Combing foods is more than a culinary art, it’s what we all do on a daily basis.
There are many traditional foods that we have always combined, but actually without realising it this can actually have adverse health effects.
Much of what we eat comes from habit, as in what our parents fed us and those favourite dishes that we just latched onto as something we have to have time and time again.
Very few people actually put much consideration into the health effects of what they eat. When we eat we are not so much interested in taking care of our bodies as merely getting rid of those hunger pains and exciting the taste buds.
Eating should always be an enjoyable and even sociable event, but it should actually give us energy, keep us strong, and move us forward, instead of slowing us down or making us feel bad.
Many unpleasant feelings that sneak up on us after eating that nice meal, has to do with the types of foods we are combining.
It’s not a bad recommendation for all of us to seek out a nutritionist or two and have them help us make a truly balanced diet.
Eating healthy isn’t just about eating some lettuce, it’s understanding how various food combinations just really don’t make sense from a body’s needs point of view.
1. Sparing that favourite dressing for the diet version on your favourite salad.
You just can’t win for losing. Switching to that diet salad dressing because you think you are being health conscious is actually not a very wise choice at all.
Vegetables have many great things for our body, and are an important part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately it’s the fat, in that great tasting salad dressing that actually helps the body to absorb and take advantage of all those precious benefits that a vegetable salad gives us.
Diet versions of anything have never really been a good solution for weight loss.
Eating a balanced and healthy diet and maintaining an active lifestyle including exercise and sport is what really helps one lose weight and stay fit. Not buying everything with the word diet on it at the local grocery store.
2. Mixing eggs with steak, you know those famous steak and eggs that can satisfy a lumberjack!
It’s never a good idea to mix different types of proteins.
Best to mix eggs with vegetables, and then eat that hefty steak for dinner.
Also eating heavy proteins too early in the day can certainly make you feel groggy at work.
Start light and work your way to heavier meals later in the day to evening.
We do most of the heavy digesting when we are laying in bed and resting or sleeping.
If we force our body to try and work too hard digesting food while we are active, we won’t have enough blood to handle all that activity hence the dizzy, lack of energy feeling we can get.
3. Bananas and milk or that banana smoothie
This has been proclaimed by nutritionists to be the absolute worst combination one can force down their body, no matter how delicious it may seem. It actually creates toxins that harm the body, create awful gases, upset stomach and bloating.
A nice glass of chocolate milk helps the digestion, so why invite the bananas to the picture? Leave those for the Minions. You know those yellow little creatures that eat 50 pounds of bananas daily…
4. That famous marinara spaghetti sauce with Parmesan and American cheese.
Who would turn down such a great meal as spaghetti especially with some garlic bread to go along and maybe a glass of red wine?
Ever noticed after eating those 3 portions of spaghetti you find it difficult to even get up from the table and walk to the living room couch? That’s because the tomatoes that make the famous spaghetti sauce are high in acid, and acid based foods mixed with starchy foods as pasta simply don’t mix. It makes for a digestion nightmare, no matter how delicious it is, if you don’t want to be weighed down by what you eat, best to avoid spaghetti and lasagna with tomato sauce. How about a fresh olive oil sauce with garlic and basil?
5. Bread and Jam, or that peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Oh how we love that peanut butter sandwich with potato chips and a cold glass of milk. Many of us grew up on that one! The problem is, such simple carbohydrates in such a delicious mix cause our blood sugar to go through the ceiling and then the body has to release large amounts of insulin to bring it back down. This expands more energy than we gained from eating that sandwich in the first place. It’s like a bad hang-over, we lose energy, will and our ability to concentrate. Leave the pbj to our childhood, but now it’s time to start eating with the goal of helping us in our day, not slowing us down.
6. The habit of eating fruits after a protein meal as meat, potatoes, pasta dishes and so forth, or after eating a heavy lunch or dinner.
Fruit dishes have always been served as a sweet desert after a nice meal or to clean the palate.
Fruit should be eaten without combining with other foods.
It’s best eaten for breakfast like maybe on top of a nice oatmeal dish, or smothered in yogurt. Fruit has natural sugars, and meats and starches have complicated sugars. By mixing the 2, the sugar from the fruits will become stuck in the stomach, while it’s trying to breakdown the heavier sugars, and began a fermentation process, which we all know makes for unpleasant gases and stomach pain.
There are many more food combinations that really aren’t the best at all when we are trying to eat healthy.
Much of this has to do with breaking our old eating habits, and then spending a little time actually researching what kind of diet would actually work for us.
After all we are talking about our health, our energy, and our lifestyle.
It certainly would not be a negative activity to try and improve our eating habits to give us a better quality of life. Talking with nutritionists, doing a little research on the internet, asking around and experimenting with different health oriented recipes could turn into a very enjoyable hobby for us, with the results of feeling like we were 20 years old all over again!
So enjoy your meal, but make it something that your body also enjoys!
By Brandt Hott