May 2, 2011
The way I’ve been eating has been consistent for the most part but I changed it up a little today. I just learned about food combining which has helped me to understand the uncomfortable stomach problems I’ve been having lately. It makes eating tricky, but I feel better because I used to think it was the fiber that made my stomach queasy/gurgly sometimes. It’s actually from combining fruit and fats together in one meal.
The rate at which different foods digest is the principle of food combining. Foods that digest the fastest (fruit) would not combine well with foods that digest the slowest (fats and proteins). If a slow-digesting food is consumed with a fast-digesting food, the fast-digesting food gets stuck in the stomach, waiting for the slow-digesting food to digest, and thus the fast-digesting food “ferments” while it waits—causing the gas, bloating, and thus stomach discomfort. That’s quite a mouthful, eh?
Even different fruit within the category of fruit would have certain “rules”—such as how acidic fruit (like oranges) cannot combine well with sweet fruit (like dates and bananas). Leafy greens can combine well with fat or fruit, but not both. There’s a lot to learn.
This morning I started out with my green smoothie (only strawberries and spinach to make it a good, digestible combination) after my run. I added an orange later for a snack. Then lunch consisted of two large salads. I ate two bananas later for another snack, and then for dinner I had a bunch of fruit with four salads (I was famished after my run). I’m not including much detail in this, but when I logged everything online I had 80% carbs, 10% fat, and 10% protein—perfect!
May 3, 2011
I must begin with an apology to the rest of the incoming Wege breakfasters who dreamed of starting their day with a delicious banana. But as an experimenting raw-foodist I must take certain desperate measures. Today was the day for me to grab eight—yes, count them, eight—small bananas from the cafeteria. Needless to say there were no bananas left, but I’m assuming Wege is smart enough to provide more fruit later…
I felt like I was getting ready for battle as I stared down those yellow spotted crescent-shaped fruits, letting the concept of what I was about to do sink in—I was attempting a mono meal.
The concept of such a meal is that it provides smooth, efficient digestion. If your body only has to break down one type of food you save digestive energy, and thus energy that can be used elsewhere during the day. A mono meal also helps you to know when you are truly full. When you are sick of the taste of the one food you are eating, you should be done eating.
The example I found is that in nature animals only eat one type of food in a meal—they never mix food (a lion eats an entire gazelle, monkeys eat all bananas, etc). Supposedly many people who have gone on mono-meal diets have lost weight, too—perhaps because they get sick of the one food they are eating within a meal but they aren’t supposed to eat anything else.
I wanted to know what this sensation would feel like. I want to teach myself to eat only one type of food at a meal. It debunks the idea that you need to get a little bit of everything in a meal to be healthy.
I reached for the first banana, peeled it, and bit into the soft flesh. I swished the creamy, sugary baby-food texture around in my mouth and swallowed. One down, seven to go.
I munched away. A sip of water here, a bite into a banana there, one peel on top of the other, and bam! I did it. Sitting back in my seat, thoroughly sick of the taste of banana as I looked at my pile of peels, I had done it. It was tougher than I thought–I grew bored of the taste and craved something different to mix it up. I eventually caved in to the oatmeal they were serving at Wege cafeteria (it’s been so long since I’ve had it). But overall I feel good and I don’t mind having so much fruit. It’s kind of fun! I’m not sure what I think about this food combining stuff but I’m willing to try it out.
Snack 1: two pears
Lunch: two salads (the usual)
Snack 2: apple and small banana (sub-acid and sweet fruits combine well together)
I had a workout and felt bloated but I had no stomach problems overall–just a little gassy. And yes, I’m going to say it—I went “number two” constantly today. Like, every single time I used the bathroom…and peeing three times within twenty minutes before the run. I’m not sure if I like this or not…maybe I’m just not used to it? Maybe it’s detox?