In response to my two articles on food combining for health: Foods that Fight and The How and Why of Foods that Fight I received some good questions from a reader. Specifically the question was regarding some practical ideas for what to eat using breakfast as the example.

I can sympathize with the feeling of not knowing what on earth to eat given the principles of food combining or the discovery of food allergies. I’ve been through both and to begin with it seemed impossible. However, I’m here to tell you that once you get through it you’ll have no idea how you managed to live the way you did. That is, the way you are living right now. It really is a case of whatever you get used to.

As I mentioned in Foods that Fight that almost all if not all foods contain a mix of protein and carbohydrates. The key point is to not mix HIGH starch/sugar foods with HIGH protein foods.

So as a breakfast example using items I have here at home 60g of whole oats contains approx 6g of protein and 36g of carbs. A 250ml (1 cup) serve of milk contains 8g of protein and 12g carbs. Combined in say oatmeal you have 48g carbs and 14g protein. The amount of protein is less than 30% the amount of carbs. It is also a reasonably small amount of protein to begin with and it may come as a surprise that milk has more carbs than protein.

The same sort of thing goes with cheese on the bagel, one of the reader’s breakfast examples. It’s a small amount of cheese to begin with and not a huge ratio of protein in that small amount of cheese.

Fruit such as blueberries and raspberries or apple go well with yogurt, which in my fridge a 200g serve of yogurt contains 12.8g or protein and 11g of carbs. Roughly even in the one food source and not high given the total number of grams in either case. Berries or apple goes well with yogurt.

Personally, my breakfast is more often than not 2 lightly poached free range eggs and raw spinach or broccoli perhaps with raw walnuts or almonds. It takes less than 5 minutes to put together. About as long as it takes to cook and butter some toast and a whole lot better in my experience and opinion. Other days it’ll just be a green apple with some raw nuts (not peanuts).

My advice is to experiment and listen to your body. For you personally your own anecdotal evidence trumps whatever science or I have to say every time. I’ll warn you that to begin with this food combining may leave you feeling as if you haven’t eaten enough because you’re not feeling “full”. The full feeling that comes from eating something like steak and mashed potatoes is more bloat than nutritionally satisfied.

You may also begin to worry that you’re not eating enough food. This is because you’ll be able to absorb nutrients better than before and thus require less food bulk. We don’t become hungry because of a lack of matter in the stomach or digestive system. We become hungry because our bodies need nutrition.

This is why we can eat high calorie yet nutritionally empty modern processed foods and still feel hungry. The body is crying for nutrition so a person in this condition consumes more and as total calories in is greater than total calories out they gain weight in the form of fat. From there a whole host of problems may cascade.

Conclusion
I hope this article has helped answer some questions some of you may have had regarding food combining for health. If you would like to know more or have questions relating to any other article on Balanced Existence feel free to leave a comment under that specific article and I’ll do my best to answer.


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