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Food Pairing; & I wish I was talking about Cheese & Wine.

Food Pairing; & I wish I was talking about Cheese & Wine.

Food combining is something that I’ve refused to try in the past, probably because of my love for banana and peanut butter. But, in the past few weeks, I’ve been having a slew of increased IBS symptoms, and in my desperation, I am going to give this a shot! If you are still having bloating after following a low-FODMAP, gluten free, dairy free diet, you may want to try these tips of foods to not eat together.

Fruit + Protein, Fruit + Starch- You may love a banana on the side of your turkey bacon and toast in the morning, but it’s best to eat the banana before hand by itself, or at least one hour after your breakfast. Why? Digesting fruit takes little to no time, but digesting the other food takes way longer. If you eat fruit with protein and starches, the fruit ferments in your stomach due to the simple sugars that would usually eliminate quickly, but the other foods hold up it’s digestion time.

Dairy + Starch- If you’re a Sister that can eat dairy, you’re better off to still lay off the pizza. Why? Dairy takes a really long time to digest, even longer than starches. In this case, the starch ferments in your stomach.

Protein + Starch- Meat and potato kinda gal? Considering our bodies require acid to digest proteins and alkaline to digest starches, this can lengthen the digestion process, and you guessed it, causes fermentation.

Protein + Protein- You may love to eat beans and chicken in your burrito, and if you can tolerate beans, that’s an art in itself for a Sister, go you! But eating two proteins together can wreak havoc on your digestion. Protein is hard to digest and requires more energy, and the more energy our sensitive bellies use, the greater chance of an IBS attack! Yikes!

Good thing I already cut out beans, or else I would be upset about this yummy combination! But what about my egg whites and turkey bacon for breakfast? Ay ay ay.

So what happens when these foods ferment in our stomachs anyway? Bloating, indigestion, flatulence, and foul bowel movements. Being an IBS Sister, we can’t afford these extra symptoms! These food combining tips are suggested for optimal digestion, and I am definitely going to give them a try! My Mom has been telling me to try this for awhile now. After all, Mother’s know best! This may seem overwhelming with all of the other food us Sisters have to cut out of our diet, and how we already have to think about everything we put into our bodies, but just try it one meal a day at first, and see if it helps! I’ll let you know if I stick to the plan, and let me know if you have tried, or are going to try these food combining tips!

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  • Marcia says:

    Well, Mom’s don’t ALWAYS know best, but I have done some research! I find that when I don’t combine starches and proteins, my digestion seems to benefit! I miss the taste of a hamburger and a bun, but I can tell a difference in digestion!

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