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  • Dr. David Klein 11:30 am on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blood sugar, digestion, , food combining, food sequencing, ,   

    Food Sequencing & Meal Spacing
    by Dr. David Klein

    In addition to selecting the highest possible quality of delicious whole foods, the dedicated health enthusiast is wise to keep food combining, sequencing and spacing in mind each day. Each factor is vital to the digestion of our food, efficient nutrient delivery, sustained energy, internal cleanliness and longevity. It’s not just what we eat—how we eat is equally crucial to health.

    At first, it may sound like I am making this too complicated and no longer fun, but, please, hang in there while I explain why and how a few guidelines of healthful eating will invariably become easier, more health-promoting, liberating and joyful than a more random approach. In fact, my acquaintances who follow this plan look 10 to 20 years younger than those of similar age who eat haphazard, omnivorous diets!

    The beauty of food combining, sequencing and spacing is in its simplicity, i.e., eating simple meals—mostly mono meals—as we would (and originally did) in Nature. Since we are biologically fruit eaters, meals of delicious, fresh, ripe organic fruits, eaten with or without succulent green leafy vegetables, should comprise the majority of our diet. Here is my model for healthful eating:

    One type of sweet fruit for breakfast—preferably the juiciest fruits to start—and a different type of fruit for each of the following two or three meals, eaten with or without greens or celery and taken in sufficient quantity to satiate (satisfy). When we are satiated, we have supplied the calories (fuel) we need for a few hours of sustained activities.

    A choice of either (again) one type of sweet fruit with or without leafy greens or celery, or a simple salad or slaw of your choice of vegetables, fruit-vegetables (such as tomato and bell pepper) with, optionally, one to two ounces of a fatty food: avocado, nuts or seeds. The fatty foods can be salad additions in whole or blended dressing forms.

    Thus, the best sequencing is: fruit-and-greens meals, then one last meal of either fruit-and-greens, or vegetables with or without fruit-vegetables and/or, optionally, a fatty food.

    Is is most beneficial to space out our meals as long as is comfortably possible. Assuming we are not so fatigued that we need to take a nap to restore our nerve energy supply, the bodily sensations which tell us it is time to eat are a slightly uncomfortable feeling in the back of the throat and a dip in our physical and/or mental energy. Sweet, juicy foods, eaten in sufficient quantity, will typically quell hunger, replenishing the nutrients including, perhaps most importantly, water and sugar, which re-energize us. More simply stated, eat sufficient quantities of nutritious whole foods to keep your blood sugar and hydration at a level which assures sustained physical and mental performance.

    How do you become adept at this? Practice, practice and more practice! Make it delicious and it will be fun. This gets easier as you listen more deeply to your body’s signals and as you simplify your meals. Disordered eating habits become a thing of the past, and a more fulfilling life is yours!

  • Dr. David Klein 6:08 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: celery, cucumbers, digestion, , fermentation, , Raw Revelation,   

    Five Keys to Eating Sweet Fruit Meals
    by David Klein, Ph.D., H.D.
    From Raw Revelation
    Chocolate Persimmon photo by DK.

    1. Exercise beforehand. Eating fruit (or any food) when we have no cellular need for the sugar and other nutrients can lead to metabolic problems. We need to create the need for nutrients (true hunger) by

    2. Clean out with water beforehand (10 minutes or more before eating). A clean alimentary canal will promote optimal digestion; a soiled alimentary canal leads to fermentation of fruit sugars, mucus production, indigestion and food drunkenness or fatigue.

    3. Eat sweet fruits alone (mono or combo) or combine them only with greens, celery and/or cucumbers (except melons—eat them alone). Sweet fruits digest and need to assimilate quickly. Sweet fruits (except melons) digest well with only the “neutral” green foods (i.e., foods which are low in protein or starch and therefore do not require a long time for digestion in the stomach: leafy greens, celery and cucumber).

    4. Wait six hours or more after eating nuts, seeds or starchy vegetables or cooked food. Those heavy foods require hours of digestion in the stomach. Wait until the stomach and intestines have digested and passed those foods through before eating sweet fruits.

    5. Eat sweet fruits with greens, celery and/or cucumbers to mitigate overeating of sweet fruits (if you have such a problem). Rather than filling up on the sweet fruits, eat a small portion of them, then some of the green foods; alternate handfuls or eat together as desired.

  • Dr. David Klein 10:56 am on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: appetite, digestion, , William Shakespeare   

    “Now, good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both!”

    -William Shakespeare

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