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Beat the Bloat with Food Combing Techniques

Posted on the May 3, 2013.
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Ok, so this idea I have been playing with on and off for the last few months ever since I heard David Wolfe speak about it in one of his lectures.

I’m going to put it straight out there, like any new diet/way of eating you try, it isn’t any easier. BUT like everything, you can create a new habit with determination that’s greater than your belly. :)
Are you one of those poor people (like me), who has cut nearly everything out of there diet thinking they are intolerant or allergic to that food?

Constant bloating and other digestion issues? (IBS)
I’m telling you to stop that now and simply try this new way of eating and see how you feel. Trust me, you WILL notice a difference.

Everything we put in or mouths believe it or not takes a great deal of energy to digest.

By mixing food groups together this takes a toll on digestion in the body and can create great havic causing all sorts of problems from IBS to even cancer! The undigested food stays in our digestive tract allowing it to putrify and create a toxic enviroment.

So why isn’t our food digesting properly? In the stomach we have enzymes that break down and digest our food. The stomachs pH balance determines how well these enzymes will digest our food. Simply put, Starches (carbohydrates) require an alkaline enviroment to digest, where as Proteins need an acidic enviroment to break down.

So as you can imagine right now, it is a digestive nightmare to eat the two food groups together. The stomach juices neutralise leaving only only a watery solution that offers very little assistance with digestion. Your food will now putrify and create all sorts of havic.

Here are the Food Combining principals

The following food groups may be eaten together…

Proteins and vegetables

Proteins themselves are comprised of 5 categories and each group is digested differently;                          

  • Proteins from grains
  • Proteins from beans
  • Dairy protein
  • Meat protein
  • Egg and nut protein (Avocado also falls into this sub-category.)

**You can combine only proteins from grains and beans but none of the other types should be combined with each other.

Starches and vegetables

Protein grains such as quinoa should be eaten with non-stachy vegetables only.

**Eat only one type of starch at a meal.

Acid fruits and sub-acid fruits

Acid fruits are those with tart flavours (Citrus, pineapples, berries) and can be eaten with sub-acid fruits (some apple varieties,  pears, grapes) that have a less tarty flavour and more acid like taste.

Sub-Acid fruits and sweet fruits

May be eaten with sweet or dried fruits such as bananas, sweet grapes, figs ( those that are rich in sugar and taste sweet).

Eat all melons ALONE! Melons are more than 90 percent liquid and leave the stomach quickly!

Drink liquids ALONE!

Non- starchy vegetables and fats

Starches and fats (in moderation)

These food groups must not be eaten together…

  • Starches and proteins.
  • Starches and fruits.
  • Proteins and fruits.
  • Fats and proteins.

*Tip: Avoid drinking a lot of water (especially cold water) throughout your meals, as  it may dilute and inhibit the enzyme activity required for digestion.

Here is the list of fastest to longest foods to digest…

Juices and Water

20-30 minutes

Soups, Fruits, or Smoothies

30-45 minutes

(With the exception of bananas, coconuts and dried fruits. Bananas and coconuts are high in carbohydrates, protein, and fat; all of which take longer to digest. Dried fruits are high in fiber and sugar and low in water which makes them harder to digest. In all three of these cases  you should allow for 45 – 90 minutes for complete digestion.)


30-45 minutes

Grains, Starches

2-3 hours

Beans, Poultry, Meat, or Fish

3 or more hours

Puristat Digestive Wellness Centre says, “Think of your digestive system as a highway; if the slower vehicles are allowed to go first, the result will be a traffic jam. If the slower vehicles follow the faster vehicles you’re highway will run smoothly and efficiently.”

I know it seems a lot to take in, but give it a go. Like with everything we are all bio-individuals and we all function differently.
Only do what you feel comfortable with.

Would love for you to all share your stories on this!
Have fun! :)

May you always live whole,

Taylah. xx


Attribution: Photo by Karrie Nodalo

Taylah Halfhyde


Taylah Halfhyde is a Holistic Health Coach based in Melbourne, Australia. Her mission is to inspire and transform the lives of women so they can live healthier, happier lives! She feels passionate about supporting women to overcome issues such as digestive complaints, hormonal imbalances, weight loss, emotional eating, stress and anxiety. Taylah coaches woman one-on-one all over the world via phone & Skype consults. You can visit her blog and check out her services over at www.lovelightwellness.com.au, a sacred, loving space for women to connect, relate & support each other.

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