Food Combining could be the missing link in your diet

Food Combining

In effort to improve your health and lose weight, you may have tested out the latest diet programs such as Whole 30, Mediterranean, Thrive, or Ketogenic to name a few. Sadly, we live in a western society that has taught us nothing about how to eat. We have been trained to follow a program, and if you do all of your problems will melt away along with the extra pounds you carry. However, time and time again we have seen and experienced that this is not the case.

There is a best diet for everyone

But there is no such thing as one size fits all. In order to find out how YOU should eat, first follow your intuition and your own common sense. That will lead you to the types of diets you will automatically have the most success with. Next, you have to stick to the rules of that particular diet for 45 days, and this requires willpower. Finally, you have to listen to your body and really ask yourself does this way of eating meet my health goals? Have I shifted towards optimal health and vitality? Most importantly, has this way of eating become a fairly easy lifestyle to maintain after 45 days? If you said NO to those 3 questions, you have not found the diet for you.

Maybe you are close, and it just needs some tweaking. If that is the case, we have a way for you to tweak it, which may help you answer YES to those last 3 questions.

Food Combining

Never deprive yourself of WHAT you want to eat (this is not permission to eat candy and junk food), just adjust WHEN you eat it. Food combining can be applied to any diet or lifestyle. Follow along:

If you want DAIRY (milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, butter) with your meal – then VEGGIES ONLY at this meal. NO MEAT and NO CARBS/STARCHES (rice, pasta, bread, crackers, potatoes, beans, lentils.)

If you want MEAT (animal protein) with your meal – then VEGGIES ONLY at this meal. NO DAIRY and NO CARBS/STARCHES.

If you want CARBS/STARCHES with your meal – then VEGGIES ONLY at this meal. NO MEAT and NO DAIRY.

What about fruit? Never eat fruit with any other foods. It’s always eaten alone – you can mix any and all types of fruits that you like in one meal. If you want FRUIT with your meal – then FRUIT ONLY at this meal. NO DAIRY, NO MEAT, NO CARBS/STARCHES.

Easy daily meal planning

Breakfast 5:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Fruit
Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Salad with cheese OR meat
Dinner 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Veggie stir-fry with rice./Pasta, garlic toast, salad and veggies./Baked potato with steamed veggies.

Notice if you eliminate dairy and meat from your diet and become a vegan, you will automatically be following two thirds of the rules without thinking about it. That is what makes this philosophy so great, you can apply the rules to whatever kinds of foods you like.

Common questions

Q: What about vegetables that are actually fruits, like tomato and avocado? A: In general most people do well with these remaining in the veggies category.

Q: What about nuts and seeds? A: In the first 45 days of eating this way, try eating them alone as a snack in between meals if possible. Eventually most people will find that a sprinkling of nuts or seeds in any meal combo will be fine.

Q: What about smoothies or blended fruit and vegetable juices? A: This is not recommended for the first 6-12 months of the practice of food combining. Just eat more of the actual foods that would be in liquid form to create these drinks. If and when you add these drinks into your routine, make sure they are consumed 3 hours before or after any of your main meals.

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