last week i decided i wanted to do another detox, but my hubby convinced me to try something a little less drastic than the master cleanser i did back in september, so i am going the "proper food combining" route. i did this several years ago under the advice of my naturopath and had great results, but it did take about a month to really feel the effects, and two to three months to feel like i was on top of things. the best part about this way of eating is that you can have as much as you want of any food you like, you just have to watch what you combine it with. it's all based on the idea that it takes different kinds of foods different amounts of time to go through your digestive tract, and if you mix 'em up, you get clogged guts. food can actually start to rot
in your intestines if it's in there for more than a few hours, which can lead to all kinds of digestive upset and ineffective digestion.
also, the theory goes further to say that your body spends an exorbitant amount of energy trying to digest all your improperly combined meals, and that once you start digesting foods easily and quickly, that energy will be freed up to be spent elsewhere (in this case, chasing two high-energy children around all day!
you are also supposed to give up coffee, refined sugar, and deep-fried foods, which has been the hardest part of all for me.
anyway, these are the basic food combining principles i'm following:
nothing but fresh fruit until noon.
never mix starches (potatoes, squash, rice, bread, pasta) with proteins (beans, nuts, tofu, tempeh, veggie "meats") in the same meal.
allow your body 1 hour from the time you eat your last piece of fruit to move onto your next meal.
allow your body 3-4 hours to digest a starchy meal, before eating a protein-based meal or more fruit. allow your body 4-6 hours (or more) to digest a protein-based meal before eating a starchy meal or more fruit.
aim for your meals to be at least
50% "high water content" foods - that is fresh veggies, either lightly steamed or baked or stir-fried or raw.
for example, this afternoon i had a nice big bowl of "creamy" corn and potato chowder (no soymilk, though, i just pureed it up to make it creamy), a slice of whole wheat bread and a huge green salad. that was a starch meal.
this evening i made a big pot of spicy veggie curry, some pan-fried tofu "panir" pakora (pakora is made with chickpea flour which is a protein and not a starch food), and another huge green salad. that was a protein meal.
i've been doing this for a week now and i'm already feeling a lot less "bogged down" throughout the day. i also seem to be sleeping better at night, though i'm not sure if that has more to do with my quitting coffee and tea throughout the day than it does with the way i'm eating my meals.
anyway, just thought i'd share! has anyone else tried this type of detoxifying diet? how long did you stick with it? my naturopath told me you can eat like this for the rest of your life if you so desire, and that it may in fact be a healthier way to go in general. i remember i gave it up last time because i missed my bbq tofu and mashed potato dinners too much, but i think i may just stick with it this time.