Module #12-The art of food combining

The art of food combining

I thought I would share with you something that I have taken and applied on top of the key principles of a Paleo diet.  That thing?

Food combining

Here’s how it works…

According to those who believe in the art of food combining, certain foods are digested differently (and more efficiently) and thus should not be eaten at the same time, otherwise proper digestion is impaired.  For instance, nuts are digested differently than beef.  Eating them together might not allow the stomach to properly and completely digest both simultaneously.

Vegetables, on the other hand, are not impacted by any foods they are eaten with as they can be digested completely regardless of the food.

Here is how this plays out for me…

  • I always eat fruit on its own (this one is one I follow religiously!)

Fruit has been shown to be digested in the small intestine.  When it is eaten in combination with other foods, it gets trapped in the stomach and isn’t digested properly. In fact, it ends up rotting in the stomach.

Instead, fruit should be eaten two or three hours after  a properly combined meal, where it can quickly exit the stomach and be absorbed in the small intestine.

I prefer to have fruit as my last meal of the day, 2 or 3 hours after main meal #3. I find it clears my system quickly and I generally feel much leaner when I awake in the morning.

  • I combine nuts and nut butters with veggies, but not with meats, poultry or fish

I will also try not to mix nuts with other nuts either, but I do break this rule when I make my own trail mix from time to time. Again nuts are used as snacks and not as main meals.

  • I only eat eggs with veggies
  • I generally don’t combine different meats

I will have a beef stir-fry with seasonal veggies and coconut oil.  I do not add fish or poultry to this meal.

  • treats are eaten on their own as a separate snack

My reasoning for this one is simple.  I don’t want it to impede with the health benefits of the healthy foods I eat.  I typically wait 2 or 3 hours after my last meal and then wait 2 or 3 hours before I have my next meal.

What I have found…

What I have found with this approach is it appears that I digest my meals more efficiently and I seldom if ever experience bloating or gas.  I attribute it directly to this.

Based on my own experiments, I believe this has accelerated my results tremendously.

Perhaps you might want to give this a try to give your results a jump-start.


Assignment: I would like you to experiment with this idea.  I realize that this is not always possible, but little things make a big difference and this might just be the advantage you need to help shed some unwanted pounds or eliminate side effects from some of the meals you eat.


ps…if you review my food logs (login: deandywer; password: getlean) you will see that about 95% of my meals are properly combined.  Of course I do have times when I don’t combine foods properly, and ironically those are the times I don’t feel particularly lean.

pss…while I really made an effort not to have cheese (it makes me fat), when I do have it on occasion, I would chop it up or grate it and have it in a bit monster salad…no meats or fish with that….just the cheese