The truth is that a lot of raw food is so hard to digest. You can go back in time and say, “well they never cooked their food back in the caveman days.” And you’d be right! Because they didn’t cook back in the caveman days and when they weren’t being chased by the wild, they were lucky to be eating twigs and berries and the raw leg of whatever they caught….amongst other completely unappetizing foods and bevs. They ate what they could get their hands on for survival. These days we are hardly just surviving. We have an abundance of food and a plethora of ways to prepare them……not only for the purpose of variety, but truly to ease the process of digestion particularly for those of us with a tender tummy!
If you have a cast iron stomach and can eat whatever you want…..good on you. That’s great. Go for it. Your raw broccoli is hurting my innards just watching you chomp down. But for those of us who experience distention and pain either from how the food is prepared or from simply eating too much at one sitting, cook your food. You need to be able to digest and assimilate your nutrients and if your body is all stressed out from cramps, you won’t be doing anything of the sort.
I’m not a fan of a big ole salad as a meal. How you eat your food is just as important as what you eat. So food combining, as far is this is concerned, is debunked. Because a tender tummy and a big ass salad will not work out well for you. However, if you can combine your food such that you can have your salad and eat it too, you may be able to get away with having this, that, and the other thing.
Solution: Net your stomach. When eating a salad, have a complex starchy carb with your meal. My go to is almost always sweet potato…..and I have a few bites prior to eating my veggies or salad. The blandness of the starch settles and calms the stomach due to it’s soluble fibers. The insoluble fibers you’d get from your salad greens and hard to digest veggies can cause cramping that can ruin the rest of your day. If you’re not a tuber kinda person, sprinkle some brown rice, quinoa, roasted or steamed parsnip and/or carrots, or other starchy veggie or grain on your salad and go to that first.
Another thing I have found extremely beneficial is to eat pulpy veggies. Those that when cooked, offer a gooey pulp in the center. Examples again would be sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, parsnip, and the ever forgotten okra. These veggies are so soothing to the intestines. NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT BROCCOLI !!
We have the tendency to be all or nothing when it comes to our diet. When it comes to healthy eating, it’s not just about WHAT you eat…..but about HOW you eat. And How you eat will always show up for you in how well your body digests and assimilates nutrients and eliminates waste. If you’re experiencing upset in the gut, then something is out of balance and your diet is working against you.
There is balance in EVERY style of eating. Whatever style or label of eating you partake in, remember that if you are experience GI disturbances, you’re not in balance. You don’t need to adapt, you need to adjust. Netting my salads has been a game changer for me and allows me to eat more veggies with less IBS issues.
Give it a shot and see if it makes a difference. Sometimes it’s the approach vs the actual components that makes all the difference in the world.