Key Organizing Principles For Effective Nourishment
In a nutshell, the most important rule is to eat your food as much as possible whole, live, organic and free of added chemicals. Other important rules are to chew well, enjoy what you eat, combine the food correctly and eat comfortable amounts of foods.
No matter how many times we’re told that certain foods are bad for our
bodies, we continue to indulge in them. Why is that? Not only have we
become victims of commercial brainwashing, we’ve lost the REAL REASON
we’re meant to consume food — for maximum nourishment.
My purpose now is to tell you the truth about your body’s biochemistry —
how your body actually works, unlike what you’ve been taught culturally —
so that you have control over your health. For maximum nourishment and energy, you must properly combine your foods.
What happens is that
If foods are not properly combined, our digestive systems have to work
overtime and our energy levels become greatly reduced as our digestive
systems require this extra energy to digest the food. This means that our
digestive systems sometimes work 12-14 hours to digest our food; which is
often the reason why some people wake up tired the next day even after 7-8
hours sleep as their digestive systems are forced to work through the night to
digest the food.
The discomforts of indigestion are so common in today’s society that
indigestion is almost considered normal. The fact that is proof of this.
But instead of using drugs to suppress symptoms, wouldn’t it be wiser to
remove the causes of indigestion?
The principles of food combining are dictated by digestive chemistry. The
most important rule about food combining is simply this: DO NOT EAT
STARCH (CARBOHYDRATES) AND PROTEINS TOGETHER. Why not?
Different foods require different digestive enzymes to aid in the digestive
process — some acid, some alkaline. Protein foods require highly acidic
juices for digestion while carbohydrates require alkaline juices. As any
student of chemistry will assure you,
Also, when starches and proteins are combined, the digestive process is
compromised. This situation leads to indigestion, bloating, gas, and poor
absorption of nutrients.
Here are other key principles to ensure efficient digestion.
Eat fruit on an empty stomach. That’s because fruit doesn’t
digest in the stomach; it quickly passes through to be digested in
the small intestine. If it is eaten after your meal, it will ferment,
possibly causing upset stomach and definitely causing ineffective
digestion – that’s why some people say they “don’t agree with
Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.Saliva contains
digestive enzymes, which should be well-mixed with your food.
It’s the first crucial step in digestion, which in turn is crucial for
Do not eat while you are stressed. Eating when stressed inhibits
digestion and creates fermentation. It also increases the chances of
eating too much, hurrying your meal, not chewing properly and
therefore poor digestion. Eating should be enjoyed slowly and in a
relaxed frame of mind. Your body will thank you for it.
Do not eat if you are not hungry.
Eat comfortable amounts of food. The stomach is equipped to
digest a meal the size of two cupped hands together.
Eat organic foods whenever possible. While still being priced
slightly more expensively in the supermarkets, the benefits of
organic food far outweigh the financial costs.
When you drink fresh juice, allow it to remain in your mouth a
few seconds before drinking. This enables it to be broken down
by your salivary enzymes, a crucial step in optimum digestion
Have a mixed vegetable salad with a protein, carbohydrate or
Avoid vinegar. It contains acetic acid which has a deteriorating
effect on the liver as does alcohol. Vinegar also interferes with
digestion. Replace vinegar with lemon juice and olive oil. Or make
your own salad dressing with recipes you find in your local health
Never drink liquids with or immediately following a meal.
Drinking during meals hinders digestion and it interferes with
Eat at least a couple of hours before the time you retire.
One Note on Nutritional Supplementation
Due to increasing levels of , today’s typical diet
generally fails to provide sufficient amounts of nutrients.
As a result, we utilize supplements to compensate for our diet’s deficiencies
— thus supporting you in creating and maintaining a lifestyle of optimal
health and abundant energy.
Remember though that supplements should complement the fruits, vegetable,
and whole grains in your diet, and NOT supplant them.
Anti-oxidants, enzymes, multivitamins, and super greens (more on these
greens later on) should fortify the solid base you already have in place,
facilitating your maximum nourishment.