Concepts on digestive times of foods and Food Combining
By Debra Hearn
A balanced digestive times diet is designed to help a condition of poor digestive breakdown and assimilation of foods. To assist foods to complete their functions within their proper digestive sequence, without other food groups hampering assimilation of nutrients or pushing the food too quickly through the digestive tract.
· Avoid coffee and chocolate – they stop gastric secretions.
· Tea should be taken before a meal, not with or after eating. When taken before eating it stimulates the digestive processes. Alcohol is best taken before a meal, or at 1-hour intervals during a long meal or evening meal.
Excess alcohol reduces absorption of most vitamins and minerals.
Goal – to rest the digestive tract including stomach, small intestines, large intestines, also the pancreas, liver and gallbladder.
Thus allowing time for these organs to rest balancing energy to and in the organs allowing repair to begin. After a period of four to six weeks the diet will be changed according to the individual needs and conditions of the person.
Rules for a balanced digestive time diet
· Make meals from foods contained within the same digestive time groups.
· Do not mix or match foods from other digestive times groups.
· If it takes 2-2 ½ hours for food to digest, leave at least that amount of time (even a little longer if possible) before eating another meal, so eat as much as you need to satisfy your appetite in each sitting
· Watch food combinations carefully
On the following pages, I have attempted to list the foods in their digestive time groups.
Concepts on digestive times
1 – 1 ½ hours group
Agar gelatine avocado coconut milk
grapefruit juice Grapes lemon
Mango olives ripe orange juice
Parsley raspberry sugar/honey
Watermelon (most melon has a rapid digestive time
2 – 2 ½ hours group
Almonds apples apricot
Artichoke asparagus basil
Beet greens beet root blackberry
Black currant brown rice cream
Cabbage raw cauliflower carrot
Chives cherry ripe coconut
Coriander caraway seed dates
Dandelion greens egg yolk raw figs
Fennel grapefruit garlic
Leek lima beans lettuce
Lemon balm milk mushroom
Mango Nectarines orange
Passionfruit potato Paw paw
Pears Plumbs peaches
Pineapple pecan nuts raisins
Strawberry seeds squash
Turkey tomato yogurt zucchini
3 – 3 ½ hour digestive time group
Alfalfa beet root banana
Butter Brazil nuts barley
Beef fillet broccoli beans green
beans dried cabbage celery
cucumber cheese cottage cheese
coconut dry capsicum cayenne
Cashews corn chicken
Eggs cooked eggplant endive
Egg noodles fig guava
Hazelnuts kohlrabi limes
Liver lentils mint
Millet onions olives marinated
Oats cooked olive oil oysters
Peas parsnip pumpkin
Persimmons pomegranate prunes
Quince radish rock melon
Rosemary rye bread spinach
Sweet potato sage Sprouted seeds
soy beans spaghetti sesame oil
sardines small fish thyme
Watercress walnuts wheat
4 hours and over
Beef brussels sprouts
Cream cheese chicken roast (12 hours)
Large fish mutton
Pork (12 – 16 hours) salmon
As I general guide you may notice that:
· Juicy fruits seem to digest very quickly so are excellent for breakfast.
· The density & the higher the fibre content of the fruit or vegetable the longer the digestion time.
· Fish is generally quicker to digest than meat
· White meat is generally quicker to digest than red meat
· Juices are a quick digestive process due to the extraction of fibrous content of the vegetable or fruit.