What is Food Combining?

What is Food Combining?

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I’m currently doing a Diet and Nutrition Course and the topic of the latest module is Food Combining.
Food Combining is making dietary choices based on whether certain groups of food when digested by the body work well together from a digestive and nutritional point of view.

The concept of Food combining isn’t a new one having been around for generations in some Cultures.
Should you mix alkaline and acid foods at the same sitting or proteins and carbohydrates together are just some of the questions people have been looking at.

From a nutritionist viewpoint a well balanced diet consists of foods from all the food groups but there are instances where maybe food combining would be beneficial.

In the 1900s a popular food combining diet emerged called the Hay Diet created by Dr William Hay who found out that fruit and vegetables turned into alkaline after being metabolised by the body whilst processed foods turned into acid. He believed that combining the two would result in the body being in an overly acidic state. He felt that people shouldn’t eat acidic foods , alkaline foods and proteins at a sitting together and should all be separated.
Since that with increased knowledge about the pancreas and other research this has really been proven incorrect.

There is however no evidence to show that food combining has any negative impact on the body as long as overall you are eating a balanced, healthy diet. With so many people having digestive issues, intolerance, allergies food combining may actually be helpful.

My personal view is to listen what your body tells you after eating combinations, I think our bodies are designed to deal with all the food group combinations when the digestive system is in optimum health but maybe with our modern diets and lifestyle if we don;t eat a balanced diet overall our bodies lack nutrients and don’t perform so well and maybe food combining theory would be beneficial in that case to help the body heal.

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When Life gets tough

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Life rarely goes to plan and I think we all fight so hard to make our own plan work out when actually the Universe has it all in hand and gives us what we need to learn and grow and become better rather than what we want.
So at times it feels that its unfair, that life is working against you and its hard to accept that what is happening especially if its a health issue or a relationship problem or financial problems all of which nobody would actually consciously choose for themselves.

Take full responsibility for everything that happens in your life and try and see the positive and what you can learn from it and keep moving forward.

Each day try and be a better person than the day before, face those fears holding you back head on and just let yourself fly.
Easier said than done sometimes I know but what has helped me through some challenging times is knowing

1. It won’t last as nothing does
2. That you aren’t given anything you cant handle even if it doesn’t feel like it
3. That there is always a positive in every situation which may not be obvious at the time and you may need to dig deep but its there somewhere if you choose to find it.
4. That life is tough and its your attitude to it that makes the difference.