Truth is that I’m not exactly sure who comes up with this stuff. There are a gazillions of dietary theories out there on weight loss. A ton of plans to help you achieve your optimal body and diets that help to eliminate every ailment under the sun. So combining your food accordingly seems to make sense too. But mostly it feels like a book to sell, a blog or write, or simply another dietary fad. I’ve seen then all. I’ve experienced most. And I’ve witnessed epic failure amongst the masses.
Reading between the lines is big black print that says “restriction.” It simply is another method of restricting your food intake. And anytime you lessen the load on your digestive system, you are going to experience less digestive upset. This rule also applies to the common sense, old school, proven time and again process of just eating smaller portions. But don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Just because I don’t subscribe to the theory itself doesn’t mean that YOU as a person can handle the load of all foods being combined in a certain formula…. (fruit 20 minutes before a meal, don’t eat protein and starch together, melons this way, broccoli that way, etc.) We see this a lot in the “cleansing Industry” or “naturopathic medicine.” In the years I have been treating and coaching clients, I have hardly seen one case where combining foods according to how it’s laid out in the books has been either effective or sustainable. But where I do see the difference is where people drop the processed junk foods, eat a whole foods diet, and eat smaller portions overall…..basically it comes down to common sense eating.
Yes, if you have a compromised digestive system, it makes sense to simplify your meals. Instead of having a burger on a bun with cheese and bacon. Have a lean source of protein with a whole grain sprouted rice and a vegetable. You are still getting protein, starch, and fiber in one meal but you’re not getting the yeast and binders in the bread or the lactose/casein in the cheese….not to mention the grease in the bacon. It’s not the fact that you had a carb and a protein together. It’s the fact that when you eat simply, your body doesn’t have to work as hard to process, digest, assimilate, and eliminate your macros and your micros.
We need to come to a place where we are responsible eaters and stop relying on “protocol” as our get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s challenging to make these changes. But it’s so worth it when you own the fact that you are in control of how your body feels.
Food combining is a relative system….meaning that it relates to your body specifically. What my friends can eat, I cannot and vice versa. Some people do better not combining starches with fruits. But not everyone. It has nothing to do with the food itself and how it breaks down in the gut. But perhaps YOURsystem needs a simpler combination of food.
We could all benefit from eating simpler, less processed, whole foods. Before you go and start getting all sassy and complicated with an already difficult topic, start by eliminating the obvious. Once you do that, you will see that the combinations are perfect just as they are and the only tweaking is based on your individual needs.
So go ahead and have your chicken and rice or your green smoothie with fruit. I promise you that by keeping it real, you will feel a whole lot better.