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Lifestyle Diet Choices

Please note:

All views expressed are for information purposes only and must not be interpreted as fact or advice. The author is only sharing his experience which you may or may not find interesting.

Before making an informed decision always do your own research and consult a qualified medical practitioner.

Also be aware that Nutrition is an optional subject in ‘Medical School’.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” said Hippocrates

“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct the patient in the care of the human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease” said Thomas Edison

·         Food Combinations

·         Food Timing

·         Processed Food Awareness

Food Combinations:

10 years ago I was 25 kilograms heavier. I gradually lost 25 kilograms over a period of 2 years by changing how I combine my foods and by taking note of the time space between meals. Food Timing is essentially about keeping ones blood sugar and energy levels constant.

I do not eat when I become hungry and energy-less. I time my meals so that I eat before that can occur. If one allows one’s blood sugar to drop to very low levels, one can become energy-less and irritable and one can start to crave all manner of things. As I am sure many of you have experienced, food craving is one of the most powerful forces known to humankind.

Food combining is not just a ‘good idea’ it is also a CHEMISTRY FACT.

The digestive ‘conditions’ required for the digestion of proteins are different from those required for starches. Mix the two together and the one will interfere with the digestion of the other and both end up partially digesting and even rotting.

Let me explain:

Starch (e.g. rice, potatoes and other starchy vegetables like butternut) combine well with vegetables (cooked and raw) and fat (good quality RAW plant oils like olive oil and hemp seed oil and coconut oil).

When one eats starch, one’s salivary glands produce an enzyme called amylase. This enzyme is essential to break down the complex sugar molecules (of the starch) into simpler sugars like glucose which our bodies can then utilize for energy.

If one should combine anything that contains sugar (eg. fruit or anything containing processed sugar) with the starch then one’s body will immediately stop producing amylase and the starch will not digest in the stomach.

Then, instead of digesting it starts to ferment producing various kinds of alcohols including methanol (a potent nerve killer and immune suppressant), ethanol and acetaldehyde (mutates white blood cells which then randomly attack the joints and muscles. Acetaldehyde is also manufactured commercially as an industrial cleaner).

Of course after such a meal the person will feel exhausted and will probably have a headache accompanied by severe heartburn. The chemicals produced by fermentation will also weaken your immune system even if you think you feel ‘fine’. Although this may not affect you in the short term it most certainly will compromise your system in the medium to long term.

Unfortunately it is customary in so many families to eat meat and potatoes (and/or rice) and then have a dessert afterwards.

Protein (animal or vegetable) DO NOT COMBINE WELL with starch. The digestive conditions in the stomach suitable for starch are different from those suitable for protein. The starch will not digest fully and nor will the protein. Undigested or partially digested proteins cause MANY MANY problems.

Animal protein and vegetable protein do not combine well. For example beans (legumes) and meat will almost always produce heartburn. However, animal protein mixes well with vegetables and salad and vegetable fats like olive oil and avocado. The same goes with plant protein. Both types of protein do NOT mix well with starch.

A steak served with a beautiful leafy crisp salad (put as many raw vegetables in as possible – onion, tomato, cucumber, carrots, frilly lettuce, grated cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower,  courgettes, etc. etc. etc.) with freshly made olive oil and garlic dressing and half an avo is extremely satisfying and believe me you will feel good and not all bloated and exhausted afterwards.

The same goes with plant protein (e.g. lentils, beans, split peas). Enjoy legumes with a scrumptious salad and healthy fats (e.g. Raw vegetable Oils and avocado)

Enjoy starch (e.g. rice, potatoes) also with a scrumptious salad and healthy fats. A medium size potato and plenty of salad makes a good meal and should keep you going for at least 3 hours.

Fruit must only be eaten by itself. One must even be careful of combining various kinds of fruit. Banana, for instance, must only be eaten by itself. Citrus combines well with other citrus and mangoes go well with strawberries.

Never eat fruit with starch or meat. Fruit digests very quickly in the stomach and passes almost immediately into the intestines. If you should have protein (meat or legume) or starch in your stomach at the time you eat fruit then the entire lot will begin to rot and ferment and poison your body. You will feel bloated, almost definitely get heartburn; probably feel nauseous; most certainly feel very tired

Food Timing

Food timing not only ensures optimal energy levels but also that the various kinds of food do not combine in one’s stomach. After a fruit meal (say two or three oranges) one would wait for about 1 ½ hours before eating the next meal.

A protein/ vegetable fat (e.g. olive oil) meal usually will keep me going for about 3 hours.

A starch/vegetable fat meal will keep me going for 3 to 4 hours.

You get the idea: After protein wait for about three hours then you can have starch or fruit. After fruit wait for at least 1 ½ hours. After starch wait for 3 to 4 hours. And so on.

It is up to you how you experiment to get the correct proportion of starch to protein in your daily diet. Some people need to eat a more starch orientated diet and some people need to eat a more protein orientated diet. And don’t forget the vegetable proteins like beans and lentils.

For example what works for me: I start the day with coffee followed by fruit or a fruit based drink (all natural and juiced with the pulp). My next meal may be 2 boiled or fried eggs (using coconut oil) and salad. About 3 hours later I will have a starch based meal (e.g. potato or rice). This usually gets me through the rest of the day after which I have a protein and salad meal. One can for example instead of having starch vegetables substitute with lentils (which has a good carbohydrate content).

The approximate Timing may work like this: 7am coffee. 20 minutes later Fruit. Then at 8:50 am egg and salad. Then at 11:50 am Starch and salad. Then at 3:50 pm perhaps starch and salad. Then at 7:50 pm protein and salad. Notice I don’t practise the standard 3 meals per day.

I always have a Moringa smoothie after every meal containing cooked food. This daily format works for me but perhaps other people may prefer to start with starch and then fruit or whatever format works for them so long as one’s energy levels remain high and constant and so long as one is paying attention to the digestive timing required between each meal.

Also try to make sure that at least 50% of the food that you eat is raw.

Keep in mind that all the FoodPrint Moringa Enriched on-the-go food products serve as meal replacements.