By Joyce Rockwood, C.C.H.
As a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, I can tell you without reservation, that over the last fifteen years, one of the most life-changing dietary tools I suggest to my clients is proper food combining. This smart approach to eating will help you jump-start your health, lose weight effortlessly, improve your performance (athletic/singing/dance, etc.), and help you “get your glow” back. And now with Spring here, it’s the perfect time to refresh your diet with a variety of energizing fruits and vegetables as they emerge from the earth.
Haven’t heard of food combining? Many professionals such as Professor Arnold Ehret, Dr. Norman Walker, George J. Drews, and Christopher Vassey, N.D. (The Detox Mono Diet) support what is known as a mono-diet, which in turn birthed the principals of food combining. The mono-diet dates back to primitive man and how only one kind of food was probably consumed at a time, depending on the availability. The mono-diet yields many health advantages given its low requirement of intestinal adaptability.
Proper food combining is a scientific approach to eating which allows the body to maximize digestion, absorption, and elimination, leading to optimal health. The benefits of proper food combining include elevated organ function and purification of the body through optimum digestion. You can expect increased energy, improved skin, and overall healing of a variety of ailments such as reflux and even arthritis!
Many people know that digestion typically begins in the mouth (meat being an exception) and when we chew, our mouths secrete various digestive enzymes designed to breakdown certain types of food. What many people don’t know is that not all food groups are designed to be eaten simultaneously and actually have different transit times. Transit time here refers to the time it takes for food to leave the stomach and enter the small intestine.
When certain food groups having different transit times are co-mingled, they remain in the stomach for an extended period of time, making an unsuccessful attempt to break down and creating an unwanted formation of carbonic acid and carbonic gas in the stomach, known as fermentation.
Fermentation causes a range of discomforts, including: indigestion/reflux, gas, bloating/puffiness, stomach upset, weight gain, headaches, acne, exhaustion, depression, and many more.
Bottom Line: some simple food combining can bring the “Spring back in your step” in no time – and on a daily basis!
My Top Four Tips On Getting Started:
1. Eat fruit alone, on an empty stomach, and never in the same day after you’ve eaten cooked food. (Sounds radical but it works!)
2. Eat a leafy green salad (or at least some raw, water-rich vegetables: celery, red/yellow/orange peppers, cucumbers, etc) before any cooked fare
3. Try to eat a vegetarian style or vegan lunch. (like salad, cooked, vegetables, and a starch such as yams or wild rice, quinoa or soba noodles)
4. Eat animal protein at dinner vs. earlier in the day and in the absence of starchy carbohydrates (like potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, etc.)
My Tips to Stick With It:
– Take small steps and make reasonable goals.
– Reach your initial goals and then create new ones.
– Take note of how good you feel after eating properly combined meals. Use that as inspiration to continue doing so!
– Consider eating properly combined meals at breakfast and lunch and then, if you need to, indulge at the last meal of the day.
Even if you only follow food combining principles for breakfast and lunch, it means you’ve improved your consumption by two-thirds. That’s more than half (congrats!) so you will get immediate results even if perfection is not part of the equation. And it’s best to “bend” at the end of the day so you have a strong foundation. Otherwise, creating fermentation earlier on makes it tough to recuperate throughout the rest of the day.
My clients often find themselves surprised at how easy it is for them to stay committed to proper food combining after giving it a try. Here is an inspiring testimonial:
“I am one of the students who was fortunate enough to take part in your lecture on food combining and detoxification at Reebok Sports Club. It has literally helped to change my life. Obviously, it is hard to break old habits but it is slowly and surely happening. Still talk about your workshop with us to this day…seriously life changing! I really thank you!” – Jen L., NYC
Joyce Rockwood is a holistic health practitioner, teacher and advocate dedicated to challenging the contemporary approach to living a healthy lifestyle and overcoming chronic illness. For more insight on improving your intestinal fortitude