One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive.
(Hieroglyph found in an ancient Egyptian tomb.)
Properly Combined Foods
Plants and animals living on our planet offer us a huge variety of foods. The fundamental question is how to choose products that are really essential for our body. One of our most common and serious misconceptions is the idea that combining many different products in our meals helps us maintain good health. It is also a common belief that meals rich in animal proteins are nutritious. Ironically, this kind of food is often the source of our discomfort and illness.
For example, our meal often consists of a soup, steak, fries, and a sweet beverage, fruit or some other dessert. As we know, all of these products require different digestion times and different digestive juices. They create a mixture that is hard to digest and our stomach does not know where to start. Fruits start decomposing in the stomach and produce poisons such as alcohols and acetic acid. The combination of meat and potatoes produces solanine - a highly toxic substance. It all happens in our stomach, where it is humid and warm. It is no surprise that such meal causes gas, stomach pain, and the feeling of heaviness in our entire body.
We often behave as if our stomach was a bag able to accept everything thrown into it. In reality, that bag becomes ill and weak. Our body starts resembling a time bomb that is going to explode by the time we are fifty and may cause the following health problems: heart disease, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, blood clots, asthma, allergies, digestive system disorders, hormonal disorders (females), and impotency (males). To avoid all these health problems, we should carefully analyze mistakes we make in preparing our meals.
Food products can be divided into the following groups: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fruits and vegetables. The principles of combining these food groups are described below.
Table 2: Combining food products
|PROTEIN RICH FOODS
||FATS AND "LIVE" PRODUCTS
|Meat and meat soups, fish, eggs, eggplant, beans, Windsor beans, nuts, sunflower seeds, plain yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese, buttermilk
||Grease, butter, vegetable oil, fruits (raw or dried), vegetables (raw or dried, except potatoes), fruit and vegetable juices. It is better to always consume milk, dry wine, melon and banana separately from other products
||Breads and other flour based products, grains, potatoes, sugar, honey, products containing sugar, pasta, jams, candies|
Foods in the middle column can be combined with either protein foods in the first or carbohydrate foods in the third column, but foods in the first and the third columns should never be combined.
These rules for combining foods may be hard to accept for some people, because they are used to eating meat with bread, buns, potatoes, or rice.
If you try observing the rules for just one week, you will notice that you eat less and have a lot of energy. You will require less sleep to feel well rested. Your mood will be balanced, and you will feel calmer. The rules for combining food products are not complicated. It is a good idea to pay attention to them.
The principles of eating protein rich foods
- If you combine proteins with fats (e.g. meat fried in vegetable oil), always eat plenty of vegetables. Large amounts of vegetables prevent fats from impeding the digestion of proteins.
- It is better to eat only one kind of protein food at a meal - e.g. only meat or only fish or only peas.
Read more on pages 104-109
- The principles of eating protein rich foods
- The principles of eating carbohydrates
- The principles of eating fats
- The principles of eating fruits
- The principles of eating vegetables
- How should we eat our desserts?
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