Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pull My Finger: The Truth About Gas

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 or parsnips 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 and hurts your prostate. 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 easier 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 nacho ... mmmmmmm. There is even goat cheese brie! I love it. Find it at Trader Joe's. Seriously, it's goat heaven!

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!

1 comment:

Paul Blake ND said...

Great article, I have been eating this way 20 years. I like your simple explaination easy to understand. You can be flexable with it, though if you go to far you will pay. Before you could pull my finger any time of the day or night and get a fart, now nothing. The payoff is great I am 64 my weight is perfect, I am on 0 meds because I never get sick, Ya.