‘Higienismo’ is a discipline that has studied the food combinations that are beneficial or wreak havoc on your health, based on what the earliest humans used to eat and without considering the local taste preferences. According to ‘higienismo’ these are the 10 food combining rules for optimal digestion, weight loss and healthy eating.
- No proteins and carbohydrates (starches) at the same meal, as they neutralize each other and prevent proper digestion of either food. This means, unfortunately, do not eat meat, cheese or eggs with bread or potatoes.
- Do not combine fruits with other types of food (with vegetables, proteins or carbohydrates) or with other fruits. Therefore, a fruit salad or a salad with vegetables and fruits are a bad idea. The only exception are the green apples, that can be mixed with vegetables. It is especially important to point out that melons cannot be eating with other food.
- Eat rawegetables or fruits first, as they exit the body most quickly. They are digested in the intestines, whereas carbs and proteins are digested in the stomach (which is before the intestines). Is you eat a salad or fruit as a dessert, it means that this food gets trapped in your stomach with all the food that you have previously eaten, where it starts to rot as it’s not being chemically digested there. Therefore, eat fruit or a salad 30-60 minutes before.
- Never eat carbohydrates and acid foods at the same meal. Acidic fruits, such as lemons, do not combine well with carbohydrates, as they prevent carbohydrate digestion and favour their fermentation. Therefore, don’t add lemon or tomatoes to the salad if you are eating it with carbs.
- In the morning, before 12 PM, drink a juice of only one type of fruit or of different types of vegetables. From 4 AM to 12 PM is the time when the body is getting rid of the toxins and repairing the body’s cells, tissues and organs. If you eat a lot for breakfast, your body will use a lot of energy for your digestion rather than for repairing your cells. In the middle of the day you can eat more complex foods, such as carbs. In the evening, eat the most concentrated foods, such as proteins.
- Do not consume two concentrated proteins at the same meal. For example, do not mix nuts and meat, eggs and meat, cheese and nuts, cheese and eggs, nuts and milk, etc. Actually, milk is best taken alone. One protein at a meal should be the rule. Two proteins of different characters and different compositions, call for different types of digestive juices being poured into the stomach at different times.
- Do not eat carbohydrates and sugars (fruit, jams, honey, sugar) together, as it results in fermentation, sour stomach and discomfort. Therefore, no syrups or honey with cereals or cakes.
- Eat one concentrated starch food at a meal. The overeating of starches may lead to fermentation.
- Eat whole grains (brown rice, wholemeal bread and wholemeal pasta). Those that are not whole grains need to take calcium from your bones to be digested. Whole grains, on the other hand, are easily digested, are a good source of fiber and minerals; can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure; control weight, redistribute fat, regulate blood sugar and protect your teeth and gums.
- Take into account time lengths. Foods digest at different rates, so you can reduce fermentation in the stomach by waiting until the previous food has exited the stomach and is being digested in the intestines. Wait the following amount of time between foods that don’t combine:
- Two hours after eating fruit
- Two to three hours after eating starches
- Three to four hours after eating protein
“In nature, it is common for animals to eat simply and usually no more than one or two foods together. Man’s diet has become overstimulating and very difficult to digest, therefore most individuals’ stomachs are in a constant state of shock”. (Read More: “Eating Alive” by Dr. Jonn Matsen N.D.)
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