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.
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