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That being said, it is often referenced so I left up pertinent pieces of information.
What do I mean by making proper combinations?
There are four different food groups that should never be eaten together at a meal.
- Dried Fruit, Nuts & Seeds
- Starches (pasta, bread, yams, beans, avocado, young coconuts…)
- Flesh (Animal Protein, Eggs and Dairy Products)
Imagine that these different food groups are all on their own separate teams. In order to “play” fair, they all need to remain with their own team. They need to remain separate because they each require different digestive juices and enzymes in order to be digested efficiently and cleanly (i.e. not sticking around to cause trouble).
There is also a fifth group that is neutral. This fifth group is your vegetable group. This is your referee. Vegetables can be eaten with any of the teams (except fruit).
There are some rules to this combination game. One of the most important rules to note concerns the fruit team.
The Rule: Fruit should only ever be eaten alone. I know. This may not be the news you were looking to hear, especially for those of you that like to have an apple with lunch, or a fruit parfait for dessert. But just making this one little change is sure to soothe your digestive system. (And who wants to feel bloated?)
Why Fruit alone?
Fruit is Mother Nature’s Perfect Food. When we eat it alone (ideally, for breakfast), it will pass through our systems without causing trouble. However, when we mix and match our foods, the fruit becomes jumbled up inside, as the body attempts to digest the “heavier” foods first. When the body is distracted by the heavier foods, the fruit will sit. Ferment. Cause gas, bloat… no good.
So… you now know the basic rules to the game.
Separate your food groups. The “sandwich” is the most common offender (as it combines flesh and starch).
There are also a couple exceptions to the combination game.
Exception #1: Avocados are beautiful and interesting characters. Technically a fruit, they combine with starches, dried fruits (but not nuts, or seeds) and bananas.
Exception #2: Bananas, unlike their watery counterparts, are much more dense in nature. They, too, combine as a starch and can be eaten along with high-quality grain products, avocados, dried fruit and nuts (and seeds).
Other exceptions: I consider first-cold pressed olive oil, a bit of organic butter for cooking, and some quantities of dark chocolate (to be enjoyed at the end of a meal, preferably dinner) to be neutral. In the beginning transitional stages, you may sprinkle moderate amounts of raw goat (and sheep) cheese on high quality sprouted grains (not a perfect combination but much better than your traditional bread and cow cheese).
If you start by practicing to choose more healthful and wholesome foods, eat from Light to Heavy, and gradually begin to properly combine your meals, the results will be both rewarding, beautifying, and delicious.