The reason this topic stuck out to me was because I’ve had my fair share of digestive issues. If it wasn’t IBS-like symptoms, it was bloating, or constipation, or you name it, I have probably dealt with it… and this has been happening since middle school. (Right now I’m dealing with bloating.) Having these digestive issues made me want to find a way to alleviate them… and looking towards my diet was a natural route to go. (FYI: I am also taking a look at my physical and mental fitness [yoga] to help alleviate these issues… you probably know by now [based off my other blog posts], that I think the mind is a powerful thing.)
Before I give you the list, there are some situations in which digesting “incompatible food combinations” is NOT difficult. They are:
- The eater is habituated to the combination.
- The incompatibility is slight.
- The eater has a strong digestive fire (strong digestion).
- The eater is young.
- The eater is strong from exercise.
- Cooking incompatible combos together (casserole, stew, soup) neutralizes the the incompatibility, sometimes making the product more digestible.
Here’s the list! Remember, I always like to remind myself that moderation is key, including moderation itself. It’s no fun to be controlled by rules. Life is just not that serious.
Combinations that don’t help to strengthen digestion:
- Mixing raw and cooked food, unless the amount of one is small.
- Mixing fresh food and leftovers.
- Mixing fish and milk (raw or cooked).
- Eating fruit with other foods.
- Eating yogurt with other foods.
- Eating eggs with other foods.
- Mixing milk and yogurt with sour or citrus fruits, fish, meat, eggs, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, or eggplant), or starches.
- Mixing different types of protein (eggs & cheese).
- Garlic and milk.
- Eggs should never be eaten with cheese or with potatoes.
- Melon should always be eaten alone.
- Honey should never be cooked.
Most of these combinations are saying that quickly digested foods should not be combined with slowly digested foods. Some of them are saying that combining two slowly digested foods makes for a very slowly digested meal, which could increase the probability of digestive dis-ease.
You know, I know I’ve been mentioning that moderation is key, but you know what else is key? Listening to your own body is key. I think that may be the most important lesson from this whole blog post. Pay attention to YOUR body when you’re eating. Notice how you feel after you’ve eaten something. Alive? Sleepy? Adjust in the direction that you are most happy. That’s the whole point, right? A quote might help cement this idea in your head. I was just watching (the best movie evar) Bridesmaids, yesterday and heard the most beautiful quote from Melissa McCarthy’s character, Megan:
“You can stop feeling sorry for yourself, okay? Cause I do not associate with people that blame the world for their problems. Cause you’re your problem, Annie. And you’re also your solution. Right? I mean that’s…you get that?”
I get that. I friggin’ get THAT.
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