are some great tips for keeping your digestion system running strong:

  • Eat fruit alone and on an empty stomach. Most fruit has a high concentration of natural sugars, which causes the fruit to be quickly digested, anywhere from 20–60 minutes. 
  • All vegetables can be eaten in combination with each other and with protein. It’s best to eat non-starchy vegetables with grains. 
  • It’s recommended to stick to one kind of grain per meal. Don’t mix starchy vegetables with a grain-based meal. 
  • Grains and proteins should not be combined. If you eat protein and starch together, they tend to neutralise each other and inhibit digestion. 
  • Proteins can be eaten alone or with any kind of vegetable. Again, it’s best to have only one kind of protein at a time. 

Food Guide

Non-starchy vegetables: leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, carrots, pak choi, cabbage, celery, lettuce, green beans, garlic, fennel, onions, chives, turnip, sprouts, red radish, yellow squash, courgette, cucumber, beet

Starchy vegetables: acorn and butternut squash, lima beans, peas, corn, water chestnuts, artichoke, red-skinned potatoes (red-skinned potatoes are the only potatoes included in the Body Ecology diet programme because they have fewer sugars than other kinds of potatoes)

Grains: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, rye, spelt, wheat

Gluten-free grains: amaranth, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, quinoa, rice, gluten-free oats

Proteins: dried beans, lentils, peas, tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, fowl, meat, cheese

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