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rmh1985

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Hi, Dee.

Questions about food combining. To summarize the rules I have seen:
Eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at separate meals.
Eat fruits alone, and don't combine melon or citrus with any other fruit.

1. If you shouldn't combine starch with protein, that precludes beans with rice, right?
2. Fruits should be eaten alone. That means no nuts or tofu in the smoothie?
3. How long between these meals if the rules are followed strictly?
4. In which category does coconut belong?
5. How long after consuming apple cider vinegar should you wait before eating or taking supplements?

Thanks for your great contributions to healthy living.

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Beans and rice actually can be eaten together because the beans are more of a vegetable, even though they do contain protein.  The rule of starches with proteins applies more to animal protein likes meats, poultry and fish.

Fruit should be eaten alone, but melons do not combine with any other fruit. 

On an empty stomach, fruits will take only 30 minutes to digest and make their way into the small intestine.  So, 30 minutes after you eat fruit, you may consume other foods.

Once you consume other foods, you should wait several hours before eating another meal.

Coconuts are nuts, so they are in the category of nuts.

One should drink 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal.

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So if you eat fruit and wait 30 minutes then have oatmeal. How long should you wait to have another fruit serving?
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The typical rule is to eat fruit on an empty stomach.  It will digest within 20 minutes and be well on it's way out of your stomach and into the small intestine by then.  You can then eat other foods.

Once you have eaten a meal and have filled your stomach, it typically takes 2 hours or longer to digest.  You should wait at least an hour to eat fruit again.

In general, we should space out our meals 4 hours apart, so there should not be a need to eat fruit less than 1 hour after a meal.


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So . . . can you eat brown rice with salmon or eggs and toast??? 
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Yes, you can eat brown rice with salmon.  The rule is to not eat gluten grains with meats or fish.

Yes and No about the toast with eggs.  If the toast is from sprouted bread, then yes it combines well with eggs.  Sprouted grains digest more like a vegetable, so it works well together.  If the bread is not sprouted, then no.

In general, the rule is no gluten grains with meats or fish.  The gluten grains are wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and oats.  Common non-gluten grains are rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and corn.


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I'm not sure why, but your posting is not showing up here, even though I did get an email notification of it....strange.  Anyway, I'm pasting it here for future readers, and then I will answer it with a reply.

"Oh, I am so confused. . . I thought the spelt flour used in your cookie recipes made the cookies gluten free. . . .but if spelt is a gluten grain then how can this be? Also, when I go to my favorite vegan restaurant, I order a tofu sandwich they have, but with spelt-quinoa bread. . . I thought it was gluten free, but now I'm wondering if it is only wheat free. Can you explain the differences between gluten free and wheat free? And if someone doesn't have allergies to them, what are the benefits of staying away from both? Or just gluten or just wheat? I know a mixture of whole grains is the best way to go and that we shouldn't eat wheat daily, but I also know you wrote not to simply replace the white flour with other flours such as rice, quinoa, etc. Help Please!"



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I don't believe I ever said the Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies on page 266 of Plan-D were gluten-free.  What I said is that they are wheat-free and dairy-free.

The reason you are confused is because you probably thought that wheat-free and gluten-free mean the same thing.  They do not.

While something that is gluten-free will never contain wheat, a wheat-free product could contain gluten from other grains such as oats, spelt, rye or barley.

Some people are only intolerant to wheat, and some people are intolerant to all gluten grains.

Gluten is a protein molecule contained in the endosperm of the gains mentioned previously.  Some people are intolerant (allergic) to this type of protein.  The gluten in wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt can trigger an autoimmune response that results in damage to the small intestine, along with other related problems. This autoimmune response is called "celiac disease."

To make matters even more complex, the gluten in oats is structurally different from the gluten in the other gluten-containing grains, and may be tolerated by some people with celiac.  It all depends upon the person and their situation.

People who believe that spelt (scientifically known as Triticum spelta) is gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease are mistaken. Spelt is a species of wheat, so spelt and spelt flour are NOT gluten-free. It is not safe for people with celiac disease or anyone else on a gluten-free diet.  However, it is different enough from wheat that those people who are only intolerant to wheat but are not celiac can eat spelt.

So, the quinoa-spelt bread at your vegetarian restaurant is a nice alternative whole grain bread, but it is not gluten-free.

For those who don't need to avoid gluten, it is just a good idea to vary the grains, because the reason many people develop allergies and even celiac is due to OVEREXPOSURE to only one type of grain--wheat, for instance. 

People have been eating too much refined white flour for too long.  The problems is that refined white flour contains only the endosperm  of the wheat (which contains the gluten), with NONE of the fiber which actually helps the body to break down the gluten protein.

Hope this clears it all up.




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It does! Thank you so much. I went back and looked at the recipe, wheat free it says. Haha. Oops! Thank you for the clarification.
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Dee,

Thank you for all your wonderful work here. I have always struggled with me weight and on a never ending diet. I hope your plan will finally help me get to my goal weight and keep it off.

My question is about your meatball recipe. I love meatball but I am wondering about the food combination of oat bran, gluten gain and meat.

I'm sure you can explain what I am missing here.

Thank you,

Kelly Gilman
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