Nutrition and Digestion
These guidelines are to assist easy processing of food in the digestive tract. To ease the work of the stomach, liver, pancreas and intestines and supply the rest of your body with nutrients that create energy, joy, contentment and strong new cells for your future..
- No drinks for half an hour before until one hour after protein meals. Except for wine, a small brewed coffee to assist digestive processes. Drinks with meals water down the gastric juices, enzymes and other secretions you need..
- No raw fruit with meals or for 3 hours after. Raw fruit is very simple and fast to digest, protein is complex and takes hours. If you are eating a complex meal, e.g. animal protein with grain carbohydrates don’t add sugary fruit. Adding fruit can start an uncomfortable process of fermentation in the gut. This can become indigestion, painful bloating with and insomnia and gut damage. And your body cannot get the nutrition you need from this fermenting mess.
- Throw away instant coffee, commercial salt (try sea salt or vegetable salt), commercial and processed wheat and cows milk – they all dehydrate the body.
- Avoid processed food with additives, preservatives (now listed as numbers in the Ingredients on the pack) etc. Nature provides us with fabulous food in a perfect balance for our bodies needs. Your body will sigh with relief when you nurture it with fresh, whole food grown in healthy living soil the energy factor is wonderful. Try organic or biodynamic food – the soil has been tested and clean.
- Chew all food 20 – 30 times. Savour it and love your body. T
- Do not eat the same foods more than once a day, e.g. if you have bread for breakfast do not eat bread again that day, or any other wheat products like cakes, pies and biscuits. Your body produces many different enzymes which help break down different foods and it needs variety to get your nourishment and nutrition. Look at all the foods offered by nature. Wheat is not the only grain, what about maize, millet, rye, oats, barley, quinoa, rice? What about nuts? What about dried fruit, beans, lentils etc. Nurture your body, it is your most valuable tool.
- If you have digestive difficulties DO NOT mix protein and carbohydrate foods in the same meal, e.g. No rice, bread or potatoes with meat, fish or cheeses. An animal protein based meal with vegetables gives your body 3 hours of complicated work. If you mix grain and starchy carbs it can take your body up to 10 hours to digest …….this means you are overloading and backlogging your system.
- Begin your meals with a raw salad with delicious dressings. This stimulates digestive juices and provides wonderful live enzymes to help breakdown and utilise the food that follows. If you have some cooked vegetables in the meal make them lightly steamed.
- Eat raw fruit regularly between meals or just before meals – in your salads.
- It’s very important you get enough protein. Protein gives us amino acids – the building blocks to make healthy new cells. Protein is the most complex food to digest and the source of long lasting energy. A general guideline for how much protein needed daily is:
Females – 40 and 55 grams daily, depending on lifestyle. If you are pregnant, breast feeding or weight training or an elite athlete your protein requirements increase 30-50%.
Males need between 50 and 70 grams daily, depending on lifestyle. Again requirements are increased as above if you are weight training or an elite athlete.
Examples of protein foods showing complete protein gram for 100 gm or 3.5 oz serving.
|Tofu / Soy beans||27gm|
Fruits and vegetables give us up to 1 hour of energy.
Grain carbohydrates give us 2-3 hours energy.
Secondary proteins – nuts and beans – give us 3-4 hours energy.
Primary protein foods from animals or soy products give us 5 hours of energy.