This is super important that I address this point. If you are struggling on a Vegan / whole food plant-based diet or even raw food, it’s probably not what you eat but HOW you eat. I’m talking about digestive problems. If you feel bloated, uncomfortable, gassy or even constipated. People think they develop SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) or IBS. Even tho it might be possible in some very rare cases, it might also be as simple as the food combination you are making. Before you blame and “trash” on Veganism because of your digestive issues, try the following tips.
How is this possible that a diet that contains so much fibers can trigger you digestion you might ask yourself? There are many things you can do wrong on a Plant-based diet (just like any diet) and there is a big lack of knowledge in the community. If i’m a Vegan or a Raw foodist, it doesn’t mean that “Bob” who is also a raw foodist who is failing with is digestion, eats the same way that I do. There are so many variables; high carbs – low fat, high fat – low carbs, where the food comes from, organic or not, area you live in, not enough calories, food combining… So without further a do, lets talk about food combining. The rules are simple, just try to eat what is easily digestible first and eat the slow-digestible food alone.
Fruits are high in water and fibers, therefore this is the most easily digestible food. You should eat fruits alone or with greens. Don’t add any kind of protein food whatsoever. A trendy thing these days are Smoothie bowls topped with chia seeds, hemp seeds and nuts. I like smoothie bowls, don’t get me wrong, but instead, top it with fresh fruits. Don’t put any protein powder neither.
2- Leafy greens
They go with everything, you can put them in any meals with protein foods, fruits and veggies. In fact you will increase the digestibility and assimilation of other foods your eating.
3- Fat and sugar – fruits
This combination in addition with salt is what every fast-food chain do because this is an addictive combination. This is also a deadly combination for your digestion. Fat slows down the digestion of food and just like the high protein foods, if mixed with fruits, it will cause fermentation in your gut. If you are concerned about blood sugar level, one must know that if you eat fruits alone, blood spikes won’t occur.
They don’t mix well with high proteins and fruits. Oatmeal for example should not be consume with seeds, nuts or fruits. Avoid too much (or not at all) wheat products because it’ll suck your stomach acid, which can also contribute to digestive issues. Some organs in your body are meant to be acidic and others alkaline, which is why I also highly recommend you do NOT drink those trendy alkaline water. Alkalinity in the body is a myth, don’t fall for it or you might wreck the alchemy of your body!
5- Understand the time it takes to digest food
Plan your meal so that there is no obstruction occurring in your digestive tracks. High protein foods take 2-3 hours to digest, Starches 1-2 hours and fruits around 30 minutes. If you plan on eating a fruit meal for example, you also want to eat the high water content fruits first. Eat the dragon fruit then the papaya and finally the banana. Eat the fruits before your protein meals and not after. You simply don’t want anything that digest faster to get blocked on the way by something slower.
I hope this article helps some people with digestive issues and make sense to all of it. Spread the word because this topic is very important and is being the cause of some people leaving veganism.