Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gas...I don't mean the kind you put in your car.

Gas - it's everyone's worst and smelliest enemy. Most of you suffer from it all of your waking hours and have just dealt with the discomfort (I did). Some only get it after eating those frijoles, maybe after eating some fruit, granola, whatever - it's there. What feels like gas may be indigestion, cramps, constipation or diarreah, irritable bowel syndrome or worse! So, did you know there are ways to prevent and avoid all this discomfort!?!!! Well, food combining is the #1 way to get rid of all these intestinal problems. Eliminating dairy products is #2. There's really no #3, but if you have one, leave me a comment.

So let's learn about food combining. Food combining is something I learned from Gillian McKeith's, "You Are What You Eat" but there are many sources that talk about it. Food combining is figuring out which foods are compatible with each other for digestive chemistry - - in other words, what combinations of food will go down your digestive tract easiest and what combinations of foods will help nutrients be absorbed best. It's for the most part the same for everyone, but at the same time, everyone is different. So keep that in mind when putting food combination to use! Ok?

So the Rules of Food Combining:

There is a whole lot of chemistry involved when explaning this. I am giving you the lay person's explanation. I am not a chemist and most likely, neither are you.

Food is divided into four groups:

1. Proteins - poultry, meat, cheese, eggs, fish, milk, nuts, beans
2. Carboyhydrates
- bread, pasta, cereals, flour, starchy vegetables, potatoes, yams
3. Selective Veggies and other stuff - non-starchy veggies, roots, salads, nuts, seeds, herbs
4. Fruits

Never eat Groups 1 and 2 together. I know, I know. You can't eat mashed potatoes with meatloaf!!?! Or granola with milk!!?! Sure you can! (FART!) But you know the consequences. It's something about these groups requiring certain digestive enzymes that makes them just not mesh very well together. Who cares the reason why - - it works!

Eat Groups 3 with either Group 1 or Group 2.
Group 3 is excellent to mix with proteins or carbs, but not both! Make sure you leave 2 hours after eating a carbohydrate to eat protein.

Never eat Group 4 with any other group!
That's right, no more cereal with bananas. But listen, it's for your own good. Fruit is the fastest digesting food and needs to be eaten all by itself. In fact, it should be eaten before anything else so that the nutrients get absorbed properly. If you feel like a fruit snack while at work, eat it 30 min. after your last meal. One more thing, when eating grapes, eat them alone. Never eat grapes with other fruits. Get the book if you want to learn why (see Entry #1 for details). It's as simple as that.

Alternative Solutions:

So you're a little disappointed about the combination method. Well, let me offer some solutions, and if you have any, leave them in the comments!

So with your chicken dish, puree some carrots and they will mimic those mash potatoes. For cereal or granola, instead of milk use soy or nut milk. Men should be careful with soy products - gives you man boobs. Still drink it, just don't over do it. For additional suggestions, feel free to ask.

Eliminating Milk Products:

Most people are lactose intolerant. Yes, it's really true. Our bodies were not made to digest cow's milk. It begins with the body not having enough lactase to digest the lactose from cows. So your wine and cheese habit (FART!). It can stay, but just understand why intestinal discomfort is happening to you. Despite what you may think, goat's milk is an excellent alternative to cow's milk and is far more easy to digest. Goat's milk is most similar to human milk. The taste needs getting used to, but add goat cheese on your salad, in your stuffed peppers, on your nachos (I will give you an amazing healthy recipe for nachos!) ... mmmmmmm. There is even goat cheese brie! I love it. Find it at Trader Joe's. Seriously, it's goat heaven!

Other substitutes for milk products are soy and nut products. There are plenty of soy cheeses that taste like cheddar cheese or mozarella. I think even at Ralphs and other supermarkets sell shredded soy cheese for your convenience. Nut milks like almond make your tea or cereal so yummy! It's a nice sweet treat and its own nutritious value.

So, say "NO MORE GAS!" Eliminate the discomfort now. It's the best feeling to know that gas is not forever and ever and ever.

Peace, love and health!


nbyerington said...

I love your blog!

nbyerington said...

Here's some info I found on increased estrogen intake: Lifetime exposure to estrogen may affect a woman's risk for breast cancer. Women who begin menstruating early, or who start menopause late, produce more estrogen over their lifetimes and have a higher risk of breast cancer. Since estrogen stimulates cell division, it can increase the chance of making a DNA copying error in a dividing breast cell

nbyerington said...

More info on estrogen:

One by-product of excess estrogen is increased fat on your hips, belly, thighs and buttocks! Think about it, the meat industry use hormones to plump up animals for slaughter. Hormones do the same thing to your body that is why men don't usually carry weight in their buttocks and hip area. So extra estrogen in your diet will add extra pounds!

Foods that flush away estrogen deposits have indole-3 carbinol and sulforaphane, which is found in leafy and cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables improve your livers ability to metabolize estrogen in less than a week! Eat at least one cup a day of cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, or leafy green vegetables like spinach. Lightly steam the vegetables, do not overcook, as you will kill the nutrients your body needs. Be sure to drink 8 glasses of water a day to flush out the body as you detox!

There are foods that help block estrogen. The fats in avocados, nuts, olives, and seeds help your body to produce progesterone, which blocks estrogen. Women can double their weight loss by adding as little as 1 oz of nuts or seeds a day to their diet. If you don't have time or don't like nuts or seeds add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to your diet each day.

Foods to avoid when you are trying to block estrogen are bacon, soy, beer, sausage and licorice!

Mother Health said...

Noel! This is awesome thank you!